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Arcade Fire @ Obama Staff Ball (more by Bao Nguyen)
Arcade Fire

A list of celebrities, reportedly created by Obama's campaign, sent out on December 5, and acquired by the Tennessean (PDF HERE), is being passed around the internet. The list, heavily populated with people who we already know support Obama, is supposedly a wishlist of people the Obama administration hopes to get public support from again in this upcoming election. Among the names on the list: Arcade Fire, Vampire Weekend, Wilco Regina Spektor, Janelle Monae, The Roots, Jay-Z, will.i.am, Jessica Alba, Laila Ali, Marc Anthony, India.Arie, Sara Bareilles, Jigga, Chelsea Clinton, George Clooney, Bradley Cooper, Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell, Fergie, America Ferrera, Jamie Foxx, Whoopi Goldberg, Al Green, Josh Groban, Neil Patrick Harris, Anne Hathaway, Jack Johnson, the Jonas Brothers, Jewel, Mila Kunis, Blake Lively, Ricky Martin, "Glee" star Lea Michele, Sarah Jessica Parker, Chris Pine, B.o.B, the Band Perry, Train, and Kate Walsh.

Speaking of Regina Spektor, who has played the White House, she has a benefit show coming up at Lincoln Center in NYC and is playing some shows with Tom Petty including one in Austin. All of her dates are listed below.

Speaking of Wilco, they're currently out on the road with White Denim who played a warm-up show at Hotel Vegas in Austin before leaving. All Wilco dates are listed below.

Speaking of Obama, he delivers a State of The Union speech this Tuesday.

Speaking of politicians, Stephen Colbert was spotted singing along at the Jeff Mangum show at BAM on Saturday night.

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Arcade Fire - Born in the USA (Obama staff ball 2009)

Regina Spektor -- 2012 Tour Dates (all with Tom Petty except NYC)
February 23 at Frederick P. Rose Hall at Lincoln Centerm NYC
April 19 Broomfield, CO 1st Bank Center
April 21 Little Rock, AR Verizon Arena (on-sale 1/28)
April 24 Albuquerque, NM Tingley Coliseum
April 26 Wichita, KS Intrust Bank Arena
April 29 Alpharetta, GA Verizon Wireless Amphitheater at Encore Park
May 1 Estero, FL Germain Arena
May 3 Orlando, FL Amway Center
May 5 Austin, TX Frank Erwin Center (on-sale 1/20)

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Wilco -- 2012 Tour Dates
24 Jan 2012 / Hollywood, CA / Hollywood Palladium
25 Jan 2012 / Los Angeles, CA / The Wiltern
27 Jan 2012 / Los Angeles, CA / Los Angeles Theatre
28 Jan 2012 / San Jose, CA / San Jose Civic
29 Jan 2012 / San Francisco, CA / The Warfield
31 Jan 2012 / Oakland, CA / Fox Theater
01 Feb 2012 / Davis, CA / Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts
03 Feb 2012 / Eugene, OR / Hult Center
05 Feb 2012 / Vancouver, BC / Orpheum
06 Feb 2012 / Spokane, WA / INB Performing Arts Center
07 Feb 2012 / Seattle, WA / Paramount
08 Feb 2012 / Portland, OR / Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
10 Feb 2012 / Santa Barbara, CA / Arlington Theatre
26 Feb 2012 / Oslo, NO / Sentrum Scene
27 Feb 2012 / Stockholm, SE / Annexet
28 Feb 2012 / Copenhagen, DK / Falconer Salen
01 Mar 2012 / Groningen, NL / Oosterpoort
02 Mar 2012 / Brussels, BE / Ancienne Belgique
03 Mar 2012 / Brussels, BE / Ancienne Belgique
05 Mar 2012 / Paris, FR / Le Grand Rex
07 Mar 2012 / Zurich, CH / Volkshaus
08 Mar 2012 / Milan, IT / Alcatraz
09 Mar 2012 / Bologna, IT / Estragon
11 Mar 2012 / City of Zagreb, HR / Aquarius

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Comments (79)

Oh wow, that's a great cover of Born in the USA. Kudos Arcade Fire!

Posted by Maya | January 23, 2012 10:24 AM

I wonder who is on Romney's wishlist.

