Belle & Sebastian at Williamsburg Waterfront

October 29, 2010 at 3:31 pm 2 comments

We’re playing a bit of catch-up here at TNJ, so here’s a review of the Belle & Sebastian show at the Williamsburg Waterfront back on September 30. CMJ reviews coming soon, I promise!

Belle & Sebastian at Williamsburg Waterfront

The weather people had been predicting rain all day so my excitement level was down from 500 to 499, but somehow the rain never came and the gusts coming off the river were actually quite pleasurable in the warmth. Openers Teenage Fanclub prepared the audience for the poppy tunes that made Belle & Sebastian famous. They took the stage in good spirits, with Stuart Murdoch noting that they always have good luck with the weather. Thanks Stuart!

Belle & Sebastian had quite the violin section

The show was part of their tour for their latest album Write About Love, which came out October 12. I was nervous they would play a bunch of songs I didn’t know (yet), but they actually barely played any new songs (only 4 out of 20), peppering the setlist with songs from their various albums, including If You’re Feeling Sinister, The Life Pursuit, Dear Catastrophe Waitress, and The Boy with the Arab Strap. Murdoch and co. talked to the audience a lot, and even threw out autographed footballs to the kids in the audience and called up a bunch of people to dance on stage and then gave them medals, like it was the indie rock Olympics.

Indie rock medals!

Songs played from the new album included “Write About Love,” which features actress Carey Mulligan on the recording, but alas, she was not there to sing it live. Oldies but goodies included “Piazza, New York Catcher,” “Like Dylan in the Movies,” “The Boy with the Arab Strap,” and “Judy and the Dram of Horses.” The encore was met with glee when they began playing “Me and the Major” and then went into my personal favorite, “Get Me Away From Here, I’m Dying.” Belle & Sebastian took quite a hiatus, with their last album The Life Pursuit, coming out almost five years ago and that also marking the last time they were in New York. Hopefully the next break won’t be so long!

Entry filed under: Bands We Like, Concert Review, DevoLT, Jams. Tags: , , , .

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Urban Haikus  |  October 29, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    Indie Pop Artists,
    Sweaters and Jeans are so tight,
    Kids section shoppin’.

  • 2.  |  February 7, 2013 at 6:38 am

    This is exactly the 3rd blog, of your website I read.
    However I personally like this particular one, “Belle & Sebastian at Williamsburg Waterfront Toast ‘N Jams” the most. Take care -Jeff


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