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  BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Bloc Party score US chart success
Bloc Party's album entered the UK chart at number two
British rock group Bloc Party have made it into the US top 20 with their second album, A Weekend In The City.
Bloc Party, who entered the UK album charts at number two on Sunday, are due to support their success by touring the US next month.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/entertainment/6364613.stm   (241 words)

  Bloc Québécois - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Bloc holds the balance of power after the 2006 election, therefore it will be able to co-operate with Stephen Harper's Conservative Party on the issues of resolving the fiscal gap between Ottawa and the provinces, especially Quebec, and on matters of Meech Lake Accord-style decentralization and power shift from Ottawa to the provinces.
The Bloc Québécois was started in 1990 as an informal coalition of Progressive Conservative and Liberal Members of Parliament from Quebec, who left their original parties around the time of the defeat of the Meech Lake Accord.
Because the opposition vote in the rest of Canada was split between the Reform Party, the PC Party and the New Democratic Party, the Bloc narrowly won the second largest number of seats in the House of Commons, and therefore became the official opposition.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Bloc_Qu%C3%A9b%C3%A9cois   (2110 words)

 Bloc Party - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The band has said that the name was not intended to be an allusion to the Soviet Bloc or the Canadian political party Bloc Québécois; the absence of a 'k' is purely for aesthetics.
Bloc Party’s Okereke and Lissack on stage in Cardiff in October 2005
Bloc Party became one of the most popular new bands of 2005, and the established electronic group The Chemical Brothers soon collaborated with Okereke for a track on the Brothers' Push the Button album.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Bloc_Party   (1394 words)

 Bloc Party: album reviews and ratings
Gang of Four's jerky rhythms were once confusing, but the lens of hip-hop and drum'n'bass has made Bloc Party's similar syncopations a lot easier for the contemporary listener to compute; their four-on-the-floor snare-drum-and-high-hat sections evoke the hands-in-the-air rushes of house music.
Bloc Party borrow the soaring melodic guitar lines of Television and sinuous noodling of New Order and the Cure to add a lushness that makes these songs sonically beautiful as well as rhythmically aggressive.
She’s Hearing Voice is Bloc Party’s big Joy Division moment, but it isn’t depression you’re feeling, and if Bloc Party can make you move to this kind of song, imagine what direction they’re headed in for their full-length.
www.musicfolio.com /modernrock/blocparty.html   (816 words)

 BBC - Glastonbury 2005 - Bloc Party
Bloc party are in a different league to the commercial on-the-bandwagon middle of the road guitar led unimaginitive blah blah, blindly thrown out by such bands as the Kaiser Cheifs.
Bloc Party are such a great band they have such a fresh sound, a real rawness to their guitar playing, despite its overplay I still get goosebumps everytime I hear Banquet.
bloc party hit me early last year when they were largly unknown, so for them now to be at glasto with a lot of expectancy i hope they come out of glasto weekend as the heroes and can add to their ever growing reputataion.
www.bbc.co.uk /music/glastonbury2005/lineupandartists/blocparty   (1011 words)

 DIM MAK :: bands :: Bloc Party
Bloc Party aspires to be nothing more than a respite from the mundane, the singer says.
Bloc Party's April 30 set in the California desert is a supernova, even amid a two-day festival saturated with stellar explosions.
Bloc Party took all the cool movies from indie-dance up to this point and lit off with a sense of glorious bombast not heard since U2 broke into the mainstream on a similar tip.
www.dimmak.com /blocparty   (3659 words)

 Bloc Party - Silent Alarm - Vice Records - CD   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
And besides, let’s give Bloc Party the attention they so rightfully deserve here with an album that is a breath of fresh air amongst new music.
Amidst Bloc Party’s 14 tunes on this album, you’ll hear danceable tunes, ballads, and serious songs that explore multi-levels of musical influence and originality.
Here’s why Bloc Party is important to the institution of Rock; they bring a redefinition to today’s musical landscape that is essential to the transitioning of the next generation.
www.musictap.net /Reviews/BlocPartySilentAlarmCD.htm   (434 words)

 Bloc Party : iSOUND.COM   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
The name is a play on block party, a name for a quasi-informal neighborhood festival, which might hire a local band as entertainment.
The name was not intended to be an allusion to the Soviet Bloc; the absence of a 'k' is purely for aesthetics.
Bloc Party’s Kele and Russell onstage in Cardiff, UK, in October 2005Even though the band was met with good reviews from critics in America, Bloc Party failed to break through to the Pop or Rock charts in the US, largely remaining an underground phenomenon.
www.isound.com /bloc_party   (785 words)

 Bloc Party: Silent Alarm: CD Compact Disc: Skateboarding Music and more...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Bloc Party's "Silent Alarm" is a good album that is hindered by several things - one would be Kele Okereke's voice - he's definitely not for everyone and doesn't necessarily fit the band's style either.
Bloc Party's style of playing can be described as standing on an empty plain where you enjoy the booming silence, hence the name.
Bloc Party ties everything together nicely with the repeated use of backing vocals that sometimes lend the songs a sense of urgency and always add a harmonic depth that gives each song a richer feel.
shop.skateboardmusic.com /cds/bloc-party/silent-alarm/listen500003.html   (6154 words)

