I am a huge Blur fan. Major. They are my favorite band. They are my favorite Britpop band. And Damon Albarn is my all time celebrity crush. Not only was their first public appearance as a band on my 30th birthday of all days but then someone had to go and post THIS gem on YouTube. You can view other videos of the band rehearsing for these intimate rehearsal gigs and their triumphant huge headlining reunion shows in Hyde Park (you WISH it were the Chicago one) July 2 and 3rd on their official YouTube channel . [...]
They only made their live return last night (a hometown gig at the East Anglian Railway Museum near Colchester, the scene of their first ever show) but already some excellent live footage of the reformed Blur has emerged. Spotted by the ever eagle eyed folk at Pitchfork , these videos capture a band obviously delighted to be with us once again, taking in material from across their career and already firing on all cylinders. We can only await their Oxegen headliner with even greater excitement than ever, especially with this set list: 'She's [...]
Enjoy this weekend's take on 'Coffee & TV' below. View more videos here! MP3: Blur - Song 2
I wasn't too broken up about New Order's acrimonious demise in 2007, since the last few records weren't exactly up to par, but the split seems to be permanent this time. In fact, Bernard Sumner and Stephen Morris have started a new band with touring New Order guitarist Phil Cunningham (who replaced Morris' wife Gillian Gilbert). The group is called Bad Lieutenant and features none other than Blur's Alex James on bass. Trading Peter Hook's ego for that of Alex James' is a risky albeit interesting move. It's a definite style transition, as James and Hook have significantly [...]
While we realize we're risking obsession by following one Blur post with another, but we frankly think this deserves special attention. An extremely diligent fan managed to tape some fantastic takes from of Blur's reunion gig, and was kind enough to post the show to his YouTube account. The videos are of fantastic clarity, and offer a truly first person account of the gig from the front row. We've put a taste up above (with Graham grinning furiously) of the band nailing "Charmless Man". While we can't guarantee just how long they'll stay [...]
Fa un caldo porco, l'umidità è a mille, mi rinfresco con Parklife , sarà la terza volta che gira completo, un paio in macchina e una a casa. E sempre alla faccia dell'estate che arriva sono già in giro i nuovi Obituary, Suffocation e Voivod. Domani inizia una nuova settimana.
Blur played the first show of their reunion last night at the East Anglian Railway Museum near Colchester in Essex last night. The gig was a special friends/family/select media type thing in the very same venue Blur played their first show together 20 years ago. NME have a full report . And the setlist? Insanity. 28 songs spanning everything . Setlist She’s So High Girls And Boys Tracy Jacks There’s No Other Way Jubilee Badhead Beetlebum Trimm Trabb Coffee & TV [...]
A smattering of clips have surfaced showing Blur rehearsing for its comeback concert at Hyde Park (and the smaller warm up club gigs, of course). Things are sounding awfully good, even in this rough footage leaked to build excitement around the band's obligatory compilation, Midlife: A Beginners Guide To Blur . Here's to hoping those rumored US dates pan out. Songs featured below include "Death of a Party" and "Song 23 off Blur's self-titled 1997 record as well as "For Tomorrow" off 1993's Modern Life Is Rubbish." The question has already been posed [...]
La vuelta de Blur este verano es de las cosas más esperadas de la música mundial y por ese motivo hay tantas expectativas y noticias en relación a la vuelta de uno de los grupos más importantes de la movida britpopera y de la música de los '90. Ahora la banda lanzó un video donde se los puede ver a los muchachos ensayando para su gran vuelta que comenzará en el East Anglian Railway Museum en Colchester este fin de semana. Comparte esta anotación
Watch 'em practice 'Song Two' here. Blur's latest greatest hits compilation will see daylight next week. Blur recently revealed their Hyde Park openers. MP3: Blur - Beetlebum
We wouldn't normally be excited to so blatantly regurgitate press material for you, but the fact of the matter is that we're inside of one month of the Blur reunion, and that's got us more than a little stoked. In fact, it's got us completely stoked. So, for the time being, we'll put aside the obvious commercial crassness of Midlife , and instead point out the band's big media push that started today. Specifically, the band's aged website has been given a massive overhaul to match the reunion, [...]
Enjoy this week's extensive interview below. The Spinning Top is out now. MP3: Blur - Song 2
non vi dico che questo forse è il mio pezzo preferito di tutti i tempi perchè poi mi prendete in giro. E mi piacevno gli Oasis non dimenticate. Dicevo: vi parlo di altro, della Trellick Tower che è quella cosa che vedete nella foto. E' citata ad un certo punto nel testo, come qualcosa di familiare, che ti fa sentire a casa perchè non potrebbe essere da nessuna altrta parte, non in questi termini. E' su a North Kensington, Londra, se non sbaglio da quelle parti c'è anche una specie di Skate Park, piccolo prato e la torre [...]
After over two years of rumors, filming, and set-backs, the documentary about Pop sensation and musically transcending Gorillaz is about to be released. Entitled Bananaz , the film is live action as opposed to the cartoon rendered imaginary band members that have dominated the band to this point. Watching the trailer and reading some other things about it, the two people who dominate the film are Damon Alborn and Jamie Hewlett. Which is awesome to hear, Alborn is the musical genius behind all of this (and Blur of course too) and Hewlett is the puppet master behind all of [...]
ciao, forse vi ricorderete di me per conti alla rovescia come quello in vista della reunion dei Massimo Volume al Traffic Festival dello scorso anno. Il 2009 non sarà da meno: tornano i Blur. Confesso: al tempo tifavo Oasis, ma cosa importa? Solo gli anni possono giudicare e, mentre ho venduto anzi riciclat, come regalo di compleanno Be Here Now dopo appena due mesi dalla sua uscita, adesso eccomi qui a contare i giorni che ci separano dai concerti del 2 e 3 luglio di Damon e soci ad Hyde Park, Londra. Non un conto alla rovescia religioso [...]
I love me some Gorillaz. I've been a fan of Damon Albarn's music since the early 90s when Blur was still mistakenly associated with "shoegazing" and "madchester" by music rags when in fact they were creating something entirely different and...
Graham Coxon performs the first single off his forthcoming LP, The Spinning Top , from the rooftop of the Marriott at SXSW. I have long been a fan of Mr. Coxon's guitar prowess both in Blur and as a solo artist. For those unfamiliar with the man's talent with a six string, do watch this video. He's a picking machine. And singing on top of it. Completely bad ass.
VOLTA DOS 90 Patton e sua turma Vários indícios que uma onda revival está começando: A volta de Faith No More , Blur e Pavement , Sarney no senado, Sienfield em novo programa de TV em formato reality show e a boataria de uma nova reunião de Janes Addiction e [...]
Geezers United! Should be a great summer. Thank Pitchfork for the memo-
Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon made a surprise appearance at the NME Shockwaves Awards, taking the stage after almost a decade to play a low-key version of its classic "This Is A Low" from the Parklife album, of course. Unfortunately, no videos of the performance have leaked yet (that I can find), but this post-show interview is available, wherein Damon and Graham discuss the last minute decision to play and how rehearsals for the coming summer's full-fledged Blur shows are going. Albarn admits he's the one who needs the most practice, as everyone else in the band knows [...]