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who has heard this?! i'm dying over here because ONE person has it on 5l5k but it's coming through at 0.7 kb/s.

cutty (mcutt), Thursday, 7 October 2004 10:00 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

About 1/2 way through first listen right now and it's making me very happy. Oh god, it's so good. No filler on the last album and none yet on this one. No "Elevator Love Letter" yet though... That doesn't make it any less perfect.

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Friday, 8 October 2004 19:53 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

i think it's amazing. NO FILLER AT ALL. i thought the last one had two tracks I could have done without. but this one is near-perfect.

cutty (mcutt), Friday, 8 October 2004 20:13 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

*jealous* But happy to hear these reports!

Ned Raggett (Ned), Friday, 8 October 2004 20:14 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Have you goobers heard the first first first Stars album (the name of which escapes me)? "AM Radio" & "Going Going Gone" are swank (though I am partial to "ELL").

David R. (popshots75`), Friday, 8 October 2004 20:15 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Yes, Nightsongs is beautiful too. "Counting Stars on the Ceiling" is very Frazier Chorus.

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Friday, 8 October 2004 20:25 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

they haven't released anything bad yet.

cutty (mcutt), Friday, 8 October 2004 20:36 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

i pre-ordered this too. spencer did you get a promo

cutty (mcutt), Friday, 8 October 2004 20:38 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Nope, found it online. I'm very excited for the CD too. Also, I've heard some unmixed versions of Amy Millan solo stuff and it's really amazing. Slightly more rock, and that voice! She's like the second coming of Bilinda Butcher for me.

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Friday, 8 October 2004 20:44 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

her solo stuff is simply under her name?

when her voice starts in that first song, you just MELT.

cutty (mcutt), Friday, 8 October 2004 20:51 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Early fave is "Reunion", uptempo with a chorus of Amy's swirling around dense guitar sonics.

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Friday, 8 October 2004 23:26 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

She's got an album out, according to this.

David R. (popshots75`), Friday, 8 October 2004 23:35 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I'm pretty sure it's not out yet, but I'd love to be wrong!

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Friday, 8 October 2004 23:50 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Any hints as to where this can be found? Slsk names?

Simon H., Saturday, 9 October 2004 00:49 (fourteen years ago) Permalink


cutty (mcutt), Saturday, 9 October 2004 01:09 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

cutty (mcutt), Thursday, 4 November 2004 22:11 (fourteen years ago) Permalink


jaymc (jaymc), Thursday, 4 November 2004 22:15 (fourteen years ago) Permalink


cutty (mcutt), Thursday, 4 November 2004 22:16 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

When I mention "Reunion" upthread as being the best song, it was actually mislabeled. The song is actually called "Ageless Beauty" and it's definitely in my top 10 tracks of the year. It can also be downloaded from their site!

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Thursday, 4 November 2004 22:22 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

What exactly is "GAY" about it?

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Thursday, 4 November 2004 22:23 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

the only song i don't like is "he lied about death"...

everything else is perfection. REALLY.

cutty (mcutt), Thursday, 4 November 2004 22:25 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

where is my fucking import order already argh

bnw (bnw), Friday, 5 November 2004 01:17 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Is "He Lied About Death" the one that goes on for 5 min, with 3 of those min. just electronic squelching? Yeah, that's the only one I don't like. The first three tracks are incredible, also 'Sleep Tonight'.

I'm hoping to see them live in a week.

derrick (derrick), Friday, 5 November 2004 08:12 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

If they get a UK release agin, I will trip the light fantastic. Stars (and the link to their homepage last year) are one of the best reasons I ever joined ILX.

B.A.R.M.S. (Barima), Friday, 5 November 2004 11:28 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

cutty OTM: ALBUM OF THE YEAR. band of the decade, maybe. Finally picked up 'Nightsongs', which is as lovely as I'd been told. Just need the two early EPs, and I've got the complete dicog, I think.

Still don't like 'he lied about death', though.

derrick (derrick), Friday, 12 November 2004 09:12 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Is the entire forthcoming record as guitar heavy as "Ageless Beauty"? I much prefer that sound to the lite pop on Heart. Of course, it is hard not to love Elevator Love Letter. But some of the stuff is a little too twee for me on Heart.

BlastsOfStatic (BlastsofStatic), Friday, 12 November 2004 14:18 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I'd say it's less twee overall, but nothing else is as remotely MBV-tastic as "Ageless Beauty".

