TodayInFireworks: Blur – Live at Hyde Park (July ’09)

Blur at T in the Park 2009: Image by Danny North

With the Olympics coming to an end at the end of this week; Blur, New Order, Bombay Bicycle Club and The Specials are all taking to the BT London Live stage in Hyde Park for one last fling in London. The last time Blur did a show like this was just over three years ago at their huge Hyde Park reformation gigs. It was one reformation that seemed to spark a lot more down the line and for The Stone Roses regrouping, I guess they can only apologise.
Anyway, here’s the full video of that show, let’s hope it’s as good this time round.

Take care of each other


TGTF Catchup: Festifeel and Blur

Whilst I’ve hardly been the most prolific poster on this blog of late, don’t think that’s meant media silence from me. Not at all. The more active and less professional blog over on Tumblr has been lit up with images and musings whilst I’ve also simply neglected to mention two posts on
Firstly all the way back to the Jubilee weekend, I went to Festifeel in the Queen of Hoxton. It’s the reason I’ve now got a wristband that says “CHECK YOUR BOOBS!”  on it (much to the displeasure of my mother) and its also happens to have coinsided with a time I had no camera to use so a nice man named Paul let me use two of his as well as me reverting to Instagram (I’m not proud) to nestle some photos in with my writing. Click HERE or on Newton Faulkner to see what I had to say about the day-festival.

Secondly, you might remember that last week Blur debuted two new tracks to the world-wide-web. I wrote about them for ThereGoesTheFear and Mary (the editor) very kindly said it’s a “thoughtful piece”. High praise which I’m grateful for. Click HERE or on Damon to see those words and hear those songs.

There’s two brand new reviews of two brand new albums coming in the next 24 hours so keep peeled for them. In the mean time, I’m going to locate my wellies because its back to the fields for 2000Trees this weekend. How I’ve missed the English summer and my stupid Ministry of Sound tent.

TodayInFireworks: Brits Vids (Blur – Tender/This Is A Low), Rihanna – We Found Love)

So another year at the Brits is done and whilst I may not agree with all of the awards, you have to congratulate Adele and Ed for fantastic nights whilst Foo Fighters and Blur were also lovely winners. Damon Albarn‘s acceptance speech may have been lacklustre and too long, but Blur’s show was neither of those things.
Timing caused havoc at the end of the evening as Adele’s set was cut short and Blur’s ITV performances were also, but  two video highlights I couldn’t neglect are here.

Fistly, Blur played Tender and This is a Low, personal favourites of mine. They didn’t make ITV1 so it’s here!

Secondly, you have to appreciate decent pop when it’s released and performed well. Rihanna and Calvin HarrisWe Found Love is one such track and to see Rihanna perform so well (even with a backing track shhhh) was a pleasant surprise. Credit to her. As one tweet said “Rihanna in a box, it’s like a sexy Deal or No Deal”

Enjoy and take care of each other

TodayInFireworks: Blur (Free Download), Pulp (Live Info)

So the blogosphere’s set alight by britpop again. And rightly so. Tonight, Graham Coxon and Damon Albarn shared a stage and played a few songs together. One such track, Under the Westway, is a new Blur track. And it’s a free download of the raw, kind of crappy live audio. To me, it sounds quite a lot like the BeatlesLet it Be to me.

Also, in other britgasming news, Pulp have announced a new show and it’s a big one. On 31st March, the band will play The Royal Albert Hall for Teenage Cancer Trust. It’ll be mighty expensive when it goes on sale on Friday (24th), but it’ll be even more beautiful. Someone be a babe and buy me one?

Yeah, maybe? No, okay.
Take care of each other.