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FOO FIGHTERS: 25TH ANNIVERSARY VAN TOUR TO REVISIT STOPS ALONG 1995 TOUR

FOO FIGHTERS 25TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS BEGIN

THE VAN TOUR TO REVISIT STOPS ALONG 1995 TOUR

All Shows To Feature Sneak Peek of Dave Grohl’s New Documentary WHAT DRIVES US

Tickets On Sale to the Public Friday, February 21 at 10am Local Time

Congratulations: You’re old! You’ve been going to see Foo Fighters shows for 25 years now! What better way to celebrate than joining the band in commemorating its silver anniversary in some of the same cities where the first FF shows took place in 1995? Beginning April 12 at the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix AZ, the Foo Fighters’ 2020 Van Tour will do just that, hitting a number of the same spots that Dave Grohl, Nate Mendel and Pat Smear trailblazed in a Dodge van all those years ago—in arenas this time, because aside from many of those clubs on that 1995 trek having since ceased to exist, squeezing a 2020 FF show into the few that are still around would just be too insane…

… or would it? Stay tuned for the answer to that question. Or answers…

In addition to customary all-night rock n roll marathons from 1995 Van Tour veterans Grohl, Mendel and Smear and their longtime comrades Taylor Hawkins, Chris Shiflett and Rami Jaffee, each and every 2020 Van Tour show will feature a very special opening attraction: A sneak peek at an excerpt from Dave Grohl’s brand new documentary WHAT DRIVES US. Foo Fighters’ 2020 Van Tour will feature a short preview from Dave’s deep dive into what possesses a particular tribe of human beings to leave behind jobs, families, relationships and any semblance of sanity to climb into a busted ass econoline and take their music to the people–or at least a dozen or so of them here and there. WHAT DRIVES US explores motivations, recounts personal anecdotes, and explores the physical and psychological toll of touring in vans via interviews with members of van tour veteran bands ranging from Black Flag and Dead Kennedys to Metallica and The Beatles, and many, many more. 

Citi is the official presale credit card of The Van Tour 2020. As such, Citi cardmembers will have access to purchase presale tickets beginning Tuesday, February 18 at 12pm ET until Thursday, February 20 at 10pm local time through Citi Entertainment®. For complete presale details visit www.citientertainment.com.   For further information, stay tuned to FooFighters.com.

FOO FIGHTERS
THE VAN TOUR 2020

4/12/2020
Phoenix, AZ
Talking Stick Resort Arena
https://FooFighters.lnk.to/Phoenix

4/14/2020
Albuquerque, NM
Santa Ana Star Center
https://FooFighters.lnk.to/ABQ

4/16/2020
Oklahoma City, OK
Chesapeake Energy Arena
https://FooFighters.lnk.to/OKC

4/18/2020
Wichita, KS
INTRUST Bank Arena
https://FooFighters.lnk.to/WKS

4/20/2020
Knoxville, TN
Thompson-Boling Arena
https://FooFighters.lnk.to/KTN

5/10/2020
Green Bay, WI
Resch Center
https://FooFighters.lnk.to/GBWI

5/12/2020
Grand Rapids, MI
Van Andel Arena
https://FooFighters.lnk.to/GRMI

5/14/2020
Cincinnati, OH
Heritage Bank Center
https://FooFighters.lnk.to/Cincy

5/18/2020
Cleveland, OH
Rocket Mortgage Arena
https://FooFighters.lnk.to/Cleveland

5/20/2020
Hamilton, ON
FirstOntario Centre
https://FooFighters.lnk.to/HON

NICK CAVE AND THE BAD SEEDS: North American Tour 2020

NICK CAVE
AND THE BAD SEEDS

North American Tour 2020
Tickets on sale Friday Feb 21

New Album Ghosteen – Out Now – Listen here

With support by

Weyes Blood

On selected dates

Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds have announced a Fall 2020 North American tour.

Regarded as one of the world’s greatest live acts, the band will perform 15 shows across USA and 3 shows in Canada.

2020 North American Tour Dates:
Wednesday, September 16            The Armory, Minneapolis, MN
Saturday, September 19                 UIC Pavilion, Chicago, IL *
Monday, September 21                  Masonic Temple Theatre, Detroit, MI *
Wednesday, September 23            Skyline Stage at the Mann, Philadelphia, PA
Friday, September 25                     Agganis Arena, Boston, MA *
Saturday, September 26                 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
Monday, September 28                  Place Bell, Laval, QC
Tuesday, September 29                  Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, ON
Thursday, October 1                       The Anthem, Washington, D.C.
Saturday, October 3                        The Fox Theatre, Atlanta, GA
Sunday, October 4                            Grand Ole Opry House, Nashville, TN
Tuesday, October 6                           Frank Erwin Center, Austin, TX
Thursday, October 8                         The Mission Ballroom, Denver, CO
Saturday, October 10                        STAPLES Center , Los Angeles, CA *
Monday, October 12                         Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, CA *
Wednesday, October 14                   WaMu Theatre, Seattle, WA *
Thursday, October 15                       Theater of the Clouds, Portland, OR
Saturday, October 17                        Pacific Coliseum, Vancouver, BC

                    * With support from Weyes Blood

Tickets on general sale Friday Feb 21 at 10am local times at nickcave.com
American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Wed, February 19 at 10am local time through Thurs, February 20 at 10pm local time. On Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds Live:

“Part rock god, part therapist, part poet, part spokesperson for rock… a brilliant showman, one of the best in music right now…” Forbes

“One of the greatest living performers” Brooklyn Vegan

“The transcendence of Nick Cave… the post-punk icon found communion with his fans… profound and poetic” The Washington Post

“An extraordinary show.” Variety

“Joyous and unexpectedly triumphant” The Guardian ★★★★★

“Tense and thunderous at times, tender and cathartic at others. It’s masterful” The Independent ★★★★★

Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds’ seventeenth studio album Ghosteen was released on October 4 2019, and has been widely received as their best work ever.

On Ghosteen :

“One of his most powerful albums yet” Pitchfork

“One of the most moving albums of his career… a masterpiece of melancholy” Rolling Stone 4.5 ★★★★

“Some music sets out to conjure eternities… defying fracture or interruption, tuning out the momentary and the trivial… the kind of music Nick Cave has chosen for Ghosteen, his 17th studio album leading the Bad Seeds.” The New York Times

“What Cave sends us from this new place is remarkable… He sounds simultaneously alone at the edge of the world and surrounded by benevolent spirits…” AV Club

“Each line evokes poetic scenes with a vibrancy to rival the best of literature” Consequence of Sound

“…Stunning double album that sets desperation against empathy and faith. On one level, it shouldn’t be surprising that it’s as good as it is…Nevertheless, listening to Ghosteen, it’s very hard indeed not to be taken aback” The Guardian ★★★★★

“The most heavenly Bad Seeds record ever” Mojo

“Naming this decade’s great albums, miles above and light years ahead of anything else” Record Collector

nickcave.com

For further information please contact Nasty Little Man
Jacob Mears (tour) jacob@nastylittleman.com
Laura Eldeiry (national) laura@nastylittleman.com

METALLICA: ALL WITHIN MY HANDS FOUNDATION HELPING HANDS CONCERT RESCHEDULED TO SEPTEMBER 12, 2020

METALLICA: ALL WITHIN MY HANDS FOUNDATION

HELPING HANDS CONCERT RESCHEDULED TO SEPTEMBER 12, 2020

Time to update the calendar as the second installment of the All Within My Hands Helping Hands Concert has been rescheduled for September 12, 2020, still at the Masonic in San Francisco.  A few of you may recall that in September as we were riding high on all the positive vibes that came out of the two S&M² shows, we were excited to announce that we had set aside March 28th to celebrate AWMH with all of you again.  However, we may have been a little too ambitious with that date in terms of getting our shit together and giving you an experience that matches or surpasses the first event held in November of 2018.  

We apologize for inconvenience that this change may cause and thank you for all the support and love that you’ve given All Within My Hands.  We’ve had some incredible accomplishments in the last two years, including the launch of the innovative Metallica Scholars program (more on year two here:  https://www.allwithinmyhands.org/news-media/news/metallica-scholars-year-two.html) and are excited to share all the details—and a kick-ass show—with you later this year.   

More information and ticketing details coming very soon.

DESERT SESSIONS: “IF YOU RUN” VIDEO OUT NOW DIRECTED BY RIO HACKFORD

DESERT SESSIONS 
“IF YOU RUN”
DIRECTED BY RIO HACKFORDDessert Sessions: Feral Recipes for the Joyful Destruction of Taste Buds
Virtual Cookbook Available Now at DESSERTSESSIONS.COM

DESERT SESSIONS VOLS 11 & 12OUT NOW
ON MATADOR RECORDS

Joshua Homme’s collaborative motley crew Desert Sessions follow up the recent fever dream vision of their “Easier Said Than Done” clip with the latest music video from Desert SessionsVols. 11 & 12 (aka respectively Arrivederci Despair and Tightwads & Nitwits & Critics & Heels) (Matador):  “If You Run.” Directed by filmmaker / actor Rio Hackford, “If You Run” stars Homme and DS newcomer Libby Grace as a mysterious hitchhiker, following them on a sinister trip through the Joshua Tree desert, culminating in a freakishly hallucinatory finale set at the famed Rancho De La Luna studio. Hackford’s “If You Run” visualization also stars DS collaborators Billy Gibbons, Dave Catching, Matt Sweeney, Stella Mozgawa, and Carla Azar. 

“The video was inspired by Josh bringing an unknown Libby Grace into the Dessert Sessions arena to show her haunting magic to the world. Homme, Sweeney and I are some of the only people who have heard Libby’s music, so the idea of them introducing her to the players and recording process lit the fuse.
The song lent itself perfectly to the lonesome desert landscape and the spell that the Rancho can cast on anyone that passes through its doors.”
– Rio Hackford  Dim the lights and join Homme and Grace on a trip through the mystical California desert here.

In other news… Inspired by the (disappointingly) frequent misspelling of the Desert Sessions, the desert collective have launched the Dessert Sessions: Feral Recipes for the Joyful Destruction of Taste Buds, a unique collection of otherworldly recipes created and inspired by the music of the Desert Sessions. Cheese stuffed meat rings, sardine topped doughnut cakes, avocado and sour cream gelatin plates abound! Fans can try their hands at one of these recipes here and share their creations by tagging #dessertsessions.

Ending a 16-year hiatus, Desert Sessions returned in October 2019 with the most ambitious entries to date in its expansive and elusive catalog. Vols. 11 & 12  were recorded (mostly) in December 2018 at Rancho De La Luna studios in Joshua Tree, CA, with Queens of the Stone Age founder and Desert Sessions ringleader/producer Joshua Homme enlisting a cast of players including Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top), Stella Mozgawa (Warpaint), Jake Shears (Scissor Sisters), Mike Kerr (Royal Blood), Carla Azar (Autolux, Jack White), Les Claypool (Primus), Matt Sweeney (Chavez, Superwolf, Endless Boogie), Matt Berry (What We Do in the Shadows, Toast of London), Libby Grace and of course Töôrnst Hülpft.

