Bloc Party have announced a second London Olympia show after selling out the first one. The gigs will take place over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend (April 11 and 12) and tickets are on sale now from here and here.
Play.com have posted up the 'Intimacy' CDtracklisting, including two bonus tracks added to the end of the album (released October 27th). The tracklisting hasn't been officially announced yet though, so things could still change...
01. Ares 02. Mercury 03. Halo 04. Biko 05. Trojan Horse 06. Signs 07. One Month Off 08. Zephyrus 09. Talons 10. Better Than Heaven 11. Ion Square 12. Letter To My Son (Bonus Track) 13. Your Visits Are Getting Shorter (Bonus Track)
And here's the likely tracklisting of the forthcoming 'Talons' single, released on October 20th:
Talons / Trojan Horse / Hunting For Witches / Positive Tension / Signs / Song For Clay (Disappear Here) / Banquet / Better Than Heaven / The Once And Future King / This Modern Love / The Prayer / Like Eating Glass
Ares / Price Of Gasoline / Flux / Helicopter
Here's a high-quality video of Bloc Party performing their new single, 'Talons', followed by the first decent quality fan recording of 'Ares'!
Download here a mashup of 'Banquet' with Katy Perry's 'I Kissed A Girl'. The two songs sound made for each other, and it actually makes her track fairly listenable...
Also, Pitchfork are currently offering up Bloc Party's remix of 'Salt, Peppa and Spinderella', the new single by ace Brummie aggro-popsters Johnny Foreigner, as a free download. Point your clicky peripheral here!
Vote for Bloc Party in the BT Digital Music Awards
Bloc Party are up for 4 gongs at this year's BT Digital Music Awards, and you can vote for them now. The band are up for Best Rock/Indie Artist, Best Community (for Marshals), Best Unofficial Site (for BlocParty.net, yay) and Best Artist Promotion.
Don't forget, you can still vote for BP.net in the Unofficial Site category by clicking here...up to once per day until September 27th (10 more days to go). And, as New Order once said, every little (vote) counts!
Hunting For Witches / Positive Tension / Trojan Horse / Song For Clay (Disappear Here) / Banquet / Blue Light / Better Than Heaven / Talons / The Once And Future King / Ion Square / This Modern Love / Flux / Like Eating Glass
Ares / Luno / The Pioneers / Helicopter
Price Of Gasoline / Two More Years / She's Hearing Voices
Here's a photo of Bloc Party in London's Miloco Studios a couple weeks ago, laying down b-sides for the next single, 'Talons', released on October 20th. Gordy with the only mic? Russell with a 12-string acoustic?! They must be red herrings surely...
See the full-size photo in this week's NME
Edit: Here's some extra exclusive photos taken on the same day by Andy Willsher...
One Month Off / Hunting For Witches / Little Thoughts / Waiting For The 7.18 / Halo / Signs / Song For Clay (Disappear Here) / Banquet / Better than Heaven / This Modern Love / The Prayer / Like Eating Glass
Talons (first time played live - watch below) / Price Of Gasoline / Flux / Helicopter
She's Hearing Voices
'Talons' performed for the first time in Halifax, Canada
Mercury / Trojan Horse / Hunting For Witches / Blue Light / Song For Clay (Disappear Here) / Banquet / Better Than Heaven (first time played live) / This Modern Love / The Prayer / Ion Square / Luno / Like Eating Glass
Ares (first time played live) / Price Of Gasoline / Flux / Helicopter
Go here to watch the video for Bloc Party's new single, 'Talons', out on October 20th (or watch via YouTube below). Menacing and moody - it fits in well with the track, and is also the first video since 'Hunting For Witches' to feature the band. Watch a bare-chested Kele gnash his teeth, and the other band members...erm...stare at light fittings!
It seems the artwork revealed on Play.com (and this site) last week wasn't the official 'Intimacy' album cover after all, but it was pretty close! Here's the official cover - no tongues this time around, and a much more arty, soft-focus photo.
Other 'Intimacy' news: according to the official website, the new single 'Talons' will slot in as track number 9 on the physical release, between 'Zephyrus' and 'Better Than Heaven'.
Bloc Party's brand new single, 'Talons' was played for the first time on BBC Radio 1 tonight and is now streaming on Bloc's official site and MySpace!
The track wasn't featured on the digital release of 'Intimacy' last month, but anyone who's already bought the album can now download it for free. 'Talons', produced by Paul Epworth, will be on the physical release of 'Intimacy' (October 27th), along with other new songs, and will also be released as a single (2 x 7" and CD) on October 20th. Remixes will come from The Moody Boyz, XXXChange, FrankMusik, Midfield General and Phones.
Here's what Kele has to say about the track: "We wanted to keep things fresh and we thought the fans would be more excited to get a new song rather than something off the album. 'Talons' is one of the last songs we recorded during the 'Intimacy' sessions and I always had it in mind to be one of the extra tracks we promised for the CD if it turned out well. It turned out great so we decided to make it the next single. I’m enjoying this way of working, not over-thinking things, just make a decision and get on with it! It’s quite liberating in a way, I’m sure it’s going to be the way things happen more and more in the future".
All credit to the people behind Bloc Party's current release plan...they certainly know how to keep things fresh. Tomorrow night between 7pm and 9pm GMT, Zane Lowe will premiere a brand new Bloc Party single on his BBC Radio 1 show...one of the final songs recorded during the 'Intimacy' sessions and as yet unheard! The track will be on the CD release of the album in October and will also be available as an immediate free download for anyone who's already bought or pre-ordered the album.
So tune into Zane Lowe tomorrow night, or listen online here.
In other news, Bloc Party will be playing the Glasgow Barfly on October 19th as part of the MTV2 Gonzo Tour 2008. Details here.
Halo (first time played live) / Hunting For Witches / Positive Tension / Waiting For The 7.18 / Song For Clay (Disappear Here) / Banquet / This Modern Love / The Once And Future King / Mercury / The Prayer / One Month Off / Like Eating Glass
Ion Square (first time played live) / Price Of Gasoline / Flux / Helicopter
Pin Me Down (Russell Lissack's side-project with Milena Mepris) have posted a brand spanking new track on their MySpace, 'Ticking', and it's a bona-fide pop anthem - the sound of Bloc Party gatecrashing a Gwen Stefani song. There are no release plans yet, but rest assured that any news will appear on BP.net when announced. Check out Milena's latest blog herefor all the latest goings on in PMD world, including their brush with Olympic greatness!
According to Play.com, this is the image which will be gracing the cover of Bloc Party's third album, 'Intimacy'. It looks like a zoomed-in still from a soft-porn movie and is probably not what most people expected! Go here for some slightly more subtle fan-created interpretations.
Of course, this could all be an elaborate joke by Play.com, in which case Bloc Party will be the ones laughing at us gullible fans!
Here's a couple bonus Vcasts for your viewing pleasure...go here to download them (you have to be a 'Pioneer').
Bloc Party in Japan: Bloc Party are on the road again, this time in beautiful Japan where they recreate the video for 'I Still Remember' on a bullet train, Final Fantasy perform their stunning rendition of 'This Modern Love', the Noisettes get bouncy backstage, Smoosh charm us all and it's cake all round!
Silent Film: Move over Buster Keaton, Matt and Gordon soundtrack and star in their very own silent(ish) film, occasionally treading into Kasabian territory.