Bloc Party @ The Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ 7/27/06 (& McCarren Pool Pics)

Those wracked in fits of anticipation, rest easy; Bloc Party are still skinny, still insanely tight and still fucking awesome. Those waiting for the McCarren show in the (718) this Saturday are in for a few new tunes, like “Waiting For the 718″ (no relation) and the political “Hunting for Witches.” The first set of the Party?s “latest US tour” was taut and quick; ten songs and out, with the encore providing two more before fears of an electrical storm had the Stone Pony staff pull the plug. (They also didn?t like cameras ? hence the camera phone shot.)

For our money, there isn’t a frontman in indie rock as charismatic as Kele; dude wears his words on his face, works the stage like a bona fide rock star, and just drips with cool (even when saying shit like “Hello, Stone Pony!”). The new stuff sounded good — arty guitars and Matt Tong’s mad beats in full effect — but it’s still Silent Alarm that drives the kids crazy. The band claimed nerves, but the show rocked. Get ready, BK.

SETLIST
01. “Waiting For the 718″
02. “Positive Tension”
03. “Banquet”
04. “Bluest Light”
05. “She’s Hearing Voices”
06. “Hunting For Witches”
07. “This Modern Love”
08. “Like Eating Glass”
09. “So Here We Are”
10. “Helicopter”

Encore
11. “Tulips”
12. “Price Of Gas”

Here are two non-album cuts performed last night. (The band offered “Tulips” a few months back, dedicated last night to “the lovers.” That’s ’cause it’s sexy.)

Bloc Party – “Waiting For the 718″ (Live at Coachella) (MP3 Link Expired)
Bloc Party – “Tulips” (MP3 Link Expired)

MCCARREN POOL UPDATE: Another night with the Party, but this time — with a little help from the folks at Sentimentalist Magazine — we were able to bring in our camera!



We knew the lads would look smashing, but who knew their fans had such great fashion sense? And who knew getting a beer could be a two-hour affair? Saturday night’s setlist after the jump.

MCCARREN POOL SETLIST
01. “Waiting For the 718″
02. “Positive Tension”
03. “Banquet”
04. “Bluest Light”
05. “She’s Hearing Voices”
06. “Hunting For Witches”
07. “This Modern Love”
08. “Like Eating Glass”
09. “Little Thoughts”
10. “Helicopter”

Encore
11. “So Here We Are”
12. “Price Of Gas”
13. “Compliments”
14. “Pioneers”

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