EOB (ED O’BRIEN): NEW ALBUM, EARTH, OUT APRIL 17 ON CAPITOL RECORDS

EOB: EARTH 
OUT APRIL 17 ON CAPITOL RECORDS
 
AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER NOW

RADIOHEAD’S ED O’BRIEN REVEALS TITLE, COVER ART, RELEASE DATE & MORE
FOR HIS FIRST ALBUM UNDER THE EOB MONIKER

OFFICIAL SINGLE “SHANGRI-LA” AVAILABLE NOW 
https://EOB.lnk.to/ShangriLaVisPR

Take a Look Behind the Scenes of the Making of EarthHERE

Ed O’Brien of Radiohead has unveiled, among other details, the title, track listing, release date, and cover art of Earth, his first album under the moniker of EOB. Earth will be released April 17 on Capitol Records and consists of the following nine songs: 

1. Shangri-La
2. Brasil
3. Deep Days
4. Long Time Coming
5. Mass
6. Banksters
7. Sail On
8. Olympik
9. Cloak of the Night

EOB’s first official single “Shangri-La” is now available.  The song’s release was preceded by the non-album track “Santa Teresa” and the “shapeshifting epic” (Stereogum) “Brasil,” along with its accompanying sci-fi epic short film. As a special surprise for fans:  Those who have ordered the “Brasil” 12” will find “Shangri-La” as an unmarked hidden track. 

Composed by O’Brien and produced by Flood (with the exception of “Olympik” which is co-produced by Flood and Catherine Marks), Earth features Ed on vocals, guitar, bass, keyboards, percussion and programming.  Ed’s songs were brought to life on Earth by a diverse and stellar array of musicians including an appearance by O’Brien’s Radiohead bandmate Colin Greenwood, Portishead guitarist Adrian Utley, Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche, drum legend Omar Hakim, masterful bass player Nathan East, Laura Marling, David Okumu of The Invisible, Adam ‘Cecil‘ Bartlett, Richie Kennedy, Marcelo S. Silva, Flood and Catherine Marks. For a behind the scenes glimpse into the making of Earth, filmed by Bafic go to https://EOB.lnk.to/EarthTrailerPR.

Physical configurations of Earth are available here https://EOB.lnk.to/storePR and the store is the only place to buy the exclusive transparent red vinyl and other merchandise + album bundles. Additionally the store will feature the standard 12” vinyl LP and CD versions of the album. Digital pre-order and as pre-saves are also possible now, and fans who do so will instantly receive “Brasil” and “Shangri-La” https://EOB.lnk.to/EarthPR

Dates and locations of EOB’s first full scale North American tour will be announced shortly. The proper tour will follow a series of four intimate shows in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Toronto in February 2020. These exclusive events and the upcoming tour will see Ed joined by a band comprised of Hinako Omori, Ross Chapman, Dishan Abrahams and Alvin Ford, Jr.

Ed O’Brien Tour Dates:

02/07/20 — Toronto, ON — Great Hall
02/08/20 — Chicago, IL — Lincoln Hall
02/10/20 — New York, NY — Le Poisson Rouge
02/13/20 — Los Angeles, CA — Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever
03/07/20 — London, UK — BBC Festival 6
06/13/20 — Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo Music Festival
07/24/20 — Luzern, CH — Blue Balls Festival
07/31/20 — Newport, RI — Newport Folk Festival

GORILLAZ: “Momentary Bliss” ft. Slowthai & Slaves Out Now

Song Machine
Season 1 Episode 1

WATCH FIRST EPISODE NOW
http://gorill.az/s1ep1premiere

‘Momentary Bliss’
ft slowthai and Slaves

LO RES

Song Machine Episode 1 ‘Momentary Bliss ft slowthai and Slaves’ is out NOW

Each episode of Song Machine will be accompanied by Machine Bitez – bitesized conversations between cartoon band members and real life collaborators – LISTEN HERE

Song Machine is the cartoon music contraption from 2DMurdocNoodle and Russel which spits out brand new episodes fresh from the studio, as and when they happen. Season 1 will see Gorillaz joined by an exciting and ever-evolving roster of as yet unannounced collaborators captured live in Kong Studios alongside the world’s most successful virtual band. The cameras are rolling 24/7, the fourth wall is broken, the kettle is on, the chaos is real, the door is open… What’s coming next? Stay tuned. 

The band’s frontman 2D said, “Hello everyone who is reading these words. I’ll keep this short because once you say things you can’t unsay them and they exist in the universe forever, like Tupperware.”

Gorillaz drummer added Russel“Song Machine is a whole new way of doing what we do. Gorillaz breaking the mold ‘cos the mold got old. World is moving faster than a supercharged particle, so we’ve gotta stay ready to drop. We don’t even know who’s stepping through the studio next. Song Machine feeds on the unknown, runs on pure chaos. So whatever the hell’s coming, we’re primed and ready to produce like there’s no tomorrow. Y’know, just in case…”

Song Machine is the newest concept from one of the most inventive bands around, with Gorillaz disrupting the paradigm all over again. In direct opposition to the usual traditional recording/single/album release cycle, the band again breaks convention in their own round the back door fashion with the spontaneous delivery of episodes throughout the year. The first song straight out of Kong is ‘Momentary Bliss’, which sees Gorillaz team up with slowthai and Slaves for a glorious start to 2020. View Episode 1 here.

Notes to Editors:
Virtual band Gorillaz is singer 2D, bassist Murdoc Niccals, guitarist Noodle and drummer Russel Hobbs. Created by Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett, their acclaimed eponymous debut album was released in 2001. The BRIT and Grammy Award winning band’s subsequent albums are Demon Days (2005), Plastic Beach (2010), The Fall (2011), Humanz (2017) and The Now Now (2018). A truly global phenomenon, Gorillaz have topped charts around the world and toured the globe from San Diego to Syria, picking up hundreds of millions of streams and record sales along the way. Gorillaz have achieved success in entirely ground-breaking ways, winning numerous awards including the coveted Jim Henson Creativity Honor.

* The band are recognised by The Guinness Book Of World Records as the planet’s Most Successful Virtual Act.

DESERT SESSIONS: “Easier Said Than Done” Video Out Now

DESERT SESSIONS

Release Video for “Easier Said Than Done”

Directed by Chapman Baehler

Joshua Homme’s Team of Crazed Collaborators Announce “The Bizarre Bazaar”, a Bi-Weekly Series of Desert Sessions Inspired Artwork Auctions for Charity with Limited Edition Quilt by Ben Venom.

Joshua Homme’s collaborative motley crew Desert Sessions return with the music video to “Easier Said Than Done”, from Vols. 11 & 12 (aka respectively Arrivederci Despair and Tightwads & Nitwits & Critics & Heels) (Matador). Directed by photographer-director Chapman Baehler, this nightmare vision contains fascist-humiliating watersports, pig-men ejaculating glitter, a little defenestration, some light immolation… and Joshua Homme on roller skates.

For further edification, just watch the video over and over until the next one.

The unique delight of Desert Sessions lies in unexpected collaborations between musicians who might otherwise never work together, and alongside the new video, Desert Sessions have teamed up with artists in other media including palm-painting, sculpture, jewelry, film-making, and, in this instance, quilting, to create one-of-a-kind pieces of art inspired by, and indelibly connected to — the music, for a series of charity auctions benefiting The Sweet Stuff Foundation. For the inaugural auction in this “Bizarre Bazaar,” hosted on a dedicated eBay page, acclaimed textile artist Ben Venom has created a 3′ X 3′ quilt expressing the sounds of Desert Sessions in fabric and thread:

“I describe my art as a collision between fine art, craft, and the fringes of society. Working with textiles, I contrast the often menacing and aggressive counterculture components of gangs, punk/metal music, and the occult with the comforts of domesticity. For the Crawling Death quilt, the fragility of the materials and their assaulting imagery are brought together in the form of a functional piece of art. This piece was made in collaboration with the Desert Sessions and it has been an honor to participate in the project.” 

