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October 30, 2014

Damon Albarn receives blue plaque at Leytonstone

Damon Albarn has received a new blue plaque at his former Leytonstone home.

According to The Guardian, the Blur singer visited his childhood home at 21 Fillebrook Road, Leytonstone, this week. The singerlived in the house until he was nine-years-old and attended George Tomlinson Primary School, in Harrington Road.

 He said: “Its multi-racial population had a very profound effect on me, and the borough has a very particular feel to it, given the proximity to Epping Forest and places like Hollow Ponds. “I remember cows coming down this road on a regular basis. You wouldn’t believe it now what with the A12 extension, but memories like that obviously stuck with me.”


Albarn’s recent Mercury-nominated album, Everyday Robots, recalls his early childhood living in Fillebrook Road and one of the songs is named Hollow Ponds.

Councillor Clyde Loakes, Deputy Leader of Waltham Forest council, said: “This borough has produced talented people from all walks of life and given Damon is such a huge name in the world of music it was right that we should celebrate him as a son of Leytonstone too.

 “Having been privileged to have met him, it is obvious that he has a real affection for the borough, as anyone listening to Hollow Ponds on his new album can hear.

This marks a new place to visit for any Blur fans who is eager to visit Blur-related landmarks around London and the UK.


October 29, 2014

5 Reasons why Britpop won't die


1. Parklife still exists - everyone's jogging in the park these days

2. We all know someone who is the girl who are boys who like boys to be girls 

3. Damon Albarn's still a Britpop man- just look at the way he dresses


4. Milky's a UK icon

5. Gorillaz sounds a bit like Blur - seriously, just listen to Tomorrow comes Today



October 23, 2014

New Damon Albarn song- Sister Rust



The cinematic song features on the soundtrack to the action film starring Scarlett Johansson.

The majority of the music in the film was provided by composer Eric Serra. Lucy is released in the UK on August 22 but is already out in America.



October 22, 2014

Gorillaz confirmed to make a new album in 2016

We've got great news for all Gorillaz fans. Damon Albarn has just revealed in a recent interview with The Sydney Morning Herald that his animated band Gorillaz will make a new album i 2016.

In the interview, he mentioned that Gorillaz is already in the process of "reactivating" for a potential 2016 album. This means that fans will be hearing brand new Gorillaz songs as early as next year, and possibly enjoy a full Gorillaz world tour in 2016 after their album release.

If Gorillaz produces a new LP, it would be the band’s fifth album, and first since 2011’s ipad-recorded The Fall.

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But what about his other band Blur? Of this, Damon Albarn said: “I would imagine there’s some kind of future,” he said in the interview, “but at the moment there’s no time for the future – only the present. Who knows? I’m reluctant to say anything, because if I do, it just gets taken out of context and then I’m accused of being a wind-up.”






October 21, 2014

Bingo plays the music

Listening to good music and doing any thing, makes it all cooler. We listen to good music while hitting the gym, listen to music while driving and even when you are working, you will put in those ear buds. Quite recently, there has been an increase in people playing bingo games as well as listening to music. Bingo has been a love for many and even inspired the pop band “Bingo Players” name. New Look Bingo is one of the popular bingo sites if you want to play bingoonline.

Interesting games have been coupled up with fascinating offers at New Look Bingo. Firstly, if you are looking for free bingo site, then you have hit the right spot. You get to play with £15 free on just registering in the site. So huddle up in this fun site where you get to enjoy fantastic offers along with the games. You name it,there is 30 ball, 75 ball, 80 ball and 90 ball bingo game, which ever suits your like, you could play! The chat rooms are always bustling with huge activities that will get you to play in the fun bingo games and even chat.

Sometimes, all you need is a good music session to get you started on the game and you could be playing it for more time. Sometimes you loose the track of time while playing in these games, just like how you enjoy good musical track. Sooner or later you will also become a huge fan of playing bingo and head-banging as you win the high progressive jackpots. Watch out for the big prizes as you play in these games because you could be winning that huge prize money. We think music and bingo just goes hand in hand as they keep playing fantastic games just like the music tracks all day long.  





April 26, 2014

Aiden Grimshaw- Tender cover (Blur)

Former X Factor contestant and solo singer Aiden Grimshaw (or commonly known as Aiden ) has covered Blur's classic 'Tender' to mark the 20 year anniversary of Britpop. Scroll down to watch his cover.

The 'Is This Love' star was just 3 years old when Britpop began in 1994, and only 8 when Blur released 'Tender' in 1999. Grimshaw has delivered a strong rendition of the track, however, with only a guitarist to accompany him.

 


April 22, 2014

The real reason why Blur cancelled on Australia's Big Day Out

A Big Day Out promoter says Blur pulled out of this year's music festival because members of the reformed Britpop act were having "fisticuffs" (fights) while on tour last year.

 It's the latest round in an ongoing dispute between the band and the annual Australasian music event that started when Blur pulled out of their headlining slots, despite having their own personalised stage built at every venue.

