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09 Mar

The wait is over and Canada’s most revered indie troop, STARS,return with their fifth full-length album, The Five Ghosts, available June 22. Five Ghosts marks the first release on the band’s new label imprint Soft Revolution Records licensed everywhere around the world except Canada through Vagrant Records.

‘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. The Five Ghosts is quintessential STARS.’ The Five Ghosts is the band’s follow-up to their 2007 release, In Our Bedroom After The War and also sees STARS returning to producer Tom McFall, who recorded their breakthrough, Set Yourself On Fire (2005). Recorded in Montreal, The Five Ghosts, in true STARS form, was written by all five members, Amy Millan, Evan Cranley, Torquil Campbell, Patty McGee and Chris Seligman. The album features a special guest appearance by Toronto singer-songwriter and Broken Social Scene member Andrew Whiteman.

The first single from Five Ghosts is the infectiously melodic pop tune “Fixed” featuring Millan on vocals and will be available on iTunes soon.

This summer, STARS will embark on a U.S. tour where they will play The Five Ghosts in it’s entirety, along with fan chosen selections from their catalogue “Take Me To The Riot”, “Ageless Beauty” and “Your Ex-Lover Is Dead” Details on dates and tickets will be announced through the band’s web site, www.youarestars.com.

Since 2009, Stars have been managed by Danny Goldberg and Gold Village Entertainment in partnership with Eoin O Leary


1) Dead Hearts
2) Wasted Daylight
3) I Died So I Could Haunt You
4) Fixed
5) We Don’t Want Your Body
6) He Dreams He’s Awake
7) Never Been Good With Change
8. The Passenger
9) The Last Song Ever Written
10) How Much More
11) Winter Bones

- Stars Full-length Discography: Nightsongs (2001), Heart (2003), Set Yourself On Fire (2005), In Our Bedroom After The War (2007).
- Amy and Evan have all spent time as performing & touring members of Toronto indie super-group, Broken Social Scene.
- Amy Millan has released two, full length solo discs: Honey From The Tombs (2006), Masters Of The Burial (2009).
- Torquil Campbell’s solo project is called Dead Child Star and he also performs in the band Memphis, with friend Chris Dumont. Full length Memphis releases: I Dreamed We Fell Apart (2004) – A Little Place In The Wilderness (2006).

For the latest Stars info, check out www.youarestars.com.

18 Nov

Stephen Elliot from The Huffington Post recently interviewed Danny Goldberg. Danny Goldberg used to manage Nirvana, run Atlantic Records, Artemis Records, Air America Radio, produce movies and write political books. He wasn’t really great at any of those jobs but it’s cool because he wrote a book about the music industry and we all go gaga over that kinda stuff. Having worked for Danny, I can say that he was sort of like Commandant Lassard from the Police Academy movies: a genuinely good guy but he never knew what was really going on. Anyways, here’s a brief excerpt from the interview but you can read the whole thing here and check out the video of Goldberg at GoogleTalks in regards to his new book.

Huffpo: How did you start out in rock and roll? You make it seem kind of random.

Danny Goldberg: The first step was completely random. I just needed a job and wanted to get my own apartment. I didn’t even know what Billboard was. I thought it was a magazine about highway signs. Today kids are very sophisticated about things like charts but in the 60′s, when I got my first job, there was no real pop awareness of the business. So the first step was completely random and lucky. Once I realized there was a business I was quite taken with it. I was at Billboard a few months and a promo guy form Capitol gave everybody a copy of The White Album the day it came out. That was one hell of a perk. It dawned on me you could be part of it without being a musician. After that I did the best I could to climb whatever ladders were in front of me.

Huffpo: You mention that it isn’t enough to have talent. You have to have a talent for having talent.

Danny Goldberg: I think that artists that I’ve met who have been successful all had some desire to be successful. Not that they would always do things the easiest way or most commercial way, but they had a focus that helped propel them. Like Stevie Nicks doing the songs with Tom Petty at a certain time or working with a producer that, at first blush, was not part of the community that she was into. Or Bruce Springsteen focusing on trying to get a pop radio hit. The music business is competitive and having musical talent itself is not sufficient.

Huffpo: The section of your book about Kurt Cobain made me want to cry.

Danny Goldberg: He’s the most talented person I ever worked with because he was talented in so many different ways. He’s a guitar player and a lead singer and he wrote all the songs. He did everything for Nirvana that it took Jimmy Page and Robert Plant to do for Led Zeppelin. Kurt also designed the album covers and wrote treatments for the videos. He even designed the t-shirts. He was really a comprehensive genius when it came to the art of rock and roll. As an artist he was the most talented and as a person he was the most tragic. I never worked with anyone who killed themselves, before or since. It’s just a terrible feeling and a terrible loss. I’ll never get over it.

Huffpo: Any advice for people wanting to get in the music business?

Danny Goldberg: Well, the only advice I can give would be platitudes, but I’m happy to give them. One is don’t get easily discouraged because everyone who has ever accomplished anything has been rejected. What matters isn’t the people who reject you, but the people who don’t. Perseverance is a big deal. Be loyal to your friends in the bad times because they’ll remember you in the good times. Regular stuff like that.

20 Sep

Old Fries is a new weekly feature that we’ll be running here at The Audio Perv where we’ll list news with a note or two that we were too lazy/disinterested to cover during the week. There will be some cool finds here so make sure to stop by.

Former Atlantic Records head/Nirvana manager Danny Goldberg wrote a book that isn’t about politics finally but about music. I’ll have my own review once my library gets it.

The new Metallica sounds better in a video game than it does on the CD. “Shocking”

Listen to the new James Bond theme by Jack White and Alicia Keys. WTF? The new bond movie Quantum of Solace (crappy name) comes out in November.

Led Zeppelin wont get back together because they hate all the BS and paperwork. All they have to do is put on a show and sign their names, lazy bastards.

Bon Jovi is playing Live Earth India. It finally worked. We’re deporting Jon Bon Jovi.

Weezer is going back into the studio in November because the current album tanked big time.

Former Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker and DJ AM were injured in a plane crash. Damn sucks, hope for a speedy recovery.

50 Cent vs Kanye West Round 2. This is the most hip hop we’ll ever talk about. Unless it’s about T.I. who’s awesome.