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Hail Santa! + MHD (25/12)

Hail Santa! Fans.gorillaz.com wishes all Gorillaz fans a happy holiday season today.

A bit of news for you in the States who are planning to sit at home on New Year's Eve: MTV's HD channel MHD will be screening one of this year's shows from the Apollo in Harlem. The first airing will be at 9pm EST, and it will reair at midnight as well. A perfect way to ring in 2007 with Gorillaz!

Also, as a reminder: the fourth and final installation in the Gorillaz US iTunes EP series, Feel Good Inc, is released tomorrow.

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Guardian Interview (19/12)

The band appeared in the Guardian last week as part of the paper's best arts of 2006 feature, and were quizzed on their favourite bits of 2006:

Murdoc: I had mixed feelings watching the Gorillaz tribute act recreate our Demon Days album at the Apollo in Harlem. On the upside, you're watching an incredible lineup, plus a choir, orchestra and fireworks. But we were in the audience, and that felt like being Thin Lizzy and watching Twin Lizzy steal your glory. Or AC/DC being blown away by AB/DC. Or watching Earth, Wind for Hire.

2-D: I really enjoyed the Yeah Yeah Yeah's Show Your Bones album. If Tim Burton drew a band, it would look like them.

Murdoc: Whitesnake's album, In The Shadow of The Blues. Best thing this decade. David Coverdale? Genius.

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Times Online Podcast (15/12)

"He actually bounced a car... OFF my head! Twice in fact!"

The Times Online has got an exclusive podcast for download featuring a great interview with Murdoc and 2-D. Head on over to the Times podcast page to hear Pete Paphides gauge the boys' thoughts on Rise of the Ogre, why Wayne Rooney's book is probably quite thin, why Ricky Gervais is "phat," why countersuing is rather like tennis, the band's favourite books as children, Muds' musical history, and more!

Also as a reminder... the Audiobook singles of Rise of the Ogre, narrated by Joss Ackland, are available in the US and UK iTunes stores now!

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On The Grammy Trail Again (12/12)

Great news from the Gorillaz camp as the band are at it again! Another trip to the Grammys beckons as Gorillaz have picked up a nomination for Best Long Form Music Video for Demon Days Live In Manchester. Stay tuned for more news, as the award will be handed out on 11 February 2007 in Los Angeles.

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El Mañana EP Out, Feel Good Next, Private Party RSVP Required (7/12)

First up - On Wednesday 13th December in London there will be a private party (that is apparently not a private party) and we have got 50 pairs of guest passes to give away. The folks at www.africaexpress.co.uk want your answer to their very difficult question texted in by the 11th if you are interested in attending. While it is not strictly a Gorillaz event, it is organised by Gorillaz co-conspirator and sometime-attention grabber Damon Albarn. Interested? CLICK HERE to see the banner for further instructions.

Meanwhile, as you can see on our EPs page, the US iTunes exclusive El Mañana EP is now released for you to download. The next, and final release will be Feel Good Inc on Boxing Day, which will include the video animatic, Feel Good Inc live in Harlem video, plus Noodle's Demo of Feel Good and 68 State on the audio side. As ever, you'll get an exclusive digital booklet.

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Jackagory & Hail Santa v2.3 (2/12)

JACKAGORY!
Following the release of their scurrilous autobiography Rise of the Ogre, Gorillaz have teamed up with Penguin books for yet another unprecedented digital feat: the world's first audiobook single.

The talking book singles combine extracts from Rise of the Ogre read by legendary thespian Joss Ackland with music, effects and interjections from Gorillaz themselves. The singles will initially be available exclusively through iTunes; one single will be released a week until Christmas with all four available as a bumper bundle in the New Year.

The first Gorillaz audiobook single will be released on December 4th priced at 99p.

HAIL SANTA! (VERSION 2.3)

It's very nearly the season to be jolly, and to count you down to the festive season the elves at gorillaz.com have put together a suitably sophisticated advent calendar. The calendar runs from 3rd December to take in the 23 days of Christmas, which we will soon have available for download.

You'll find a host of festive gift ideas at the Gshop. Give your sister the greasy grimoire that is Rise of The Ogre, click here for more. Why not treat your Nan to a full set of Kid Robot dolls? Limited edition white versions are in stock now but get your order in fast to ensure delivery by Christmas. Follow this link to order. Or perhaps you know a neighbour who would just love the Phase 2 DVD? Here's where to find it. Cowboy Gary can fulfil all your yuletide needs, click here to pay him a visit!

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Dirty Harry EP Released, El Mañana Next (21/11)

The US exclusive Dirty Harry EP has been released - click here to check it out in the iTunes store. This is the second in the line of four exclusive iTunes EPs in the States... next up is El Mañana on December 5 - find out more about the tracklist at our EP page by clicking here!

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Gorillaz Interview on Amazon (12/11)

Check out Murdoc introducing Rise of the Ogre on amazon.com!

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DARE EP Released + Dirty Harry EP + Murdoc Interview (8/11)

With yesterday's release of the US iTunes exclusive DARE EP (have you downloaded it yet?), we can now confirm the next EP to be released will be Dirty Harry on November 21. Again, the EP will feature 2 previously unreleased audio tracks in the States in the form of Highway (Under Construction) and Hongkongaton. On the video side you'll be able to get the video for Dirty Harry as well as Dirty Harry live in Harlem - a fantastic live rendition of the Demon Days classic. Click here for the US iTunes EPs page, and click here for banners you can put on your website or blog!

In other news, The Guardian has got a bit of an audio/visual interview with Murdoc ion their site, in promotion of the fantastic new autobiography Rise of the Ogre.

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STH/ROTO Release + Monkey (1/11)

Just a reminder, Gorillaz Phase Two: Slowboat To Hades DVD is now in the shops! Also, make sure you run out tomorrow (Nov 2) and pick up your copy of the cracking new Gorillaz autobiography, Rise of The Ogre!

In other news, Gorillaz friends and collaborators Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett have decided to apparently jump off of Murdoc Niccals' coat tails and create their own new project. Monkey: Journey to the West is a groundbreaking new circus opera based on the Chinese legend set to a musical score by Albarn and a visual setting designed by Hewlett. The show will receive its world premiere at the inaugural Manchester International Festival in June 2007. Written and directed by Chinese theatre director Chen Shi-Zheng, the production is based on the story of the Monkey King, an epic journey of enlightenment retold through circus, martial arts and music, featuring Shaolin Monks and Chinese vocalists. Tickets are now on general sale, to get yours click here.

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