2018 : Barack Obama Likes Lord Huron Song

When:
December 28, 2018 all-day
2018-12-28T00:00:00-05:00
2018-12-29T00:00:00-05:00

We always knew former President Barack Obama had good taste (consider, for example, his wife).

It’s been a tradition of his in recent Decembers to publish lists of his favorite music, books and movies of the previous year.

This year a Lord Huron song, “Wait by the River”, was one of Obama’s favorites.

Lord Huron, an Indie Rock band, is comprised of Okemos (Michigan) High School graduates Ben Schneider (lead vocals and founder), Mark Barry (percussion, vocals) and Tom Renaud (guitar, vocals) as well as Eaton Rapids graduate Miguel Briseño (bass, percussion).

The band’s name was inspired by Lake Huron, the lake which band founder Ben Schneider grew up visiting, where he would spend evenings playing music around the campfire.

The Lord Huron song “Ends of the Earth” has appeared numerous times onscreen. It plays during the end credits of the 12th episode of the third season of the Showtime television series Shameless and the 6th episode of the second season of FXX‘s Man Seeking Woman. “Ends of the Earth” also appears in the films Endless Love and Walking With Dinosaurs (2013), as well as at the series finale of the TV show Community. It is also used in the series finale of the Netflix series Longmire, in the Netflix Documentary Unbranded, and in a TV commercial for jewelry company Zales and sporting-goods company Eddie Bauer. This song is also played during the end credits of the 2015 film, Road Hard.

The song “The Night We Met” is used in the 5th episode of the fourth season of The Affair on Showtime, in the 22nd episode of the second season of The CW’sThe Originals“, the 18th episode of the first season of The CW’s The Flash, in the 4th episode of the second season of NBC’s The Night Shift, and in the 5th episode of the first season of the Netflix television series 13 Reasons Why, and again in the 13th episode of the second season of the latter.

In the 2015 film Freeheld, the band’s track “Louisa” is used in the country western dance scene where Julianne Moore and Ellen Page‘s characters are dancing together.

The band’s track “Fool for Love” is used in the end credits of the episode “Wedding Day” of HBO‘s Girls and “Bonnie” of Lovesick, and was also featured in the Season 7 episode “Hyperion Heights” of Once Upon A Time.

The songs “She Lit a Fire”, “Ends of the Earth”, “Brother”, “The Ghost on the Shore”, and the previously-unreleased track “The Birds are Singing at Night” are all used in the film A Walk in the Woods.

Their song “The Yawning Grave” appears in the 11th episode of the seventh season of The CW’s The Vampire Diaries.

The song “Lonesome Dreams” is used in the 7th episode of the first season of HBO‘s Togetherness.

The song “When the Night is Over” appears in the 15th episode of the third season of Chicago Med and also “TCM Remembers 2018”.

Sources :

John Schneider’s Blog, December 29, 2018.

Eric Lacey, “Obama names Michigan band in list of favorite 2018 songs: Lord Huron is an indie folk band with four members that all have ties to the region“, Lansing State Journal, December 29, 2018.

Lord Huron website.

Lord Huron wikipedia page.

Lord Huron youtube page.