Posted in comedy | music | pictures on October 8, 2008

Photos by Kyle Dean Reinford

Barack Rock

Last night (October 7) 6 musicians and 6 comedians came together to raise money for Democrtaic presidential candidate Barack Obama. The not-so-packed, but sold out event went on over the course of 5 and a half hours, ending with a set by Andrew Bird who thought this was the greatest afterparty he could imagine. The $40 event was highlighted by an appearance by not-so-secret-guests Franz Ferdindand (who play the same venue again tonight)

"Thanks for letting a bunch of Limeys like us play your rally," said Scot and Greenpoint resident Alex Kapranos. "We only hope you'll invite us back for your victory party." It was a fun night in support of who many of us hope will be the next President of the United States. [Sound Bites]
Other highlights were Eugene Mirman's RNC video coverage, a Les Savy Fav (another not-so-secret guust) patriotic song sing-a-long, and a set by the Fiery Furnaces.
Fiery Furnaces may have played all new songs, I didn't recognize an of them at least. Once again, they've reinvented themselves since last seeing them at MHOW last December. They're now organ-heavy, early '70s funk. I still marvel at Elanor's ability to memorize Fiery Furnaces insanely-verbose lyrics. [Sound Bites]
Each band played 3-5 songs and each comedian joked for about 15 minutes. Downstairs was Obama headquarters where live video of the debate was viewable.

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Comments (43)

...yawn

Posted by Anonymous | October 8, 2008 9:55 AM

Stayed up late watching the debates I presume anon 9:55? Get some coffee it is already 10am!

Posted by Anonymous | October 8, 2008 9:57 AM

Xena Obama Obama Xena

Posted by Anonymous | October 8, 2008 10:04 AM

Look, I agree with their politics, but I find it slightly annoying how all these foreign musicians/entertainers are raising money for our Democratic presidential candidates: Franz Ferdinand & Arcade Fire for Obama, Elton John for Hillary, etc. Even Russell Brand was annoying with his rants at the MTV Awards. Imagine the shit we'd get if some American band traveled to another country to raise money for a local politican's campaign & started telling people there how they should vote. People would be appalled.

I support Obama, and I'm a fan of these artists, but I think for the most part, they should stay out of US politics. Or rather, they should definitely steer clear of any fundraising business. They'll be lucky if the GOP didn't start raising serious questions about all this (they already did with Elton's big fundraiser).

I'll give Franz Ferdinand credit for at least making that jokey comment, proving their awareness of the somewhat silly situation.

And I know that Arcade Fire has a few members who were raised in Texas, but let's face it-- they're Canadian residents now. They're not voting in Texas next month.

Okay. All you indoctrinated BV kids who are voting for Obama b/c their favorite indie bands told them to can flame away now.

Posted by Anonymous | October 8, 2008 10:51 AM

Win Butler (TAF) is from Texas. Check your facts.

Posted by Anonymous | October 8, 2008 10:54 AM

Those weren't new Fiery Furnaces songs - they were different versions of their old songs. For example the first song they played was the lyrics to 'My Dog Was Lost..' but were playing the Meters "Tippy Toes". I assume they were lifting old R&B and Funk riffs for all of them.

Posted by Pete Nice | October 8, 2008 11:00 AM

I did check my facts (even though I already mentioned this in my first post). Win & Will Butler were born & raised in Texas, but have since immigrated to Canada. That means they're Canadians now. Which means they can't vote in the election, asshole.

I will give you this though: in "checking my facts," I found that Arcade Fire member Regine Chassagne has dual citizenship. So ONE member of Arcade Fire can vote for Barack Obama.

-Anon 10:51am

Posted by Anonymous | October 8, 2008 11:06 AM

didnt realize that stanley tucci plays bass for the fiery furnaces

Posted by thigh master | October 8, 2008 11:09 AM

10:51 needs to get laid. Fast.

Posted by Anonymous | October 8, 2008 11:12 AM

That shot of martin bisi looks an awful lot like josh hamilton.

