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July 8, 2011

Yes, really.

I wrote this a few days ago but forgot to link it here: Why the GOP should support indie music.

Posted by Karol at 02:49 PM |

I initially misread the headline, and thought you were asking them to support indie rock, which I abhor. Your column, however, is commendable. BTW, one of the funniest audience exchanges happened this friday, when I was at Celebrate Brooklyn at the Prospect Park band shell.

Hello Seahorse had just finished one of its songs when a member of the band shouted “viva Mexico,” to audience cheers-since the audience was filled with Mexicans. An Hispanic gentleman turned to his black friend and asked him-rhetorically, of course-”Mexico, what do they have to be proud of?”

Posted by: Gerard at July 10, 2011 at 4:24 am

You know I agree with you, Karol. Although I think the “youth vote” is a myth, a little bit of pop-cultural sheen would go a long way toward defusing the demonization of Republicans. (Not to mention I wouldn’t be surrounded almost exclusively with leftists at shows.)

Posted by: mike at July 11, 2011 at 5:08 pm

I never believe in chasing the youth vote. My protest is more against giving money to those that hate us.

Posted by: Karol at July 12, 2011 at 9:45 am

I’m learning that lesson. It’s one reason why, for instance, I passed on Elvis Costello when he came to town recently. By all reports, his set list was stellar. He played all my favorite songs. But how was I going to give him $45 in good conscience? I just couldn’t do it. Same with Mirah – if you’ve never heard her song “Jerusalem,” it’s about as arrogant an anti-Israel anthem as you’ll (hopefully never have to) hear. There needs to be some way of getting my music fix without giving such people $$.

Posted by: mike at July 12, 2011 at 10:23 am


Posted by: Gerard at July 12, 2011 at 9:11 pm

Sorry – I forget not everyone’s as deep in the indie-rock ghetto as I am.

Mirah is a Pac NW singer/songwriter, somewhat well-known on the national scene:

She was apparently in this film:,_Jewish,_and_Left

And here is the song that operated as my own small Moment of Clarity. The equivocation at play here is just disgusting:

Posted by: mike at July 13, 2011 at 11:06 am

Hear, hear! Great piece!

This was the wackiest thing I can remember when it comes to campaign music:

Posted by: Mark English at July 16, 2011 at 1:45 pm
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