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DESERT SESSIONS AND NEW YORK FILM ACADEMY PRESENT NYFA ALUMNI-DIRECTED VIDEOS

DESERT SESSIONS
 IN COLLABORATION WITH NEW YORK FILM ACADEMY
 PRESENT
 NYFA ALUMNI-DIRECTED VIDEOS:
 “IF YOU RUN” BY GABRIELE FABBRO
 “MOVE TOGETHER” BY JONATHAN SAMUKANGE

Credit: Andreas Neumann

DESERT SESSIONS VOLUMES 11 & 12 OUT NOW ON MATADOR RECORDS
LISTEN HERE

Joshua Homme’s Desert Sessions collective is proud to unveil the first fruits of its expansion into visual collaboration: Homme’s recent meetings with students at the New York Film Academy’s Los Angeles campus have resulted in unique works by two filmmakers, each of whom was given a production budget to translate the music and lyrics of the Desert Sessions into their own vision.

Italian filmmaker Gabriele Fabbro took on the acoustic ballad “If You Run,” creating a haunting exploration of violence told through the eyes of a curious young woman, specifically inspired by deadly attacks on European journalists. “I used to read a lot of news about murders, especially on European newspapers. I remember one in particular that happened in a cornfield. That article came to mind while hearing ‘If You Run.’” The filmmaker said in a statement, “With this music video I want to touch themes such as ‘femicide’, ‘chase for justice’, ‘innocent curiosity vs violence’. But on top, I want to play with an existential fear. The fear of being powerless. Every tool in the video, from the shakiness of the handheld shots to the distorted sound of the radio, serves to exaggerate this fear.”

Filmmaker Jonathan Samukange employed a wholly different direction, reimagining Vols. 11 &12’s groove-heavy opener “Move Together” as soundtrack to a psychedelic take on the story of Adam and Eve. In his statement on the video, Samukange says, “I wanted to create a seamless balance between computer graphics and reality. I want my audience to escape into a time capsule, following the tragic love story of Adam and Eve.” Filmed in the director’s home country of Zimbabwe, the video enlisted residents of an entire village and used the region’s stunning natural landscape to create the hallucinatory trip through time. “This idea is completely nuts, but it is also grounded in reality with themes of love, togetherness, collaboration, betrayal, and even brainwashing.”

The spectrum of possibilities realized across these two visual works—as well as Rio Hackford and Chapman Baehler’s previous takes on “If You Run” and “Easier Said Than Done”—speaks further to the inspired sprawl and emotional impact of the material making up Desert Sessions Vols. 11 & 12 (aka respectively Arrivederci Despair and Tightwads Nitwits & Critics & Heels). Released October 25, 2019 on Matador Records, Vols. 11 & 12 ended a 16-year hiatus with the most ambitious entries ever in the project’s expansive and elusive catalog. The eight tracks 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.

GORILLAZ: Almanac, The First Annual By Gorillaz

GORILLAZ

ALMANAC

The first annual by Gorillaz

AVAILABLE IN OCTOBER 2020
PRE-ORDER HERE 

Stop the presses! Twenty years in the making, the Gorillaz ALMANAC is the very first annual by Gorillaz, published this October in partnership with the renowned Z2 Comics.

Inspired by the great British tradition of the hardback annual, the Gorillaz ALMANAC is a full colour, one-of-a-kind, fun-packed, 120+ page, sideways homage to two glorious decades of Gorillaz. Jammed with exclusive new artwork, including the first ever strip to star 2DNoodleMurdoc Niccals and Russel Hobbs; puzzles, games and more; plus a raft of special guest appearances from Gorillaz collaborators past and present, the Gorillaz ALMANAC is a compendium of delights which finally puts the most real band around on the printed page.

“Every fan of comics and animation has dreamed of seeing the Gorillaz make their comic book debut, with the Z2 team chief among them”, says Z2 publisher Josh Frankel. “The artwork, the music and the mythos all add up to what is destined to be one of our most buzzed about releases in history, and when fans see just what we have planned, I know everyone will agree it was well worth the wait.”

