Entries tagged with: Blur
by Bill Pearis
Damon Albarn is in NYC currently, getting ready to play Governors Ball tonight (6/6) and Irving Plaza on Sunday (6/8), both part of his current tour. While here, he stopped by The Tonight Show last night to perform "Lonely Press Play" from his new solo album, as well as an old Blur nugget: the gorgeous "This is a Low" from Parklife, which turned 20 years old in April. Videos of both are in this post.
While some artists, like Jarvis Cocker, keep their solo sets free of songs from previous bands, Albarn has been peppering his sets with cuts from Gorillaz, The Good, the Bad & the Queen, and Blur. A recent setlist is below. Tickets are still available for Irving Plaza.
Videos from The Tonight Show below...
by Bill Pearis
Damon Albarn @ SXSW 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
We mentioned earlier today that Damon Albarn would be playing Irving Plaza on June 8, one of the official Governors Ball afterparties. He's playing Governors Ball proper, too, and doing a string of dates between that fest and Bonnaroo. All dates are listed below.
Album's solo debut, Everyday Robots, comes out this week (4/29) and features appearances by Brian Eno and Bat for Lashes' Natasha Khan. It's by far the most sedate, wistful record of his career though. If you're familiar with songs like Blur's "Tender," Gorillaz's "Broken" or The Good The Bad & the Queen's "The Bunting Song," you mostly know what to expect. You can still listen to the album for free via iTunes and a few track streams, videos (including the new one for "Heavy Seas of Love") and a "track by track" commentary from Albarn, are below.
In other news, Albarn happened by London's Red Lion pub last week (4/23) and joined the house band for a rendition of Blur's Britpop classic "Parklife." Video of that is below too.
One of last year's coolest reissues was Who Is William Onyeabor? which collected many of the cult Nigerian funk singer and synthesizer pioneer William Onyeabor's best tracks. For more on who he is, this past week a new Onyeabor documentary, titled Fantastic Man, premiered online, featuring interviews with Damon Albarn, Dan Snaith of Caribou, the Human League's, Martyn Ware (The Human League), Femi Kuti and many more. It's well worth watching and you can do so in this post.
There is also a remix album, titled What?, that was commissioned by Moog and will be released on Record Store Day (April 19) featuring reworkings by Hot Chip, The Vaccines, Justin Strauss & Bryan Mette, Joakim ft. Akwetey (Dragons of Zynth), JD Twitch (Optimo), Daphni, Javelin, David Terranova, Policy and Scientist.
And last but not least there will be a series of tribute concerts happening in cities around the world this spring, including two in NYC on May 2 & 3. Details have not been announced yet, so stay tuned.
You can listen to Who is William Onyeabor? via Rdio, and watch the Fantastic Man documentary below...
by Bill Pearis
We just wrote about Damon Albarn's forthcoming solo debut, Everyday Robots, which will be out April 29 via Warner Bros. The video for the title track has since been released. Directed by artist and designer Aitor Throup, the clip uses CGI software and actual cranial scans and facial reconstruction techniques to slowly build a portrait of Albarn. As for the song, it's a pretty, downtempo track and unmistakably from the man who gave us "To the End" and "Clint Eastwood." As it should be. Watch it below.
Blur/Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn has been talking about releasing a solo album for a while now, and it's finally officially been announced. Damon posted to his Facebook page...
Damon's new and first solo studio album titled Everyday Robots is out 28th April. It's his most soul-searching and autobiographical yet, explores nature versus technology and features guests Brian Eno and Natasha Khan (Bat For Lashes), and is produced by XL's Richard Russell.The video for the title track will be released today so stay tuned for that. (UPDATE: Watch it HERE.) That's the album artwork above and you can check out the tracklist below.
Damon will be in NYC this June to play Governors Ball.
by Bill Pearis
In the downtime from Blur, bassist Alex James channeled his creative efforts into his love of food by becoming a successful, award-winning cheesemaker which he's detailed in his second book, All Cheeses Great and Small. One of his cheeses is called "Blue Monday" btw. He's branching out into soft drinks, as City AM notes that James has applied for a trademark for a fizzy line called -- wait for it -- "Britpop." How has no one done this before? What do you think it will taste like?
by Bill Pearis
There are too many super-specific Tumblrs to keep track off -- many doing clever riffs of other people's art -- but Dangerous Minds tipped up to the LEGO Albums that renders classic LP art in building block form. They aren't done with real LEGOs, it's pixelated art where those pixels are then turned into LEGO pegs, but it's still kinda cool. Especially on a cold and wet Friday like today.
