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Here’s All the Anti-Trump Protest Music Released on Inauguration …

Great protest music isn’t the silver lining of autocracy. I haven’t asked, but I feel pretty confident saying that all of the artists whose music is featured in this story would happily erase their latest song if it meant we wouldn’t have to try to counteract the regressive policies promoted by a impetuous, divisive man-child like Donald Trump by scrounging for ACLU donations on Bandcamp. But that’s where we’re at. In our fear and frustration, we still deserve a creative outlet.

Here’s every piece of anti-Trump protest music the SPIN staff came across today, in no particular order. Many are available for download, with proceeds supporting progressive organizations such as the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, and the National Immigration Law Center. Even if you plan to listen for free, consider donating to one of the organizations mentioned.

  • Quasi’s new compilation album Battle Hymns features contributions from Carrie Brownstein, Stephen Malkmus, Carl Newman, and Peter Buck. It’s name-your-own-price, with a suggested donation of $20; proceeds benefit the ACLU, Planned Parenthood and climate activist group Download it here.
  • Gezellig Records’ compilation Is There Another Language? leans toward dream pop and includes as-yet-unreleased tracks from Mount Eerie and the Pains of Being Pure at Heart. About half of the collection is available to stream (below), and the rest can be heard for $7 on Bandcamp, with proceeds benefiting the ACLU.
  • Okay, this isn’t quite a release, but the National debuted a new song during an inauguration protest concert at Washington, D.C.’s 9:30 Club last night. It’s called “Turtleneck.” Hear it below, courtesy of SPIN’s Brian Josephs.
  • Joey Bada$$‘s new single “Land of the Free” is a blunt statement about the past and present of racism with a timely Inauguration Day reminder: “Donald Trump is not equipped to take this country over.”