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Listen to New Anti-Donald Trump Songs by clipping. and Mirah

"Fat Fingers" and "No Guns No Guns" Both Part of the Anti-Trump "30 Days, 30 Songs" Project

Oct 28, 2016 Clipping
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Mirah and clipping. have both shared new anti-Donald Trump songs as part of the “30 Days, 30 Songs” anti-Trump campaign put together by author/publisher Dave Eggers and Death Cab for Cutie manager Jordan Kurland. Clipping.‘s contribution is entitled “Fat Fingers” and Mirah’s is “No Guns No Guns.” Listen to both below.

Clipping. issued a statement on the song:

“When this project was first presented to us, we were asked to contribute our track ‘Knees on the Ground,’ which was released on our SoundCloud back in 2014. The song is about the murder of a young, unarmed black person by an overzealous, militarized, racist police force. While that topic has not lost its relevance, we decided that it’s in some ways unrelated to the outcome of the current presidential race-racism in the US predates this particular contest by centuries and will certainly not be solved simply by keeping one overt white supremacist out of political office. Additionally, ‘Knees on the Ground’ is a deeply serious song, whose tone fits its horrific subject matter. Listening through the tracks that other artists have contributed to the project so far, a sense of whimsy prevails. It is as if the different songs and their themes were written to complement the absurdity and the laughing-through-the-tears quality of the race. We saw this as an opportunity to indulge ourselves in similar frivolity, not to downplay the direness of the situation, but to engage in other established modes of political critique: satire, irony, and yo’ mama jokes.

“Donald Trump has time and again proven himself to have the temperament of a petulant, whiny child. In the world of hip-hop, that behavior finds its most visible expression in the forms of battle rap and diss songs. We decided to address our attack in those languages. Our song is set on a schoolyard, using drum sounds constructed from fists beating on metal lunch tables, benches, and dumpster lids. Diss songs are made quickly and have very short shelf lives. They are often written and recorded in a few hours so that the tape can be delivered to Hot 97 before one’s rival’s tape arrives. They are quickly replaced and updated, day to day, by each subsequent response. In that spirit, we hope that this song will lose all of its relevance on November 9th. However, if it doesn’t-to our friends in New Zealand and Canada, we might need to leave our country in a hurry, so we learned your national anthems.”

Mirah released this statement about her song:

“This song is the feeling of wanting to rowdily but peacefully recreate our country to be the place we want it to be. It’s a rallying song, a protest song, about feeling sick of war, sick of the political stagnation in Washington, sick of the murders of unarmed black men and women at the hands of police, sick of all gun violence and senseless death, sick of bigotry and racism and about wanting to harness the power of the people’s desire to live free, healthy and empowered lives. We want to create a society and a world where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. We want to keep perfecting the Union while rejecting divisiveness. Let’s make it beautiful and let’s have fun doing it. No Guns No Guns! And Never Trump.”

The “30 Days, 30 Songs” project will feature one song a day until election day. It was launched with Death Cab for Cutie’s anti-Trump song “Million Dollar Loan,” and includes Jim James’ video for “Same Old Lie,” Franz Ferdinand’s “Demagogue,” Thao’s “Before You Vote,” EL VY’s “Are These My Jets,” two songs by Moby (“Trump Is on Your Side” and “Little Failure”), Jesu/Sun Kil Moon’s “The Greatest Conversation Ever in the History of the Universe,” and a video of Andrew Bird and Jim James performing an updated version of “Sic of Elephants.”



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Richard Vincent Cramer
November 15th 2016
12:31pm

You forgot to include my song/video.

https://www.reverbnation.com/artist/video/14390390

Malcolm
May 15th 2017
5:14pm

Great line up. We will be linking to this excellent article on our site.
Keep up the great writing.