Some of the choices are questionable -- why would you choose to do Best of The Smiths over The Queen is Dead or Meat is Murder -- but I did laugh when I saw they'd done Death Grips' NO LOVE DEEP WEB. Check out a few below and peruse the entire collection at LEGO Albums.
photos by Dylan Johnson
On the heels of their excellent third album, Modern Vampires of the City, Vampire Weekend brought their tour to Brooklyn's Barclays Center on Friday (9/20) -- the day after Yeah Yeah Yeahs played the same big venue -- for what was their largest headlining NYC show yet. VW split the set pretty evenly between all three of their albums, playing tons of highlights like "Giving Up the Gun," "Cousins," "Unbelievers," "A-Punk," and many more in their 23-song set, plus a cover of Blur's "Song 2." Opening the show was two pop singers with a Dev "Blood Orange" Hynes association, Solange and Sky Ferreira. Pictures of all three artists are in this post.
The show also streamed live on Sirius XM's Alt Nation, and if you missed it (or want to listen again), it rebroadcasts today (9/23) at 8 PM ET.
More pictures, plus VW's setlist and videos (including one of "Song 2"), below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Blur / Pet Shop Boys
Berlin's aptly named Berlin Festival went down over the weekend (9/6-7). The first day included sets from Blur, Pet Shop Boys, Mike Patton's experimental alt-metal band Tomahawk, Omar Rodriguez-Lopez's new band Bosnian Rainbows, The Sounds, Capital Cities, Big Black Delta, and more. Pictures of those bands and more, plus Blur and Pet Shop Boys' setlists, are in this post.
Day 2 pictures coming soon. More day 1 pictures below...
The big festival season may be coming to a close now that Labor Day is behind us and it doesn't really feel like summer anymore, but of course that doesn't mean there aren't any to still look forward to (though many are in warmer places than here in the Northeast).
One festival that will take an airplane ticket and a passport to get to from the US, but has a lineup that might make it worth it, is the Berlin Festival in -- you guessed it -- Berlin. It goes down this weekend from September 6-7 and includes Blur, Bjork, Pet Shop Boys, My Bloody Valentine, Klaxons, Savages, Justice (DJ), John Talabot (live), and more. Tickets for the festival are on sale now. Full schedule here.
In October, Austin gets the previously discussed Austin City Limits Festival for two weekends (10/4-6 & 10/11-13) with Depeche Mode, The Cure, Atoms for Peace, Phoenix, Wilco, Vampire Weekend, The National, passion Pit, Queens of The Stone Age, Arctic Monkeys, Kendrick Lamar, Franz Ferdinand and more. Weekend passes for weekend 2 and VIP options for both weekends are still available. Check out the schedule here. If you'll be in Austin for the festival, don't forget to catch some of the official late shows too.
Later on in the year, Austin gets the previously discussed Fun Fun Fun Fest (Nov. 8-10) which includes Descendents, Quicksand, Television, Deerhunter, MGMT, M.I.A., Snoop Dogg, Cut Copy, The Walkmen, Kurt Vile, Body Count, Cloud Nothings, Title FIght, White Lung and more. Tickets are still available. Check out the full lineup.
Around that same time, New Orleans hosts the previously mentioned Voodoo Experience festival (11/1-3) with Pearl Jam, Nine Inch Nails, The Cure, The Gaslight Anthem, Desaparecidos, Cults, Rudimental and more. Tickets are still available. Check out the full schedule.
Though it's not quite a "festival," NYC will be bombarded by a whole slew of bands this fall when a big portion of the music industry heads our way for the 2013 CMJ Music Marathon, which runs from October 15-19. Confirmed artists include The Dismemberment Plan, Pelican, Jacco Gardner, Good Riddance, Godflesh, Eagulls, Courtney Barnett, The Long Winters, Savages, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Eleanor Friedberger, Kevin Drew, Obits, Fuck Buttons, Quadron, Speedy Ortiz, Lawrence Rothman and more. Badges are on sale now.
Right before CMJ, NYC will be getting the 2013 CBGB Music & Film Festival which goes from October 9 to 13 across various venues and includes Andy Shernoff, Arto Lindsay, Bass Drum of Death, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Ginger Baker, Hanni El Khatib, Meat Puppets, Obits, The Spits, Tommy Ramone, and more. Badges are still available.
