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Canadian music for Obama

January 16, 2009

49-banner Like pretty much the rest of the world, Canadians are excited about the new US president, and apparently they get to convey this excitement by collectively making a mixtape.¬† CBC Radio 2 is soliciting votes for a 49-song playlist, to showcase Canadian music for President-Elect Barack Obama. You can go here and vote for your favourite Canadian song in one of four categories: rock, classical, French-language, and jazz. While they’re calling it ‘Obama’s Mixtape,’ it’s really more in honour of the inauguration. But who knows – Obama has confirmed that his first foreign trip, as is traditional for US presidents, will be to Canada (his predecessor broke with tradition and went to Mexico instead – big surprise there), so maybe they’ll present him with¬† a shiny new red-and-brushed-aluminum iPod preloaded with CanCon. Or something.

As would be expected, Wonkette has a snarky take on it: “This thoughtful gift shall represent the very essence of Canada, distilled into 49 beautiful songs about being polite, speaking passable French, and having depressoid sex under a pile of blankets 10 months of every year.”

If you want to get in on it, hurry – voting closes at 8 pm EST on Friday, January 16th. I don’t think you actually have to be Canadian to vote (I did fine with my IP address 100 miles south of the border), but it probably helps to have some familiarity with the songs. Vote.

(thanks, Tim!)

MP3: The Weakerthans – One Great City!

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Pre-election playlist

November 1, 2008

Like most progressives in the US, I’m rapidly oscillating between giddy optimism and fear. Naturally, I had to find a set of songs that reflects this. For best effect, set your iTunes playlist to ‘shuffle.’

Hope:

MP3: The National – Mr November (National/Obama t-shirt, more National)

MP3: Bad Religion – You Are (the Government) (more Bad Religion, Overeducated musicians)

MP3: Billy Bragg – Waiting for the Great Leap Forward (more Billy Bragg, Concert notes)

MP3: Ted Leo – Keep on Pushing (Curtis Mayfield cover) (more Ted Leo, on z=z)

Despair:

MP3: Bishop Allen – The Bullet and Big D (more Bishop Allen, Listen local)

MP3: Jarvis Cocker – Running the World (NSFW) (more Jarvis Cocker, on z=z)

MP3: The Awkward Stage – The Morons are Winning (more The Awkward Stage)

MP3: The Weakerthans – Pamphleteer (more Weakerthans, on z=z)

And what I really need:

MP3: The Ramones – I Wanna Be Sedated (more Ramones)

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The National and Obama ’08

September 5, 2008

Further evidence of Barack Obama’s good musical taste (or at least his campaign’s) – an instrumental version of The National‘s “Fake Empire” provides the soundtrack for the Obama ’08 campaign’s latest ad. And, conversely, The National is sellingMr November” shirts to benefit the campaign.

[thanks for the heads-up, Brad!]

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Presidential candidate top 10s, visually

August 15, 2008

Blender magazine polled presumptive party nominees John McCain and Barack Obama to find out their top 10 songs, and then asked Girl Talk and Randy Newman for commentary. Given the role of race in this election, I couldn’t help but notice the differing demographics of the two groups of artists (shown in order, left to right and top to bottom).

Barack Obama:

John McCain:

Personally, I couldn’t imagine voting for someone who had not one, but two ABBA songs in their top five.