I don’t like it when Stuart Murdoch invites a bunch of girls up onstage to dance around and look cute, and I don’t like it when people from the audience put makeup on him while he’s singing a song. I’m a firm believer that the musicians should stay up on the stage and the audience should remain on the floor or in their seats. That’s one of my rules. I always find it awkward and embarrassing when this rule is ignored and the two separate groups mingle.
Take this show, for instance. Stuart invited some girls up onstage to dance during “There’s Too Much Love”. But then he kept them up there dancing for a second song. The girls appeared to collectively tire about a third of the way through “The Boy With the Arab Strap”. Their dancing became lackluster and uninspired. The only girl who was able to keep up the quality of her dancing through both songs was the Asian girl over on the right. She was energetic and had moves. Everyone else made me sad.
And I had no idea what was going on with the makeup-thing. It served Stuart right that he had to perform the rest of the show with lipstick all over his face. That’s what he gets for trusting random strangers.
Other than those two very slight annoyances, seeing Belle & Sebastian again for the first time in eight years was absolutely awesome. They put on a great show.
Here’s the setlist:
Main set: Expectations/Write About Love/Piazza, New York Catcher/I’m Not Living in the Real World/If You’re Feeling Sinister/I Want the World to Stop/Lord Anthony/Sukie in the Graveyard/Read the Blessed Pages/I Didn’t See It Coming/Dog on Wheels/There’s Too Much Love/The Boy With the Arab Strap/I’m a Cuckoo/Get Me Away From Here, I’m Dying/Sleep the Clock Around
Encore: Me and the Major/Judy & the Dream of Horses
The Trashcan Sinatras opened. I have two of their CDs, but I guess I have the wrong ones as I only recognized one out of their eleven songs. It looks like most of the unfamiliar songs were from this year’s In the Music. Everything was good, so I’ll probably pick that up when I can find a copy. Here’s what they played:
Trashcan Sinatras setlist: Easy on the Eye/All the Dark Horses/Easy Read/I Hung My Harp Upon the Willows/In the Music/Prisons/I See the Moon/Hayfever/Weightlifting/Oranges and Apples/People
I don’t have access to my camera or a scanner right now, so you’ll have to do without my usual pictures of the marquee, setlist, poster, ticket stub, etc.