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Yo La Tengo - Hanukkah 2018 + The Boaty Weekender



Yo La Tengo's annual series of Hanukkah shows to benefit their chosen charities resumed in 2017 at Lower Manhattan's Bowery Ballroom and continues for another 8-night (duh) run at said venue running this December 2 thru the 9th.  Tickets go on sale this Friday, September 14 at noon eastern time, and no-fee tickets are available in person at the Mercury Lounge box office starting the same day/time (cash only).



In addition, Yo La Tengo have been confirmed to participate in next August's Belle and Sebastian curated Boaty Weekender.  Tickets/info here.

previously announced dates :

Tuesday, September 11 Columbus Theater, Providence RI
Wednesday, September 12 Kingston BSP, Kingston NY
Thursday, September 13 The Asbury, Buffalo NY
Friday, September 14 The Majestic, Detroit MI
Saturday, September 15 Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland OH
Monday, September 17 Delmar Hall, St. Louis MO
Tuesday, September 18 The Lyric, Oxford MI
Thursday, September 20 Granada Theater, Dallas TX
Friday, September 21 Paper Tiger, San Antonio TX
Saturday, September 22 White Oak Music Hall, Houston TX
Sunday, September 23 Mohawk, Austin TX
Monday, October 8th – Umeda Club Quattro – Osaka, Japan
Tuesday, October 9th – Club Quattro – Nagoya, Japan
Wednesday, October 10th – Tsutaya O-East – Tokyo, Japan
Wednesday, February 6th - Teatro Capitolio - Lisbon, PT
Thursday, February 7th - Hard Club - Porto, PT
Friday, February 8th - Sala Capitol - Santiago de Compostela - ES Saturday, February 9th - Teatro Victoria Eugenia - San Sebastian, ES Monday, February 11th - Sala La Riviera - Madrid, ES
Tuesday, February 12th - Oasis Club Teatro - Zaragoza, ES
Wednesday, February 13th - Sala Apolo - Barcelona, ES
Saturday, February 16th- L'Aeronef - Lille, FR
Sunday, February 17th - EartH - Hackney, UK
Monday, February 18th - EartH - Hackney, UK

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The Boaty Weekender : LIneup Reveal, Ticket Presale commences September 14



Belle & Sebastian are thrilled to announce the initial lineup for The Boaty Weekender, their curated, four-day music festival at sea and holiday experience, sailing from Barcelona to Cagliari, Sardinia, 8-12 August 2019. Joining the legendary Scottish host band is an eclectic mix of acts including Mogwai, a reunited Camera Obscura, Django Django, Alvvays, The Buzzcocks, Japanese Breakfast, Honeyblood, HINDS, Kelly Lee Owens, Nilüfer Yanya, Whyte Horses , Tracyanne and Danny and more to be announced.
“It’s the start of September, Belle and Sebastian are facing the autumn term, back in the studio, back to the blackboard, sharpening their plectrums, already dreaming of next summer.

If only there was something to look forward to, a party, an adventure, something on the horizon, something to take the chill out of the thought of winter...

The Boaty Weekender: a sail around the Med, a nice little trip with friends, some of the best people, in some of the best places!

We’ve asked around, we collected the first shipmates. They’re going to earn their passage by playing their best for you, digging deep into their musical reservoirs.

We’re really going to try to make this a great holiday. We’d love to have you along for the trip!

“I thought about a new destination
I'm never short of new inspiration
Roll out the map and mark it with a gin!”
- Belle & Sebastian



The Boaty Weekender marks the 20th anniversary of Belle & Sebastian’s legendary 1998 Bowlie Weekender – a landmark in DIY festivals. The four-day floating festival and luxury holiday cruise around the Mediterranean, is a natural continuation of the band’s special and unmediated relationship with their fans for over three decades.

In addition to multiple performance by each band across 5 stages, this fan and band holiday experience will play host to one-of-a-kind artist collaborations, insightful Q&As, storyteller and panel sessions, theme parties, group activities, custom event merchandise and more. Guests who book in the first 350 staterooms will get access to a special performance of Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like a Peasant – an album never before performed in its entirety. Those who reserve a stateroom at any point during the pre-sale will receive an exclusive Boaty Weekender Vinyl for their collection.

For the best selection of staterooms, fans are encouraged to register for the pre-sale of The Boaty Weekender. For more information and news on line-up announcements, visit online at http://www.theboatyweekender.com/

Belle & Sebastian announce 'The Boaty Weekender'



photo by Gaelle Beri

Are you a veteran festival goer only now beginning to feel like your time in the trenches is over? You're a stalwart of the indie stages, but quite frankly mud doesn't tan.

Say no more, this morning Belle & Sebastian have announced a four day festival cruise around the Mediterranean, sailing to Sardinia from Barcelona and back from August 8th - 12th 2019

The cruise will feature performances across five stages from some of your favourite acts, as well as a specially curated line-up of emerging artists too.
“We have got our hands on quite a large boat, and we’re loading it up with some ace groups for a four-day sail round The Med. Welcome to The Boaty Weekender: our new take on an old classic, The Bowlie Weekender. Join us August 8–12, 2019 on the beautiful Norwegian Jade as we depart from Barcelona and make our way to Cagliari, Sardinia to spend some time on dry land with you beautiful groovers. We want to do it right. Let’s have yoga and cocktails and club nights and themed balls and crèches and quizzes and scrabble tournaments – and gigs. Gigs upon gigs from some of our good friends and favourite acts in rock ‘n’ roll across five stages throughout the ship - and instead of stumbling home to a damp tent in a dark field, saunter back to a plush bed in your own stateroom on a luxury liner. - Belle & Sebastian

For full details and line-up news, check The Boaty Weekender official site.





