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Gorillaz In Da Midst

Gorillaz
Merriweather Post Pavilion
July 17th

How lucky are we to be alive (and well) in a day and age where we get to over-experience the genius of Damon Albarn – our most magnificent modern music maestro, master of majestic melodies in multiple multitudes?

I only discovered this man in 1998, after a former thigh mistress imparted her Blur wisdom on me.  I felt so behind (they were already on their 5th album), and dumb for being so behind on Dan Abnormal, but once bitten, 9ever smitten

Since then, it’s been nothing but Damon Albarn for me, in any shape or form, and there have certainly been a lot of forms.  Blur is what launched him into the stratosphere (WOO-WHO!!), but in their long 21st century hiatus, his idle hands were hardly anything but.  There was a fantastic teaming with Clash bassist Paul Simonon and Afrobeat drummer Tony Allen – The Good, The Bad, The Queen, another side project with Allen and RHCP’s Flea – Rocket Juice & The Moon, a (not so amazing considering how amazing he is) solo album – Everyday Robots, and other lil things here and there, but the one project that seems to capture his greatness greater than all the rest of the greatness (yes, even more than Blur!) has been Gorillaz

Now four brilliant albums deep, the Gorillaz is not only Albarn’s most tremendous accomplishment to date, but they may in fact be the best music act going IN THE WORLD!!!  I may be biased, but I am not wrong.  The Gorillaz’ albums act as a mix tape carnival of what the world sounds like, well, at least to Damon.  And we’re all ears!! He supplies the basis, and brings on a bunch of guest stars – legends, ones in the making, and people you have zero awarness of – and blends it into the best cocktail that you want to rub your cock to

On the Gorillaz’ latest go around – Humanz – it’s not more of the same – but even more insane!!!!  And when it came alive at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland (where I haven’t seen a show since 1997, when I caught the Wu-Tang Clan open for Rage Against The Machine… and then left after the Clan finished their set!), it was even more marvelous live, in the flesh… and on tape!  

Tape! as in pre-recorded video, for the contributors who couldn’t join the Gorillaz on this tour.  And in the past, that was part of the problem of their ability to tour.  The first album had few guest stars, but when their all-star studded second, Demon Days, dropped, they weren’t really into the pre-tapping stuff, and so they only staged concerts in 2 cities, for 10 shows in total (I saw 2 of them!).  That was it!  Everyone else outside of Manchester England and New York City had to suck it!  And that really sucks.  People deserved to see Demon Days toured… even if, lets say, Ike Turner and Dennis Hopper couldn’t make it to every stop (although they did film one of the shows for all to see)

But such things don’t stop the Gorillaz now.  It’s all systems go, even if some of the guest stars can’t go with them. So while Gorillaz newbies like Vince Staples, Danny Brown, Peven Everett, Jamie Principle and Pusha T (his 1st appearance on the tour) were able to join this Merriweather date, we had to make do with a pre-recorded Mavis Staples and a bunch of others.  We didn’t get De La Soul, live OR recorded, and so we didn’t get soulful De La/Gorillaz tracks, and that’s OK, cause everything we did get was amazing (although I really would have loved to have heard ‘She’s My Collar’ and ‘Charger’, which were played at other stops), and we always get Damon Albarn at every show, and he gives us his all, and all of him is all I truly need (this marks the 11th concert I’ve seen of him in some form or another.  I look forward to the next 11)

Guess if I want it all(barn), I’ll just have to quit all my jobs and follow Damon everywhere he goes.  I bet he even makes sweet music on the toilet.  Too be honest, I’d love to find out.  I’d even do the wiping!

SetlistM1 A1 / Ascension (with Vince Staples) / Last Living Souls / Saturnz Barz / Tomorrow Comes Today / Rhinestone Eyes / Sleeping Powder / 19/2000 / El Mañana / On Melancholy Hill / Busted and Blue / Let Me Out (with Pusha T) / Submission (with Danny Brown) / Strobelite (with Peven Everett) / Andromeda / Sex Murder Party (with Jamie Principle) / DARE / We Got the Power

EncoreStylo (with Peven Everett) / Kids With Guns / Clint Eastwood (with Vince Staples) / Don’t Get Lost in Heaven / Demon Days

@damonalbarn always throws the best sex murder parties!! honored @gorillaz let @dcdunsun and I attend one

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Grahamer Rodeo

Damon Albarn
Irving Plaza
June 8th

grahams

No, that is not a picture of Damon Albarn and two dudes with their mouths gaping open – it’s Uncle Grambo, yours drooly and Grahamorama, reunited like Wu Tang, but with no double LP, but the world was still excited.  Actually the world didn’t really know or really care, but I did.  It’s not often that I get to be in the company of these extra ordinary gentlemen, and on top of that, gettin to pound whatever Miller Fortunes are is, with background music provided by my favorite living artist born post 1960 – Mr Albarn.  The show?  Damn good stuff – including tracks from his not so hot solo album + choice non-Blur project cuts (see set list below) – but what really made the show a show of shows was being with the Bros Graham, and showing them how much I loved them.  I almost humped their thighs to pieces.  Afterwards, we craved Dairy Queen, but it was closed, so instead we all took a rookie spin on a CitiBike bike, and forever changed our thighs/lives

Setlist – Lonely Press Play / Everyday Robots / Tomorrow Comes Today (Gorillaz) / Hostiles / Slow Country (Gorillaz) / Kids With Guns (Gorillaz) / Three Changes (The Good, The Bad & The Queen) / You and Me / Photographs (You Are Taking Now) / Poison (Rocket Juice & The Moon song) / El Mañana (Gorillaz) / Kingdom of Doom (The Good, The Bad & The Queen) / The History of a Cheating Heart / Out of Time (Blur) / All Your Life (Blur) 

Encore – Last Living Souls (Gorillaz) / Clint Eastwood with Vic Mensa (Gorillaz) / Mr Tembo / Heavy Seas of Love

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Thighs Wide Music 2010

do we need to even tell you anymore how out of the music loop we are?  we don’t even know where the loop is!!!  we’ve paid more attention to Kanye’s tweets than we did to his new album.  do we care?  not one bit, but we did listen to some new music and some old music and so instead of coming up with a top list, here are some pointless awardses!!!

No Bums In These Albums!!!

Bestest Match of Sight & Sound

TRON: Legacy Soundtrack – Daft Punk

Albarn of The Year

Plastic Beach – Gorillaz

Cover Me Goodd!!!!!

Turn Ons – Hotrats

No Sophomore Slump Here!

Congratulations – MGMT

Travis Who?

Wreckorder – Fran Healy

Give Us Us Free!!

All Day – Girl Talk

Give Us Us Part 2 Now Please!!

It’s Not What I Am Thinking Part 1: Photographing Snowflakes – Badly Drawn Boy

So What If We’re A Year Behind, Cause xx Will Always Markz The Spot!!

XX – The xx

So What If We’re 9 or 34 Years Behind, Cause This Schools House Roxxxxxxxx

Innocence & Despair – Langley Schools Music Project

2nd Bestestestest TV Soundtrack Mt EVERest Behind Twin Peaks

Legend – Clannad

Wes Anderson Enlightens Ears, Yet Again (DUH!)

Burl Ives Sings… For Fun – Burl Ives

Mind These Jedi Tricks!!!

And the Band Played On – Max Rebo Band

Box Set, For Life

Good Vibrations: Thirty Years Of The Beach Boys – The Beach Boys

Tunses For Toonces

1) ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ (Intro) – Brian Wilson
2) ‘Good Vibrations’ – Langley Schools Music Project
3) ‘Heaven Can Wait’ – Charlotte Gainsborg & Beck
4) ‘Too Many Miracles’ – Badly Drawn Boy*
5) ‘White Flag’ – Gorillaz featuring Bashy & Kano
6) ‘Derezzed’ – Daft Punk
7) ‘(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right’ – Hotrats
8) ‘I Found A Whistle’ – MGMT
9) ‘Crystalised’ (Live The xx cover) – Gorillaz
10) ‘On Melancholy Hill’ (Live) – KT Tunstall
11) ‘Buttercups’ – Fran Healy
12) ‘Ramona’ – Beck
13) ‘Aint No Sunshine’ – Neil Diamond
14) ‘Goober Peas’ – Burl Ives
15) ‘Pettin In The Park’ – Dick Powell & Ruby Keeler

* our pick for song of the yearrrrrr!

ALL THIS CAN BE YOURS!!!!!!!! [d-lode]

Concerts That Were
Peppier Than
Peppermint Patty

Gorillaz @ MSG

Roger Waters: The Wall Live @ Madison Square Garden

Badly Drawn Boy @ LPR

Fran Healy @ City Winery

Rock The Bells @ Govs Isle

MGMT @ Ed Sully Theater

Air @ Terminal 5

Charlotte Gainsbourg @ The Bell House

the past is the passed

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Video On Damoned

been thinking a lot about the Gorillaz these (demon) days.  praying that album #4 happens.  if so, here are our suggestions for collaborators, and inspirations from their catalog

Chuck Berry, ‘Come On’

Robyn, ‘I’m In Love With The Robot’

Chris Difford from Squeeze, ‘Take Me I’m Yours’

Biz Markie, does he have any other songs?