And right as CMJ is ending in NYC, San Francisco will be getting its two-day Treasure Island Music Festival (10/19-20). That festival includes Atoms for Peace, Beck, Animal Collective, James Blake, Japandroids, Disclosure, Tricky, Little Dragon, and more. Tickets are still available. Check out the full schedule.
photos by Wei Shi
Passion Pit / Alt-J / Purity Ring & Danny Brown / crowd
Coachella 2013 is currently going down in Indio, CA for its second weekend after kicking off this past Friday (4/19). We've already posted pics of day 1 (HERE and HERE), day 2 (HERE) and day 3 (HERE) from weekend 1, and now we've got pictures of day 1 from weekend 2 in this post. This time around we caught sets by Passion Pit, Earl Sweatshirt, Polica, Youth Lagoon, Purity Ring, (who were joined by Danny Brown, whose new album they appear on), Foals, Modest Mouse, Alt-J and more.
Check out more pictures from 4/19, along with a "Coachellavated" video of the festival filmed from the top of director Chris Crutchfield's head and a video of Passion Pit's full set from weekend 1, below...
Stone Roses / How to Destroy Angels / Johnny Marr
Friday's lineup was teeming with such line-jumpers, performing with various degrees of laurel-resting. Early in the day came the Shouting Matches, a shambolic blues-esque outfit whose sales pitch is that it includes Justin Vernon of Bon Iver. The group took almost a half-hour for sound check, and its set was almost as loose. Mr. Vernon, such a precise and processed singer in Bon Iver, was here far more at ease, pushing his vocals no harder than the amiable songs demanded.There was also Divine Fits (Britt Daniel of Spoon + Dan from Wolf Parade), Deathfix (Brendan Canty of Fugazi on drums), Grinderman with Nick Cave, Johnny Marr of the Smiths, Trent Reznor of NIN in How to Destroy Angels (who made their live debut days earlier), Jello Biafra of the Dead Kennedys with his band The Guantanamo School of Medicine, and more. And of course reunions and britrock galore with Blur, The Stone Roses, Sparks, and Jurassic 5 all also playing Friday. Here are our pictures from day one (which do not include Polica, but check out our instagram for a shot of Justin Vernon joining them on stage).
Later, in the dance-centric Sahara tent, Dog Blood performed a loud but not thunderous set. It's a collaborative project of Skrillex and Boys Noize, and does not quite live up to Skrillex's typical punishment or Boys Noize's characteristic exuberance.
Day One pics continue at BV Chicago and below...
Hell hath frozen over:
It was the bitter Britpop feud of the nineties - Oasis and Blur at each other's throats in the charts and out on the tiles.Good to see they've made up. Maybe Liam still holds a grudge? You can relive the legendary Britpop beef via video clips below.
Both rugged bands would threaten each other and the rivalry dominated both bands chart success, with record companies pandering to the division of teenage fans.
But despite Albarn, 44, saying in 2007 making up with Noel, 45, would be the end of Britpop the pair were happy to give each other a mellow squeeze at the BRIT Awards last night (2/20).
It seems Albarn had forgotten Noel Gallagher's famous wish he 'would 'get AIDS and die' and his own 2007 pledge: 'I can't make it up with Noel. Britpop would be over and heaven forbid that we'd ever admit we'd all grown up!' -[Daily Mail]
As for the BRIT Awards themselves, Mumford & Sons were named best British group; Coldplay was named best British live act; and Adele went home with Best British Single for "Skyfall." Full list of BRIT winners is here.
Blur will play their first North American shows in ages at Coachella 2013.
I have to admit I did wonder a bit if enough people actually knew who Blur and The Stone Roses were when I saw them placed very prominently on top of this year's Coachella lineup. Then we just came across this Tumblr which reinforces the idea that maybe the Stone Roses, like Arcade Fire (at the Grammys) and Bonny Bear before them, are not exactly part of the mainstream consciousness.
P.S., as the above-pictured tweet reinforces, The Rolling Stones did not end up being a part of this year's Coachella lineup, despite that weird date that showed up momentarily on their app.
Blur at Hyde Park in 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Last night, the Coachella 2013 lineup was announced, and as usual, there are some exciting reunions planned for the festival.