The auctions will continue with new Desert Sessions artwork and video content dropping every 2 weeks. 

For more information on the Sweet Stuff Foundation go to https://www.thesweetstufffoundation.org/

Ending a 16-year hiatus since its last installment, Desert Sessions returned in October 2019 with the most ambitious entries to date in its expansive and elusive catalog. Vols. 11 & 12 were recorded (mostly) in December 2018 at Rancho De La Luna studios in Joshua Tree, CA, with Queens of the Stone Age founder and Desert Sessions ringleader/producer Joshua Homme enlisting a cast of players including Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top), Stella Mozgawa (Warpaint), Jake Shears (Scissor Sisters), Mike Kerr (Royal Blood), Carla Azar (Autolux, Jack White), Les Claypool (Primus), Matt Sweeney (Chavez, Superwolf, Endless Boogie), Matt Berry (What We Do in the Shadows, Toast of London), Libby Grace and of course Töôrnst Hülpft.

METALLICA SCHOLARS INITIATIVE ENTERS SECOND YEAR

METALLICA SCHOLARS INITIATIVE ENTERS SECOND YEAR 

ALL WITHIN MY HANDS FOUNDATION & AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF COMMUNITY COLLEGES TO DISTRIBUTE $1.5 MILLION TO 15 SCHOOLS

“This opportunity that All Within My Hands afforded me has absolutely been instrumental in changing the course of my life. Thank you for seeing a need and being the agent through which real change is happening in my life. My children get to witness me make a life course change and see firsthand that out of adversity can come greatness and the being resilient is possible no matter what happens to us in life.”—Metallica Scholar Angelic Ewing, Spokane Community College

Following a stellar inaugural year with results including job placement rates exceeding 90%, the Metallica Scholars Initiative has confirmed a second year of its support of community colleges and their career and technical education programs—featuring the expansion of the program from 10 to 15 schools, as well as the addition of matching grants from new partners. 

The Metallica Scholars Initiative was created in 2019 through a partnership between the band’s All Within My Hands foundation (AWMH) and the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), a Washington, D.C. based organization representing the country’s more than 1,000 community colleges. 10 colleges from communities that had supported Metallica during its recent U.S. tours were selected via a competitive application process, each receiving $100,000 toward programs designed to support students training to enter the American workforce.

Final reports from all 10 schools and their more than 700 first-wave Metallica Scholars revealed an overall 80-90% program completion rate, and 95% job placement for those Metallica Scholars who completed their certifications/studies.

Year two of the Metallica Scholars Initiative will add five more community colleges, bringing the total number of schools to 15. It will also be receiving matching grants from new partners supplementing All Within My Hands’ cumulative $1.5 million contribution.  

“Our 2019 Metallica Scholars have exceeded expectations and inspired us in more ways than we could have possibly imagined,” said Metallica’s Lars Ulrich. “We’re really excited to be able to expand the initiative in its second year, assisting more students in achieving their dreams and transforming their lives in 2020.”

“The impact of the Metallica Scholars Initiative has been extremely gratifying,” said Dr. Edward Frank, Executive Director of All Within My Hands. “We are indebted to all the schools, the AACC, and co-sponsors such as Wolverine, for their dedication to making this program successful and their help in changing the lives of so many people.  This transformative effect is exactly what the band and the board had hoped for when we started this program.” 

“The colossal reputation of Metallica has given these colleges, and the trades they are supporting, new life and attention,” said Jennifer Worth, AACC Senior Vice President Workforce and Economic Development. “It has been an honor and a privilege to have the band’s and foundation board of directors trust to design and implement programs that will change the lives of hard working Americans looking to advance.”  

