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Damon Albarn’s Africa Express Unleash Club-Ready New Song ‘Become the Tiger’

Damon Albarn’s Africa Express Unleash Club-Ready New Song ‘Become the Tiger’
Damon Albarn may have called off potential Gorillaz projects for the foreseeable future, but he hasn’t slowed down making music with his numerous other bands. The songwriter’s latest venture is reviving Africa Express, which facilitates collaborations between Western and African artists — and he showcases that cultural diversity on new single “Become the Tiger,” featuring Sibot and Mr. Jukes.

The collaboration appears on the the South African-based collective’s upcoming LP, Egoli, out July 12th via their newly formed label Africa Express Records. The song previews the record’s eclecticism,
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Damon Albarn’s Africa Express Preview New Album With ‘Johannesburg’

Africa Express, a musical collective led by Damon Albarn, will release a new album, Egoli, on July 12 via Africa Express Records. The album will feature appearances by Gruff Rhys, Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Nick Zinner, Georgia and several South African artists. Albarn previewed the release with a new song, “Johannesburg,” which includes guest appearances from Gruff Rhys, Morena Leraba, Radio 123 and Sibot.

Africa Express is excited to announce new album ‘Egoli’⁣



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Watch Blur Stage Surprise Reunion at East London Concert

Watch Blur Stage Surprise Reunion at East London Concert
Blur reunited for the first time in nearly four years for a surprise gig in East London Friday during Damon Albarn’s annual Africa Express concert. Blur last performed together in November 2015 following the release of The Magic Whip.

For the performance, Albarn rejoined his band mates Dave Rowntree, Alex James and Graham Coxon to play “Song 2,” “Tender” and “Clover Over Dover”; the latter performance marked the live debut of the Parklife track. For “Tender,” the band was joined by London Community Gospel Choir and Rokia Traoré.

Blur rehearsals for Africa Express: the Circus,
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Song You Need To Know: The Good, the Bad & the Queen, ‘The Truce of Twilight’

Song You Need To Know: The Good, the Bad & the Queen, ‘The Truce of Twilight’
“Enjoy it while it lasts, because soon it will be different,” sings Damon Albarn in a new video for “The Truce of Twilight,” from last year’s Merrie Land by his group The Good, The Bad, and the Queen. Actually, it’s the second clip for the song. The first, released last year, featured Albarn in facial prosthetics, a puppet manipulating puppets. Given the lyrics, one might interpret that concept as a comment on politicians — puppets of larger powers who stand to gain from a divided E.U. — manipulating their bases
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Damon Albarn’s The Good, the Bad and the Queen Perform ‘The Truce of Twilight’ in New Video

Damon Albarn’s The Good, the Bad and the Queen Perform ‘The Truce of Twilight’ in New Video
The Good, the Bad and the Queen – the British supergroup consisting of Damon Albarn, Clash bassist Paul Simonon, ex-Fela Kuti drummer Tony Allen and Verve guitarist Simon Tong – unveiled a gritty new live video for their track, “The Truce of Twilight.”

Simonon directed the simple performance clip, in which the band delivers the punchy, psych-tinged cut in a spare room. Though the black-and-white footage boasts a grainy, old school aesthetic, Simonon actually filmed the entire music video on three iPhones recording simultaneously.

“The Truce of Twilight” appears on the Good,
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Review: Foals’ Apocalyptic Epic ‘Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost Pt. 1’

On their debut Antidotes, produced by TV On The Radio’s Dave Sitek, Foals stepped from their stalls with shifty post-punk grooves, kinetic percussion, and nervous, sulky vibes. By 2013, with Holy Fire, they smoothed and super-sized their sound with production from U2 vets Flood and Alan Moulder. Their latest LP finds Foals mostly self-producing, with help from engineer Brett Shaw (Florence and The Machine, Robyn), and swinging for what used to be the fences on a proggy, ambitious project; part two is due this fall.

Bless ‘em for their ambition,
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The Good, the Bad & the Queen Talk Brexit: ‘We’re Living in Two Different Countries’

Opening with a quote from Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales and rooted in a century of English recorded music, from music hall to the Beatles and beyond, Merrie Land — the second album by the Damon Albarn–led supergroup the Good, the Bad & the Queen — is a meditation on national identity that explores how Britain began morphing from a future-forward multicultural laboratory into an island of wagon-circling EU secessionists. Though specific to England, it’s a record the U.S. and other countries might learn a lot from in late 2018.

