Or Block Party with a K as my pass said. I like that. It indicates a level of unpretentiousness, like ‘who? block huh? ok, cool, well I guess they can play. So long as they clean up after.’ Which seems acceptable. Even Roger Daltrey did a bit of hoovering.
The relatively young kids from Bloc opened with new tracks from their latest album Four but we all (people I call friends or other lost but worthy souls) were wishing they had launched the night with Kettling as its becoming a fast favourite. They did play and nail it later, or kettled it if you will. Bloc before part B have also encouraged me to utter the phrase ‘I fucking love kettling’ in day to day life which is another unexpected bonus from the album.
The academy is a beautiful venue and the sound bloomed up to its vast ornate ceiling while lasers danced across the cornicing. It was a little sweaty and the crowd were definitely more enamoured of the more established tracks like Banquet, Helicopter and Two More Years but in the ‘pit’ there was a good and gorgeous wave of limbs dancing excited by pumping limbic systems.
Octopus was another highlight and is a tune as addictive as it is likely to encourage mimacry while ignoring a loved ones pleas for help lifting a fallen bookcase off their body as you air drum into space.
The thing about Bloc Party what with their appearence on the OC soundtrack is that sometimes you think of them as being kind of mellow or pretty indie but seeing them live reminds you they just fucking rock. They should call them Rock Party and in France they would call them Party Rock and they would be hunted with only their cunning to protect them.
In conclusion buy the album and if you see them live there’s a good chance your dreams will be more colourful as result.
Beardyman gives me the fear. As a DJ I have reservations about my clubbing future now that Beardyman exists and is in our entertaining world. He’s the Usain Bolt to my clumsy sandal wearing drunk riding a tricycle . He’s essentially made my line of work entirely obsolete. Fortunately I can fall back on the inky words and writing about my horrific defeat on the steps of the Arausio and my retirement from the musical sphere due to this ‘man’, this demi-god of the microphone.
But DJs may rest safely in their sound laboratories once more, as well, he can’t physically be everywhere at once.
Come on now. That’s enough. You’re making everyone else look bad.
Added to that check out Nathan ‘Flutebox’ Lee. Beatboxing with a flute. Because y’know, maybe it was too easy beforehand.
Another musical site I’m falling in love with all over again (it is summer after all and they’re French, I stood no chance) is La Blogotheque. La B’ is a particularly lovely site, full of things I’m jealous of. The most wonderful thing they have is The Take Away shows. Some of these off beat videos are the most magical moments caught on tape, the Take Away team convince, manipulate and beg artists for unique little shows. Some of the artists are shy and retiring and in need of this kind of arm twisting to produce one off performances of such an innocent but raw concupiscent nature as to defy belief – see Bloc Party’s Modern Love. Other artists are more keen to play the game and enjoy adding frolicsome tones with their own creative shenanigans – see Man Man The Warm Up 3.
Glasgow’s West End Festival is on now with a big variety of musical acts playing all around the city. The Festival started last weekend with highlights from skasters Bombskare’s afternoon set and the festival parade which took a turn around the park this year having moved along from its usual route along Byres Road.
Check out gigs at Brel on Ashton Lane for the kind of atmosphere suited to a chilled glass of white wine on a sunny evening, lying on a blanket with your bare toes playing in the grass while a troubadour plays under the shade of a nearby tree.
This Sunday see Kelvingrove Park play host Mela Glasgow, go down and see a mix cultures and live music from 12 til 7 for free.
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