Check out: Blur´s – “Lonesome Street” Video
Blur’s shared a video for their new Magic Whip single “Lonesome Street,” which was directed by Ben Reed and features dancers from the Phoenix Fly Line Dancing Group Of San Francisco. And like the videos for fellow Magic Whip tracks “Go Out” and “There Are Too Many Of Us,” this is another take on Asian culture, which seems to have been a major influence on this album cycle. The video focuses on a lone dancer for the most part, but he’s joined by a partner in the last minute, and soon after the curtain is pulled away from behind him to show off the whole company. Watch below. [via Stereogum]
In December 2008, Blur announced they would reunite for a concert at London’s Hyde Park on 3 July 2009. Days later, the band added a second date, for 2 July. A series of June preview shows were also announced, ending at Manchester Evening News arena on the 26th. All the shows were well received; The Guardian ’s music critic Alexis Petridis gave their performance at Goldsmiths college a full five stars, and wrote “Blur’s music seems to have potentiated by the passing of years … they sound both more frenetic and punky and more nuanced and exploratory than they did at the height of their fame”. Blur headlined the Glastonbury Festivalon 28 June, where they played for the first time since their headline slot in 1998. Reviews of the Glastonbury performance were enthusiastic; The Guardian called them “the best Glastonbury headliners in an age”. The band released their second greatest hits album Midlife: A Beginner’s Guide to Blur in June 2009.
Blur also headlined at other summer festivals, including Oxegen 2009 in Ireland, and the Scottish outdoor show of T in the Park. Their T in the Park headline slot was put in jeopardy after Graham Coxon was admitted to hospital with food poisoning. Ultimately, the band did play, albeit an hour and a half after they were scheduled to appear.
In January 2010, No Distance Left to Run, a documentary about the band, was released in cinemas and a month later on DVD. In April 2010, Blur released their first new recording since 2003, “Fool’s Day“, for the Record Store Day event, as a vinyl record limited to 1000 copies; it was later made available as a free download on their website.No Distance Left to Run was nominated as Best Long Form Music Video for the 53rd Grammy Awards, Blur’s first-ever Grammy nomination.
In February 2012, Blur were awarded the Outstanding Contribution to Music award at the 2012 Brit Awards. Later that month, Albarn and Coxon premiered a new track together live, “Under the Westway“. In April, the band announced that a box-set entitled Blur 21—containing all seven Blur studio albums, four discs of unreleased rarities and three DVDs—would be released in July.
Blur entered the studio early that year to record material for a new album, but in May producer William Orbit told the NME that Albarn had halted recording. Blur’s official Twitter and Facebook pages announced that the band would release two singles “The Puritan” and “Under the Westway” on 2 July. That August, Blur headlined a show at Hyde Park for the 2012 Summer Olympics closing ceremony. In 2013, the band performed at the Rock Werchter in Belgium, the Spanish and Portuguese dates of thePrimavera Sound Festival, and the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in the United States.
In February 2015, Blur announced their first album in twelve years, The Magic Whip, set to be released on 27 April. Conceived over five days in Hong Kong after a cancelled Japan tour in 2013, the album was inspired by the city as well. “There’s nothing pastoral about it”, Albarn said, “it’s very urban”. The Magic Whip also marks the return of Coxon, absent on all but one track on Think Tank, and Stephen Street, Blur’s producer during the Britpop era