FRESH MEAT FRIDAY: June 19th, 2020 (feat. Carrion Vael, Insatanity, Mothers of the Land, and Underer)
Every Friday, a wagon arrives at the Sleeping Village’s gates, stuffed to the brim with our sustenance for the following week. Today is the day we must offload all this new music, and so, in the process, we thought it would be worthwhile to share some of our choice picks from this veritable mass of fresh meat. This is what we’ll be listening to today here at the Village HQ. We hope you join us in doing so!
On the docket for today, June 19th, 2020:
Carrion Vael, Mothers of the Land, Underer, and Insatanity (and a bonus charity compilation!)
BONUS: COMPILATION RELEASE!
Various Artists - Protest Songs Against Police Brutality
(Compilation from Sparrow Heart Records)
56(!) tracks. A veritable bevy of genres, ranging from hardcore, to folk, to pop punk, to straight-up punk rawk. Name-Your-Own-Price. A damn good cause. What's not to love? This compilation, born from the relatively simple idea of making a big-ass compilation of protest songs and donating all of the proceeds to bail funds, seeks to do right and do its part to raise awareness. I personally haven't had the time to listen to every track nestled within, but I'm about 10 tracks deep thusfar and enjoying everything I've heard, be it polished songs or lo-fi diatribes. The overall atmosphere and aesthetic is very much born of the DIY punk mixtape days of olde, and if that alone ain't worth throwing a couple bucks at, I dunno what is.
Speaking of throwing a few bucks, keep in mind that Bandcamp has started a Juneteenth tradition, in which all of their proceeds on this day will be donated to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. Thus, beyond directly supporting bail funds through Sparrow Heart Records' donation, your purchase will indirectly support the NAACP as well.
Tessa Cates, whose idea it was to compile these tracks in the first place, has this to say: "Every single person on this record owes their music career to black lives. Black lives gave us music, and music is inherently political. It feels as though we as musicians should use this art form as a way to give back. From the dawn of time people have been using music as a way to express the things they believe, and we believe Black Lives Matter, and no one deserves to feel as though they aren’t safe from the people who have sworn to serve and protect. That’s what this album is about. I hope you enjoy it."
You can listen to and purchase Protest Songs Against Police Brutality here!
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