London O2 Arena, 28.02.08 (NME Awards Big Gig) The boys took a break from writing their third album to play a crowd-pleasing set in London's O2 Arena for the NME Awards Big Gig last night. Click here for the NME report!
Hunting For Witches / Waiting For The 7.18 / Banquet / This Modern Love / The Prayer / So Here We Are / Flux / Helicopter
Bloc Party's Radio 1 Live Lounge cover of Nelly Furtado's 'Say It Right' (recorded last April) is featured on the 'NME Awards Souvenir' CD free with this week's NME, on sale today!
And tomorrow (Thursday), the Bloc play their first gig of the year - the NME Big Gig in the O2 Arena - as part of a stellar lineup (see below). Will the boys roadtest any new material? Send in your setlists!
Schedule: The Cribs: 7-7:20pm Klaxons: 7:30-8pm Bloc Party: 8:10-8:50pm Kaiser Chiefs: 9-9:45pm Manic Street Preachers: 10-11pm.
Edit: This week's NME also features a short interview with Kele...read it below!
Track #12 in the BP.net covers project is a version of recent single, 'Flux', recorded especially for this site by Sweden's Birch Street Project. It's pretty ace too...the group have given the original track a complete overhaul, replacing the Euro-techno vibe with some Bossa Nova-styled rhythms, off-beat acoustic strums and sultry female vocals.
Whilst Bloc Party beaver away on their third album, it's up to Pin Me Down to remind us that the band (well, Russell at least) still exists. The twosome are featured in the latest issue of Dazed & Confused magazine (read the mini-article by clicking on the image below) and you can read another recent interview with Milena on Glasswerk here.Expect to hear more when PMD release their debut single, 'Cryptic', later this year (currently pencilled in for an April/May release on Kitsuné).
And if you're really hankering after some Bloc Party news, click here to read Gordy waxing lyrical about the Novation Nio 2/4 (for musos only)!
Just a reminder that Kitsuné Maison's new compilation, featuring Pin Me Down's 'Cryptic', is out today in the UK...order it here (UK) or here (US)!
Edit: Read Pitchfork's review of the compilation here, featuring glowing praise for the PMD track!
"It's compositional effort rather than any specific sound that defines the compilation's several successes. Pin Me Down's by turns sneering and sighing "Cryptic" aims for a midpoint between the Bush Tetras and early Bananarama, and comes out sounding like an ace angry Girls Aloud single. Which should tell us two things: Firstly, that combining rock guitar and beat-heavy electronic production in pop songs isn't so novel that these artists deserve a medal just for turning up, and, conversely, that this very combination can aspire to pop majesty when the participants try hard enough."