Entries tagged with: Bloc Party
Matt Tong: Well, most of the people I spoken to brought up this Gang of Four thing. I think people have read that into our work.
Kele Okereke: It's frustrating that people attribute something to certain songs and that's not what they're about at all. It's a common misconception that "Helicopter" is about President Bush. It's kinda patronizing.
Kele Okereke: I don't know. I saw !!! recently at a live show in London. They make real dance music. They make real house records. Not just songs that you can dance to. It's a different energy. I don't know really.
* Read the whole interview at Pitchfork
* Pitchfork gives Silent Alarm Remixed an 8.0
* Order Silent Alarm remixed at Insound
* Stream the new Gang of Four remake
* Download a new Bloc Party song
* Tickets are on sale for !!!'s CMJ show at SOB's
* !!! shares members with Out Hud
* See Out Hud at Motherfucker in NYC Sunday night
* Bloc Party played Motherfucker too
* Gang of Four played Tribeca Grand
Russell Lissack of Bloc Party DJ'd at Misshapes in NYC on Saturday (July 30, 2005). Photo to the left swiped from the Misshapes photo gallery.
Run to Smashed Robot for the Bloc Party remix of Chromeo's "Needy Girl" and a hot 40 minute Chromeo mix MP3.
Bloc Party releases a remix CD on September 13th, 2005.
In the meantime:
* So Much Silence has four rare Bloc Party remix MP3s for download
* that link via DOH, who has some MIA mashups
* Two more Bloc Party remixes at One Louder
* And as always, lots of downloads at BlocParty.Net
It's happened. The Knitting Factory (Sept. 30th, 2004) to Roseland (Sept. 9th, 2005) transformation took a little less than a year. They deserve it, but there's no way I'm going to Roseland.
One Louder has all the September 2005 Bloc Party tour dates and pre-sale information.
Minivegas has a new animated video for Pioneers (animated Bloc Party members included)
MTV has video of Bloc Party playing in-studio
Chart Attack reports that they're working on their second album
NME has Bloc Party's condolences to London bombing victims & Euro tour dates
Listen to Bloc Party live in Washington DC on NPR (literally playing live as I post this)
Despite all the Webster Hall controversy (mostly the temperature) yesterday, Wednesday (June 15th, 2005) night's show reconfirmed why I love Bloc Party so much. I left Webster Hall drenched in sweat, but NOT from the temperature inside the club; From dancing. I was very comfortable in the club (note: the cold front that came to NYC on Wednesday obviously helped).
They only have one full length album, yet I feel like I watched a band playing all their hits. Every song is as exciting as the next. I've been listening to "Silent Alarm" for almost seven months, and I still love it. This was the sixth time I saw them live (I'm trying to break Cobra Snake's record), and I'd probably rank it as the second best. Roxy ruled.
Highlights from the show in list format:
* Kele (singer) made a point to tell the crowd they were better than the night before (again)
* From where I was standing, the crowd was good
* They said they'd be back in September (Roseland? Hammerstein?)
* They kicked major ass
* They played TWO encores (4 songs, then 2 songs). Half the crowd was gone for the second one.
* They played two new songs. They were good.
* Kele & the Matt (drummer) both stage dove.
* Fireworks or something went off over the drums during the encore
* Kele dedicated a song to a singer of another band in attendance who helped them get started (hint: Franz Ferdinand...as also seen at Spoon in the same venue)
Photo courtesy of hseikaly who said, "imagine hot, humid, stagnant air over a large mass of people and you can't move. it was lovely."
Dear Webster Hall,
You suck. Please stop hosting shows of good bands, because you are going to ruin their live-show reputation. Last night at Webster Hall was the last straw.
I am never going there again! I walked in about 25 minutes before Bloc Party came on. And about 20 minutes before Bloc Party went on... I was drenched. It is so fucking hot inside of Webster Hall, that it made Coachella 2004 look like... some much colder... concert.
Gothamist Interviewed Clap Your Hands Say Yeah (who I'm listening to in my headphones as I write this)
Gakwer says the Bloc Party show at Webster Hall last night was full of "retarded NYU kids." (I sold my tickets to go to LOA)
Gakwer notes that the NYTimes made it OK for journalists to hate Coldplay. (They'll never beat U2 now)
Rolling Stone has a video for Spoon's "I turn my camera on." (via Chromewaves via Catbirdseat) (good song, stream the whole album)
"Any music fan worth their salt can remember June 2004 when The Killers' album, Hot Fuss, was all the rage, at least it was south of 14th Street. Even a year later I can still put it on and just let it rip, no skipping songs or turning it off after the fifth track. I remember going to their show at the Bowery Ballroom on August 16th..."
"...That's why I get mad when I hear The Killers' played at yuppie watering holes with names like, "The Mad River Grille" and on Top 40 radio stations like Z-100, which manages to ruin every great song."
"...Naturally someone is going to pipe up and tell me not to be such a whiner, that the point of music, and what these artists hope to achieve, is to reach the masses..."
I wish Bjork would play some secret shows. Maybe to promote her new soundtrack.
Bloc Party is playing Webster Hall in NYC June 14th and 15th (Tuesday and Wednesday).
Live Review: Bloc Party in San Francisco
Death From Above 1979 To Release Three Versions Of Next Album
Rolling Stone interviews Gang of Four...
What do you think of new bands, like the Futureheads and Bloc Party, and their connection to your sound?
I think "respect." If writers want to say these bands are good -- and they're great -- but they're borrowing from Gang of Four, I mean, that's cool. I suppose I'm a little pissed that some of these bands are just borrowing freely from us. It's a difficult equation for me: Do I come down on any one band's side? Because there's tons of them! I think our integrity, our credibility, has remained intact. And if that's attached to these new bands, that's fine.
I think the live Gang of Four is the big differentiator, and, of course, the lyrics. There's nothing remotely close to us when it comes to being socially, politically and lyrically aggressive pains in the ass. Jon King was so amazing at writing those lyrics that hit the nail on the head every time about your everyday life, and I'm not hearing that in any of these new bands.
I'm so behind in posting. Friday's Bloc Party show at Bowery Ballroom undid any negative thoughts left in my mind by Thursday's show. People danced, they turned up the volume, and the band was acting completely cool. After one or two songs, they told the crowd how much better they were than Thursday night's crowd. The energy worked both ways. I think bands feed off good crowds, resulting in a better show. The louder sound helped too. We heard a totally new song. They announced the June 14th and 15th Webster Hall dates too. Those tickets go on sale today at noon.
Kele asked why nobody invited Bloc Party to play a block party in Brooklyn. Good question.
A few posts ago, I reported that Vice Records is no longer releasing the Annie album. A few posts ago, I reported seeing Vice Records signee, Bloc Party, at Bowery Ballroom. If you haven't heard yourself say "grime" yet, you probably will soon. If you haven't heard Vice's Run the Road Grime compilation, you probably should. The Streets. DFA 1979. The list goes on.
How does the mysterious Vice do it? What's their story? What happened with Annie?
“We love the Annie record. But this is a tough one, because I do feel like Vice Records is not just about music. It’s also all the different Vice entities, and for what Vice sort of means to people, having that incredibly cute Norwegian pop singer doesn’t really fit the mold, no matter how great she is.”
"The buzz surrounding Bloc Party has exploded in recent weeks, and as the band is on the verge of mainstream exposure, Vice is learning to handle a new beast."
Those answers at more at the Columbia Spectator: The Virtues of Vice
Tickets were going for $100 a pop outside the venue. The block was filled with people looking and hoping for a miracle. Kele (singer) asked the crowd who paid the most to get in. Someone in the front screamed $200. He gave them his laminated pass and asked him/her to sell it on E-bay to recoup some of that loss.
The show was both awesome and frustrating at the same time (like being tied up and tickled?). The complaint? More people stood around with their arms folded than danced. (like Toronto) There was a small pocket of communal dancing and excitement going on in the front (which I eventually found my way to), but the rest of the crowd might as well have been sitting. My favorite line from Kele: "I don't care what magazine you work for. You can have fun and dance." (or something like that).
A few times I just closed my eyes, and pretended I was back at Roxy. There should be a mandatory open bar for an hour before every Bloc Party performance. I think that would have helped.
WHO DO THEY THINK THEY ARE?
As also reported at the Modern Age, Bloc Party thought they were funny by pretending to start songs by The Killers, Franz Ferdinand, Interpol, Radiohead, and Coldplay. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think Bloc Party's intent was to pick on those bands and the people that like them. Funny? a little. Cocky? a lot.
After about 30 minutes of playing, Bloc Party left the stage. Was it over? No, it was just intermission. Either that, or the encore was really long.
SEEN IN THE CROWD
James Iha of Smashing Pumpkins (yeah, I know - New Yorkers are thinking it would be weird if James WASN'T there) & a member of TV On the Radio.
Mike Dirnt of Green Day with a fan @ Pianos
The after party was at Pianos. Bloc Party, Ultragrrrl, and Karen Plus One were DJing. I went right from Bowery to Pianos, but by the time I got there, there was already a line half way down the block. Not too bad, EXCEPT it was pouring. I had no umbrella, but waited anyway. By the time I got up to the list, I was drenched. Then my name wasn't on the list. Luckily there were enough +1's to go around, and I eventually got in.
I'm not big on after-parties, especially ones on a weeknight, but I'm glad I went. Bloc Party was ('if you want to call it') DJing and generally just hanging out with the full-to-capacity crowd. Iha appeared again. I think I saw Chris Glover.
The really interesting thing happened when I was about to leave at 2am (the same time Human Television was starting to play). I couldn't help but notice Billie Joe Armstrong and Mike Dirnt from Green Day hangin at the front bar with two large bodyguards close by. (Strange that I had just been talking about Green Day earlier in the day).
I'm a jaded New Yorker, but I still got excited at the sight of them in a bar. I'm not the type to approach celebrities, but I can't say the same for my friend who thinks American Idiot is the best thing since sliced bread. Long story short, this friend and Billie were talking about the meaning of life with their arms around each other for about five minutes. My camera wasn't working, so I unfortunately couldn't capture the Kodak moment.
After Billie left, I ended up outside in a group discussion with Mike Dirnt. Mike is the most conceited, down-to-earth, guy you'll ever meet. He was really, really nice, and had no problem just chillin' with his fans. We asked him if he saw Bloc Party. He hadn't. I'm not sure they even knew it was the after-party. They were in town to play Saturday Night Live (tomorrow). He told us about his plans for a few more albums, mixed with world domination.
Our party was eventually broken up by another endearing fan. I used that opportunity to finally get home and get some sleep. Thanks to Brian for the two photos of Mike Dirnt.
Mike Dirnt of Green Day with a fan @ Pianos
Bloc Party are back at Bowery tonight (Friday). Expect more scalping.
And the breaking news is two more scheduled shows at Webster Hall: June 14th & 15th. Tix not on sale yet.
Kele, the singer of Bloc Party, didn't seem to have any trouble with his voice on Letterman just now. And since we haven't heard otherwise (and based on the comments two posts ago) I assume the Bloc Party shows are on for Thursday and Friday night at the Bowery.
If you didn't already know, it's Bloc Party at the Bowery week. According to a statement published on Music for Robots, there's now a chance the two shows may get postponed. The Philly show they were scheduled to play tonight has been moved to June in a new venue.
My 2 Cents: If they cancel the Bowery shows and reschedule them for Webster Hall (like they've done for The Arcade Fire and The Fiery Furnaces), I'm gonna.... I don't know what I'm gonna do, but I'll be pissed.
With all the excitement yesterday about Picaresque and Arular, I totally spaced the fact that Bloc Party's Silent Alarm was actually released (in the U.S.A.) too. You've heard people say that it's hard to be excited about a release date when you've been listening to an album leak for months. The same goes for an album that already came out in another country. Silent Alarm falls in to both categories. Leaked, then released in the UK, and then finally released in the United States.
Are you surprised by the reaction you're getting in New York? Your shows were sold out well before the album's release date.
Matt Tong: It's the downloading that's going on.
Does that bother you?
M: I remember the people who are singing the words [laughter] and we meet them afterwards.
Kele Obereke: We get the roadies to go out and shut those people down. We give them the shakedown. [laughs]
The rest of the interview and MP3 downloads here.
Bloc Party played a lot of shows at SXSW this past week.
Tony Hicks says Bloc Party was the best band he saw at SXSW.
Of Bloc Party's performance, Chart Attack says, "It’s insane. It’s awesome."
More photos at Flickr.
Bloc Party continue their reign as one of my favorite bands of the moment.
And of course, more MP3s, Videos, and games at BlocParty.net.
If you haven't already, pre-order Silent Alarm from Insound.
That's how I felt last night as Bloc Party rocked the stage at the "legendary" (Bloc Party called it that, not me) Motherfucker party at Roxy in NYC. From where I was standing (dancing) it seemed the entire crowd was in agreement (Hillary Duff included).
I don't work on President's day, so I didn't take any pictures. Luckily both Bronxxx of Last Night's Party and The Cobra Snake were in attendance. Above and below photos from Last Night's Party. Cobra Snake didn't post his yet, so look at his pictures of Beck and Har Mar Superstar instead. Then head over to Central Village for an in depth review of the evening.
The buzz in blogland is already that Silent Alarm will likely be one of the most popular records of the year. Decide for yourself. Stream the entire album.
Bloc Party aren’t just hoping, they’re trying. Maybe it’s over-long at 13 tracks but that’s just us being picky. ‘Silent Alarm’ is the unpigeonholeable soundtrack to 21st-century life as a cast-off. In a world of posers, fakers and bandwagon-jumpers, Bloc Party are unquestionably ‘4 real’. They never shy away from showing their truest feelings, even if those are of vulnerability or weakness. It’s this honesty which has spoken to people and will speak to a hell of a lot more when ‘Silent Alarm’ rings out beyond the desks of music journalists.
NYC Bloc Party Tix (Friday show is already sold out)