Auto Bailout: That’s Not Amore

Posted by Katherine | Monday, December 8th, 2008

The Big Three must be perking up a bit at the now-promising bailout rumblings. [Update 9 Dec 08: I should have noted that Obama supports the loan and will inherit the Detroit problem come January.] Pat McDermott (aka coolgeek2751) calls himself a "rock climbing jazz piano playing programmer." He's pretty fervently ...

National Anthem on Election Night

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, November 6th, 2008

From Julie Vaicius, here's a little girl with a patriotic election-night "serenade." It's not clear which candidate she was rooting for. (Thanks, Sue Salinger.) [Julie Vaicius / Vimeo] Somewhat later that night -- at 2:00 am -- melish99 filmed Obama supporters feeling that same American spirit. "Dawn's early light" might have been a ...

Venetian Gondoliers Belt It Out for Obama

Posted by Katherine | Saturday, November 1st, 2008

If you believe the tallies at If the World Could Vote?, people outside the US are rooting for Obama. This is not a scientific survey, and the numbers are surely skewed (just look at the figures for America). But it is a noteworthy interactive site put together by three curious ...

Oui On Peut

Posted by Katherine | Saturday, November 1st, 2008

Whirlybirdbrand, an "old school dance hall and saloon" in Opelousas, Louisiana -- the "heart of Creole and Cajun country" -- posted this music video. It's an infectious zydeco riff on "Yes We Can." In French. Subtitles included. You might find yourself tapping your feet even if you're voting for McCain. You ...

Obama: Hip Hop and Hustle in Detroit

Posted by Katherine | Friday, August 15th, 2008

Some youth and some senior citizens performing for Obama in Detroit. (Thanks, Sarolta Cump.) Lady Te is a young Motor City rapper. In this music video, she appeals to her peers to dig into important issues and go vote for Barack: If you're a Detroiter on the senior end of the ...

Ludacris’s Endorsement Backfires

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, August 5th, 2008

Obama praised rapper Ludacris as a great talent recently (though he wished he didn't have to worry about his daughters "getting bad images of themselves" should they listen to his music). Last week, Ludacris presumably thought he returned the favor with Politics As Usual, his endorsement of Barack. The ...

Obama for Obama in Obama

Posted by Katherine | Monday, July 28th, 2008

In the town of Obama in Fukui Prefecture in Japan, there's a group called "Obama for Obama." And Obama for Obama in Obama has a special song, recorded here by undochu (thanks, Sarolta Cump): That little kid totally caught some air at the end.

Happy 4th of July (Soul of America)

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, July 3rd, 2008

Jellykka (Angelica Oung) explains that her inspiration for this song came from the Patriot Act, US-Mexico border issues, and Guantanamo. She had the idea, she says, a couple of years ago but had to "get some guitar skillz" before she could write it. She aimed for "a song that tied ...

Gas Prices Song

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

This funny, silly original tune will strike home if you took a roadtrip over Memorial Day (thanks, Sue Salinger). It's about gas prices and why they're so high -- a crowd-pleasing topic at any campaign event. The musicians, Rhett and Link, are boyhood pals from North Carolina; they've been writing ...

Tap Dancing for Obama

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, May 15th, 2008

This takes citizen ads to a whole new level. It includes tap dancing, dogs in t-shirts, and dizzying costume changes -- all supported by a very(!) enthusiastic original song (thanks, Sue Salinger): Grace Uncensored is a performer from Springfield, IL.

Beatles Songs for the Candidates

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

These spoofs of Princeton professor Cornel West -- by Los Angeles filmmaker David McMillan, aka "Professor Clifton East" -- match up the presidential candidates with Beatles songs. McMillan created these in 2007, when the candidate pool was considerably larger. In Part I, the Democrats: And in Part II, the Republicans: When Sarolta ...

More Criticism of PA Democratic Debate

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, April 24th, 2008

These two videos found by Sue Salinger make it worth revisiting last week's ABC Democratic debate -- a debate that has been thoroughly trashed (by Democrats, anyway) for it near-total irrelevance. In this vein, up first: New York hip-hop vlogger Jay Smooth's mashup of debate footage and Soulja Boy: And next: ...

Swingin’ for Obama in PA

Posted by Katherine | Monday, April 14th, 2008

The Pennsylvania Democratic primary polls show Clinton still in the lead, despite a narrowing gap. But Earl Pickens (from Lewisburg, PA) and The Band Named Thunder think otherwise. They're so sure Obama's going to win everywhere in Pennsylvania they had to sing about it. Notice how they work in "Yes ...

Obamamania: In or Out?

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

Like many clubs, Obamamania looks pretty fun from the inside; less so if you're on the outside. First, the inside: This is another video found by co-curator Sarolta Cump. It shows avid Obama supporters waiting in the cold at 5:30 a.m. to see the senator and passing time with some ...

Monday Memory of Mike

Posted by Katherine | Monday, March 24th, 2008

Since it's Monday, a dose of lightness. Mike Huckabee's been out of the race for a few weeks now, so think of this also as a final salute to his candidacy. Sarolta Cump, one of our new co-curators -- who will all be introducing themselves soon -- found this video. ...