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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

Blur – “Lonesome Street”

Blur's grand comeback album The Magic Whip, their first in 12 years, looms imminent. Before this morning, they've shared two of its songs, the wiry "Go Out" and the ponderous "There Are Too Many Of Us." Now, they've got a third one, and it's way closer to "Go Out," which means it's also closer to… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 23, 2015 - 8:39 am

Watch Blur Play “Trouble In The Message Centre” For The First Time In 20 Years At Last Night’s Secret Magic Whip Show

Last night, at an intimate secret show in West London, Blur performed their upcoming album The Magic Whip in its entirety. During the encore, as a treat for the assembled fans, the Britpop legends also played Parklife deep cut "Trouble In The Message Centre" for the first time in about 20 years. As frontman Damo… More »

By: Peter Helman / March 21, 2015 - 6:45 pm

Blur – “There Are Too Many of Us”

A month ago, Blur announced the imminent release of The Magic Whip, their eighth album and their first in 12 years. They also shared the first single "Go Out," which harkened back to the giddy, ragged, melodic Blur of the Britpop era. Tonight, the band will play the whole new album at a secret show… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 20, 2015 - 8:32 am

Blur Announce New Album Magic Whip, Hear 1st Single “Go Out”

Blur's last album, Think Tank, was released in 2003, but they've spent much of the last few years teasing a follow-up, with Damon Albarn saying as far back as 2012 that "there will definitely be another Blur album." Today, though, that album has been announced, via a video chat on the band's Facebook: The eighth… More »

By: Michael Nelson / February 19, 2015 - 9:13 am

Damon Albarn’s Alice In Wonderland Musical Will Play England This Year, France Next Year

Here's another project to keep Damon Albarn from ever finishing another Blur album. Albarn wrote the music for, a musical inspired by Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland. The script and song lyrics are by Moira Buffini, the National Theatre's incoming director Rufus Norris will direct, and it's a Manchester International Festival/National Theatre co-production. After… More »

By: Chris DeVille / January 21, 2015 - 4:39 pm

Russell Brand Made His Own “Parklife” Parody, Ruining Meme

A wonderfully entertaining Twitter and Vine meme recently developed in Britain whereby people started inserting the word "Parklife!" after wordy political rants by Russell Brand, a reference to the colorful cockney rambling in Blur's "Parklife." It was fucking hilarious, and I loved it very much. Alas, that meme is ruined now; Brand himself killed the… More »

By: Chris DeVille / November 10, 2014 - 1:17 pm

Yelling “Parklife!” At Russell Brand Is A Thing Now

In America, the British comedian Russell Brand is mostly known for being obnoxious and British. In the UK, he's famous for speaking in verbose syntactic jumbles. And as The Independent notes, some guy on Twitter figured out that it's funny to yell "Parklife!" after everything the man says, and it's taken off. On Blur's 1994More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 5, 2014 - 10:31 am

Damon Albarn Prepping New Gorillaz And The Good The Bad & The Queen Albums

In an interview with The Sydney Morning Herald, Damon Albarn gave some status updates on the various projects he's involved in. He said that he's prepping a new Gorillaz album and is "in the process of reactivating" the group for a potential 2016 release date. It would be the first album for the virtual band… More »

By: James Rettig / October 19, 2014 - 3:56 pm

Damon Albarn: Blur’s New Album Might Never Come Out Because It Was Too Hot Outside

Damon Albarn has long maintained a pastime of taunting his devoted fans (including our own Michael Nelson) by feeding them tantalizing news about new Blur music only to shelve it and release umpteen side projects instead. The latest instance of this phenomenon comes in a new interview. Albarn told NME that the long-rumored Blur comeback… More »

By: Chris DeVille / July 29, 2014 - 1:43 pm

Watch Damon Albarn Perform “Song 2″ For The First Time Solo (And Wearing An Elephant Hat)

Last night, Damon Albarn played a solo set at Royale Boston, and he dropped an unexpected number on the crowd: Blur's massive "Song 2." It was the first time Albarn had ever played the song as a solo artist, and before it kicked off, he told the crowd, "If it doesn't go well, I promise… More »

By: Michael Nelson / June 10, 2014 - 1:43 pm

Watch Damon Albarn Do “This Is A Low” And “Lonely Press Play” On Fallon

Last night, Damon Albarn, already in New York for this weekend's Governors Ball festival, was the musical guest on The Tonight Show, and he was apparently in a pretty moody place. On the show itself, Albarn sang "Lonely Press Play," the isolation-of-the-road lament from his new solo album Everyday Robots. And as an online bonus,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 6, 2014 - 9:46 am

The Sound Of Someone Losing The Plot: Britpop’s Big Comedown And What Came Next

Oasis and Blur may mark the official beginning of Britpop with the twin classics of Definitely Maybe and Parklife, respectively, but some people -- particularly, seemingly, in music-writer circles -- claim Pulp's Different Class as the genre's pinnacle. It's the smartest of the bunch, as intricate and sprawling as Parklife, and armed with just a… More »

By: Ryan Leas / April 25, 2014 - 3:37 pm

Watch Damon Albarn Drop In On A London Pub To Sing “Parklife” With The House Band

It's hard to imagine a better way to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of Blur's Parklife than singing along to the title track with an entire East London pub and Damon Albarn himself. For whatever reason, Albarn got on stage at a Leytonstone pub called the Red Lion and sung the tune accompanied by the a… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 25, 2014 - 11:00 am

Parklife Turns 20

It was a profoundly strange experience to type out the headline "Parklife Turns 20." More so than the other anniversaries I've written for Stereogum, the fact that landmark Pulp, Blur, and Oasis albums are arriving at their twentieth anniversaries is something that just doesn't quite compute. Last month, I wrote about Soundgarden's Superunknown upon it… More »

By: Ryan Leas / April 25, 2014 - 8:42 am

Grayscale Confessions: Damon Albarn On Life, Technology, Everyday Robots, And The Legacy Of Britpop

Britpop stars like Damon Albarn weren't supposed to age. This is often true of famous musicians, of course, from pop ingenues to boy bands to punk rockers, but there was a specific element of youthfulness that accompanied Britpop. Sure, Jarvis Cocker was always kind of old before his time, but Britpop as a genre, eve… More »

By: Ryan Leas / April 24, 2014 - 2:46 pm

Stars Of Britpop: Where Are They Now?

Britpop luminaries such as Damon Albarn, Noel and Liam Gallagher, and Jarvis Cocker have been in the public eye a lot in recent years, either for reuniting their classic bands or pursuing new projects or both. But what about all the Britpop stars who aren't consistently making headlines anymore in the States? What have those… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 24, 2014 - 10:56 am
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