...Skrillex?

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2012 10:32 AM

I'm surprised Frohawk is not on the list.

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2012 10:33 AM

Newt's List:

1. Glen Campbell

End.

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2012 10:37 AM

I doubt that Arcade Fire will do the gig this time. Win Butler's a smart and principled guy, and has had his eyes open over the last three years–listen to the lyrics on The Suburbs. (And I say this as someone who voted for Obama last time, and may well have to again, but both times as the lesser of two evils.)

I so loathe American politics, corporate media, and the 1%...

Posted by Anna Granfors | January 23, 2012 10:41 AM

If these artists are smart they will stay as far away from obama as possible...the guy is a disaster and history will prove him possibly the worst president ever and i'm a democrat!

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2012 10:43 AM

10:43 is right. These artists should all Occupy Wall Street instead!

Posted by M | January 23, 2012 11:03 AM

Obama will need all the help he can get.

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2012 11:04 AM

Ha, Obama's already got this in the bag, for better or worse.

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2012 11:39 AM

^Yeah...sad the Gingrich is the best GOP can put up! I mean really? GINGRICH???

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2012 11:44 AM

10:43. Yeah, he sucks (definitely a huge disappointment), but if you're going to say that he's potentially the 'worst president ever', you have a short memory (or are very young).
Carter REALLY sucked. And (waiting for the Tea Party guy who says things like "straw-man argument" to chime in here...) but Bush did really really suck.

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2012 11:50 AM

11:44. Yep. We're screwed.

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2012 11:52 AM

11:39, I don't know about that... if Romney gets the nomination and he picks Christie as his VP running mate, they'll probably secure the presidency in November.

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2012 11:56 AM

Plus, Christie would have the support of all the FatRock.

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2012 12:03 PM

Jay-Z AND Jigga? Good luck with that!

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2012 12:30 PM

I'm not happy with Obama's performance either but if you think he'll go down as the worst president ever you're insane.

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2012 12:44 PM

No one cares about VP nominees. If you really think adding an asshole fatty from liburul New Jersey to the ticket of a kooky ultra-wealthy Mormon who's never had a position he could stick to for more than 24 hours is what's going to sweep into the White House in November, keep dreaming.

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2012 12:59 PM

Obama - History's Greatest Monster

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2012 1:07 PM

"Chelsea Clinton, George Clooney" . . . what? no George Clinton?!

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2012 1:13 PM

12:59 amen

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2012 1:48 PM

Obama or Gingrich? This country is fucked.

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2012 2:14 PM

Rick Santorum's new SuperPAC - Conservatives United Moneybomb (C.U.M.). You can't make this up.

ricksantorum.com/unite

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2012 2:28 PM

I wouldn't vote for Gingrich to the local school board here if he were running yet here this guy is running for pres! Oye!

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2012 2:29 PM

Gingrich in charge of children's futures? My god, man, that's a horrible thought.

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2012 2:41 PM

Sounds like a sweet fest, when do tickets go on sale?

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2012 2:41 PM

The only Viable candidate is Ron Paul. All these other folks, (Obama included) are only shills pandering to the NWO and big banks.

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2012 2:44 PM

12:59, Regardless of the fact that we never know where Romney really stands, he will be successful in securing the "anyone but Obama" vote. Christie can help to secure blue states like NJ and even possibly (but not likely) NY depending on how the economy is doing in November.

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2012 2:53 PM

What time does Obama go on?

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2012 2:54 PM

2:53 no way Christie will carry NJ if he ran again for Gov..he won't secure it for Romney too if he ran as his VP. In case you haven't heard most NJ residents hate Christie.

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2012 2:59 PM

Ron Paul Fundraiser Bands-
Radiohead, Rolling Stones, LCD, and Daft Punk... (not sure when they go on)

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2012 3:01 PM

2:59, not sure where you're getting that from. That may be the case with teacher's unions and liberals in general, but as of November he had a 58% approval rating. http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2011/11/gov_christies_approval_rating.html

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2012 3:07 PM

Christie would get stuck in the White House bath tub. Just like Taft did.

