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Oscillate Yourself Tonight

Gorillaz
Barclays Center
October 13

If I had a pocket full of endless money, I would just keep throwing it at Damon Albarn and force him to keep coming up with new music, in whatever form he chooses, and then tour it, and I’d be there every fcuking time.  I basically have.  OK, so I was late to the Blur express, but ever since I brought Damon into my ears, my modern life has been as far from rubbish as possible!

I’ve seen him solo once (with two brothers Graham)

Got to see him as The Good, The Bad & The Queen (what a dumb name for such an awesome side project)

I’ve seen Blur 4 times (the Hyde Park show being the mostest!)

And now I’ve see 6 Gorillaz shows (like a child, you can’t pick a favorite, so I won’t – they are all a BLESSING TO SEE AND HEAR!!)

This means I’ve seen Damon Albarn in some form play a concert 12 times, which means I’ve seen him perform in concert more than any other human on earth (besides my mom singing Bob Marley songs).  This means I love Damon Albarn above all others.  And I would say that is accurate.  No matter how much I LIVE for the Beatles and their living members, I’m all for Damon or bust.

Damon is THE best.  He always brings it.  I’m glad he’s found a way to be successful in America.  Guess most Yanks aren’t into cockney word play.  Their loss.  But really my loss.  If Blur were big over here, they would play here all the time, instead of barely selling out MSG.  Whatevs.  Come here with them, without them, with De La Soul, with Gay La Bowl, whoever.  If you played with a pack of wild dogs, it would be amazing, and I would be there, for you and for me!

Damon, I am in awe of you.  Some people love and worship Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen.  That’s great!  Let those people bow that way, and I’ll bow towards something much more wow, and now now – you Damon Albarn.  Bless your fcuking heart mate!

Setlist – M1 A1 / Tranz / Last Living Souls / Rhinestone Eyes / Saturnz Barz / Tomorrow Comes Today / Every Planet We Reach Is Dead / 19-2000 / Humility / Superfast Jellyfish (with De La Soul) / On Melancholy Hill / El Mañana / Fire Flies / Strobelite (with Peven Everett) / Interlude: Elevator Going Up / Andromeda / Hollywood (with Jamie Principle) / Dirty Harry (with Bootie Brown) / Feel Good Inc (with De La Soul) / Souk Eye / Plastic Beach

Encore – Lake Zurich / Latin Simone / Kids With Guns / Stylo (with Mos Def and Peven Everett) / Clint Eastwood / Don’t Get Lost in Heaven / Demon Days

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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

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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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