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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.

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“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: