Sunday, October 05, 2008

MICROPHONISCOPE: songs & the campaign trail























dj green lantern :: we need barack feat. mavado & barack obama
malik yusef :: promise land feat. kanye west & adam levine
big boi :: sumthin's gotta give feat. mary j. blige

music has been present and even a noteworthy element of the US presidential build up this year in some interesting ways. this is a brief look at it.

perhaps to offset his stodginess, mccain's daughter meghan has been blogging her view of the country as she travels with her father, but more importantly sharing her playlists and soundtracks ... which are disarmingly informed by good taste. i'm imagining someone realized that the blogging wannabe intelligentsia (and yeah i include myself) would devote a moment or two to this inexplicable development. i'm convinced its a red herring, but still. pitchfork recently noted that the "song of the day" chosen by miss mccain for the day of the presidential debate was ping pong by stereo lab, which hardly has positive descriptions of the type of economic policy espoused by mr. mccain. jezebel got into it a it as well (the comments there are great).

obama's support from the hip hop community (like this vibe endorsement) has been the subject of a few analyses. but sister toldja said it pretty succintly here:

"There is a very short list of rappers who could do an Obama song that wouldn't be a 'bad' look ... the rest of 'em need to go vote quietly. I'm all for encouraging Black youth and Hip-Hop fans to vote, but not at the expense of the campaign.
check the link to see her short list, which probably has a decent overlap with my own.   the long and short of it is that such endorsements can be strongly double-edged.

the palin/barracuda thing is just something else ...

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