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!
I’m so happy that 2010 was a great year for music! Last year, I struggled to find 10 albums I liked enough and this year, I had to stop myself at my favorite 12. I was fortunate enough to meet 11 out of the 12 artists in 2010 (Arcade Fire being the exception) and I saw 11 out of the 12 albums performed live (with Kele being the exception) and I want to take this opportunity to thank all of the artists again for making my ears so happy in 2010. I’ve listened to all of these albums so many times this year and I love them all dearly.
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.
The year is half over or half started, depending on your point of view. Some people would argue that June marks the half-way point of the year, but those who read this blog daily, aka MY HEROES, you know that nothing I do is conventional.
There’s been a lot of great music I’ve heard this year (thank The Creator) and to celebrate that fact, here’s my top ten list of best songs of 2010… so far.
I am largely unfamiliar with Bloc Party’s music, but when I heard that lead singer Kele would be making a dance album, you know I snatched up a ticket for his upcoming August show in New York. I was really planning on hearing the album in full for the first time when I saw him live, but curiosity got the best of me when I was given a review copy of his debut solo album “The Boxer.”
See my brief track by track comments, after the jump.