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Killers, Bloc Party Confirm New Albums

New year, new albums in the works from stylish bands of the aughts. This week, Zane Lowe’s BBC show has been the staging ground for announcements by the Killers’ Brandon Flowers and Bloc Party’s Kele Okereke that both of their bands are working on LPs. Flowers promised a new Killers record for 2012 (“it’s just… More »

By: Amrit Singh / January 4, 2012 - 11:20 am

Download Writing By Ryan Adams, Kele Okereke, James Murphy, Arcade Fire’s Sarah Neufeld

The “Festival Issue” of Five Dials magazine includes poetry by Ryan Adams, a short story by Kele Okereke, ruminations by Arcade Fire violinist Sarah Neufeld, and essays by James Murphy, Dean Wareham, and James Greer. You’ll also find art by Raymond Pettibon and Fiona Banner and writing by Mike Watt, etc. Also check out the… More »

By: brandon / August 16, 2010 - 4:18 pm

Kele – “Everything You Wanted” Video

Two things you’ll learn after watching this video: 1) Kele definitely could have given you everything you wanted, everything you needed and 2) He’s sad about it. Don’t cry, Kele! Don’t you know there’s a camera on your face? Besides, you always have your muscles. And Silent Alarm. More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 22, 2010 - 2:37 pm

Kele – “Tenderoni” Live Video

Bloc Party frontman Kele Okereke’s launched his solo project with three tracks (“Tenderoni,” “Rise,” and “Walk Tall”), one video, and two biceps, now it’s time to tour. His forthcoming LP The Boxer is an electro affair with production coming courtesy of Spank Rock cohort XXXChange, though this clip filmed at his European tour’s third date… More »

By: Amrit Singh / May 26, 2010 - 10:59 am

Kele – “Rise” & “Walk Tall”

Bloc Party spin-off Kele Okereke pumped iron then ran straight to the dance-floor with his “Tenderoni.” Now we have a couple additional tracks from the XXXChange-produced The Boxer. “Rise” is an anthemic pep talk, not a PiL cover. “Walk Tall” takes things down a couple notches via its hand-clapping chant-along, but it’s also about puffing out… More »

By: brandon / May 14, 2010 - 1:44 pm

Kele – “Tenderoni” Video

Last month Kele Okereke sent an email with a note saying he’d been spending time in the studio with XXXChange, and a picture showing he’d been spending the rest of it in the gym getting totally diesel. This video for “Tenderoni” extends the message, with the Bloc Party leader singing of his DJ’s electronic dance… More »

By: Amrit Singh / May 5, 2010 - 2:40 pm

Bloc Party’s Kele Okereke Going Solo With The Boxer

The artsy post-punkers gone club-music obsessed album-release machines of Bloc Party seem to be on a break, or at least that’s what drummer Matt Tong suggested some months ago. And then there was the slip of the tongue from producer Hudson Mohawk, who said he’d been working on a project for Kele that possibly included… More »

By: Amrit Singh / April 6, 2010 - 3:13 pm

Tunng – “Hustle (Bloc Party Remix)” (Stereogum Premiere)

Bloc Party’s tricked-out remix of Tunng’s spaciously hushed …And Then We Saw Land lead no doubt helps the song live up to its name. “Hustle” is quietly percussive and forward-arcing in its original form, albeit in an airier, less bells-and-whistles way: More or less, we’ve gone from post-Incredible String Band urban-pastoral to glow stick-waving diva… More »

By: brandon / February 26, 2010 - 12:10 pm

Bloc Party’s Kele Okereke Going Solo, Working With Someone From Spank Rock

From this quote producer Hudson Mohawk gave the BBC, it’s hard to say if he’s working on Kele’s solo album with someone from Spank Rock or if they’re two separate projects, but whatever: this is happening. More »

By: Amrit Singh / November 6, 2009 - 10:37 am

Noel Quits Oasis Again

Last night in Paris, the legendary Britpop band canceled its second festival gig in a week then broke up, following the 10,000th altercation between its ornery figureheads. I have a hard time believing these clowns are done, but the previous times Noel cried wolf there was no official Web post like this:


By: Scott Lapatine / August 29, 2009 - 2:21 pm

New Bloc Party Video – “One More Chance”

Following last week’s surprise single — like, surprise it’s out, and surprise it’s a house jam — Kele and the gang deliver this video as a top-off to the one-off. It’s both goofy and emotional, between Matt Tong stonefacing the corny keyboard bro, and all the lost souls hoping for one more chance, and that… More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 2, 2009 - 12:18 pm

New Bloc Party – “One More Chance”

Apropos of nothing beyond a compulsive need to be releasing material all the time, Bloc Party follow up last year’s rush-release of Intimacy and this year’s Intimacy Remixed with this stand-alone nugget, recorded in April with longtime BP associate Jacknife Lee and mixed by Phillipe Zdar. It’s more house influenced than anything the band’s done… More »

By: Amrit Singh / June 22, 2009 - 9:31 am

New Bloc Party Video – “Ares (Villains Remix)”

Opting for the inexpensive, participatory approach, the opening track of Bloc Party’s Intimacy Remixed has itself a fan-made mobile-phone video. It was shot during the band’s two-night stand at London’s Olympia. Unlike the clip for Armand Van Helden remix of “Signs” from the same collection, this one does not include a singing vagina. Unless you… More »

By: brandon / May 11, 2009 - 4:56 pm

Bloc Party/Menomena @ Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles 4/15/09

Intimacy Remixed, a track-for-track reinterpretation of Bloc Party’s last LP, includes contributions from Armand Van Helden and No Age. While Brits can buy it 5/11 no worldwide release date has been set, so you might as well remix the songs yourself. Alternatively, you can see Bloc Party in the flesh since they’re on the road… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / April 16, 2009 - 5:49 pm

Bloc Party Take “One Month Off” To Letterman

While we in the trenches are talking about their No Age remix, Bloc Party are above ground invading late night TV with straight cuts off Intimacy. Last night at the Ed Sullivan Theatre it was “One Month Off” (i.e. the most they’ve sounded like Silent Alarm since Silent Alarm)(i.e. “Banquet”). Dave goofs cutely on the… More »

By: Amrit Singh / March 24, 2009 - 1:27 pm

New Bloc Party – “Better Than Heaven (No Age Remix)” (Stereogum Premiere)

Two bands with arty punk in the blood going in two different directions, posing for a three-minute snapshot together in 2009. As previously discussed, Bloc Party are once again going full remix with their Intimacy LP, a move that’s either a vote of confidence in that last batch of tunes or a grab at some… More »

By: Amrit Singh / March 23, 2009 - 9:59 am

New Bloc Party – “Signs (Armand Van Helden Remix)”

It’s no Silent Alarm, but Bloc Party’s rush-released Intimacy is at least the best BP album since Silent Alarm. Meaning it was better than A Weekend In The City. It’s not an opinion I can get a lot of support for amongst the people I talk to because not a lot of the people I… More »

By: Amrit Singh / March 16, 2009 - 6:12 pm

Stereogum & team9 Present… MySplice III: 2008 Mashed Up

For the third year in a row, we’ve turned to master bootlegger team9 to take some of our favorite songs of the year and mash them together. On Stereogum & team9 Present… MySplice III you’ll hear familiar blog hits from artists like Lykke Li, of Montreal, the Breeders, Bloc Party, Crystal Castles, and Beck remixed… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / December 16, 2008 - 6:17 pm

New Bloc Party Video – “One Month Off”

The new video for the NME More »

By: brandon / December 12, 2008 - 1:05 pm

La Blogothèque Strong Arm Bloc Party Into A Take Away Show

This is actually a pretty impressive ambush orchestrated by the La Blog folk. The story, which they posted on their site, involves the camera crew tracking Bloc Party down at a bar after the band’s secret show in Paris, and proceeding to insist on an impromptu performance for the Take Away Shows. No pressure Kele,… More »

By: Amrit Singh / October 29, 2008 - 12:31 pm