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Animal Collective Release Live Albums to Combat North Carolina Anti-LGBTQ HB2 Bill

Proceeds Go to Progress NC

May 09, 2016
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Animal Collective released their latest album, Painting With, back in February via Domino. Now the band has released the full audio of two recent concerts (in Los Angeles and Manchester, England) to their Bandcamp page. It's a pay-what-you-want deal, with all proceeds going to Progress NC who are working to combat North Carolina's discriminatory anti-LGBTQ HB2 bill, which puts into law that transgender people have to use the public restroom of the gender on their birth certificate, rather than the gender they now identify themselves as.

Animal Collective performed at The Orange Peel in Asheville, NC last night. They have issued a statement about the live albums, why they decided not to cancel last night's show (some prominent musicians, including Bruce Springsteen, have recently cancelled North Carolina shows in protest), and why they are against the law.

"Last night, Animal Collective performed at The Orange Peel in Asheville, NC. For those who were at the show, you may have seen a table set up for Progress NC, who we were introduced to by NC Needs You ( They ( are an organization 'dedicated to being a voice for forward-thinking North Carolinians who want to protect the balanced approach to government.' Recently, North Carolina passed a law, known as HB2, that dictates which bathrooms transgender people are permitted to use and attacks the rights of LGBT citizens to sue when their human rights are violated in the workplace. We felt that canceling our show, like many others have done in protest of this law, would be a disappointment to our fans and decided to go on with the performance. That being said, we don't condone or agree with any type of bigotry or discrimination.

"This year, we've been recording and mixing some of our live shows. In an effort to raise awareness and help those fighting for equality, we are making two of our favorite recent shows available for download in a 'pay what you want' model. To listen to/download shows from March 9, 2016 at The Fonda in Los Angeles, CA or April 13, 2016 at The Ritz in Manchester, UK please visit and donate what you'd like to contribute to Progress NC. All proceeds from these downloads will go to that organization. Thanks!"



(Via Pitchfork)


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