Chan, you disappoint.
Excited by the prospect of witnessing the spectacle that is the usual Cat Power show/emotional breakdown, in the end all we were treated to was the standard live version of your CD concert.
Belle and Sebastian's Storytelling soundtrack is replete with both upbeat ditties and introspective, instrumental ballads -- everything one would expect from the Glasgow-native seven-piece super group.
"I do a little bit of almost everything except actually make the food,
but mostly what I do is deliver.... I put the people's orders on the
bicycle and ride the bike to where they are.... I really like riding
"As part of our community service activities for my professional
business fraternity, Alpha Kappa Psi, a group of us went out and
decided to help out UC [University City] Green and plant a tree.... It
involved some physical activity and seemed like fun, and it was
definitely for a good cause [for the victims of September 11]... I
think it was a good way to make West Philadelphia little bit
"It was pretty simple--they wanted us to go to this training session
but that wasn't really necessary 'cause they had all these people
helping out on the block...."
"... It was just a... square space next to this tree, just a bunch of dirt,
and they gave us a bunch of shovels and they gave us soil and so
we had to dig out the dirt that was there into a space that could fit
the tree... [put] in the tree... and then basically fill up the remaining
space with the soil and the dirt and then put woodchips on
"I got to hang out with my fraternity brothers, and that's always a fun
thing to do, and it got me physically active--I always like to be
physically active.... It was nice to see a lot of people outside that
early in the morning.... I'm used to getting up early, but no one else
is around here I guess."
Tasnim Beg, College Senior
"It's... Three Dimensional Design class. We've been focusing on geometrical
shapes and how different forms relate to each other because there are actually,
like, relationships between the human body and the basic forms in life that have
mathematical relationships Plato and Archemides figured out back in the day...
the distance from your head to your feet divided by the distance from your belly
button to your feet is always 1.168.... Root 2 and root 5 relate a lot of aspects of
the human body, like the segments of your fingers compared to the length of
"They were kind of like costumes and they were kind of themed around
Halloween, but it wasn't a Halloween costume thing--it's just that she [Professor
Elizabeth Doering] wanted us to be able to wear them to really see how they are
related to the human body.... I decided to do wings because I wanted to make
them flap.... They were usually really abstract.
"[I graduated high school] in 1968.... I played on John Cheney's first basketball
team. Now he's in the hall of fame for Temple University, and I went to Temple
University--like every black kid in the neighborhood we wanted to follow Bill
Cosby, that was our hero.... We wanted to do everything he did.
College of General Studies, '03
"I've been in situations where you've gotta hand out and be active at protests
where people are actually organizing against you, so I mean this is a piece of
cake.... I mean, whatever, if someone doesn't take it... it's not a big deal."
"I'm not seeking their approval, so I mean, they're not rejecting me, they're just
showing their own ignorance and their own stubbornness.... You're at this
university--such a privilege to be at this university--either as a student or as a
professor, and if you're not being open-minded to other people's ideas, then it's
a shame that you're here because there are other people who could be doing
and enjoying this place a lot more than you as you're walking down and like,
being in your own world because you're better than everyone else."
"Keep your mind open.... These aren't freaks coming out of nowhere.... Most of
the stuff is all grounded in truth--it's the way you look at it.
Dan: Before we get started I just wanted to clear the air and say
that yes, we are all eligible bachelors.
So tell me about this princesses poster on the door.
Andy: We woke up one morning and it was just there.
"I started DJ'ing freshman year, like 1999 for me, that spring.... I did the same
show that I do now, but it was just a little bit reduced, its isn't as big as it is now....
My show is The Storm [hip-hop, R&B, underground rap, dance hall, and reggae],
usually comes on Thursdays 8 to 10 [p.m.], but sometimes I go in the studio like
after hours and I'll go and, you know, make a little quiet storm, like I'll do R&B for
a little bit, just on the sneak tip."
"Sometimes we'll have guests in the studio..., like I'll put a beat on and they'll
freestyle to it and I remember a couple weeks ago we had somebody come in
and we had a freestyle, and we have Instant Messenger in the studio, so they
would tell us how the guy was doing and we had two people, and one guy was
real good and the other guy was OK, I guess, and the guy on Instant Messenger
was letting us know about that..."
"It's on channel 2, ResNet... and www.wqhs.org, we're working on it right now so
we're gonna try and get some better reception so people can hear it on the radio
on campus and off campus.... Watch out for us because we've been sleeping for
a long time and it's about time for us to wake up and take this campus over like
we're supposed to."
"[Angels in America is] probably the biggest production the Arts House has ever
put on... I remember hearing the buzz surrounding [it] when it was going to
Broadway, but being too young to actually know much about it, and by the time I
was ready to go see it, it was already gone.
Seldom does a live-music experience begin with a feeling of stodginess in the
concert-goer. Brushing past little black-backpack-wearing, social studies-taking
fans, I found myself remarking on the good ol' days of '96, when they got big but
not big, and were on Caroline records, and look at his new following--I'm sure
they don't appreciate the music and lyrics as much as I do, the seasoned fan.