Stars in the sky, stars in my eyes
They dilate, let me demonstrate
Since I can't stop loving Stars (some of my favorite albums are Nightsongs and Set Yourself on Fire) and I'll always cherish their show at the 400 Bars many, many, years ago.
Stars has a new album, The North, coming out in North America on September 4th. You can get a sneak peek at their new song, "The Theory of Relativity" over at soundcloud.com. With already 50k+ listens, you can tell they still have a lot of fans.
Why is the album called "The North"? They explained it:
It's called The North, 'cause it's where we're from, because it's the kind of music we make, and because the north doesn't just belong to the dead eyed little men who run it at the moment; it belongs to all of us. We made it in Montreal, like we always do, with love and hate, like we always do, but this time there were kids and guitarists and maybe even a little pie-eyed optimism thrown into the room with us. It felt really good. If you've got a funeral to go to, or you're drinking under a bridge with your best friend who you've decided you want to sleep with; you know we're there for you.
If you can't download from Soundcloud, you can also grab the song at youarestars.com.
Excuse 17 was a short-lived band … Carrie Brownstein went on to join this band called Sleater-Kinney.
Corin Tucker, yes, that singer from Sleater-Kinney, will once again release another album under the The Corin Tucker Band name. Kill My Blues, the sophomore album will be out September 18, 2012, via Kill Rock Stars. This is the follow-up to the critically acclaimed 2010 album, 1,000 Years.
Kill My Blues is said to be returning to the riot grrrl sonic roots, which, as you know, I am a fan of.
More dates will be announced later, but in the meantime, here are the September dates to correspond with the album release:
September 18 Johnny Brenda’s Philadelphia, PA
September 21 The EARL Atlanta, GA
September 22 The Bottletree Birmingham, AL
September 23 DeLuna Fest Pensacola, FL
September 25 Local 506 Chapel Hill, NC
September 26 Black Cat Backstage Washington, DC
September 27 Mercury Lounge New York, NY
September 28 TT the Bear’s Cambridge, MA
September 29 The Bell House Brooklyn, NY
Easy Star All-Stars are "thrilled" to announce their next Tribute Album, Thrillah, coming out August 28, 2012 (the day before Michael Jackson's birthday). You can check out a free download of "Billie Jean" over at their website.
If you were wondering, yes, this is a reggae-inspired covers, like the previous efforts (Dub Side of the Moon, Radiodread, and Lonely Hearts Dub Band).
I'm always worried about full cover albums; I have read numerous times how artists like Guns 'N Roses or Prince have sent cease and desist for cover albums. Let's hope the Jackson family is okay with the tribute.
The band will be playing the album live, starting in September:
Sep 7 - Madison, WI @ High Noon
Sep 8 - Clarks Grove, MN @ Shangri-La Festival
Sep 9 - Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s*
Sep 10 - Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theater*
Sep 12 - Fort Collins, CO @ Aggie Theater*
Sep 13 - Boulder, CO @ Fox Theater*
Sep 14 - Denver, CO @ Cervante’s Masterpiece*
Sep 15 - Aspen, CO @ Belly Up*
Sep 16 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge*
Sep 18 - Santa Barbara, CA @ SoHo*
Sep 19 - Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up Tavern*
Sep 20 - Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre*
Sep 21 - San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s*
Sep 22 - Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst*
Oct 4 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza+*
Oct 6 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle +
Oct 7 - Washington, DC @ Howard Theatre+
Oct 9 - Ann Arbor, MI @ Blind Pig+
Oct 11 - Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s +
Oct 13 - Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace+
Oct 14 - Syracuse, NY @ Westcott Theater+
Oct 16 - Boston, MA @ Paradise+
Oct 17 - Stowe, VT @ Rusty Nail+
Oct 19 - Charlottesville, VA @ Jefferson Theater+
Oct 20 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Blockley+
* - w/Passafire
+ - w/The Aggrolites
I got word earlier this month that the Big Star documentary, "Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me", needed help to be re-cut for the major screens and also legal issues to get rights to music and footage. I think one of my writer help donated to the cause, and I'm happy to report that they've reached their goal of $32k and the project is green-lit to go June 28th. That doesn't mean they'll turn away any additional money… so if you really want that Big Star postcard, you've a few days left!
If you live in the Memphis area, the exclusive test screening will be taking place July 26th. I am told to watch out for a "surprise guest". If I were to guess, it's probably someone like drummer Jody Stephens from Big Star to appear.