Sunday, March 26, 2006

No, seriously, the best band in the world.

We just got back from seeing Belle and Sebastian and The New Pornographers; I'm pretty sure a better bill for me does not exist. First time for me seeing the Pornographers and I'd like to see them again in a smaller venue. This was at the Paramount and I think they'd do better in a place like the Showbox -- it's more the right feel for them.

Belle and Sebastian was, as always, fantastic. I know I've said this before and I know I've got all kinds of historical bias and nostalgia associated with this band, but seriously, this is the best group of musicians playing this kind of music anywhere in the world. Stuart Murdoch's musicianship is so hot that everything else about him oozes sex appeal too. But it's all of them, really -- so many instruments! so orchestrally ambitious! so much trading off! Even if you don't like their composition, and frankly I don't see how that's possible but there's no accounting for taste, I don't think there's a way to see this band and not walk away impressed with the pure musicianship.

I wonder if Isobel Campbell and Stuart David have any regrets.


Blogger heathalouise said...

I wanted to see them here in Philly, but they were at the dreaded Electric Factory, so I skipped out on it. When do I get to move to Seattle?

1:26 PM  
Blogger onlybrody said...

I tried to see them in Philly - they were at the Troc - but one of them had "stomach trouble" and they cancelled the show. But then that's the difference between Belle & Sebastian and, say, AI. Some people play through pain.

8:37 PM  
Blogger this charming man said...

they played here in san fran but the thing sold out before i had a chance to get tix, and even then it was a nutty busy work week and i ended up working very late that evening. i did see the new p's back in october and they were awesome...neko case and bejar were on that tour. the b&s record is right now my favorite of 2006.

9:56 AM  

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