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Friday, 12 November 2004 17:59 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

i was kind of disappointed by the second album... but i liked seeing them live, so i'll try the third one.

fortunate hazel (f. hazel), Friday, 12 November 2004 18:06 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

swooooon :)

bnw (bnw), Thursday, 18 November 2004 00:51 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

wow. if "heart" is disappointing i'm in for a big fucking treat with the other two albums.

the surface noise (slight return) (electricsound), Thursday, 18 November 2004 00:59 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I finally found the CD. Listening to it over and over... But that insert is really hard to get out of the case - I didn't even know it was there for a couple days!

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Thursday, 18 November 2004 02:21 (fourteen years ago) Permalink


this band is magic.

cutty (mcutt), Thursday, 18 November 2004 02:22 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

there is an insert? hah, let me look.

cutty (mcutt), Thursday, 18 November 2004 02:22 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

lyric sheet!

cutty (mcutt), Thursday, 18 November 2004 02:23 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

is this out in the states yet? the keyboardist is somewhat hot.

phil-two (phil-two), Thursday, 18 November 2004 02:25 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

i don't think it comes out int he states until januvary.

cutty (mcutt), Thursday, 18 November 2004 02:26 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

No US release until the new year. I had to splurge on the Canadian import ($20 US at Amoeba).

In other news I just found out there is a video for "Elevator Love Letter" and that MuchMusic has been playing "Ageless Beauty"!

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Thursday, 18 November 2004 02:33 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

what's the video like?

I think "your ex lover is dead" and "reunion" and "the first five times" are my immediate faves. It's definitely more rambunctious then Heart. (I quietly and selfishly hope they never get too political.)

bnw (bnw), Thursday, 18 November 2004 03:21 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

What exactly is "GAY" about it?

come on spencer. admittedly, stars is kinda gay

phil-two (phil-two), Thursday, 18 November 2004 03:28 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

totally gay!

cutty (mcutt), Thursday, 18 November 2004 05:38 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I love 'Sleep Tonight', 'What I'm Trying To Say', and the first three songs most. 'Sleep Tonight' and 'Ageless Beauty' are way more MBV than anything they've done before, which is a nice direction for them.

derrick (derrick), Thursday, 18 November 2004 06:26 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

the female vocals allow for that last hetero shred to shine thourgh. And I love when the girl first cracks into the new album.

bnw (bnw), Thursday, 18 November 2004 15:40 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Still looking forward to Amy Millan solo! I'll try to get some inside info!

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Thursday, 18 November 2004 18:44 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I've recently heard the album but not yet absorbed it. It is at least as good as "Heart" but again, I haven't really sat down with it. Also, I've seen the video for "Ageless Beauty" (otherwise known as this year's "Elevator Love Letter") and I've in love with Amy Millan. Again. For the twelveth time. This year. Am I sick?

earinfections (Nick Twisp), Tuesday, 23 November 2004 22:15 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I like 'The Big Fight.'

57 7th (calstars), Tuesday, 23 November 2004 22:21 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Album seems front-loaded to me too.

57 7th (calstars), Tuesday, 23 November 2004 22:24 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Not to me. Quality all the way through. Or I should say, it's not like the later half tracks are filler or anything.

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Tuesday, 23 November 2004 22:26 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I'm a bit dissapointed about the album. It's funny that I kind of want to like Stars but the more I listen to them, the least I like them. I've seen them live twice and they're pretty good though.

daavid (daavid), Tuesday, 23 November 2004 22:29 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

not front loaded at all. the last song is a TEARER.

cutty (mcutt), Tuesday, 23 November 2004 22:30 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...
heart is more cohesive then 'syof' but has enough good tracks on it

anyway, here's a pic of some geek who met Torquil in Montreal last weekend! (photo credit: felicity redwell. Torque said they'd be in the nyc come march.

bnw (bnw), Wednesday, 22 December 2004 15:00 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

jams mitchell, i kiss u

johnny crunch, Monday, 14 June 2010 10:59 (eight years ago) Permalink

ya thx dude

Nhex, Monday, 14 June 2010 12:59 (eight years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

the passenger & wasted daylight & fixed are the highlights 4 me

also, i think i want the end of fixed w/ "is it your faaaaaaahhuuult" as my ringtone cuz it sounds like "is it your phoooo-ooh-oohone" 2 me

johnny crunch, Friday, 9 July 2010 12:08 (eight years ago) Permalink

really enjoying bonus track "The Black House, the Blue Sky (Stars vs. Montag)"

cutty, Friday, 9 July 2010 12:46 (eight years ago) Permalink

Yeah, it's a peach. Of the stuff I'd not already heard, "I Died So I Could Haunt You" is current favourite - Amy's verse into the chugging bass of the chorus is stupendous.

As a whole, I really like the album with a couple of reservations: I never thought I'd say this, but there's almost *too* many vocals from Amy, or at least not enough tracks where she shares duties with Torq - I love their voices together (almost as much as those of Alan and Mimi from Low), and The Five Ghosts is bit light on that kind of interplay. My only other problem is that the production (in parts) feels a bit too dense for Stars compositional and arranging skills to shine. It seems odd, because Tom McFall did an incredible job on Set Yourself On Fire, but this time the songs don't have that space in them - fully recognise this might be an artistic decision.

That's the nitpicking done. It's Stars and I fucking love them. Now I just wish they'd get some proper UK dates on the tour list.

Bill A, Friday, 9 July 2010 13:53 (eight years ago) Permalink

eight months pass...

anyone fuck w/ memphis? they have a new album out that im liking on first few listens...tbf id probably like/listen to anything torquil sang on

johnny crunch, Friday, 11 March 2011 18:41 (seven years ago) Permalink

didn't know about that, will check out.

Nhex, Friday, 11 March 2011 23:27 (seven years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Rapidly becoming enormously fond of here comes a city. It felt a bit slight initially, and there's a handful of filler, but the good stuff is wonderful, esp. "Apocalypse Pop Song", "I Want The Lights On After Dark" and (current favourite)"I Am The Photographer". Perfect music for breezy spring days, it's getting many replays when I'm commuting / walking about / procrastinating at work etc.

Bill A, Monday, 9 May 2011 12:31 (seven years ago) Permalink

sounds worth a try!

Nhex, Monday, 9 May 2011 17:26 (seven years ago) Permalink

geez, that's what i said 4 months ago.

Nhex, Monday, 9 May 2011 17:27 (seven years ago) Permalink

their last one, a little place in the wilderness is def worth checking out also; same hit or miss quality but there are some killer, beautiful songs

johnny crunch, Tuesday, 10 May 2011 00:26 (seven years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

new demos album out, mostly songs from in our bedroom after the war & a few from the 5 ghosts - streamable here:

Moments have their moments.

In the big deep winter of Montreal, 2006, STARS were drunk.

Two years had been spent carousing the globe, with 'Set Yourself On Fire' in their hands. Home again, they drove the van to a neighbourhood studio to play through some songs they were already planning to record again - in the future, all the way across the tundra, months later - in sun-addled British Columbia.

But the snow was still down in Montreal.

As can happen, these first recording sessions for what was to become 'In Our Bedroom After The War' lay claim to a particular beauty that would shift and differ thousands of miles away, months in the future, in Vancouver.

The studio was Breakglass, run by a dear friend named Jace Lasek, of the band The Besnard Lakes. At that time still a shitbox construction site on the north side of Montreal, Breakglass afforded STARS a refuge from the road, and a steady windowsill to pile up wine bottles. The songs came in bursts, were tracked quickly, given working titles like 'Flack' and 'Fuck U I Love You' and stored one by one in the hallway with the other boxes of tapes. Minds were lost, found again; arguments claimed teeth and nails - love got spit and wrangled back. The band once more became a band and pulled verses from the fumes, bridges from beneath their feet.

From the final, west coast version of the album, only one song, 'Midnight Coward' was not demoed in Breakglass. The others spilled forward. Torq sings both his and Amy's parts in 'Personal.' Evan plays guitar solo after guitar solo. Amy finds new lyrics in every next take. Chris holds the throughline, Patty plays the drums of his life.

With chutzpah, the band moved camp to Vancouver and did the whole thing over again, once more into the breach. New sounds and parts were found, the record was made and released, but something remained on those shelves in Montreal on Rue Clark.

In the spring of 2011, much had changed for the band. Parents had been lost and made, homes left behind and built anew. On a break from touring their new record, 'The Five Ghosts' the band reached back and remembered an affinity with the Breakglass sessions – 'Barricade' recorded with one microphone, an epic solo on 'My Favourite Book'. Jace found the tapes, wine lined the windowsill for a weekend, and the demos finally found their way out of the studio.

Here they are, please enjoy.

johnny crunch, Saturday, 11 June 2011 13:16 (seven years ago) Permalink

thanks, didn't know about this at all

Nhex, Saturday, 11 June 2011 13:34 (seven years ago) Permalink

huh, it's split into an explicit and non-explicit version on itunes? weird

Nhex, Saturday, 11 June 2011 14:00 (seven years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

New one The North is slowly burning its way into my goods books, which has been the story of Stars for me every time. Especially love this, such a fantastic performance from Torq.

that mustardless plate (Bill A), Tuesday, 18 September 2012 20:13 (six years ago) Permalink

i have a chance to see them in a week but logistically it'd be a bit of a hassle. kind of on the fence about it.

phantompenguin, Tuesday, 18 September 2012 20:23 (six years ago) Permalink

I loved Set Yourself On Fire and played the hell out of it when I first got it, and still rate it now. I couldn't help but find In Our Bedroom After The War a bit of a disappointment, although its highlights for me are stellar: 'Take Me To The Riot' and 'Midnight Coward' especially. I remember liking The Five Ghosts more, but I haven't played it since it came out. Haven't heard the new one yet.

The Jupiter 8 (Turrican), Tuesday, 18 September 2012 20:27 (six years ago) Permalink

have you seen them before, phantompenguin? unreserved recommendation if not, they've been one of my favourite live bands for ages.

Heart and Set Yourself... are their most consistently great albums, although there's terrific songs on all their releases. I've returned to the last Memphis album a lot more than The Five Ghosts, but Stars never made it to the UK to tour that because of Amy and Evan's baby which was a shame (although not about the babs, obv) - I do find that some of their songs only really stick with me once I've seen them played live.

that mustardless plate (Bill A), Tuesday, 18 September 2012 21:32 (six years ago) Permalink

into 'theory of relativity', need 2 spend more time w/ the rest

johnny crunch, Wednesday, 19 September 2012 23:32 (six years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Finally getting to the new record. Theory of Relativity, Hold On When You Get Love... and Through The Mines are lovely. Do You Want To Die Together is gross.

Room 227 (cryptosicko), Monday, 26 November 2012 04:18 (six years ago) Permalink

I hate to say it, but that song actually kind of ruined the entire album for me

Nhex, Monday, 26 November 2012 07:27 (six years ago) Permalink

I think I might have given up on this band. Set Yourself On Fire showed a HELL of a lot of promise, and lord knows they've got more than enough talent in that band to deliver the goods - but for some reason or other, they just haven't since.

The Jupiter 8 (Turrican), Monday, 26 November 2012 14:20 (six years ago) Permalink

Personally my favorite was In the Bedroom After the War so I've still got hope that they'll get it together again and make a solid cohesive album. Five Ghosts grew on me, I'm guessing The North will do as long as I remember to skip some of the bad songs (even Bedroom had "Barricade" which I couldn't stand).

Nhex, Monday, 26 November 2012 17:56 (six years ago) Permalink

Yeah, "Do You Want to Die Together" is, by some chalk, the worst song on the new one. Like the rest of it pretty well, and excellent in parts ("Theory of Relativity" is fuckin' amazing). Def. better than The Five Ghosts. Going to see them when they're in Manchester next week, pretty hyped tbh as it's been a good while since they were here.

that mustardless plate (Bill A), Monday, 26 November 2012 19:08 (six years ago) Permalink

Just revisiting upthread, Nhex did you ever get round to the last Memphis album? I still listen to that all the time, it's a real pearl.

that mustardless plate (Bill A), Monday, 26 November 2012 19:10 (six years ago) Permalink

Add "The Loose Ends Will Make Knots" and "The 400" to the list of songs I like; I was only halfway through the album when I posted above. Mercifully, nothing else on the record is as bad as "Die," but that still means that literally half the record goes by without leaving any impression on me. Still, after the disappointment of The Five Ghosts (speaking of icky Stars songs, remember "We Don't Want Your Body?"), this is mildly encouraging.

Room 227 (cryptosicko), Monday, 26 November 2012 22:05 (six years ago) Permalink

Bill: I did eventually get to it... It was all right, but didn't really hook me, it felt maybe a little too laid back? I should give it another listen sometime.

