Speaking of Arab Strap. Malcolm Middleton just released a double live album. One acoustic. One with a full band. Both recorded during 2009, but on separate tours. For that reason they are very different.
Especially the acoustic one blows my mind. It was recorded at Oran Mor in Glasgow on the last night of the Long, dark night-tour. It is no less than magnificent. It has a really really great sound. It might even be one of the greatest acoustic live recordings I've ever heard.
But don't be fooled, Zurich wasn't cheered down while I was listening to it. For example it seems like I've lost the ability to leave the repeat button alone on A brighter beat. So dive in and catch a listen until next year, when his new project Human Don't Be Angry sees the light of day - probably. It is highly recommended