On a special edition of UKNY at 11 tonight, a session and conversation with Damon Albarn, who released his "official" solo debut, Everyday Robots, just ten days ago. Damon talks about the extremely autobiographical nature of the album which stretches from his childhood, running feral through Turkish souks, to present day, as the perplexed father of a teenager. In the second half of the show, new music from The Proper Ornaments, Fold and more.
On tonight's UKNY at 11, there are simply so many excellent new albums that have just been released or are slated to come out in just days, that it's a bit overwhelming—so expect offerings from Gruff Rhys, Eno • Hyde (pictured), Elephant and more. Next week also brings an influx of great British bands to New York for shows, like Foals, Bombay Bicycle Club and Toy, so we'll round up some tracks from them as well.
Although the moment that marked the real birth of Britpop has been debated, the 20th anniversary of the release of Blur's Parklife, which fell yesterday, April 25, is often cited as the point when the genre surged as a cultural, Union Jack-waving force in Britain and beyond. So on tonight's spring drive edition of UKNY, we'll spend an hour back in the mid-'90s when Britpop was at its height (for better and for worse) with Blur, Oasis, Elastica (pictured), Pulp, Echobelly, Suede, Space and more. UKNY is the new kid on the FUV block, but if you enjoy exploring music from Britain, please support the show by heading to WFUV.org and making a contribution to the station.
This Friday, April 25, marks the 20th anniversary of the release of Blur's Parklife, the album that truly heralded the arrival of Britpop. This past Wednesday, Blur frontman and solo artist Damon Albarn, who releases Everyday Robots on April 29, visited WFUV for an intimate session (which airs on May 5). So, tonight on UKNY at 11, expect a generous helping of Damon Albarn tracks as well as thoughtful new music from emerging artists like Aquilo, Throwing Snow, Bernard + Edith, Vancouver Sleep Clinic and more.
As Scotland Week draws to a close, UKNY will focus on a wide range of Caledonian artists and bands, like Withered Hand, Law (pictured), Close Lobsters, Young Fathers and others, stretching from Glasgow to Edinburgh to the highlands. Also, heading south to England, newly-minted releases from Childhood, Adult Jazz and more.