Tuesday, April 22, 2008

The Dodos's Music Used In MoveOn.Org Barack Obama Ad Contest

Download: The Dodos - "Walking"

Progressive political organization Move On may inspire hope or rage, depending on one's view of the world. But, after viewing one submission from the group's Obama in 30 Seconds contest (in which readers are encouraged to create their own political advertisements for Move On's preferred candidate for president, Barack Obama), one thing is for certain: Move On subscribers seem to have great taste in music. Or, rather, two of them do.

If the rumbling arpeggios of a guitar tuned in unorthodox manner which is used on loop in the ad you see at the top of the post sounds familiar, that's because the song is "Walking" by San Francisco-based, MFR-beloved alt-folk duo The Dodos (who recently have been tearing shit up on their tour behind this year's exquisite Visiter LP). As far as whether or not the band approves of the ad, the answer seems to be on the affirmative side: The pair posted this video on their MySpace Bulletin.

The ad, by Tova Goodman and Harris Danow, is called "Changing", and its concept is simple, tasteful, and effective. Creating artful images using plastic toys, the ad imagines a more united United States of America. Watch for yourself at the top of the post.

Vote for the ad here

The Dodos's MySpace Page

(Jonathan Graef)

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Blogger Kalesy said...

Happened across your blog after seeing this video on the MoveOn site. Pretty amazing :30 piece, it is.

I went to school with a girl named Tova Goodman. Wonder if it's the same...

3:57 PM  
Blogger harris said...

Thanks for the nice words about the ad. The band did give us permission to use the song, but gave no indication whether they support Obama or MoveOn.org.

3:54 PM  

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