Entries tagged with: Bloc Party
Bloc Party singer Kele Okereke claims he was left with severe facial bruising and a split lip following what he alleges was a racist attack by Sex Pistols singer John Lydon [aka Johnny Rotten]. The incident occurred on Saturday evening at the Summercase festival in Barcelona while the bands were socialising backstage.
In an official statement released by Okereke, who is of Nigerian descent, the singer says he approached Lydon and asked him about the possibility of a reunion for Public Image Ltd, the band Lydon formed following the Sex Pistols demise in 1978. In Okereke's words, Lydon became "intimidating and aggressive while his entourage responded with a racist tirade, including the statement, 'your problem is your black attitude'." An assault allegedly ensued in which three people attacked Okereke.
Several other bands witnessed the incident, with members of the band Foals and Kaiser Chiefs singer Ricky Wilson intervening on the Bloc Party singer's behalf. Both have confirmed to the Guardian that the incident occurred but could not confirm or deny reports that the assault was racially motivated. Following his involvement, Foals singer Yannis Philippakis was arrested. He is expected to make a statement shortly.... [The Guardian] (thx J M)
photos by Ryan Muir
DIOYY @ Coachella 2008
Does it Offend You, Yeah? is opening for Bloc Party on all non-festival U.S. dates. Ryan happened to catch them (DIOYY) at Coachella. More pictures (and video) from that show below....
Bloc Party will pay a short visit to the United States this summer to play a few festivals and some shows in California, Philly and NYC. In NY it's two nights at Webster Hall (again). "A ticket pre-sale to Bloc Party's fan club, Marshals, begins on Tuesday, April 29th, with tickets going on-sale to the general public on Friday, May 2nd." All U.S. dates are with Does It Offend You, Yeah? who are going on a North American tour of their own even sooner. All dates below....
Recently the band has enjoyed a resurgence in popularity, initially due to emergence of new post-punk influenced bands such as The Rapture, Liars and Radio 4 and then the rise of Franz Ferdinand and Bloc Party, which led to the renewed patronage of the NME. The original Burnham/Allen/Gill/King lineup reformed in November 2004. In October 2005, Gang of Four released a new LP featuring new recordings of songs from the albums Entertainment!, Solid Gold and Songs of the Free entitled Return the Gift, along with an album's worth of remixes. [Wikipedia]Did you know that Dave Allen, the bass player of Gang of Four, writes a music blog? A good one too - one that not only provides regular updates and thoughts on topics like Radiohead, but one that also keeps people up to date with the latest Gang of Four happenings. That's how the world now knows that Gang of Four is busy recording some new songs, and that's where I got the two early demos linked on top of this post.
Bloc Party have a new EP out this week. The contents? Five versions of the song "Flux" - the same song you heard in the video that stars the Kaiju Big Battel characters. Stream the whole EP at AOL. Read more about it below.....
Takka Takka, Dave Godowsky & Kaiju @ Pianos (BV CMJ) Oct 20, 2007 (CRED)
Characters from Kaiju Big Battel were on hand at two of the three BrooklynVegan day parties during CMJ this year. You already saw a photo featuring the bouncer at the Friday R Bar party (where Yeasayer & Black Kids & many others played). Now this post is full of pictures that were taken the next day at Pianos - some featuring members of Takka Takka, and two with (their friend) singer-songwriter Dave Godowsky (who played upstairs at noon at that party).
Kaiju Big Battel are also featured in the new Bloc Party video. That video, and more photos (including one with Jaime of Islands), below....
Bloc Party @ Theatre @ MSG, NYC - Oct 3, 2007 (CRED)
Bloc Party is now finished with their U.S. tour. I didn't go to MSG, but I did see them at ACL - which was okay, but I think I need a new album before I can ever see them again. Overseas tour dates below....
DOWNLOAD: Foals - Hummer (MP3)
Foals are a Bloc Party-esque dance-punk band from the UK - a band whose MySpace page I found myself visiting quite often lately - partly because I had heard they were coming for CMJ, and now I know they'll be playing Bowery Ballroom with Le Loup, The Brunettes & Band of Horses on Saturday October 20th. It's the Sub Pop/Hardly Art showcase, but whether Foals actually have a record deal in the works with one of those related labels is not known at this time. Tickets go on sale Wednesday at noon.
