When Belle & Sebastian released a U.K., nonalbum single called "This Is Just a Modern Rock Song" last fall, the coy smarm of the title seemed unduly kitschy--even for them. This was a band that had taken unerring pretension to a whole new level, elevating the preciousness of its French radio melodies, chamber-music confections, and scenester in-jokes to an almost mythical plane. Their stateside hipster hit of an... More >>>