10:46 AM: I don’t mind you coming near, its only divine right

Belle & Sebastian and the New Pornographers to tour in Spring '06

Stuart Murdoch, king of all media and frontman for Belle and Sebastian, will be coming (with the rest of the band, of course) to America this spring for a brief tour with fellow Matadorians the New Pornographers.

If the reception to B&S's last two albums are any indication, this could be the tour that helps the band achieve some real success in the American music market, as The Life Pursuit is the band's most straightforward album to date. Belle and Sebastian finally ditch the library and walk outside for a breath of fresh air, AM radio in hand. 70's groovin all over the place, sunny, Legal Man-esque vocal harmonies, and even a few synths thrown in here and there. Should be a great show.

Download The Life Pursuit here

Also, what the heck, a Belle and Sebastian Mix. You're all gonna have to come to this show now.

Kind of frontloaded with the catchier tracks, but there's some good stuff on the back end too:

Under the Covers with Belle and Sebatian

1. Your Cover's Blown (Books EP)
2. White Collar Boy (The Life Pursuit)
3. Dirty Dream #2 (The Boy With the Arab Strap)
4. Me and the Major (If You're Feeling Sinister
5. She's Losing It (Tigermilk)
6. Funny Little Frog (The Life Pursuit)
7. If You Find Yourself Caught in Love (Dear Catastrophe Waitress)
8. I'm Waking Up to Us (I'm Waking Up to Us EP)
9. Mayfly (Sinister)
10. Jonathan David (Jonathan David EP)
11. Simple Things (Arab Strap)
12. The Wrong Girl (Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like a Peasant)
13. The Loneliness of a Middle Distance Runner (JD EP)
14. Expectations (Tigermilk)
15. Legal Man (Legal Man EP)
16. Dear Catastrophe Waitress (DCW)
17. Mary Jo (Tigermilk)
18. The Boy With the Arab Strap (Arab Strap)
19. Don't Leave the Light on, Baby (Fold Your Hands...)
20. Winter Wooskie (Legal Man EP)
21. Put the Book Back on the Shelf (+Songs for Children) (3.. 6.. 9 Seconds of Light EP)