DOWNLOAD: Stars - The Night Starts Here (new MP3)
Stars' new album In Our Bedroom After The War will be officially released on September 25, 2007, but to fight the inevitable leak, Arts & Crafts is selling the album digitally NOW. The free track above is off that album.
Stars kick off a tour in Vermont on October 17th. The next day they play Town Hall in NYC. There's a presale going on now. All dates, and more album info, below...
Friends, fans and supporters of Stars... - July 10th, 2007Stars - 2007 Tour Dates
On September 25th, We will release Stars' fourth studio album, In Our Bedroom After War.
We love it and are excited and proud to be bringing it to the world.
We enlisted Joe Chiccarelli to mix the album. He finished in early June, passing the tapes along to Emily Lazar at the Lodge for mastering. Last Friday, July 6th, a final master was delivered to us.
Traditional music business practice says we are to begin sending out copies of this album now. We give advance copies to print publications in hopes of securing features that coincide with our September date. We meet with radio stations in hopes of securing airplay. etc, etc.
Inevitably someone will leak the album.
Throughout this process, the most important people in this value chain, the fans, are given only two options - wait until September 25th to legally purchase the new album or choose from a variety of sources and download the album for free, at any time.
We hope you'll choose to support the band, and choose to pay for their album. However we don't think it's fair you should have to wait until September 25th to do so.
We believe that the line between the media and the public is now completely grey.
What is the difference between a writer for a big glossy music magazine and a student writing about their favourite bands on their blog? What differentiates a commercial radio station from someone adding a song to their lastfm channel? or their myspace page?
As such, we are making the new Stars album available for legal download today, four days after it's completion. The CD and double vinyl versions of the album will still be released on our official release date, September 25th. We hope you will continue to support music retailers should a physical album in all it's packaged glory be your choice of format.
It's our hope that given a clear, legal alternative to downloading music for free, you will choose to support the creators.
We hope you enjoy it as much as we do.
Stars and Arts & Crafts
October 17 - Higher Ground, Burlington, VT
October 18 - Town Hall, New York, NY
October 19 - Berklee, Boston, MA
October 20 - 9:30 Club, Washington, DC
October 24 - Starlight Ballroom, Philadelphia, PA
October 26 - Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro, NC
October 27 - The Variety Playhouse, Atlanta, GA
October 28 - Club Downunder, Tallahassee, FL
October 30 - Stubb’s, Austin, TX
October 31 - House of Blues, Dallas, TX
November 2 - Vic Theatre, Chicago, IL
November 3 - Pantages Theatre, Minneapolis, MN
November 4 - Slowdown, Omaha, NE
November 6 - Gothic Theatre, Denver, CO
November 8 - Rialto Theatre, Tucson, AZ
November 9 - House of Blues, San Diego, CA
November 10 - The Orpheum, Los Angeles, CA
November 13 - Bimbo’s, San Francisco, CA
November 14 - Bimbo’s, San Francisco, CA
November 15 - The Crystal Ballroom, Portland OR
November 16 - The Showbox, Seattle, WA
"A Canadian and European tour will be announced in the coming weeks."
Amy Millan - 2007 Tour Dates
Friday July 20th, 2007 Dawson City, YK Dawson City Music Festival
Friday July 27th, 2007 Prince George, BC Prince George Folk Festival
Friday August 10th, 2007 Edmonton, AB Edmonton Folk Music Festival
Sunday August 12th, 2007 Regina, SK Regina Folk Festival
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