“Coyote Song” is the first official track from Sound Strike Songs, a benefit collection supporting legal defense for immigrants caught in Arizona’s immigration laws. The exclusive set of songs will be on sale via www.thesoundstrike.net. For now, check out the desert-based video.

You can buy the song via Topspin.

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  1. i thought this video would maybe have some, well, immigrants in it. you know, to put the focus on the people who are actually suffering. i guess it just had to star the pasty, weird looking rich kid from middle america.

    • they obviously couldn’t get work-permits

    • Wow, you obviously don’t know anything about Conor Oberst or Bright Eyes.

    • Because letting the song speak for itself isn’t enough, they should use trite, tired tactics such as “worn withered immigrant workers (ie: Hispanic actors dressed to look “poor”). Because THAT isn’t just as/more offensive.

      • no one said anything about actors. it’s a real issue, why not use real people? you know, to put an actual face to the problem. i’d rather see that than this dude and his trite, tired “look at me, i’m a serious songwriter” tactics. if you want the song to speak for itself, why make a video at all? just a little weird to me, that’s all.

    • Because letting the song speak for itself isn’t enough, they should use trite, tired tactics such as “worn withered immigrant workers” (ie: Hispanic actors dressed to look “poor”). Because THAT isn’t just as/more offensive.

  2. “Austin Davis” was replying to “lalalalala”, not you.

  3. lala, just curious, how many ‘serious songwriters’ in reality have been rich kids from middle america? someone’s background says nothing about their intention or legitimacy as a songwriter.

    And Sean is right. What does it matter if it portrays immigrants in the video or not? Is it not enough that the song is part of a compilation helping people affected by that oppressive, xenophobic law? How would using real immigrants in the video help the cause at all? It’s very easy to see someone else’s work and criticize it with little or no recognition toward what it is trying to accomplish.

    • i have no idea how many ‘serious’ songwriters were rich kids from the suburbs. who knows? i’m pretty sure this guy was one, though. but you’re right, it doesn’t really speak to anything about his intentions as a songwriter. i’m sure he’s serious about the cause. i happen to disagree with artists boycotting shows in arizona, but that’s just me.

      also, it doesn’t really matter if it features immigrants or not. personally, i kind of don’t like watching artists do their little video acting jobs. it has always just seemed vain to me. maybe i’m being irrational. i’ve been following this guy loosely for about a decade or so, and surely i don’t know him personally, but everything about his art to me says ‘look at me’. so, in that respect, it doesn’t make sense to me that he would make a video for other people starring himself.

      maybe featuring him makes more sense from a business/fundraising perspective, which, in that case, at least he’s a savvy marketer.

  4. Immigrants are all over this video. You’re just not used to see them.

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