Bloc Party confirmed for Coachella Valley Music Festival 2006 It looks like Bloc Party will be returning to the live stage earlier than previously expected because the band have been confirmed for this year's Coachella Valley Music Festival in Indio, California.
Bloc Party will play on the second day of the festival, Sunday April 30th. Tickets go on sale from the official Coachella site on Saturday February 4th at 12pm (PST). It'll cost $85 for a single day pass and $165 for a limited two-day pass.
Blocparty.net radio! You can now listen to Bloc Party tracks as you browse blocparty.net!
This service is provided by Mercora - the world's largest music search and sharing network.
In the bottom left-hand corner of the blocparty.net homepage is a box which lists a selection of Bloc Party songs that are currently available to stream. The first time you click on one of the tracks, you will be prompted to download 'IM Radio'. This free program lets you search, find and listen to tens of thousands of individually hosted music radio stations. You can also become a "mercaster" by spinning up your own radio station and watching as listeners from all over the world drop in to hear your mixes.
The songs featured on blocparty.net will change every few minutes and once you've downloaded 'IM Radio' you can play each track by simply clicking on the song title.
Russell's adventure close to home Russell will be DJing at the 'Adventures Close To Home' club night in Camden Barfly on February 3rd! There will also be live sets from Fields (who opened for Bloc Party at the fanclub gig last December - they're definitely worth checking out) and Detachment Kit.
Keep up-to-date with all the latest Bloc Party news! I added a new addition to this blog today. If you click on the 'Receive email when this page changes' link in the sidebar underneath the counter, you can enter your email address so that you'll be informed whenever a new article is posted to 'Blog Party'. This service has kindly been provided by ChangeNotes.
You can also enter other web pages (up to 100 in total) that you may wish to keep tabs on, such as the homepages of blocparty.net or blocparty.com. You will be sent at most one email per day that includes all the changes to all the pages on your watchlist.
Placebo get the Bloc Party treatment Not content with releasing a remixed version of their own debut album, Bloc Party have turned their collective art-rock-shaped hand to other bands' tracks. They've recently completed a remix of the new Placebo single, 'Because I Want You', which should be included on the special DVD edition of the forthcoming Placebo album, 'Meds', out on March 13th. Thanks to sucker-love.com for the info.
Also, the Bloc Party High School Prom Remix of Chromeo's electro-pop anthem, 'Needy Girl', was released on 12" vinyl last October. You can also download it from here.
Tunng release their version of 'The Pioneers' 'He was tough and romantic as the city he loved. Beneath his black-rimmed glasses was the coiled sexual power of a jungle cat. I love this. Liverpool was his town and Tunng was his band, and they always would be.'
On 23rd January, Tunng release their version of 'The Pioneers' on Static Caravan. The single comes in two formats - a one-sided etched 7" vinyl in an edition of 750 and a four track CD that includes the long sold out debut single, 'Tale from Black'.
Video interview with Gordy on FaceCulture FaceCulture, a Dutch online multimedia magazine, met up with Gordy before Bloc Party's last proper gig of the year at Amsterdam Paradiso on 3rd December 2005. Click here to watch Gordy chat about his early musical exploits, meeting Kele and Russell for the first time at Chingford train station, Bloc Party's amazing 2005 and the likely sound of the second album.
'Helicopter' remix single released in the U.S. on 21.02.06 This 'Helicopter' remix single is the first in a series of 'Connect The Dots' releases where some of the world's most famous DJs and bands re-work a track by an established or upcoming artist on the indie rock scene.
It'll be released by Dim Mak Records on CD and high quality 12" inch vinyl on February 21st 2006. Both formats feature two brand new remixes:
'Helicopter' - Diplo Remix: M.I.A.'s DJ slows down the song, keeps the intro riff and adds a warm, bouncy synth backing to the original vocals.
'Helicopter' - Weird Science Remix, featuring vocals from Peaches: the Weird Science duo (Steve Aoki of Dim Mak and Blake Miller of Moving Units) give the track a funky 80's feel, complete with cowbell! Now there's an idea for the second album...!
The CD version also includes the Whitey remix (previously released on 'Silent Alarm Remixed') and the original album version of the track.
Bloc Party make final shortlist for the New Pantheon Music Award As previously reported on Blog Party, Bloc Party's debut album, 'Silent Alarm', was one of the many albums originally shortlisted for the New Pantheon Music Award. The concept behind this prize is to honour the most creative and artistic records of the year. To be eligible, the album has to have been released between July 1st 2004 and October 30th 2005 and sold less than 500,000 copies. It's the U.S. equivalent of the Mercury Music Prize, which Bloc Party were also nominated for last year.
The original list has now been whittled down to just 10 albums, including 'Silent Alarm'. Also up for the award are Animal Collective, Antony and the Johnsons, Arcade Fire, Death Cab For Cutie, Fiona Apple, Kings of Leon, M.I.A., Sufjan Stevens and The Decemberists. Pretty tough competition then!
The winning album will be chosen by a select panel of judges, including Beck, Elton John and Elijah Wood, and announced at a celebratory concert in Los Angeles on February 6th.
Check out the New Pantheon website for more information.
It's called progress Gordy spoke to Steve Lamacq on Radio 1 tonight about Bloc Party's progress with the second album. The band went into the studio last week to write and rehearse songs and they're currently working on three or four new tracks each day. A lot of the new material was written whilst on tour last year, so most of the composition process just consists of bringing all of the ideas together. The aim is to get around twenty songs written and ready to demo in about three weeks time.
Proper studio recording will then begin within the next month or two. The producer has not yet been confirmed, but the most likely candidate seems to be Steve Dub. The album should be in the shops by September at the latest!
Asked to sum up the sound of 'Bloc Party Mark Two' in one word, Gordy said 'direct', adding that it is also 'streamlined' and 'layered'. The interview and subsequent live recording from last October's John Peel Day can be streamed over the next week from the Radio 1 website.
Thanks to all the people who sent me their logo designs. My favourite entry, created by Robert Prekop from Germany, can now be seen gracing the top of this page. I might change the logo occasionally, so I'm still more than happy to receive your designs! Email them here.
The world loves Bloc Party! Some of the accolades awarded to Bloc Party at the end of 2005:
U.K. NME: #1 Album Of The Year Q: Albums Of The Year MOJO: Albums Of The Year France Les Inrockuptibles: #6 Album Of The Year, #3 Readers' Poll Albums Sweden Expressen: #6 Album Of The Year SVT Musikbyran: Top 5 Album Of The Year Norway Mute Magazine: Band Of The Year Germany Intro: Album Of The Year Blond: Album Of The Year Visions: #5 Album Of The Year Ireland Hot Press: #2 Album Of The Year U.S.A. URB Magazine: Artist Of The Year Spin Magazine: #6 Album Of The Year Japan Rockin' On: #10 Album Of The Year Number 1: Best New Album Of The Year
Hopefully this year will be just as good for the band and fans! I'll try to keep you updated on progress with the second album...keep checking Blog Party and blocparty.net!
Bloc Party headline 'Lamacq Live' next Monday Bloc Party's Birmingham Academy show from last Bloctober is the headline set on BBC Radio 1's 'Lamacq Live' next Monday night. The gig will be aired sometime between 9pm and 1am GMT on 97-99 FM. You can also stream the broadcast from the Radio 1 website.
A few songs from the gig were originally played live on Radio 1 as part of John Peel Day.