Sigh. I don’t know about you, but I love Blur. I think they’re one of the more unsung heroes of the 90’s, even though they are/were pretty popular. The thing about Damon Albarn, especially in the last 15 or so years, is apparently that he’s restless. Blur wasn’t enough for him, and so came Gorillaz, then The Good, the Bad & the Queen, then DRC Music and most recently Rocket Juice & the Moon. I’m not even going to get into his soundtrack work. The point is, we’re going on nearly a decade since the last Blur record, and there’s been a bit of back-and-forth about whether they still exist or not. There have been a few Blur shows in the U.K. recently, giving hope to that idea, along with reports they were in the studio recording. Yet Albarn has been coy and has suggested that Blur is over. While we continue to wait and see where that whole saga will go, the band is giving one little nugget of confidence suggesting they’re still around. Next Monday, July 2nd, Blur will perform 2 new songs on a London rooftop. Whether or not they’re trying to recreate The Beatles’ famous Apple Corps rooftop performance, you can watch them play “Under the Westway” and “The Puritan” at 6:15PM BST (aka 1:15PM EST) live via a link they’ll be posting on their Twitter page. I’m excited to hear and see what will happen, and I hope you are too. Okay, onwards with today’s Pick Your Poison. I’ll recommend tracks from the bilinda butchers, Howth, Pixel Memory, Saint Motel, Tassels and thenewno2. In the Soundcloud section don’t miss streaming a new song from Stars.

Anbuley – Oleee

the bilinda butchers – Haibby

Dent May – Shakedown Street (Grateful Dead cover)

Howth – Grand Marais

The Illegitimate Sons – Gillian

Pixel Memory – Guardian

Rude Gentlemen – Never Know

Saint Motel – Benny Goodman

Saturday, Monday – The Slow and Slopy Journey of Little Rhino

Shy Around Strangers – Never Look Down

Stayce Dylan – Y€S

Tassels – Overkill

Teen Daze – Brooklyn Sunburn (Lushlife Remix)

thenewno2 – Make It Home

Vybz Kartel – Money


A Girl Called Ruth – You I See (Acoustic Version)

Milano Sun – Vertigo

My Son the Bum – Money Is The Whip

Stars – The Theory of Relativity

Wax Fingers – Bauhaus

Whales in Cubicles – Nowhere Flag