“Foreground (Grizzly Bear)” by Lushlife


Rough Trade Publishing is continuing its battle against the forces of evil with the all-star “A Song A Day Keeps The Pain Away” program. The revolutionary subscription series sees a previously unreleased song from one of RTP’s extraordinary roster of artists released daily for the first 90 days of 2017 via Bandcamp. Subscriptions begin at $20.17, with all proceeds donated to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

“When I was asked to contribute to Rough Trade Publishing’s ‘A Song A Day To Keep The Pain Away” benefit project, covering Grizzly Bear’s outstanding album cut, ‘Foreground’ somehow felt like the right starting point, says Lushlife. “In the moment, I was reacting to the Trump Administration’s Muslim Ban, projecting a song about a relationship falling apart onto man and country. As the administration’s anti-immigrant policies predictably set ablaze a rash of hate crimes against Indian Americans and other minorities (a topic I recently wrote an op-ed about in the Washington Post), the track’s bookending rhymes about xenophobia and nationalism took on a heightened urgency. Ultimately though, my goal was to reinterpret Grizzly Bear’s plaintive joint with buoyant marching drums and fizzy pop synths to emote something hopeful for these bleak times.”

Many of Rough Trade Publishing’s top artists are participating in “A Song A Day Keeps The Pain Away,” among them: Craig, Finn, Superchunk, Eleventh Dream Day, Kevin Devine, Delicate Steve, Califone, A Place To Bury Strangers, Juliana Hatfield, Rachel Grimes, King Khan, Prism Tats, Mono, Trans Am, Say Hi, Antietam, John Vanderslice, Saturday Looks Good To Me, Richard Buckner, Mary Timony, Jeff Rosenstock, Telekinesis and many more. For daily updates, please see the official Rough Trade Publishing Bandcamp and official RTP Twitter.

Rough Trade Publishing in its current incarnation was initially operated as House of Hassle Publishing (HoH), a privately owned New York LLC formed in 2007 by co-founder Lyle Hysen of Bank Robber Music, an industry leader in independent TV/film music licensing. Hysen was joined in the innovative venture by Big Hassle Media co-founder/President Ken Weinstein (known industry-wide for his work with Robert Plant, Jack White, and the Superfly family of festivals, including Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival and Outside Lands), and entertainment attorney Gandhar Savur, co-founder of New York City/Nashville-based boutique business, entertainment and intellectual property law firm Savur Threadgold LLP. March 2016 saw House of Hassle’s acquisition of UK publishing company Rough Trade Publishing (RTP). Rough Trade Publishing is positioned within the Bank Robber Industries family of companies, with operations run out of Bank Robber Industries’ New York, Nashville, Los Angles, and London offices.

For more information, please see roughtradepublishing.com.

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