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Belle and Sebastian @ the 9:30 club last night...the verdict is:

I was about 5 ft from the stage, which was pretty awesome as well.

Before I get to Belle and Sebastian, I must discuss the New Pornographers. At about 9:30, they began the evening with Twin Cinema and got through about 5 songs before the lead singer, A.C. Newman, got out his cell to check the time. Around this time he admitted that the band didn't have a set list and Kathryn Calder, filling in for Neko Case, mentioned her inability to sing due to laryngitis. The rest of the songs were by request, and by the end of the show the songs the band made it through included the aforementioned Twin Cinema, July Jones, The Body Says No, Execution Day, and the Laws Have Changed here, along with many others I'm not remembering. Tell me if you were there and do remember, please. Kurt Dahle spent the entire show taking swabs from his liquor bottle - at one point he spent a part of a song when he wasn't playing faking out the audience with his bottle, to much laughter. The balance for the band was pretty bad to begin with, made worse by Kathryn's voice problems, but in general I fully enjoyed the New Pornographers.

During the break between the two bands, I was among the people in the front sitting on the floor. It lasted about 20 minutes...

Belle and Sebastian were, as stated before, AMAZING. They began the show with Stars of Track and Field, which made me happy, since it WASN'T from their new album. They proceeded to get into a lineup that included more of the songs from their new album, which I'm starting to like very much against my will. I think I only started to see the cynicism in some of the songs after seeing them in concert. But back on topic.
After Electronic Renaissance (if I remember the exact song correctly), Stuart Murdoch called back for a small green women's v-neck T-shirt with the album cover, and took off his white shirt (telling us to turn our backs) to put on the B&S shirt, which was obviously too small for him. After stretching awkwardly and fiddling with the shirt for a minute, he proceeded on with the show, frequently jumping up and down and dancing in the most disarmingly aborable way. Stevie danced as well, though it was his stiffness and seriousness that was cute. Admittedly, he was pretty awesome on To Be Myself Completely.
In general, Belle and Sebastian was pretty AMAZING live, being true to the recorded versions of their songs while adding something extra that made the night go from good to AMAZING.
Side note: Though none of Belle and Sebastian's members are particularly attractive, I found myself watching Bob, who also has a very cute Scottish accent. See the picture on the left.

Some pictures of the show from Oh fine, I do like blogging.
The NPR Webcast of Tonight's show
The Upstate Life's take on the show (he must have been pretty close to me based on his blog entry) - he also has the set list from last night posted.

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