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Bloc Party on NPR Live

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Recently, I posted my review of Bloc Party’s inspired set at the Trocadero in Philadelphia last Saturday night. Two nights before that they plated the famed 9:30 Club in Washington DC, which was recorded by NPR, webcast live on Thursday night, June 16, and then available for mp3 download on their site for a limited time. For fans of indie rock, NPR’s series of live gigs for their show All Songs Considered is a treasure. Recent bands to be highlighted in the series inclued Wilco, the Decemberists, Interpol, Bright Eyes, and now Bloc Party. Not exactly a shabby lineup by any discriminating ear’s standards.

The Bloc Party show clocks in at about 63 minutes, and is in mp3 format. It really sounds fantastic. Oftentimes, concerts like this are mixed poorly, with either the vocals or the instruments being overcome by the other. This is not the case here with Bloc Party. Matt Tong’s spastic drumming is well represented, without drowning out Kele Okereke’s lead vocals. Bassist and backup singer Gordon Moakes’ vocals are also easy to pickup.

The webcast/podcast/download/whatchamacallit is well worth the space it’ll occupy on your hard drive and mp3 player. Here are the important links:

NPR Music

Live at NPR

Direct Download of Bloc Party at 9:30 Club

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  • Your post pushed me to finally download Real Player and make NPR’s site work. I actually got to listen to an 8 minute program. It is, outside the country, a first. And one of the most missed things of America is NPR, the national hookup with civilization.
    Thanks for the lead.


    I don’t know where you are, but I no the Armed Forces Network carries NPR in many places.