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2012 3:13 PM

Obama is going to get rolled. For some reason I don't think the people that have exhausted their unemployment benefits or the those amongst the victims of the 46% rise in food stamps since Obama took office will really care who Vampire Weekend will be supporting. Remember those college students 4 years ago running around with Hope and Change? Well now their living with Mommy and Daddy or camping out in parks whining. They won't be returning this November to pull the lever for him. The only thing he can do is point fingers and cause class envy. It's over for him next election day and I don't think people really care if it's Romney, Gingrich or Santorum that does it.

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2012 3:13 PM

3:07 teachers, fireman, policemen all don't like Christie but then again we came off of Corzine so anyone is an improvment.

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2012 3:13 PM

Ron Paul is against the war on drugs. Most bands and rappers will enjoy backstage with less tension.

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2012 3:19 PM

3:13, I hear ya. But I can't believe that Romney, Gingrich, and Santorum are the best that the GOP was able to scrape up. Paul is interesting, but he's too radical for most people and probably won't get much support from Congress for anything he'll want to do.

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2012 3:23 PM

Don't count out Herman Cain!

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2012 3:38 PM

Teachers, firemen, and policemen don't like Christie because he's willing to tell them their pensions are too high and they're paid too much.

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2012 3:52 PM

Know this: Obama will be re-elected by a sizable margin no matter which of those two clowns is the nominee.

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2012 4:12 PM

@4:12 How do you know this? Are you a sooth seer? Are you a palm reader? Are you one of the ballot stuffers we can expect for the upcoming election?

Most indications point to an Obama loss, so unless you're one of those things, I'm pretty sure no one knows...

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2012 4:26 PM

@426 what fucking news are you reading/watching?

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2012 4:33 PM

4:12, sounds like you've been watching too much MSNBC.
Here is the reality: back in 2008, even with all the hype and all the anti-Republican sentiment after Bush, the margin that Obama won by was not all that large.
Fast forward to the present, all those people who were excited by the concept of Obama are jaded. Many of them are disappointed that hope and change did not come fast enough (the reality is that any president that would have taken office would not have been able to get us out of the financial mess we are in within 4 years, but I digress).
He'll still get votes, but the excitement about him is over.

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2012 4:37 PM

@4:33 I don't need talking heads to tell me what numbers say. Obama has a horrendous approval rating, unemployment went back down again, and no president has ever won reelection with this kind of situation at hand (approval, economy, etc.)

The fact is, his chances are very slim.

Want an eye opener?

http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2012 4:40 PM

@440 i'm glad you get all of your political 'facts' from nate silver's nyt political blog.

if you really were paying attention to the numbers - as stated on this blog that you're apparently readng - obama has the greatest chance of victory due to the fact that the republican party voters and swing voters are split across gingrich and romney, meaning that a significant percent of those voters will most likely defect to obama once their respective candidate does/doesn't win the primary.

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2012 4:48 PM

4:40 only reason unemployment went down is because there are less people in the work force. There is a huge number of people who are no longer counted because their benefits ran out and /or gave up. Check it out that unemployment number is not accurate.

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2012 4:48 PM

4:45 that's not a good argument. Citing historical precedent for a situation like this doesn't work. That's like saying that Obama couldn't have won because - statistically - a black president had a zero percent chance of winning the presidential election at the time, based on lack of precedent.

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2012 4:50 PM

My list would include Kickball Katy, the chick from Chairlift, and Lana Del Ray..if ya'll know what I mean

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2012 4:50 PM

Yes, right now they're split. You really think come August and Sept (and more importantly, November) people are going to be saying "I'm still voting Gingrich?"

No. The fact is, this is all a trivial argument. Not in terms of policy and implementation, but in terms of swing voting and polling. The general consensusseems to be that no one wants to go with the big O's status quo. Obviously there's a lot of time left, but my simple point was no one knows how this is going to end.

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2012 4:51 PM

4:51 All I can say at this point is that the conclusions you are making do not logically follow from the facts you set forth in your argument. If you cannot see that, then we have nothing to discuss.

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2012 4:52 PM

Can women vote yet?

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2012 4:53 PM

Seriously, @4:50? You're bringing race into this? Voting based on someone's color does not factor into statistical analysis of the country's general approval of the current president.