 Bloc Party - Silent Alarm - Review - Stylus Magazine
Bloc Party’s website declares that they’re “an autonomous unit of un-extraordinary kids reared on pop culture between the years of 1976 and the present day.” Other commentators have called them a band.
Thus far in their short career, Bloc Party have found themselves tenuously lumped in with the spiky and contrived art/garage-rock scene most prominently lead by the likes of The Strokes and the increasingly shambolic Libertines.
Bloc Party have guitars and a fondness for post-punk records but, apart from the guitarist’s asymmetrical indie hair, there the similarity ends.
www.stylusmagazine.com /review.php?ID=2746   (693 words)

 Bloc Party: Silent Alarm - PopMatters Music Review
Since late 2003 when it was hand-picked to support Franz Ferdinand, Bloc Party has been another cog in the indomitable hype machine, gathering acclaims in its native UK, branded as a savior of this and reviver of that.
As a musical force, Bloc Party is electrifying throughout the record, railing through the whiplash drum scuttles and nimble guitar twinkles in "Luno", burrowing into the emphatic single-note revelry in "Little Thoughts", and stomping out the boot-march tempo of "Price of Gas".
If miracles are fantasies of the optimists and tamers are one whip-crack away from having their head taken off, then Okereke and Bloc Party are the realists crashing the world's gala of delusion.
popmatters.com /music/reviews/b/blocparty-silent.shtml   (802 words)

 Amazon.co.uk: Silent Alarm: Music: Bloc Party   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Styled more along the lines of a revolutionary cell than a band, Bloc Party approach the medium of rock'n'roll with the sort of high seriousness usually reserved for philosophy lectures.
Bloc party are a band that take themselves seriously, and they arent a fad.
What I like about Bloc Party is that although they are clearly influenced by British bands,"Eating Glass" and,"Helicopter," sound very Clashy, they have a second gear that many of their contemporaries don´t.
www.amazon.co.uk /Silent-Alarm-Bloc-Party/dp/B0006ZIDJO   (1128 words)

 purevolume™ | Bloc Party   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Bloc Party is an autonomous unit of un-extraordinary kids reared on pop culture between the years of 1976 and the present day.
Like many such kids, between them they eventually concluded that their own attempts to imitate what had informed them could be construed as a worthy variation on the many forms that proceeded.
The result is innovative and fresh, Bloc party are a band for all seasons and reasons.
www.purevolume.com /blocparty   (134 words)

 Bloc Party Interview - SoundsXP
London based Bloc Party are undoubtedly the band of the moment.
Bluntly, Bloc Party are clever punk funk with glorious pop sensibilities, they are forever getting compared to Gang of Four, The Cure and, in terms of today’s music, The Rapture and the current Kings of Indie, Franz Ferdinand.
G: As we know it, Bloc Party came together in November of 2002, although at that point it was called 'Union'.
www.soundsxp.com /754.shtml   (868 words)

 Drowned in Sound - Reviews - Live - Bloc Party, Amusement Parks On Fire   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
One could be forgiven for thinking that Bloc Party's opening salvo 'The Marshals Are Dead', with its opening wake up call to the unbelievers, opportunists, and fashion victims, could have been written about a large percentage of tonight's largely staid audience, most of whom represent a clique of people in bands, their mates and...
The fact that Bloc Party only stay for half an hour probably owes as much to their lack of material as it does the nonchalent dissonance from 50% of the audience.
decided to catch bloc party at cardiff's barfly the other night (wasn't going to go cos i wasn't interested in the other 2 bands and bloc party were first on) and i'm glad i did.
www.drownedinsound.com /articles/9310.html   (903 words)

 Bloc Party - Silent Alarm   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Like many such kids, between them they eventually concluded that their own attempts to imitate what had informed them could be construed as a worthy variation on the many forms that preceded.
The Bloc Party singer, ever on the lookout for interesting thoughts and like-minds, had noted what Franz Ferdinand’s lead singer had said in interviews.
Bloc Party and Silent Alarm: a vital album from a passionate band for an honest new year.
www.okayplayer.com /nowhearthis/nhtblocp.htm   (830 words)

 Technikart magazine culture Moins vite que la musique   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Bloc Party : Le groupe a commencé il y a 6 ans je crois, mais ça fait 2 ans seulement que le line up d'aujourd'hui existe.
Bloc Party : C'était génial : on avait jamais joué à Paris, et là, avec d'autres groupes, on s'est vraiment bien amusé.
Bloc Party : Oui ça a vraiment eu un impact sur moi parce que j'ai grandi avec lui.
www.technikart.com /article.php3?id_article=771   (1342 words)

