A few minutes, and two delicious quesadillas later, we were graced with the presence of Stuart Murdoch and his glorious troupe, Belle & Sebastian. I have to be honest when I say that these guys were the entire reason I went to this show. As enjoyable as TNP may be, Stuart and the rest of his crew have been a favorite band of mine for a few years now, and I wanted so desperately to see them live. Needless to say i was not disappointed. The group opened with a laid-back song, "Expectations", from their 1999 release, Tigermilk but then jumped straight into the first single, "Another Sunny Day", off of their latest album, The Life Pursuit. The band required no introduction, and everyone in the audience seemed to know the lyrics to every song they put on. The crowd was filled with old-school B&S fans who loved hearing older hits like "Your Cover's Blown" (a highlight of the show), "She's Losing It", and "Electric Renaissance". There were also plenty of fans who have just become familiar with B&S either through The Life Pursuit or Dear Catastrophe Waitress, another incredibly strong and relatively recent B&S album. These fans loved "The Blues are Still Blue", "If You Find Yourself Caught in Love", and especially "Funny Little Frog". The group didn't formally introduce themselves until a cute little role-call right at the end of the show. Stuart introduced all the members while the dirty guitar line from "White Collar Boy" slowly built up to fruition. This was definitely a highlight of the show, and Stuart is quite a bit funnier than people would expect. The show featured Belle & Sebastian music for older and newer fans, and was one of the more enjoyable shows I've been to in my life. While they did leave out a few of my favorites (The Boy With the Arab Strap, Step Into My Office Baby, Sleep the Clock Around), they pretty much covered all the hits, with a slight emphasis on the newer songs, naturally. They even played my favoritest song, "I'm a Cuckoo", and rocked the house with it. All and all, an incredible show for the crew from Glasgow, Scotland. Below is the setlist for the Belle & Sebastian performance, along with the links to each live version of the song. Thanks again to Austin for taking the time to seperate each song, which I know takes quite alot of work. Belle & Sebastian Live at the 9:30 Club:
Expectations Another Sunny Day Women's Realm Sukie in the Graveyard Electric Renaissance The Loneliness of a Middle Distance Runner To Be Myself Completely The Blues Are Still Blue (The song was cut off) Piazza, New York Catcher Belle and Sebastian Funny Little Frog She's Losing It Your Cover's Blown (We couldn't handle the synth line with the video screens) Dog On Wheels I'm A Cuckoo (incredible) The Wrong Girl If You Find Yourself Caught in Love Judy and the Dream of Horses White Collar Boy (listen to the role call in the beginning) Me and the Major
Plus some banter between Stuart, the crowd, and the rest of B&S Here are some more pictures of the show, taken by our two lovely ladies Suzanne and Claire.