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Thursday, 30 September 2010 09:46

Mr. November Moves Forward with The NationalIf Barack Obama's presidential campaign embraced The National because of the band's name, he got lucky.

The Ohio-raised, Brooklyn-based band, known for its powerful, understated songs, played at Obama’s "Moving America Forward" rally at the University of Wisconsin on Tuesday, in a hope to catch young voters' attention. The indie rock band closed its set with "Mr. November," which it dedicated to President Obama.

Reported by Associated Press, students and residents in the traditionally liberal city of Madison "turned out by the thousands to see President Barack Obama at a rally on the University of Wisconsin campus meant to energize the base of the Democratic Party." University police estimate more than 17,000 people packed onto a mall in the heart of the campus to see the president. Another 9,000 lined up for more than a mile to get in but were diverted to overflow areas.

President Obama, whose poll numbers have dipped in recent months, told the Madison crowd, "You didn't elect me to look at the polls. You elected me to do what was right."

The National and President Obama have supported each other since the former Illinois senator ran for office in 2008. The Barack Obama campaign turned The National's “Fake Empire” into an unstated anthem for his presidential run, using it in the soundtrack to his promotional video and as background music during his victory rally. The band played venues, and designed and sold T-shirts, donating all profits to the campaign.

In May, The National released their fifth studio album High Violet. The album has been widely acclaimed, and the band is currently on a tour which is expected to continue into the new year.

The National is due to reissue High Violet with an additional bonus disc on November 22nd. This new release features live recorded performances of “Bloodbuzz Ohio,” “Anyone’s Ghost,” and “England.” The expanded version is also planned to include an alternate version of “Terrible Love,” together with B-sides “Sin Eaters” and “Walk Off,” and new tracks "You Were A Kindness", which Rolling Stone magazine previously reported as their next single, and “Wake Up Your Saint.”

 

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On Wednesday November 10th (10am GMT), under the band name Beady Eye, former Oasis band members Liam Gallagher, Gem Archer, Andy Bell, and Chris Sharrock will release ‘"Bring the Light" as a free download  from their website. "Bring the Light" will be the first track to be heard from the band's debut album which was recorded in London during the summer and which will be released next year.

The band fronted by former Oasis singer Liam Gallagher have recently uploaded a 22 second video on YouTube, launched a website, and opened an online store. A strictly limited 7" vinyl of "Bring the Light" will also be available for fans to purchase. It will only be available through the Beady Eye website and comes with "Sons of the Stage" on the B-side. Pre-order the 7" here from 10am on Wednesday.

An announcement about the new band's website was posted on Oasis official website on Monday. "Back in May we told you that Liam, Gem, Andy and Chris were in the studio with Steve Lillywhite working out their way of looking at the world," the band said. "As Oasisinet keeps you up to date with all things Oasis-related, we're happy to let you know Beady Eye have set up their own website." Steve Lillywhite is a producer best known for his work with U2 and Peter Gabriel.

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