The first 100 days of a presidency are key to an administration. It’s during this period that the president communicates his priorities through initial executive orders. Donald Trump has been in office for two weeks now, and the actions he’s taken so far have ranged from laughable to atrocious. Resistance is needed, and citizens far and wide are responding to the call.
The music world is mobilizing through the Our First 100 Days compilation, which seeks to protect some of the rights and communities that have come under attack from the current administration. One hundred different artists have contributed rare, unreleased, or exclusive songs to the project, including Angel Olsen, PWR BTTM, Jason Molina, Joan of Arc, and many more.
For day 15 of Trump’s presidency, Helado Negro shared an unreleased demo of his 2012 track “Levantar Las Piernas,” a different take on the final version that was released on his Island Universe Story Three tape. This version features a circular drum beat and additional effects flying around the melody. Roberto Carlos Lange is, of course, no stranger to positive protest, as some of his recent and most accomplished songs attest.
You can purchase the compilation for a minimum donation of $30, which benefits several organizations dedicated to fighting climate change and championing women and immigrants’ rights. If you purchase Our First 100 Days now, additional funds will go to benefit civil liberties, as Bandcamp has pledged to donate 100 percent of their shares from any purchase to the ACLU today.