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March 24, 2017

Gorillaz Album Humanz out April 28th 2017!

Damon Albarn is set to go on BBC Radio 1 later today to debut at least two new Gorillaz songs. Earlier today, as Pitchfork points out, four new Gorillaz popped up on TIDAL (they weren’t available to actually stream), though they’ve since been removed.

They are: “Ascension” (featuring Vince Staples), “We Got The Power” (featuring Savages’ Jehnny Beth), “Saturnz Barnz” (featuring Popcaan), and “Andromeda” (featuring D.R.A.M.). Those titles match up with the rumored tracklist that was leaked earlier this week.

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So we’ll be getting new Gorillaz music today, that’s for sure — just no telling how much! Albarn will appear on BBC Radio 1 at 3:30PM EST.

UPDATE: Gorillaz have updated their Instagram account with an announcement of the album’s title and release date: It’s called Humanz and will be out on 4/28. More details presumably to come!


March 13, 2017

Happy Birthday to Graham Coxon !

Happy Birthday to Graham Coxon! Congratulations for reaching the age of 48!

Here are some Graham photos to get you through the week.









March 10, 2017

Happy 2017 to Blur Fans!

May this year be a Blurry year!



March 9, 2017

Gorillaz Announce First Live Show of 2017 - June 10th

Gorillaz has finally announced that they're playing a live show - and the date is set for June 10th 2017.

Following the release of new single “Hallelujah Money” in January, Damon Albarn’s Gorillaz have announced their first live show in 7 years. It's called the Demon Dayz festival, which is set to take place at the Dreamland amusement park in Kent, England on June 10th 2017.

No other acts other than the animated hip-hop/electro-pop group have been announced yet.

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So far, only Gorillaz are on the line-up but expect additions in the near future. Tickets start at £60.00, with Priority Entry available for £70.00. If you don’t manage to get tickets, Red Bull will be streaming the entire thing via Redbull.TV.

To buy tickets, visit the official website of the Demon Dayz Festival HERE.


March 2, 2017

New Gorillaz Album is Finished - Release Date and more!

Damon Albarn recently announced that the new Gorillaz album is finished and that rehearsals are currently underway. The mega-successful cartoon band are currently gearing up to release their first full-length record since 2011’s ‘The Fall’, and last month released the first single – ‘Hallelujah Money’, featuring former Mercury Prize-winner Benjamin Clementine – from the as-yet-untitled album.

No official word has been spread about the possible release date. Jack Winstanley (@_JackWinstanley) posted a series of tweets after meeting the Blur frontman outside the gig venue where he works earlier this week, writing that Albarn had told him that the album is ‘finished’ and that tour preparations are underway.


With this in mind, perhaps a spectulative release date would be sometime within the next 2-3 months- perhaps in May or June. We should be expecting a single to be released earlier so this is great news for fans.

Stay tuned for more news.



February 27, 2017

Gorillaz Album Release Date- New Album To Be Released In July 2017

With Gorillaz releasing their newest single just before President Donald Trump's controversial inauguration, everyone is left wondering- when exactly will Gorillaz release their new album? Empty promises aside (Damon Albarn said it will be released in late 2016 in an interview), the big question is when exactly will the new bomb drop. It's going to happen, but it's just a matter of when. 

Their last album, ‘The Fall’ was released in 2010 – a mere nine months after their third album, the techno and funkly ‘Plastic Beach’. The new album's status is currently a secret- and the band members are not revealing anything conclusive. With that in mind here are some things you should know about their big comeback of 2017.
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In an interview in 2015, Damon Albarn said that he would start on the new album in 2015. He said “I’d love to just get back into that routine of being at home and coming to the studio five days a week.”

The Gorillaz has always been a spontaneous and unpredictable band. That is part of the fun. ‘Plastic Beach’ was recorded over a 17-months and their debut album took about a year, but their last album, ‘The Fall‘, was recorded during touring on an iPad. The band’s animator Jamie Hewlett claimed that “2016 is going to be Gorillaz all year.” He also said that Albarn is a workaholic and said, “I don’t think it will be long!

