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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:… More »

By: Michael Nelson / February 19, 2015

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 wonder.land, 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

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… More »

By: Chris DeVille / November 10, 2014

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. O… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 5, 2014

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

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… More »

By: Chris DeVille / July 29, 2014

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

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… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 6, 2014

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

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… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 25, 2014

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 upo… More »

By: Ryan Leas / April 25, 2014

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

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

Win An Official Blur Britannia Tea Set

Since we're already running a big Oasis sweepstakes for Britpop Week we just had to have one for the other titan and rival of the genre. Plus, it wouldn't be a proper Britpop Week if we didn't include tea somehow. The official Blur Britannia Tea Set we're giving away retails for… More »

By: Miles Bowe / April 23, 2014

Watch Live Forever: The Rise And Fall Of Brit Pop

We're celebrating Britpop Week here at Stereogum, and while there's lots of essential listening that comes with such a pursuit, there's not much in the way of essential viewing. There is, however, Live Forever: The Rise And Fall Of Brit Pop, the 2003 BBC documentary directed by John Dower. The film looks back at… More »

By: Michael Nelson / April 23, 2014

Damon Albarn & Noel Gallagher: A Timeline

As resident anglophile Michael Nelson explained in his tremendous introduction to Britpop Week, the era's feuds are almost as essential to Britpop history as the music. And no conflict defined the Britpop era more than the rivalry between Blur and Oasis -- more specifically, the war of egos between the bands' primary songwriters, Blur'… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 22, 2014

It’s Britpop Week On Stereogum

The first time I saw Blur was on September 29, 1994, at the old Academy Theatre on 43rd St. in Manhattan. That place has been shut down now since 1996, but I'd guess it held … 1200 people? 1300? In any case, it was a relatively intimate room, and as I recall, that show wasn't… More »

By: Michael Nelson / April 21, 2014

Damon Albarn Says New Gorillaz Album Almost Definitely Happening, Noel Gallagher Collab A “Distinct Possibility”

Sometimes I think Damon Albarn is trolling me personally. One of the first things I wrote for Stereogum was a Counting Down of his non-Blur projects (it was, in fact, the first installment of that now-regular feature), and I opened it by saying: "Damon Albarn doesn't deserve our love. We want Blur and he… More »

By: Michael Nelson / April 9, 2014

Watch Speedy Ortiz Cover Blur’s “Bugman” Acoustic

Knowing your audience is an underrated skill, but it's a skill that Boston DIY punks Speedy Ortiz seem to have down pat. During a recent UK visit, the band sat down to record an acoustic in-studio session for NME, and they had the very good sense to find the Britpop moment that most fit with… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 8, 2014

Watch Damon Albarn Preview Everyday Robots On The Culture Show

Damon Albarn has been doing some pretty excellent interviews recently to promote his forthcoming solo debut LP, Everyday Robots, which comes out on April 29. We posted the lengthy chat he had yesterday with BBC Radio 2's Dermot O'Leary (which included two acoustic performances), and today, we've got this great mini-documentary on Albarn, produced… More »

By: Michael Nelson / February 18, 2014
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