Posted by Anonymous | October 8, 2008 11:17 AM

I get laid a lot. I have a boyfriend. Thanks for looking out for me though.

-Anon 10:51

Posted by Anonymous | October 8, 2008 11:18 AM

lol,10:51, what a douchebag. Sorry that you were too busy listening to McCain blather on and Obama cement his victory last night to enjoy the fun!

Posted by Anonymous | October 8, 2008 11:20 AM

Ugh. I don't know why I'm engaging with the more immature BV commenters, but whatever...

Dude, I WHOLLY SUPPORT BARACK OBAMA! Where in my posts did you gather that I'm a McCain supporter?! (I thought the part where I said "I support Obama" was pretty clear.) I want to see Obama in the White House next year, but I just don't think we need help from international rock bands to get him there.

I also know I'm not the only one on this website who thniks this. Other comments have been made in previous posts.

I'm sure you're joking when you make comments about me needing to get laid & all, but I actually resent being called a McCain supporter, just b/c I'm critical of a few little fundraising methods!!

(As an avid BV reader, I was hoping that commenters would be a little more intelligent & thoughtful with this subject, but I realize I'm an idiot for thinking otherwise! Cure the "I'd hit it" comments any minute now.)

Posted by Anonymous | October 8, 2008 11:33 AM

Welcome to the wonderful world of anonymous posting...

Posted by Anonymous | October 8, 2008 11:38 AM

I know. BV should have log-in information. You should have to register to post comments. Maybe that will weed out the more juvenile bullshit.

Well, I'll start using my name next time. But I'm done with this topic anyway-- I realize I'm starting to sound like the whiny bleeding hearts that I'M usually making fun of on this board! So I'll leave it to other people to discuss this issue... or not.

-10:51am

Posted by Anonymous | October 8, 2008 11:45 AM

the bass player for franz ferdinand has got some dyke haircut going on. hopefully no fatties will crash their encore at tonight's gig.

Posted by Anonymous | October 8, 2008 11:48 AM

Just do what I do and not vote. Then that gives you the right to complain about both parties. But anyone can see Democracy really isn't all that great.

Posted by Anonymous | October 8, 2008 11:52 AM

@10:51: If Regine has dual citizenship, she must've gotten her U.S. citizenship via marriage to Win, ergo, Win didn't give up his U.S. citizenship after moving to Canada, ergo, he can vote in U.S. elections.

@11:52: Winston Churchill said something like, Democracy is the worst form of government there is... except for all the others.

Posted by Anonymous | October 8, 2008 12:08 PM

Consider this, 10:51 - US has global reach. What our government does affects other countries, Canada and the UK included, to a greater and more consistent extent than the effect of other countries' elected leadership on us. So if other countries' citizens care to express support for one or another candidate here (politely), yeah, I think they get to do that.

Also - no idea if our bands express political opinions abroad (side issue: would most of them know enough about foreign elections?), but our government (and, by implication, our citizenry) sure as hell does. And not just by participating in tiny benefit concerts.

Posted by Anonymous | October 8, 2008 12:08 PM

Finally some intelligent comments! So I guess I'll reply.

True, the US does have global reach, but I'm just saying, I don't think they should get involved with fundraising methods. It seems kind of sketchy as there are a lot of strict laws these days (thanks to McCain & Russ Feingold... which I don't think is a necessarily terrible reform, but that was back when McCain was actually a maverick senator).

And yeah, I know our government may lend their "voice" in foreign elections, but I just think a little indie band doing the same-- no matter how insignificant or small the event/fundraiser-- just comes off as a little pompous.

I forgot that Win is married to Regine. But as far as I know, when you marry someone, you don't become a citizen of your spouse's country (dual or otherwise). And from what I recalled reading, Win immigrated to Canada & thereby gave up his US citizenship. I remember reading articles when the Clinton campaign was criticizing the Arcade Fire's efforts & Win, while never confirming that he was a full-fledged Canadian citizen now, was careful to point out that he "doesn't want to tell people how to vote," which is admirable, but kind of silly since he's also SO pro-Barack Obama. I guess this is a tricky one. (But Franz Ferdinand certainly is not!)

