Well, the epic tour of NP and B&S has just begun, and already I’ve seen the show. Boston gets all the indie band love you see. As PP correctly predicted, New Pornographers were easily the better of the two acts. They played an incredibly tight one hour set containing most of their best songs from Twin Cinema and Mass Romantic. Only one track from Electric Version, though. Sadly missing were any of the Bejar compositions. Neko’s voice was even bigger and better than normal, although her new hair cut confused the usual stirring in my loins at her sight.
The headliners tonight were Belle and Sebastian, and given the fact that the crowd was only at 80% occupancy for NP, it’s clear who the stars of the evening were. It was strange seeing B&S in a club show and with only nine musicians on stage. I mean there wasn’t even a harpist! [Blasphemy! -ed] This was the new rock and rolling B&S. One of the funniest moments of the night was Murdoch attempting to descend into the crowd, but kind of teetering for a while on the edge of the stage. Not bad for a guy that used to play entirely hidden from view. Even Stevie took a solo act.
Clearly, B&S are practicing to become rock stars, and they might get there one day. The best songs, however, were their slow and tender songs: “The State I am In”, “The Fox in the Snow”, and “Jonathan David.” Bonus points for pulling off “Your Cover’s Blown” and “Electronic Renaissance.”
The new songs haven’t really burrowed themselves into my consciousness, but I think they’re probably really good. PP has given me the code for a video for one of their new songs that I’m going to insert here. If it works, I’ll take full credit for competency. If it doesn’t, it’s PP’s fault. This is “Silly Little Frog”: