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Damon Albarn

In the manufactured battle in the 90’s between Blur and Oasis, I was a Blur man.

And I have always been a Damon Albarn fan, from Blur to Gorillaz to his opera Dr Dee.

His debut solo album, Everyday Robots, will come out at the end of this month.

Here is the title track/first single as well as the second single “Lonely Press Play”.

“Everyday Robots”

“Lonely Press Play”

Damon Albarn

Damon Albarn, the amazing talent behind Blur and Gorillaz, has composed an opera entitled Dr Dee.

The opera is based on the life of John Dee (1527-1609), an intellectual and scientist who also immersed himself in the occult studies of magic, astrology, alchemy and the supernatural. He served as an advisor to Queen Elizabeth I.

Dr Dee debuted in July, 2011 at the Manchester International Festival.

The soundtrack is just now available.

“The Dancing King” from the album is a free download.

Gorillaz Supergroup

The animated group Gorillaz has teamed up with Andre’ 3000 (from OutKast) and James Murphy (from the now defunct LCD Soundsystem) for a one-off. Sort of a Gorillaz supergroup.

“DoYaThing” is a free download from Converse. You can view the video here as well.

There’s even a Chuck Taylor Gorillaz Collection.


The world of music is cyclical and goes into hiatus a few weeks before Christmas and into the new year. Slowly new music is released in January and gains momentum later in the winter flowing into the spring.

Bands that enthralled me last year included Arcade Fire, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, Avi Buffalo, Badly Drawn Boy, Beach House, Belle & Sebastian, Best Coast, Blonde Redhead, Delorean, The Drums, Dum Dum Girls, Eminem, Girl Talk, Glasser, Gorillaz, Janelle Monáe, Joanna Newsom, Karen Elson, Laura Marling, Lykke Li, Matt & Kim, Mumford & Sons, The National, No Age, Perfume Genius, Phoenix, School of Seven Bells, She & Him, Shearwater, Sleigh Bells, Stars, Titus Andronicus and Warpaint.

And The xx continued to give me great pleasure.

Here you will hear the best new music as it becomes available.

Next week we will have an exclusive Cure video.

Happy New Year indeed.

Gorillaz cover the xx

The inspired songwriting of this year’s Mercury Music Prize winner the xx has engendered covers of their songs by a wide diversity of artists from Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (heard here in a previous post) to Shakira. Now we have a lovely acoustic version of “Crystalised” by Gorillaz.

Songs reinterpreted take on new meaning as we hear lyrics in a new voice and new light. Damon Albarn’s somber vocal adds a touch of pensive sadness to the Song of the Day.

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“Crystalised” by Gorillaz

Oedipus Podcast #5: new for Spring

Gorillaz-“On Melancholy Hill”
The National-“Bloodbuzz Ohio”
The Whigs-“Kill Me Carolyne”
TV Heart Attack-“Nowhere Fast”
Stone Temple Pilots-“Between the Lines”
Taylor Hawkins and the Coattail Riders-“Way Down”
Foo Fighters-“Wheels”
She & Him-“Gonna Get Along Without You Now”
Dead Country-“Euro Thrash”


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Oedipus Podcast #1: Best of 2010 (so far)

This is the 1st podcast on my new website.  Featuring some of the best music from 2010 (OK, some of these songs were released last year but are beginning to garner attention this year), here you will hear:

Elizabeth Fraser
Charlotte Gainsbourg
Green Day and the cast of American Idiot
Monsters of Folk
One Eskim0
Vampire Weekend
Lilly Allen
Gil Scott-Heron
Pantha du Prince
Wild Beasts
Greta and the One Night Stands


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This is only the beginning.  Stay tuned…


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