even more protest/benefit music for inauguration day (a roundup)
As it's inauguration day, many artists have been releasing music that either protests Trump's election; or benefits Planned Parenthood, ACLU, and other charities; or both. So far we've gotten a comp with Barsuk artists covering each other; one organized by John Nolan of Taking Back Sunday; a covers comp with The Menzingers, Jeff Rosenstock, Cayetana, Restorations, and more; a comp with Mount Eerie, TPOBPAH, Dean & Britta, and more; and a comp organized by Quasi featuring members of Sleater-Kinney, New Pornographers, Built to Spill, Pavement, and more. There was also Angel Olsen who kicked off the new Our First 100 Days series, and there was a new protest song from United Nations.
So much came out that we didn't get a chance to post it all. Here's a roundup of some of the stuff we missed:
Emma Ruth Rundle released a benefit song called "Forever, as the Setting Son," and wrote: "While I am unable to join the marches set to take place all over the U.S. on Saturday, I would like to offer this song and will be donating all the proceeds to Planned Parenthood. I have been grateful for them in my life, as a young woman, and hope that we can come together to preserve the future of such an important institution in this divisive time so that they may continue to provide care for people of all races, religions, sexes, countries of origin, all genders. Be excellent to each other."
Joey Bada$$ released a song called "Land of the Free" which includes the lyric "Donald Trump is not equipped to take this country over," addresses police brutality, and more. IT's off his upcoming sophomore album AABA.
DC hardcore vets SCREAM released a video for a previously-unreleased protest song "Politics Is Entertainment." They also announced that they'll be reissuing their No More Censorship album on Southern Lord this year.
case/lang/veirs (the trio of Neko Case, k.d. lang, and Laura Veirs) released a recording of them covering Patti Smith's "People Have The Power" live. They're also using the release of the song to promote this Sunday's Women's March in DC.
There's an electronic music comp called Physically Sick by Allergy Season and Discwoman, and curated by Umfang, Frankie Hutchinson, Max McFerren and Physical Therapy. "100% percent of profits from the compilation will go to selected charities who oppose the hateful policies of the incoming administration: The American Civil Liberties Union, Callen-Lorde, The National Immigration Law Center, and Planned Parenthood." It features Octo Octa, Physical Therapy, Lamin Fofana, Via App, Bookworms, and more.
Polica posted a new live video with this message:
ENTRANCE released a song called "Not Gonna Say Your Name" with proceeds form the track going to Planned Parenthood. The track begins, "There are people who say / We oughta give you a chance / But there’s not a chance in hell / That we’ll gonna sit back and watch you try to turn back the clock."
Back in 2004, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings recorded a version of "This Land Is Your Land" to to "re-establish it as a song about social justice," and today they released it again as a free download along with a letter that's very worth reading. Check that out here.
Aye Nako, Mannequin Pussy, Math The Band The Band, Downtown Boys, Tall Juan, Lady Pills, Crying, Chook Race, and more are on a compilation called SMOOCHES. All proceeds go to he ACLU, Planned Parenthood, the Human Rights Campaign, and the National Immigration Law Center.
Finally, Dave Eggers, who put together the 30 Days, 30 Songs project, has just launched 1000 Days, 1000 Songs which will offer up a protest song for every weekday of Trump's four-year term. It's connected to the Our First 100 Days and may include those songs in the project's constantly updated Spotify playlist. The first track to be added to the playlist is a live version of REM's "It's the End of the World as We Know it (And I Feel Fine)." Check that out below.