Nov 11th, 2016. Observations on a new birth.

Can I tell you a few baby things? A week ago, our second son, Nico Robert Salvatore, was born. It’s been just great to know him so far. He came about ten days early. My wife said late on Thursday. “Mm, you better be ready, I think this baby is coming [...]

April 27th, 2016. “Sally and Sam”

14 years ago I was thinking a lot about films. I was thinking a lot about other people’s films because I was watching and revelling in a lot of movies. But I was also thinking about the prospect of making a film. It was a nice time for me. In 2002, with [...]

Sleevenotes – The Boy With The Arab Strap

Stuart here. I’m continuing with an illustrated trawl through the story of the Belle And Sebastian album artwork. It’s 1997, and our minds turn to.. The Boy With The Arab Strap Things changed after Sinister. And I don’t mean about how the band were [...]

Sleevenotes – If You’re Feeling Sinister

This is a continuation of what I started telling you last week. The band had begun in 1996 with a record for a local Glasgow college. Now fast forward 5 months or so to our second LP. Tigermilk had come and gone and nothing much had happened. But that [...]

Sleevenotes – Tigermilk

Hi all I thought I’d write a bit about the record sleeves. There’s not that much to tell, but I guess since the first one was made almost exactly 20 years old, I could tell you how they ended up the way they did. I never need much of an excuse to [...]

February 6th, 2016. Tense, nervous, can’t relax.

I just put the kid down. It’s another typical Saturday with family, driving around in the rain, looking for nature’s sweet succour. I see glimpses of it. I see it in the view from the top of a shopping centre car park. I see it in the only visible corner [...]

january 22nd, 2016

Terrible dreams last night. I was awake at four with a bit of a fever, knew I wasn’t getting back to sleep. Came downstairs to the couch so I wouldn’t wake anyone. Then proceeded to have lots of unpleasant thoughts about one’s world crumbling away in [...]

January 12th, 2016: “The Next Day”

Hey Had this crazy crappy dream last night that Bowie had died. Then I woke up, and it was the next day. It was a day of international mourning yesterday. It is right and proper we mourn David Bowie. I’m in the business he was. I’m here, pottering around [...]

September 25th, 2015. Tour report!

I had to write a report about touring with the band for my church magazine (partly to explain my shoddy attendance!) But i thought i'd post it here too.. i will keep salacious details back for the novel. Hi Everyone It’s Stuart from the choir here. [...]