I skipped last week since it was a slow news week. Not actually slow since all the music blogs had tons of crap they were reporting. Just nothing new or interesting to me. (In a bad mood, sry)
Purge #2: Death Cab, Joy Division, Smiths, Cypress Hill, Radiohead (as usual), She & Him, Elbow, Muse, Badly Drawn Boy and more
Here's the next round of updates that I've written over the last couple of months but never got around to posting. Enjoy!
Thursday Afternoon Delight: Pulp reunite, Nirvana covers, non-news for Radiohead, Neil Young Started the Fire, and more...
Lots of odd items in the roundup today. My favorite is the Neil Young story about his Hybrid car exploding. That's just good/bad stuff right there.
So after Blur pretty much definitively said that they were done following last year's heralded reunion shows, we were left again mourning the loss of our Britpop heroes once more to a sea of less-than-great solo projects, failed bids at Parliament, and worse-every-time Gorillaz records. That's why we were all in shock to see Blur release a quick limited edition 7" last month as part of the global hoo-ha to celebrate International Record Store Day. While the 7" was only available in the UK (boo! hiss!), we were stunned at how good the track "Fool's Day" was, which made their decision to again split all the more painful. BUT WAIT... because Blur/Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn is in NME today waxing poetic about the prospect of MORE new Blur releases... but only in the form of the occasional 7", as the members claim they're waaay too busy to bust out with a whole new album. We'll take what we can get.
Record Store Day is on April 17th and there are a ton of great releases that you'll only find in your local record shop. One that you unfortunately WON'T find in the US is the new Blur 7". It is currently untitled and is only limited to 1000 copies. As of right now there are no plans by EMI to release the track on any other format.
Lots of little news bits all circling around Damon Albarn:
- First off, he's collaborating with Massive Attack on their next album and is wary of a long drawn out recording process. So he's making them work 10am-6pm at his home studio to get the recoding done. I think he just wants them out of his home studio.
- Then his other band, Gorillaz, is finishing up mixing their upcoming album and frontman, "Murdoc", is now on twitter announcing the progress. Their album is due out in March and a tour will likely follow.
- Finally, Blur's reunion shows last year were stellar and they made a DVD of the shows, "No Distance Left to Run", which is currently airing in England movie theaters and will be released on February 15th. Check out the trailer, it looks pretty fun.
Plus, they're not ruling out writing some new material... - Source
Blur have announced that they will release live recordings of their shows at London's Hyde Park this week. - Source
Arctic Monkeys, Nirvana and Blur all feature on the forthcoming new edition of the 'Guitar Hero' computer game, NME.COM can reveal. - Source