Liam Gallagher has offered his thoughts on the much publicised onstage reconciliation between Noel Gallagher and Blur bandmates Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon over the weekend – and unsurprisingly he’s not been gushing with praise.
Our Essential Listening 2012 series concludes today with The Albums.
From the ‘cohesion through experimentation’ of Tame Impala’s ‘Lonerism, through the ‘muscular power ballads, stirring, keyboard-led harmonies and call-and-response choruses’ that inform The Killers’ return with ‘Battle Born’, to the ‘sheer magnetism and unwavering belief’ which made ‘Blunderbuss’ such a successful solo debut for Jack White, we feel this rundown highlights some of the year’s truly outstanding releases that everyone should make an effort to check out.
And don’t forget, there’s only room for one place each on our Essential Listening Series, so if your favourite artist of the year isn’t included in this particular rundown, make sure you check through our previous lists to see if they’ve made an appearance elsewhere. And after that, if they’re still nowhere to be seen, maybe you should leave a comment below to let us know about it.
A new Graham Coxon track written especially for the Channel 4 comedy Fresh Meat will air on the station tonight (November 20th).
Speaking to The Sun, who describe the song as ‘deliberately dodgy’, Coxon has said:
“It’s sort of based on some of my stuff, really. A lot of the songs that didn’t end up on albums were even more pathetically angst-ridden than the one for Fresh Meat. I once had this room that was so small I had to cut up a mattress to get it in. I remember sitting on there and being totally and absolutely in love, hardly sleeping and going bonkers.”
Actor Joe Thomas will perform the track on the show, and has told Channel 4 that while being ‘filmed busking in the style of Blur’ was a special moment, “On the downside I have to sing but on the upside it is a song written by Graham Coxon from Blur who are pretty much my favourite band of all time.”
English multi-instrumentalist Graham Coxon of Blur fame performed with band at Dalton last night (9/24) as part of the official launch for this year’s Oxjam series. Check out Live4ever’s exclusive gallery courtesy of our Andy Crossland.
Graham Coxon has revealed Blur‘s tracks ‘Under The Westway‘ and ‘The Puritan‘, recently issued as a double A-side to mark their headline gig at London’s Hyde Park this coming Sunday (August 12th), are not the tip of the iceberg, and that the band instead have no further completed songs ready for release.
Blur guitarist Graham Coxon is to score a new musical based on a fictional Britpop band, today’s Sun newspaper claims.
Summer 2012. We’ve just had the wettest June on record, the festival season has been fractured by a series of cancellations, and album sales have fallen in their millions.
And yet, for every music fan, there’ still reasons to be cheerful.
The Stone Roses have just completed – with no major hiccups – the fastest selling weekend of live music in UK history, Blur have deemed us worthy to sample the fruits of their studio labours, some faith in humanity was restored when The Voice had its live tour pulled and, most importantly, for seven months now artists both new and established have been releasing a steady stream of truly impressive albums, proving once again that, if you’re prepared to look hard enough, quality is still out there in abundance.
So, take a look through just some of those releases we’ve pulled together for our latest Essential Listening rundown, and maybe you’ll spot something which will soon occupy a prominent place in your own record collection for the remainder of the year. And when you’ve been through the list, why not do the same for us by leaving a comment below highlighting your own favourites of 2012…so far.
Blur guitarist Graham Coxon has admitted there is a pressure on the band to press on with more reunion plans amidst ongoing rumours of new material being recorded ahead of a low-key UK tour and Hyde Park appearance during the summer.
Perhaps it was the highly lauded reception that met with the Blur reunion that inspired Graham Coxon to regress to his musical origins.
Perhaps it was the influence of being around the band mates that collectively became a household name that reminded him why he picked up a guitar in the first instance.
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