Culture, Music

Jam of the Week: Blur – Go Out

Blur - British Summer Time, Hyde Park poster (1416x797)As if news of Gorillaz return in 2016 wasn’t enough already. Yesterday, Blur announced their first new album as four-piece in 16 years. Should the rumoured The Good, the Bad & the Queen follow-up somehow be in the mix, I’ll be doing back flips down the street. Blur’s new album, titled The Magic Whip, started from jam sessions in the “claustrophobic and hot” confides of a Hong Kong studio, following a cancelled show in Japan. Guitarist Graham Coxon and long-time Blur producer Stephen Street developed these sessions until, as drummer Dave Rowntree put it, “we all realised we’d done something quite special there”.

Culture, Music

“Let’s talk about feelings”

Lotus flower by osanpoLove is dead, they tell me. Well, they’re wrong. Love isn’t easy to find and it’s even harder to describe. On this Valentine’s occasion, I thought I’d connect some of the dots between love and music in my own life and leave you to ponder the rest.