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Bloc Party Get A Little More Intimate, Pay Respects To My Bloody Valentine

The cover image Kele’s crew affixed to the rush-released version of Intimacy stood in stark contrast to the album’s title. At the time I thought maybe the band was dealing in irony. Now I’m thinking they are just having fun with the internet news cycle some more. So say hello to the new look of… More »

By: Amrit Singh / September 26, 2008 - 10:21 am

New Bloc Party Video – “Talons”

When Intimacy rush-released a few weeks ago, most of us agreed it’s better than A Weekend In The City. (Also most of us agreed that wasn’t saying very much.) Well here’s more new music which you can sound off upon. “Talons” is the band’s next single, recorded during the Intimacy sessions but saved as a… More »

By: Amrit Singh / September 10, 2008 - 12:28 pm

Bloc Party’s Intimacy Is Out Now

Three days ago Bloc Party dropped a little surprise with their plans for a new album. Three days later, it’s out. If “Mercury” didn’t quite shock your monkey, don’t give up. This is being typed as Intimacy is getting its first spin, and so it is the prematurest of evaluations, but for the most part… More »

By: Amrit Singh / August 21, 2008 - 8:23 am

New Bloc Party – “Trojan Horse”

Yesterday Bloc Party announced that you’d have to wait just three days to hear their forthcoming third album. If that is too long for you, and you are on the internet so it’s fair to assume it is, you can hear a new single right now. As for sounds: The band promised that the new… More »

By: Amrit Singh / August 19, 2008 - 11:13 am

New Bloc Party LP Intimacy Is Out In Three Days

It’s been awhile since Bloc Party reminded everyone how good Gang Of Four were, with their highly impressive debut Silent Alarm. Since then the band has served to remind everyone how good Silent Alarm was, with A Weekend In The City and etc. But all that might change in just three days. According to the… More »

By: Amrit Singh / August 18, 2008 - 5:17 pm

New Bloc Party – “Mercury” (CSS Remix)

Some folks think Bloc Party’s “Mercury” sounds like “Shock The Monkey,” an idea reinforced by the Planet Of The Apes video for the track. The CD version of the single comes with remixes of the track by CSS, Flosstradamus, and John Lydon (one of those is a lie), which could possibly dampen some of the… More »

By: brandon / August 12, 2008 - 11:29 am

Lollapalooza 2008: Friday In Photos

One day into Lolla, and Radiohead have already made the trip worth it. Also Chuck Bass — we saw him chilling in the media area. Kanye, Wilco, and Obama (ha) are on deck. Rest assured we are charging our camera batteries and will muscle our way through Grant Park’s sell-out crowd to take too many… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / August 2, 2008 - 3:30 pm

John Lydon And Kele Okereke’s Punch Out

While we were flying back from Chicago, news spread hard and fast about a spat between outspoken post-punk kid Kele Okereke and outspoken punk-punk grandaddy Johnny Rotten, occurring Saturday night in Barcelona. Honestly that would be enough to make it newsworthy in blogland, but it’s Okereke’s claims of what motivated the attack that make it… More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 22, 2008 - 11:27 am

New Bloc Party Video – “Mercury”

This weekend a couple of British music sites posted about a countdown at Bloc Party’s homepage. Turns out the countdown was for the unveiling of Bloc Party’s new single “Mercury,” premiered an hour ago on the BBC’s Zane Lowe show. Minutes later and before you could even say “radio rip,” YouTube lit up with… More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 7, 2008 - 3:33 pm

Stereogum Presents… RAC Vol. 1

André Allen Anjos’s Remix Artist Collective came on our radar last spring with some inspired Bloc Party and Tokyo Police Club remixes. We’ve kept an ear on the 23-year-old Portuguese artist ever since, and late last year cooked up with André the idea of compiling previously unreleased remixes to celebrate RAC’s first year. Today we… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / June 10, 2008 - 10:24 pm

Stereogum & team9 Present… MySplice 2.0: 2007 Mashed Up

In what is fast becoming a Stereogum tradition, we’ve once again conspired with master bootlegger team9 for a celebration of the year in singles. Of course “the year in singles” is a loaded term coming from us — relatively massive as they are, Arcade Fire, M.I.A. and Band Of Horses aren’t exactly Hot 100 fare… More »

By: Stereogum / December 30, 2007 - 8:19 pm

New Bloc Party Video – “Flux”

Folks were mixed on Kele’s “Flux” vocordered vocals, but everything is just a bit sweeter when it’s served up with dancing junk monsters, robots, and lovey illuminated god-like things frolicking, big-battling and tank-crashing throughout a cardboard city.

Watch it here. Some kinda post-punk apocalypse? As you may have noticed, this current version’… More »

By: Stereogum / October 17, 2007 - 1:48 pm

New Bloc Party – “Flux” (And Conan O’Brien Video)

News came yesterday from the Bloc Party camp of a new single — news that would’ve excited us more a year or two ago, but still, Kele and Co.’s Silent ways have earned our ear for awhile to come. Didn’t take long for it to pop up online, so have a listen at Hypem to… More »

By: Stereogum / October 5, 2007 - 9:51 am

Austin City Limits ’07: Sunday In Photos, “Best Of” List

At some point we called this year’s Austin City Limits festival “Friday and Sunday heavy,” but that shit ain’t right; this year’s ACL dance-card was tilted entirely toward the tail end. In fact, pretty sure we saw more bands on Sunday than the first two days combined. Generally that means bailing on a… More »

By: Stereogum / September 18, 2007 - 2:01 pm

Bloc Party Cover Nelly Furtado

Shouldn’t be shocked by that post title; Kele’s been a sucker for the pop tarts from the start. In fact, he’s going on to any ear he can find about another such star’s forthcoming single. From an interview Klaxons did with Radar:I’m more excited about Britney than anything. We did a TV show with Bloc… More »

By: Stereogum / April 17, 2007 - 5:30 pm

New Bloc Party – “Hunting For Witches (RAC Remix)”

Maybe you love A Weekend In The City so much that you need more versions of its songs. Or, just maybe you dislike A Weekend In The City that you need it infused with grimey, guttural synths to make it work for ya. If this sounds like you, have a listen to The Remix Company’… More »

By: Stereogum / April 4, 2007 - 11:02 am

Okereke Calls Oasis Most Overrated, Stupidly Hip Band Ever

A little while back, Liam Gallagher slagged Bloc Party as “a band off University Challenge” (a UK trivia show for college kids). And we’re with you guys; Oasis taunts are played. BUT Kele, fast becoming a pull quote favorite, has some acerbic verbiage of his own. He told Uncut (via thisislondon):I think Oasis are the… More »

By: Stereogum / March 29, 2007 - 10:19 am

Call Bloc Party Tuneless, Make Headlines

A “rising Scottish crossover star,” Calvin Harris, has lambasted Bloc Party for their musical tedium, and it is most definitely, not at all a publicity stunt! Calvin told The Big Issue In Scotland (via NME):A lot of these people think they’re changing the world with their music, but actually they’re just boring the shit out… More »

By: Stereogum / March 23, 2007 - 9:51 am

Bloc Party Changed On Stage

No, we don’t mean that Kele switched outfits mid-set. We mean that British kids sure like throwing shit at the bands they go to see. Two songs into a gig last night at the Music Hall in Aberdeen, Bloc Party were attacked by coins. A poster to said (via Gigwise):Their set was only 2… More »

By: Stereogum / February 19, 2007 - 10:59 am

Why’d You Have To Get So Fucking Useless?

Kele’s been thinking little thoughts about the irresponsible rockstardom of Jack White. He told NME:I was amazing [sic] when Jack White said it wasn’t his job to be critical about foreign policy because he was being paid to be an entertainer. I thought that was treacherous because it’s complicit with the capitalist society.

“Selling… More »

By: Stereogum / January 31, 2007 - 10:41 am