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Gorillaz Bring “Stylo” To The Colbert Report

Damon managed to bring the better part of the expansive crew that lined the Coachella stage for Gorillaz’ headlining set to Colbert’s tiny Comedy Central studio in Manhattan, here working through the buoyantly demented disco of “Stylo,” armed as in Indio with Bobby Womack and the Clash’s Mick Jones and Paul Simonon (and again le… More »

By: Amrit Singh / April 23, 2010 - 12:11 pm

Coachella 2010: Pavement, Thom Yorke, Gorillaz

Friday got us dancing with LCD and Jay-Z, Saturday featured less clothing, and Sunday closed things out with a generally mellower lineup (plus more amazing weather). It was fitting the reunited Pavement played “In The Mouth A Desert.” Because the desert is where people were watching them. Even if it didn’t feel especially arid. Le… More »

By: stereogum / April 19, 2010 - 4:54 pm

Eddy Grant Outraged Over Gorillaz’s “Blatant Ripoff”

The reggae singer claims Damon Albarn took parts of his 1981 song “Time Warp” for Gorillaz’s “Stylo” single. Grant is particularly angry because they’re both represented by EMI, and he thinks Albarn had a musicologist evaluate any similarities, to avoid asking permission: “Damon Albarn knows in his heart of hearts.” Read EMI’s “no-comment” comment at… More »

By: jessica / March 17, 2010 - 9:43 am

Premature Evaluation: Gorillaz – Plastic Beach

We’ve had a chance to hear a few bits from Gorillaz’ third album Plastic Beach –Stylo” featuring Mos Def and Bobby Womack, the  De La Soul and Gruff Rhys-guesting “Superfast Jellyfish” and the Murdoc-hosted “pirate radio” stream — but Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett’s conceptual cartoon crew offer albums with narrative arcs best absorbed… More »

By: stereogum / March 3, 2010 - 4:56 pm

Gorillaz – “Stylo” Video

As if Gorillaz’s guest list wasn’t impressive enough these days, Jamie Hewlett got Bruce Willis to co-star in their new action/adventure. More »

By: Scott Lapatine / March 1, 2010 - 9:40 pm

Stream Gorillaz Plastic Beach

We’ve heard a little bit of Gorillaz’ Plastic Beach via “Stylo” featuring Mos Def and Bobby Womack, the  De La Soul and Gruff Rhys-guesting “Superfast Jellyfish” and the Murdoc-hosted “pirate radio” stream. Now check out the whole thing streaming at NPR. On first listen it sounds expansive but a little more subdued and somber tha… More »

By: jessica / March 1, 2010 - 9:37 am

Gorillaz – “Superfast Jellyfish” (Feat. De La Soul & Gruff Rhys)

It took the voices of Bobby Womack and Mos Def to get “Stylo“‘s disco going and bassist Murdoc’s AOL “pirate radio” session snippets — a couple with Sweden’s Little Dragon — to flesh out Gorillaz’ Plastic Beach (3/9 via Parlophone/Virgin). Someone who clearly lives just off the PB shoreline is “Superfast Jellyfish,” a character (and… More »

By: brandon / February 26, 2010 - 10:06 am

Hear A Clip Of A New Gorillaz Song With (What Sounds Like) Little Dragon

Gorillaz took the spirit of Kraftwerk (and the voices of Bobby Womack and Mos Def) to the disco on “Stylo,” and now the band’s animated bassist Murdoc is offering little snippets of Plastic Beach via a “pirate radio” session for AOL. Between songs from the likes of Brian Wilson and DJ patter, Murdoc revealed a… More »

By: Amrit Singh / February 3, 2010 - 11:13 am

New Gorillaz – “Stylo” (Feat. Bobby Womack & Mos Def)

The internet’s supplementing yesterday’s news that Gorillaz will headline Coachella with the first listen from Plastic Beach, the animated experimentalists anticipated third LP. Guests galore on the album (Lou Reed, De La Soul, Snoop Dogg, Mark E. Smith, Gruff Rhys, Mick Jones & Paul Simonen, etc.), which Damon says is “the most post record he’… More »

By: Amrit Singh / January 20, 2010 - 12:24 pm

Coachella 2010 Lineup: Jay-Z, Gorillaz, Pavement, Thom Yorke????