Gorillaz ALMANAC is available in October 2020.

Pre orderHERE

About Gorillaz:
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 achieved success in entirely ground-breaking ways, touring the world from San Diego to Syria, 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.

About Z2 Comics:
Z2 is the premier destination for top quality music-based comics and graphic novels, having worked across genres to deliver an authentic experience to diverse audiences. Some of the publisher’s best-selling books include Apocrypha: The Legend of BABYMETAL, YUNGBLUD Presents: The Twisted tales of the Ritalin Club and Eden: A Skillet Graphic Novel, alongside debut works of graphic fiction by Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys), Andy Biersack (Black Veil Brides), DJ Paul Oakenfold, internet sensation Poppy, jazz trumpeter Dave Chisholm and others. Z2’s upcoming works include books created with partnership with The Grateful Dead, Sturgill Simpson and others.

GORILLAZ: ‘How Far?’ ft Tony Allen and Skepta Out Now

‘How Far?’
ft Tony Allen and Skepta

LISTEN HERE 
gorill.az/howfar

“There is no end.” – Tony Allen

How Far? ft Tony Allen and Skepta – a new song from Gorillaz – is the most recent collaboration by Damon Albarn and Tony Allen in a long-running musical relationship and close personal friendship of many years.  Listen here gorill.az/howfar

The track was written and recorded with Skepta in London just before lockdown and is being shared immediately as a tribute to the spirit of a great man, Tony Allen

“I want to take care of youngsters, they have messages and I want to bring them on my beat.” – Tony Allen

Download new press shot here, landscape and squarehttps://we.tl/t-wCkJIhpYK9

BROKEN BELLS: “GOOD LUCK” VIDEO NOW LIVE

BROKEN BELLS

“GOOD LUCK” VIDEO LIVE NOW

a sweltering cut… hauntingly timely
– Variance 

The heavy grooving song certainly feels pertinent to our current environment, opening with the lines “The face of evil is on the news tonight/ We see the darkness over light/ But have we really ever lived in better times?”
– Consequence of Sound

[Broken Bells] ponder the bleakness of modern times…  on Soulful new song “Good Luck.” 
– Rolling Stone 

the duo contemplate death and the end of the world over a grooving beat. 
– Billboard 

an upbeat reflective track rooted in the present.
– KCRW’s “Today’s Top Tune” 

Think back, if you can, to September 2019 when post apocalyptic scenarios seemed a little further removed from daily reality, back when “Burton and Mercer… made time to create a masterpiece” (MXDWN) in the form of “Good Luck”…

Well, since then, 2020 has long since said “Hold my beer,” and the ever-prophetic future dwelling duo of James Mercer and Brian Burton, collectively known as Broken Bells, have made a video for that song available in wide release. Previously available exclusively on TIDAL, the “Good Luck” video produced by Ian Blair and directed by Kimberly Stuckwisch and Nelson De Castro, distills the song’s brooding inexorable groove into one young boy’s journey from a troubled existence into the unknown.

In other news, due to the unfortunate mandatory closings of physical retailers, a very limited quantity of the vinyl single is once again available for sale directly via https://brokenbells.kungfustore.com/all-product/good-luck-shelter-7-brk32.html

While we await updates on the third full length Broken Bells album (still in the works), the lyrics of “Good Luck” offer up a welcome and prescient note of optimism for these strangest of times: 

“Where will it end? After the twilight, always a sunrise… Good Luck, my friend… In time, it ends”

WOODKID: New Single and Video “Goliath” Out Now

WOODKID

New Single/Video

“Goliath”

Out Now

WATCH THE VIDEO

French artist WOODKID is coming back in 2020 with his long awaited sophomore album!

7 years after his highly acclaimed first album THE GOLDEN AGE (800K sold worldwide, Platinum certified in both France and Germany, 200 shows around the world, 2 Grammy nominations and one French music academy award to only name a few), WOODKID returns with a brand new track “Goliath” out TODAY, April 24th.