More Foals tour dates below....
outside Bowery Ballroom - Aug 13, 2007
All I know is that after Tokyo Police Club finished their set (and one-song encore), I went outside and there was this guy on the ground surrounded by police. I snapped the above photo with my phone. A second guy was wiping blood off his own nose, and then an ambulance came, and then the guy you see on the ground was taken off in the police car. Exact details are unknown, but supposedly the guy in handcuffs (probably very drunk) just decided to walk up to this other guy near the end of TPC's set, and just punch him right in the face for no reason - possibly to try and start up a mosh pit or something.
TPC played a great set, that, for them - was long, and full of new material. I'm excited to hear their new album coming out on Saddle Creek. They're about to start recording it any day now. I also (surprisingly) really enjoyed Harlem Shakes' opening set, and even the one by opener-opener King Left. I didn't take pictures (inside), but here's one I like from a show they recently played in their hometown of Toronto....
On October 3rd, TPC is opening for Bloc Party at the Theatre at MSG in NYC. More tour dates, and TPC's new video for 'Citizens of Tomrrow', below....
"Save the World" - Bloc Party @ Live Earth London (CRED)
The most bizzare thing about the Bad Brains show on the boat was before the show when HR was just sort walking around by himself with his sunglasses on - looking extremely chill, and nobody was talking to him - at least when I saw him. He apparently did speak to at least one person before the show though, and it was DL host Sara Schaefer. AOL has the must-see video where they talk about the new album, and even sick Morrissey's favorite artist (and Gogol Bordello collaborator) Madonna. Keep the video running for a cool in-studio performance by Bloc Party that comes up right after Bad Brains. Updated Bloc Party tour dates below....
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah's show at Gramercy Theatre sold out quickly. Bloc Party's show at the WaMu is on sale. Blonde Redhead is playing a free show at McCarren Pool this summer, and now tickets are also on sale for a show by them in NJ on September 22nd.
All Blonde Redhead tour dates & stuff, below...
Bloc Party @ Glastonbury 2007 (CRED)
Bloc Party frontman Kele Okereke has a secret confession to his army of supporters - he doesn't like music festivals because they remind him of when he was at school. The British rocker's band performed at the Glastonbury festival yesterday, and will be headlining a number of shows around Europe and America over the summer.Bloc Party had to cancel last time they were supposed to play the Theater at Madison Square Garden in NYC. They try it again on October 3rd - not long after they play Austin City Limits & a show in Toronto. A fan club presale starts Tuesday. More dates surely TBA soon. All known dates below....
But he doesn't find the experience being backstage at festivals very enjoyable.
He says: "It's like being at a school reunion with people you know the faces of but don't really know at all." [Starpulse]
DOWNLOAD: Bloc Party - Banquet (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Bloc Party - Say it Right (Nelly Furtado) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Bloc Party vs. Gwen Stefani "What You Hunting For?" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Bloc Party vs. Coldplay "Hunting For Witches In My Place" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Bloc Party - I Still Remember (live @ FNX) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Bloc Party - Sunday (live @ FNX) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Bloc Party vs. Madonna "Groovecopter" (MP3)
Bloc Party continue their current U.S. tour (with the Maccabees) in Kansas City, Missouri tonight (Jun 11, 2007). They played the Stone Pony (moved from the Convention Hall) in Asbury Park, NJ on Thursday (June 7), and on Saturday (June 9) they played Live 105's BFD 2007 at Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California.
Bloc Party @ Shoreline Amphitheater - June 9, 2007 (CRED)
Interpol, Queens of the Stone Age, Social Distortion, CSS, The Faint, The Bravery, Kaiser Chiefs, Silversun Pickups, Cold War Kids, and CSS were also on the relatively cheap bill. More BFD pics & BP tour dates below....
This guy Ronald doesn't like Bloc Party:
I'm sorry, but it's impossible for me to listen to these English newcomers without hearing the indelible mark of post-punk founders the Cure. I'm afraid what we have here is just the latest example of a U.K. band appropriating the sound of one of America's best. This is one bloc party RTC will not be attending — and I don't care if they are serving hamburgers.He doesn't like Cat Power either. Here's a picture of Bloc Party from SXSW...
Kele scales the wall @ Stubb's, Austin, TX (SXSW) - March 16, 2007 (CRED)
In just a couple of days Bloc Party will be here in NYC, and people that don't already work or live there will be venturing to 175th Street (United Palace) for the first time. Bloc Party will also make an appearance on Letterman while they're here, and they'll be back in the area in June to play Asbury Park and elsewhere.
Mar 29 - The Late Show with David Letterman
Mar 30 - New York, NY @ United Palace Theatre
Mar 31 - New York, NY @ United Palace Theatre
June 7 – Asbury Park, NJ (Convention Hall)
All tour dates below...
Kele told Rolling Stone he likes Joanna Newsom, Beyonce, and Forward, Russia!. The other day we heard what he and Gordon think about the first four tracks on their new album Weekend in the City. Here's what they have to say about tracks 5-8:
VIDEO STREAM: "track 5 - Uniform"
VIDEO STREAM: "track 6 - On"
VIDEO STREAM: "track 7 - Where is Home?"
VIDEO STREAM: "track 8 - Kreuzberg"
I don't really get all the hate. Weekend in the City is not as instantly engaging as their first album, but the more I listen, the more I love it. Lately I've been listening to it more than anything else.
Videos 1-4 here.
One of my favorite bands of this century, Bloc Party, came out with their second album Weekend in the City last week. So it was without hesitation that I agreed to take part in this series of "the making of" posts - courtesy of VICE Records...
Recently we found out what Bloc Party's Kele Okereke thinks about the White Stripes' Jack White. Clicking on one the below video streams will have you suddenly hearing (and watching) what Kele and Gordon have to say about one of the tracks on the new Bloc Party album. For instance, did you know that "Clay" in "Song for Clay" is based on the character in the novel Less Than Zero (aka Andrew McCarthy)?
Naturally, the songs are also playing in the background - think "director's commentary". Pitchfork started the series off with track 2 - "The Making of 'Hunting for Witches'". Here are tracks 1, 3 & 4:
VIDEO STREAM: "track 1 - Song for Clay"
VIDEO STREAM: "track 3 - Waiting for the 7:18"
VIDEO STREAM: "track 4 - The Prayer"
Stay tuned for tracks 5-11 both here, and at Pitchfork.
Tickets go on (pre)sale Saturday for two NYC Bloc Party shows on March 30th & 31st. One catch - the shows are taking place at United Palace Theatre located at the corner of Broadway & 175th St. One more catch - this theatre has seats (see above)...3500 of them to be exact. (also, I don't know the presale password).
Bloc Party is also one of the confirmed acts (as is Interpol) for SXSW this year (March 14-18), so there will almost definitely be more March tour dates announced soon. For more Bloc Party stuff, like MP3 covers by other bands, check out Blog Party.
For international tour dates, see below....
I never posted these photos from Bloc Party's show at Brooklyn's McCarren Pool on July 29, 2006...
THERE WAS A MEETING LAST WEEK
"...Meanwhile, some residents from Eckford Street implied they would be happy if every performer was told to stay away from the venue. Local artist Yvonne Estrada was the most bitterly vocal, complaining that the high decibel levels prevented her from entertaining guests, or simply enjoying life. 'We're practically in front of the pool,' she said. 'I like rock, but it's not fair to have a performance venue right outside my door.'" [Queens Ledger] (via Brooklyn Record & Gawker)
"Bloc Party have been forced to cancel a number of shows on their current US tour with Panic! At The Disco after drummer Matt Tong was admitted to hospital in Atlanta with a collapsed lung after last night's performance."
Panic! at the Disco are bringing Bloc Party on tour...
11/13 - New York, NY @ The Theatre at Madison Square Garden
11/14 - New York, NY @ The Theatre at Madison Square Garden
All dates below...
Kele from Bloc Party is DJing Misshapes Saturday night. Earlier in the day he's playing a sold out show at McCarren Pool in Brooklyn. Here are the set times: 6:15 - Mew, 7:20 - Secret Machines, 8:30 - Bloc Party.
LAST NIGHT IN ASBURY PARK
Bloc Party concert last night was cut one song short due to an "electrical storm". Two songs into the encore, the rain started to come down and lightning was evident in skies. After a brief conversation with the stage managers, the band said goodnight which was subsequently met with boos from the crowd. Kele responded with something on the lines of "You had fun though right? We will repay our debt to New Jersey soon" and the crowd responded with cheers. - Bao
Radio Free Chicago and Future Perfect Radio worked with me to get all of this coverage of the VICE Intonation Festival that recently happened in Chicago, and I really fell behind in getting the content up, so... sorry about that to all involved. Here are the photos of Bloc Party (who are playing NYC at the end of this month).....