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Blur’s Graham Coxon Thinks Kanye West Is “A Big Fucking Idiot”

Today in veteran white rock musicians insulting Kanye West: In a recent interview with The Guardian, Blur’s Graham Coxon took issue with Kanye’s particular brand of artistry. When reporter Tim Jonze (he of the Lana Del Rey controversy) cited Kanye as an example of a mainstream and innovative musician, Coxon responded with the following:… More »

By: Chris DeVille / July 30, 2015 - 4:48 pm

Blur’s Drum Tech Writes Their Setlists

I saw Blur this past May, when they did a secret show at Brooklyn’s Music Hall Of Williamsburg. That was a week after the release of their great new LP, The Magic Whip, and the setlist was pretty much a run-through of the album (sans “Ice Cream Man”), followed by a three-song encore of old… More »

By: Michael Nelson / July 21, 2015 - 11:23 am

Damon Albarn Recording New Gorillaz Album In September

The advent of Blur’s new album, The Magic Whip, and the band’s subsequent reunion tour, has been has been one of 2015’s hallmark nostalgia-laced stories, and Damon Albarn seems bent on continuing the streak. While in Australia, Albarn let it slip that he’s going to begin working on a new Gorillaz album as well, which… More »

By: Caitlin White / July 16, 2015 - 9:50 am

Watch A Trailer For Damon Albarn’s Alice In Wonderland Musical

Damon Albarn is a busy guy. Between the release of the long-awaited eighth Blur record, The Magic Whip, in April and his seemingly millions of other projects, Albarn somehow found time to create a musical. Another one! is inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice In Wonderland, and the trailer for it came out today. Albar… More »

By: Grace Birnstengel / June 26, 2015 - 12:53 pm

The 50 Best Albums Of 2015 So Far

The amount of great music in the past six months has been almost unfair. As in: How are we supposed to process all this? How can we fully appreciate one major piece of work when there’s always another one coming right around the corner. And when the huge, fully-formed masterpieces are dropping from the sky… More »

By: Stereogum / June 16, 2015 - 11:08 am

Blur Announce Hollywood Bowl, MSG Shows

Blur played a pair of Coachella sets six years ago to get their reunion rolling, and so far they’ve only played one super-exclusive Brooklyn show to promote The Magic Whip in North America. Now they’ve announced they’ll return to the US this fall for a pair of properly massive gigs at two of this country’… More »

By: Chris DeVille / June 15, 2015 - 12:22 pm

Watch Liam Gallagher & Roger Daltrey Sing The Who’s “My Generation” On TFI Friday Special

Last night, Liam Gallagher and Roger Daltrey led a one-off supergroup performance of the Who’s “My Generation” on British TV show TFI Friday, which revived for a two-hour special to celebrate its 20th anniversary. The group was rounded out by the Lightning Seeds’ Ian Broudie and former Oasis members Paul “Bonehead” Arthurs and Zak Starkey… More »

By: Peter Helman / June 13, 2015 - 10:41 am

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

It’s not on the list because I’m not sure how good it is, but Nekrogoblikon’s “We Need A Gimmick” video is a pretty fascinating attempt at going viral, wrapped up in a comedy video about the quest to go viral. Also, that goblin costume is great. But I have a strict policy against joke-rap videos,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 5, 2015 - 4:54 pm

Blur – “Ong Ong” Video

Britpop legends Blur have just released their video for the bouncy, charming “Ong Ong”; it follows their “Lonesome Street” clip as the second video from their reunion album The Magic Whip, and it’s a good one. The video delights in absurdity. Most of it is an animated version of a fictional old video game, with… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 3, 2015 - 8:43 am

Watch Blur Play “Tender” With Jimmy Fallon Backstage At The Tonight Show

When Blur played The Tonight Show last week, the whole massive expanded ensemble reconvened backstage to record an unplugged rendition of “Tender,” the timeless opening track from 1999’s landmark 13, with Jimmy Fallon sitting in. Below, watch a whole roomful of people singing a fantastic song. More »

