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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.

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

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: