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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.

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Blur in Video

Par­lophone Records recent­ly put all 22 Blur videos up on YouTube, which is pret­ty cool. It’s inter­est­ing to com­pare the Pop­scene video from 1992, with the icon­ic Song 2 video from five years lat­er – there are a lot of sim­i­lar­i­ties, (though I wish music video direc­tors would refrain from putting sing-a-long lyrics on the screen).

Blur was my favorite band back in the 90s, and I’ve seen them per­form live a hand­ful of times, the best of which was a rau­cous small show down­stairs at the Mid­dle East in Cam­bridge, MA in 1997. [MOKB]

The Go! Team

It’s fri­day – time to get ready for the week­end. I final­ly got around to get­ting the new The Go! Team album Proof of Youth, and it’s great. I’m lov­ing the jux­ta­po­si­tion of hiphop, noisy gui­tars, and the mul­ti­c­ul­ti line­up.

Here is a live video:

A short doc­u­men­tary on the band is below the fold.

Con­tin­ue read­ing ‘The Go! Team’

Underground Man” update

Thanks to Mint, I noticed that a few vis­i­tors were referred here look­ing for the text of a New York­er arti­cle writ­ted in Feb­ru­ary 2004 titled, Under­ground Man: Can the for­mer C.I.A. agent who saved New York’s sub­way get the Tube back on track?. I had scanned the text a while back, but my direc­to­ry secu­ri­ty set­tings on my serv­er were tight­ened, and the scans were no longer avail­able.

So, if you’re look­ing for the arti­cle, it’s is now prop­er­ly linked in the orginal post.

I still wish I had a way of extract­ing the text via OCR…

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.

Underground Man

After read­ing Dunstan’s humor­ous post on British rail, and the sil­ly respons­es he received from Amer­i­cans and Ger­mans, I was remind­ed of an excel­lent arti­cle by William Finnegan in the New York­er last week, Under­ground Man: Can the for­mer C.I.A. agent who saved New York’s sub­way get the Tube back on track?

After scour­ing the New York­er web site and Google with­out luck, I decid­ed it was worth scan­ning and post­ing the arti­cle. Sor­ry they’re jpgs… I prob­a­bly won’t leave it up very long (file size/bandwidth), unless some­one can sug­gest a way to extract the text of the arti­cle.

I’m your pub­lic library.

UPDATE 9/12/2005: I changed my direc­to­ry secu­ri­ty a while back, so these arti­cles have not been linked. Here ya go: