Daily Archives: 15 January 2015

Hear the New Belle And Sebastian Album NOW, a Week before It’s Released

Thank you, National Public Radio!

Belle and Sebastian is about to release its first album in five years, and NPR is streaming it now. The album—why do we still call them “albums”?—is entitled Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance. After a couple of listens, I’m still a bit surprised.  It’s unmistakably Belle and Sebastian, but it’s different from the Belle and Sebastian of the brilliant, devastating music of the late 90s.   There’s some beautiful stuff here, but be prepared for an unexpected dose of Erasure-esque synth-pop.

Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance goes on sale on 20 January 2015.

“Years and years ago, when I was a boy, when there were wolves in Wales,” I used to spend two or three or four nights a week at the 9:30 Club.  Now I rarely go out for live music.  It takes something really special to get me out these days.  Something like Neutral Milk Hotel or Sufjan Stevens or Stephin Merritt.

Or Belle and Sebastian.

Non-Oscars — What Might Have Been

It’s Oscar Nominations Day!

The Wall Street Journal has published an interesting list of movies that weren’t nominated for the Academy’s Best Picture award, but might have been.  Many of them are classics, while some of them, like Murder on the Orient Express and The Poseidon Adventure, aren’t great movies, but are great entertainment.  Others have been pretty much forgotten.

Argue away.


First Nine Minutes of 12 Monkeys

The Sci-Fi network has posted the first nine minutes of its new series, 12 Monkeys, which premieres Friday, 16 January 2015, at 9 EST.

Loved both the original 1995 Brad Pitt/Bruce Willis movie and La Jetée, the 1962 short film that inspired it.  Sci-Fi, the network that released Sharknado onto a waiting world, has a less than glorious production history.

I’ll catch at least the first episode, and give it a chance.

Someday, I’ve really got to do one of those “50 All-Time Favourite Movies” list.   I don’t know where 12 Monkeys would place, but it would be on there somewhere.