January 13, 2009 -
Blur's Damon Albarn to air new
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.
be joined by DJ Steve Lamacq and "Gorillaz
bassist and band leader Murdoc Niccalson" on
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
Meanwhile a statement from "Murdoc"
has appeared on several Gorillaz fansites explaining
"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,
added January 15, 2009 from vblurpage.com:
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),
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
Albarn [link down] (from March 2008):
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."