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MP3 of the Day #421: Kele

By on Tuesday, 18th October 2011 at 10:00 am

While Kele Okereke voiced some concern last month that he’d been sacked by Bloc Party and was being left out of his band’s rehearsals for their next album, he’s showing no signs of giving up his solo career that began with 2010s ‘The Boxer’ (review here). Here’s the evidence: he’s recorded a cover of Q Lazzarus’s ‘Goodbye Horses’, famously appearing in the film The Silence of the Lambs. Why he chose this one is anyone’s guess: RCRDLBL has a humourous idea here.


This Week’s Gonzo – Alex welcomes Britpop legends Suede to the Gonzo couch

By on Friday, 5th November 2010 at 12:00 pm

This week’s Gonzo is really quite jam-packed with great stuff. For those of you who lived the ’90s Britpop revolution (or you are a big fan of that era of British music), Gonzo has a great treat for you tonight. Britpop legends Suede are Alexa’s guests tonight. Brett Anderson relates a story about Klaxons to Alexa, but we’re not sure where this is going… “We left Jamie from Klaxons lying down on a curb last night…don’t worry, he had a smile on his face.” Guess you’re going to have to watch this episode of Gonzo to find out!

Practically a resident advisor for Gonzo, Kele stops by for a birthday celebration and chats about the success of his solo album, ‘The Boxer’, released in June. Thanks to the wonders of the internet (and really, the even more wondrous Skype), American indie rockers We Are Scientists reach Alexa over the miles to say hello all the way from Texas. There’s even a chat with Everything Everything about the director’s cut of ‘Photoshop Handsome’, their newest (and most likely creepiest) video.

For the sci-fi fans out there, current Doctor Who heartthrob Matt Smith pops over to recommend a favourite song. There’s also a special performance by Chapel Club of their fab latest single, ‘All the Eastern Girls’.

Watch this week’s MTV Gonzo tonight at 7 pm on MTV Rocks, with a repeat at 9 pm on MTV.


Video of the Moment #375: Kele

By on Monday, 25th October 2010 at 6:00 pm

Below is the video for Kele‘s forthcoming single, ‘On the Lam’ (out on 25 October on Wichita / Polydor). The frenetic cut and paste video reminds me a bit of Franz Ferdinand‘s ‘Take Me Out’ and Peter Gabriel‘s ‘Sledgehammer’.

I wonder if he secretly fancies being a professional basketball player, as he’s sporting a Detroit Pistons jersey in this video.



This Week’s Gonzo – Graham Coxon, Magnetic Man, the Vaccines and more come by

By on Thursday, 21st October 2010 at 2:00 pm

This Friday’s new episode of MTV Gonzo promises to be a treat with some amazing guests. Graham Coxon, former (and perhaps continuing?) guitarist of seminal Britpop band Blur but now a solo artist in his own right, stops in for a visit with Alexa Chung, participating in an activity I’d never think of in a million years. The two personalities sketch each other!

Hot off the electronic scene, the talented chaps of dubstep act Magnetic Man also visit the Gonzo set. When confronted by the prospect of being up against Cliff Richard on the UK singles chart, band member Artwork proclaims, “Cliff Richard, I’ve got nothing against him I just want to beat him (in the charts)”. Not to be outdone, his bandmate Skream comments, “I just want to beat him up”. Yikes.

Recent blogosphere darlings the Vaccines come by to introduce themselves to the MTV-watching public. Judging from the hype surrounding their first single released this summer, ‘If You Wanna’, you’d be advised to keep an eye on this London quartet. If you’re looking for tips from your favourite stars, Gonzo has you covered as well. The Midnight Beast offer their unique point of view on boybands, and Kele Okereke recommends a new band. And if that weren’t enough, the show will also premiere a brand new promo video from My Chemical Romance. Whew!

Watch this week’s MTV Gonzo tomorrow night, Friday, at 7 pm on MTV Rocks, with a repeat at 9 pm on MTV.


Kele / November 2010 UK Tour

By on Tuesday, 17th August 2010 at 9:00 am

Bloc Party frontman Kele will be touring the UK for the second time this year in November. Catch him performing tunes from his solo debut, ‘The Boxer’, at the below dates. Tickets go on sale at Seetickets at 9 AM on Thursday (19 August).

Monday 15th November 2010 – Birmingham Institute Library
Tuesday 16th November 2010 – Glasgow Arches
Thursday 18th November 2010 – Manchester Ritz
Friday 19th November 2010 – London Electric Ballroom
Saturday 20th November 2010 – Bristol Motion


Video of the Moment #314: Kele

By on Monday, 2nd August 2010 at 6:00 pm

Here’s the new promo video for Kele‘s ‘Everything You Wanted’. The single is out 16 August.

Interestingly, there’s a whiff of a specific Bloc Party tune in this one (that my ears picked up anyway).



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