Aug 18th, 2008 // 9 Comments

intimacy.jpgThe new album from Bloc Party, Intimacy, will be available for download Aug. 21. Yes, that’s this Thursday. And yes, that would appear to be the cover at left. (Perhaps it’ll be tweaked in time for the physical product to be shipped in October.) Interesting to note that the US shopping-cart page is hosted on Atlantic Records’ official site–could this be a sign of release strategies to come for the label? [Bloc Party]

  1. Anonymous

    It would be nice if there was some more information like, I don’t know, how many songs were on it, if it included the two “singles” they’ve released between the last album and now, etc.

  2. DocStrange

    The tracklisting has “Mercury” on it, but “Flux” won’t be. It’s already on later pressings of “A Weekend in the City” (including mine).

  3. Anonymous

    @DocStrange: huh, I had no idea they shoehorned it onto there. Thanks.

  4. Anonymous

    Wow, these guys really are trying to align their career with Radiohead. Me thinks this new record will be the “interesting” electronica-influenced record.

    BTW, anyone else feel completely underwhelmed by this bands live show? Everytime I see them I want them to just, kind of, EXPLODE, but the show always seems to just plod along

  5. Anonymous

    @2ironic4u: I can honestly say that I have not experienced that either time I saw them. I thought they were excellent.

  6. How do I say this ... THROWDINI!

    @2ironic4u: I’m with tim_loves_cats. (That’s a strange thing to type.) A week or two back when there was that post about your favorite concert experiences, I listed a Bloc Party show. Probably because they (and the crowd) did explode.

    I must say, it was pretty freakin’ awesome. Maybe because it was after their first album, which is 100% pure energy, where I think their second album tones it down a bit, maybe too much for said explosion.

  7. nosebleed

    when record labels tried to cash in on the Wire/Gang Of Four parable, they failed.

    this band, or anyone who sounds like them should never play anything larger than bowery.

    there’s a juxtaposition now within the conflicts of A&R trying to sign the “next big thing” or the current “bug underground thing” and make them palatable for the Walmart generations.

    bloc party, for one – haven’t released anything since their 1st LP that feels genuine.

    that’s what’s lacking in all modern music these days, HONESTY – and integrity.

    it’s fine if musicians want to play music for a living, no cries of sell out from me for that matter – but there’s a point where you just become a product and not a musician.

  8. Ned Raggett

    @nosebleed: I’m all for the current bugs underground.

  9. Anonymous

    @2ironic4u: I saw them at Lollapalooza this year thought their performance was pretty underwhelming. When I saw them at a smaller venue in 2007, It was one of the best shows I’ve ever been to though.

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