Nhex, Monday, 26 November 2012 23:34 (six years ago) Permalink

It is pretty relaxed in the main, I love Torq's lyrics on it though and some v. strong vocal work. It had an osmotic effect on me, various songs kept popping up on shuffle on my player and it wormed into my affections with repeated listens. Worth a revisit for sure :)

that mustardless plate (Bill A), Tuesday, 27 November 2012 07:42 (six years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

was just a few days ago wondering what these guys were up to

johnny crunch, Thursday, 14 August 2014 00:05 (four years ago) Permalink

this life is very heartbreaking and sad… so let’s get completely fucking arseholed and listen to some Dionne Warwick.”
this life is very heartbreaking and sad… so let’s get completely fucking arseholed and listen to some Dionne Warwick.”
this life is very heartbreaking and sad… so let’s get completely fucking arseholed and listen to some Dionne Warwick.”

johnny crunch, Thursday, 14 August 2014 00:09 (four years ago) Permalink

I think I'm done getting excited about new Stars records, but I'd be happy if they could surprise me with something great again.

You know something? He *did* say "well, yeah" a lot. (cryptosicko), Thursday, 14 August 2014 01:01 (four years ago) Permalink

it took me the better part of ~18 months but i think the north is a p good album tbh

johnny crunch, Thursday, 14 August 2014 01:14 (four years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

About half of the album is very good, while the other half is pleasant enough, and only one song (the last one--Stars go techno-rave!) is a gross genre experiment on the level of "We Don't Want Your Body" from The Five Ghosts. All in all, their best since In Our Bedroom After the War.

MaudAddam (cryptosicko), Thursday, 9 October 2014 00:02 (four years ago) Permalink

noo don't get my hopes up

Nhex, Thursday, 9 October 2014 00:20 (four years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

i'd only heard like one or two songs from this band but devoured their whole discography last week after winning tickets to their show (which was fantastic)

kind of surprised they're not more ILX canon tbh, "no one is lost" is as good as any of my favorite albums from the last few years

gr8080, Monday, 19 October 2015 20:50 (three years ago) Permalink

like how is it possible that johnny fever has never posted itt

gr8080, Monday, 19 October 2015 20:51 (three years ago) Permalink

Amy's vocal performance on 'Are You Ok? is stunning. I think it's a great record.
Steven Hyden had this great line recently that I think applies here-"Sometimes the worst sin a band can commit is doing the same thing really well for an extended period."

campreverb, Monday, 19 October 2015 21:09 (three years ago) Permalink

they're kind of my comfort food of music at this point. likely my most played band of the last 10+ years.

bnw, Monday, 19 October 2015 21:21 (three years ago) Permalink

Set Yourself On Fire was a very, very good album and I really don't think they've matched it since.

Turrican, Monday, 19 October 2015 21:24 (three years ago) Permalink

"no one of lost" sounds like an ilx top 20 album, no one even nominated last year

gr8080, Monday, 19 October 2015 21:28 (three years ago) Permalink

"no one *is* lost"

gr8080, Monday, 19 October 2015 21:35 (three years ago) Permalink

No One Is Lost definitely their best album since In Our Bedroom After The War imo, though not quite as good as that one and Set Yourself On Fire. still pretty dang good though.

Nhex, Monday, 19 October 2015 23:59 (three years ago) Permalink

hah oh yeah, that's why cryptosicko said. i agree!

Nhex, Tuesday, 20 October 2015 00:00 (three years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

im glad that gr8080 got into stars

johnny crunch, Tuesday, 29 December 2015 23:58 (two years ago) Permalink

me too.

still mystified @ no johnny fever posts itt tbh

gr8080, Wednesday, 30 December 2015 09:16 (two years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...
one month passes...
one month passes...

This month's:

(I wasn't familiar with the original)

rhymes with "blondie blast" (cryptosicko), Thursday, 24 March 2016 20:23 (two years ago) Permalink

Haven't cared abot them in ages but the "Streetlights" cover is really nice. Maybe the only instance of white people covering Kanye without embarrassing themselves/the listener.

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Thursday, 24 March 2016 23:43 (two years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

They have a new release, "There Is No Love In Fluorescent Light". it's good too.
8 albums in they are still churning out some consistently good-to-great albums. I mean "Are you ok?"'s new-orderism's may be one of my favorite songs in their catalogue. (also going through a break-up, so heavy rotation for Stars).

campreverb, Wednesday, 27 December 2017 20:45 (eleven months ago) Permalink

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