Persist: A Mixtape for Planned Parenthood

. June 8, 2017.
A good ol’ fashioned mixtape featuring 21 tracks from woman-fronted bands across the nation and spanning every genre
A good ol’ fashioned mixtape featuring 21 tracks from woman-fronted bands across the nation and spanning every genre

Persist: A Women’s Mixtape for Planned Parenthood is just what it sounds like: a good ol’ fashioned mixtape streaming via bandcamp and available for a $12 download that features 21 tracks from woman-fronted bands across the nation and spanning every genre.

In this collection, you’ll hear punk, pop, experimental opera, Renaissance-tinged orchestral suites, trouncing garage rock and everything else. All of it powered by visionary woman leading bands that come from a diverse range of scenes like Boston, Miami, Los Angeles and, of course, some notable contributions from the Ann Arbor area, as well!

This sonic fundraising event was set in motion by UM alum Kirsten Carey, a Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter who operates as the gnarly/noisy punk provocateur, Throwaway. We caught up with Carey back in February when she was premiering a video for her band, but this time, we want to spotlight some of the Michigan/Ann Arbor bands that you can hear on her new mixtape.

The trippy/contemplative jazz stylings of saajtak


The feedback-fired, gliding garage-rock of JUNGLEFOWL

And the sinister/sweet & soulful ballad of Willa Rae & The Minor Arcana

There are also some exceptional tracks from local artists like Molly Jones, Tanner Porter, Ensoleil, and Betsy Soukup.

Your $12 download of “Persist” will go directly to Planned Parenthood, helping to provide reproductive health services and education to women across the country.

Carey said that this compilation is, indeed, a reaction to the election of Donald Trump; a way of showcasing the diverse talents of women all around the country “and amplifying their voice!”

Bandcamp is working directly with the women behind “Persist” to help maximize their potential funds raised for Planned Parenthood.

The main bandcamp page emphasizes that these artists are “…from every color of skin; from every ethnic background; from across the LGBTQ+ spectrum; from “Future Soul” to punk to Irish folk to chamber music; from conservatory-trained to self-taught; from polished studio recordings to gritty live recordings and recordings done in attics!”

Carey said that these “…are the women artists and their allies who make America’s arts thrive!” They are virtuosic and multi-talented, and they are united.

“We will persist. We will not be quiet!” https://ppmixtape.bandcamp.com/releases

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And! While you’re here…

I want to share one more song with you.

Ypsilanti’s JUNGLEFOWL, who are featured on this mixtape, just dropped a brand new single over the weekend. Since things can too often get lost in the shuffle of social media, or blasted over by other big weekend parties, we wanted to make sure you didn’t miss it… Cuz it’s a barn burner – blending 70s hard rock, 80’s punk and just a touch of 60’s psychedelia. And ya know, another good reason to bring up JUNGLEFOWL, related to the women who rock that we mentioned above, is that the duo’s singer and drummer (Melissa Coppola) is the president of Girls Rock Detroit – which is starting to ramp up for their summer camps for girls eager to learn how to start playing rock n roll instruments. Dig it.

Have a nice rest of the week! Here’s JUNGLEFOWL