 Two weeks ago, Damon Albarn told TimeOut Blur cancelled over fears the shows - which he said would have been Blur's last - wouldn't be as "spiritually conclusive as we hoped they would be". "They [the organisers] weren't being straight with me about things, which they needed to be, and at that point I became disillusioned because I didn't want what we'd done throughout the year, with Blur, to be undermined or tarnished in any way, by a show that wasn't going to be what we wanted to do," Albarn said.

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But Big Day Out co-promoter AJ Maddah has hit back at those claims, telling Australian website The Vine the band's four members "didn't want to see each other". "The fact (is) that the band (was) having fisticuffs on tour in South America. And that's why they cancelled the tour because they don't want to see each other. "Damon has a solo record coming out. The other three members were desperate to come out. You know, Graham (Coxon) and the other guys wanted to do it. Essentially Damon cancelled the tour."

 In excerpts of the interview, which is billed as "exclusive" and hasn't yet been published in full, Maddah also claims Blur were being paid A$5 million (NZ$5.4m) for their shows - an amount he labelled "ridiculous".

Blur were replaced by Deftones, Beady Eye and The Hives, and more than 41,000 people showed up for the festival's first show at Western Springs in Auckland - just under a sell out capacity of 45,000.

Source: nzherald.co.nz


April 18, 2014

Blur Special at the O2 Academy

Old School Indie is a weekly club night that takes place every Saturday at O2 Academy2 Islington in London.  On Saturday 26th April they will be marking the 20th anniversary of Blur's, 'Parklife' album with special Blur night!
They'll be playing every track from the album that turned Damon and the guys into full blown pop stars and saw them grace the covers of Smash Hits & Top Of The Pops Magazine. Singles included the top 3 hit 'Girls & Boys''End Of A Century', 'To The End' and of course the title track 'Park Life'
They'll also be playing tons of other Blur favourites from all eras of the band's lengthy career as well as the odd Coxon solo & Gorillaz track. We might even go to ASDA and buy some of Alex James' cheese for you all to munch on.
So cut down on your pork life, mate and get some exercise… just don't mention Oasis.

As well as Blur they will be playing lots of other Britpop & Indie stuff that you will know and want to dance to! Doors are 10:30pm-3:30am


April 16, 2014

How to turn your bedroom into the groupie’s paradise

Are you a music fan looking to express yourself a little better? Whether you’re a lollipops n all Katy Perry fanatic , Blur fan or a grungy Nirvana aficionado, there’s no better way to pay tribute to your favourite artists than by redecorating your bedroom with their paraphernalia. Here are a few tips on how to turn your bedroom into the perfect groupie’s paradise.

Build a CD wall


While digital MP3 players continue to dominate the music industry, we could find ourselves at a loose end when it comes to using our old CDs. Just because you don’t play them any more though, doesn’t mean they can’t lend your room a little decorative splendour. You can head over to any reputable decorative retailer for zany CD racks, either wall mounted or shoved alongside the edge of your bed, and perhaps even arrange them by artist preference as opposed to the traditional alphabetical system.

Open your eyes

Of course, any true music fan knows that music is about more than just the sound; it’s also the visual. Bedstar have been a supplier for more than 100 years of comfortable, sleep easy beds that can even accommodate televisions – perfect for watching all your favourite music videos and concert DVDs. Just make sure you’ve got a dependable bed side table so you’re not losing your remote under the covers.

Go poster crazy

Gone are the days of Smash Hits and Top of the Pops magazine giving you unlimited access to images of All Saints to blu tack to your bedroom wall. That’s no excuse not to pay tribute to those artists though – in a world of digital imagery, it’s only too easy to head over to Google and print off a picture of your favourite heart throb or poetic lyricist. You could also personalise it a little if you know what you’re doing with Photoshop.

Perfect your reading material

If you like entertaining guests, one way of ensuring they get to know a little bit more about you and your favourite artist is to always have a good supply of music magazines hanging around. This can be anything from old faithful NME to specialist genre magazines, such as acoustic or heavy metal. Not only do magazines make your bedroom look warm and welcoming, they’re also a great way of chilling out and reading up on your favourite artist while you’re relaxing on your bed.



10 ways Britpop changed Manhood - Blur feature

The Telegraph recently featured a great article on the 10 ways Britpop changed modern Manhood. The brilliant piece features Blur, Damon Albarn and lists the top ten ways in which the Britpop musical era shaped modern Britain and it's people.

Some notable excerpts include:

1. It made us patriotic: Pre-Britpop, we looked across the Atlantic for cool, exciting new stuff: be it grunge or hip-hop, action blockbusters or cult Tarantino films, Friends or The X-Files. But for five halcyon years in the mid-90s, Blighty was where it was at: Blur vs Oasis, Cool Britannia, Euro ’96, TFI Friday, Lock Stock, Spice Girls, Young British Artists, Trainspotting… We were reminded of the greatness on our own doorstep.

