Blur to deluxe-reissue every record ever made by anyone ever, start with their own catalog for simplicity’s sake

Blur to deluxe-reissue every record ever made by anyone ever, start with their own catalog for simplicity's sake

Indie rock kid: Welp, it’s literally been 21 years since the release of Blur’s debut album Leisure. How old does that make YOU, grandpa?

Grandpa: Who the hell is Blur? Goddamnit, You’re such a little pecker, grandson.

Indie rock kid: Grandpa! You’re making me LOL! They’re this British band who has influenced, like, everyone who makes rock music today. Their frontman is this dude Damon Albarn, and he said recently that Blur is probably not going to continue on as a band, which, like, sux and everything; but on July 30, they’re putting out this massive box set and reissuing their entire catalog in newly expanded, special edition formats that include bonus discs of previously unreleased material, expanded booklets, unseen photographs, and a bunch of new liner notes based on a new interview with the band. I read about it on this website, Consequence of Sound.

Grandpa: British! Damon?! WEBSITE?!? What in God’s holy name are you talking about, grandson? Don’t you realize how stupid you sound every time you open your idiot mouth?

Indie rock kid: Aw, come on, grandpa. You don’t mean it. Anyway, they’re also doing this huge box set compiling all seven special edition albums, plus for more rarities discs, a collectible 7-inch single, three DVDs, and a hardcover book…

Grandpa: No, I definitely mean it. Why the Sam Hill are you even telling me this? And open your mouth when you talk, for the love of the Lord Jesus! You don’t like one of them mental patients down the way, there…

Indie rock kid: Oh, well, you should like this part, Grandpa! There’s also going to be a box set of Blur’s proper albums on vinyl records, compiling each of their seven LPs into a “sturdy hard case.” You know, 33 1/3 RPM and all that?

Grandpa: I swear to the blessed virgin Mary, every time you say “Blur,” it sounds like you’re throwing up your own feces.

Go to Consequence’s page for the tracklist; it’s super long.

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Xtra Mile launch North American branch, recruit Future of the Left as ever-friendly ambassadors

Xtra Mile is a prominent UK record label, boasting popular acts like Frank Turner, Against Me!, and Look Mexico. However, they do not have a North American branch. That’s no way to run a North American record label! In fact, that’s almost certainly one of the worst ways. I didn’t go to business school, but I know enough to get by. You guys should start a North American branch of your record label.

Thankfully, it looks like Xtra Mile are finally taking that advice I gave them one sentence ago. Xtra Mile are starting a North American branch of their record label! Now that they’ve teamed up with Independent Label Group for help with distribution and marketing, they’re ready to spread their records across the United States and Canada. They’ve recruited the sunniest of ambassadors to introduce themselves to this chunk of the world: Future of the Left. Some of the members of Future of the Left used to be in McLusky and none of those members have gotten any more easygoing since leaving McLusky. Their new record, The Plot Against Common Sense, will be out June 12 through the shiny, new American branch of Xtra Mile. Venom and dark humor will likely be present.

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RIP: Greg Ham of Men At Work

From the BBC:

Men At Work flautist Greg Ham has been found dead at his Melbourne home, according to Australian reports.

The 58-year-old will be remembered for playing the famous flute riff from the band’s biggest hit, Down Under.

Two friends found the body. They became concerned about Ham’s well-being having not heard from him for some time.

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Erykah Badu puts her time management skills to the test with the announcement of not one but two albums before the end of 2012

For those of you wondering if you’ll have to wait a good number of years for more Badu, as has been the case over the last 15 years of her career, the answer is a resounding NO! Ms. Badu has announced her intentions to release not one but TWO albums this year — one a solo release and one a collaboration with the Dallas-based improvisation group The Cannabinoids. No further details about the albums have been released, but this information has hopefully satiated the part of your brain (pictured above) that yearns for top-quality neo-soul information. You’re welcome.

Thinking back to the announcement of Badu’s three-part New Amerykah project and its subsequent release schedule (Part One in 2008, Part Two in 2010), it may be wishful thinking to expect this declaration to come to fruition by the end of the year. Cross your fingers, pray, whatever you’ve got to do, folks.

The Cannabinoids features Badu’s musical director, RC Williams, as well as the producer of presumably Badu’s biggest hit, Baduizm’s “On & On”, Jah Born. A brief preview showing Badu and the ‘noids in the studio is available over at Fact. It doesn’t reveal much, and the only part of the audio track that features Badu is a processed sample that comes in about halfway through the :53 second clip, but it’s still something to look forward to. The world could always use more Badu.

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Cam’ron releasing a track a day for 30 days, because he has many new topics to insightfully rap about

You mad… that Grammy-nominated (yes, really) rapper Cam’ron still appears to be releasing new material? It’s a rarity these days for even the most successful rappers to still be in the game more than a decade on, so I’ll give credit where credit is due. The guy isn’t a total failure, and he at least appears to enjoy what he does, which is more than you can say for the many who pursue the art form purely for the glamorized lifestyle. Cam’ron could’ve gone the route of long-time friend and fellow rapper Mase and pursued a life of Jesus-inspired celibacy, occasionally showing up in public solely for the purpose of giving memorably creepy smiles. But he didn’t. He went on The O’Reilly Factor and handed Bill his ass. Well, kind of. I’m not even sure if Cam’ron made a coherent point throughout that entire interview. But he did hand the internet one of its greatest and most well-known memes, and for that, we dwellers of the world wide web are truly thankful.

As I just alluded to, Cam’ron hasn’t retired. According to the folks at Rolling Stone, who bravely took on the task of deciphering his Twitter page, Cam’ron is releasing a track every day for 30 days (excluding weekends) as a part of something called the “UNLostFiles” — U.N. standing for “Us Now,” and being the hip-hop group founded by Cam’ron in 2009. It may not be as racially diverse as the international organization also based in New York, but they’re probably more politically effectual. Go here, here, and here for the first, second, and third tracks in this 30-day series. Cam’ron’s seventh studio album, More Gunz, Less Buttah, is slated for release on June 5.

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Jim O’Rourke and others contribute to album-length remix in support of Sohrab’s request for political asylum

Nearly a year ago, we let our readers know about Iranian ambient musician Sohrab’s stateless status following the Middle East protests that led him to leave his home in Tehran and seek political asylum in Germany. Sohrab had his request denied at the time, and since then he’s been gathering funds for lawyer’s fees and continuing to fight for legal status. Unfortunately, after all this time the situation has remained largely the same, so now Sohrab’s label Touch is rolling out the third in a series of benefit remix compilations called You Are Not Alone, pairing other sound artists with Sohrab’s raw material and letting them have at it.

Previous volumes (both still available to download) saw reworkings by Daniel Menche, JG Thirlwell, Philip Jeck, and Jóhann Jóhannsson, and the newest entry (all mixed together into one 45-minute track) features remixes by bearded man Jim O’Rourke and BJNilsen, to name a few. The digital release is available now and all £4.49 of it will go toward funding Sohrab’s ongoing appeal.

You Are Not Alone III tracklisting:

Maia Urstad, “Himmel über Bergen”
Zerocrop, “Susanna (Zerocrop remix)”
Sarah Nicolls, “Orshab”
Achim Mohné, “Syntactical audio observation of the apparatus”
BJNilsen, “Marg Bar (DUB)”
Jim O’Rourke, “Somebody”

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