Vanessa Juarez
February 06, 2008 AT 12:00 PM EST

So OK Go (you know them, the “Here It Goes Again” treadmill guys) released a five song EP exclusively on iTunes titled You’re Not Alone to coincide with Mardi Gras this week. The foursome teamed up with New Orleans brass band Bonerama to update five songs: three from their most recent album, Oh No (“A Million Ways,” “It’s A Disaster” and “Oh Lately It’s So Quiet”), plus covers of David Bowie’s “Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide” and Bob Dylan’s “I Shall Be Released.” All proceeds from the EP will benefit Sweet Home New Orleans, an organization that has been instrumental in helping musicians get back on their feet after Katrina — which means you should go buy this EP. Right now.

Honestly, here’s why:

Both OK Go and New Orleans have a special place in my heart. Around this time last year, I was hanging out with the boys on the set of their “Do What You Want” music video, and they were just the some of the nicest, down-to-earth musicians I’ve ever met. They were so cool they let me have a little cameo in their video — in which, because of the camouflaged get-ups, you wouldn’t know who I am (just look for a little stub hopping around or the picture posted here).

Plus, they drove the crappiest cars I’ve ever seen (and they stillhave them). Damian Kulash has a Subaru station wagon, Tim Nordwinddrives a little Ford hatchback with crank handle windows, Dan Konopkahas a Suzuki Esteem (which can’t be doing much for his self-esteem) andAndy Ross has something Japanese that apparently makes unholy soundswhen it hits 25 mph. This can only mean one of two things: these guysare true philanthropists, or owning any heap of metal is the new hipand indie thing to do.

As for New Orleans, I went down there last summer with Clark “thebest lad to take to NOLA” Collis for a story we did on the recoveryefforts and how musicians were or were not finding their way back tothis culturally rich city. We had a blast and heard some amazing,jaw-dropping stories.But a lot of people are still trying to piece their lives back togetherand they could really use your help. So go buy the OK Go EP before Irobo-call you!

And, of course, I’d love to know what you think of the EP… comment below.

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