Tuesday, November 2nd, 2004

This Is A Public Service Announcement With Guitar

Happy election day! This blatently partisan public service announcement is brought to you by the back of Drive-By Trucker Patterson Hood’s guitar and is endorsed by Velvet Elvis and Trucker Jesus.

And this non-partisan one comes courtesy of the Music Bloggers for Democracy movement:

Hey!! Stop what you’re doing! You’re not going to find that Arcade Fire live bootleg today, you’re not going to stumble across the b-side to “Hand In Glove”, and you’re not going to find the unreleased Pixies album.

If you have the right to vote in the US election then find your nearest polling place and get prepared to vote.

Tell your friends to vote, tell your enemies for that matter. But just vote.

I am not an American citizen, but I will be calling and emailing all my American friends to make sure they plan on voting. Participation is crucial. The decision of the American public will affect each and every one of us.

I don’t care who you vote for, all I am asking is that you exercise your democratic right to have your opinion counted. I want to believe that your new president is the choice of the majority and is not elected as a result of low voter turnout.

Moveon.com : RockTheVote.com : JohnKerry.com : GeorgeWBush.com : MusicForAmerica.org : DeclareYourself : JustVote : GetEducated

And since this is an mp3blog we’ve added a song or two as well.

Vote by Chris Stamey w/Yo La Tengo

Get Out And Vote On Novemeber 2nd. Regular Blogging Will Commence On November 3rd.


Music Bloggers For Democracy

and everyone that has agreed to post:

the big ticket : songs:illinois : last sound of summer : moerex : pwi : barsandguitars : scissorkick : radiobabylon : Kingblind : TeachingTheIndieKidsToDanceAgain : TheNapkin : Tuwa’s Shanty : RummageThroughTheCrevices : Lost Bands Of The New Wave : Enchilada’s Blog : Aurgasm : Bradley’s Almanac : Largehearted Boy : The Witness Exchange : Something I Learned : mystery and misery : Alternate Tuning : Republic of Replicants : ScissorKick : Pecados De Nada : Fat Planet : Silence Is A Rhythm Too : 10:51 AM Toronto : Bolt

While I am no fan of Michael Moore, this last-minute plea to voters seems genuine and heartfelt, and is worth reading.

And a final word:

“I’m sentimental, if you know what I mean

I love the country but I can’t stand the scene.

And I’m neither left or right

I’m just staying home tonight,

getting lost in that hopeless little screen.

But I’m stubborn as those garbage bags

that Time cannot decay,

I’m junk but I’m still holding up this little wild bouquet:

Democracy is coming to the U.S.A.”

– Leonard Cohen, “Democracy”

If you can, vote. If you can’t, pray. See you tomorrow.

By : Frank Yang at 6:48 am
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  1. mr g says:

    FYI: I think those LC lyrics are from "Democracy," the next track on The Future (1992), currently up over at my MBFD post btw.


  2. Frank says:

    you are correct. I was thinking of my other favourite Leonard Cohen line: "There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in".

  3. Rachel says:

    Hey, guess what, folks. You see, the US presidential election isn’t dependant upon us swell kids with the "right" to vote. All the popular vote shows is what any idiot 18 year old with the ability to poke a stick through a hole can do. You see, the electoral college elects our president. Watch and see, my friends. As always, the world’s future is in the hands of nearly dead white men.