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VIDEO: Belle and Sebastian - "Poor Boy" + "The Belle and Sebastian Mixtape Maker"



Belle and Sebastian have released a video for "Poor Boy," a track from EP3 of How To Solve Our Human Problems. The video, which features Stuart and company on a normal evening off, is directed by Oscar Sansom & Ciaran Lyons of The Forest of Black.



In conjunction with the release of the new video, the group has also announced "The Belle and Sebastian Mixtape Maker," which allows you to create a sharable Spotify playlist and customized image that replicates the How To Solve Our Human Problems cover.

Belle and Sebastian are currently on tour with Julien Baker in the United Kingdom. They'll be touring North America this June, with support from Snail Mail, Perfume Genius and others.

Upcoming Tour Dates
Thu – 22-Mar – UK, Gateshead Sage *
Fri – 23-Mar – Scotland, Perth, Concert Hall *
Sat – 24-Mar – Scotland, Edinburgh, Usher Hall *
Mon – 26-Mar – Ireland, Dublin, Vicar St *
Tue – 27-Mar – Ireland, Dublin, Vicar St *
Wed-02-May - Australia, Perth - Astor Theatre
Fri-04-May - Australia, St Kilda - Palais Theatre
Sat-05-May - Australia, Sydney - Sydney Opera House
Mon-07-May - Australia, Brisbane Qld - Tivoli
Fri-25-May - UK, Glasgow - Galvanizers Yard
Tue-Jun-05 - Portland, ME - State Theatre**
Wed-Jun-06 - New Haven, CT - College Street Music Hall**
Fri-Jun-08 - Queens, NY - Forest Hills Stadium***
Sat-Jun-09 - Washington, DC - The Anthem^
Sun-Jun-10 - Atlanta, GA - Tabernacle^+
Mon-Jun-11 - New Orleans, LA - Civic Theatre^
Sat-Jun-16 - Austin, TX - ACL Live at the Moody Theater^
Sun-Jun-17 - Dallas, TX - The Bomb Factory^
Tue-Jun-19 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theater+
Wed-Jun-20 - Sundance, UT - Sundance Amphitheater+
Fri-Jun-22 - San Diego, CA - The Observatory North Park+
Mon-Jun-25 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theater+
Thu-Jun-28 - Vancouver, BC - Vogue Theatre+
Fri-Jun-29 - Vancouver, BC - Vogue Theatre+
Sat-Jun-30 - Portland, OR - Oregon Zoo Amphitheatre+

(* - with Julien Baker)
(** - with Snail Mail)
(*** - with Perfume Genius and Frankie Cosmos)
(^ - with Men I Trust)
(+ with Japanese Breakfast)

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OUT TODAY: Belle and Sebastian "How To Solve Our Human Problems" EP3 / CD / Box Set



Today Belle and Sebastian released their third EP in as many months, concluding the trilogy "How To Solve Our Human Problems." The CD version compiling all fifteen tracks from the series is available today too-- as is the limited edition box set containing all 3 EPs  and poster insert.

Belle and Sebastian are on the road in Europe through the end of March, soon to be joined by Julien Baker. Then they'll make their way across North America in June, supported on select dates by Perfume Genius and Snail Mail. Tickets for all dates are listed below and on sale now.

If all this weren't enough, the group took a poll this week asking fans to contribute their thoughts to "Bowlie on a Boat," a European cruise commemorating the 20th anniversary of their self-produced music festival Bowlie Weekender. The poll is live and awaiting your input here.



"How To Solve Our Human Problems" EP3
1. Poor Boy
2. Everything Is Now (Part Two)
3. Too Many Tears
4. There Is An Everlasting Song
5. Best Friend


Buy / Listen to EP3 here: http://smarturl.it/HTSOHP_Pt3

Buy / Listen to all EPs here: http://mat-r.co/HTSOHPx3
TOUR DATES 
Fri – 16-Feb – Germany, Munich, Muffathalle
Sat – 17-Feb – Germany, Berlin, Admiralspalast
Sun – 18-Feb – Germany, Frankfurt, Batschkapp
Mon – 19-Feb – Netherlands, Amsterdam, Carre
Wed – 21-Feb – Denmark, Copenhagen, DK Studio 1
Thu – 22-Feb – Sweden, Stockholm, Munchen Brewery
Fri – 23-Feb – Norway, Oslo, Sentrum Scene
Sat – 24-Feb – Sweden, Gothenburg, Studios
Tue – 06-Mar – UK, Cornwall Truro Hall *
Thu – 08-Mar – Wales, Cardiff, Millenium Centre *
Fri – 09-Mar – Wales, Aberystwyth, Arts Centre *
Sat – 10-Mar – UK, Nottingham Rock City *
Mon – 12-Mar – UK, Manchester Bridgewater Hall *
Tue – 13-Mar – UK, Cambridge Corn Exchange *
Thu – 15-Mar – UK, Brighton Dome *
Fri – 16-Mar – UK, London Troxy *
Sat – 17-Mar – UK, London Troxy *
Mon – 19-Mar – UK, Liverpool Philharmonic *
Tue – 20-Mar – UK, York Opera House *
Thu – 22-Mar – UK, Gateshead Sage *
Fri – 23-Mar – Scotland, Perth, Concert Hall *
Sat – 24-Mar – Scotland, Edinburgh, Usher Hall *
Mon – 26-Mar – Ireland, Dublin, Vicar St *
Tue – 27-Mar – Ireland, Dublin, Vicar St *
Wed-02-May – Australia, Perth – Astor TheatreFri-
04-May – Australia, St Kilda – Palais Theatre
Sat-05-May – Australia, Sydney – Sydney Opera House
Mon-07-May – Australia, Brisbane Qld – Tivoli
Fri-25-May – UK, Glasgow – Galvanizers Yard
Tue-Jun-05 – Portland, ME – State Theatre**
Wed-Jun-06 – New Haven, CT – College Street Music Hall**
Fri-Jun-08 – Queens, NY – Forest Hills Stadium***
Sat-Jun-09 – Washington, DC – The Anthem^
Sun-Jun-10 – Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle^+
Mon-Jun-11 – New Orleans, LA – Civic Theatre^
Sat-Jun-16 – Austin, TX – ACL Live at the Moody Theater^
Sun-Jun-17 – Dallas, TX – The Bomb Factory^
Tue-Jun-19 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theater+
Wed-Jun-20 – Sundance, UT – Sundance Amphitheater+
Fri-Jun-22 – San Diego, CA – The Observatory North Park+
Mon-Jun-25 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater+
Thu-Jun-28 – Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre+
Fri-Jun-29 – Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre+
Sat-Jun-30 – Portland, OR – Oregon Zoo Amphitheatre+

(* – with Julien Baker)
(** – with Snail Mail)
(*** – with Perfume Genius and Frankie Cosmos)
(^ – with Men I Trust)
(+ with Japanese Breakfast)

Watch Stuart & Stevie's recent Pitchfork "Over/Under."



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Belle and Sebastian - June North American Dates Announced



(photo : Gaelle Beri)

Following Friday's release of the 2nd EP in Belle and Sebastian's 'How To Solve Our Human Problems' trilogy, the band have added to an already impressive global tour (below, new shows in bold) with 16 June stops in the U.S. and Canada including a June 8 show at New York's Forest Hills Stadium (with Perfume Genius and Frankie Cosmos in support). Tickets go on sale this Friday (January 26).

Belle and Sebastian have partnered with PLUS1 so that $1 from every ticket sold will go to support the volunteer rescue workers, the White Helmets, who risk their lives every day to help those affected by the conflict in Syria, regardless of their religion or politics






stream/order 'How To Solve Our Human Problem' Pt. 2

Tour Dates :

Mon – 05-Feb – Belgium, Antwerp, De Roma
Tue – 06-Feb – France, Strasbourg, La Laiterie
Wed – 07-Feb – France, Paris, Salle Pleyel
Fri – 09-Feb – France, Nantes, Stereolox
Sun – 11-Feb – Luxembourg, Rockhal
Mon – 12-Feb – Switzerland, Zurich, X tra limmathaus
Tue – 13-Feb – Italy, Milan, Fabrique
Wed – 14-Feb – Italy, Bologna, Estragon
Fri – 16-Feb – Germany, Munich, Muffathalle
Sat – 17-Feb – Germany, Berlin, Admiralspalast
Sun – 18-Feb – Germany, Frankfurt, Batschkapp
Mon – 19-Feb – Netherlands, Amsterdam, Carre
Wed – 21-Feb – Denmark, Copenhagen, DK Studio 1
Thu – 22-Feb – Sweden, Stockholm, Munchen Brewery
Fri – 23-Feb – Norway, Oslo, Sentrum Scene
Sat – 24-Feb – Sweden, Gothenburg, Studios
Tue – 06-Mar – UK, Cornwall Truro Hall *
Thu – 08-Mar – Wales, Cardiff, Millenium Centre *
Fri – 09-Mar – Wales, Aberystwyth, Arts Centre *
Sat – 10-Mar – UK, Nottingham Rock City *
Mon – 12-Mar – UK, Manchester Bridgewater Hall *
Tue – 13-Mar – UK, Cambridge Corn Exchange *
Thu – 15-Mar – UK, Brighton Dome *
Fri – 16-Mar – UK, London Troxy *
Sat – 17-Mar – UK, London Troxy *
Mon – 19-Mar – UK, Liverpool Philharmonic *
Tue – 20-Mar – UK, York Opera House *
Thu – 22-Mar – UK, Gateshead Sage *
Fri – 23-Mar – Scotland, Perth, Concert Hall *
Sat – 24-Mar – Scotland, Edinburgh, Usher Hall *
Mon – 26-Mar – Ireland, Dublin, Vicar St *
Tue – 27-Mar – Ireland, Dublin, Vicar St *
Wed-02-May - Australia, Perth - Astor TheatreFri-
04-May - Australia, St Kilda - Palais Theatre
Sat-05-May - Australia, Sydney - Sydney Opera House
Mon-07-May - Australia, Brisbane Qld - Tivoli
Fri-25-May - UK, Glasgow - Galvanizers Yard
Tue-Jun-05 - Portland, ME - State Theatre**
Wed-Jun-06 - New Haven, CT - College Street Music Hall**
Fri-Jun-08 - Queens, NY - Forest Hills Stadium***
Sat-Jun-09 - Washington, DC - The Anthem^
Sun-Jun-10 - Atlanta, GA - Tabernacle^+
Mon-Jun-11 - New Orleans, LA - Civic Theatre^
Sat-Jun-16 - Austin, TX - ACL Live at the Moody Theater^
Sun-Jun-17 - Dallas, TX - The Bomb Factory^
Tue-Jun-19 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theater+
Wed-Jun-20 - Sundance, UT - Sundance Amphitheater+
Fri-Jun-22 - San Diego, CA - The Observatory North Park+
Mon-Jun-25 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theater+
Thu-Jun-28 - Vancouver, BC - Vogue Theatre+
Fri-Jun-29 - Vancouver, BC - Vogue Theatre+
Sat-Jun-30 - Portland, OR - Oregon Zoo Amphitheatre+