 Bloc Party: Silent Alarm Aversion.com Review
Bloc Party has that angle sewn up on Silent Alarm, as it drops a slickly polished album that’s as much arena-rock explosions as post-punk hullabaloo.
Weight and drama are key concerns in Bloc Party’s latest set, though the act manages to move in several different directions with its songs.
In “Banquet,” “Helicopter” and “Luno,” Bloc Party plays it closer to typical post-punk noise, with wiry guitars and a dominating bass evoking the cooled-off passions of post-punk detachment and delivering the sort of songs we’d expect from the band.
www.aversion.com /bands/reviews.cfm?f_id=2002   (478 words)

 PopMatters Music Interview | Fifteen Minutes with Bloc Party
As Tong relates, at some of the venues the Bloc Party has been playing in England, it would've been unheard of just a few years ago for a band of their type and stature to be performing there.
But Tong goes on to explain that the racial mix of Bloc Party is merely a result of modern life in cosmopolitan London.
But before they head back into the studio Bloc Party seem to be having the time of their lives, though with a refreshingly mature outlook, "We're all aware this is a very transient phase in our lives and it won't last forever," says Tong.
www.popmatters.com /music/interviews/bloc-party-050629.shtml   (928 words)

 Bloc Party Tickets | Bloc Party Concert Tickets
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 Vice Records   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
The breakout new artist of the year and authors of one of the most acclaimed debut albums this decade, the internationally championed Bloc Party exploded into the US with five shows at the 2005 South By Southwest music festival before criss-crossing the country three times including headlining stages at Coachella and Austin City Limits.
Following every move were journalists and blogs and diehard fans inspired by a shared belief in great rock music and legendary live shows.
Bloc Party has something that their dance-rock peers lack: a social conscience.
www.vice-recordings.com /blocparty.html   (314 words)

 Bloc Party MP3 Downloads - Bloc Party Music Downloads - Bloc Party Music Videos   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Consisting of singer/guitarist Kele Okereke, guitarist Russell Lissack, bassist/singer Gordon Moakes, and drummer Matt Tong, the band was formerly known as Angel Range and Union before settling on Bloc Party.
Bloc Party distinguish themselves slightly from the masses simply through their sheer conviction.
From the explosive Two More Years to the warming The Present to the thrashing Helicopter, Bloc Party is an excellant example of how a band can be versitile and succesful.
www.mp3.com /bloc-party/artists/610281/summary.html   (330 words)

 Amazon.ca: Silent Alarm: Music: Bloc Party   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
I thought it was an awesome song so I ended up sampling more Bloc Party stuff online and was floored when I heard "Banquet" (which ended up going down as one of my favourite songs of all time).
Bloc party is a totally awsome band that fuses the sounds of punk rock and alternative to create great songs and a totally wicked album.
There is an unavoidable urgency in Bloc Party's music that draws you into each song, making you care a little more than you probably should.
www.amazon.ca /Silent-Alarm-Bloc-Party/dp/B0007NFMDK   (960 words)

 BBC - collective - bloc party interview
London quartet Bloc Party might deal with the personal in their lyrics, but together with contemporaries and touring partners Interpol, their chill post-punk-influenced music is perfect for these uncertain and paranoid times.
Their name - not to mention their music - might have been inspired by Joy Division, but Bloc Party (Moakes, singer Kele Okereke, guitarist Russell Lissack and drummer Matt Tong) have a lot to be cheerful about at the moment, not least the constant references to the “new Franz Ferdinand”.
Anyone who implies Bloc Party are hung up on the 80s, however, will get short shrift from Gordon.
www.bbc.co.uk /dna/collective/A3648819   (565 words)

 stereogum: God Bless Bloc Party
I love bloc party because this one time I was I kissed a girl and she tasted just like the lightbulbs i used to eat as a child.
I love Bloc Party because their records are in the group of very few records worth paying money for (especially if you're a college student, possibly the poorest college student ever.).
Bloc Party is obviously a code phrase communists are using to signal the go ahead with the operation.
www.stereogum.com /archives/002201.html   (5015 words)

 Drowned in Sound - Listings - Artists - Bloc Party
Bloc Party (they were formerly listed on these pages under the name Union) are a four piece from London who peddle a fine line of taut riffology, sounding not unlike that ever-popular New York five piece duelling with Fugazi in an art rock-shaped blender.
We first stumbled across Bloc Party when they played under the name The Angel Range as the first-on at Camden’s Dublin Castle at the tail end of 2002.
There’s no doubt that 2005 is the year Bloc Party become absolutely massive.
www.drownedinsound.com /bands/3043.html   (1218 words)

 Bloc Party
Bloc Party singer Kele Okereke performed for a deliriously cheering sold-out Bowery Ballroom crowd.
Although he undeniably recalls the warbling of Robert Smith, Bloc Party singer Kele Okereke at times also echoes the stark sincerity of Terry Hall of the Specials and Pete Shelley of the Buzzcocks.
Their engaging charm overcomes the solemnity of their songs, and the self-awareness of Bloc Party is wholly disarming.
www.hollywoodreporter.com /thr/reviews/review_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1000874685   (371 words)

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