9. It made us culturally cleverer: Britpop is often stereotyped as lumpenly thuggish but it made young men smarter too. In their lyrics and interviews, Damon Albarn, Brett Anderson and Jarvis Cocker were our literate, art-schoolish big brothers in the way Morrissey was a decade earlier.

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"Art-schoolish big brothers"
Click HERE to read the full article.


April 13, 2014

Damon Albarn may make new album with Noel Gallagher

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Damon Albarn has announced that making a new album with former Oasis frontman Noel Gallagher is a "distinct possibility" in future.

In a recent NME article, Albarn revealed that he and Gallagher have discussed the idea of making music together "at least once".

He said: "I still see Noel from time to time. We text a bit." When asked if the pair would be making a record together, he replied, "I can imagine that being a very distinct possibility at some point in the future. But, as yet we haven't really talked about it, although…"

Albarn further added that: "OK we have a little bit. We're talking. It's not anything to get excited about yet. I mean, he's doing his thing. He's finishing a new record. I've got my record coming out, but the principle of us making music together is something…you know, it would be fair to say, we have discussed it at least once."

Last year, the pair put two decades of Britpop rivalry behind them when they performed together at London's Royal Albert Hall for a charity Teenage Cancer Trust concert. Damon Albarn will release his debut solo album 'Everyday Robots' on April 28 2014.


April 10, 2014

There will be new Blur and Gorillaz shows- Damon Albarn

Damon Albarn was quoted to be making plans for new Gorillaz album and perform several new Blur gigs. According to various sources, Albarn is ''sure'' that Blur will play live again.

The frontman releases his debut solo album 'Everyday Robots' this month but is still very close to his Blur band mates Graham Coxon, Alex James and Dave Rowntree, who celebrated the singer's 46th birthday together on March 23. And now, he claims that the foursome will take to the stage again.

He said: ''Graham was at my surprise party on Friday, along with Dave and Alex. ''Everything is good between us all. When you get to our age, you accept people for who they are, you know.'' Damon insists it's ''bollocks'' that their planned appearance at Australia's Big Day Out festival later this year, which they pulled out of, was set to be their last gig.

He explained: ''I said it's the last gig of a brilliant period we spent doing these gigs and we didn't want to sully it by going to something that was badly organised and where things weren't as they should have been.

''I'm sure [Blur] will play again at some point. It'd be mad to go for the rest of our life and never play any of those songs again.''

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The singer also revealed he could record another Gorillaz album with his music partner Jamie Hewlett as soon as ''next week''.

He said: ''I can definitely see another Gorillaz-esque record at some point, yeah. That will almost definitely happen. I could put a Gorillaz album out next week, I've got enough stuff that I haven't finished. The only thing really that defines a Gorillaz record in my head is when I just play most of it on keyboards.

''I've just been in Paris with Jamie Hewlett. There are points in everyone's relationship where they fall out with people that they're close to and then they reconcile, hopefully, and actually, you know, the relationship's probably in a healthier place as a result of that.''

This is evidently good news for all Blur and Gorillaz fans out there who are waiting for something new in 2014. 


March 26, 2014

Damon Albarn- Everyday Robots Documentary: Watch

Watch the 30-minute documentary on Damon Albarn and his first solo album "Everyday Robots". In the short film, Damon Albarn tells us where he grew up, talks about his music and describes what it is like being a world-famous artist.

Everyday Robots is the first solo debut studio album by Damon Albarn. It is to be released on 28th April 2014. It was produced by Albarn and Richard Russell of XL Recordings and was recorded over a three-month period in Albarn's personal studio in London, although production itself began in 2011, the album didn't officially start production until 2013. Albarn and Russell, had previously worked together on Bobby Womack's comeback album The Bravest Man in the Universe.

Scroll down to watch the full documentary below or watch it HERE.


March 24, 2014

Happy Birthday Damon Albarn

Damon Albarn turns 46 years old this year today. The Blur frontman was born on March 23rd 1968.

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January 20, 2014

Everyday Robots- Damon Albarn's New Solo Album

Damon Albarn is set to release his debut solo album "Everyday Robots" on April 28th 2014. The album's title track and lead single will see a March 3rd digital and vinyl release.

Albarn celebrated the announcement with the release of a new trailer for the album- a short movie clip featuring moving shots of landscapes and urban shots, ending with the hashtag #everydayrobots.



According to Billboard, "Everyday Robots," under the Warner Music umbrella, is comprised of 12 songs. The album will also include a deluxe CD/DVD package that features footage of a live performance in Los Angeles.
An interview with Rolling Stone last year revealed that Albarn had created the project with XL Recordings head Richard Russell, and that it would be a "sort of folk soul" release. Little else is currently known about the album.
Check out the full tracklist below.
1. "Everyday Robots"
2. "Hostiles"
3. "Lonely Press Play"
4. "Mr. Tembo"
5. "Parakeet"
6. "The Selfish Giant"
7. "You and Me"
8. "Hollow Ponds"
9. "Seven High"
10. "Photographs (You Are Taking Now)"
11. "The History of a Cheating Heart"
12. "Heavy Seas Of Love"
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