Good Music to Avert the Collapse of American Democracy, Vol. 1

Various Artists

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Good Music to Avert the Collapse of American Democracy, Vol. 1 Review

by Timothy Monger

Clearly stating its intention in the title, Good Music to Avert the Collapse of American Democracy, Vol. 1 is a sprawling 40-track charity compilation released in September 2020 to benefit the American voter rights organization Fair Fight. A number of high-profile indie artists contributed previously unreleased songs ranging from demos and live tracks to remixes, new originals, and plenty of covers. Among its unique selections, one can hear Superchunk covering the Minutemen ("Political Song for Michael Jackson to Sing"), Fleet Foxes' Robin Pecknold covering the Roches ("Hammond Song"), and Weyes Blood covering Joni Mitchell ("River"). Other participants, who span several generations of indie music, include Phoebe Bridgers, R.E.M., Thurston Moore, Tegan & Sara, Helado Negro, Courtney Barnett, and Sylvan Esso. The collection's beneficiary, Fair Fight, is aimed at promoting fair elections, fighting voter suppression, and contributing to voter education and reform.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
Hayley Williams 02:12 Amazon
2
Ben Gibbard / Tycho 04:40 Amazon
3
R.E.M. 03:45 Amazon
4
Matt Berninger 03:25 Amazon
5
Grouplove 04:06 Amazon
6
Rostam 03:19 Amazon
7
Soccer Mommy 02:49 Amazon
8
Eprom / Flume 03:09 Amazon
9
clipping. 05:42 Amazon
10
My Morning Jacket 04:20 Amazon
11
War
Sudan Archives 02:25 Amazon
12
Helado Negro 04:40 Amazon
13
Death Cab for Cutie 04:16 Amazon
14
Jeff Tweedy 02:45 Amazon
15
Sharon Van Etten 01:41 Amazon
16
Weyes Blood 03:49 Amazon
17
Thurston Moore 03:59 Amazon
18
The Decemberists 03:43 Amazon
19
Tegan and Sara 02:49 Amazon
20
Best Coast 02:13 Amazon
21
Todd Edwards / Poolside 04:06 Amazon
22
Jamila Woods 02:45 Amazon
23
Robin Pecknold 05:44 Amazon
24
Beverly Glenn-Copeland 04:06 Amazon
25
Devendra Banhart 04:22 Amazon
26
Phoebe Bridgers 03:29 Amazon
27
Real Estate 02:17 Amazon
28
Sylvan Esso 03:00 Amazon
29
Josh Ritter 04:06 Amazon
30
Laura Jane Grace & the Devouring Mothers 03:18 Amazon
31
Alex G 02:57 Amazon
32
Frankie Cosmos 02:37 Amazon
33
King Tuff 03:24 Amazon
34
Superchunk 01:30 Amazon
35
Jay Som 02:42 Amazon
36
Angel Olsen 03:38 Amazon
37
Gilligan Moss 03:52 Amazon
38
Bhi Bhiman 03:52 Amazon
39
Courtney Barnett 04:55 Amazon
40
Preservation Hall Jazz Band 07:52 Amazon
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