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Friday, Jan. 19, 2007


Lots of good records

"We don't play any cr*p records," say Bobby Gildea and Richard Colburn of indie-pop group Belle & Sebastian when asked to define their DJ music policy via e-mail from their Glasgow base. The two musicians will take a break from the day job to play an exclusive DJ set at Shibuya Game on Jan. 19.

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Richard Colburn (far left) and Bobby Gildea (third from left) with their Belle & Sebastian bandmates.

Belle and Sebastian formed in an all-night Glasgow cafe in 1996, recording their debut album "Tigermilk" for only a few hundred pounds while the band members were music college students.

Over the course of their next five albums, including last year's "The Life Pursuit," the witty lyrics full of erudite pop-culture references and intricate arrangements have remained a constant. While the band has sometimes been accused of sounding twee, Gildea and Colburn's DJ set is likely to be nothing of the sort -- the duo are promising a varied set of up-to-date electro-pop, pop-punk and more.

Gildea and Colburn explain their music policy thus: "There's only two kinds of music: good music and sh*t music. For us, the main point of DJing, whether you use vinyl, CD or [music-sequencer software] Ableton, is to make people dance. We try to find as many GOOD records as possible. And play them back to back. The more eclectic, the better."

The DJ party takes place at Shibuya Game, 1-6-5 B1F, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 8 p.m.-late. For a map, visit www.club-game.com Tickets are 3,000 yen in advance, 3,500 yen at the door. The duo are also rumored to be DJing the following night at a secret, yet-to-be-announced Tokyo venue. Fans should keep their eyes on www.tigermusic.jp to find out the location.

B&S's top five floor fillers

* Torpedo Boyz, "Au jour et a l'heure"

* The Gossip, "Listen up! (MSTRKRFT Remix)"

* DJ N-Wee, "99 Problems"

* Hot Chip, "Over and over"

* Quantic, "Blow your horn"

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