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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: