Entries tagged with: Stars
photos by Bryan Bruchman
Broken Social Scene @ Stubb's (SXSW 2010)
Broken Social Scene is now streaming three songs from their new album at MySpace. The band will next be in NYC in May to play Webster Hall and Music Hall of Williamsburg. More dates HERE. Another set of pictures from the band's SXSW show at Stubb's (with The Besnard Lakes, Drive by Truckers and Band of Horses) continues below.
As previously mentioned, Stars will play their new album, The Five Ghosts (out June 22 and featuring contributions from BSS's Andrew Whiteman), in its entirety on their next tour. They're also taking votes at their website (soon) for what other songs they should play at the shows. That tour has been announced and includes NYC shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg (June 4) (tickets on sale Friday at noon) and Le Poisson Rouge (June 5) (tickets on sale Friday at 4pm). All dates and more album info, with those pictures, below...
DOWNLOAD: Broken Social Scene - World Sick (MP3)
Jason Collett's new record, Rat A Tat Tat, came out Tuesday (3/9) on Arts & Crafts. His tour with his backing band, Zeus (who just put out an album of their own), and other opener Bahamas starts this week in Canada before getting to SXSW next week. One of Collett's shows there will be the BrooklynVegan/M For Montreal day party at Galaxy Room on Saturday March 20th. His full schedule for the fest is below.
The three-band tour comes to NYC for a pair of shows in April. They'll play Mercury Lounge on April 23rd (tickets) and Union Hall on April 24th (tickets). Zeus will be at both of those shows (previously Mercury Lounge was listed as "Jason Collett only").
Jason Collett's other band, Broken Social Scene, will also be at SXSW, where they're scheduled for two shows. The first is Thursday, March 18th @ Stubb's with Drive By Truckers and Band of Horses. The second is the official Arts & Crafts showcase @ The Parish on Friday, March 19th:
8pm - Still Life StillArts & Crafts extended family band Metric play a SXSW show at Stubb's on Friday, March 19th (probably with Muse). Timber Timbre play at least one more SXSW show while in Austin and kick off a tour with The Low Anthem later in March.
09pm - Timber Timbre
10pm - Zeus
11pm - Jason Collett
12am - Broken Social Scene
The collective is currently plotting its support shows for new record Forgiveness Rock Record, which comes out May 4th on A&C. The first song off that is posted above, right above the picture of the boxset version of the album
As far as NYC shows, BSS will play Webster Hall on May 7th, and they're playing Rumsey Playfield in Central Park on September 17th (the weekend before Pavement take over the space). They have summer festival appearances lined up too (Sasquatch, Pitchfork, their own Toronto fest), which are listed below.
Sally Seltmann will also be at SXSW, though she isn't on the lineup of that Parish show. You might remember her from her old moniker, "New Buffalo". Sally's new album "Heart That's Pounding" is out April 6, 2010 on Arts & Crafts. Cover art and all dates below.
Speaking of Arts & Crafts, A&C alums Stars will be putting out a new album, The Five Ghosts, on their own Soft Revolution Records on June 22nd.
We have never written an album with this much cohesion and unity' says vocalist Amy Millan , 'It is the first time we've had the luxury of being together in a huge room writing songs off the floor. TheThey're planning a North American tour for this May and June, where they'll be playing The Five Ghosts in its entirety followed by a set of fan-picked songs. The album tracklist, a video of the band in the studio, and tour dates for all of the above are below...
Five Ghosts is quintessential STARS.'
by Andrew Frisicano
DOWNLOAD: Pavement - Gold Soundz (MP3)
Broken Social Scene @ Masonic Temple, Oct 2008 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Broken Social Scene will be releasing their new, as-yet-untitled album on May 4th, 2010 on Arts & Crafts. Co-produced by the band and Tortoise's John McEntire at Soma Studios in Chicago, with additional recording at Giant Studio and The Schvitz Studio in Toronto, the new album is the follow up to their acclaimed self-titled record, released in 2005.It's hard to believe that the last BBS record came out more than four years ago. The new album's release will be accompanied by a short set of tour dates in North America and Europe. One of those will be "An Evening With Broken Social Scene" at NYC's Webster Hall on May 7th. Tickets to that are on Arts & Crafts presale now. (as are tickets for their L.A. and San Francisco shows). NYC tickets go on general sale Saturday, 2/16 at noon.
Tickets for BSS's Toronto Centre Island (Olympic Island) show on June 19th are also on sale. Toronto Island Concert will be a full-day festival with Band of Horses and co-headlined by Pavement. More acts are TBA.
Pavement, whose reunion shows are slowly creeping up, recently released the tracklist of their best-of comp, Quarantine The Past: Greatest Hits 1989-1999, coming out March 9th on Matador. Tracklist, album art and updated tour dates are below. A remastered version of "Gold Soundz" from the comp is posted above.
All BSS tour dates, the credits for the new BSS record (which included Feist and Pavement's Spiral Stairs) and more info are below...
Amy Millan is set to release her sophomore full-length, Masters Of The Burial, on September 8 through Arts and Crafts International. The follow up to her acclaimed 2006 debut, Honey From The Tombs, was recorded earlier this year with renowned producer/sound technician Martin Davis Kinack (Apostle of Hustle/Sarah Harmer/Broken Social Scene) in rural Ontario.Following the release of that record, Amy will set out on a tour of Canada and the US. That trip brings her to NYC for a Thursday, November 5th show at the Mercury Lounge and a November 6th show at the Bell House. Tickets go on sale for the Mercury Lounge show Friday, August 7th at noon. Bell House tickets are on sale now.
This summer Amy has been playing in Broken Social Scene including at Rothbury and at the July 11th Toronto show that had her back on stage alongside fellow BSS-alums Feist and Emily Haines. She also performed a free solo show at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto on July 25th. The setlist of that show (below) included a cover of Death Cab For Cutie's "I Will Follow You into the Dark" which is a song that also happens to appear on her new album.
Video of that performance, with all tour dates, and the full new album tracklist, below..
Current mood: confused
we don't know who put up their rant against ben folds here.......could have been anyone i guess.........but we don't know what the fuck all this is about... We do love charlie spearin............don't really know ben folds work...........anyway, i find it exciting that i dont even have to know whats going on to be contreversial..... i am now going to change the password on our myspace......i have to say, whoever you are, you've really got my style down!
Stars @ Town Hall (more by Bao Nguyen)
hi guys...well i know i'm gonna regret this, but i can't help myself. I just heard Ben Folds, who many of you prolly have never heard of because you don't waste your time listening to shitty mid nineties m.o.r. lite grunge, calling my friend Charles Spearins' BEAUTIFUL new record "bad spa music" on the CBC. BEN FOLDS! insulting CHARLES SPEARIN! is he fuckin' nuts? you come to our country and insult a national treasure on the radio? CHARLIE SPEARIN????? the most beautiful talented soulful brother in the whole world? a guy who has written some of the most influential, sublime music this side of heaven? WHo has just completed the Happiness Project, one of the most original and uplifting pieces of music i have EVER HEARD? Ben Folds, ladies and gentleman, is an ASSHOLE for dismissing this extraordinary tribute to life and love as "bad spa music". It makes me wanna......well you know.....kick his scrawny, washed up hipster doofus ass....but instead, i encourage you all to write to his myspace (he could use the visits) and imbed charles' music in your message so that every time some refugee from the nineties wants to hear their favourite ben folds ditty, they get charlie instead. i've said it before, and it feels right, so i'll say it again;UPDATE: Torq claims he didn't write this!
BEN FOLDS IS AN ASSHOLE.
let the games begin!!!
xo love and hate torq@stars
Wiki say, "Charles Spearin is a Canadian musician. He is a founding member of Do Make Say Think. Along with Kevin Drew, he formed KC Accidental. He also contributes to Broken Social Scene and Valley of the Giants. He is easily recognized on stage by his trademark moustache. His newest album The Happiness Project [was] released on February 14th, 2009 on the Arts & Crafts Label."
Charles Spearin is playing the Wordless Music Series at Le Poisson Rouge on March 15th. Tickets are on sale. Others on the bill will be playing the music "of Stravinsky and Stockhausen". All dates and a video below...
by BrooklynVegan Mike
The time has arrived to crown another Polaris Music Prize winner. Last year's Canadian award was met with mixed response as relative unknowns (outside of Canada) Patrick Watson beat Arcade Fire, Feist (my pick to win), and seven others for the top spot.
This is the most open field in the brief history of the award. There are no big acts, though Stars certainly has a large following. Most of the artists on the shortlist have been playing since the beginning of the decade or longer. Coincidently or otherwise, the two youngest artists on the shortlist, Shad (27) and Basia Bulat (24), are two of the favorites this year. With that said, there will be no real "upsets." I can see any of the nominees walking away with the prize. It seems the award has positioned itself more to elevate someone then legitimize a popular artist's success (past losers include the aforementioned Arcade Fire along with Broken Social Scene, and Wolf Parade).
Like last year, I will go over the ten nominees in order of who I think has the best chance of picking up the prize on the 29th. We start with who I think has the least chance...
Photos by Fresh Bread
DOWNLOAD: Stars on WNYC, March 2008 (MP3)
Saturday night (September 20) Stars played their first New York gig since last October in support of their new EP "Sad Robots". Terminal 5 is the largest venue the band has headlined in NYC, and though it may have not sold out, the place looked packed. Like fellow Canadian Basia Bulat did one night earlier at Highline Ballroom (Oh, My Darling), the band played a good chunk of their 2008 Polaris Prize nominated album (In Our Bedroom After The War).
More photos of Stars and their rose-covered stage below...
