The-Tigermilks

Once upon a time (like three or four years ago) I drove out to Houston, TX and my friend Jeoaf and I stayed up until 9AM two nights in a row ingesting copious amounts of cheap beer and sausage/onion pizzas and we recorded four punk rock covers of Belle & Sebastian songs. A ridiculous idea to be certain, but the end result came out kinda okay. 

Anyhow, I just put the songs up on bandcamp because I wanna go back out there and record another 7" and so now I’m trying to get stoked.

THE TIGERMILS - We Don’t Stand a Chance 7"

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Revisiting the Best Albums Project: “Expectations” by Belle & Sebastian from Tigermilk (1996)

My group of friends doesn’t generally read my blog and I’m not mad about that. But they recenly read my post announcing that I’ll be taking a break from my Best Albums Project and they were surprised I mentioned them – in that one I only mentioned Carolina actually – to which I answered: “Oh, I often talk about you!”. They were shocked and Julieta wanted to know in which post I had written about her, and I remembered this one of Belle & Sebastian. 

As she was reading how I got to know that she liked them too, she told me: “I remember this moment so well!”. I remember it too; I can see her coming to my bench with her headphones on and singing “You’re on top of the world again!”. In that post, I wrote that julieta didn’t seem to be the kind of person who would like Belle & Sebastian, but actually, she’s exactly the kind of person who would like Belle & Sebastian. 

“I can’t believe I used to take the headphones to school to listen to music during breaks. I was an antisocial!” she said. I don’t remember her being an antisocial, but if there’s something that we’ve all learnt about Julieta as we started to know her deeper is that not only she’s extremely insecure about herself – to the point in which, if you don’t know her well, you may think she is  purposely exaggerating or joking with you –, but that she also likes having her own space.

In my old post, I wrote that Belle & Sebastian is “everyone’s unshared mutual secret”, and I still believe so. Their popularity still surprises me, especially because it seems to be an unknown popularity. And I remember reading the 33 1/3 on If You’re Feeling Sinister – here you can read my review of the book – and I think Scott Plagenhoef would agree with me. Back in the ‘90s, there was a kind of sect adoring Belle & Sebastian and while this sect may now have too many members in the opinion of Plagenhoef, there’s still that comfort in listening to them as a young person, in having your headphones on and being excluded form the world while Stuart Murdoch tells you that you will succeed, that you’re cool, and that you’re on top of the world again.

anonymous asked:

so maybe breaking the rules but can you do best to worst belle and sebastian albums? if we have to follow the rules then... boy with the arab strap.

ANON! I am a secret opposite B&S fan so the only ones I ever listened to really are tigermilk and if you’re feeling sinister. i’m not really sure if it’s my intention to change this in my midlife twee reawakening? i dunno anon i dunno i always hated them when i was a teenager!

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you’re on top of the world again

waterphone asked:

tigermilk and if you're feeling sinister for the album thing?

Ooh, thank you! I love “I Don’t Love Anyone” for Tigermilk, because the melody is so lovely, and I don’t/have never really loved anyone so I kind of relate? And for IYFS I love “Judy and The Dream Of Horses” because it’s such a nice way to end the album!

You’re just a baby, baby girl
So kiss me on the cheek and then go off to school
You’re just a baby, baby girl
So kiss me on the cheek before you know what’s cool
You will be leaving in the morning
And I won’t be there to see you go off you’re head
Yeah, you will be working in the morning
And I won’t be there to see you go off you’re head

There must be a reason for all the looks we gave
And all the things we never said before
So what’s the score?
There must be a reason for all the looks we gave
And all the things we never said before
Before!

You’re such a baby, baby girl
So kiss me on the cheek before you know what’s sweet
You’re just a baby, baby girl
So kiss me on the cheek before you go to sleep
You will be working in the morning
And I won’t be there to see you go off you’re head
Yeah, you will be crying in the morning
And I won’t be there to see you go off you’re head

There must be a reason for all the looks we gave
And all the things we never said before
So what’s the score?
There must be a reason for all the looks we gave
And all the things we never said before
Before!

You’re such a baby, baby girl
So kiss me on the cheek before you go to sleep
You’re such a baby, baby girl
So let go of my hand so we can get some sleep
You will be crying in the morning
And I won’t be there to see you go off you’re head
Cos you will be married in the morning
And I won’t be there to see you go off you’re head

There must be a reason for all the looks we gave
And all the things we never said before
So what’s the score?
There must be a reason for all the looks we gave
And all the things we never said before
So what’s the…
Reason for all the looks we gave
And all the things we never said before
Before! Before! Before!

—  Belle & Sebastian. “You’re Just a Baby.” Tigermilk.