Posts Tagged ‘belle and sebastian’


Six degrees of cover versions

December 1, 2008


This is a pretty fun site for cover fiends like us. Cover Trek is kind of like ‘six degrees of Kevin Bacon’ for music. You can enter the names of two bands, and it’ll try to find a pathway between them via cover songs. For example, Metallica and Kate Bush are connected in four steps, stepping through covers by Marvin Gaye, Gladys Knight and the Pips, and Pat Boone (who covered Metallica’s “Enter Sandman”). It’s definitely still in beta, as I discovered it couldn’t get me from China Drum to Metallica, even though China Drum covered Kate Bush’s “Wuthering Heights.” And I don’t believe that it includes live covers, like this highly improbably Belle and Sebastian cover of Irish hard-rockers Thin Lizzy. But it’s still a fun site to go and mess around with, and I’m sure the creators will appreciate feedback.

MP3: Belle and Sebastian – The Boys Are Back in Town (live)


Good music for bad decisions

October 4, 2008

NPR has a lovely little music feature on music to have an office romance by – a five-song soundtrack for what is “sometimes, under a select set of circumstances,…not even a horrible, career-demolishingly tragic mistake.” Even (maybe especially) if you aren’t contemplating or embroiled in a torrid relationship with a co-worker, the set is great, including Belle and Sebastian‘s “Step Into My Office, Baby” and the Damnwell‘s “Kiss Catastrophe.”

Link: Songs for Ill-Advised Office Romances


Threesome: End-of-summer songs

September 3, 2008

It’s after Labor Day – the summer is now officially over, culturally if not astronomically. So here’s a set of end-of-summer songs, all with a tinge—or more—of autumnal melancholy.

MP3: The Hold Steady – Constructive Summer

MP3: Belle and Sebastian – I Know Where the Summer Goes

MP3 link: Kevin Drew – Summer Time Dues (at RCRD LBL)

Image: End of Summer by Flickr user Jim Wallace, reposted here under its Creative Commons license.