During the interim between THE GOLDEN AGE and “Goliath,” WOODKID has kept busy across a range of various creative domains, collaborating with Nicolas Ghesquière from Louis Vuitton, JR for the NYC Ballet, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui or Jonas Cuaron to write the original soundtrack of Desierto, and more…

Now, he begins the new chapter that follows THE GOLDEN AGE with “Goliath”: Named after the well-known biblical character, “Goliath” is an epic poem the both carries the listener away and leads them further into the depths of their individual struggles with forces seen and unseen…

“It’s about scale, about toxicity. About these insane industrial machines that represent so well my fear and ambiguous attraction for human madness. Here is the world I have built around Goliath, a world where the dominated can defeat the gigantic, the unbeatable.”  Yoann Lemoine.

For more info please visit www.woodkid.com

WOODKID: New Single “Goliath” Out April 24

Woodkid

New Single

“Goliath”

Out April 24

The wait is finally over.

French artist WOODKID is coming back in 2020 with his long awaited sophomore album. 

7 years after his highly acclaimed first  album THE  GOLDEN AGE  (800K  sold  worldwide, Platinum certified in both France and Germany, 200 shows around the world, 2 Grammy nominations and one French music academy award to only name a few), WOODKID returns with a brand new track “Goliath” due for release on April 24th.

During the interim between THE GOLDEN AGE and “Goliath,” WOODKID has kept busy across a range of various creative domains, collaborating with Nicolas Ghesquière from Louis Vuitton, JR for the NYC Ballet, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui or Jonas Cuaron to write the original soundtrack of Desierto, and more…

Now, he begins the new chapter that follows THE GOLDEN AGE with “Goliath”: Named after the well-known biblical character, “Goliath” is an epic poem the both carries the listener away and leads them further into the depths of their individual struggles with forces seen and unseen…

For more info please visit http://woodkid.com/

“I think this is all about my dangerous fascination for power and scale. 

About the massive challenges I’ve had to face in the past years and the growing feeling of insecurity facing the weight of things I have built over time.

I made my first album thinking I knew everything. I made this one realizing I knew very little. I composed this record as an acceptance of my fragility, of my wrong decisions, to reach light, as an intimate remedy, somehow. Here is me, probably not as strong as I pretended to be.

Maybe this is about all forms of toxicity, about environment, maybe it’s about the speed of information and the furiousness of the music industry, maybe it’s about how I’m trying to find my own peace and temporality through it.

It’s definitely about the individual and collective responsibility in the creation of the monstrous and how to hopefully defeat it. Here is the first song of this piece. It obviously refers to the myth of David and Goliath. I wish it didn’t echo so much with the world situation right now.” —Yoann Lemoine

EOB (ED O’BRIEN): EARTH OUT NOW ON CAPITOL RECORDS

EOB: EARTH 

OUT NOW ON CAPITOL RECORDS

JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE! PERFORMANCE TO AIR APRIL 23RD

Even though Earth has been in the oven for several years, it feels especially suited for our present moment… Earth is warm and open; it’s a summer-weather record coming out at a time when we’re stuck indoors. Where Radiohead often pulls you to dark and esoteric corners of our modern dystopia, Earth takes you by the hand and brings you outside into the sun. 
– GQ

It’s a treat for the ears, filled with strong instrumental performances and lush arrangements. 
– Wall St Journal

Seven years in the making, Ed O’Brien of Radiohead is proud to finally release his debut album under the EOB moniker: Earth; out today on Capitol Records across all digital and physical platforms. Physical configurations of Earth are available at https://EOB.lnk.to/storePR – including 180 gram 12” vinyl LP and CD versions, and more. Streaming and downloads can be found here: https://EOB.lnk.to/EarthPR.