Gaz Coombes of Supergrass, ‘In It For The Money’

Ghostface Killah, Raekwon and Cappadonna, ‘Daytona 500’

Donovan, ‘Cosmic Wheels’

Lady Sovereign, ‘Hoodie’

Jason Lytle of Grandaddy, ‘AM 180’

Erick Sermon from EPMD, ‘Da Joint’

Jill Cuniff of Luscious Jackson, ‘Naked Eye’

Jack White, ‘What Goes Around’

Ya Kid K from Technotronic, ‘Get Up’

the two faux lezzies from t.A.T.u., ‘Nas Ne Dogonyat’

and in a huge sign of letting bygones be bygones, how about Liam Gallagher??? ‘D’You Know What I Mean?’

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Where’s North From Here?

Gorillaz
Madison Square Garden
Rocktober 8th

Damon Albarn was once simply known as the frontman for the Brit-pop band called Blur, who were popular worldwide, but moderately successful in our neck of the shore (unless you count the amount of times ‘Song 2’ has been used in adverts and other stuffs).  Then something happened, something moist incredible: Albarn and his flatmate, renowned animator Jamie Hewlett,  cooked up an idea to make a virtual cartoon band, a Banana Splits meets a hodge-pudge of every musical style conceivable, that could possibly conquer this brave new world

Three albums later, the latest landing at #2 on the US Charts (with the other two within the top 20!), and the furthest thought is that the new world conquerers Gorillaz are a joke.  The combination of Albarn’s voice and vision, Hewlett’s visuals, ingenious producers (first Dan the Automator, then with Danger Mouse, and then Albarn alone!),  a large array of rappers (Del The Funky Homosapien, De La Soul, that dude from the Pharcyde), worldclass world musicians (Buena Vista Social Clubber Ibrahim Ferrer), and long loved, but lately ignored legends (Ike Turner, Bobby Womack) has equaled and continued to equal nothing short of brilliance.  People from the future (we pity you) will look back at marvel at these talents collaborating on what each album has become: a once in a lifetime opportunity, which will stand the test of time

Damon Albarn had finally cracked America, and we were better for it.  The Gorillaz’ first tour in 2002 was a rawkin, yet curious hocus pocus act, featuring incredible theatrics and toons, but left many a concertgoer befuddled and remote from the musicians, since they played the entire show behind a sheet in silhoutte.  Then came the landmark residency shows in Manchester and at the famed Apollo Theater, but 10 masterful shows in total isn’t really reaching your entire audience.  That was a mistake Albarn & Co wouldn’t let happen again, as their latest jaunt to support Plastic Beach is a global one, including multiple stops all over our country

And so, how is the show?  Uh, we saw Roger Waters’ can’t miss Wall show earlier in the week, and our early collected thoughts have the Plastic Beach extravaganza topping it!  Yes!!!!!!!  Sure, the other stops won’t include Lou Reed, Mos Def or Cibo Matto’s Miho Hatori reprising her Noodle ways, but that won’t make the show any less memorable or can’t can’t can’t can’t miss.  This show cannot be missed cause this show will never exist as it is again.  Ferrer, Turner and Dennis Hopper are all dead, and can no longer monkey around with Albarn on stage.  We hope and pray for the long life of Bobby Womack, but lettuce juss say you won’t be able to here him belt out ‘Stylo’ in 30 years time.  Also, how often will Clashers Mick Jones and Paul Simonon play together again, and with Albarn, and with the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble!!!!  O M GGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Blur was never big enough to play Madison Square Garden, and probably never will (booooooooo!!  although we’re glad we saw em at Hyde Park last summer), but the Gorillaz are, and they did, and even if the show wasn’t sold out, they owned the place and everyone’s attention in it.  Sure, not everyone was digging Def’s ‘Sweepstakes’ entry, but as we left da Garden, heading to the usual White Castle afterparty, people couldn’t help but shout ‘SWEEEEEEPSTAKES!!!!!!!!!’  We’re still screaming it

Gawd bless you Damon Albarn.  Now figure out a way to get Graham, Alex and Dave to the Garden Party

setlist

Orchestral Intro
Welcome to the World of the Plastic Beach
19/2000 (with Miho Hatori)
Last Living Souls
Stylo (with Bobby Womack)
On Melancholy Hill
Rhinestone Eyes
Superfast Jellyfish (with De La Soul)
Tomorrow Comes Today
Some Kind of Nature (with Lou Reed)
Empire Ants (with Yukimi Nagano)
Dirty Harry (with Bootie Brown)
El Mañana
White Flag (with Bashy)
To Binge (with Yukimi Nagano)
DARE (with Rosie Wilson)
Glitter Freeze
Sweepstakes (with Mos Def)
Plastic Beach

Encore
Cloud of Unknowing (with Bobby Womack)
Feel Good Inc. (with De La Soul)
Clint Eastwood (with Bashy)
Don’t Get Lost In Heaven
Demon Days

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+ watch the Gorillaz’ 44 minute triumph on Live On Letterman

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