Kids Are United: Boston musician creates charity punk compilation for Black Lives Matter
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Two weeks ago we received a massive group message, via Facebook, from Kevin Bogart of Trophy Lungs. The Boston musician was looking to curate a compilation to show solidarity with those protesting recent events in Ferguson, Missouri, and Staten Island, New York, and raise money for Black Lives Matter. The next few days were an avalanche of replies from bands offering to contribute and help out in any way.

Today, the comp, titled the Solidarity Mixtape Vol. 1, goes live. It features 42 punk bands from all over the country, including locals like Choke Up, the Offseason, New Warden, and Bogart’s own Trophy Lungs.

It’s available for a pay-what-you-want download, and after two weeks, Bogart says he will donate the money raised to Black Lives Matter.

“Although current events have helped push the issue into the spotlight, there has always been racism in the justice system and I don’t think I need to explain how necessary change is,” Bogart writes. “The mission of Black Lives Matter is to affirm and embrace the resistance and resilience of Black people. Black Lives Matter is working for a world where Black lives are no longer systematically and intentionally targeted for demise.”

Here is an alphabetical list of the bands involved, with the Bandcamp embed after the cast rollout:

Almost People, Awkward Friends, Banquets, Boardroom Heroes, Brickfight, Choke Up, City Limits, Costanza, Defeater, Devon Kay & The Solutions, Doom Service, Drones, Eli Whitney & The Sound Machine, Elway, Gameday Regulars, Grenades In The Archives, Honah Lee, Lockland Breaks, Love Moon, OC45, Poseurs, Pulling Punches, Rebuilder, Remnants, Ribbonhead, Sketchy, The Fake Boys, The Holy Mess, The Jukebox Romantics, The New Warden, The Offseason, The Stereo State, The Turkletons, The Young Leaves, Timeshares, Trophy Lungs, Two Houses, Victory Boy, Warm Needles, Worship This, Wringer, and Yo Ticonderoga.

Listen to and download Solidarity Mixtape Vol. 1 below…

Solidarity Mixtape V 1

 

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  1. It’s great to see a compilation with such forward thinking bands, like The Jukebox Romantics for example, with founding members (including their current vocalist/guitarist) who organized and took part in an extremely racist Martin Luther King Day party which involved jokes about eating chicken and grape drank, watching blaxploitation movies and wearing “Kwanzaa colors”. Oh, and did I mention they have a billy club in their van that is labelled the “Nigger Be Good” stick? Cuz they do. Good job!

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