Video of the Day: An Acoustic “This Modern Love” by Bloc Party

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Bloc Party was one of the most hyped bands around upon their release of one of the best debut records of their generation. They followed up Silent Alarm with A Weekend in the City, an album that cloaked its greatness more so than their initial offering, and lost a bit of buzz with its follow-up, 2008’sIntimacy. In its wake, they reportedly bickered a bit before taking a what seemed like it might be a permanent break.

Frontman Kele Okereke embraced dance music, releasing an electronica infused record and playing a spate of gigs that included a barn burner of a mid-afternoon set at Coachella, while Bloc Party fans were left wanting more. The boys thought better of their distance after time and space, and reformed to release their fourth record, the not-so-ironically named Four.

It has some tracks as worthy as any in their catalog, some that might approach the greatness of songs like “This Modern Love” on their full-length debut.  During a recent visit to KEXP’s studio in Seattle, Kele and Russell Lissack performed a beautiful acoustic version of their pedal-to-the-metal rocker.


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Behrnsie has a love for music that dare not speak its name. He attends many shows and can often be found counting out the beats for no discernible reason. He played alto saxophone in his middle school jazz band, where he was best known for infuriating his instructor when it was revealed that he played everything by ear, and could not in fact read music. He takes great pride that this is the same talent/affliction that got Tori Amos kicked out of the Peabody Academy. He does not live in his parents’ basement….except during the holidays.