September 25, 2008

It Could Have Been A Brilliant Career (+BBC extras)

It'd be a whole lot cooler if B&S would just start making another album instead of releasing a 1996-2001 BBC comp, but as they have nothing else planned at the moment we'll take what we can get and like it. This is available via Matador 11/17.

Track listing:
Disc 1 – Radio Sessions: The State I Am In, Like Dylan In The Movies, Judy and the Dream of Horses, The Stars of Track and Field, I Could Be Dreaming, Seymour Stein, Lazy Jane, Sleep The Clock Around, Slow Graffiti, Wrong Love, Shoot The Sexual Athlete, The Magic of a Kind Word, (My Girls Got) Miraculous Technique

Disc 2 – Live in Belfast: Here Comes The Sun, Theres Too Much Love, The Magic of a Kind Word, Me and the Major, Wandering Alone, The Model, Im Waiting For The Man, The Boy With the Arab Strap, The Wrong Girl, Dirty Dream #2, Boys Are Back in Town, Legal Man

The four songs from 2001 – The Magic of a Kind Word, Nothing In The Silence, Shoot The Sexual Athlete and (My Girl’s Got) Miraculous Technique, have never previously been available on CD or vinyl and capture the band at the end of their first chapter (i.e. Stuart and Isobel had just broken up and were performing songs about their failed relationship next to each other). And of course Isobel peaced out shortly afterwards.

Belle and Sebastian - The Boy With the Arab Strap (4/25/99)

Belle and Sebastian - Live on KEXP (3/25/06)

Random: did you know Belle et Sébastien was a novel by hottie French actress Cécile Aubry starring a six-year-old boy named Sébastien and his dog Belle, a Pyrenean Mountain Dog? And that this was made into a French live-action television series in 1965, and then a Japanese anime version nearly two decades later that you can now watch right now? I usually start every morning off with Air Wolf but this might be even more upbeat.

BBC extras:

The Zombies - This Old Heart of Mine (Isley Brothers cover, 1966)

The Damned - Neat Neat Neat (Peel session, 1976)

Pavement - Killing Moon (Echo & the Bunnymen cover, 1997*)

Radiohead - How To Disappear Completely (BBC Remix, 2002)

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Cigarettes (BBC, 2006)

*Included in Pavement's final Major Leagues EP and soon to be part of their Brighten The Corners: Nicene Creedence Ed. reissue.

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