‘Noise For Now Vol. 2’ Compilation Benefitting Abortion Access Features Big Freedia, Courtney Barnett, David Byrne & More

An all-star group of indie artists are collaborating on the second volume of the Noise For Now series benefitting independent abortion providers throughout the country. The lineup for Noise For Now Vol. 2 was revealed on Tuesday (March 26), the same day the Supreme Court is slated to hear arguments in a case challenging the availability and accessibility of the safe and effective abortion pill mifepristone.

The 11-track collection features exclusive tracks from Big Freedia (“Holatta”), David Byrne and Devo (“Empire”), Courtney Barnett (“Boxing Day Blues (Demo),” The War on Drugs (“Victim (Live),” Claud (“Spare Tire (Demo)” and Julia Jacklin (“Dead From the Waist Down”), among others. At a time when abortion access is being rolled back across the country in the wake of the conservative majority Supreme Court’s 2022 decision overturning Roe v. Wade, the limited-edition compilation due out on June 21 will benefit abortion providers via Keep Our Clinics; the release date will mark the second anniversary of the overturning of Roe, which removed federal protections for abortion.

The compilation will be available on vinyl as well as digitally, with pre-orders available here. “We are so grateful to work with these incredible artists to raise money and awareness for independent abortion clinics throughout the U.S.,” said Noise for Now executive director Amelia Bauer in a statement. “We know that when the artists and performers we love speak openly and unapologetically about abortion, abortion is stripped of its stigma. We believe that we can shape our future with art, community, and collective action.”

Noise for Now allows artists to connect with and financially support grassroots organizations that work in the reproductive justice field, including abortion access. “Independent clinics continue to be on the frontlines: they’re providing the majority of abortion care, providing care throughout pregnancy, and continuing to fight to preserve and expand our rights in the courts and on the ballot,” said Brooke Thomson, development director at the Abortion Care Network. “Art and music are essential to our struggles. When artists, musicians, advocates, and providers work together, we change the culture and tell everyone the truth: abortion is popular, and supporting independent providers is necessary.”

The first edition of Noise For Now — featuring Maya Hawke, Amanda Shires and Jason Isbell, Bully, Wet Leg and more — was released in Nov. 2023.

Check out the full track listing for Noise For Now Vol. 2 below.

Julia Jacklin – “Dead From The Waist Down (Catatonia cover)”

Courtney Barnett – “Boxing Day Blues (Demo)”

Becca Mancari – “It’s Too Late (Demo)”

The War On Drugs – “Victim (Live)”

MC50 feat. Arrow DeWilde – “High School (Live)”

A.J. Haynes (of Seratones) – “Everything is Change”

Claud – “Spare Tire (Demo)”

Faye Webster – “Thinking About You (Live)”

SOFIA ISELLA – “Hot Gum (she version)”

David Byrne and Devo – “Empire”

Big Freedia – “Holatta”

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