Blur To Celebrate Parklife’s 25th Anniversary

Despite refusing to perform its breakout album for the 25th anniversary of Parklife, Blur is acknowledging the occasion by re-releasing a vintage line of merchandise, as well as a 10″ record of a previously unreleased live BBC session. No word yet on a special edition of the album itself.

The show refusal dates back to April of this year, where lead singer Damon Albarn voiced his concern over the Brexit situation, saying: “Say we got to the point of having a second referendum, then I would be happy to play that record as a celebration and as a way of reminding ourselves of a time when we had an idea of Britishness that wasn’t political.”

Maybe the band will soften on the idea as these releases roll out. That record deserves to be celebrated.

Gorillaz Strip Down for BBC And Cover The XX

Gorillaz recently played an intimate live set for BBC1 Radio’s Live Lounge, where they did stripped down version of “On Melancholy Hill” and “Doncamatic”, as well as this excellent cover of The xx’s “Crystalised.” I’m kind of obsessed with this cover, as it’s one of my favorite people in the world singing one of my favorite songs from last year. Also, is it me or does guest vocalist Daley look like a Thompson Twin circa 1984?

Courtney Love is a gift that keeps on giving

The “reunited” Hole (which is actually just Courtney Love with some random session musicians suffering through watered down Grunge 4.0…in 2010!) performed a new song, “Samantha”, on BBC TV show Friday Night With Jonathan Ross last week. Playing live has never exactly been Love’s strong suit, but what is? Not singing. Not typing. Not motherhood. Drug-taking and self-aggrandizement? Sure. She’s good at a few things.

Half of New Order hook up with Blur’s Alex James to form Bad Lieutenant

I wasn’t too broken up about New Order’s acrimonious demise in 2007, since the last few records weren’t exactly up to par, but the split seems to be permanent this time. In fact, Bernard Sumner and Stephen Morris have started a new band with touring New Order guitarist Phil Cunningham (who replaced Morris’ wife Gillian Gilbert). The group is called Bad Lieutenant and features none other than Blur’s Alex James on bass. Trading Peter Hook’s ego for that of Alex James’ is a risky albeit interesting move. It’s a definite style transition, as James and Hook have significantly different approaches to the instrument. Regardless, Bad Lieutenant already has an album in the can set for release this coming October. Sumner recently told the BBC that he’s very proud of the record, adding, “it’s pretty guitary too because we’ve got three guitarists in the band.” Sumner performed an acoustic version of the track “Sink or Swim” off the the forthcoming record for Sky Arts back in March. The song sounds similar to another of Sumner’s bands with ex-Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr, Electronic. [via word of mouth from About Today]