Good news for people who like good music! In an interview with Rolling Stone this week, Damon Albarn announced, among other things, that he and collaborator Jamie Hewlett are working on a new Gorillaz album. There aren’t a lot of details right now, but since every Gorillaz LP has been absolutely golden, any new album news is good news. About the album, Albarn says:
I’m in the very early days on a new Gorillaz record. So far, it’s really fast, and it’s got quite a lot of energy. I’ve been stuck on piano, somewhere off Broadway, for years now. I want to go somewhere completely opposite of that.
With luck, we’ll have a new album sometime in 2016!
In other potential album news, Jonny Greenwood announced to Russian radio that a new Radiohead record is on its way! While the album isn’t finished yet, Greenwood confirmed on Twitter that they’ve been recording and will tour soon!
@coslive …to see if it’s any good. And we HOPE to tour next year: no plans confirmed yet. Sorry for the over enthusiastic translator….:/
— Jonny Greenwood (@JnnyG) October 15, 2015
One bit of news that came out is that Radiohead’s recorded a version of “Lift” for the album — an unreleased song they’ve been playing live since 1996.
In a new interview with Billboard, Lady Gaga talks about her Born This Way Foundation and her struggles with depression. She said:
Depression and anxiety really link them. There is something in the way that we are now, with our cell phones and people are not looking at each other and not being in the moment with each other, that kids feel isolated. They read all of this extremely hateful language on the Internet. The internet is a toilet. It is. It used to be a fantastic resource — but you have to sort through shit to find the good stuff.
These kids just want to feel human, but they feel like robots. They don’t understand why they’re so sad. There are scientific reasons, which the foundation researches, why you feel sad when you look at your phone all day.
I’ve suffered through depression and anxiety my entire life, I still suffer with it every single day. I just want these kids to know that that depth that they feel as human beings is normal. We were born that way. This modern thing, where everyone is feeling shallow and less connected? That‘s not human.
In less heavy Gaga news, she’s also done this neat commercial in Japan:
To celebrate the Lynx, Minnesota’s WNBA team, and their third championship win, Prince threw a special concert for the team. The party, held at the singer’s Paisley Park Studios, lasted for three hours, and included hits like “Purple Rain”, “When Doves Cry” and “Kiss”, as well as a jam session that included “Shut This Down” and “X’s Face” from the brand new HitNRun album. Prince also peppered a few covers into the set, like “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” and “Yes We Can Can”. The crowd of 35 witnessed what the Minneapolis Star Tribune called “one of the longest and most joyful performances at Paisley Park in years.”
XXL put together this great slideshow of every murdered rapper, and their case status. One remarkable and sad statistic: Of the 52 rappers listed, only 10 have had their cases solved.
New Music This Week: Bitter:Sweet vocalist Shana Halligan is releasing her solo debut Back To Me.
Dance-Rock outfit !!! are putting out As If, their sixth full-length.
Arcade Fire are releasing the cassette-only soundtrack to The Reflektor Tapes.
“Cheerleader” star OMI’s album Me 4 U drops today.
Chris Walla releases his first post-Death Cab For Cutie solo record, Tape Loops.
Speaking of people going solo, Peter Buck of REM and the Minus 5 is putting out Warzone Earth, his third solo album.
Industrial legends Coil are releasing Backwards, a never-released album from 1992. Other than bootlegs, the only release of this material was 2008’s heavily remixed The New Backwards.
Indie-pop band YACHT are putting out I Thought The Future Would Be Cooler.
Old-school art-rock group Family Fodder are reissuing their 1980 Sunday Girls EP, with a whole bunch of bonus tracks.
Hugh Cornwell of legendary group the Stranglers is releasing a new solo album, The Fall and Rise of Hugh Cornwell.
Director and composer John Carpenter is releasing an album of remixes of his music just in time for Halloween, Lost Themes Remixed featuring remixes by Prurient, Zola Jesus and JG Thirlwell, among others.
Finally, and further proof there is no God, Kidz Bop 30 comes out today.