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At 1 p.m. today, editions of the much-heralded The Universal Sigh will hit the streets of Washington, D.C.
The thing is a newspaper, compiled by the dudes of Radiohead and distributed in tandem with the release of the physical copy of The King of Limbs, the band’s latest full-length. Says its website: “To commemorate this momentous occasion, Radiohead have produced a newspaper which will be given away, free, gratis, without cost to the consumer by accredited vendors from a multitude of locations WORLDWIDE!“
On the subject of those locations, we are totally confused. The website lists “Washington, DC, Jefferson and 7th: 784 Jefferson Street NW Washington, DC DC 20011” and “Washington, DC, Union Station: Historic Downtown, 830 Jefferson Dr. SW., DC 20002” as points of distribution.
But 784 Jefferson Street NW is in an overwhelmingly residential part of Petworth, edging toward Brightwood Park. And Union Station is definitely not on the National Mall; its proper address is 50 Massachusetts Ave. NE.
We suspect that the Brits, however well-intentioned, might have fallen prey to the totally confusing L’Enfant Plan. While it’s charming to think a Radiohead flack will be posted up with a pile of newspapers in Petworth, it’s much more likely that they’ll be on the Mall and at Union Station.
But, that’s our guess. Radiohead’s representatives did not respond to a request for geographical clarification.