Possibly the most worthwhile music project of the century so far, ambitious in scale and a delight from start to finish, Paste report: “Saturday marked the 100th day of the new regime, and that number feels even more trivial and arbitrary now that we’re on the other side of it—especially when it means that Our First 100 Days, the playlist that’s been getting us through with a new song every day, was forced by virtue of its own name to come to a close.
After featuring songs from the likes of Angel Olsen, Julien Baker, The Mountain Goats and Beach Fossils, they ended things with the release of a version of Woody Guthrie’s timeless “This Land Is Your Land” performed by Phosphorescent. It’s a moving and serene performance from Matthew Houck and co., coming across with a perfect mix of sadness, love and hope. The organizers behind the playlist also announced that as of day 100, the project had raised more than $100,000 for the organizations it was supporting, including All Above All, People’s Climate Movement and Southerners On New Ground. You can help out by purchasing the playlist for a minimum of $30 at the Bandcamp page, and the songs will remain available to listen to for free there until January of 2018.
Give a listen to Phosphorescent’s cover of “This Land Is Your Land” below, where you can also read Houck’s statement on the song and watch his performance at the Paste Ruins at the Newport Folk Festival in 2013. You can also find some of the best Trump burns from Our First 100 Days here.
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