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That recluse Noel Gallagher opens up in Noisey interview

What’s better than Noel Gallagher? Noel Gallagher interviews.

On May 14, the Oasis front man talked with Noisey for their series “The British Masters.” In the interview, Gallagher talked with John Doran about “Chasing Yesterday,” Gallagher’s latest album, his continuing love affair with house music, and having Johnny Marr as a fan.

Noel Gallagher noisey 5-23-15Some choice quotes from Noel:

  • Joining Oasis – “I only played lead in Oasis because no one could do it and Bonehead was bald and that would have been f**king preposterous.”
  • Song-writing – “It’s all about the songs. If the songs are good – the vibe of it – I’m not interested in the vibe.”
  • Early Oasis fan Johnny Marr – “He was the first person to get it. Out of the five people in the band and the five people who hung around the band.”
  • Long-time frenemy Damon Albarn“Turns out he’s quite a genial fellow.” 

Coming from Gallagher, that last one is positively uncharacteristic of him.

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After 12 years, Blur announces “The Magic Whip”

Blur's cover art for "The Magic Whip"

Blur’s cover art for “The Magic Whip,” out April 27

“Parklife,” the third album by Britpop legends Blur, was released more than 20 years ago, but is still memorable as a turning point in the Britpop movement.

Today Blur announced its eighth album, “The Magic Whip,” which will be out April 27. The group also released their Chinese New Year-inspired video for the first single, “Go Out.”

Blur announcement 2-19-15

In a story on Pitchfork, the band (Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon, Alex James and Dave Rowntree) live-streamed a press conference highlighting details of the album.

"The Magic Whip" tracklist

“The Magic Whip” tracklist

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New Gorillaz in 2016? If the gods and Damon Albarn allow it


The blog Consequence of Sound is reporting that in Damon Albarn‘s recent interview with Sydney Morning Herald, he revealed that a new album with the group Gorillaz may materialize in 2016.

Albarn was speaking with the paper about his debut album, “Everyday Robots,” released earlier this year.

While that’s certainly not a hard and fast commitment, it’s at least a better hint than the stories in 2011 that Gorillaz was no more.

According to Consequence of Sound in an earlier interview, Albarn had said a new Gorillaz album was “unlikely.” The precariousness of the band was further evident in scuttlebutt that band member Jamie Hewlett allegedly felt like his animated work illustrating the virtual members was getting swept under the rug.

But as Albarn said, “in the music industry everything changes.”

Fans of Albarn’s other side project, Blur, may also find a glimmer of hope in words from Albarn that the band may be resurrected at some point, saying, “I would imagine there’s some kind of future.”

Watch and remember Blur’s killer Britpop sound of 1994’s “Girls and Boys.”

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