By: Chris DeVille / May 4, 2015 - 5:07 pm

Watch Blur’s Documentary About Their New Album The Magic Whip

Last week, Blur released their reunion album The Magic Whip, and they also played their first New York show in 12 years. The album came about in an unconventional way. The band members had reunited for shows, but they didn’t expect to record anything new. However, a Japanese festival cancelation led to a week i… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 4, 2015 - 9:23 am

Blur Take Magic Whip To First NY Show In 12 Years

Scott called it a week ago, when he heard Blur were playing Fallon. Hell, for all I know, Scott made the whole thing happen through sheer force of will. Or maybe it was just magic. This is what he tweeted on Friday, April 24:… More »

By: Michael Nelson / May 2, 2015 - 10:33 am

Watch Blur Reassemble, In All Their Glory, On The Tonight Show

Blur have landed! The Britpop greats have only played two U.S. shows since their 2009 reunion (both at Coachella), and they haven’t been on American TV all together since Graham Coxon left the band in 2002. But Blur have a new album, The Magic Whip, that came out this week, and they’re playing a freeMore »

By: Tom Breihan / May 1, 2015 - 8:32 am

Blur – “Y’all Doomed”

Blur’s comeback album The Magic Whip is a quiet, experimental piece of work, but the lads still found time to record something zany. The hilariously titled bonus track “Y’all Doomed” is a playfully frantic, mostly instrumental rave-up that maintains the album’s darkly contemplative mood while also sounding like a cartoon. It was released as a… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 29, 2015 - 10:06 am

Blur Are Playing A Free Show In Brooklyn On Friday

After breaking up in 2003, Blur have only played two American shows since their 2009 reunion, and both of them were at Coachella. They haven’t played New York in many, many years. But on Friday, they’ll return to play an incredibly small free show at Brooklyn’s Music Hall Of Williamsburg. Rolling Stone reports that the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 28, 2015 - 12:08 pm

Stream Blur The Magic Whip

After a long run of singles that included “Go Out,” “There Are Too Many Of Us,” “Lonesome Street,” and “My Terracotta Heart,” Blur has made their new album The Magic Whip available for streaming. It’s their first record together since 2003’s Think Tank. You can listen to the whole thing via iTunes First Play. More »

By: James Rettig / April 21, 2015 - 7:04 am

Blur – “My Terracotta Heart”

We’ve heard a bunch of songs from Blur’s new Magic Whip album already — “Go Out,” “There Are Too Many Of Us,” “Lonesome Street,” and a live debut of “Ong Ong” — and here’s another one to add to the pile: “My Terracotta Heart,” a lush new track that’s on the more contemplative side of… More »

By: James Rettig / April 17, 2015 - 7:27 pm

Watch Blur, Laura Marling, & Natalie Prass Perform On Jools Holland

Later … With Jools Holland had its season premiere today, and the British show kicked things off with a bang by having three musical guests. Blur did their Magic Whip track “Ong Ong,” Laura Marling sang “Strange” from her new album Short Movie, and Natalie Prass performed an extended version of “Bird Of Prey” accompanied… More »

By: James Rettig / April 14, 2015 - 8:51 pm

Blur – “Lonesome Street” Video

Blur’s shared a video for their new Magic Whip single “Lonesome Street,” which was directed by Ben Reed and features dancers from the Phoenix Fly Line Dancing Group Of San Francisco. And like the videos for fellow Magic Whip tracks “Go Out” and “There Are Too Many Of Us,” this is another take on Asia… More »

By: James Rettig / April 2, 2015 - 9:26 am

Watch Blur Play “There Are Too Many Of Us” At Magic Whip Secret Show (Stereogum Premiere)

Last Friday, Blur played a secret show for 300 people at the West London club Mode. Can you even imagine? I’m a lifelong Blur fan who has seen the band at clubs that would, in most circumstances, be considered pretty small, and I will be the first to say: That is a goddamn TINY room… More »

By: Michael Nelson / March 27, 2015 - 9:59 am
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