What The Hell Is ‘Rocket Juice And The Moon’?

Why it’s only Damon Albarn’s other, other, other side project with Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers is all.

According to Pitchfork:

Damon Albarn, Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Fela Kuti/the Good, the Bad, & the Queen drummer Tony Allen have a new group, Rocket Juice and the Moon. This weekend, the group debuted material at a series of live events in Europe called “Another Honest Jon’s Chop Up”, which is a spin-off of Albarn’s Honest Jon’s record label. Other performers at the Chop Up included Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Theo Parrish, and the Malian musician Fatoumata Diawara.

Besides having a terrible name, the band have put up a series of songs on Youtube for sampling. To be honest, they’re not as bombastic as you might have been expecting from a band with THAT name.

Sample live cut “Poison” is pretty jamming and ambient with sparse, flighty vocals and buried instrumentation. It’s decent stuff to be sure. I’m actually awaiting more cuts from this project and that’s definitely something I never thought I’d be saying about a band called Rocket Juice And The Moon.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jAvJ_4qdncM]

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Gorillaz To Release Greatest Hits Collection

While the Gorillaz have grown to be, to some, just as important as Damon Albarn’s original band, Blur, they haven’t been quite as consistent. An upcoming Greatest Hits set could be just what the doctor ordered.

According to Pitchfork:

On November 29 in the U.S. and November 28 in the UK, Virgin/Parlophone will release a greatest hits collection from Gorillaz, including singles, videos, and remixes from the entire career of Damon Albarn’s animated group. The Singles Collection: 2001-2011 will include fifteen tracks and be released on CD, CD/DVD, and vinyl. A limited edition 7″ box set will also be released.

The tracklisting is as follows:

01 Tomorrow Comes Today
02 Clint Eastwood
03 19-2000
04 Rock the House
05 Feel Good Inc
07 Dirty Harry
08 Kids With Guns
09 El Manana
10 Stylo
11 Superfast Jellyfish
12 On Melancholy Hill
13 Doncamatic
14 Clint Eastwood (Ed Case & Sweetie Irie Refix)
15 19-2000 (Soulchild Remix)

Via Pitchfork

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Damon Albarn Announces New Album

Is it Blur? Gorillaz? A proper solo LP? Well, not quite.

The prolific Damon Albarn has announced a new project called DRC Music; set to release their first album this October.

According to Pitchfork:

recording in Democratic Republic of Congo with XL Recordings boss Richard Russell, Dan the Automator, Actress, Kwes, T-E-E-D (Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosurs), Jneiro Jarel, Marc Antoine, Alwest, Remi Kabaka, and Rodaidh McDonald as DRC Music.

Now, that project has an album ready for release: Kinshasa One Two will see release via Warp digitally on October 4 in the U.S. (October 3 in the UK) and physically on November 8 (November 7 in the UK). The album was recorded in Kinshasa over the course of five days, in collaboration with local musicians. Proceeds will go to Oxfam to help their relief efforts in Democratic Republic of Congo.

A worthy cause indeed, produced by a stellar team of praise-worthy musicians. Hear the first track, “Hallo,” from their album below.

Via Pitchfork


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