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Damon Albarn On World Cafe | May 9, 2014

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Founder and singer of the Britpop band Blur, Damon Albarn has been involved in many musical projects over the years, from Gorillaz to The Good, The Bad And The Queen. He's also looked beyond borders through his recordings with Malian musicians and an opera he wrote based on Chinese folklore. Until now, though, he'd never released a solo album.

Everyday Robots draws on Albarn's personal experiences and memories. On today's World Cafe, we'll explore the stories behind the new songs and hear them performed live with Albarn's band The Heavy Seas, complete with a string section and choir.

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Tracklisting:

(( )) for interlude music

Courtney Barnett “Avant Gardener” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Blur “Song 2” Blur
The Good, The Bad, & The Queen “Herculean” The Good, The Bad, & The Queen
Gorillaz “On Melancholy Hill” Plastic Beach
((Damon Albarn “Hollow Ponds” Everyday Robots))
Damon Albarn “Mr. Tembo” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Damon Albarn “Hollow Ponds” Everyday Robots
Damon Albarn “Heavy Seas of Love” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
((Damon Albarn “Mr. Tembo” Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Damon Albarn “Everyday Robots” Everyday Robots
Damon Albarn “El Manana” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Damon Albarn “You And Me” Everyday Robots
((Damon Albarn “Everyday Robots” Everyday Robots))
Jarekus Singleton “I Refuse To Lose” Refuse To Lose
Jack White “Lazaretto” Lazaretto
Talking Heads “Slippery People” Speaking In Tongues
tUnE-yArDs “Water Fountain” Nikki-Nack
((Little Comets “Little Opus” Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Ben & Ellen Harper “A House Is A Home” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Ben & Ellen Harper “Farmer’s Daughter” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Ben & Ellen Harper “Learn it All Again Tomorrow” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
((Ben & Ellen Harper “Farmer’s Daughter” Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Sylvan Esso “Coffee” Sylvan Esso
Animal Collective “Summertime Clothes” Merriweather Post Pavillion
The Kaiser Chiefs “Coming Home” Education, Education, Education & War
Grandmaster Flash & the Furious 5 “The Message” Fresh & Furious: Hip Hop’s Beginning
((The Roots “The Seed” Phrenology))