Highlight: The epic Electric Proms show with Exmoor Singers...the roof of Camden Roundhouse was lifted so high that it ended up somewhere in orbit around the Moon. Highlights were 'Waiting For The 7.18' and 'SRXT', both perfectly suited for choral backing. Download the entire show on BLOG PARTY here!
Other stuff: - Bloc Party finally play 'Skeleton' for the first time in yonks during the Providence leg of their 3rd US tour of the year! - Stop-gap single, 'Flux', is premiered on radio and television...fans get worried that Bloc Party might be about to write an album of euro-techno. Then the Power Rangers / big rubbery alien video is revealed, and we realise they're probably just having a laugh.
[November & December]
Highlight: For Flux sake...the nation goes 'Flux' crazy. It makes Radio 1's top playlist, gets released as a free remix EP with NME and becomes the band's fourth top 10 single to date (and it's still hanging around in the charts now, a month later). Don't expect the success of 'Flux' to lead to a techno-tinged third album though...according to Matt, the one-off single was an experiment to "broaden their horizons".
Other stuff: - Rare track 'Rhododendrons' is featured on Waxploitation's 'Causes 1'charity album.
Highlight: Bloc Party lay waste to the summer's festivals, making appearances all over the UK (including T In The Park, Live Earth, and the Carling Weekend), as well as events in Poland, Portugal, Sweden, Spain, Australia and Japan.
Highlight: Russell unleashes his inner euro-trance DJ with his side project, 'Pin Me Down', also featuring Melina Mepris. Listen to 'Cryptic' and 'Pretty In Pink' here, and expect to hear more from the duo in 2008...
Highlight:The Bloc Party Vcasts. Video podcast #7 was released in June, and eight in total throughout the year, granting BP fans a fly-on-the-wall view into the life of the band...recording the album, shooting videos, braving the Icelandic chill, and jesting about with the camera, "Peep Show" stylee. Their efforts even won them the 'Best Video Podcast' Award at the BT Digital Music Awards in October.
[Download all the episodes so far]        
Other stuff: - Bloc rock the US for the second time in 2007 and premiere 'The Once And Future King' in Asbury Park. - 'Hunting For Witches' video revealed. - A storming set at Glastonbury wakes up Michael Eavis' cows and rocks a very muddy crowd (photos below).
-Bloc Party tear up SXSW (and later release the carnage as a live EP)...get realised as Simpsons characters (by a fan anyway)...complete a huge US/Canada tour.
'Cain Said To Abel'! Amongst all the b-sides released this year, this was perhaps the most reassuring...reminding us that the Bloc could still do their unique brand of frantic angular rock and record possibly the best spoken word bridge in the history of music, like, EVER. [Download]
Other stuff: - 'I Still Remember' UK single released (charts at #20). - Not on your Nelly...BP cover Nelly Furtado's 'Say It Right' in the Radio 1 Live Lounge...download. - Bloc Party get mashed up with Coldplay, Phil Collins, Gwen Stefani et al. The results? Decide for yourself!
In 20 years time, 2007 will be known as the Year of the Bloc...the year that Bloc Party fully outgrew their underground roots and proved they could cut it with the big boys...153 gigs in 25 countries, a number two album, an opinion-dividing stop-gap single (but their most commercially successful to date) and shows in ginormous arenas/disused hangars...complete with overpriced beverages and a laser show!
So, without further ado, here's the first installment of BlocParty.net's 2007 review!
Highlight: After Matt's lung collapse scare towards the end of 2006, any fears that Mr. Tong would have to tone down his demonic drumming were quickly allayed by Bloc Party's intimate BBC Maida Vale gig. Matt was bare-chested and hitting the skins like a bionic Bonham faster than you could say "Panic At The Disco". [Download]
Other stuff: - 'I Still Remember' video revealed, featuring a train full of Keles. - Bonjour à tous les français...Bloc Party record their second Black Session for French Radio. [Download] - 'The Prayer' is released (enters UK singles chart at #4).
Highlight:'A Weekend In The City' is unleashed, entering the charts at #2 in the UK and at #12 in the Billboard 200. OK, so 'AWITC' isn't as good as 'Silent Alarm', and didn't exactly receive universal acclaim, but it was a cracker by most bands' standards...a widescreen slow-burner which perfectly evoked late-night city ambiance. Appetites are whetted for album number 3.
Other stuff: - A multitude of bonus tracks surface with various versions of the album. Cue frantic swapping on the forums and an unofficial b-sides compilation titled 'Another Weekend in The City'. - Bloc Party begin their seemingly never-ending tour in support of 'AWITC'...download their early Reading and Bristol gigs, recorded before the tourbus fatigue set in.
A slightly early Christmas present for all BLOG PARTY readers...here's Bloc Party's full performance at the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC, originally broadcast on NPR's All Songs Considered over two and a half years ago. Download live versions of every track off 'Silent Alarm', plus 'Little Thoughts'. Old-skool-Blocatastic!
Bloc Party have been confirmed as one of the acts for the NME Awards Big Gig, to take place on the night of the NME Awards 2008 (February 28th) at The O2 Arena in London. Other bands announced for the show are Manic Street Preachers (headlining), Kaiser Chiefs, Klaxons and The Cribs. You can get your hands on tickets now from here.
Then why not buy these Bloc Party themed condoms for the BP fan who has everything, spotted in the official merchandise shop. The most tenuously linked band merchandise ever...?! Coming soon (possibly), "Tonight make me unstoppable", "It will be hard, my love" etc...
Russell has remixed 'Pumpkin Soup', the new seasonally-titled single from indie-princess-of-the-moment, Kate Nash. The remix was released as a digital download last Friday...preview it here or download it now from 7digital below.
Song For Clay (Disappear Here) / Positive Tension / Hunting For Witches / Waiting For The 7.18 / Banquet / This Modern Love / The Prayer / Two More Years / Little Thoughts / Uniform / So Here We Are / Like Eating Glass
Song For Clay (Disappear Here) / Positive Tension / Blue Light / Hunting For Witches / Waiting For The 7.18 / Banquet / This Modern Love / The Prayer / The Once And Future King / Uniform / So Here We Are / Like Eating Glass
Song For Clay (Disappear Here) / Positive Tension / Hunting For Witches / Waiting For The 7.18 / Banquet / This Modern Love / The Prayer / Two More Years / Luno / Uniform / So Here We Are / Like Eating Glass
Song For Clay (Disappear Here) / Positive Tension / Blue Light / Hunting For Witches / Waiting For The 7.18 / Banquet / This Modern Love / The Marshals Are Dead / The Prayer / Uniform / So Here We Are / Like Eating Glass
Leeds Cockpit, 10.12.07 Lucky NME lottery winners were last night treated to the first live outing for recent b-side 'Atonement', plus rare plays of 'The Marshals Are Dead' and 'Skeleton'. If it's any consolation, anyone who wasn't there can watch videos of the three tracks below!
You can catch Bloc Party at an enormodome near you over the next four days, and then the band take a very well-earned Christmas break.
Song For Clay (Disappear Here) / Positive Tension / Hunting For Witches / Waiting For The 7.18 / Banquet / This Modern Love / The Prayer / Atonement / The Marshals Are Dead / Uniform / So Here We Are / Like Eating Glass
Flux / Little Thoughts / She's Hearing Voices / Helicopter Skeleton / Two More Years
[The Marshals Are Dead!]
Thanks to Neil for the photos and Nettie for the videos!
Bloc Party kicked off their brief Xmas UK jaunt tonight by headlining Xfm's Winter Wonderland gig at London's Brixton Academy, supported by Supergrass, Kate Nash, Jack Peñate and One Night Only. Tomorrow night, the boys play their über-intimate gig at Leeds Cockpit. Lucky attendees...please send in your photos/setlists/videos/reviews!
Pin Me Down's'Cryptic' will be featured on the new compilation put out by très chic French label, Kitsuné Music: the 'Kitsuné Maison 5 Gold' compilation, out on CD/LP/digital December 10th (next week) in Japan and February in Europe (details to come). Full tracklisting after the jump...
01. Fischerspooner - The Best Revenge 02. Late Of The Pier - Broken (Fairy Lights Mix) 03. Alan Braxe - Addicted 04. David E. Sugar - To Yourself 05. Pin Me Down - Cryptic 06. M.I.A. - XR2 (Silverlink V Kicks Like A Mule Aka 92juk) 07. The Teenagers - Homecoming (Gentlemen Drivers Rave Mix) 08. AutoKratz - Pardon Garçon 09. Digitalism - Pogo (Digitalism's Robotic Remix) 10. DatA - Aerius Light (Kitsune DJ Friendly Edit) 11. Does It Offend You, Yeah? - Let's Make Out (Extended Mix) 12. Rex The Dog - Circulate 13. Bitchee Bitchee Ya Ya Ya - Fuck Friend (CSS Remix) 14. Friendly Fires - On Board 15. Big Face - I Wanna Be A Style Crusader (DatA Remix) 16. KID - I'll Never Know 17. Cazals / Yelle - To Cut A Long Story Short (Vicarious Bliss Mellotron Mix) / A Cause Des Garçons (Tepr Remix)