Thanks for the thoughtful responses though!

-10:51am

Posted by Anonymous | October 8, 2008 12:25 PM

let's get some real pics of Martin Bisi... the ones labelled are not Martin!

Posted by Anonymous | October 8, 2008 12:27 PM

Josh Hamilton replaced Martin Bisi in the lineup last night.

Posted by Anonymous | October 8, 2008 12:39 PM

"But as far as I know, when you marry someone, you don't become a citizen of your spouse's country (dual or otherwise)."

Well, with U.S. citizenship, it's not automatic or quick. The foreign spouse has to apply for a green card first, then a certain amount of time has to pass before he/she can apply for U.S. citizenship.

"Win immigrated to Canada & thereby gave up his US citizenship."

Are you confusing residency with citizenship? U.S. citizens don't automatically lose citizenship when they move abroad. Aren't you aware that there are lots of U.S. citizens (and not just servicemen and women and State Department employees and their families) who live abroad?

Posted by Anonymous | October 8, 2008 12:44 PM

"Josh Hamilton replaced Martin Bisi in the lineup last night."

I saw Martin play early on in the evening.

Posted by Anonymous | October 8, 2008 12:45 PM

yo 10:51,

i can see where you're coming from on bands being political and especially when they're "foreign" bands. BUT...you're judging on nationality like a close-minded person judging our candidates on race. it's disappointing that Canadians (like the Arcade Fire), Scots (like Franz Ferdinand, they're not citizens yet are they?) can't vote. you as an individual have no idea how much they are or are not involved in American politics. it disgusts me when people like you are so quick to diss others or fundraising methods when these people support the same candidate as you. so what's the complaint here? i have a handful of friends that are here on school or work visas and they are so much more aware and active concerning US politics than Americans that are clueless and generally apathetic. and they can't vote and they care more than a lot of Americans, imagine how that feels. for someone supporting a Democrat, you're being very conservatively close-minded about a concert benefit. there's much more dirty stuff going on behind the doors than some people willing to have fun at a show for a cause. watch the debate and find something else to complain about or actually do something effective and call some swing states for Obama. maybe the Arcade Fire are making calls for Obama, oh wait, they're probably doing something bigger, grander and more effective, like playing large shows reaching wide audiences. why are you complaining? and the National are going to play in Ohio for the one-stop register and voting. is that okay, they're American, should we do a background check to make sure they're legit to promote their political views? people have a right to think and voice their opionions for themselves. you need not be American to support or endorse what you believe in. wake up already dude, seriously.

Posted by vote obama for your mama | October 8, 2008 1:12 PM

Heather Lawless has a nice rack

Posted by Anonymous | October 8, 2008 1:27 PM

Like most Americans, I appreciate having a bunch of Englishmen tell me who I should vote for. So, thanks, Franz Ferdinand, thanks!

Posted by Paul Revere | October 8, 2008 1:37 PM

Don't call them Englishmen! They're Scots!

Posted by Groundskeeper Willy | October 8, 2008 1:57 PM

Wow people. As a friend of the organizers, I must respond.

One of the great lessons of Obama's campaign is that we can no longer afford to "go it alone" -- that we live in a global economy and we're fighting a global enemy. We need the advisement, support and cooperation of other civilized societies in order to advance our own interests. So why shouldn't Obama's campaign embrace the support of foreigners? The fact that foreigners care enough to lend us a hand is an excellent sign that Obama isn't just talking the talk in this respect. He WILL get us the help and cooperation we need!

Furthermore, if you, like Obama, believe that the challenges we face are indeed global, doesn't it make perfect sense that foreigners DO care about this election, and want to put in their two cents (figuratively of course)? The very obvious fact is, it matters just as much to the rest of the world who we elect president this year as it matters to us. In fact, some foreigners' lives will be MORE GREATLY IMPACTED by this election than our own: Iraqis, Afghanis, Isrealis perhaps (to name a few) -- and certainly all those foreign families who have soldiers fighting for peace in the Middle East, unlike my own American family.

