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Music, All Shook Down Belle and Sebastian's Stuart Murdoch Does Not Want to Bore You

Belle and Sebastian's Stuart Murdoch Does Not Want to Bore You

In the hour I spoke with Belle and Sebastian singer-songwriter Stuart Murdoch for this week's SF Weekly cover story, we got to talk about a lot of things that I didn't end up using in the larger piece. Rather than doom…
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Music, Feature San Francisco Love Story

San Francisco Love Story

View more photographs in Belle and Sebastian Cover Shoot: Behind the Scenes. It was January 1993 in Glasgow, and Stuart Murdoch was sick. Bedridden with chronic fatigue syndrome, the frail 24-year-old had already dropped out of university and quit working.…
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Charting rockers' vigor by their backstage aphrodisiacs:

+3: Lemmy from Motörhead — Consciousness. +2: Kid Rock — A free hand. Anyone's. +1: Metallica — Cold beer and a group hug (both for courage). -1: Stuart Murdoch of Belle and Sebastian — Good reading material (a secondhand copy…
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Music, Reviewed The Lucksmiths

The Lucksmiths

Rarities discs that cobble together singles, compilation tracks, and live cuts tend to be like photo albums. Here's the musician with embarrassing haircuts, here's the artist uncomfortably dressed up for church, here's the band eating weird fish in Kuala Lumpur.…
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Music, Reviewed Belle & Sebastian

Belle & Sebastian

"Impossibly cute" and "precious" are often derisive labels that should never be applied to a suitably fearsome rock 'n' roll band, but how else can one describe Belle & Sebastian, Stuart Murdoch's aggressively sunny school project- turned-indie sensation? On their…
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Music, Reviewed Shout Out Louds

Shout Out Louds

For some reason the Northern Europeans -- the Scandinavians, the British Islanders -- seem more adept at the concept of euphoric misery than us. Following in the footsteps of such enthusiastic mopes as the Smiths and the Cure, Sweden's Shout…
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Music, Reviewed Camera Obscura

Camera Obscura

Listeners shouldn't be faulted for thinking that Under Achievers Please Try Harder, the second LP from Glasgow's Camera Obscura, is some kind of Belle & Sebastian side project. Stuart Murdoch's presence hangs over the proceedings like a truant officer watching…
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Music, OK Then The Hunt Is On

The Hunt Is On

Stuart Murdoch, frontman for Belle & Sebastian, likes games. The problem is that ever since he's become Mr. Belle & Sebastian, it's been harder and harder for him to play them with his fans. "When I was a fan of…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

Few things in life live up to expectations. Most events are built up so much that the reality can't possibly match the anticipation. (Et tu, George Lucas?) Occasionally, however, a happening surpasses all hopes. Remember your first kiss, how the…
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Music, Pop Philosophy

Pop Philosophy

Everything old is new again In its original inception, the Coffee Gallery was just that -- a coffeehouse and art gallery. But like many North Beach java joints of the '50s and '60s, the Grant Avenue spot became a performance…
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Love Letters

"I know I love Jo despite all the things I hate about her. I know I love her with as much certainty as I love Belle And Sebastian." -- from Belle Lettres, a Web site of original fiction inspired by…
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