Recently, in an Instagram post by a fan who met Jamie, it was claimed that the new album is now slated for a 2017 release date, with Hewlett saying the album is “really fuckin special” but “can’t be rushed”.

Albarn gave a further update when speaking to BBC 6 Music in July and all confirmed a release date of 2017. “Later in the year we’ll be starting to get the whole Gorillaz thing together,” he said. Albarn also continued to say, “I’m loving it and it’s getting there. It should be ready fairly soon.”

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Following on from the release of ‘Hallelujah Money’, Gorillaz’ manager Michael Smith tweeted “Off we go then to London. Day 1 of @gorillaz prep” indicating that the great cog is turning, and we are indeed getting close to some monkey business.

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Smith leaked some news of the possible release date (follow him here)
As Michael Smith's telling tweet was made on February 7th, it seems that we ought to make a reasonable guess of the new Gorillaz release date. Tentatively, it seems that the new Gorillaz will be released sometime in mid to late of 2017, since the music director is still working on his drums and synchronisations.

Give or take, it seems that the new Gorillaz - which will no doubt be the hottest record of the year- should be released in around 4-5 months. That means that fans should expect an album to be available in full at around August 7th 2017. With that in mind, the wait will be perhaps a bit more easier to bear!


February 20, 2017

Britpop Fashion Spotlight- Damon Albarn's Shirts

Since it's London Fashion week, we're continuing our Britpop Fashion Week by teaching YOU all about what Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon wears. A lot of fans have asked us where to get Damon Albarn's coats or shirts, as they admire the way he dresses. We've all been there, wanting to get Damon's new look, or Graham's cool shoes, and this time, the focus is on the button up shirts.

Damon Albarn's style has evolved from a typical Brit/ Mod style in the early 1990s to a more mature style in recent years. He often is spotted with button-up shirts and shirts with collars, which give him a more mature look. An example is the time when Blur is touring for their album "13", for which Damon Albarn wrote when Blur was at one of its lowest points of its musical history.

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Even during as recent as 2016/ 2017, Damon Albarn is often spotted in a button-up shirt. They're usually blue or light in color, which is contrasted with a Harrington jacket, or something darker in colour. Damon Albarn's style has definitely evolved, but a button-up shirt is a wardrobe must for any fan who wants to imitate his style.

We want to feature Charles Wilson, a British label who stocks all sorts of wonderful Britpop shirts and apparel for men. What's great about them is that their clothing is exactly the sort of things that a Blur fan will have in their wardrobes. Their shirts are high quality, soft and fits well. They also offer free delivery to UK on all orders over £30. Extremely affordable and fashionable, they're definitely on our radar. They're definitely a hassel-free shop, and we really like the shirt we bought on their store.

Check out their store and hope these tips help.


February 11, 2017

Britpop Shoe Trends- footwear by Samuel Windsor

"I've always looked at shoes as being immensely beautiful things."
-Graham Coxon

Did you know that Graham Coxon is famous for being obsessed with shoes? The Blur guitarist is rumoured to have hundreds of British shoes in his London home, all stacked up in a closet.

Graham Coxon and Damon Albarn actually bonded over a pair of shoes. In an interview, Graham Coxon said: "I became a mod when I was 12, and so began my obsession with brogues. I was influenced by the Jam and the 2 Tone movement, and I'd wear the slimmest-cut school trousers I could find, and alter my blazer to three buttons instead of two.

"On 'civvies day', when you could wear what you wanted, there would be fights on the field between the mods, skinheads and casuals. As soon as it was break time, us mods had to run somewhere safe - there were only six of us. I met Damon at school: one of the first things he said to me was that his brogues were nicer than mine. He had leather soles and mine were rubber."

All the styles we feature below are available from the fabulously British menswear shop Samuel Windsor that you will need to dress like a Brit-popper. Samuel Windsor sells quintessential British footwear, as well as men's shirts, polo shirts and suits. They offer a wide range of tailored, affordable shoes that ever music fan needs to achieve his or her favourite musician's look. Best of all, they offer shoes at 30% the prices on the high street - that's really affordable!

