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Review: Antidotes by Foals

I meant to review British math-rockers Foals’ first album a few months back, but what with one thing and another, haven’t had chance to get round to it. Having seen them live when I spent three excellent and largely rain-free days reviewing Latitude Festival this summer, however, I wanted to say at least something about them. And that’s pretty much that, with only a couple of months left before 2008 draws to a close, the 11 tracks on Antidotes will almost certainly make up the best debut British music release of the year.

I first came across Foals with the initially inauspicious release of their debut single, ‘Hummer’, which went on to gather a bit of attention when it was later used to promote the second series of Channel 4’s Skins. Since then they’ve played numerous festivals this summer, the pulsating bass and spiky guitars of tunes like ‘Cassius’ have become unlikely club dancefloor hits, and the band have had a fight with tame anarchist and Sex Pistols frontman Johnny Rotten at a …

Urgent Matter

For those of you reading this who're Sheffielders, I'm assured that Matter 8 has been published and is ready for launch: the annual showcase of new writing from Sheffield Hallam's MA Writing course.

Before I joined the MA, I'd quite often spot copies of the magazine - always beautifully designed and perfect-bound - in bookshops in and around Sheffield, and having enjoyed reading the diverse range of talent on display in each of them, it's been a real pleasure this year to have been involved in editing the publication's poetry.

As well as poems by MA students including myself, then, the issue contains new work by established guest contributors and an excerpt from the late E.A. Markham's memoirs.

Matter will be launched next Wedneday, 15th October @ Waterstones, Orchard Square, Sheffield, and it would be great to see as many people as possible there (it's a big sort of shop so space shouldn't be an issue). It will be followed by the launch of the Best Of…

Moniza Alvi in this week's TLS

Just a snippet of news in that I've another review in the TLS this week, following on from last week's 'In Brief' piece on Stephanie Norgate's Hidden River; this week's a more substantial review, covering both Moniza Alvi's Split World, Poems 1990-2005, and her latest PBS Choice collection, Europa. Do check it out if you can.