These are election beans for three reasons:
1. They offer a nutritious meal for about $1 per serving, which is handy if you’re not in the 1%.
2. They can sit in the oven for hours while election coverage drags on; indeed, they’ll be better if Ohio is still being disputed three days later.
3. [insert beans/hot air joke of your choice here]
You’re almost dreading what I’ll propose as election music, aren’t you? Parody is offensive; seriousness is divisive. Art is… well, art’s not uncontroversial, but it’s often allusive and enticing enough to give something to chew on (other than undercooked beans, a fate we’ll try to avoid).
The Mynabirds’ (official site) jumping-off point for its sophomore album Generals (buy on iTunes) is art: notably, Richard Avedon’s photograph The Generals of the Daughters of the American Revolution. This does not mean that Generals is going to be Americana, though there’s a good deal of clapping and a few moments that have the resonance of spirituals. It’s unabashedly a pop album, not averse to some queasy electronic discord. In places, it has a beat and can be danced to. Upon reflection — Generals is what you’d get as a soundtrack if David Lynch made a war movie (and is probably the best case for why Lynch should do this). Since I’m about to go track-by-track (as a bean-counter should), people who are averse to impulse buys may want to queue up Spotify and share a listen.