Regardless, here are 3 top shoe styles that YOU need to look like a Britpop celebrity.

1. Leather Loafers


First on the list are leather loafers- you cannot go wrong with loafers because they go well with shorts or longer pants. This elegant, versatile shoe trend is a favourite for celebrities and musicians. For singers in the Britpop era, they are no exception. For a timeless Britpop look, the penny loafer will be a great choice. These versatile men's shoes look great with a formal suit or casual weekend wear.

To get a Britpop look, we bought a pair of loafers from Samuel Windsor. Their loafers are the quintessential slip on shoe, made from 100% real leather with strong construction. We are very impressed with the make and finish of the shoe- our order was shipped out fast and the quality of the Classic Penny Loafers we got is fantastic! With these shoes, anyone can look like Damon Albarn or Graham Coxon- at a very reasonable price! 

2. Brogues
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Another must-have for a Britpop look, Brogues are some of the most versatile shoes that any man can own. They are stylish, elegant and accords with a true Mod's style. Graham Coxon can be seen wearing leather brogues for some of Blur's most famous photo shoots and magazine shots, as well as in the 1990s interviews. Graham Coxon began wearing more brogues during the 2000s, evidently when he started his solo career. Brogues are also favourites of most of Britpop's legends- Liam Gallagher, Noel Gallagher, Brett Anderson and Jarvis Cocker. 

The Samuel Windsor range of leather brogues are available in a huge range of colours and materials. Their brogue designs are available as either black or brown brogues. These traditional, cool-looking leather shoes look good for work and formal occasions. 


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Alex James may be the laid-back bassist that everyone thinks he is, but did you know that one of his most-seen styles are his brown Chelsea boots? Chelsea boots were made famous by The Beatles in the 1960s, but is one of Britpop's biggest styles. Chelsea boots vary in style, but the best ones such as those from Samuel Windsor are handmade from suede and leather. Alex James paired it with a pair of casual jeans for a quintessential casual, laid-back British style. 


From Blur To Dr Dee: My Fascination With Damon Albarn

Hi, my name’s Charlie – I am a 21-year-old Damon Albarn fanatic born in North Yorkshire, England. I discovered Damon Albarn only five years ago (in 2012), and I know this is relatively short in comparison to many of the BlurBalls readers. A lot of you probably fell in love with Albarn when he was young, when Blur were in their hey-day, but I wasn’t even born until 1995!

I think my discovery of Albarn is unique because it happened after a Blur performance that most of the country thought was terrible. Even BlurBalls (!) published a piece reflecting on its poor quality. But, for me, it was brilliant and unforgettable. I talk about this, and other stuff (including the big anniversary of ‘Blur’), in my article that Huffington Post were kind enough to publish for me. 

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Here’s a little excerpt:

“It was the 2012 BRIT Awards that sparked my Blur obsession into life. I was watching it with a sort of ‘love to hate’ attitude. I remember some pretty dreary performances from Ed Sheeran and Coldplay. At the end, Blur took to the stage, launching into an unforgettable performance of 'Girls and Boys'. Sporting red Doc Marten boots, Albarn was clearly a bit tipsy. He regularly entangled himself in the microphone wire, and those high-pitched ‘oh oh oh’s were strained and out of tune. Albarn encouraged the crowd to sing along but he reacted with disappointment when the suited, seated celebrities and swathes of teenage spectators barely responded. My sisters were horrified, but the energy of Blur’s performance and the charisma of Damon Albarn had me hooked. I bought The Best of Blur that night.

The next day at school, I learned that one of my best friends (with whom I shared a great love of Bowie) had hated the performance. He told me I’d become a fan of four middle-aged dads, which was true. I bought the Blur 21 boxset in July. I remember stacking crisps with such enthusiasm on my Saturday shift at a supermarket, knowing the box was waiting for me at home.”

Read the full article HERE




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