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Damon Albarn – “The Tower Of Montevideo”

In about a month, the Blur/Gorillaz leader Damon Albarn will release his new solo album The Nearer The Fountain, More Pure The Stream Flows, which he originally conceived as an orchestral piece about Icelandic landscapes. Thus far, Albarn has already shared a big handful of tracks from that LP: the title track, “ ,” “Particles,” “Royal Morning Blue.” Today, Albarn has also dropped “The Tower Of Montevideo,” a new track inspired by an edifice built in the ’20s in the capital of Uruguay.
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Damon Albarn review – anecdotes and emotion

Manchester CentralWhile the music, a mix of new songs and old hits, is often melancholy, Damon Albarn is on unusually chatty form before a grateful audienceIt’s been some journey, these past 16 months of Covid-related stress, grief and restrictions. And for Damon Albarn, to add to the darkness, was the death of his close friend and long-time collaborator, the drummer Tony Allen.In the months leading up to the pandemic, Albarn was working on songs for a new album, The Nearer the Fountain, More Pu...
Tags: Music, London, Culture, Manchester, Greater Manchester, Damon Albarn, Iceland, Albarn, Tony Allen


Gorillaz’s ‘Song Machine: Season One – Strange Timez’ Is a Perfect Pop Tonic for 2020: Album Review

Even as one of music’s most forward-facing artists, Damon Albarn must have been surprised by the prescience of his statement that the 2017 Gorillaz album “Humanz” was a “party record for the world going nuts.” Planet Earth’s apocalyptic shindig was only just beginning but Albarn has always been supernaturally gifted at reading the room, blessed […]
Tags: Reviews, News, Beck, Damon Albarn, Gorillaz, St. Vincent, Album Reviews, Schoolboy Q, Albarn, Tony Allen, 6lack, Humanz


Watch Blur Reunite For A Surprise Performance In East London

Roxy Music weren't the only big British rock band reuniting last night. During Damon Albarn's Africa Express: The Circus show in East London, which brings musicians from around the world together to perform onstage, Albarn's band Blur reunited to play together for the first time since The Magic Whip came out in 2015. More »
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The Good, the Bad & the Queen  Tackle England, Englishness, and the Impact of Brexit on 'Merrie Land'

None Twelve years after the Good, the Bad & the Queen first appeared, the band returned with Merrie Land in late 2018, an album written and recorded in a reflection on England and Englishness following the Brexit vote in the summer of 2016. Damon Albarn, with Afrobeat drummer Tony Allen, Clash bassist Paul Simonon, and Verve guitarist Simon Tong, craft a dreary calm and downcast demeanor on Merrie Land and achieve no indication of diminishing output quality despite the album released barely six...
Tags: Europe, Music, England, Review, Wales, France, Scotland, Eu, Damon Albarn, Gorillaz, Music Review, Brexit, Alternative Rock, Allen, Albarn, Tony Allen


Playlist: The Playlist: Cardi B Hits Pay Dirt, and 11 More New Songs

Hear tracks from Maggie Rogers, Julia Holter, Tyler, the Creator and others.
Tags: News, David, Jazz, Rogers, Albarn, Damon, Tyler, Cardi, Holter, Lauren Jauregui, Makaya, Laura Gibson, Rap and Hip-Hop, Pop and Rock Music, Helena Deland, McCraven


Damon Albarn and Gorillaz curate and headline a terrific day of music at Demon Dayz Festival

Damon Albarn of the band Gorillaz performs during the Demon Dayz Festival at the Pico Rivera Sports Arena on Saturday, October 20, 2018. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer) Damon Albarn of the band Gorillaz performs during the Demon Dayz Festival at the Pico Rivera Sports Arena on Saturday, October 20, 2018. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer) Sound The gallery will resume in seconds Damon Albarn of the band Gorillaz performs during the Demon Da...
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The Good, The Bad & The Queen’s Reunion Album Is Out Next Month

The Good, The Bad & The Queen, the supergroup of Damon Albarn, the Clash's Paul Simonon, the Verve's Simon Tong, and Fela Kuti drummer Tony Allen, released their lone self-titled album in 2007. But Albarn has been planning on reviving the project for years now -- he said that they had a new … More »
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Concert Review: Gorillaz Say Goodbye to Touring – Maybe – at Opening Show in Philly

Damon Albarn likes sending mixed messages. Take what’s going on with his now 20-year-old, dub-pop-hop cartoon act, Gorillaz. Before the start of Gorillaz’s arena-sized “The Now Now Tour” — which had its U.S. debut at Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center on Thursday (Oct. 11) — Albarn announced everything from a new Gorillaz album for 2019, to […]
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Damon Albarn Has Yet Another New Gorillaz Album Planned For After The Good, The Bad & The Queen Reunion

Damon Albarn put out a new Gorillaz album, The Now Now, back in June. In a recent interview for the Radio FM4 podcast, Albarn revealed that there's yet another Gorillaz album in the works. This LP would follow his long-rumored reunion with The Good, The Bad & The Queen, his supergroup … More »
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Damon Albarn Declined A Prince Collaboration Because He Couldn’t Smoke In The Studio

Earlier today Damon Albarn sat down with Radio X's Gordon Smart to talk about Gorillaz’s forthcoming album The Now Now. But the most notable information revealed in that interview isn't about the album, it's about how Albarn is a kind of a diva. Apparently, Prince wanted to play with Albarn and he "wouldn't … More »
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Nic Fanciulli: My Heart

As the old saying goes, "you get out what you put in", and DJ/producer Nic Fanciulli has put everything he has into his aptly named debut album, My Heart . Since 2007 Fanciulli has been stockpiling beats and loops alongside his ever building DJ and producing career with the idea of making that one album that reflects who he is as an artist. The years of blood, sweat, and tears have certainly been worth it as My Heart is a bold, melodic and affecting album ...
Tags: Music, Dance, Damon Albarn, Constance, Electronic, Buick, Albarn, Tracey Thorn, Balearic, Matthew Dear, Gerber, Andy Chatterley, Nic Fanciulli, Guy Gerber, Fanciulli, Tiefscwarz


Photos: Gorillaz at the Forum

[See image gallery at buzzbands.la] Gorillaz conducted an extravagant, ecstatic dance party Thursday night at the Forum, packing their typically eye-catching visuals and more than two dozen guest appearances into a two-hour show the crowd greeted with deafening delight. Touring in support of the new Gorillaz album “Humanz,” Damon Albarn and crew followed Vince Staples’ smoky opening set by starting with four songs from four different albums — “Last Living Souls,” “Saturnz Barz,” “Tomorrow Comes...
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Gorillaz bring a thrilling human touch to the Humanz tour at the Forum in Inglewood on Thursday

Gorillaz perform in support of their new album, “Humanz,”at the Forum in Inglewood on Thursday, October 5, 2017. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer) Gorillaz perform in support of their new album, “Humanz,” at the Forum in Inglewood on Thursday, October 5, 2017. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer) Damon Albarn of Gorillaz performs in support of their new album, “Humanz,” at the Forum in Inglewood on Thursday, October 5, 2017. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contrib...
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Mura Masa – “Blu” (Feat. Damon Albarn)

UK producer Mura Masa has been in the game for a while now, and his upcoming debut LP has a lot of special featured guests because of that, one of which is Damon Albarn. Today, he's shared his collaboration with Albarn, which is called "Blu" -- it debuted on Beats 1 alongside an interview … More »
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Watch Gorillaz Attempt To Freestyle On Sway In The Morning

Damon Albarn went on Sway In The Morning to talk about the latest Gorillaz album. He brought along De La Soul's Pos and producer Twilite Tone. As is the custom on the show, he was asked to freestyle towards the end. With a little help from his friends, Albarn contributes an improvised singing hook. More »
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Can you use mobile applications to actually make GOOD music?

With music technology always moving further forward we’ve seen a revolution of mobile applications that give you the ability to write, record, create, edit music and much, much more. But just because you can doesn’t mean you should – so is it all just for fun or can you make proper, good music using apps? The abilities of the devices in our pockets have come an incredibly long way in recent years. These days you can record clear audio from a phone, download an entire Digital Audio Workstation ...
Tags: Mobile, Apps, Music, Phone, Smartphone, App, Software, Applications, The Fall, Record, Damon Albarn, Instruments, Gorillaz, Artist, Musician, Daw


Gorillaz Premiere New LP ‘Robotz’ at Tiny Brooklyn Club Show

Gorillaz Rough Trade NYC Brooklyn, NY April 25 Gorillaz are a high-concept act: a “virtual band” with electronic-based music masterminded by Blur cofounder Damon Albarn and cartoon characters conceived by his former flatmate Jamie Hewlett. The model has allowed Albarn to enlist a rock and roll fantasy camp’s worth of collaborators, ranging from soul pioneers... Read more »
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Gorillaz Premiere New LP ‘Humanz’ at Tiny Brooklyn Club Show

Gorillaz Rough Trade NYC Brooklyn, NY April 25 Gorillaz are a high-concept act: a “virtual band” with electronic-based music masterminded by Blur cofounder Damon Albarn and cartoon characters conceived by his former flatmate Jamie Hewlett. The model has allowed Albarn to enlist a rock and roll fantasy camp’s worth of collaborators, ranging from soul pioneers... Read more »
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Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments

If this new Mount Eerie album don't make your eyes water then you definitely have no soul — Danny Brown (@xdannyxbrownx) March 17, 2017 THIS WEEK’S 10 HIGHEST RATED COMMENTS #10  raptor jesus Score:31 | Mar 17th Glad SXSW is still good at highlighting new artists Posted in: Here Is Our Inevitable Review Of The Chainsmokers At SXSW #9  cobra Score:32 | Mar 19th And a 2-seated shower bench. Posted in: Father John M...
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Leaked Gorillaz Demos Support Rumored New Album Tracklist

We're approaching the return of Damon Albarn's beloved art-pop project Gorillaz. Their UK festival Demon Days is coming up in June, and they've shared the Benjamin Clementine collab "Hallelujah Money." Albarn likes to keep things enigmatic with this group, but in the current age, that's harder and harder. More »
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Albarn: 'We will change Brexit result'

Singers Damon Albarn and Billy Bragg say they are dismayed by the outcome of the EU referendum.
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'Get stuck in' – Billy Bragg rallies Glastonbury in Brexit aftermath

Damon Albarn, Novelist and James among those voicing anger onstage as audiences deal with poll news – and heavy rain“That’s it, I think we should declare Glastonbury an independent nation state.” As word of the referendum results slowly rippled across the festival campsite on Friday morning, bleary-eyed campers grappled both with hangovers and the realisation that they were unzipping their tents to a UK changed forever. And for the many of the 180,000 ticket-holders who were firmly in the remain...
Tags: Music, Politics, UK, European Union, UK News, Eu Referendum, Damon Albarn, Billy Bragg, Africa Express, Brexit, Glastonbury, James, Albarn, Glastonbury 2016


Damon Albarn Honored As "Local King" In Mali

In 2000, Damon Albarn traveled to Mali with Oxfam, and during his trip, he met and recorded music with a number of Malian musicians, which he eventually released in the 2002 album Mali Music . A few weeks ago, Albarn returned to Mali to perform at Toumani Diabate's three-day Festival Acoustik Bamako, and while he was there, he visited a music school in the Griot village of Kirina, where he was honored for his work helping Malian music.
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Damon Albarn Honored As “Local King” In Mali

In 2000, Damon Albarn traveled to Mali with Oxfam, and during his trip, he met and recorded music with a number of Malian musicians, which he eventually released in the 2002 album Mali Music. A few weeks ago, Albarn returned to Mali to perform at Toumani Diabaté's three-day Festival Acoustik Bamako, and while he … More »
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Fufanu – “Ballerina In The Rain (Damon Albarn Remix)”

It seems Blur and Gorillaz leader Damon Albarn has become pretty cozy with Icelandic duo Fufanu's music after they supported both him and Blur on a couple of spot dates. Albarn has remixed Fufanu's latest offering "Ballerina In The Rain," injecting the original Nick Zinner-produced track with some bounce. The remix adds some playful percussion, … More »
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Syrian orchestra reassembles with Damon Albarn for London concert

Damascus-based group was scattered around the world by the country’s civil war, but is reuniting for what is intended to be the first of several eventsThe civil war in Syria scattered its members around the world as they fled their homeland, but now the Syrian National Orchestra for Arabic Music (SNOAM) is to be reunited for a rare concert in London. On 25 June, the orchestra – led by conductor Issam Rafea – will perform at the Southbank Centre, presented by Africa Express, and with appearances ...
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NewsDamon Albarn says he's 'got' a new The Good, The Bad & The Queen album

Supergroup The Good, The Bad & The Queen may have already produced their second record, with Damon Albarn revealing that he has "got" the record. Albarn's band - which also features The Clash bassist Paul Simonon, The Verve guitarist Simon Tong and drummer Tony Allen - were last seen performing two gigs in London in November 2011.
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