(* - with Julien Baker)
(** - with Snail Mail)
(*** - with Perfume Genius and Frankie Cosmos)
(^ - with Men I Trust)
(+ with Japanese Breakfast)

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Belle and Sebastian - "The Same Star", from 'How To Solve Our Human Problems' EP2





Belle and Sebastian kick off 2018 with shimmering new single “The Same Star.” Taken from Part 2 of the band’s new trilogy of EPs, 'How To Solve Our Human Problems, the Sarah Martin penned, Leo Abrahams produced song brings together breezy guitars, feel-good rhythm and Martin’s bittersweet vocals for another showcase of the infectious, inquisitive and timeless pop on the band’s latest work.

The band concluded 2017 in festive fashion, with UK radio sessions for Lauren Laverne on 6 Music (listen HERE), Jo Whiley on Radio 2 (listen from 1:11:50 here), and BBC Radio Scotland’s The Quay Sessions, where they performed a special cover of The Waitresses’ “Christmas Wrapping.”

Belle and Sebastian will embark on UK and European tour dates through February and March and all upcoming dates can be found below.

Recalling their 1997 release of three consecutive EPs, 'How To Solve Our Human Problems', has the classic blend of joy and melancholy and idiosyncratic spirit that has always characterised Belle and Sebastian. A double album’s worth of music – richly melodic, deliciously literate, as gentle as a summer stream but as insistent as a river – How To Solve Our Human Problems is both an era of its own, and part of a long, rich history.

The 3x12" 'How To Solve Our Human Problem' boxset is available with two different purchase options ; you can buy the set as a subscription which will ship an EP to your door each month, starting with the first EP today, the second EP on January 19th and the third EP and box + poster on Febraury 16th.)
OR you can buy the 3x12" boxset as a complete set, which will ship to arrive on February 16th, 2018.
Alternatively, you may purchase a CD compilation of the 3 EPs, which will also ship to arrive on February 16th, 2018.


The 3 EPs are also available individually, without the boxset and poster, on each of the dates listed above. You can buy EP 1 HERE, EP 2 HERE and EP 3 HERE.

(UK orders
EU orders)

Tour Dates :



Mon – 05-Feb – Belgium, Antwerp, De Roma
Tue – 06-Feb – France, Strasbourg, La Laiterie
Wed – 07-Feb – France, Paris, Salle Pleyel
Fri – 09-Feb – France, Nantes, Stereolox
Sun – 11-Feb – Luxembourg, Rockhal
Mon – 12-Feb – Switzerland, Zurich, X tra limmathaus
Tue – 13-Feb – Italy, Milan, Fabrique
Wed – 14-Feb – Italy, Bologna, Estragon
Fri – 16-Feb – Germany, Munich, Muffathalle
Sat – 17-Feb – Germany, Berlin, Admiralspalast
Sun – 18-Feb – Germany, Frankfurt, Batschkapp
Mon – 19-Feb – Netherlands, Amsterdam, Carre
Wed – 21-Feb – Denmark, Copenhagen, DK Studio 1
Thu – 22-Feb – Sweden, Stockholm, Munchen Brewery
Fri – 23-Feb – Norway, Oslo, Sentrum Scene
Sat – 24-Feb – Sweden, Gothenburg, Studios
Tue – 06-Mar – UK, Cornwall Truro Hall *
Thu – 08-Mar – Wales, Cardiff, Millenium Centre *
Fri – 09-Mar – Wales, Aberystwyth, Arts Centre *
Sat – 10-Mar – UK, Nottingham Rock City *
Mon – 12-Mar – UK, Manchester Bridgewater Hall *
Tue – 13-Mar – UK, Cambridge Corn Exchange *
Thu – 15-Mar – UK, Brighton Dome *
Fri – 16-Mar – UK, London Troxy *
Sat – 17-Mar – UK, London Troxy *
Mon – 19-Mar – UK, Liverpool Philharmonic *
Tue – 20-Mar – UK, York Opera House *
Thu – 22-Mar – UK, Gateshead Sage *
Fri – 23-Mar – Scotland, Perth, Concert Hall *
Sat – 24-Mar – Scotland, Edinburgh, Usher Hall *
Mon – 26-Mar – Ireland, Dublin, Vicar St *
Tue – 27-Mar – Ireland, Dublin, Vicar St *


