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Ry Cooder makes Romney a mutt, and more songs you need to hear

Ry Cooder

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BLUES

Mutt Romney's Blues

Ry Cooder, from the forthcoming Election Special (Nonesuch); streaming here.

Every dog has its day, some more than others. A galumphing, clanking blues from the politically-minded guitarist has Seamus the roof-riding Irish setter warning a nation about his master – woof, woof, woof, indeed.

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FOLK

Titanic

Tim Heidecker; streaming here.

Tim Heidecker is a comedian, but with his allegorical, fiddled, nasal-voiced, 15-minute-plus epic on the boat too big to fail – as well as the movie it inspired – he beats Bob Dylan to the punch, not punch line. (It was announced last week that Uncle Zimmy's upcoming Tempest album would include a 14-minute Titanic track.)

ELECTRONICA

This Isn't Helping

Shout Out Out Out Out, from Spanish Moss and Total Loss (Six Shooter); streaming here.

There's a percolating bustle to the new one from the Edmonton electro-popsters, and yet a robotic vocalist is frustrated, glum and resistant to the droning bop (and, perhaps, energy drinks).

FOLK

Christ for President (live)

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Wilco; streaming here.

Step off, Obama. Withdraw, Romney. The carpenter named Nazarene is just the ticket. Jeff Tweedy and Wilco opened their set at this weekend's Newport Folk with a 1998 tune that adapts rabble-rousing lyrics penned by Woody Guthrie.

VIDEO

Laura

Bat for Lashes, from the forthcoming The Haunted Man; streaming here.

"Drape your arms around me and softly say, 'Can we dance upon the tables again?' " An inspirational ballad deservedly receives an elegant video, in which the dreamy-eyed Natasha Khan comforts someone in a "pale blue dream" with empathetic choreography.

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