June 30th, 2010

OMH Remix promo out now / New Gorillaz remixes from the Last Skeptik

An official On Melancholy Hill Remixes promo CD has been out a few days and is appearing at the usual places (ebay, etc). The tracklisting is 01. Josh Wink Remix, 02. Josh Wink Dub, 03. The Japanese Popstars Remix, 04. She is Danger Remix, 05. We Have Band Remix , and it's a white label promo, like the official remix promos for Stylo and Superfast Jellyfish before it. This is the first place the Josh Wink Remix has appeared (the Josh Wink Dub is just the Josh Wink Remix without any of the vocal parts).

In other remix news, The Last Skeptik, a London-based DJ and producer, released remixes of Superfast Jellyfish and On Melancholy Hill (one of each) this weekend. They use the official remix parts and The Last Skeptik clearly has a connection to the Gorillaz camp, having previously produced some Eslam Jawaad (The Good, The Bad & The Queen collaborator) material. Listen to the remixes online:- On Melancholy Hill | Superfast Jellyfish. On his Twitter (here, The Last Skeptik also claims that he produced the first version of White Flag and it had Elsam on it rapping in Arabic.

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New official Glastonbury clothing on Gorillaz' online store

New Gorillaz Glastonbury official clothing (as sold at the festival) is now available to buy from Gorillaz' online store. There is one design, based on the On Melancholy Hill cover, and you can get hoodies, tshirts and vests. Pics of the items are also available on the shop. Check out the items on the shop here. Thanks Sewing Needles for being first with the news!

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Gorillaz.com posting about Syria and Lebanon shows

We've been bringing you all the news on Gorillaz' Syria and Lebanon shows ever since Damon and Jamie first mentioned them to Zane Lowe. A new posting on Gorillaz.com clarifies a few details and brings us all up to date:-

"Gorillaz will bring "Escape To Plastic Beach" to the Syrian capital of Damascus on July 25th, 2010 and Beirut, Lebanon on the 20th.

Gorillaz will be one of the first internationally renowned Western bands to play the Syrian Arab Republic. The band will perform at The Citadel, the 11th Century fortified palace situated in the ancient city of Damascus. Damascus Citadel tickets go on sale July 7th.

The performance will follow Gorillaz taking the headline slots at Byblos Festival in Beirut on July 20th and Spanish Festival Benicassim on July 18th. Featured artists scheduled to appear include: Damon Albarn, Bashy, De La Soul, Mick Jones, Kano, National Orchestra for Arabic Music, Paul Simonon, Bootie Brown and Bobby Womack. The show will include animations, artwork and film by Jamie Hewlett.

20th July Byblos Festival , Beirut
Official website: www.byblosfestival.org
Buy tickets for Byblos: http://www.ticketingboxoffice.com

25th July Citadel, Damascus, Syria
Damascus Citadel tickets on sale July 7th."

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