Conor Oberst Sings for Barack Obama

Hipster Vote Nearly Secure for Democratic Contender

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Hardly one to keep politics out of his -- ahem --- poetry, Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes has thrown his raspy chords behind Barack Obama's presidential run. At a New Years Day rally in Council Bluffs, Iowa, the enigmatic singer-songwriter played a few songs before a crowd that the New York Observer described as "young enthusiasts and dyed-in-the-wool Democrats. " He then proclaimed that the would-be nominee was the next president of the United States.

Oberst, once ridiculed for his crackling, maudlin performances when he was younger, was hyped as "the New Dylan" a couple years ago with the release of his spare, mostly acoustic album "I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning." During a performance on "The Late Late Show" before its release, he laid bare his politics when he said that Calif. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Pres. Bush were "... Two men I admire a lot, for their biceps and for their creepy, fascist agendas."

To the average American, Oberst may not be a high-profile endorsement, but Obama already has a number of those. Now, with the eccentric singer-songwriter, the Ill. senator is one step closer to locking down the hipster vote; if he can just get Sonic Youth or Arcade Fire on-board, he can count on crucial indie rock enclaves like Portland, Ore., and Austin, Texas, where communities of red-plaid-flanneled denizens are still eagerly awaiting the candidates' best of 2007 album lists before they cast their ballots.

[Via Pitchfork]
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