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January 13, 2009 - NME.com:

Blur's Damon Albarn to air new Gorillaz demos

Albarn will showcase the songs tomorrow (January 14)


Damon Albarn will play new demos by Gorillaz when he fills in for BBC Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe tomorrow (January 14) from 7pm (GMT) to 9pm.

Albarn will be joined by DJ Steve Lamacq and "Gorillaz bassist and band leader Murdoc Niccalson" on the show.

As well as showcasing the demos, he will play some of his favourite records - and several Blur radio sessions will be re-run during the show.

Meanwhile a statement from "Murdoc" has appeared on several Gorillaz fansites explaining his involvement.

"Let's try and clear this up," said the cartoon creation. "As far as I can work out, I, Murdoc Niccals, the Gorillaz musical auteur, have been requested by the BBC to take over Zane Lowe's radio show this Wednesday. Sounds simple. They want 'the guy who wrote all those Gorillaz tunes'."

He added: "But now apparently 'Damon Albarn', is hosting this farce and he's going to be playing some of the new Gorillaz demos, and 'would I like to maybe put in an appearance, say hello, kind of thing'. Shurely [sic], some kind of admin mistake. So yeah, folks, I'll put in an appearance this Wednesday, for sure. Let's find out who's hosting who, exactly."

Updates added January 15, 2009 from vblurpage.com:

Syria Calling!

Damon at BBC Radio 1 studiosDamon played three new Gorillaz demos yesterday on Zane Lowe show. He also revealed that the further sessions for the third Gorillaz studio album will take place in Syria in March. "I'm going to Syria because I've got a real fascination with Arabic orchestral music," he commented.

To hear the demos in the highest quality possible (available for now), visit Gorillaz-Unofficial.


New Gorillaz producer?

This is just pure speculation, but it might turn out that Damon has collaborated with video game musician Pixelh8 on the new Gorillaz album. Or at least the new Gorillaz demo "Stylo" has been strongly influenced by him.

Pixelh8 writes on his blog entry Meeting Damon Albarn [link down] (from March 2008):

"I was lucky enough recently to meet Damon Albarn of Blur, Gorillaz & The Good, The Bad & the Queen. Itís fantastic to meet someone so passionate about music, I got to hang out in his studio and he showed me some of his amazing synthesizers and instruments he has collected. Itís such a huge compliment to be contacted by some one like that, and when they show an interest in what your doing. After his travels he is very interested in re-using things as musical instruments etc, so I guess what Iím doing fits in well with that."



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