(* - Julien Baker supports)

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VIDEO - Belle and Sebastian - "I'll Be Your Pilot", 'How To Solve Our Human Problems', EP1 Out Today






Belle and Sebastian release the first installment of their new triumvirate of EPs today (December 8), 'How To Solve Our Human Problems'. You can stream the five-track EP in full HERE, including recent single “We Were Beautiful.”

Alongside the release, Tidal are presenting a new video for “I'll Be Your Pilot,” the latest single taken from the EP series, as a special, weeklong exclusive. A 60-second trailer of the video is embeddable HERE, and the full version is viewable exclusively on Tidal HERE.

Directed by Michael Sherrington, the gently poetic video corresponds with the signature B&S artwork that accompanies the EPs, with a simple yet moving collage of individuals that echoes the spectrum of human emotion.

The 3x12" 'How To Solve Our Human Problem' boxset is available with two different purchase options ; you can buy the set as a subscription which will ship an EP to your door each month, starting with the first EP today, the second EP on January 19th and the third EP and box + poster on Febraury 16th.)
OR you can buy the 3x12" boxset as a complete set, which will ship to arrive on February 16th, 2018.
Alternatively, you may purchase a CD compilation of the 3 EPs, which will also ship to arrive on February 16th, 2018.


The 3 EPs are also available individually, without the boxset and poster, on each of the dates listed above. You can buy EP 1 HERE, EP 2 HERE and EP 3 HERE.

(UK orders
EU orders)

Tour Dates :



Mon – 05-Feb – Belgium, Antwerp, De Roma
Tue – 06-Feb – France, Strasbourg, La Laiterie
Wed – 07-Feb – France, Paris, Salle Pleyel
Fri – 09-Feb – France, Nantes, Stereolox
Sun – 11-Feb – Luxembourg, Rockhal
Mon – 12-Feb – Switzerland, Zurich, X tra limmathaus
Tue – 13-Feb – Italy, Milan, Fabrique
Wed – 14-Feb – Italy, Bologna, Estragon
Fri – 16-Feb – Germany, Munich, Muffathalle
Sat – 17-Feb – Germany, Berlin, Admiralspalast
Sun – 18-Feb – Germany, Frankfurt, Batschkapp
Mon – 19-Feb – Netherlands, Amsterdam, Carre
Wed – 21-Feb – Denmark, Copenhagen, DK Studio 1
Thu – 22-Feb – Sweden, Stockholm, Munchen Brewery
Fri – 23-Feb – Norway, Oslo, Sentrum Scene
Sat – 24-Feb – Sweden, Gothenburg, Studios
Tue – 06-Mar – UK, Cornwall Truro Hall
Thu – 08-Mar – Wales, Cardiff, Millenium Centre
Fri – 09-Mar – Wales, Aberystwyth, Arts Centre
Sat – 10-Mar – UK, Nottingham Rock City
Mon – 12-Mar – UK, Manchester Bridgewater Hall
Tue – 13-Mar – UK, Cambridge Corn Exchange
Thu – 15-Mar – UK, Brighton Dome
Fri – 16-Mar – UK, London Troxy
Sat – 17-Mar – UK, London Troxy
Mon – 19-Mar – UK, Liverpool Philharmonic
Tue – 20-Mar – UK, York Opera House
Thu – 22-Mar – UK, Gateshead Sage
Fri – 23-Mar – Scotland, Perth, Concert Hall
Sat – 24-Mar – Scotland, Edinburgh, Usher Hall
Mon – 26-Mar – Ireland, Dublin, Vicar St
Tue – 27-Mar – Ireland, Dublin, Vicar St

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Belle and Sebastian - 'How To Solve Our Human Problems' EP's & Box Set, "I'll Be Your Pilot" premiere





Harkening back to their 1997 release of three consecutive EPs ('Dog On Wheels', 'Lazy Line Painter Jane', and '3.. 6.. 9 Seconds Of Light'), Belle and Sebastian will release three new EPs under the umbrella title 'How To Solve Our Human Problems', with the first EP coming out on December 8th, the second on January 19th, and the third on February 16th  (vinyl and digital only).  The EP trilogy will culminate with a compilation CD and a limited vinyl box set containing all three EPs, with the option of a box just for EP3 for those who have already purchased 1 and 2.





Belle and Sebastian has revealed a new song titled "I’ll Be Your Pilot", which can be found on EP2.  The single takes as its subject Stuart Murdoch’s young son: “Having your first kid is a huge event, so I wrapped a lot of things I felt about Denny into the song. Being a dad made me feel a little like the pilot in The Little Prince, hence all the references to the Sahara!”

