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Over the course of the last three months, I’ve seen Damon Albarn perform four times, and a certain quality of his career was boldly underlined: there are great disparities between who knows him, where they know him from, and where they know him from without realizing it. One of the obvious divides is nationality, but… More »

Britpop stars like Damon Albarn weren’t supposed to age. This is often true of famous musicians, of course, from pop ingenues to boy bands to punk rockers, but there was a specific element of youthfulness that accompanied Britpop. Sure, Jarvis Cocker was always kind of old before his time, but Britpop as a genre, eve… More »

On February 24, 2004, music fans worldwide participated in a coordinated act of civil disobedience. Dubbed Grey Tuesday, the digital demonstration was this simple: Hundreds of websites posted a free download of The Grey Album, Danger Mouse’s mashup of the Beatles’ self-titled “White Album” and Jay Z’s The Black Album, and more than 100,000 fa… More »

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Damon Albarn Recording New Gorillaz Album In September

The advent of Blur’s new album, The Magic Whip, and the band’s subsequent reunion tour, has been has been one of 2015’s hallmark nostalgia-laced stories, and Damon Albarn seems bent on continuing the streak. While in Australia, Albarn let it slip that he’s going to begin working on a new Gorillaz album as well, which… More »

By: Caitlin White / July 16, 2015 - 9:50 am

Watch Damon Albarn Cover The Clash And Get Carried Offstage At Roskilde

Denmark’s Roskilde Festival ended this past weekend, and concertgoers who made it to the Africa Express supergroup set were treated with a very special performance by Damon Albarn. The Blur and Gorillaz frontman played a 5-hour set that came to an abrupt conclusion when a security officer told Albarn that his time was up. Albar… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / July 6, 2015 - 10:22 am

Jamie Hewlett: “Yes, Gorillaz Returns”

Jamie Hewlett — the artist side of Gorillaz, Damon Albarn’s virtual group — confirmed the band’s return in a series of Instagram posts earlier today. He posted three sketches of the band members, two of bassist Murdoc and one of guitarist Noodle. In the comments below the first image he posted, he said simply: “Yes. More »

By: James Rettig / January 30, 2015 - 7:44 pm

Gorillaz – “Feel Good Inc. (James Blake Remix)”

Feel Good Inc.,” the De La Soul collaboration that probably still stands as the single best-known Gorillaz song, is now nine years old. At some point in the past nine years, James Blake put together a remix of that song. It’s remained buried until now. Rich Reason threw Blake’s remix into a recent Fabriclive mix,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 26, 2014 - 12:28 pm

Damon Albarn Prepping New Gorillaz And The Good The Bad & The Queen Albums

In an interview with The Sydney Morning Herald, Damon Albarn gave some status updates on the various projects he’s involved in. He said that he’s prepping a new Gorillaz album and is “in the process of reactivating” the group for a potential 2016 release date. It would be the first album for the virtual band… More »

By: James Rettig / October 19, 2014 - 3:56 pm

Watch Damon Albarn Sing “Clint Eastwood” With Vic Mensa (On His 21st Birthday) At Governors Ball

Up until now, the fast-rising Chicago rapper Vic Mensa has been known for a few things: Doing some songs with Chance The Rapper, showing up on the last XXL Freshmen cover, releasing last year’s promising Innanetape mixtape. This past weekend, he turned 21, and he marked the occasion by adding another bullet point to that… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 9, 2014 - 11:50 am

Damon Albarn Says New Gorillaz Album Almost Definitely Happening, Noel Gallagher Collab A “Distinct Possibility”

Sometimes I think Damon Albarn is trolling me personally. One of the first things I wrote for Stereogum was a Counting Down of his non-Blur projects (it was, in fact, the first installment of that now-regular feature), and I opened it by saying:

“Damon Albarn doesn’t deserve our love. We want Blur and… More »

By: Michael Nelson / April 9, 2014 - 4:35 pm

Watch Damon Albarn Preview Everyday Robots On The Culture Show

Damon Albarn has been doing some pretty excellent interviews recently to promote his forthcoming solo debut LP, Everyday Robots, which comes out on April 29. We posted the lengthy chat he had yesterday with BBC Radio 2’s Dermot O’Leary (which included two acoustic performances), and today, we’ve got this great mini-documentary on Albarn, produced by… More »

By: Michael Nelson / February 18, 2014 - 12:09 pm

Gorillaz – “Whirlwind”

Damon Albarn was the guest DJ on Dermot O’Leary’s BBC Radio 2 show yesterday where he premiered “Whirlwind,” a previously unreleased Gorillaz song from the Plastic Beach sessions. It features the Lebanese National Symphony Orchestra. Listen below. More »

By: Scott Lapatine / October 6, 2013 - 3:27 pm

Damon Albarn – “Monkey Bee (Nosaj Thing Remix)”

In our Counting Down of Damon Albarn’s non-Blur projects, I had Monkey: Journey To The West very close to dead last — it was edged out only by Albarn’s excruciating 2003 demo collection Democrazy. Monkey is a really tedious “journey,” if you’re listening to it as an album for, y’know, enjoyment. Of course, it’s meant… More »

By: Michael Nelson / July 17, 2013 - 3:38 pm

Hear Merry Indie X-Mas, Featuring Parodies Of Bon Iver, Beach House, xx, Das Racist, & More

When we posted the 10 Best Indie Christmas Songs we limited our list to yuletide jamz that actually exist. Animal New York took a different tack, imagining what holiday songs would sound like if they were covered by folks like Bon Iver, the xx, Wavves, Beach House, Das Racist, and others. (Adam Horne of BearMore »

By: Scott Lapatine / December 23, 2012 - 1:01 pm

Trey Anastasio Covers Gorillaz

There’s been a lot of love for Damon Albarn over the last few months, which could quickly turn to disdain if we don’t get either a new Blur album or a North American date sometime next summer, but for the moment, the good vibes are going strong. More evidence: Phish frontman Trey Anastasio covered Gorillaz’… More »

By: Michael Nelson / October 9, 2012 - 12:50 pm

Damon Albarn’s Non-Blur Projects From Worst To Best

Damon Albarn doesn’t deserve our love. We want Blur and he gives us … anything but. Sure, Blur is doing a handful of reunion shows in Europe this summer (the total cost to attend if you are a fan living in America? Something in the five-digit range), but a world tour is reportedly out of… More »

By: Michael Nelson / June 6, 2012 - 2:20 pm

Blur And Gorillaz NOT Finished, Actually

Earlier this month, Damon Albarn bummed a lot of people out with a Guardian interview in which he claimed that Blur and Gorillaz, his two most successful musical projects, were probably pretty much done. More recently, though, Albarn gave another interview in which he claimed that this was not necessarily the case. If you needed… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 25, 2012 - 9:28 am

Damon Albarn Shares Bleak Prospects For Blur, Gorillaz

Damon Albarn is always working on about 15 different projects at the same time, but those of us who write about him still refer to him as “Blur/Gorillaz frontman.” Now, though, we may have to tack the word “former” onto the beginning of that phrase. In a recent profile in The Guardian, Albarn claims that… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 9, 2012 - 9:53 am

Gorillaz – “DoYaThing” Video (Feat. James Murphy & Andre 3000)

The video for the Converse-sponsored Gorillaz/James Murphy/Andre 3000 single “DoYaThang” debuted today, and it features creepily lifelike CGI versions of the various cartoon Gorillaz, all ambling around their absolutely disgusting hovel of a house. Gorillaz visual guru Jamie Hewlett directs, and the X-faced Andre clone shows up in all sorts of unexpected locations. It’s a… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 29, 2012 - 8:58 am

Hear The 13 Minute Version Of “DoYaThing”

Earlier this week, we posted a radio rip of “DoYaThing,” the new Converse-sponsored Gorillaz/James Murphy/Andre 3000 collab. Despite an on-fire Andre verse, the original version of that track felt a bit lopsided and awkward, like these guys were trying to cram as many ideas as possible into a single track. But talking to Pitchfork yesterday,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 24, 2012 - 9:05 am
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