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13th-Mar-2008 11:13 am - The Strange Tale of the 2008 Presidential Election...
reposted from LJ

Making Light last week had a fun post about 'the little guy' posting political videos on the Internet that in some cases equals, or even outshines, stuff churned out by the professionals.

Allow me to add my voice to Teresa Nielsen Hayden's: Comparing the 2008 Presidential Campaign to the ghosts of presidential campaigns I have known is a bit like comparing oranges to apples.

I'm not entirely sure what changed. I don't know if it's because technology has given private citizens the tools to create, communicate, and to network without regard to geography or timezone, or if it's because people are simply actually paying attention after sleeping outside the voting booth for nearly 30 years, or if it's because this is a legitimately historical presidential race on more than several grounds.

While I'm intellectually aware that in the past it was possibly for presidential campaigns to run right up until the party conventions picked the candidates, this is the first time where I've actually seen it. For as long as I can remember, both the Democratic and Republican tickets were resolved right after Super Tuesday in February.

Yet, here, in 2008, the Republican nomination has only just been settled, and the race is still on for the Democratic ticket.

We do indeed live in interesting times, although only time will tell if it's in the "Chinese curse" sense of the word or in the "dawn of a new age" sense of the word.

So, in honor of this strange election season, I've quickly thrown together 14 political songs that I just happened to have access to. Enjoy!

(Wheeee! Embeding works like a charm! YAY [info]squeaky!)




Note: The management would appreciate it if you commented when you downloaded.
26th-Sep-2007 11:07 am - Soundtrack: All Over the Musical Map — Finding New England; Part 2/6
Other sections of this soundtrack can be found in:

  • All Over the Musical Map: Finding New England, Part 1
  • All Over the Musical Map: Finding New England, Part 3
  • All Over the Musical Map: Finding New England, Part 4
  • All Over the Musical Map: Finding New England, Part 5
  • All Over the Musical Map: Finding New England, Part 6
Track listing is under the cut and, where appropriate, a brief description of what makes the song fit in the soundtrack. Download for Tracks 13 through 28 is at the end of listing.

Track 13, 'Skinhead on the MBTA (Live)' by the Dropkick Murphys, Track 23 'For Better or Worse' by Averi, and Track 26 'Soft Hand' by the Willard Grant Conspiracy has been uploaded to SaveFile for download, since Box.net won't let me upload these there due to size restriction. The rest of the tracks will be in the Box.net applet.

Please comment if you download...or even if you just feel like it.

25th-Sep-2007 09:03 am - All Over the Musical Map: Finding New England Part 1/6
A zillion years ago (read: earlier this year) I created a 70-song music mix that focused on New England artists or songs about New England. Part of it was put up on ElJay, but I never finished the whole thing.

I've decided to refresh this puppy and post everything. It's going to take a couple of days to pull it together. I hope you think it's worth listening to/downloading/keeping.

This part contains the first 12 tracks of the mix, thanks to Box.net's uploading limitations on free accounts.

Most of the soundtrack is uploaded to Box.net, so you can listen to the tracks before you download. Those files that were too large (and there are some tracks that are too large), I've uploaded to SaveFile .

As noted in this post, Box.net allows you to listen before you download. For instructions on how to do it, go here.

Just a little refresher: This is a soundtrack of songs about New England or artists from New England (the "from" is interpreted very broadly here). I ended up with something on the order of 70 songs, many of them from people you've actually heard about.

For a brief overview of New England's unique culture and heritage, here's a good overview from Wikipedia. Upon reading the page and confirming that it's all true — yeah, I guess I can see why the rest of the U.S. thinks we're a bunch of weirdos. I like to think that it isn't us who are weird so much as it's all of you.

We are, if nothing else, an arrogant lot. (I'm joking about that last part. Sort of.)

While it's true that when someone goes through the list of U.S. regions with a strong musical tradition, New England is not the first place anyone would pick. I'm very sure that the Mississippi Delta (Blues), Austin (Americana), Nashville (Music City U.S.A. for the Country set), Chicago (Jazz), Seattle (Grunge), Orlando (Boy Bands), L.A. (Metal and Rap), and New York City (Punk and Rap) would all be vying for a spot on the list.

New England, by contrast, wouldn't even see the list, let alone be on it. There really isn't a typical "New England" sound. Hell, there isn't even a typical Boston sound. Fair enough. But what New England lacks in a cohesive, identifiable musical style, it makes up for it in variety.

Other sections of this soundtrack can be found in (Links will be added as they go live):
  • All Over the Musical Map: Finding New England, Part 2
  • All Over the Musical Map: Finding New England, Part 3
  • All Over the Musical Map: Finding New England, Part 4
  • All Over the Musical Map: Finding New England, Part 5
  • All Over the Musical Map: Finding New England, Part 6
Track listing is under the cut and, where appropriate, a brief description of what makes the song fit in the soundtrack. You can listen to the tracks in the Box.net Applet located at the end of this post. You can then use the applet to download whatever tracks you like.

Please comment if you download...or even if you just feel like it.


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