The story of Earth begins in Brazil, where O’Brien relocated with his family just after Radiohead’s 2012 tour supporting The King of Limbs—specifically Carnivale in Rio in 2013, where Ed’s chance attendance proved life altering: “Truly the greatest show on Earth,” Ed recalls in a letter to fans. “An explosion of light, melody, rhythm and love… For me, one of those musical eureka moments.” 

Reinvigorated and brimming with new inspiration, Ed began recording immediately upon his return home to Wales. Handling vocals, guitar, bass, keyboards, percussion and programming, Ed enlisted the help of legendary music producer Flood, with assistance by apprentice turned master Catherine Marks.

Three decades in Radiohead had instilled in Ed a high standard for musical collaborators. So it was that Earth’s songs were brought to life 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, and Marcelo S. Silva.

A masterful collection of vibrant, colorful songs with occasionally dark undertones, Earth is a confluence of grim realities processed during everyday life in Wales, refracted through the kaleidoscopic, optimistic lens of Ed’s time in Brazil. Earth’s release week will culminate with the first ever network television appearance of EOB on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Thursday, April 23rd. In a performance pre-recorded during Ed’s February visit to Los Angeles, EOB performed Earth opener and first single “Shangri La,” in a live configuration featuring Dishan Abrahams, Hinako Omori, Ross Chapman, and Alvin Ford Jr..

Earth’s release has been preceded by multiple warmly received advance offerings, including the Top 10 AAA single “Shangri La” (“shimmies with elastic Arthur Russell-ian movement before going full-on Brit pop guitar, complete with handclaps”—NPR Music), “Brasil” (“a nine-minute shapeshifting epic”Stereogum), “Olympik” (“Psychedelic ear worm”—Rolling Stone) and “Cloak of the Night” (“beautiful…simple and heartwarming”—Consequence of Sound). 

“These songs were created in a spirit of love, with the best wishes for a global community,” Ed says. “It’s my sincere hope that during these strange and difficult times, some people might find a little light and consolation in them.”

THOM YORKE: TOMORROW’S MODERN BOXES U.S. DATES RESCHEDULED

THOM YORKE

TOMORROW’S MODERN BOXES U.S. DATES RESCHEDULED

Photo credit: Sean Evans @deadskinboy

The 2020 leg of Thom Yorke’s Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes world tour has been rescheduled to the fall. Tickets for original dates will be honored at those same cities and venues, with the exceptions of Fairfax VA (moved to Washington DC), Chicago (venue changed), and St. Paul MN (canceled). Fairfax and Chicago ticket policies can be found at https://www.wasteheadquarters.com/schedule/thom-yorke, while refunds for St. Paul will be available from point of purchase.

For a full updated itinerary, see below.

Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes live shows feature Thom, Nigel Godrich and Tarik Barri performing songs from Thom’s solo and Atoms For Peace catalogues, including his current, GRAMMY-nominated ANIMA album and Suspiria soundtrack.

THOM YORKE
TOMORROW’S MODERN BOXES
Rescheduled U.S. Dates

September 27, 2020 – Washington, DC – The Anthem*
(originally March 28 at Eagle Bank Arena in Fairfax, VA)

October 2, 2020 – New York, NY – Radio City Music Hall    
(originally March 30) 

October 3, 2020 – New York, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom    
(originally March 31)

October 4, 2020 – New York, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom
(originally April 1)

October 6, 2020 – Chicago, IL – Auditorium Theatre*
(originally April 4 at United Center)

October 11, 2020 – Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Federal Theatre    
(originally April 13)

October 13, 2020 – Sacramento, CA – Sacramento Memorial Auditorium    
(originally April 16)

October 19, 2020 – Denver, CO – Mission Ballroom
(originally April 8)

*NEW VENUE

April 5 at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN is canceled.

