Blur in a blur

blur liveLast week was Blur Week.

We were given tick­ets to see the boys tape a few songs on Last Call w/ Car­son Daly in New York on Wednes­day, and were able to catch them live at Avalon in Boston on Fri­day night. And the best part was that there were no mishaps this time ’round.

Car­son Daly is really mis­un­der­stood by music fans– espe­cially those who fancy them­selves hipper-than-thou. Maybe it’s because they blame him for the dom­i­nance of boy bands and Brit­tney in the past few years… or, maybe it is just that they think he’s a mas­sive tool.

I think this is unfair– the guy is doing more with his lit­tle 1:30 am show than most other talk shows… he has ter­rific bands on, many that you won’t see on MTV or Jay Leno, and I think he’s truly a music fan first. I mean — they guy is always play­ing air drums in-between com­mer­cial breaks… I’m there with ya Carson!

Any­way, Blur. They played an acoustic set of Out of Time and Good Song from their excel­lent new album Think Tank. Make sure to tune in to NBC Fri­day, July 25 after Conan. We’re the two embar­rassed jerks sit­ting in the sec­ond row, with plastic-rim eyeglasses.

Fri­days show was really spe­cial– they played a wide rang­ing set that stretched back more than 10 years, includ­ing favorites For Tomor­row, Girls and Boys, the Uni­ver­sal, and the ever-moshing Song 2.

Damon was in top form, jump­ing around and really singing bet­ter than I’ve ever heard him sing. He doesn’t really play key­boards any­more, which is a minor peeve, but he’s doing his front­man thing well with the help of an elec­tric guitar.

At 35 years, post–Goril­laz, he seems to have some­thing more to prove — and 2,000 peo­ple and I were glad for it.

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