Coachella’s officially announced the lineup for 2010 and, not surprisingly, it includes Pavement. Jay-Z, Gorillaz, Phoenix, and Muse are also hitting Indio with Sly & the Family Stone, Faith No More, PiL, Echo & The Bunnymen, MGMT, Vampire Weekend, Grizzly Bear, Dillinger Escape Plan, Them Crooked Vultures, the Specials, the Dead Weather, Sleigh Bells, and… More »

By: brandon / January 19, 2010 - 10:15 am

Gorillaz Plastic Beach Has Snoop Dogg, Lou Reed, Mos Def

Two years ago Damon Albarn told NME that Gorillaz wouldn’t make any more pop records. But you know better than to take Damon’s word on the future of his endeavors. In a recent interview with the Guardian he says his cartoon band’s next LP has a title (Plastic Beach, because “the idea that plastic, we… More »

By: Amrit Singh / November 30, 2009 - 10:07 am

The 25 69 Most Anticipated Albums Of 2010

This year in music was great and we’rea gonna let it finish (sorry), but in terms of notable album releases the ship has sailed. No offense, 30 Seconds To Mars. While the Gummys’ virtual poll booth remains open for a few more days (did we mention filling out the ballot enters you to win the… More »

By: Amrit Singh / November 24, 2009 - 5:41 pm

Hear DJ Hero’s Daft Punk, Justice, Weezer Mashups

Exciting as the prospect of pushing buttons and scratching records in simulation of pushing buttons and scratching records might be, Activision’s expansion into the realm of the DJ Hero has netted online demand “well below” expectations. Not even Daft Punk contributing their likenesses and 11 exclusive mixes could get the buzz up. But while online… More »

By: Amrit Singh / October 29, 2009 - 10:50 am

DJ Damon Albarn Spins New Gorillaz On Radio 1

Blur are indeed entering the studio, and yesterday head monkey Damon Albarn journeyed into BBC Radio 1 to guest DJ on Zane Lowe’s show. During the two-hour set he played other folks’ songs (Dead Prez, Eagles Of Death Metal, Omar Souleyman, the Horrors) as well as some Gorillaz material: “Broken,” “Electric Shock,” and “Stylo/Binge.” We… More »

By: brandon / January 15, 2009 - 9:29 am

The ‘Gum Drop LXIV: Hear New Twilight Sad, Win A Monkey: Journey To The West Boxset

The economy’s been tricky everywhere, even Scrooge McDuck’s homeland, so when the Twilight Sad went on tour with fellow Scots Mogwai, they put together the Goo-referencing The Twilight Sad Killed My Parents And Hit The Road, a limited-edition collection of covers, live tracks, and instrumentals to help fund the trip. The quartet takes on the… More »

By: brandon / November 26, 2008 - 10:01 am

Damon Albarn & Jamie Hewlett Make A “Monkey Bee” Video

That previously reported Monkey: Journey To The West project, involving Gorillaz collaborators Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett in the classic tale of a Monkey King approaching monkey enlightenment one monkey day at a time, has become a pretty big deal. First there were the classy openings at opera houses around the world, followed by the… More »

By: Amrit Singh / October 28, 2008 - 10:52 am

Gorillaz Light The Olympic Torch For The BBC

Gorillaz guys Jamie Hewlett and Damon Albarn have put together a pretty sweet little promo clip for BBC Sports’s Beijing Summer Olympic coverage. I’m not much of an Olympics fan, so maybe this trippy cartoon narrative — based in part on Gorrillaz’ (and Chen Shi-Zheng’s) Monkey: Journey to the West — will be the only… More »

By: brandon / July 25, 2008 - 11:05 am

Damon Albarn Will Folk You, Chinese Style

Miss Damon Albarn? Miss Gorillaz? Then you’re gonna love MONKEY: JOURNEY TO THE WEST. The Blur/Gorillaz/TGTB&TQ frontman, who’s not exactly lacking for projects, adds to his CV via an upcoming trip to the States armed with some simian mobile folk. The MONKEY show, the brainchild of Albarn, Jamie Hewlett, and director Chen Shi-Zheng, premiered at… More »

By: Amrit Singh / May 1, 2008 - 9:53 am

Curtainz for Gorillaz

Patrick Wolf isn’t the only animated artist calling it quits. Via NME:Damon Albarn has confirmed that Gorillaz will release no more studio albums.

The Blur singer said that the only project left for the cartoon band will be a film featuring a score composition, that has previously been linked to filmmaker and ‘Monty Python’… More »

By: Stereogum / April 23, 2007 - 11:12 am

The Good, The Bad & The Queen Are Not A “Band”

If you’ve heard Damon Albarn do a radio interview, you know his M.O.: be as contrary as possible, demean every question, throw the interviewer off her game. And ya know what? He’s fookin’ great at it. This time Damon and Paul Simonon chat with Minnesota Public Radio’s Steve Seel, who tries his best to chat… More »

By: Stereogum / January 24, 2007 - 11:00 am