Just as those three early EPs are a crucial part of the Belle and Sebastian canon, these three new releases aren't merely a detour between albums, but as definitive releases in their own right. 'How To Solve Our Human Problems' is both an era of its own, and part of a long, rich history. 'How To Solve Our Human Problems' is, if you like, Belle and Sebastian Redux.

When Belle and Sebastian felt new music percolating, they decided to break from the working methods of the recent years and instead stay at home, record the tracks as and when, often producing themselves, working with friends and collaborators to see what emerged. Working in Glasgow gave them the freedom to work without the constraints that making an album can impose: they could take their time honing and experimenting.

One thing that has defined Belle and Sebastian has been their relationship with fans, and that’s apparent in the new EPs. For the three sleeves, the group issued a call to fans to come to be photographed by Murdoch at a studio in Belsize Park in North London. Fifty were selected, and all those photographed were also recorded answering the question: “How do you solve your human problems?”

The 3x12" boxset is available with two different purchase options. You can buy the set as a subscription which will ship an EP to your door each month, starting with the first EP on December 8th, the second EP on January 19th and the third EP and box + poster on Febraury 16th.

OR you can buy the 3x12" boxset as a complete set, which will ship to arrive on February 16th, 2018.
Alternatively, you may purchase a CD compilation of the 3 EPs, which will also ship to arrive on February 16th, 2018.


The 3 EPs are also available individually, without the boxset and poster, on each of the dates listed above. You can buy EP 1 HERE, EP 2 HERE and EP 3 HERE.

(UK orders
EU orders)



'How To Solve Our Human Problems Part 1'
1. Sweet Dew Lee
2. We Were Beautiful
3. Fickle Season
4. The Girl Doesn’t Get It
5. Everything Is Now

1. Show Me The Sun
2. Same Star
3. I’ll Be Your Pilot
4. Cornflakes
5. A Plague On All Other Boys
1. Poor Boy
2. Everything Is Now (Part Two)
3. Too Many Tears
4. There Is An Everlasting Song
5. Best Friend
 

Tour Dates :



Mon – 05-Feb – Belgium, Antwerp, De Roma
Tue – 06-Feb – France, Strasbourg, La Laiterie
Wed – 07-Feb – France, Paris, Salle Pleyel
Fri – 09-Feb – France, Nantes, Stereolox
Sun – 11-Feb – Luxembourg, Rockhal
Mon – 12-Feb – Switzerland, Zurich, X tra limmathaus
Tue – 13-Feb – Italy, Milan, Fabrique
Wed – 14-Feb – Italy, Bologna, Estragon
Fri – 16-Feb – Germany, Munich, Muffathalle
Sat – 17-Feb – Germany, Berlin, Admiralspalast
Sun – 18-Feb – Germany, Frankfurt, Batschkapp
Mon – 19-Feb – Netherlands, Amsterdam, Carre
Wed – 21-Feb – Denmark, Copenhagen, DK Studio 1
Thu – 22-Feb – Sweden, Stockholm, Munchen Brewery
Fri – 23-Feb – Norway, Oslo, Sentrum Scene
Sat – 24-Feb – Sweden, Gothenburg, Studios
Tue – 06-Mar – UK, Cornwall Truro Hall
Thu – 08-Mar – Wales, Cardiff, Millenium Centre
Fri – 09-Mar – Wales, Aberystwyth, Arts Centre
Sat – 10-Mar – UK, Nottingham Rock City
Mon – 12-Mar – UK, Manchester Bridgewater Hall
Tue – 13-Mar – UK, Cambridge Corn Exchange
Thu – 15-Mar – UK, Brighton Dome
Fri – 16-Mar – UK, London Troxy
Sat – 17-Mar – UK, London Troxy
Mon – 19-Mar – UK, Liverpool Philharmonic
Tue – 20-Mar – UK, York Opera House
Thu – 22-Mar – UK, Gateshead Sage
Fri – 23-Mar – Scotland, Perth, Concert Hall
Sat – 24-Mar – Scotland, Edinburgh, Usher Hall
Mon – 26-Mar – Ireland, Dublin, Vicar St
Tue – 27-Mar – Ireland, Dublin, Vicar St

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Belle & Sebastian release new video for 'We Were Beautiful' + EU tour dates



Filmed in Glasgow and directed by Blair Young of The Forest of Black, the new video for the latest Belle & Sebastian single - 'We Were Beautiful' - puts glorious Glasgow on a palette and mixes together the peaks and lulls of emotion & colour felt through ordinary city living.

Alongside the video accompaniment to the already released single is a slate of new European dates across February and March of next year.

The wake of a new single and now a new video would suggest a gearing-up of sorts from Glasgow's treasured sons & daughters. What next?



