The Scots in Ballboy will probably never find another town in America as amenable as Anglophile D.C.—where else would sounding like the Wedding Present be an asset? Ballboy’s unlikely British hit “I Hate Scotland” was a highlight of 2000 and an extremely nice document to play for anyone who views that country as a foggy paradise straight out of Brigadoon: “I hate the way we expect to fail/And then we fail/And then we’re bitter because we’ve failed,” Gordon McIntyre burrs over what could be one of the Fall’s more sensitive moments. Elsewhere on Club Anthems, he offers (in a voice borrowed from Belle and Sebastian’s Stuart Murdoch) some lucky damsel the opportunity to discover that he’s terrible at sex and celebrates the feeling of walking home drunk with the sun on his face. “I’m not the shining light of my generation,” he proudly proclaims. Go see his band anyway—humility is underrated. Ballboy plays with Cinerama and VHS or Beta at 8:30 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $10. (202) 667-7960. (Andrew Beaujon)