Today in Music: Bloc Party, Elliott Smith, Bonnaroo, Radiohead, Art Brut, Tokyo Police Club, Constantines, Ted Leo

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Bloc Party, Bournemouth – 1/24/07, courtesy of Dan Newman

Pitchfork and Brooklyn Vegan have been posting a really cool series of features about the making of the new Bloc Party record, A Meeting in the City. Here’s what singer/guitarist Kele Okerekethe and bassist Gordon Moakes have to say about the first four tracks, including an interesting thought or two about Jack White of the White Stripes:

Track 1 – Song for Clay (video)
Track 2 – Hunting for the Witches
Track 3 – Waiting for the 7:18 (video)
Track 4 – The Prayer (video)

Three nice pieces from Tiny Mix Tapes today including… some speculation on the Smashing Pumpkins reunion, a slightly different take on the Clap Your Hands tour, and some “Valentine’s Day Ideas That Cost Less Than the New Al Green Album.”

  • Here’s the setlist and some awesome photos of last night’s Arcade Fire show at Judson Memorial Church in New York. So awesome.
  • Interesting article posing the question whether an artist like Bowie would have ever made it in today’s music climate.
  • Kill Rock Stars will release a two-disc collection of Elliott Smith rarities called New Moon on May 8.
  • This year’s Bonnaroo lineup was announced… the Police, the White Stripes, Ben Harper, Wilco, the Flaming Lips, Franz Ferdinand, the Decemberists, Wolf Mother, Spoon, DJ Shadow, the Hold Steady, the Black Angels and many many many more.
  • Phil Selway appears to be the next member of Radiohead to release a solo album. Are drummer supposed to do solo albums?
  • Art Brut announced tour dates in Europe and North America this spring, and Bloc Party added more shows including a stop at the Paramount.
  • Tokyo Police Club announce an upcoming tour.
  • From Rock Sellout’s the Album Leaks Department… more on the new Dinosaur Jr and Ted Leo records.
  • Constantines are always alright with i (heart) music.
  • The Shaky Hands are Northwest band to watch.
  • And don’t forget to check out the Apples in Stereo on Late Night with Conan O’Brien tonight.
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    1. Jason
      Posted February 14, 2007 at 12:25 pm | Permalink

      Don Henley and Phil have put out several solo albums. So no, drummers should not put out solo albums. :P

    2. Posted February 15, 2007 at 10:54 am | Permalink

      As a rebuttal, I give you Glenn Kotche.

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