Tour Dates:

Mon - 05-Feb - Belgium, Antwerp, De Roma
Tue - 06-Feb - France, Strasbourg, La Laiterie
Wed - 07-Feb - France, Paris, Salle Pleyel
Fri - 09-Feb - France, Nantes, Stereolox
Sun - 11-Feb - Luxembourg, Rockhal
Mon - 12-Feb - Switzerland, Zurich, X tra limmathaus
Tue - 13-Feb - Italy, Milan, Fabrique
Wed - 14-Feb - Italy, Bologna, Estragon
Fri - 16-Feb - Germany, Munich, Muffathalle
Sat - 17-Feb - Germany, Berlin, Admiralspalast
Sun - 18-Feb - Germany, Frankfurt, Batschkapp
Mon - 19-Feb - Netherlands, Amsterdam, Carre
Wed - 21-Feb - Denmark, Copenhagen, DK Studio 1
Thu - 22-Feb - Sweden, Stockholm, Munchen Brewery
Fri - 23-Feb - Norway, Oslo, Sentrum Scene
Sat - 24-Feb - Sweden, Gothenburg, Studios
Tue - 06-Mar - UK, Cornwall Truro Hall
Thu - 08-Mar - Wales, Cardiff, Millenium Centre
Fri - 09-Mar - Wales, Aberystwyth, Arts Centre
Sat - 10-Mar - UK, Nottingham Rock City
Mon - 12-Mar - UK, Manchester Bridgewater Hall
Tue - 13-Mar - UK, Cambridge Corn Exchange
Thu - 15-Mar - UK, Brighton Dome
Fri - 16-Mar - UK, London Troxy
Sat - 17-Mar - UK, London Troxy
Mon - 19-Mar - UK, Liverpool Philharmonic
Tue - 20-Mar - UK, York Opera House
Thu - 22-Mar - UK, Gateshead Sage
Fri - 23-Mar - Scotland, Perth, Concert Hall
Sat - 24-Mar - Scotland, Edinburgh, Usher Hall
Mon - 26-Mar - Ireland, Dublin, Vicar St
Tue - 27-Mar - Ireland, Dublin, Vicar St

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Belle and Sebastian - "We Were Beautiful"





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Belle and Sebastian's first new recordings since 'Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance' start to nudge their way into your consciousness with this morning's surprise release of the single, "We Were Beautiful" (produced by Brian McNeill and Belle and Sebastian at Banchory Glasgow and Rocket Science Studio). Said release coincides with Belle and Sebastian's current Summer tour of North America which commenced last night in Toronto and continues with rather massive events including but not limited to the Panorama Festival in NYC (tomorrow), Montreal's Osheaga Festival, and an August 6 appearance at the Hollywood Bowl alongside Spoon.

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Belle and Sebastian on tour :

Saturday, July 29 – Panorama Music and Arts Festival, New York NY
Sunday, July 30 – Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia MD ^
Monday, July 31– North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh NC %
Wednesday, August 2 – Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, Boston MA $
Thursday, August 3 – Mann Center for Performing Arts, Philadelphia PA $
Friday, August 4, Osheaga Festival, Montreal, QC
Sunday, August 6 - Hollywood Bow, Los Angeles CA &
Tuesday, August 8 - Paramount Theater, Seattle WA #
Sunday, August 13 - Travelers’ Rest Festival, Missoula MT
Tuesday, August 15 - Palace Theatre, St. Paul MN*
Wednesday, August 16 - Chicago Theatre, Chicago IL*
Thursday, August 17 - Iroquois Amphitheater, Louisville KY*
Saturday, August 19 - Maha Music Festival, Omaha NE
Friday, September 1- Vredenburg, Utrecht, Holland
Saturday, September 2 - Into The Great Wide Open, Vileland, Holland
Wednesday, October 4 - Zepp Diver City, Tokyo, Japan
Thursday, October 5 - Big Cat, Osaka, Japan
Saturday, October 7 - Asagiri Jam, Asagiri, Japan

* w/ Julien Baker
^ w/ Spoon, Andrew Bird, Ex Hex
% w/ Andrew Bird
$ w/ Andrew Bird, Porches
& w/ Spoon
# w/ Big Thief

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Belle & Sebastian announce new tour dates



Credit: Søren Solkær

Glasgow's favourite sons and daughters Belle & Sebastian make their triumphant return to North America this Summer, playing a number of fabled venues such as Merriweather Post Pavilion and the Hollywood Bowl along a seven date jaunt.

They will be joined on selected dates by an enviable supporting cast - with Spoon, Julien Baker, Andrew Bird and Ex-Hex all having been confirmed.

The band has been recording new material in their native Glasgow, due to be revealed later in 2017 on Matador Records.  In addition to selections from 2015’s Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance and the rest of the their iconic catalogue, Belle & Sebastian fans can expect a taste of new music on this run of dates.

All tickets (except the Raleigh and LA shows) will go on sale this Friday, February 17th.

Thursday, July 27th - Sony Centre, Toronto, ON *
Saturday, July 29th - Panorama Music and Arts Festival, New York NY
Sunday, July 30th - Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia MD ^
Monday, July 31st - North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh NC %
Wednesday, August 2nd - Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, Boston MA $
Thursday, August 3rd - Mann Center for Performing Arts, Philadelphia PA $
Sunday, August 8th - Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles CA &

* denotes w/ Julien Baker
^ denotes w/ Spoon, Andrew Bird, Ex Hex
% denotes w/ Andrew Bird
$ denotes w/ Andrew Bird, Porches
& denotes w/ Spoon,

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LISTEN: BELLE AND SEBASTIAN "OLYMPIC VILLAGE, 6AM"

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The stars of track and field are beautiful people.




