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Re: Belle and Sebastian

Post by djbones » Wed Jul 03, 2013 19:43

Really excited to be seeing them in Boston and Philly next week.

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Re: Belle and Sebastian

Post by alongwaltz » Mon Sep 02, 2013 02:49

http://nudebelleandsebastianfans.blogspot.ca/

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Re: Belle and Sebastian

Post by timahall » Tue Jan 21, 2014 14:21

B&S are back in the studio in March and aiming to release the next album in the Autumn.

I'm excited. I may be alone here but B&S are one of a select few bands who I still get giddy about them releasing a new LP. I know I know they've got patchier over the years and released the odd flat-out stinking song but I can't help myself. We have a long history, Belle & Sebastian & I.

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Re: Belle and Sebastian

Post by bullyhuff » Tue Jan 21, 2014 14:58

"One of the things I wanted to explore – this might seem a bit facetious, but we have this thing called a Eurovision Song Contest. For example, Abba won in 1974, and that’s how they got their big break. And that was really the last great song from Eurovision. Since then it’s been kind of a train wreck, but it gives you a window into every little country, and it’s the only time that Europe gets together for this big party, and now, especially now, we have all the Russian block, eastern block countries, it’s all shifted to the East. So in a sense, I remember saying to the band, I want to do an album that one song feels like it could be the Cyprus entry for 1974. And then next song would be the German entry for 1989, or something like that. You might not see that in the finished songs, but somewhere that’s been an inspiration."

Indeed! Not sure I'm sold on the Eurovision premise but it will be interesting to see how it turns out. I'm all for challenging yourself to try new things.

Whole interview herehttp://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/ ... p-20140120

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Re: Belle and Sebastian

Post by noLooking » Mon Jul 14, 2014 17:58

I'd just about made my peace with 'Write About Love' and was all set to look forward to the new one, then…
Belle & Sebastian are due to release their ninth studio album this year, after recording in Atlanta Georgia, with producer Ben Allen (Bombay Bicycle Club). "It's a very different kind of record to anything we've made before," said Murdoch. "A couple of the songs have been influenced by Eurovision – you can definitely hear a hint of that in there – and a disco element was brought in the door by Stevie. It's more dance and rhythm orientated than anything we’ve done before."
I'm trying to look at this in a positive light; after all, there's a touch of disco about 'Your Cover's Blown', which is great, and B+S never seem to be worse than when they're treading water. Still, I've got a bad feeling about this. With the Eurovision stuff as well, it looks like it's going to sound like bad late period Abba, worse, a knowing parody of bad late period Abba.
http://www.nme.com/news/belle-and-sebastian/78533

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Re: Belle and Sebastian

Post by michaeljameslawton » Mon Jul 14, 2014 19:43

I actually think this sounds promising! Disco-inflected, Eurovision-influenced B&S sounds okay by me!

I don't know if I could weather another Write About Love. It's not a bad record, but it is Belle & Sebastian at their most unremarkable. Even if "I Want the World to Stop" and "The Ghost of Rockschool" end up on a mix or two every now and again...

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Post by noLooking » Mon Jul 14, 2014 19:56

michaeljameslawton wrote:I actually think this sounds promising! Disco-inflected, Eurovision-influenced B&S sounds okay by me!

I don't know if I could weather another Write About Love. It's not a bad record, but it is Belle & Sebastian at their most unremarkable. Even if "I Want the World to Stop" and "The Ghost of Rockschool" end up on a mix or two every now and again...
I listened to it yesterday and found myself loving it for the first time. I think the problem is it's a bit slick, but if you can get past that there are some really good songs ('Come On, Sister', 'Sunday's Pretty Icons', the much despised by everyone else 'Little Lou, Ugly Jack…'). I always thought of it, as you hinted, as a bit B+S by numbers, but I'm coming round to it. Alas, the new one sounds to me like it's likely to indulge their Mike Flowers Pops tendencies, which I've never had much time for.

In other news, having had a quick look at their website, it seems there could potentially be a modelling opportunity for a youthful (looking) Glaswegian Anorak:
http://www.belleandsebastian.com/news/s ... cover-star

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Re: Belle and Sebastian

Post by michaeljameslawton » Mon Jul 14, 2014 19:59

Yeah, "Come on Sister" is great too! I need to break this out and give it another listen...aside from those two songs I mentioned, I haven't listened to it for about a year and a half. Maybe I'll come around more this time...

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Re: Belle and Sebastian

Post by ketameaningless » Tue Jul 15, 2014 22:11

I actually thought 'I didn't see it coming' was one of the best things they've ever done and liked a lot of the others as well. they've got that late career success problem where if it isn't a greatest hits everytime it isn't good enough even though it is actually great.

they should actually try and enter Eurovision. apparenbtly oasis tried with all around the world and got told to piss off so maybe they aren't allowed
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Re: Belle and Sebastian

Post by Gordon » Fri Jul 18, 2014 18:43

If every song was like Electronic Renaissance that would be good.
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Re: Belle and Sebastian

Post by ketameaningless » Wed Jul 23, 2014 22:22

yeah! 'they've got a spy for every blink of your eye'....
and the silver city on the cd of 'fold your hands' is clever too. the way they get more relevent and interesting as the years go by and you think deeper into the lyrics is fascinating judy and the dream of horses is a good one.
especially if you did about 'intertextuality' at university and listen to it next to 'guernica' by the stone roses, while looking at the sleeve to 'made of stone' and the famous painting 'guernica'.

