Watch Blur Perform Their New Album ‘Live’



UNDER THE WESTWAY has been a productive area for Blur in recent times, so it’s not surprising they returned to a space beneath the A40 in West London to preview their new album The Magic Whip live.

Last Friday (March 20) Damon Albarn and co. performed their new recording full and in order at London club Mode – which is nestled below the iconic elevated roadway – for 300 competition winners.

The show, which also included Parklife track Trouble In The Message Centre right at the end, was filmed by streaming service Beats By Dr. Dre and you can watch footage below for one night only from 8pm (GMT) this evening.

‘The Magic Whip’ is out on April 27.

The stream is no longer live, but you can watch full-song clips from the performance below.

The Magic Whip Tracklist:
01. Lonesome Street
02. New World Towers
03. Go Out
04. Ice Cream Man
05. Thought I Was A Spaceman
06. I Broadcast
07. My Terracotta Heart
08. There Are Too Many Of Us
09. Ghost Ship
10. Pyongyang
11. Ong Ong
12. Mirrorball

Blur “Lonesome Street”

Blur “Go Out”

Rhiannon Giddens Takes A Turn On Tradition


Rhiannon Giddens

As a member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Rhiannon Giddens is used to turning songs from another era into something her own. Her first solo album, Tomorrow Is My Turn, consists mostly of cover songs by different women, such as Patsy Cline, Jean Ritchie and Libba Cotton. But one interpretation stands out.

“I just started going, ‘What if I just kind of pushed it a little bit further?’ ” Giddens tells NPR’s Renee Montagne of her funky version of “Black Is the Color,” a folk song popularized by Nina Simone.

Here, Giddens talks about adding words to the iconic song, her love of Gaelic mouth music, and the idea that if a piece of music speaks to you, it doesn’t matter which tradition spawned it.

Renee Montagne: This is so far away from any other version of “Black Is the Color” that I’ve ever heard.

Giddens: Well, it’s the kind of thing [where] if you’re going to do something that’s been covered a million times, you want to do it differently, and you want to kind of put your spin on it.

You rewrote the lyrics. How so?

Rhiannon Giddens – Black Is the Color


Well, as I was looking at these versions of “Black Is the Color,” even the one that Sheila Kay sang, I was like, ‘This is not speaking to me.’ I love the song, I love the idea of it, but the part that I loved about the song was sort of that idea of love. That line that I took to add to my words was, “I’ll kiss his mouth 10,000 times” — I mean, that kills me. That line is just, you know, I kind of love that part of it, not the sort of sad, mourn-and-weep idea. I didn’t even really think about it that hard. I just thought, “I’ll just write. You know, this has been done a million times, so I can take it in a different direction. I’ll just write some verses.” And it just came out.

There’s a Gaelic song you perform live. What sort of song is that, and how do you manage to sing it for what is quite a long time without seeming to breathe?

Well, it’s a type of music called Gaelic mouth music. It’s a tradition in many places. The idea of mouth music [is] vocal music to dance to, basically. This particular strain of it is from Scotland, and the reason why it’s usually called mouth music is because the poetry is considered sort of throwaway lines. They’re chosen often for percussive sounds, and so they didn’t really have names. I really got into Gaelic music and the whole sound of it, and I got to go to Scotland. And I’ve studied with native singers, and it’s just beautiful music, and it reminded me a lot of Native American singing. I’ve done some powwow singing. It was just really intriguing to me, so that piece is, I don’t know — it speaks to people.

Rhiannon Giddens of Carolina Chocolate Drops – Gaelic song (Glasgow, 2013)



I’m always interested in [the fact that] the largest settlement of Scots-Gaelic-speaking Highlanders in the 1700s was in North Carolina, and there was cultural interactions between them and the natives who were there and the African-Americans. I mean, it was just kind of a fascinating history to me, and I love being able to push that musically and … try to represent that in my own way.

Well, I know you’ve recorded songs in Gaelic. Is that in your tradition? I mean, your name Rhiannon is a Welsh name from mythology.

Yeah, my mother was reading the Mabinogion, the Welsh mythological epic, when I was born.

Queen Mab.

Yeah, and decided to name me Rhiannon. That definitely got me interested in sort of Celtic culture and stuff, but, you know, that whole idea of, “Is it my culture?” It gets asked of me in a way that white people who do blues don’t get asked.

I actually thought it might be actually your culture — there might be a connection.

Well, that’s the thing. Whether I am or not, like, that’s my point. … I don’t know all of my genealogy, but my point is that if music speaks to you, I think that you have the ability to do that. Now, I think you have a responsibility to that.

When I do Gaelic music, I’ve learned about Gaelic culture; I’ve tried to learn the language. Whenever I do mouth music and there’s Gaelic speakers in the audience, and they come up and go, “Good job,” I’m always like, “Phew.” You know, I really feel a responsibility to the music, and I teach workshops in music sometimes. And folks do come to me and they go, “How do I make this blues song my own? How do I feel like I’m not an impostor doing this?” And I’m like, “That’s an excellent question.” That’s where you should start, where you go, “How does this speak to me?”

When I heard that you studied opera at a conservatory, that did seem to explain some of the technical ability to keep on moving through a very powerful song, almost as an athletic feat.

Well, it’s almost the reason why I don’t do a selection of mouth music; I do one. Because over the years, I’ve got it, and also the pronunciation — I mean, it’s hard. You learn one and you want to keep it. I mean, my training at Oberlin has been absolutely valuable. I had to learn how to adapt that training to this kind of singing. It is kind of great, because I’ll be doing that mouth music and I’ll feel, pardon me, but I’ll feel a burp going on and you can’t stop. I’ve learned how to sort of release it as I go so nobody knows that that’s happening. It’s kind of great to feel like, as a technician, that I’ve got this thing that I’ve done over the years now, that I’ve sort of developed this technique. I just do that because I love the mouth music and it’s so much fun.

Well, it’s a showstopper. People start cheering halfway through.

Yeah, I know. I mean, it’s really interesting: I don’t know what it is about that. It’s really tapped into something for people. I mean, I’ve had people come and they just feel, like, the primal-ness of it or, you know — and that, for me, that’s the strength of folk music. It’s like, here’s this piece of music that’s, like, however old it is, and you put a fresh take on it and pull in sort of the energy of today, and it still speaks to people.

Rhiannon Giddens – Tomorrow Is My Turn (Album Trailer)

Coldplay announce “final” album A Head Full of Dreams



December 4 2014

Coldplay is just seven months removed from the release of its sixth studio album, Ghost Stories, but already the band is in the studio working on No. 7. Not only that, but Chris Martin already has a title for the LP, which he revealed during an interview with BBC Radio 1 on Thursday.

The new album will be called A Head Full of Dreams and Martin considers it the band’s final chapter. He explained to Zane Lowe, “We are right in the middle of [recording] … It’s our seventh thing and the way we look at it it’s like the last Harry Potter book. That’s not to say there won’t be another thing one day, but this is the completion of something. It was great to go from Ghost Stories right back into the studio. Now, we’re making things that sound different. It’s a very fun time to be in our band.”

“I have to think of it as the final thing we’re doing, otherwise we wouldn’t put everything into it,” he continued.

Martin added that the band does plan to tour behind A Head Full of Dreams, something they did not do for Ghost Stories.

Listen to Martin’s full interview below. The part about the new album begins at the 3:15 mark.

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Chris Martin @ Zane Lowe 04.12.2014



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Magic has topped the Zane Lowe’s hottest songs of the year charts and Chris Martin comments on it. Furthermore, he reveals the title of the upcoming album “A head full of dreams”.