GORILLAZ: Song Machine ‘Aries’ ft Peter Hook and Georgia Out Now

Song Machine
Season 1 Episode 3

‘Aries’
ft Peter Hook and Georgia

WATCH NOW!
gorill.az/s1ep3

FOLLOW SONG MACHINE HERE
‘cause I feel so isolated without you
I can’t play a happy tune on my own
So stay by my side
High or low tide

Aries is the third episode of Song Machine from Gorillaz. Featuring the legendary Peter Hook on bass, with alt-pop singer and producer Georgia on drums, Aries sees our virtual heroes capture much of the current mood with a soaring affirmation of human connection. Watch Aries ft Peter Hook and Georgiahere NOW!

We last saw 2DNoodle and Russel when they visited Lake Como, via a Kong Studios portal, while accidentally (or not) leaving bandmate Murdoc behind. Aries now picks up with Murdoc inviting longtime bandmate and rival 2D on a trip for some quality frenemy time, with a little truth serum on hand for the ride…

Gorillaz guitarist Noodle said – “Highly impatient and competitive, many Aries have the fighting spirit of your mythological ruler.”

With last week’s message from Murdoc Niccals, the band assured fans that the Song Machine remains ON… And now they are inviting the bold and the brave to escape the unreality of lockdown and Get Lost With Gorillaz as Murdoc2DNoodle and Russel, drawn to various locations around the world, send back regular reports from the splendidly real confines of virtual isolation.

And G Club is the band’s new virtual meeting space where social distancing does not apply, sign up here.

Gorillaz are once again disrupting the paradigm and breaking convention in their round the back door fashion with Song Machine, the newest concept from one of the most inventive bands around. Song Machine – the cartoon music contraption which spits out brand new episodes fresh from the studio, as and when they happen – 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.

Watch Episode 1 – Momentary Bliss ft. slowthai and Slaves – here.
Watch Episode 2 – Désolé ft Fatoumata Diawara – here.

Follow Song Machinehere to catch Machine Bitez – bite sized conversation between cartoon band members and collaborators, overheard in Kong Studios.

Follow Get Lost With Gorillaz on your chosen platform here.

Join G Club here

www.gorillaz.com

Notes to Editors:
Download high res press image here: https://we.tl/t-FTcRxZUHws

About Gorillaz:
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 achieved success in entirely ground-breaking ways, touring the world from San Diego to Syria, 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.

EOB (ED O’BRIEN): “CLOAK OF THE NIGHT” SONG & VISUALIZER OUT NOW

EOB
“CLOAK OF THE NIGHT”
SONG & VISUALIZER OUT NOW

DEBUT ALBUM EARTH OUT APRIL 17 ON CAPITOL RECORDS

TIME CRISIS WITH EZRA KOENIG APRIL 12

Pre-Order Earth at https://EOB.lnk.to/EarthPR

And I know that this time entails, 
No fear, let love prevail.

Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien is proud to unveil “Cloak of the Night,” a quietly stunning acoustic duet with Laura Marling from his debut album under the EOB banner, Earth (Capitol Records). Closely following last week’s release of Earth track “Olympik”—hailed by Rolling Stone as a “psychedelic earworm” and by Stereogum as a  “spaced-out party-rocker that seems like it will result in some incredible extended jams in the live setting”—“Cloak of the Night” is both Earth’s closing number and final song to be revealed before the album’s April 17 release.

This Sunday, April 12th,  a very special episode of Time Crisis with Ezra Koenig will feature Ed and Ezra in conversation. Recorded during Ed’s February visit to Los Angeles, the episode will air on Apple Music’s global radio station Beats 1 on Sunday at noon PDT/3pm EDT and can be heard here: apple.co/ezra. After that window, it will be available to Apple Music subscribers.

Physical configurations of Earth are available for advance purchase at https://EOB.lnk.to/storePR and include an exclusive transparent red vinyl LP, standard 12” vinyl LP and CD versions, and more.  New pre-orders will include an artcard personally signed by Ed.

Digital pre-order and pre-saves are also possible now, and fans who do so will instantly receive “Cloak of the Night,” “Olympik,” “Brasil” and “Shangri-La.” For further details, go to https://EOB.lnk.to/EarthPR.