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New Music Round-Up: Damon Albarn, Beady Eye

Just two days to go until the release of Damon Albarn’s first solo album, Everyday Robots. If you can’t wait that long, the entire album is already available to stream via iTunes radio. Check out Albarn’s new video for ‘Heavy Seas Of Love’ below. It’s another lo-fi iPad concept promo, this one shot by the singer and edited by Matt Cronin.


As the champion of the notorious Britpop war, it was only fitting that Albarn should play a major role in the BBC’s Britpop week earlier this month. The singer-songwriter visited the legendary Maida Vale studios to perform two classic Blur songs for BBC 6Music. Albarn was a guest of DJs Jo Whiley and Steve Lamacq, whose radio show The Evening Session was revived as part of the week-long celebrations. The singer gave a stripped-down acoustic treatment to ‘This Is A Low‘ and ‘For Tomorrow.’ In case you missed it, you might want to celebrate the release of Everyday Robots with Albarn’s full set from the BBC 6Music Festival.


Perhaps the best Damon Albarn clip floating around is this one of Albarn performing ‘Parklife’ on stage with local band The Gents at an east London pub called the Red Lion in Leytonstone. Apparently, the Gents were getting ready to perform at the pub on April 23 when Albarn walked in and told them he’d be up for joining in. Said frontman Kristian Cockburn, Albarn ‘joined us for a raucous rendition of ‘Parklife’…and the whole place kicked off with everyone joining in for the choruses.’


And, now for something completely different:

Beady Eye performed the Oasis classic ‘Champagne Supernova’ for the first time last month during their Japanese tour. The band also treated fans to several other songs from Liam’s old band, including ‘(What’s The Story) Morning Glory?’ and ‘Live Forever,’ as well as a well-received cover of the Rolling Stones’ ‘Gimme Shelter.’

Britpopping since I first heard 'Animal Nitrate' in 1993

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