Entries tagged with: Bloc Party
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).....
Fan-club only pre-sale tickets for Bloc Party's Brooklyn show went on sale today. More people than I can count on two hands mentioned they joined the fan club just to get access to tickets. That makes the fan club seem like nothing more than a scam to get people to spend an extra $3.86. Mike Neuman wanted to buy one ticket with his membership. This is how much it was going to cost:
TICKET = $35 + $3.86 Fan club membership + $4.50 service charge + $8.95 mandatory shipping = $52.31
He decided to save his cash and wait for the potentially cheaper regular sale. Not everyone thought like him. The tickets still sold out in 30 minutes, or so says someone in the comments where others are are complaining about the price too.
Blog Party has a link to stream a performance Bloc Party gave BBC on Saturday.
"Having just completed a short U.S. tour, culminating in a euphoric performance at Coachella, BLOG PARTY can exclusively reveal that B.P. will be crossing the Atlantic once again in July to bring the (Bloc) party to America. Full details are below:"
27.07.06 New York, NY - Irving Plaza
Marshals show: on-sale TBA
28.07.06 Boston, MA - Bank Pavilion
Marshals on-sale: 15.05.06. Public on-sale: 20.05.06
Support: Secret Machines, Mew
29.07.06 Brooklyn, NY - McCarran Pool
Marshals on-sale: 15.05.06. Public on-sale: 20.05.06
Support: Secret Machines, Mew
Bloc Party AND Secret Machines...at McCarran Pool in Brooklyn???? A fanclub only Manhattan show??? Tour dates continued below...
BLOC PARTY @ COACHELLA 2006
Last year Intonation was the Pitchfork festival. This year, Intonation and Pitchfork are two different festivals, and this year's Intonation is curated by VICE whose Bloc Party & The Streets are both headlining the show.
DOWNLOAD AN MP3 They Gave Him An Inch (The Streets w / Trim - from Run the Road 2)
BLOC PARTY DATES
Tue Apr 25 '06 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL Revolution
Thu Apr 27 '06 - Tempe, AZ Marquee Theatre
Fri Apr 28 '06 - Las Vegas, NV The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino w/ The Go! Team
Sun Apr 30 '06 - Indio, CA Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
ALSO: VICE is MP3 Blogging
Girl Lip-syncing to Bloc Party | Video
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)