A turning of the tide overnight as Barack Obama clinched the Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia primaries. Idle chatter will no doubt point fingers at policies, but far more likely is Foals’ wading in on the current political fisticuffs between Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton and Obama for the Democratic leadership by throwing their support behind the Illinois senator.
Simultaneously canvassing for votes in their various NME Awards nominations, Edwin Congreave made clear their political inclinations of the Oxford oiks, writing on their website blog last week the following guff:
so we’ve been nominated for some awards. best haircut, best attitude problem, and best corrective eye surgery. vote here if you want foals to stand up and take hold of the trophies they so clearly deserve. or don’t. either way, we’re releasing our album in march. that’s the true story right there.
uhhhmm… what else. there is nothing else. i thought you could preorder cassius from wearefoals.com, but apparently you can’t do that yet. who knew. i guess i can go home now.
incidentally, wearefoals.com was nominated for best blog in that nme thing, which is pretty odd given that i’ve only put two entries on it. is there nothing else out there worth reading? nowhere? right then, i’m off to the library.
i’m actually not. i’m in mcdonald’s - in hackney no less. i’m going nowhere. and i’m so full of banana milkshake that i can’t actually think clearly, let alone read. having recently discovered that mcdonald’s do wifi, and having recently taken part-time possession of (“borrowed”) my girlfriend’s laptop, i have been spending a fair bit of time here. a cheeseburger for 79p, and facebook for free? you can’t go wrong with that. so i’m eating two burgers, in case they did. the first one tasted good, a bit like sweet, syrupy shit. the second taste the same, only worse. mmm. to think i used to be a vegetarian. i used to be a lot of things.
while i remember, if anyone is reading this from florida, california, or new york, or indeed all the other states voting today in the democratic primaries, please do us all a favour and vote for obama. foals are definitely for obama. that’s right, i know you’ve all been wondering: just who are foals going to endorse? well, we’re for obama. everyone should be for obama. he’s great. isn’t he just great? we’re thinking of sending him one of our t-shirts to wear. we’d wear his t-shirts if he sent us some. obama? obama? can you hear me, obama? we’d like some t-shirts.
anyway, obama, thanks for the most exciting election in memory. admittedly i can only remember back to 1996, but i’m pretty sure the ones before that weren’t all that different. and, if they were, who cares, i’ll pick up a history book on my way back home. this last week, though, it’s been all about the double-page spread election analysis in the guardian. bar charts, pie charts, colour-coded maps of the united states, commentary—oh, what extended commentary. this is what we live for. that and music. right.
so… yannis and jimmy have gone to germany to do some sort of promo affair with someone or other. obviously i am hugely jealous. the rest of us feel like mulchy winter vegetables, not even yet given the decency of a healthy composting. we are, however, all going to germany soon, i think at the end of march or somewhere around then. we’re going to american next week—to new york, where we’re playing a couple of parties, and to seattle, where i guess we’re just sitting around in the bitterly cold rain. and then we’re playing in france. and then we’re playing back here.
why do all my posts always have this paragraph where i’m like “and then we’re doing this and then we’re doing this?” i need some new ideas. some new… thoughts. all suggestions are welcome.
finally, i’d like to apologise to everyone who has sent us a message on myspace recently and has been met with silence. for the first time since we started this we’ve been overwhelmed with the volume of communication. the fact that none of us have computers of our own is a factor as well, and hopefully that will change some time this year. if obama wins, anyway. we’ll be in our shiny new bus wearing our shiny new t-shirts all replying to myspace messages, as the global economy soars and peace and harmony spread to all people—all of the time. that’s right. do it.
Let it also be known that Obama loves The Wire.
As well as that little outburst, it has also been announced that the US release of Antidotes (out on Sub Pop) will feature previous bloom ‘Mathletics’ and ‘Hummer’ tacked on at the end. Additionally, DiS editor Mike Diver would like to remind Edwin where the shift key is, and also that he promised to send over some techno reviews a few weeks ago. Yes. That sentence was in no way added personally by Mike at the subbing stage. And nor was that one, or this one. No.
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6 Dublin Whelan's
7 Belfast Spring & Airbake
8 Carlisle Brickyard
9 Newcastle Academy 2
10 Glasgow HMV (in-store)
10 Glasgow QMU
11 Manchester HMV (in-store)
11 Manchester Academy 2
12 Birmingham HMV (in-store)
12 Birmingham Academy 2
14 Norwich Waterfront
15 Oxford Academy
16 Brighton Concorde 2
17 London Astoria
25 Oxford HMV (in-store)
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