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Sold! The venerable Politics & Prose is safely in the hands of new owners Lissa Muscatine and husband Bradley Graham (most recently head speechwriter at the U.S. Department of State and Washington Post reporter, respectively). According to the Post, former owner Barbara Meade and David Cohen (son of former owner Carla Cohen) picked the couple because “they think the couple is uniquely qualified to extend the store’s reputation as a gathering place for ideas and civic discourse.” See also: Our cover story on Politics & Prose from last fall.
Dead Paper Trees: You already have a copy of The King of Limbs, you say? Psh. Radiohead’s latest full-length comes out in its proper, physical form today, and with it will come the distribution of The Universal Sigh, a newspaper authored by the members of Radiohead themselves. Ah, but you already got a newspaper with your copy of the album? Here’s an important reminder, from The Universal Sigh website: “This newspaper IS NOT the newspaper that accompanies the Newspaper Album version of The King of Limbs. This event WILL NOT be repeated. This event IS NOT a live performance by Radiohead.”
Block Party: A kind soul has uploaded to YouTube in several parts a BBC documentary, circa the 1980s, on the go-go scene around these parts. Welcome to the Go Go features Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers, Experience Unlimited, and Trouble Funk, among others—and is required viewing for anyone who was able to identify “Bustin’ Loose” in that Chips Ahoy! commercial. Click Track has a whole bunch of clips here.
Yesterday on Arts Desk: We update you on Bohemian Caverns. Today on Arts Desk: We’ll be keeping a close eye on those scrambling to get their hands on the aforementioned Radiohead-penned newspapers. Later on Arts Desk: We talk to a Japanese band who’s been unable to return to their home country and are trying to secure D.C.-area gigs.