"Stars introduce Sad Robots, September 1 exclusively through www.sadrobots.ca. A free and all new live version of the track "Going, Going, Gone", a fan favorite from the band's first LP, Nightsongs, will also be available exclusively from the website via MP3Stars play Terminal 5 in NYC tonight (Sept 20). Those unlucky people who didn't secure tickets are in luck becaeuse the show does not appear to be sold out. All tour dates below...
beginning[since] that date.
Still in the throes of their theatre-as-life aesthetic and continuing to explore the art of a guarded romance, Stars will unveil the beauty and tragedy of Sad Robots with an all new live show, draped in the Sad Robots visuals while they perform songs from all four full-lengths, including 2008 Polaris Prize nominated In Our Bedroom After The War. For those lucky enough to secure tickets, a limited edition, physical copy of the Sad Robots EP will be available at each show on the tour."
words by BrooklynVegan Mike, photos by Ryan Muir
The shortlist for the 2008 Polaris Music Prize was announced last week.
a not-for-profit organization that annually honours, celebrates and rewards creativity and diversity in Canadian recorded music by recognizing, then marketing the albums of the highest artistic integrity, without regard to musical genre, professional affiliation, or sales history, as judged by a panel of selected critics and experts.Unlike previous years, there are no "heavyweights" among the nominees. Stars is the biggest name on the list that also includes The Weakerthans and Black Mountain, but by no means do Stars tower over the other nominees like Arcade Fire, Broken Social Scene, and Feist did in years past. Except for maybe Stars, this year's shortlist is a collection of artists who haven't crossed over yet, but who have a good following and heavy rotation on college and CBC radio.
Crystal Castles, Born Ruffians, Destroyer, and Sandro Perri are conspicuously absent from this year's shortlist, although they did make the original 40-album long list. I think they should have also made the final cut. As we approach the awards, I will once again give my two cents on who I think will win, looking to avenge picking Feist over Patrick Watson, last year's eventual winner.
Basia Bulat also made the shorlist this year. Basia Bulat opened for Devotchka at Terminal 5 in May. Ryan took some pics that we haven't posted yet, so here they are. More of them and the entire 2008 shortlist, below...
Stars @ Town Hall, NYC (more by Bao Nguyen)
Stars are going on a North American tour that seems to center around their appearance at Austin City Limits on September 28th. They'll play Terminal 5 in NYC eight days earlier. Tickets for that go on sale Friday. All dates below.....
DOWNLOAD: Stars - Elevator Love Letter (MP3)
Though it happened during CMJ in NYC, a CMJ show it was not. Stars played Town Hall in NYC on Thursday night (Oct 18, 2007). They play Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn this Tuesday. More Town Hall photos by Bao Nguyen below....
Stars went ahead and added a 2nd NYC in October. Their first is on October 18th at Town Hall in Manhattan, and the new one is on October 23rd at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn. Tickets are on sale. New Buffalo is opening. Stars' new album In Our Bedroom after the War is out on Arts & Crafts this week. All dates below.....
by BrooklynVegan Mike
Osheaga 2007 (CRED)
A label rep I was talking to told me that it takes a festival four to five years of good reviews and turnouts to be considered a serious destination on the festival circuit. In its sophomore year, Osheaga has followed up their triumphant debut with an impressive lineup that should continue the reputation they built for themselves last year. Once again, I was granted the task of covering this event...
Thunderheist @ Osheaga 2007 (CRED)
Arriving for day one of the two day festival around 12:30, I could hear the tail end of Apostle of Hustle opening the festivities on one of the alternating main stages. I made my way to the smaller stages on the other side of the park. Hopes were high for Thunderheist, a local hip-hop/house outfit comprised of DJ Grahm and female rapper Isis,. Taking the stage, Isis seemed to apologize in advance saying "we've been up all night." What followed was a rather limp set that took the wind out of my sails. I chalk it up to just a bad set, as I've heard that their smaller shows around town have been really good. It happens to the best of them. Over on the main stage, Jamie T performed to a somewhat apathetic audience. Unfamiliar with his music before that day, he vocally reminded me a lot of The Arctic Monkeys, a point I'm sure he'll have to have to answer questions about for years to come if his career gains traction.
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...
DOWNLOAD: Battles - Dance (old MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Four Tet - A Joy (Battles remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Battles - Atlas (DJ Koze Remix) (new, but remixed MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Stars - The First Five Times (Russian Futurists remix) (MP3)
Drowned in Sound recently spoke with Battles member Tyondai Braxton
What about the possibility of remixes? Mirrored sounds like an LP crying out for a series of awesome remixes, if you get what I mean…Pitchfork recently reviewed the new Stars remix album.
We’re totally open to that – ‘Atlas’ had a remix on it. Actually, it would be cool to get a whole remix album of Mirrored, that’s a good idea.
In recent years, everyone from Death From Above 1979 to Architecture in Helsinki to Bloc Party have succumbed to the temptation to create indie remix albums. Now we're faced with Stars' Do You Trust Your Friends?, which we may someday see as the tipping point from indie rock remix albums being idle, indulgent fan-club novelties to becoming inescapable annoyances.So, to remix or not to remix? All Battles tour dates below.....