After we thought Blur might be done with their reunion without ever having played the US, they announced plans for 2013 and now we finally know that Coachella is their first scheduled US date since reforming.
Fellow britpop legends The Stone Roses have also been reunited for a bit and Coachella is their first scheduled US date since reforming as well. The band have only ever played a handful of U.S. shows in the first place, most of those without original drummer Reni. They played there hometown shows last summer, and if you missed it, you can check out videos, the setlist, and a review HERE.
Since reuniting, and even before, people have been speculating and hoping that Blur and The Stone Roses would play Coachella, and now both bands are not only finally playing the same year, but co-headlining the Friday(s) of the festival (April 12 and 19). Some videos of both bands' 2012 reunions below...
Primavera Sound have announced their 2013 lineup, set to go down on May 22-26 in Barcelona, Spain. The announcement came via an animated video and artists performing include Phoenix, The Postal Service, Blur, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, My Bloody Valentine, Tame Impala, Wu-Tang Clan, Dead Can Dance, Grizzly Bear, The Knife, and loads more. Current lineup is below along with the flyer and video...
by Bill Pearis
Pitchfork just posted their much anticipated list of the top 100 tracks of 2012. The #1 slot went to... Grimes! Whether you thought the whole of her album Visions was good or not, it was hard to deny the charms of "Oblivion." (Having that great video didn't hurt either.) Do you think it deserved to top the list? If not then what song should've?
You can check out P4K's entire hot 100 of 2012 below.
As you can see above, Emceez Ansari is really good at photoshopping Aziz Ansari's face into album covers.
Speaking of funny, get the new Tig Notaro from Louis CK.
Film School Rejects is reporting that Woody Allen has cast Louis CK and Andrew Dice Clay in a new movie (must. see.).
As you may have noticed via an ad on this site, Django Django are running a sale for their new Mercury Prize-nominated album via iTunes. We recently caught them live at Knitting Factory, Bowery Ballroom, and in Chicago too.
Purity Ring at Le Poisson Rouge (more by Amanda Hatfield)
"Red Bull Music Academy" is presenting four upcoming shows in NYC:
1 - BRAINFEEDER SESSION NYC at Villain (October 10)
2 - SBTKRT LIVE at Terminal 5 (October 11)
3 - FOUR TET B2B JAMIE xx at Autumn Bowl (October 26)
4 - GRACE JONES at Roseland (October 27)
Kilo Kish, who has some CMJ shows coming up too, opens the SBTRKT show.
We're also giving away tickets to see tomorrow's Perfume Genius show at Le Poisson Rouge and Calexico and The Dodos at Webster Hall on 10/13 on our Facebook. (Perfume Genius meanwhile plays Music Hall tonight).
Speaking of, PETA released a new Pokemon game.
AND, more stuff below...
Blur at London's Hyde Park in August (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Guess that post Olympics show wasn't Blur's last show after all...
Thank you for waiting... Rock Werchter is about to announce that Blur will headline next July. We're excited.. hope to travel in 2013 to play to more of our lovely fans who we haven't seen for a while. Don't know where yet, we'll tell as soon as we do..Belgium's Rock Werchter festival will go down from July 4-7 at Festival Park. So far, Rammstein is the only other act announced. More details on that fest to come.
Stand by.. [Blur]
The Rock Werchter 2013 trailer video and a video of Blur from that post-Olympics show are below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Blur/The Specials/New Order, Hyde Park 8/12/2012
Blur's frontman and driving force, Damon Albarn, had said this might be the band's final performance. But then Albarn has always been a competitive soul, and you wonder if he's just trying to outdo the culmination of the Olympics for significance.Blur headlined the official post-Closing-Ceremony concert in London's Hyde Park, a capper to the last two weeks of Olympics mania. The two-hour set had all the big singles (except "There's No Other Way"), their new song "Under the Westway," and a nice selection of deep cuts (what, no "Blue Jeans"?) that few could really grumble with. Grumbling about the sound was prevalent, however, as Hyde Park noise ordinances kept the volume a little too low for some in the back.
For a while tonight, that appears to be a losing battle. Blur are preceded by the BBC's closing ceremony coverage, shown on a giant screen. As union flags flutter, the 80,000-strong crowd bellows along to the national anthem and cheers as Prince Harry takes his seat. When Madness kick off the entertainment in the stadium, Hyde Park dances along, and you wonder whether everyone's forgotten they've paid £55 to see Blur.
