In order to promote North Carolina’s new One-Stop Early Voting program, which allows voters to register if they haven’t already and cast their ballots at the same time, Barack Obama’s campaign will be giving out free concert tickets in several counties during the early hours of Thursday, April 24 . The shows will feature North Carolina’s own Superchunk and everyone’s favorite Canadians, the Arcade Fire. I’m trying to imagine a politically energizing Superchunk set that doesn’t involve “Slack Motherfucker,” but I just can’t do it.
I have little to no idea what “skunk rock” or “grebo” are, but I like the The Guardian‘s query about musical genres that need to be resurrected. After the jump, a list of some forgotten styles I think the young folk of today would be wise to embrace–sounds and aesthetics that could bring this country back from the brink.
Do you know what we haven’t done much of lately? Just posted a video of a song that we happen to love. You know, just for the hell of it. Even in these waning days of 2007, it can’t be all year-end lists and shitty album covers! So here are a bunch of Superchunk videos. Mostly because a.) Superchunk always improves my seasonally affected bad mood, but also because b.) YouTube didn’t have any Lync clips. Lync! Christ, next I’m gonna be digging up old live footage of Christie Front Drive.
So radio sucks now. And in order to figure out why, the government is holding a hearing on “the state of innovation and competition in the radio market” today. ‘Cause maybe the reason it sucks is that Clear Channel and Radio One and others put the bootheel to their smaller competetors with the government’s help? Could be! Most Americans are inured to Fergalicious radio at this point, but in his testimony, Merge Records co-founder, Superchunk frontman, and wacky socialist entrepreneur Mac McCaughan suggests that more radio deregulation may not be good for the listening habits of music fans and other living things, that allowing big business to chew up and spit out even more indie radio stations is, like, a bad move.