The AWMH Foundation was established in 2017 by Metallica as a means to give back to the people and places that have supported the band, and to engage Metallica fans in philanthropic efforts. In addition to combatting hunger through an alliance with Feeding America, AWMH is focused on supporting sustainable communities through workforce education. All expenses of the foundation are covered by the band, the board, and a few special friends, so that 100% of donations go to the organizations it supports. AWMH is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization.  www.allwithinmyhands.org

As the voice of the nation’s community colleges, the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), delivers educational and economic opportunity for 12 million diverse students in search of the American Dream. Uniquely dedicated to access and success for all students, AACC’s nearly 1,100 member colleges provide an on-ramp to degree attainment, skilled careers and family-supporting wages. Located in Washington, D.C., AACC advocates for these not-for-profit, public-serving institutions to ensure they have the resources and support they need to deliver on the mission of increasing economic mobility for all.

GORILLAZ: Song Machine Season 1, Episode 1 “Momentary Bliss” ft. Slowthai & Slaves

Song Machine
Season 1 Episode 1

CATCH THE FIRST EPISODE TOMORROW

Thursday 30 January

7.30pm GMT

http://gorill.az/s1ep1premiere

‘Momentary Bliss’
ft slowthai and Slaves

Gorillaz are coming to a screen near you with Song Machine, the cartoon music contraption from 2DMurdocNoodle and Russel, which spits out brand new episodes fresh from the studio, as and when they happen. Catch Episode 1 ‘Momentary Bliss ft slowthai and Slaves’ tomorrow Thursday 30 January at 7.30pm GMT. http://gorill.az/s1ep1premiere

Season 1 of Song Machine will see Gorillaz joined by an exciting and ever-evolving roster of as yet unannounced collaborators captured live in Kong Studios alongside the world’s most successful virtual band. The cameras are rolling 24/7, the fourth wall is broken, the kettle is on, the chaos is real, the door is open… What’s coming next? Stay tuned. 

The band’s frontman 2D said, “Hello everyone who is reading these words. I’ll keep this short because once you say things you can’t unsay them and they exist in the universe forever, like Tupperware.”

Gorillaz drummer Russel added, “Song Machine is a whole new way of doing what we do. Gorillaz breaking the mold ‘cos the mold got old. World is moving faster than a supercharged particle, so we’ve gotta stay ready to drop. We don’t even know who’s stepping through the studio next. Song Machine feeds on the unknown, runs on pure chaos. So whatever the hell’s coming, we’re primed and ready to produce like there’s no tomorrow. Y’know, just in case…” 

Song Machine is the newest concept from one of the most inventive bands around, with Gorillaz disrupting the paradigm all over again. In direct opposition to the usual traditional recording/single/album release cycle, the band again breaks convention in their own round the back door fashion with the spontaneous delivery of episodes throughout the year. The first song straight out of Kong is ‘Momentary Bliss’, which sees Gorillaz team up with slowthai and Slaves for a glorious start to 2020. 

Each episode of Song Machine will be accompanied by Machine Bitez – bitesized conversations between cartoon band members and real life collaborators.

Notes to Editors:
Virtual band Gorillaz is singer 2D, bassist Murdoc Niccals, guitarist Noodle and drummer Russel Hobbs. Created by Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett, their acclaimed eponymous debut album was released in 2001. The BRIT and Grammy Award winning band’s subsequent albums are Demon Days (2005), Plastic Beach (2010), The Fall (2011), Humanz (2017) and The Now Now (2018). A truly global phenomenon, Gorillaz have topped charts around the world and toured the globe from San Diego to Syria, picking up hundreds of millions of streams and record sales along the way. Gorillaz have achieved success in entirely ground-breaking ways, winning numerous awards including the coveted Jim Henson Creativity Honor.

* The band are recognised by The Guinness Book Of World Records as the planet’s Most Successful Virtual Act.

