On August 8, 2012, Bloc Party played their second of 3 sold out shows at New York’s Terminal 5. Changing the set list from the night before, the show which was streamed live on You Tube included classics like “Mercury” (coincidentally on the last night of Mercury being in retrograde), “Positive Tension,” “Like Eating Glass,” “Flux,” “Ares,” “This Modern Love” and “Helicopter.” Bloc Party has a new record coming out in a few days called “Four” and they played five songs from it (“Octopus,” the show opener “So He Begins to Lie,” “Kettling,” “Truth,” and “Real Talk”). The show was definitely one of best I’ve seen in 2012. It started off with a great opening set by The Drums, who seem to drastically change personnel every time I see them. Bloc Party’s lead singer Kele is so soft spoken if you get the opportunity to talk with him in real life and when he takes the stage, he’s just a monster of energy.
I love Kele’s solo album “The Boxer,” and in fact, I discovered his solo music before I became a fan of Bloc Party (yeah, I know, I did it backwards!). I was pleasnatly surprised that Kele performed a bit of the solo track “Tenderoni” before launching into the classics “Song of Clay” and “Banquet” and as you will see in the video below, the moshing crowd LOVED IT and Kele and Bloc Party kicked so much ass! Bloc Party finishes off their trio of sold out shows at Terminal 5 tonight (August 9, 2012). Don’t miss it!
Great news for fans of Kele Okereke of Bloc Party! He’s curated a new mixtape and you can hear it now on Baebel’s official site! His new album “The Boxer” is rapidly becoming one of my favorite records of the year, so you should check it out. If you’ll recall, I saw Kele DJ earlier this year and it was a night I will not be forgetting any time soon.
Kele Okereke, has dropped his last name and his band Bloc Party for the moment. Kele’s debut solo album “The Boxer,” which I am liking more and more with each listen, is being released on June 21, 2010. To celebrate the record, Kele threw a listening party at New York’s Le Poisson Rouge on June 16, 2010 and I was there to catch all the action. He played the album in full (and the crowd loved it!) and then afterwards he did a DJ set. As I was getting my groove on, I caught Kele’s eye and asked if I could take a picture with him. He obliged and was super nice! Thanks Kele! Loving your debut solo album “The Boxer” and I can’t wait to see you live in August! And for all Kele fans, you can get an exclusive (and really great) mp3 remix of his awesome new single “Tenderoni” on his official site as well as downloading stems to make you own remixes, while supplies last!
Kele in a rare DJ set at New York's Le Poisson Rouge.
On April 3, 2010, Irish rockers Ash played a really intimate show at Santos Party House in New York. Lead singer Tim Wheeler announced that this was the first show they’ve played in New York in over two years and the sold out crowd was loving every second of it. The band took us through hits such as “Shining Light” and “A Life Less Ordinary” to new tracks like “Arcadia” and “The Dead Disciples.” Ash are currently doing a really cool project called “Singles A-Z” where every two weeks, they are releasing a new song both in electronic format and as a vinyl single. As if the show wasn’t rockin’ enough, Russell Lissack from Bloc Party joined the band for his first performance with the band. He’ll also be accompanying them on their upcoming UK tour. I have to admit, I knew very little about the band prior to attending the show and like all great rock stars, they did their job by turning me into a fan long before the night was over.
See some more pictures of Ash as well as the set list after the jump.