Gorillaz’ Artist Jamie Hewlett Creates Characters For Absolut Spirit of London Campaign

Jamie Hewlett Creates Characters to Life for Absolut Spirit of LondonEarlier this year, Absolut released The Spirit of London in a Limited Edition bottle illustrated by Gorillaz and Tank Girl artist Jamie Hewlett. Now, Absolut has launched a special microsite where visitors can explore the back-stories of four of the characters featured on the bottle illustration.

The Absolut Spirit of London website features Karl Bugle (1987), a seller of fine clobber (had to look it up) for the distinguished gent; Ernest Scrubbs (1855), a Victorian-era entertainer of; Suzi Q (1966), a swinging 60s fashionista and Perry Lloyd (1964), a cool ska cat.

UK visitors who can complete the challenges in each of the character’s eras can win a signed and numbered print and limited edition glass featuring that character. A lucky Grand Prize winner will receive a complete set of glasses, 7 signed and numbered individual prints and a special edition bottle of ABSOLUT London vodka.

The site was reated by London agency Holler.


Converse Brings Gorillaz, James Murphy and Andre 3000 Together for ‘DoYaThing’

Converse - Gorillaz, Andre 3000, James Murphy collaborate on 'DoYaThing'Back in February Converse released a Gorillaz-inspired collection of the iconic Chuck Taylor All-Stars. To celebrate the collection the sneaker-maker has brought together the Gorillaz with Andre 3000 and former LCD Soundsystem leader James Murphy to record ‘DoYaThing’ a track as part of their ‘Three Artists, One Song’ music series.

The Jamie Hewlett directed video is the best example yet of combining the animated bandmembers with real-life environments. In it we see 2D stumbling through the dilapitated house encountering a mysterious X-faced Andre 3000 (sweat collectors?) and his green-skinned bandmate Murdoc.

The free track can be downloaded now at the Converse website, or if you’d like to hear the extended 13 minute version check it out on the 107.7 TheEnd website.

Bjork to Release New Album Biophilia as 10 iPad Apps

Bjork is certainly no stranger to innovation. She’s been a fearless artist and performer throughout her career, first as a member of the Sugarcubes in the 1980s and as a solo artist since 1993.

She is set to release her seventh album Biophilia later this month. Today she gave the world a 30-second sneak listen to the first track Crystalline (see the video below) heard over her car stereo.

Besides the traditional release (CD & digital download) of the album alongwith music videos, the big news is that ten tracks on Biophilia will all be released as 10 iPad apps. Each app will be housed inside a single ‘mother’ app and will allow fans to interact with the song’s themes or create their own versions of the music.

She is set to premiere Biophilia at 6 performances over three weeks at Campfield Market Hall, as part of the Manchester International Festival, The first performance is set to take place on June 30. The performances will include two brand new instruments created by Icelandic organ maker Björgvin Tómasson. He’s created a small organ controlled via MIDI equipment, and a rebuilt celeste that incorporates the sounds of an Indonesian gamelan.

I love to experience what artists like Bjork and the Gorillaz (with The Fall album) explore the possibilities of new technologies such as the iPad as not performance and recording tools, but as mechanisms to release and share their

Gorillaz iPad Project ‘The Fall’ Gets Traditional Release in April

Gorillaz 'The Fall'The Fall, a collection of songs that Damon Albarn (mostly) performed and recorded on his iPad during the Gorillaz 32-day North American fall tour will finally be made available as a traditional digital download, CD and vinyl release.

The 15 tracks had been previously posted on Christmas eve to the Gorillaz website and available to anyone who had signed up to the mailing list. The Fall will be available as a special vinyl release on April 16 as part of Record Store Day 2011. A CD and digital download will be available two days later.

Some fans and critics have been very critical about the recordings referring to them as rambling and amateurish and not worthy of release under the Gorillaz monicker.

I however enjoyed the tracks for what they were, sound explorations – these are the rough and raw creative explorations, the sonic frameworks that may eventually grow into fully-realized songs or just left unheard by the public. They can’t be compared to a fully produced Gorillaz album. I enjoy hearing the creativity of Albarn in all its forms.

Albarn had described the album as a type of sonic journal, recorded in his spare time during the tour.

“I did it because there’s a lot of time that you just spend staring at walls essentially. And it was a fantastic way of doing it. I found working in the day, whether it’s in the hotel or in the venue, it was a brilliant way of keeping myself well. I literally wrote everything on the day in each place and there’s a strange sort of sound of America and its musical traditions that comes through. It feels like a journey through America.”