You may be familiar with a sporting event by the name of the Olympic Games, which is taking place in Rio this year. To coincide with this, Belle and Sebastian have released a song "Olympic Village, 6am" in video-only format as the track and field events commence today.

Stuart Murdoch says:

"Belle and Sebastian dig the Olympics, love the Olympic ideal, love that the world gets together for a big 'sports day' once every four years. We can't be part of it, though we'd like to be. So we recorded a piece of music with Rio in mind, specifically the Track and Field. Here it is: ‘Olympic Village, 6AM’."

You can listen to the track and watch the video here.

All upcoming tour dates:

Friday, August 12th - La Route du Rock Festival, France
Sunday, August 14th - Openlucht Theater, Belgium, Antwerp
Friday, August 19th - Parkenfest, Norway
Sunday, August 21st -  Green Man Festival, UK, Brecon Beacons
Saturday, August 27th - Propaganda Festival, Sweden
Sunday, September 11th - On Blackheath Festival UK, London

 

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TONIGHT & TOMORROW: Belle and Sebastian's 20th Anniversary Shows Take Place at Royal Albert Hall

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It has been 20 years since Belle and Sebastian release of the beloved album Tigermilk. To celebrate with fans that have been there since the beginning and those they have picked up along the way, the band are performing the album (and other songs) TONIGHT at London's Royal Albert Hall. Set times for tonight below.

Doors 7

Teleman: 7.45-8.15

Belle & Sebastian: 8.45-10.45.

Tomorrow the band will ignite the evening showcasing If You're Feeling Sinister (and MORE).

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BELLE AND SEBASTIAN 20TH ANNIVERSARY SHOWS

WHERE DID THE TIME GO? In June 2016 we will be celebrating 20 years since Belle and Sebastian entered this godforsaken world with two very special shows at London's Royal Albert Hall where they will perform their 1996 debut Tigermilk on June 22nd, and If You're Feeling Sinister on the following night on June 23rd; both nights featuring songs from their entire catalogue.

Tickets go on pre-sale this Wednesday (22nd July) and on general sale on Friday (24th July). You can purchase them here. Not one to be missed!

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VIDEO : Belle and Sebastian - "Allie" and "Sukie In The Graveyard" on "Late Night With Seth Meyers"


(Video courtesy NBC and "Late Night With Seth Meyers")

Above and below respectively : from last night, Belle and Sebastian performing "Allie" and "Sukie In The Graveyard", the former culled from 'Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance', the latter from 'The Life Pursuit" and a non-broadcast web exclusive taped for Monday's "Late Night With Seth Meyers". Seth's other guests were Maya Rudolph and the guy who played king-of-the-wolves on "True Blood", which is a big step up from the time one of our bands was denied couch time in favor of "Trapper John M.D." 2nd fiddle Gregory Harrison. We're all moving up in the world!


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Newbury Comics (limited clear vinyl edition)

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BELLE AND SEBASTIAN EU TOUR ANNOUNCED NOVEMBER 2015



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Belle and Sebastian have just announced they are returning to Europe this November. Aren't you a lucky bunch. Tickets will be on general sale on Friday at 10am. See dates and ticket links below...

November 10 - Rocher de Palmer, Bordeaux TICKETS
November 11 - Razzmatazz, Barcelona – TICKETS
November 12 - Coliseu dos Recreios, Lisbon – TICKETS
November 14 - Riviera, Madrid – TICKETS
November 18 - La Paloma, Nimes TICKETS
November 19 - Casino De Paris, Paris, TICKETS
November 21 - Fri-Son, Fribourg – TICKETS
November 23 - X-tra, Zürich – TICKETS
November 24 -Live Music Hall, Cologne – TICKETS
November 25 - Cirque Royale, Brussels – TICKETS
November 27 - Docks, Hamburg – TICKETS
November 29 - 013, Tilburg – TICKETS

 

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MATADOR AT PRIMAVERA SOUND (PORTO)

This weekend we have Belle and Sebastian, Interpol, The Thurston Moore Band and The New Pornographers performing at Primavera Sound in Portugal.

Two of these performances, Belle and Sebastian and The New Pornographers, will be live streamed here.

Times:

Friday June 5th
Belle & Sebastian
23.00

Saturday June 6th
The New Pornographers
00.35

MATADOR AT PRIMAVERA FESTIVAL

Just a heads up for those lucky enough to be at Primavera Festival this weekend cos we have a TON of bands playing:

Belle and Sebastian, Fucked Up, Iceage, Interpol, The New Pornographers, Perfume Genius, The Thurston Moore Band and Tobias Jesso Jr are all appearing.

A few of these performances will also be live streamed here. See bands and times below:

Friday

The New Pornographers: 19.30 - 20.25 Channel 1

Belle and Sebastian: 21.30 - 22.30 Channel 2

Saturday

Fucked Up: 19.30 - 20.20 Channel 2

Interpol: 22.20 - 23.34 Channel 1

BELLE AND SEBASTIAN, SAVAGES, SHLOHMO & TOBIAS JESSO JR AT FYF FEST

What better way to commence your summer with Belle and Sebastian, Savages, Shlohmo and Tobias Jesso Jr joining this killer lineup at FYF Fest on August 22nd in LA, California.

You can buy tickets here.

More info here.

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