March 18, 2006
Belle & Sebastian, The Docks, Toronto, 25 February 2006 – Part 1
[photo, again, courtesy of theplot]
Following the less-than-ideal situation with the New Pornographers, I expected the worst when Belle & Sebastian took the stage. Thankfully, while it wasn't great, things had improved. The sound was better, there was a lightshow and, more importantly perhaps, the crowd had settled in and were by-and-large quiet and attentive. There were a few exceptions – I'm talking in particular about three harpies from Guelph who moved to the back half way through the show and talked exceptionally loudly and cackled throughout the better part of several songs, including the rather quiet "Fox in the Snow". I am happy to say that they shut their yaps after a few songs, but for a while there I thought I would have to resort to violence. Sorry, I had to get that off my chest.
B&S' set drew heavily (as you might expect) from their latest album, The Life Pursuit, but with a decent helping of some of their earlier work. As Frank pointed out, however, they pretty much bypassed their middle period. The songs they played shied away from the much loved "bedroom" songs and was as upbeat and rockin' as B&S could get. Despite the horrible venue I must say that I did enjoy Belle & Sebastian quite a bit. While I really doubt I would rush out to The Docks again, I would go to another B&S show – I figure it can only get better.
As you will no doubt have realized, this post is listed as "Part 1". It was a mental week and I wasn't able to divide up all the tracks in time to make my weekend post. So please, enjoy these and I will have the rest to you early in the week. The sound is better than I thought, although the banter is practically inaudible. I left most of it in for the purists (except where the harpies took over) but you won't hurt my feelings if you just delete the three tracks. I ran out of tape at the very end of Funny Little Frog so a bit is cut off. Oh, and I cranked up the volume thinking that the sound was too low but now it seems it is really loud – so be warned, you may want to readjust it before you listen. I will repost the zip file with the volume at a normal level first thing on monday. [UPDATE: The zipfile has been readjusted so it is good to go] I guess that is all I have to say except that the files as on rapidshare so click, click, wait. I hope everyone had a great St. Patrick's Day.
[UPDATE: Just so we're all clear – this is an audience recording
made on an analogue recorder. It is far from pristine but, in my
opinion, is listenable. If knowing this you are interested in having
it, it is yours with my compliments. You may wish to download one to sample the quality, or lack thereof, before getting the whole thing. If this doesn't sound like your
cup of tea then you have the option of not downloading it. Alright? Good. r]
Belle & Sebastian, The Docks, Toronto, 25 February 2006 (part 1)
1) The Stars of Track and Field.mp3 (4.5 MB)
2) Another Sunny Day.mp3 (4.27 MB)
3) Woman’s Realm.mp3 (4.78 MB)
4) Sukie in the Graveyard.mp3 (3.3 MB)
5) To Be Myself Completely.mp3 (2.84 MB)
6) Electronic Renaissance.mp3 (4 MB)
7) The Loneliness of a Middle Distance_Runner.mp3 (4.15 MB)
8) The Blues are Still Blue.mp3 (3.4 MB)
9) The Fox in the Snow.mp3 (3.8 MB)
10) Funny Little Frog (missing end bit).mp3 (2.44 MB)