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Reunited Blur Perform First Gig in Nearly 10 Years

Oh man, I’m so excited for the Blur reunion this sum­mer, even though it seems lim­ited to the UK for now. The first of these new gigs hap­pened on June 13th at the site of their first gig, and from the looks of a few YouTube videos, they sound fantastic.

From NY Mag’s Vul­ture Blog:

On Sat­ur­day, before an audi­ence of 150, Blur played its first con­cert as a four-piece in a decade, at Essex, England’s East Anglian Rail­way Museum (it’s where they per­formed one of their ear­li­est gigs) — and some won­der­ful per­son has uploaded video of prac­ti­cally the entire show.

Video of Blur per­form­ing ‘There’s no Other Way’ on June 13th.

More Cov­er­age:

[Via Hal­fAlien]

Blur to Re-Form for Massive Hyde Park Gig

Blur to Re-Form for Mas­sive Hyde Park Gig »

It ended in acri­mony, with the gui­tarist brand­ing the singer an “ego­ma­niac”. But after months of spec­u­la­tion, Blur have con­firmed that they will be reunit­ing for a mas­sive gig in London’s Hyde Park next summer.

My favorite band of the 90s, together again for the first time since gui­tarist Gra­ham Coxon quit the band in 2002.

More: Blur In Video » | Review of Gra­ham Coxon Solo Show in 2005 »

Most Influential Modern Rock Albums, Part 1

I haven’t had much time lately to think about post­ing much — in fact, I’m sure my Mac is feel­ing neglegted…

But, one thing I can do while work­ing and dri­ving to work, is lis­ten to music on my iPod. When I read Jason Kottke’s reac­tion to some recent Crit­ics’ picks for the best albums from the last twenty years, I started think­ing about my own list.

First, it seems arbi­trary to draw a line at 20 years — I pre­fer to put the seper­a­tion between clas­sic rock, and mod­ern rock, since most of the impor­tant music of the past 20–30 years, (for me), falls into the lat­ter category.

For the next 5 days, (week­end excluded), I will post my list for the Most Influ­en­tial Mod­ern Rock Albums, in no par­tic­u­lar order. Here is my first choice:

Blur, Park­life : Though today I more admire the ear­lier Mod­ern Life is Rub­bish, I can’t deny that Park­life was a trans­for­ma­tive album for me. Released in 1994, when I was still in high school, it came to rep­re­sent every­thing that wanted to be – clever, artic­u­late, sar­cas­tic, pop-aware, and paranoid.

Drawn largely on Mar­tin Amis’ char­ac­ters, espe­cially from the novel Lon­don Fields, the album rev­elled in pre-Millenial malaise, and got me to sing along… la la la la.

Hopeless Friend

hope­less friend”, posted by ned­ward

Pres­ley is in nyc for a con­fer­ence, but that didn’t stop me from leav­ing the house last night. I caught Gra­ham Coxon, for­mer gui­tarist for a lit­tle brit­pop out­fit called Blur.

I love Graham’s new album, Hap­pi­ness in Mag­a­zines, and was delighted to find out that he also puts on a hell of a show, for such a shy guy. His vocals espe­cially were quite strong, though he freaked out and stopped in the mid­dle of a song because the light­ing guy put a spot on him…

My first Blur show was in March of ’97, in the Mid­dle East Down­stairs, when I was a fresh­men (yikes) in col­lege. Rivers Cuomo was hang­ing out at the bar, Damon soaked me with water from his many bot­tles, and Gra­ham mostly sulked in the cor­ner, strum­ming vera­ciously. That was the best con­cert I have ever seen.

See­ing Gra­ham kind of makes me wish he was still in Blur, and they were still play­ing lit­tle clubs…

Some old posts about Blur and related projects: