Bloc Party perform at Belgium's Rock Werchter festival today and you can watch their entire set live this afternoon from 17:00-18:00 GMT. To view the live webcast, head to the festival website, go to the home page and click the 'STREAMING' link. Then, click the blue 'Continuer' button in the pop-up window to open the webcast, et voilà!
Song For Clay (Disappear Here) / Positive Tension / Hunting For Witches / Waiting For The 7.18 / Banquet / I Still Remember / This Modern Love / The Prayer / Uniform / So Here We Are / Like Eating Glass / She's Hearing Voices / Helicopter
Bloc Party have just confirmed a one-off fanclub-only show at Brighton's miniscule Concorde 2! This will take place on Friday 24th August 2007 as a warm-up for the Carling Weekend, so bring your beach gear for a weekend in Brighton, 'Waiting For The 7.18' stylee.
Here's the all-important information:
The gig is for 'Pioneers' only, i.e. the fanclub members who have paid the extra £2 / $4 fee. Current 'Marshals' (free membership) must register as Pioneers by Friday 6th July if they wish to book tickets.
A password will be emailed to all Pioneers on Monday 9th July.
Tickets then go on sale at 11am on Tuesday 10th July, limited to 2 per person.
Good luck getting tickets everybody. Anyone for a beach (Bloc) party?
Edit: The date of the show is now Thursday 23rd August, not the 24th as previously announced. There's no change in the other details though - tickets go on sale next Tuesday!
Only two of the dates are currently on sale (to members of Marshals), but here are the forthcoming US & Canada tour dates in full. Citizens of the oft-neglected states Wisconsin, Tennessee, Kentucky and Oklahoma rejoice!
07.09.07 Chicago, IL - Hideout
09.09.07 Osheaga Music and Arts Festival, Montreal, QUE
Prince, Smashing Pumpkins, Justin Timberlake and Arvo Pärt are some of the artists on Kele's decidedly eclectic iPod playlist. Click here to read Kele's explanations as he goes through his playlist on shuffle.
Stay tuned for more songs from Russell's side-project, 'Pin Me Down', in the near future! According to a post on their Myspace, a track called 'Fightsong' has just been completed and, even more excitingly, Russell has recently purchased a Kaoss pad. Look out Jonny Greenwood!
Two years after making their debut at the festival, Bloc Party tore up Glastonbury's Pyramid Stage on Friday afternoon in front of a packed field-cum-mudbath! Listen to a backstage interview here and watch the highlights on the BBC media player (plus a couple extra songs here).
Song For Clay (Disappear Here) / Positive Tension / Hunting For Witches / Banquet / This Modern Love / The Prayer / Like Eating Glass / Uniform / So Here We Are / Helicopter
Bloc Party headlined Live 105's BFD (Big Fun Day? Bouncing Fudge Dragon?) in Mountain View, California a couple weeks ago, and the whole set has been filmed and Youtubed for your viewing pleasure. Watch 'Waiting For The 7.18' below, or click the links to watch all of the videos on YouTube. You can also download an audio interview to hear Kele and Matt's views on the 'Uniform' lyrics and the throwing of gaffa-taped socks!
Usually, Last.fm is a reliable source of gig information, but can someone please confirm that this isn't happening?!
In other less startling news, the festival season begins in earnest this weekend with a little event down on Worthy Farm! Bloc Party perform on the Pyramid Stage tomorrow (sandwiched between The Magic Numbers and The Fratellis...eek) before flying to Germany for a couple more festival appearances...
Friday 22nd June - Glastonbury Festival, England - Pyramid Stage @ 18:15
Saturday 23rd June - Hurricane Festival, Germany - Green Stage @ 19:30
Sunday 24th June - Southside Festival, Germany - Green Stage @ 18:00
Here's an unofficial remix of 'I Still Remember' by British electronica duo, OrtzRoka. This assumingly wasn't finished in time for the single release, because it's one of the best 'I Still Remember' remixes out there (along with the 'Music Box And Tears' and SebastiAn mixes!) Download it after the jump...
Edit:The ISR remixes just keep coming! Download below the questionably-titled 'Speaker Junk Bass Bin Remix'. Be warned though...it sounds nothing like the original track. Think Bloc Party hepped up on luminous rave juice...
Bloc Party have gone back to basics for their latest video with a performance piece for 'Hunting For Witches', the new single out on July 9th in the UK. The minimalist approach has been used before (see the original 'Banquet' video), but this video has left some fans slightly disappointed, especially those who were hoping for some kind of witch-hunting, broomstick-racing sci-fi romp. Maybe they blew their budget on the first two videos?
Either way, this is still stylishly done (the slow-mo bit at 2:32 is impossibly cool) and the quality of the song speaks for itself. See the video below...
I Still Remember / Positive Tension / Hunting For Witches / Waiting For The 7.18 / Banquet / This Modern Love / The Prayer / Uniform / So Here We Are / Like Eating Glass
Sunday / The Once And Future King (!) / She's Hearing Voices / Helicopter
Yup, 'The Once And Future King', a new song which has so far only been released on the Target version of 'A Weekend In The City', got its first live airing! Download the proof here(video recorded by jinx - link updated). In fact, this is the first time any of the new b-sides have been played live, so count yourself lucky, New Jerseyans!
Also, check out videos of a live performance and an interview recorded at the 101.7 WFNX Best Music Poll 2007 in Boston on 06.06.07. (Note the hint of a Marshals b-sides tour!)
"The third album, I’d like to think, we’ll get to make a little more in peace. The thing I get asked over and over again is, “Did you feel pressure in making your second record?” And sometimes I say “Yeah”, because I think we did. But sometimes I say “No”, because we tried to ignore the pressure. But there was expectation, definitely, and I’d like for us to be able to make music in a vacuum. That’s the ideal – to not be concerned with any sort of peripheral distractions or expectations."
"For us there were two songs that could finish the record. One was 'Sunday' and the other 'SRXT'. And it would be great if you had a technology whereby one or the other was the last track. But you can’t do that."
I have been in a state of distraction since Thursday. My first-ever show was on the last day of May, and I have one question: how do you concert veterans do it??? I mean, how do you get over the fact that these people who make such amazing music are in the same room with you, pumping their radical songs into your ears from a couple feet away, looking devastatingly attractive and, ooh shivers, possibly looking at you in your particular place in the crowd? How on EARTH do you stay sane after a night full of THAT?!
Bloc Party played a venue called The Tabernacle, which is now probably my favourite place after my bedroom and my best friends' houses. They took forever to come onstage. Their opening acts were a band whose name I couldn't hear (they were supposed to be The Maccabees, but The Maccabees cancelled -- work permit issues) and whose music I rather enjoyed, and The Noisettes, who were a bedazzling sight to see. Both were well-received, but you could tell everyone was waiting for Bloc.
After what seemed like 20 minutes after The Noisettes stopped playing, Bloc Party finally strode onstage, and I utterly lost it. As did everyone else. Even the people who didn't immediately stand up were cheering like mad, cheering things at the edges of their seats. I stood up, of course, and didn't sit down until the boys took a break, after which I stood up and lost it again. I can't remember the setlist exactly, but they opened the show with 'Song For Clay (Disappear Here)' and then broke into 'Blue Light'. I went crazy dancing to 'She's Hearing Voices', 'The Prayer', 'Helicopter', and 'Uniform'.
While singing along to 'I Still Remember' and 'Sunday', I did a lot of pointing at Kele and, er, I may have put my hands over my heart a few times. Ooer. Along with two girls who sat beside my mother and I (yes, my mom took me to the show), I yelled Russell's name about 14 times in an attempt to get him to raise his head toward the balcony where I was. I can only conclude that he was too shy to look at us. I mean, there's only a 4% chance that he didn't hear us at all. And, OHMG, I saw the Lissack strap!!!! That would be Russell's hellamazing guitar strap with all the pretty buttons. I saw it. In real life. I could have touched it, had I been one of the two audacious fans to attempt to jump onstage, only to be hilariously suppressed by the stocky security people.
After their encore (they came out again after saying their first goodbyes to do 'The Pioneers'), I could hardly accept that the show was over. All I want is to see them again. And again and again and again. I don't know what could make me happier. Marriage, maybe? To Kele? Or Matt? Or Russell? It would help if they weren't all at least ten years older than me. And if Gordy wasn't already married. And if, y'know, we had more than a 10% chance of even meeting face to face. Anyway, I can dream. I can dream like I've been dreaming of Thursday night for the past two days, as I undoubtedly will again tonight. Bloc Party owns my musical soul. It's inexorable.
Song For Clay / Positive Tension / Hunting For Witches / Waiting For The 7.18 / Banquet / I Still Remember / This Modern Love / The Prayer / Little Thoughts / Uniform / So Here We Are / Like Eating Glass
SRXT / She's Hearing Voices / Sunday / Helicopter
Tulips / The Pioneers
Gone/going to any of the other current US dates? Email BLOG PARTY your photos/reviews/setlists/hazy memories!