Obama's approval rating is low. We all know that. Based on history (which, believe it or not, is generally pretty telling when it comes to these things, as is seen in Five Thirty Eight's analysis) presidents can't generally overcome such negativity when running for re-election.

Obviously anything is possible, but we were talking about pure speculation before. This is not a biased opinion from a talking head, this is pure statistics, which, honestly, I'd trust a hell of a lot more than one guy's opinion.

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2012 4:54 PM

I don't think @450 was 'bringing race into this,' just showing that you cannot draw statistical conclusions from a non-event. the logic is mathematically flawed in that you are operating against a value of zero. did you ever take statistics? i don't think nick silver did.

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2012 4:57 PM

Obama's chances are slim. And I'm saying that despite actually liking the guy.
Like I said earlier, when he won in 2008, it wasn't even by that large of a margin. And the hype was HUGE around him. Yet, much of America still would not vote for him, even with the rock star hype he had.
The reality is that it is extemely difficult for any president to win a second term during a bad economy.

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2012 5:02 PM

What is the value of zero? The fact that nothing happened? Have you ever looked at the stock market? You realize people make their livings off of predicting a market that moves not because of one event, but many many many events (as Obama's approval rating does)

What you're saying, that these calculations hold no baring, is completely absurd. What logic, then, do you use for predicting who wins a presidency? Because person X on CNN said that his supposed poll indicted that? Rasmussen just released a poll that said Republicans hold a lead over dems on general congressional elections, so that should put to rest your argument there. Yes, all these polls and stats are flawed, but they mean more than completely subjective opinions on the matter, which is essentially what most talking heads will give you.

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2012 5:05 PM

Obama/Gingrich/Romney = all the same.

No changes will be made by any if them because they are all controlled by Lobbyists.

Ron Paul is the only one that will bring any change.

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2012 5:09 PM

5:09 - Ron Paul would bring change, if we lived in a dictatorship. But I doubt Congress would agree with a fraction of the things he wants to do.

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2012 5:13 PM

Ron Paul would bring change in the form of a death knell to our economy and global standing as a nation.

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2012 5:16 PM

5:05 I understand where you're coming from. Would you like to place a wager on it who will win? I'm totally game if you give me even money for Obama.

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2012 5:17 PM

I like Obama when he is not drone-bombing baby kittens and suspending habeas corpus and such. That is so not cool.

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2012 5:57 PM

Dear Arcade Fire,

YOU'RE FROM FUCKING CANADA.

Love, Everyone

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2012 7:40 PM

And by baby kittens, you mean American-hating Pakistanis.

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2012 8:01 PM

@740 .. the main dude is from texas.

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2012 8:06 PM

We need to stop invading hummus eating countries.

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2012 8:15 PM

Bring back Herman Cain!

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2012 9:34 PM

Cain '12!

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2012 10:19 PM

Bring back RALPH NADER!

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2012 2:47 AM

Bring back CBGB's

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2012 7:58 AM

We can now say with confidence that the Obama campaign a success. For the first time a black man became president of the United States. I think this is a big breakthrough for the Americans.

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Posted by Aeronaves | January 24, 2012 9:52 AM

Ron Paul > Ralph Nader > Obama > Clinton > Romney > Newt

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2012 10:10 AM

To our foreign posters with shitty websites (esp. 9:05 & 9:52) - suck a bagga dick nigga!

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2012 10:11 AM

@4:40

"and no president has ever won reelection with this kind of situation at hand (approval, economy, etc.)"

Except GWB that is.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2012 10:11 AM

Trump > Newt > Romney > Ron Paul > a box of day old donuts > used coffee grounds > Hillary Clinton > a bag of dicks > Obama

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2012 10:21 AM

GWB's approval rating was higher at the time.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2012 10:30 AM

Trump is a total loser in every single sense of the word. I would love to see Johny Rotten give him a wedgie.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2012 10:45 AM

Let's all subscribe to the cult of Obama again. That was fun, back in '08. I remember when one of my friends told me that she thought Obama was the greatest speaker ever. Ha. Chris Matthews still gets a "thrill up his leg" when he hears Obama.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2012 10:57 AM

I hope Dan Quayle runs (and wins!) as the ultimate goof on you fuckers.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2012 3:57 PM

big fan of arcade fire.

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