i get a bit hung up on the one with the chinese girls on the cover sometimes, listening to chinatown' by shack, and then 'chinatown' by the libertines and trying to work out how long the spies have been watching me. if they can get to the pentagon man, they can get to anyone.

seriously though 'take me on a train cos i'm not flying...make me dance i want to surrrenderrr'
best thing they have ever done. ten like that, they could fill somewhere like the hollywood bowl!
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Re: Belle and Sebastian

Post by deerful » Thu Jul 24, 2014 00:44

ketameaningless wrote:I actually thought 'I didn't see it coming' was one of the best things they've ever done and liked a lot of the others as well. they've got that late career success problem where if it isn't a greatest hits everytime it isn't good enough even though it is actually great.
I Didn't See It Coming is totally amazing. And seeing them do it live at End Of The Road last year was also one of the best things I've ever seen anyone do live. Also the remix is surprisingly good/danceable.

(the rest of the last album actually left me totally cold, it's perfectly fine but I didn't fall in love with it, but I Didn't See It Coming has my heart forever and ever, the end. Make me dance, I want to surrender. <3)
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Re: Belle and Sebastian

Post by richie rich » Thu Jul 24, 2014 10:40

I Didn’t See It Coming *is* great. I wish more songs on the album were like that. I reckon this is the direction they should take on future releases. More Sarah Martin I say.

On an earlier northern soul note… I Want The World To Stop reminds me of Frankie Valli’s The Night.

I saw God Help the Girl at the Auckland Film Festival the other day. I was a bit worried about what it was going to be like. It was really really good. I was surprised at how much I liked it. I used to groan every time GoT flicked to a Gilly and Samwell Tarly scene. Not any more.
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Re: Belle and Sebastian

Post by noLooking » Thu Jul 24, 2014 16:38

ketameaningless wrote:I actually thought 'I didn't see it coming' was one of the best things they've ever done and liked a lot of the others as well. they've got that late career success problem where if it isn't a greatest hits everytime it isn't good enough even though it is actually great.
tonightwefly wrote:I Didn't See It Coming is totally amazing. And seeing them do it live at End Of The Road last year was also one of the best things I've ever seen anyone do live. Also the remix is surprisingly good/danceable.

(the rest of the last album actually left me totally cold, it's perfectly fine but I didn't fall in love with it, but I Didn't See It Coming has my heart forever and ever, the end. Make me dance, I want to surrender. <3)
richie rich wrote:I Didn’t See It Coming *is* great. I wish more songs on the album were like that. I reckon this is the direction they should take on future releases. More Sarah Martin I say.
I think anorak's created a meme:
there's also a spotlight for talented multi-instrumentalist Sarah Martin, who takes lead vocal for I Didn't See It Coming, a finely crafted, bittersweet love song that shows late-period B&S can be as captivating as their bedsit-era output.
http://www.theguardian.com/music/2014/j ... gow-review

I bet he hated it two weeks ago. Be warned: gratuitous and unpleasantly punning use of the T word.

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Re: Belle and Sebastian

Post by a layer of chips » Thu Aug 07, 2014 06:23

Can someone please make it stop? This is enough to make me want to listen to Burzum.

http://www.stereogum.com/1697067/emily- ... ere/video/

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Re: Belle and Sebastian

Post by Gordon » Thu Aug 07, 2014 08:54

a layer of chips wrote:Can someone please make it stop? This is enough to make me want to listen to Burzum.

http://www.stereogum.com/1697067/emily- ... ere/video/
While on my Burzum-researching quest I found a news story I'm sure will cheer you up:

http://www.nme.com/news/muse/78973
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Re: Belle and Sebastian

Post by joanny » Thu Aug 07, 2014 10:49

Speaking about their plans for the new album, Matt Bellamy added: "I have this strong feeling that the next album should be something that really does strip away the additional things that we've experimented with on the last two albums, which is electronics, symphonics and orchestral work and all that kind of stuff."

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Re: Belle and Sebastian

Post by timahall » Thu Aug 07, 2014 13:36

richie rich wrote:I Didn’t See It Coming *is* great. I wish more songs on the album were like that. I reckon this is the direction they should take on future releases. More Sarah Martin I say.
Agree with this completely! The only song on Write About Love I love more than I Didn't See It Coming is I Can See Your Future. Sarah's getting better, Stuart's getting worse, it would seem!

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Re: Belle and Sebastian

Post by richie rich » Sat Aug 09, 2014 10:30

richie rich wrote:I saw God Help the Girl at the Auckland Film Festival the other day. I was a bit worried about what it was going to be like. It was really really good. I was surprised at how much I liked it. I used to groan every time GoT flicked to a Gilly and Samwell Tarly scene. Not any more.
In fact I liked it so much I saw it twice. I’ll Have to Dance with Cassie is great. Everyone loves a big dance scene… I know I do. The Psychiatrist Is In and the A Down and Dusky Blonde scenes made me appreciate those songs more… so too the Pretty Eve in the Tub scene. It’s quite a sad film… quite dark in places… Eve’s not an overly likeable character. More Glaswegian accents amongst the lead actors would’ve been good. I’d go see it a third time if I could.
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Re: Belle and Sebastian

Post by djbones » Sun Aug 17, 2014 19:30

Saw the film and totally loved it - the music, the dancing, story, clothes, Glasgow setting, the cinematography, the whole vibe was ace. Can't wait til DVD is out in October to see it again :-).

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