In some ways,
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12 New Albums to Stream Now: Chris Cornell, Mariah Carey and More Editors’ Picks

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12 New Albums to Stream Now: Chris Cornell, Mariah Carey and More Editors’ Picks
Editors’ Pick: Chris Cornell, Chris Cornell

This 64-track retrospective of the late grunge icon’s career is a testament to his vocal prowess and thoughtful approach, apparent even on early Soundgarden tracks like the chugging Ultramega Ok opener “Flower” and Louder Than Love’s still-relevant environmentalist plea “Hands All Over.” Tracing his journey from hair-whipping yelper to rock elder, Chris Cornell compiles hits like Temple of the Dog’s glorious “Hunger Strike,” Audioslave’s speaker-shaking debut single “Cochise,” and Cornell’s elegiac cover of “Billie Jean” alongside quieter tracks like
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Damon Albarn’s the Good, the Bad & the Queen Return With First Album Since 2007

Damon Albarn’s the Good, the Bad & the Queen Return With First Album Since 2007
Eleven years ago, Blur/Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn teamed up with a few friends to make an album called The Good, the Bad & The Queen. It’s a lovely set of downbeat ballads about life in London, but after that lone 2007 LP, the impromptu supergroup’s members — Albarn, Clash bassist Paul Simonon, Verve guitarist Simon Tong and legendary Afrobeat drummer Tony Allen — went their separate ways.

Now they’ve rejoined for a new album called Merrie Land, due out November 16th. Longtime David Bowie collaborator Tony Visconti produced the LP
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Gorillaz cover a Blur song in universe-breaking Damon Albarn convergence

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Gorillaz is a cartoon band led by a guy named 2-D who happens to sing remarkably similar to Blur frontman Damon Albarn, which may have something to do with the fact that Albarn co-created Gorillaz and does most of the singing, but Albarn made the connection between the two bands a bit more obvious this weekend at the…
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See Gorillaz Cover Blur’s ‘Song 2’ With Graham Coxon

See Gorillaz Cover Blur’s ‘Song 2’ With Graham Coxon
Damon Albarn staged a “cross pollination” between his many projects Saturday as his Gorillaz‘ welcomed Blur guitarist Graham Coxon onstage to cover that band’s “Song 2.”

The unlikely collaboration – the performance marked the first time Albarn’s animated act had covered a Blur song live – occurred during Gorillaz’ guest-filled Demon Dayz Festival in Pico Rivera, California, Mxdwn reports.

Albarn, melodica in hand, and company initially played “Song 2” in the quirky style of Gorillaz before Coxon walked out on stage unannounced, guitar slung on his shoulder, and launched into the traditional version of the 1997 hit,
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Damon Albarn Is Living in the Now

Damon Albarn Is Living in the Now
Last fall, Gorillaz singer Damon Albarn was feeling bored on tour — so he did what he knows best and started sketching ideas for a new album on his iPad. “If you’re away from home for months on end, it just seems criminal not to try and turn that time into something tangible,” says the English singer-songwriter, 50, who’s released nearly an LP a year over the past quarter-century with Blur, Gorillaz and assorted side bands. The result is The Now Now, Gorillaz’s excellent new full-length LP. With its
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Inside the Boutique Festival Boom

Inside the Boutique Festival Boom
This spring, the Eaux Claires festival – founded by Aaron Dessner of The National and Justin Vernon of Bon Iver – made a startling announcement: It would not share any details of its lineup ahead of time.

“It’s intentional as a way to get out of the headliners’ arm race,” says Dessner, who helped choose the soul oddball Swamp Dogg, the electronic producer Jlin and the rapper-poet Noname for the July 6th-7th Wisconsin event, along with indie stalwarts like Sharon Van Etten and the Dirty Projectors. “We want unknown artists
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Pop Loner Kali Uchis on Growing Up Punk in Colombia and the Struggle to Stay Bilingual

Pop Loner Kali Uchis on Growing Up Punk in Colombia and the Struggle to Stay Bilingual
“Where I come from, nobody thinks they’re ever gonna leave,” Kali Uchis tells Rolling Stone. “Most people don’t leave to tell the story,” she adds enigmatically, “so I’m telling you today.”

Inside her hotel room in New York’s SoHo neighborhood, the 25-year-old singer lays out her origin story. She lounges in a white plush robe, canary-yellow stockings and fuzzy slippers, speaking fondly of the Andean foothills of Colombia where she spent much of her youth. A trace of saudade washes over her face when she recalls her teen years in Alexandria,
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Hear Gorillaz Tap Superorganism for Blown-Out ‘Humility’ Remix

Hear Gorillaz Tap Superorganism for Blown-Out ‘Humility’ Remix
Gorillaz recruited the genre-busing indie-pop collective Superorganism for a blown-out remix of their Now Now single, “Humility.”

The remix finds Superorganism stripping the song’s sunny groove with speaker-rattling synths and various experimental flourishes. The group carefully retain the song’s pop underpinnings, and Superorganism frontwoman Orono’s deadpan croon pairs perfectly with Damon Albarn’s vocals.

