'Silent Alarm' guitar tab book now available! An official guitar tab book for 'Silent Alarm' has finally be released! I expect that these tabs will be a lot more accurate than most of those currently doing the rounds on the internet, as the band themselves were involved in the making of the book. All thirteen songs from the original release are included, plus the recent single, 'Two More Years'.
Bloc Party planning holiday treat for U.S. fans According to Pitchfork, Bloc Party will be crossing the Atlantic once more before they lock themselves in the studio to start work on the second album. They'll be performing at four radio station holiday concerts in the U.S. this December, following their European tour. Dates will be posted up on blocparty.net when they become available.
Deluxe edition of 'Silent Alarm' released on Monday Bloc Party have announced details of the release of a deluxe version of their debut album, 'Silent Alarm', through Wichita Recordings on October 17th 2005.
This new version will come with a bonus DVD featuring a 50 minute tour documentary filmed during the band's recent sell out tour of the US plus all of the band's promo videos to date and 5 tracks recorded live at Belfort, France in the summer of 2005. The singles 'Little Thoughts' and 'Two More Years' will be included on the updated CD, making it an epic 15 tracks long!
Fans who have already purchased the album will be able to get the bonus DVD for £4.99 from the Bloc Party fan club on the day of release, and a week later on the main official website. This version will also include the MSTRKRFT remix of 'Two More Years'.
Cover of John Peel tribute single designed by Gordy On November 21st 2005, a celebrity cover of the Buzzcocks' 'Ever Fallen In Love...' is being released as a tribute to John Peel. This was one of the songs in the DJ's treasured record box, where he kept his all-time favourites under lock and key.
Gordy has designed the cover for the single. Speaking to NME, he said: "The design of the single is quite simple - very Bloc Party - but I wanted it to have some warmth to it, which you don't always get with our sleeves. The single is about John Peel, who we loved, and it's also about Amnesty, so the heart motif fits in nicely with their 'Protect the Human' message as well as referencing the original sleeve."
Some of the other musicians involved in making the single are Pete Shelley (of the Buzzcocks), Peter Hook, Robert Plant and Roger Daltrey. All proceeds will go to Amnesty International.
Video interview with Gordy on Undercover I came across this four part video interview the other day. It was recorded in July 2005, during Bloc Party's short tour of Australia. Among other things, Gordy talks about the Mercury Music Prize nomination, the new songs and the high expectations for the second album.
Bloc Party nominated for two awards Bloc Party have been nominated for the 'International/Study Abroad Woodie' at this year's mtvU Woodie Awards. The winners are completely determined by the fans! The voting is in full effect and the competition is tough. Vote online here for Bloc Party as many times as you can. Voting ends on October 28th.
Bloc Party are also up for the 'Best Alternative' award at the MTV Europe Music Awards 2005, along with Beck, The White Stripes, System Of A Down and Goldfrapp. Vote here! The winner will be announced in Lisbon, Portugal on November 3rd.
John Peel Day Thursday October 13th 2005 is the date of the first John Peel Day, in memory of the influential DJ who died almost a year ago.
As part of this event, BBC Radio 1 will be broadcasting a special 6 hour show from 7pm featuring contributions from Radio 1 DJs, special guests and loads of live music.
Throughout the evening, Radio 1 will be crossing live to gigs, including Bloc Party's show at Birmingham Academy.
It's good to see that they've kept the line-up as eclectic as a typical John Peel playlist - other featured acts are The Fall, New Order, Super Furry Animals, Venetian Snares, Misty In Roots, Jawbone, Laura Cantrell, DJ Scotch Egg, Acid Casuals, Kid 606 and Drop The Lime!
The single, which is currently on the BBC Radio 1 playlist, entered higher up in the chart than other new entries from artists such as James Blunt, Ricky Martin and Mariah Carey. In fact, the lack of quality singles released this week might be one reason why it did so well!
The second album According to NME.com, Bloc Party are going to take a break from touring at the start of 2006 to begin work on their second album, which is tentatively scheduled for release next summer.
Explaining the sound of 'Kids', Gordy revealed: "Kids' (has) this very disco offbeat in the chorus. It's our song to end punk funk - it's quite euphoric. I always felt that that style wasn't our only sound. But we definitely recognise where four to the floor works'