Obama On Indie Rock Kick In Latest Playlist

Obama on indie rock kick in latest playlist

NEW YORK, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 12th Augst,2016) - How have Barack Obama's musical tastes changed in his last year in the White House? Judging from his playlists, he is getting into more indie rock. Obama on Thursday for the second year in a row released summer playlists on streaming service Spotify, revealing what's on his speakers as he relaxes with his family on an annual holiday to tony Martha's Vineyard. Like the previous year, Obama's two playlists -- one for daytime and one for nighttime listening -- have plenty of classics including songs from Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Miles Davis and The Beach Boys. But he also showed a taste for indie rock this year.

He listed "Elevator Operator" by Courtney Barnett, the Australian songwriter who has recently built a strong if niche following with her droll lyricism. Obama also picked "Home" by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, indie rockers who incidentally were prominent campaigners for former Democratic presidential contender Bernie Sanders. While most of Obama's musical choices steered clear of politics, an exception was "Forever Begins" by the Chicago rapper Common, a track produced by Kanye West that delves into the civil rights struggle and touches on gun violence.