We live a new world. This is not time for isolationist nationalism. Wake up to Barack's message!

Posted by doug f. | October 8, 2008 2:07 PM

Wow, only 5 1/2 hours, why the short set?

I have no overt problems with Obama (besides being a phony, hallow liberal who refuses to grow some balls and make real efforts to distinguish himself from the conservatives) but 5 1/2 hours at that show would have me voting for McCain.

Posted by Anonymous | October 8, 2008 2:25 PM

nice pics

Posted by Anonymous | October 8, 2008 2:27 PM

"but 5 1/2 hours at that show would have me voting for McCain."

I know what you mean, give me Sarah Palin, Ted Nugent and Toby Keith anytime. I have no problems with McCain, but I'm really going to miss Bush...

Posted by Anonymous | October 8, 2008 2:36 PM

Fair enough, people. I take back my qualms with having foreigners campaign for Obama. I was just expressing concern over the whole fundraising issue as it gets to be a sticky situation there. But whatever. I don't want to come off as a conservative nationalist or anything, so I'll get over this. I like Obama too much & was concerned that people would think otherwise (not that I personally know any of you people, but for the good of the candidate)!

-10:51am

Posted by Anonymous | October 8, 2008 2:54 PM

Doug - If you are a friend of the organizers, can I air a small complaint? I'm an Obama supporter and liked a lot of the acts that performed, and glad i went. But there were 20-30 minute breaks in between acts where nothing was going on. I thought that's what the comics were for, to fill time. I left early because I couldn't take it anymore.

Posted by Anonymous | October 8, 2008 3:26 PM

So what are the fine Scottish lads of Franz Ferdinand doing to make sure Labor stays in power in the UK???

What is Arcade Fire doing to make sure that fascist Harper gets the sack up in Canada?

When is Weezer going to do a fundraiser for Brown in London?

The whole political campaign election cycle in the US is just a bunch of stupid bullshit political theater and so much preaching to the converted.

Back in my day we knew how to throw down and get it done.

Posted by Paul Revere | October 8, 2008 3:38 PM

Did anyone see Bill Ayers at the show? I heard he was in the hizzouse? That would have rocked!

Posted by Underground Weatherman | October 8, 2008 4:01 PM

Paul Revere, I suspect that campaigning in Canada and the UK is nowhere near as costly as it is here.

Posted by Prince Chunk | October 8, 2008 6:36 PM

"I have no overt problems with Obama (besides being a phony, hallow liberal who refuses to grow some balls and make real efforts to distinguish himself from the conservatives)"

Another post by another desperate republican...

Posted by Anonymous | October 8, 2008 9:22 PM

You don't have to be a Republican to find Obama unappealing. His vote on FISA alone makes Obama un-electable.

I hate both McCain and Obama. When will the cult of Obama stop? There is nothing to his campaign besides two words: hope and change. That's pretty much it. People need to learn to challenge their elected officials.

(that said I hope Obama wins over McCain)

Posted by Anonymous | October 8, 2008 10:01 PM

to oct 8, 10:51 am,
the president of the united states of america matters to the whole world. i mean we DO have a global economy...i understand what you are saying though, and i absolutely agree that no one should listen to an artist or a role model in picking a president, but bands--being foreign or not--have the right to preach who they want and why. it's up to YOU to listen or not. if someone else comment about this, i didn't read it, i'm sorry i'm not trying to be a dick.

Posted by Anonymous | October 9, 2008 12:46 AM

Obama needs to win so his supporters will shut the fuck up. Most annoying group of people ever.

Posted by Anonymous | October 9, 2008 7:34 AM

That "No McBUSH" picture is really funny. I would like to try a McBush and see how it tastes. Well I think it is going to be awful, because of the low-quality ingredients.

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