Dave Eggers Unveils Awesome Collaboration with Major Music Bands to Fight Trump: '30 Days, 30 Songs'

Amid gaggles of celebrity endorsements for Hillary Clinton and condemnations of racist, sexist, xenophobic Donald Trump this election season, the new "30 Days, 30 Songs" campaign led by McSweeney's founder and author of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius Dave Eggers stands out for its catchy tunes. Major music acts including R.E.M., Aimee Mann and Death Cab for Cutie are recording original songs, one of which will be released every day until election day, November 8.


The first original song, "Million Dollar Loan" by Death Cab for Cutie (indie-turned-huge star darlings of The O.C. soundtrack fame), was released Monday, along with a dark and broody music video. The video features a Trump lookalike alone in a bustling city, silhouetted with his face turned down when he's not shown preaching at a rally.

Death Cab for Cutie is a band known for its introspective lyrics and sad-tinged indie melodies, and the new song applies these features to take Trump to task for the much criticized, self-described "small loan" of $1 million he received from his father to start his business empire. All in all it portrays Trump as a sad emo kid as a wall is literally built around him in his solitude. Sad!

The "30 Days, 30 Songs" site explains the motivation for the project:

"As artists, we are united in our desire to speak out against the ignorant, divisive, and hateful campaign of Donald Trump. We will not be duped by Mr. Trump’s rhetorical contortions, by his pandering and lies and false promises. He has shown the content of his character time and time again, and the very fact of his candidacy is a blight on the nation. His words incite hatred and celebrate inequity."

The site also features praise of Hillary Clinton and personalized notes to "supporters of Bernie Sanders" ("Bernie Sanders is no longer running for president," the site states matter-of-factly), "environmentalists" (Donald Trump wants to "eliminate the Environmental Protection Agency"), "feminists who can't get behind HIllary" ("elect the first woman president in the history of the United States"), "those who care about Muslim-Americans, Mexican-Americans, immigrants, and humanity," "people who care about transparency in government," and "Obama supporters not feeling it for Clinton."

"30 Days, 30 Songs" describes itself as "an independent website... produced by the creators of 90 Days, 90 Reasons, which sought to motivate voters to give President Obama a second term."

Watch the first song released by "30 Days, 30 Songs": Death Cab for Cutie's "Million Dollar Loan":

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