Internet Cat Meme Fundraises for LGBT Rights

Even though the Indiana state government scaled back the more discriminatory measures of their controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the battle over extended rights for Indiana's LGBT community continues to wage. To help raise money for LGBT organizations, Lil Bub – yes, the Internet meme – has gathered up 50 artists to join the feline on a benefit compilation called 50 Bands & a Cat for Indiana Equality. The 51-track collection features unreleased songs by the Thurston Moore Band, Thee Oh Sees, Surfer Blood, Of Montreal and many more. The compilation – spearheaded by Indiana-based label Joyful Noise – also boasts tracks by Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Why?, Half Japanese, Margot and the Nuclear So and Sos, Deerhoof, Ought and Lil Bub herself. For $25, music fans will be able to download all 51 tracks as high-quality MP3s and choose one to press on a handmade, hand-numbered, limited-edition 7" lathe-cut record. All net profits from 50 Bands & a Cat for Indiana Equality will benefit Freedom Indiana, the ACLU of Indiana and Indy Pride.