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I wanted to call this post “Solid Like Barack” but figured I should be slightly neutral.  Man, that SNL skit was great.
In alphabetical order:

Charles Baldwin

Charles Baldwin

Charles Baldwin – God Gave Rock n Roll to You II by Kiss
In honor of his studies at Liberty Bible Institute and ya know, him being a Pastor and all.  This man of god and candidate for the Constitution Party would surely appreciate Kiss’ cover of the 1973 Argent song.  There’s an a capella break people!





Bob Barr

Bob Barr

Bob Barr – My Life by Billy Joel
There seriously is no better Libertarian song.  He won’t tell you what to do and you better as hell not tell him what to do.




John McCain – Same Old Song and Dance by Frank Sinatra
Basically ol’ Blue Eyes has been kicked around and knows he should turn his back, walk away, choose someone else – he’s not foolish!  But he still falls for the same old lines.  This is how I feel about Republican voters.  Especially the ones who claim they’re just giving the Republican Party one more chance.  I guess they didn’t give enough chances during the last 8 years.  UGH.


Cynthia McKinney

Cynthia McKinney

Cynthia McKinney – Big Yellow Taxi by Joni Mitchell
I can so see the Green Party candidate singing along to this anti-sprawl, anti-pollution, and anti-poor-urban-planning song.



Ralph Nader – I Voted For Nader by Thought Riot
Come on folks – stop whining and scapegoating Nader.  If politicians actually acted like him, or at least took advice from him,  we wouldn’t be in such a mess!


Barack Obama – Dream Weaver by Gary Wright
Hard to pick just one but I went with Dream Weaver because this song makes my insides feel warm just like when I hear Obama speak.

Click here for the Obama Variety Hour:

8th Street N/R/W Subway Station Mosaic by Tim Snell

8th Street N/R/W Subway Station Mosaic by Tim Snell

In honor of New York’s stormy weather today, I wrote down all the songs I could think of in the span of about 1 minute dealing with rain.  Well, I left out ones that came to mind but I hate (ie Lightning Crashes by Live and It’s Raining Men by the Weather Girls).
What would you add to the list?

Creedence Clearwater Revival – Who’ll Stop the Rain

Neil Young – Be the Rain

Cracker (covering the Carpenters) – Rainy Days and Mondays

Creedence Clearwater Revival – Have You Ever Seen the Rain

New Edition – Can You Stand the Rain

Missy Elliot – I Can’t Stand the Rain

Supremes – Bad Weather

10,000 Maniacs – Like the Weather

Blind Melon – No Rain

Eurythmics – Here Comes the Rain Again

The Beatles – Rain
Cool fact: Rain was not on any original LPs.  Recorded for Revolver, but it was released instead as a single along with Paperback Writer.

Regina Specktor – Rain Drops

Billie Holiday – Stormy Weather

Ok Go – Let It Rain

Sonic Youth – Rain King

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – Tupelo

Jesus & Mary Chain – Happy When It Rains

Andrew Bird – Weather Systems

Echo & the Bunnymen – Ocean Rain

Preston School of Industry – Caught in the Rain

Bob Dylan – Hard Rain’s A Gonna Fall

Listing only eleven Dylan songs I love became the Sophie’s Choice of my day.  But I did it anyway.
My favorite album happens to be Nashville Skyline, so I have omitted those songs from this list.

In alphabetical order:

Abandoned Love
Driving down a winding country road, putting more distance between you and your lover, contemplating all the good and all the gut wrenchingly bad aspects of this love.  Let it go, let it fade away, your heart  will be fine.  Better than fine.  And once you’ve found the proper distance from the supposed One, you can reminese fondly and then let it go. 

Baby Let Me Follow You Down
“Can I come home with you?”
Yes, 1964 Bob Dylan.  You most definitely can follow me down.

Don’t Think Twice It’s All Right
Such a great kiss off song. 

PS: Mike Ness does a great cover.

I Shall Be Released
This song gives me shivers.
This video makes me wish I was both alive and old enough in 1976 to have gone to the Band’s Last Waltz and hang out with, well, all these people:

It Ain’t Me, Babe
Dylan tells it straight, you’re looking in the wrong place.

It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)
My first exposure to rap:

“Money doesn’t talk/ It swears/ Obsenity, who really cares/ Propoganda, all is phony”

Lay Lady Lay
One of the sexiest songs ever written.
“His clothes are dirty/ But his hands are clean/ And you’re the best thing/ That he’s ever seen”

Positively 4th Street
The ultimate song for backstabbers, fakers,  and frenemies.
“I wish that for just one time/ You could stand inside my shoes/ You’d know what a drag it is/ To see you”

Queen Jane Approximately
Falling from grace leads you to the beggers and thiefs.  And boy do they have much more fun.

Simple Twist of Fate
Curse the heavens, kick the ground, life takes us in confusing directions.
Thank the stars, kiss a stranger, maybe that’s not such a bad thing.

Subterranean Homesick Blues
Sums up the 60s (to this young mind).  Plus, it’s upbeat, catchy, and has crazy harmonica.

To Ramona
Sweet and sad and oh so personal.  Dylan’s songwriting at its best.

You’re a Big Girl Now
All I’m gonna say is this is one of my favorite songs to make out to.

(Okay, so this list actually goes to thirteen.)

winnebago warrior (dead kennedys) remember in spaceballs when they drove a winnebago through space ?

bicycle race (queen) what if freddy mercury were president ?

son of a mustang ford (swervedriver) from their first album raise, this is sonic road rage 

girl on a motorbike (swervedriver)  from their classic album, mezcal head

drive it all over me (my bloody valentine)  put this on your headphones.

put the message in the box (world party)  after 3 years in the waterboys, karl wallinger went on to form this band that had some groovey tunes.

goddess on a highway (mercury rev) from 1998’s deserter’s songs, this definately fits our road mix.

driving on 9 (the breeders) the Deal sisters are two of the best people to ever come out of ohio.

precision auto (superchunk) is this hyper enough for you ?

jesus built my hotrod (ministry) featuring gibby haynes from butthole surfers on vocals

what i’m currently rockin.  ah …  my first post to DTS.  here we go …

“The Moon and the Melodies”/Cocteau Twins and Harold Budd
the cocteaus may not exist anymore, but robin guthrie is pretty consistantly putting out stuff whether it’s a film soundtrack or a solo album …  and we just saw him perform a few weeks ago which is very rare in these parts !  visually and sonically amazing !

“The Mind Is a Terrible Thing To Taste”/Ministry
haven’t really listened to them since the days of high skool.  takes me back.

The Jesus Lizard
’nuff said

“Exploded Drawing”/Polvo
90’s chapel hill greats polvo have recently reunited and we saw them back in june in nyc and a few weeks back at ATP.  they were one of the more anticipated acts and one of the highlights of the festival weekend !

“Get Used To It Fast”/Bio & Hills West
LI electronic hip hop duo that will have you thinking you’re listening to the best hip hop around … and you’d be right.

“1000 Hurts”, “At Action Park”/Shellac
shellac rules! steve albini’s (big black, rapeman, engineer of many a good album) dirty guitar, todd trainer’s sick drumming, with bob weston holding down the rhythm. AWESOME.

stay tuned …