JAMES MURPHY & 2MANYDJS Present DESPACIO Returning to the Knockdown Center

JAMES MURPHY & 2MANYDJS

Present

DESPACIO

Returning to the Knockdown Center

April 2, 3 & 4

Tickets On Sale Friday, January 31 at 10 am ET at https://knockdown.center/despacio2020/

“THE GREATEST PARTY ON EARTH” —VICE

“AN EVENT UNLIKE ANY OTHER…” —THE GUARDIAN

“ONE OF THE WORLD’S GREATEST CLUBBING EXPERIENCES” —DJ MAGAZINE


Despacio brings its seven-hour vinyl-only odysseys to New York once again, this April 2, 3 and 4 at the Knockdown Center in Queens.

Conceived by James Murphy (LCD Soundystem, DFA Records) and David and Stephen Dewaele (Soulwax, 2manydjs), Despacio features a dance floor surrounded by a monolithic custom built 50,000 watt McIntosh sound system, creating an immersive sound experience like no other.

James, David & Stephen will be behind the decks for three daily seven-hour sessions from 9pm to 4am throughout Despacio’s run at the Knockdown Center.

Tickets go on sale to the public from 10am EST Friday, January 31. For further information, go to https://knockdown.center/despacio2020/

About James Murphy
James Murphy is one of the most influential musical figures of the last two decades. As founder and principal of LCD Soundsystem, he has created four of the most acclaimed albums of the millennium—including 2017’s #1 AMERICAN DREAM (Columbia Records/DFA), which featured the Best Dance Recording GRAMMY-winning track “tonite.” Murphy is also founder of the DFA label, a renowned producer whose credits include albums by Arcade Fire and Yeah Yeah Yeahs, an in-demand remixer, guest musician on the likes of David Bowie’s ★, composer of scores for films including Greenberg and While We’re Young, and, of course, DJ with exquisite taste and great love of dark and obscure, undiscovered music, in the disco and house tradition.

About 2manydjs
David and Stephen Dewaele have consistently pushed the boundaries of music into new and innovative territory by diversifying into many different guises. They are a band (Soulwax), djs (2manydjs), a record label and studio (DEEWEE), a sound system (Despacio) and even created a visual radio station and app and website (Radio Soulwax) which became a globetrotting live event.  Not to mention producing some of the most cutting edge remixes such as Marie Davidson’s “Work It”which has been nominated for Best remix at the Grammys as well as Warpaint, Tame Impala, LCD Soundsystem, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Metronomy, Arcade Fire, Daft Punk, Gossip, Hot Chip, MGMT, and many more.  With their 2002 2manydjs album ‘As Heard on Radio Soulwax Pt 2’ they created a new remixing style that set the template for imitators ever since. In 2005 Soulwax were the first to record and release a remix of one of their own albums: ‘Any Minute Now’ which became ‘Nite Versions’.

In the midst of all this they have toured extensively throughout the globe, both as 2manydjs and Soulwax. After a long hiatus they return with the first Soulwax album in many years, From DEEWEE, recorded in a single day in their DEEWEE studio and in June 2018, they came back with another LP, “Essential” which was originally made for BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix. (They are the first artist to ever submit an entire hour’s worth of original material for the show).  Recently they have been producing an entire roster of acts for their own  DEEWEE label including Charlotte Adigery, Asa Moto, Laima and James Righton.

About McIntosh
Founded in 1949, McIntosh Laboratory is known for offering distinguished quality audio products, superior customer service and the ultimate experience in music and film.  All McIntosh products are handcrafted at the Binghamton, NY factory by 130 employees with a passion for music and the McIntosh heritage.  McIntosh continues to define the ultimate home entertainment experience for discriminating consumers around the world, with the iconic “McIntosh Blue” Watt Meters globally recognized as a symbol of quality audio.  Since its inception, McIntosh has been powering some of the most important moments in music history and pop culture.  From President Lyndon Johnson’s inauguration speech, to Woodstock, to the infamous Grateful Dead “Wall of Sound,” McIntosh has not only witnessed history, it has shaped it.  With McIntosh, customers have the ability to create their own premium audio experience – and truly live their music.

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