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Blur at Madison Square Garden (October 23, 2015)

By Will Oliver, February 27th 2016 — with 2 comments

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Blur shocked everyone with the quality of their comeback album The Magic Whip was when they released it last summer. We all hoped it would be a quality release, but I don’t know if any of us expected it to be one of the more enjoyable releasing of the entire year. Getting to hear the album played almost in full at their unbelievably intimate performance at Music Hall of Williamsburg surrounded it’s release was one of the best concert moments that I experienced all year, and will be a memory I look back at fondly for the rest of my concert going years.

As expect, the band announced a much bigger show at Madison Square Garden, one of the only two proper shows they played in the U.S. last year, along with a show in Los Angeles. Even though I saw them at the much smaller MHOW, I still went into this show just as excited, as that special feeling was still very much in the air. People love to hate on arena shows, and most of their reasons are completely valid. But if there’s any positive take on an arena show, it’s that with the right moment in time and crowd at hand, there’s this huge, larger than life feeling in the air that you just can’t replicate. This was one of those shows.
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Blur at Music Hall of Williamsburg (May 1, 2015)

By Will Oliver, May 6th 2015 — with 2 comments


On April 24, I was sent the lineup of artists set to appear to perform on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. When I saw that Blur were listed as the musical performers for Thursday, I realized that Blur were probably going to play a surprise show in New York City surrounding that performance (some proof via twitter). After going to shows regularly in this city for long enough, you look to find any hints of these surprise shows, and it all made sense. They were releasing their new album The Magic Whip that week, they were in New York for Fallon. Why not play a show? Even with all the signs pointing towards a surprise appearance, I kept myself grounded, knowing that it was also a complete shot in the dark.


Four days later my vision came true; Blur announced that they would indeed be playing a live show in New York. Not only that, but it was a free show, sponsored by Converse Rubber Tracks, at the way too tiny Music Hall of Williamsburg. Now that, I never could have predicted. It was too good to be true. Alas, so was getting these free tickets. But sometimes, you just get a little lucky.
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Blur Playing Music Hall of Williamsburg On Friday

By Will Oliver, April 28th 2015


That’s right, you read that correctly. The legendary Brit rockers Blur are playing a live show in New York. Not only will it be at the very tiny Music Hall of Williamsburg, but it’s a free show put on by Converse Rubber Tracks. The show comes as promotion for their new album The Magic Whip, which was released today.

This is their first show in New York City with the original lineup featuring Graham Coxon since 2000 (they did play shows here without him in 2003). They will play most, if not all, of The Magic Whip, and hopefully save room for some classic tracks.

The free tickets go “on sale” here tomorrow at noon. For more information on the show, head to the official Converse page for the show. Brooklyn’s very own Honduras will open the show (who we just saw open for Sunflower Bean at Baby’s All Right a few weeks ago).

Tickets will be tough to grab, as this is surely going to be one of the hottest shows of the year. Good luck to everyone!

Blur - The Magic Whip

Blur are back. The Brit-rock veterans have announced that they’ll return with new album The Magic Whip on April 28 via Warner Brothers Records. It’s the band’s first new album in 12 years (2003’s Think Tank) and their first with guitarist Graham Coxon in 16 years (since 1993’s 13).

The recordings began at Avon Studio in Kowloon, Hong Kong, during a five-day break from touring in Spring 2013. They were put aside after the tour when members returned to their lives. But last November Graham Coxon revisited the tracks and got early Blur producer Stephen Street to work on the material. Damon Albarn came in, added lyrics, and then The Magic Whip and its 12-tracks were born and ready to be released.

Although we’ve had hints here and there that Blur may properly return one day, it’s still a truly surprising announcement considering that no one was really sure if they’d ever actually stay together long enough to get it done.

The announcement wasn’t the only thing we got, as they also released the music video for album cut “Go Out,” which shows us how to make homemade ice cream. Blue turn back the clocks for this one, it sounds like vintage Blur.

It’s good to have them back. I’m excited to hear the album and have my fingers crossed that they will tour stateside once again.

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Vampire Weekend – Blurred Lines (Robin Thicke Cover)

By Will Oliver, July 19th 2013 — with 2 comments

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Vampire Weekend had fun with their cover for BBC Radio 1’s Love Lounge as they went with Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines.” They had a good time making it and they actually make it sound like a damn good time. They don’t pass up T.I.’s verse either, taking it on in full stride.

Listen below.

Blur Working On New Album In Hong Kong

By Will Oliver, May 6th 2013 — with 1 comment

The ever-growing tale of Blur’s new album has been a will they or won’t they mystery that has eluded us for years. Just when we seem to be inching closer, only for Damon Albarn and the rest of Blur to pull away just as easily.

During the bands performance in Hong Kong during the AsiaWorld-Expo, Albarn dropped some major news. He was quoted saying:

So we have a week in Hong Kong, and we thought it would be a good time to try and record another record.”

This is huge news. Hopefully they stick it out. “Under The Westway” was one of my favorite songs last year, and there’s always room in our lives for new Blur.

Here’s a clip showing Albarn making the announcement below:
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[new]: Blur – Under The Westway / The Puritan

By Will Oliver, July 2nd 2012 — with 1 comment

Blur are back with two brand new songs. The band played both songs via livestream, and have put up streams of the recorded versions for us on their twitter. The songs are titled “Under The Westway” & “The Puritan”. Both sound like a welcome return for the band.

Stream the songs below. Both are now available to purchase on iTunes. A 7″ will be released on August 6. Pre-order that right here.

Under The Westway:

The Puritan:

[new] Blur – Fool’s Day

By Will Oliver, April 18th 2010 — with 4 comments

Oh man this is a wonderful Sunday delight. The legendary British band Blur have put their Record Day Exclusive single for free download on their website. Only 1,000 copies were made, and they were UK only. The bands manager, Chris Morrison, said that it was important that the song was made available to fans legally so that it could be heard in the best quality possible.

“To avoid fans having to illegally obtain an inferior copy of this track from pirate sites – we have made it freely available through the band’s website,” said Morrison.

One listen through, and “Fool’s Day” is a wonderful call to the past. I’m really liking what I hear, let’s hope that a whole albums worth of material this good will be the end result.

In Blur we trust!

[mp3]: Blur – Fool’s Day

cheers to my man Steve Bennett for the tip!

Blur has announced that they are actually getting back together for real. We all know they have said this more times than Clemens and Jordan have but it’s the real deal this time. Pitchfork reports that they are going to play a concert at London’s Hyde Park on July 3, 2009. This will be their first performance since 2000.

No talk of more performances or any future album plans but we can only hope. Pitchfork seems to think they could be making a stop at Coachella next year. What do you think??

[mp3] : Blur – Song 2

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