Gorillaz also shared a new video for the “Humility” remix, directed by the group’s artistic mastermind Jamie Hewlett. In the clip, Orono is dropped into the original video, where she interacts with
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Damon Albarn Says Kanye West Trapped Paul McCartney in ‘Abusive Collaboration’

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Damon Albarn Says Kanye West Trapped Paul McCartney in ‘Abusive Collaboration’
Damon Albarn has a problem with Kanye West’s 2015 single “FourFiveSeconds” featuring Rihanna and Paul McCartney. The Blur frontman and founding Gorillaz member said in an interview with French news magazine L’Obs on Thursday that he warned Paul McCartney about working with the rapper.

“Before he decided to work with Kanye West, I sent a text message to McCartney saying, ‘Beware’, but he ignored it, he does what he wants, it’s Paul McCartney,” Albarn said.

He went on to compare West to a vampire, contending that the rapper feeds off of other artists, keeping only his own image in mind when creating music. Albarn also claimed that West didn’t use McCartney’s vocals in the song but included McCartney in the music video.

“I have a problem with this abusive collaboration: we’re talking about Paul McCartney,” Albarn said. “We do not hear him in the song,
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How 'Adrift' Director Hopes to Revolutionize Hollywood Filmmaking With an Icelandic Studio

How 'Adrift' Director Hopes to Revolutionize Hollywood Filmmaking With an Icelandic Studio
With the opening of Reykjavik Studios in April, Icelandic actor-director Baltasar Kormakur — whose Adrift, starring Shailene Woodley and Sam Claflin, opens June 1 (he also helmed Contraband, 2 Guns and Everest) — moves a step closer to mogul status. Here, he details the road to building a studio:

While working as an actor, I bought a bar in 1995. I figured it would be cheaper to own a bar than pay my monthly bill. Kaffibarinn became a big thing in the '90s; Damon Albarn, of British rock band Blur, was part owner. Fortunately, I changed my habits and sold the bar ...
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2018 Grammys predictions: LCD Soundsystem have the edge over Arcade Fire in the race for Alternative Album

2018 Grammys predictions: LCD Soundsystem have the edge over Arcade Fire in the race for Alternative Album
At the Grammys on January 28 the band LCD Soundsystem contend for the first time in the race for Best Alternative Album for “American Dream.” They’re the front-runner to win with leading odds of 4/7 according to our latest predictions. Do you agree that they’ll finally prevail after five total nominations in 12 years?

Our official racetrack odds are based on the combined forecasts of more than 1,800 users who have entered their picks at Gold Derby as of this writing. That includes seven Expert journalists from top media outlets, four of whom are predicting a victory for LCD Soundsystem: Glenn Gamboa (Newsday), Edna Gundersen (Gold Derby), Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby) and Peter Travers (Rolling Stone). They’ve also got support from four out of five Editors who cover awards year-round for Gold Derby: Chris Beachum, Marcus James Dixon, O’Neil, and Paul Sheehan. The group also contends this year for
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Jimmy Fallon, Anna Kendrick, Darlene Love and The Roots Sing "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" With Classroom Instruments

Jimmy Fallon, Anna Kendrick, Darlene Love and The Roots Sing
For 28 years, during David Letterman's tenure on Late Night and The Late Show, Darlene Love sang her holiday hit "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)." But, after his retirement in 2015, the singer needed a new place to showcase her talents. Enter Jimmy Fallon's The Tonight Show. In Monday's episode of the NBC series, Fallon asked Love to sing the smash with Anna Kendrick and The Roots' Damon "Tuba Gooding Jr." Bryson, Stro Elliot, Kirk "Captain Kirk" Douglas, James "Kamal" Gray, Mark Kelley, James Poyser, Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson, Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter—but with a twist. The group had to perform using "classroom instruments." When...
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Morgan Spurlock Steps Down From Warrior Poets Following Confession That a Woman He Slept With ‘Believed She’d Been Raped’

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Morgan Spurlock Steps Down From Warrior Poets Following Confession That a Woman He Slept With ‘Believed She’d Been Raped’
Morgan Spurlock is stepping down from Warrior Poets, the New York–based production company he co-founded with Jeremy Chilnick in 2004. The news follows a confessional post he wrote last night in which he revealed that a woman he slept with in college “believed she’d been raped” and that he now sees he’s “part of the problem.”

Read More:Morgan Spurlock Reveals Indiscretions in Confessional Post: ‘She Believed She’d Been Raped’

The company, which now lists Matthew Galkin as a partner alongside Spurlock and Chilnick, just released the following statement:

“On behalf of Warrior Poets, we as partners have always supported our company and its endeavors. As of today, Morgan Spurlock will be stepping down effective immediately.

“We will continue to lead the company as equal partners, producing, distributing & creating from our independent production company.

“Respectfully, Co-Founder & Partner Jeremy Chilnick and Partner Matthew Galkin

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