Yoko Ono turns 89 in February, and to celebrate, Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie has curated a cover album featuring 14 new versions of her songs performed by artists including David Byrne, Yo La Tengo, Sharon Van Etten, Sudan Archives, Thao, US Girls, Jay Som, Stephin Merritt (Magnetic Fields), Deerhoof, We Are KING, The Flaming Lips, Japanese Breakfast, and Amber Coffman. Ocean Child: Songs of Yoko Ono is due out on her birthday, 2/18, via Canvasback Music / Atlantic Records, and a portion of proceeds will go to WhyHunger. See the cover art and tracklist below.
"Yoko makes art that teaches all of us that peace is possible," Gibbard says, continuing that the album "was born out of both love and frustration." He goes on: