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Daily Roundup: Tuesday 28th October

 
By on Tuesday, 28th October 2008 at 7:58 pm
 

Okay, so it’s a while since I’ve done one of these roundup posts (almost a whole month), and I probably should find another name than “daily roundup” if I can’t do one a day!

Recently I’ve been quite busy working my way through university stuff, so new music finding has gone by the wayside pretty much unfortunately, though I did find School of Seven Bells the other day (pictured at top), with their lovely shoegazy dancy sounds… Dancegaze if you will. Smooth, impressive sounds from the ex-Secret Machines Benjamin Curtis and twins Alejandra and Claudia Deheza formerly of On! Air! Library!. I only wish I could have got to London to catch them tonight or tomorrow night – seem impressive, and ones to watch.

I’ve mentioned my love of Dan Black (pictured right) before, but his first “official” single “Yours” is out on 1st December, and I must say the video is looking pretty good. It’s no HYPNTZ, but it’s pretty darned good. And it features dancing on space hoppers, which is always a winner in my books!

I’m trying to resist the urge to proclaim bands as “amazing” too much at the moment – reading back a few old posts I’ve realised I have a tendency to proclaim undying love for bands that ultimately are pretty average. So feel free to yell at me if I proclaim a pretty average band as amazing!

One of my favourite music blogs, Winston’s Zen has been going from strength to strength recently, with a redesign, coverage from the new Freeze Festival in London’s Battersea Power Station, and a new “classic albums” section which started off with my review of The National’s Boxer which is still possibly one of my top 5 albums.

I haven’t really mentioned Lykke Li much recently, but I’ve realised that her album has become one of my favourites of the year. Slow, haunting, its slowly crept its way under my skin and has me craving it on the morning drive to uni. Her new single, Little Bit, came out yesterday, so be sure to download it pronto! The rather good and fitting video is available here.

Finally, I got my new Bloc Party album on Saturday in the post. it seems so long since they first announced Intimacy and made it available for download on MP3, and I fell in love with it for the first time. The CD is amazingly packaged (and somehow reminds me of Placebo’s “Sleeping with Ghosts” in looks) though would have preferred it if the last two “new” tracks had been left out – we just haven’t “clicked” yet.

Coming up, we’ve got more album and EP reviews, along with news of our new end-of-year survey with some great prizes for those of you who help us.

 

Live Review: Bloc Party @ Apple Store, Regents Street (10th October)

 
By on Saturday, 11th October 2008 at 1:36 am
 

Usually, instore gigs are quite fun, but a bit tame – the crowd are divided by stock and shelves, crammed in, and slightly peeved off by an incredibly short set. However, last night’s Bloc Party set at Regent Street’s Apple store was anything but tame. As part of the iTunes’ “Live from London”, Bloc Party played a full hour long set, blasting through 13 tracks and sharing banter with a crowd of competition winners and Apple employees.

“So, is everyone enjoying your black Friday?” smirked Bloc Party‘s Kele Okereke after opener One Month Off, “We certainly are!” It was all the more relevant when you considered that one of Iceland’s largest banks have their offices just above Apple’s flagship store.

Amazingly small and cozy, somehow Apple managed to fit 600 people into the back of their store, which whilst tight was amazingly special to see a band who has sold out Olympia twice play to such a small crowd, and we knew it. Drummer Matt Tong joked about the “different” surroundings by commenting in perfect in-store tannoy voice: “And next week you can catch Bloc Party in your local BHS!” to much amusement.

Mostly playing their new material from third album ‘Intimacy’ (“We do have a new album to promote!” joked Kele), many songs hadn’t been played live before, as shown by their nervousness before tracks like ‘Ares’ and ‘Ion Square’, but made it all the more raw.

As “Mercury”‘s chant swept around the gathered hordes, Kele took to the crowd, climbing over the theatre chairs, signing things as he went. Messy and sweaty, he joked “wow… sorry if I inappropriately exposed myself to anyone!”

Closing with old favourite “Helicopter”, I suddenly realised that the floor actually bounces – slightly scary, but at the same time worthwhile – any inhibitions were thrown out the window as everyone (even some security) started bouncing.

Enjoy a setlist and photos after the jump.

Continue reading Live Review: Bloc Party @ Apple Store, Regents Street (10th October)

 

Single Review: Bloc Party / Talons

 
By on Tuesday, 7th October 2008 at 9:10 pm
 

You don’t need to be a genius to know that I love Bloc Party with a passion. They’re releasing brand new single Talons in about two weeks time, and frankly, it’s amazing. If you haven’t heard it yet, catch the video below.

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I particularly love the moment at about 2:55… the video matches the song perfectly, and makes this one of the best songs Bloc Party have done – right up there with Positive Tension and Sunday for me – all different, all amazing in their own right.

Bloc Party’s Talons is the second single from their forthcoming new album, Intimacy, and is out on 20th October on Wichita Recordings ahead of Intimacy on 27th October.

 

Bloc Party / Spring 2009 UK Tour

 
By on Tuesday, 23rd September 2008 at 8:22 pm
 

My current favourite band, Bloc Party, have announced a string of dates for January and April around the UK.

Clearly not deciding to take up my suggestion of an on-the-fly tour, they’ve opted for a (rather boring) routine of just four different venues, for two nights each.

Tickets go on sale on Friday, 26th September at 9am, or from 9am tomorrow (24th September) for those of you who are members of their fan club, Pioneers.

Sunday 25th January – Glasgow Academy
Monday 26th January – Glasgow Academy
Wednesday 28th January  – Manchester Apollo
Thursday 29th January – Manchester Apollo
Saturday 31st January  – Wolverhampton Civic
Sunday 1st February  – Wolverhampton Civic
Saturday 11th April – London Olympia

 

Daily Roundup: Thursday 11th September

 
By on Thursday, 11th September 2008 at 8:16 pm
 

So yesterday I went to see Batman: The Dark Knight at London’s IMAX cinema, and we were blown away at the quality and sound of it on such a big screen. I’d already seen it before on a normal cinema screen, but yesterday was definitely worth the three hour journey each way. Of course, with so much time on a bus and tube, I got through some serious listening on my iPod.

Having received Bloc Party‘s Talons on Tuesday night, it’s been pretty much on repeat the whole time. Simply amazing, and is so far right up there with Ion Square as my favourite track of Intimacy. The video fits the song perfectly, and is suitably dark and brooding as Kele’s lyrics.

The press release comments:

Talking about Talons singer Kele said, “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”

Could this mean that they announce whole tours this way? I’d kinda like it if they just announced “oh, we’re playing London’s Astoria next Wednesday… and then Bristol’s Academy… and maybe some more venues too, we haven’t really decided yet!”. However I doubt they’d do that, for the logistical problems. But it’d be cool.

In my inbox this morning I found a link to a company that film live concerts in Europe, Fabchannel. I haven’t come across them before, but WOW. They have a great range of full gigs filmed on the continent, in amazing quality. I sound like I’ve been paid to gush this much, but I think it’ll be providing me with several evenings of entertainment. They sent me a link to Jack McManus who I haven’t come across before, and sounds pretty good at first listen, but I also came across full sets from Bloc Party, Delays, Los Campesinos (including the “most polite stage invasion ever”), The Courteeners, Pipettes… well, I could go on and on. You get the picture!

Finally, I found in my inbox an MP3 that I’d forgotten about. Sent to me about 4 weeks ago, Melbourne based Ancient Free Gardeners have a great sound – dreamy, a bit Shins-esque, with hints of The National and Radiohead shining through. Download the free MP3, and stop by their myspace to show some love – I’m sure they’d appreciate it.

MP3: Ancient Free Gardeners – Innards Out

 

Daily Roundup: Tuesday 9th September

 
By on Tuesday, 9th September 2008 at 9:35 pm
 

Just a quick one tonight, as I’m plain and simply cream crackered at the moment – working 30-40 hours a week and then going to a gig or so a week and the usual pub evenings is pretty hard work… (boy, it’s a hard life, no?)

Bloc Party did another one of their suprises last night, announcing the release of Talons, their second single, and one that wasn’t on Intimacy, but will be on the physical release in October. In short, it’s pretty darned amazing, as with all of their Intimacy era stuff. A bit 80’s rock, a bit dark and murky, but ultimately good. I’m not posting the MP3 as I think it’s just asking for me to get (another) cease and desist, but I’m sure those of you in the know can get a copy for free.

Of course tonight is also the Mercury music prize, with my money firmly on Laura Marling to win, though I doubt the judges will choose her, probably sticking to a safer bet like Radiohead, Elbow or Last Shadow Puppets. If Adele or Estelle wins I won’t be a happy bunny though – they’re good, but not Mercury material.

There are still some reviews of Hydro Connect coming in, almost 10 days after the event, and just make me yearn for Scotland again. Only about 50 weeks now until Hydro 2009, eh? Rock Sellout have put up a guest blog from the festival, along with a better (and more indepth) interview with Rab from Glasvegas than we did.

Meanwhile, Mike over at Chromewaves caught this weekend’s Virgin Festival in Toronto, with Bloc Party, Kooks, Fratellis and more. I’ll be checking out some of the smaller (and larger) bands I haven’t heard of when I actually have a day off.

 
 
 

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