Then, abruptly, Madness are cut mid-song and the screens withdraw to reveal our headliners, under a replica of Albarn's beloved Westway. The band launch into an incendiary Girls and Boys, and, for the next two hours, Hyde Park is theirs. - [The Guardian]
Of course, it wasn't just Blur, as the concert also featured sets by The Specials, New Order (who have North American shows coming up) and youngsters Bombay Bicycle Club. Photos and setlists of all the band's from Sunday night's Hyde Park concert are below.
Light Asylum at BV-SXSW 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
today in NYC
* ASSSSCAT 3000 @ UCB
* Glassjaw @ Irving Plaza
* Stephane Wrembel @ Barbes
* Joseph Keckler @ Joe's Pub
* 10000 Maniacs @ City Winery
* Jason Lescalleet @ The Stone
* Diamond Terrifier @ The Stone
* Hannibal Buress @ Knitting Factory
* Famous Accordion Orchestra @ Barbes
* Sweet Honey In The Rock @ Prospect Park
* Fishbone, Paranoid Social Club @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Eamon Harkin, Archie Pelago @ Gowanus Grove
* Motive, Rubbing Alcohol, PO PO, Crux @ Glasslands
* CSC Funk Band, Dead Tape, Lance Romance @ Zebulon
* D. Charles Speer, Luke Roberts @ The Manhattan Inn
* Iktus, Taka Kigawa, Phyllis Chen @ Le Poisson Rouge
* SSPS, Predator Prey, Kokomo, Blue Miguel @ Cake Shop
* Deutsch Nepal, Bain Wolfkind, Kama Rupa @ Saint Vitus
* Dan Neustadt plays Pink Floyd's 'The Wall' @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Light Asylum, Trust, Mirror Mirror @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Electric People, Van Allen Belt, Catamaran, Long Miles, Josh Elkes @ Pianos
* Wrathcobra, Oh Shit They're Going to Kill Us, Death First @ The Acheron
* The Psychic Paramount, Stabbing Eastward, Guardian Alien @ Cameo Gallery
I you missed Blur's live-on-the-internet performance of "Under the Westway" earlier in the week, you can check out the video from it below.
In case you missed the stream. The new songs (and their lyrics) are below....
by Bill Pearis
Tuning up the ol' Blur piano for today's Twittercast (via @blurofficial)
Blur, who reunited in 2009 and returned earlier this year to perform at the Brits and announce some festival dates, are performing two new songs today live on a global broadcast via their Twitter page. At 6:15PM GMT (1:15PM EDT) they'll perform "Under the Westway" and at 7:15PM GMT (2:15PM EDT) they'll perform "The Puritan." How exactly one performs live on Twitter remains to be seen. The songs will be available to download on iTunes immediately after the performance and there's a 7" single as well. Here's the link for the livestream which now has an archive of the performances.
UPDATE: Listen to the two new songs.
It's going to be a big summer for Blur, who on July 30 will release Blur 21, a giant retrpective box that contains:
All seven newly expanded two-disc studio albumsThere is also a Blur Vinyl Box, containing all seven albums. Details for both sets are here.
Four discs of rarities, exclusive to this set. Includes 3½ hours of previously unreleased material
Three DVDs including over 2 hours of previously unreleased footage. Includes two pivotal live shows and an exclusive disc of video rarities.
Collectable 7" single of the rare and previously unreleased live recording of the Seymour-era track Superman.
Deluxe hard-bound book telling the story of Blur's 21 year career with extensive liner notes based on a brand new interviews with the band, illustrated with imagery of the era, including some previously unseen photos.
The band still haven't played any US reunion shows, just a few in Europe, where they will continue to play some select shows and festivals, including Way Out West, this summer. Then on August 12 the band will play Hyde Park in London as part of closing concert for the 2012 Summer Olympics, a show that also features New Order (minus Peter Hook) and The Specials (minus Jerry Dammers).
After that, the future is uncertain. Damon Albarn has said this may be it for Blur (and Gorillaz) but in a "preview" video for the Twitter performances, bassist and cheesemaker Alex James said "who knows if this is the end... or the beginning of the next chapter."
A list of all dates, cover art for "Under the Westway," plus lyric sheet flyers for both songs and that Alex James video are below.
UPDATE: You can watch "Lyric Videos" for both songs are below as well.