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Friday, 12 November 2010 13:31

Gorillaz Make First Record on An iPad"I've made it on an iPad," Damon Albarn has claimed. "I hope I'll be making the first record on an iPad," he continued, talking about the next Gorillaz album. "I'm going to try and put it out before Christmas."

In an interview with NME, Albarn said that he has been working on a follow-up to the cartoon group's Plastic Beach while on tour with the band. "I fell in love with my iPad as soon as I got it, so I've made a completely different kind of record," he said.

"I hope I'll be making the first record [on an iPad]." he continued. "Which is ironic, being the sort of technophobe and Luddite that I am."

Albarn has been recording tracks for the new album while touring America with the Gorillaz. "It's a studio album made in hotel rooms across America," he added.

Listeners can expect to find an American influence on the record. The album is "more American-sounding than Blur," he commented. "It sounds like an English voice that has been put through a vocoder of America."

Albarn previously described the new album as "basically a tour diary as a record." Earlier this month, he told Stuff, "I guess it's my love-letter to America. I used to be very baffled by this place, and I guess I still am in some ways; America confused me enormously. But right now with all that's going on this is a good place to be and this has been a great tour, the shows have been very special."

Albarn finished his NME interview with a tease about a new project. "I'm doing something next year about a subject that's really close to my heart. I'm not telling you what it is."

Most likely, the secret project is what's described in a recent interview with Gorillaz co-founder Jamie Hewlett in Australia's Rip It Up magazine. "Oxfam want us to go to Congo and see what's happening there and do a project based on that," the artist said. "We're going with Oxfam, so they'll look after us – hopefully we don't have our heads chopped off."

Gorillaz are currently on tour in the UK.

EUROPE

Nov 12th
(*Previously Sept 12th)     UK     Manchester*     Evening News Arena
Nov 14th
(*Previously Sept 14th)     UK     London*          O2 Arena    
Nov 15th                            NL     Amsterdam       Heineken Music Hall    
Nov 16th
(*Previously Sept 15th)     UK     London*           O2 Arena    
Nov 17th
(*Previously Sept 10th)     UK     Birmingham*      NIA    
Nov 18th                            UK     Brighton           Center    
Nov 21st
(*Previously Nov 17th)      DE     Berlin*              Velodrom    
Nov 22nd                           FR      Paris                 Zenith        
Nov 23rd
(*Previously Nov 14th)      FR      Paris*               Zenith         
Nov 25th
(*Previously Nov 22nd)      BE     Antwerp*          Lotto    

AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND AND ASIA

Dec 3rd      HK     Hong Kong     Asia World Arena    
Dec 6th     Aus     Perth            Burswood Dome    
Dec 8th     Aus     Adelaide        Entertainment Centre    
Dec 11th   Aus     Melbourne      Rod Laver    
Dec 16th   Aus     Sydney          Entertainment Centre    
Dec 19th   Aus     Brisbane         Entertainment Centre    
Dec 21st    NZ      Auckland        Vector Arena

Last Updated on Friday, 12 November 2010 15:15
 

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(Reuters) - "Lost" may have just ended its six-season run, but one of the TV show's stars is now immortalized on the new album by rock band Weezer.

A headshot of Jorge Garcia, the larger-than-life comic actor who played Hugo "Hurley" Reyes on the castaway series, adorns the cover of the band's upcoming eighth album. The band went one step further, and called the album "Hurley."

"The important thing was that we wanted that picture of Jorge Garcia face on the cover with no words," frontman Rivers Cuomo said in an email to Reuters. "So we just figured that everyone was going to call it Hurley, so that's how it came to be called Hurley."

The album, due in stores on September 14, marks the band's debut for Los Angeles indie punk label Epitaph Records after a 16-year stint on Universal Music Group's Geffen Records label when it enjoyed such hits as "Buddy Holly," "Beverly Hills" and "We Are all on Drugs."

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