4/28/2017

7-Inches For Planned Parenthood Share First Single CHVRCHES' "Down Side of Me (Live)" with Kristen Stewart Directed Video


7-INCHES FOR PLANNED PARENTHOOD SHARES FIRST SINGLE
CHVRCHES' "DOWN SIDE OF ME (LIVE)"

WATCH KRISTEN STEWART-DIRECTED VIDEO
SINGLE ARTWORK BY WILLIAM VILLALONGO


PRE-ORDER OF VINYL BOX SET UP NOW AT7INCHESFORPLANNEDPARENTHOOD.COM

7" Vinyl Series Features Contributions from Björk, Common, Foo Fighters, John Legend,  Margaret Atwood, Nico Muhly, Shepard Fairey & More

Earlier this month,  members of the creative community announced 7-inches for Planned Parenthood, a curated series of 7-inch vinyl records and digital downloads to benefit Planned Parenthood. The project comprises contributions from acclaimed creative minds who stand with Planned Parenthood and its patients (see below for a full list of participants).  

Today, the first single from the box set, a new version of "Down Side of Me (Live)"  from acclaimed electro-pop trio CHVRCHES, is available for purchase and stream at Apple MusiciTunes and Spotify.  Accompanying the release is also a Kristen Stewart directed video for the song.



Of their contribution to the project, lead singer Lauren Mayberry says, "'Down Side Of Me'' was not written specifically for this project but I really like how the lyrics can be interpreted in a way that supports the goal of the project as a whole. We should all be able to have faith that our governments are working in our best interests - and if they aren't then, they should be challenged and held to account. 'I'll believe that you're all that you said you would be.'"

She continues: "We have always tried to be socially aware and to link in with organisations whose work we support. Planned Parenthood is an incredibly important resource for so many women (and men) in America and the fact that Planned Parenthood has come under so much fire in the current political climate does not sit well with us. Now is not the time to stay quiet, and if artists want to help by raising money or awareness for causes that we believe in, then I think that they should."

The cover artwork for the single is by Brooklyn artist William Villalongo, featuring one of his paintings from a series currently on display at the Susan Inglett art gallery in New York City. On his contribution to 7-inches, he says: "This new series reflects on the Black male presence in American society. Black male prison population statistics and the recent killing of unarmed Black youth, mostly male, such as Trayvon Martin, Mike Brown and Freddy Gray brought me to the project.  The work addresses how society views (sees or can't see) Black men while also making concrete the staggering number of Black men literally absent from society in general.  Art is a way to speak of the unspeakable through observation, feeling, metaphor and material. "

The entire 7-inches for Planned Parenthood vinyl boxset is available now for pre-order at7inchesforplannedparenthood.com with a target of early fall for delivery. Each single will include a unique piece of artwork accompanying two sides of unique music, comedy or spoken word, many of which are given to Planned Parenthood, which provides reproductive health care to 2.5 million women, men, and young people each year.

The creative collective behind 7-inches for Planned Parenthood states:
Lawmakers with extreme views are working hard to shut down Planned Parenthood. If they succeed, millions of Americans will lose access to basic health services, including STD testing and treatment, birth control, and life-saving cancer screenings.

7-inches for Planned Parenthood is a response to this threat. This curated series of 7-inch vinyl records is being made by a group of people who believe that access to health care is a public good that should be fiercely protected. Do we know there's a joke in the name? We do. We hope the title evokes the rich history of 7-inch vinyl records as a medium for protest music and resistance.

Planned Parenthood will receive 100% of the proceeds from the sale of this 7-inch box set and streaming listens.  We see this initiative as the start of something bigger, and hope it will inspire both contributors and listeners to continue to seek out ways to stand with Planned Parenthood and other institutions that are so vital to us all.

In addition to supporting 7-inches for Planned Parenthood, people can also visitIStandWithPP.org to find ways to get involved locally, contact their Senator and urge them to stand with Planned Parenthood, show their support for Planned Parenthood on social media using the hashtag #IStandWithPP,  and share how Planned Parenthood has helped you.



"We're incredibly grateful to have the support of so many artists and entertainers, many of them who have themselves relied on us for health care," said Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. "Planned Parenthood has been around for 100 years, and onein five women in America have turned to us for care. Planned Parenthood has stood defiantly in the face of opposition for a century, and we're not backing down now. "
PP cover art
Contributors to 7-inches for Planned Parenthood include:
Record Contributors
Aparna Nancherla
Björk
Bon Iver
Bryce Dessner
CHVRCHES (with film clip directed by Kristen Stewart)
Common
Dr. Willie Parker
Dream Hampton
Elliott Smith
Estelle
Feist
Foo Fighters
Heather McGhee
Helado Negro
Janeane Garofalo
Jenny Slate
John Legend
Jon Brion
Laurie Anderson
Margaret Atwood
Margaret Cho
Mary J Blige
Mary Lattimore
Matt Berninger
Meg Baird
Mitski
Nico Muhly
Pete Holmes
Sarah Silverman
Sharon Van Etten
Sleater-Kinney
St. Vincent
Tig Notaro
Walter Martin
Zach Galifianakis

Visual Contributors
Angela Pilgrim
Azar Kazimir
Domonique Echeverria
Hisham Akira Bharoocha
Jacqui Oakley
James Merry
Mark Fox
Megan Tatem
Molly Schiot
Penelope Gazin
Rashid Johnson
Shepard Fairey
William Villalongo

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