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President Obama joins Spotify; playlist includes Ricky Martin, Hootie

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File: President Barack Obama delivers remarks on the economy February 1, 2012 at the James Lee Community Center in Falls Church, Virginia.

The 2012 Obama campaign is trying to use some of the social networking zeitgeist they seized upon in 2008 with social media like their huge MySpace following (quit laughing, that was still a thing then). Obama's already on Tumblr and Instagram, which are de rigeur for most hipsters these days, but now he's on Spotify, too. (Or at least someone in his office set one up for him.)

The official playlist runs the gamut with everything from country to R&B. It also includes some artists that have been used for numerous political campaigns, like Bruce Springsteen and U2. A couple artists even get two songs: Sugarland and Darius Rucker (of Hootie & The Blowfish fame).

Here's the full rundown of songs:

  • Raphael Saadiq: "Keep Marchin'"
  • Noah And The Whale: "Tonight's The Kind Of Night"
  • Bruce Springsteen: "We Take Care Of Our Own"
  • Zac Brown Band: "Keep Me In Mind"
  • Aretha Franklin: "The Weight"
  • U2: "Even Better Than The Real Thing"
  • Ricky Martin featuring Joss Stone: "The Best Thing About Me Is You"
  • Dierks Bentley: "Home"
  • Ray LaMontagne: "You Are The Best Thing"
  • Earth Wind & Fire Experience featuring Al McKay Allstars: "Got To Get You Into My Life" (Live)
  • Booker T. & The MG's: "Green Onions" (Single/LP Version)
  • Wilco: "I Got You"
  • The Impressions: "Keep On Pushing" (Single Version)
  • Jennifer Hudson: "Love You I Do" (from Dreamgirls)
  • AgesandAges: "No Nostalgia"
  • Sugarland: "Stand Up"
  • Al Green: "Let's Stay Together"
  • Darius Rucker: "This"
  • Arcade Fire: "We Used To Wait"
  • Florence + The Machine: "You've Got The Love"
  • James Taylor: "Your Smiling Face"
  • REO Speedwagon: "Roll With The Changes"
  • Sugarland: "Everyday America"
  • Darius Rucker: "Learn To Love"
  • Electric Light Orchestra: "Mr. Blue Sky"
  • Montgomery Gentry: "My Town"
  • No Doubt: "Different People"
  • Ledisi: "Raise Up"


State of the Union taking over TV tonight, so what else is on?


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President Obama delivers his State of the Union tonight; what else is on TV tonight?

The State of the Union will be delivered tonight at 9 Eastern, 6 Pacific by President Barack Obama. As a political nerd, I'll be following along (and livetweeting the speech at @WithoutABlog), but for those of you who aren't particularly interested in an hour long speech, here are some alternatives.

I'm looking out for both those of us here on the West Coast and those of you on the East Coast, below:

West Coast

  • FX, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.: Reruns of my favorite sitcom "How I Met Your Mother." Then there's "Two And A Half Men" at 7, during which you should immediately turn away.
  • E, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.: "Kourtney and Kim Take New York." (I don't know anything about the Kardashians other than that people hate them but want to watch them as much as possible on TV anyway.)
  • Cartoon Network, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.: Reruns of "Adventure Time." Check out the cult hit surreal animated series and see if it fits your sense of humor or if people who like the show are crazy.
  • Discovery Channel, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Reruns of "Dirty Jobs." (I may just be mentioning this because host Mike Rowe shares my name, except he spells it wrong, obviously.)
  • Spike TV, 6 p.m.-9 p.m.: "Kill Bil: Vol. 2." Go watch pretty/violent Quentin Tarantino pictures and be amused by how it's been edited for cable.
  • Comedy Central, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.: If you want to see what's been going on in politics, but just want it to be funnier (intentionally), you can catch up on last night's "Daily Show" and "Colbert Report"...
  • Comedy Central, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.: ... then watch "30 Rock" reruns to clear your mind of politics until tomorrow's "Daily Show" and "Colbert Report," which is when they'll probably get around to talking about the State of the Union.


Chuck D has a message for Obama's car, Snoop's heart and LA's Skid Row

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Chuck D and Public Enemy occupied their Sunday with a free festival on, for, and about LA's skid row.

Organized by local non-profit Los Angeles Community Action Network, LA CAN, and hosted by Public Enemy, "Operation Skid Row" drew a crowd of hundreds to the questionably-permitted free-for-all on a stretch of Gladys Avenue downtown, and featured five hours of consciousness-raising rap and messages of social responsibility. 

KPCC spoke with Chuck D about Public Enemy's involvement with "Operation Skid Row" and the Occupy movement.

"The biggest stories not being told are the realities of housing and homelessness in America. We already know the Occupy movement has shone light to the hypocrisies in America taking care of its people," said the group's frontman.

Likening the U.S. government to a car leaking oil, he asserts, "I always thought Obama was a good driver, but he's in a terrible car in need of an overhaul."