blue john – Thirst For Knowledge


Shout out to our friend Geoff, formerly of 32feet for introducing us to this charming tune from Torquil Campbell, lead singer and songwriter of Stars. In what is presumably a side project, writing under the pseudonym blue john Campbell released the track, “Thirst For Knowledge” last week to little fanfare on his SoundCloud page. Why more bloggers haven’t scooped up this dulcet duet is beyond us, as we love just about everything about it. Stream below.

Stars – From The Night


Stars have just released the first single off their forthcoming album, and it is a doozy. “From The Night” encompasses everything the Montreal group is known for — iridescent indie-pop with lush instrumentation and one of the best hooks I’ve heard in some time (anyone else hear the influence of The Police?). A more uplifting tune in their armory of pop noir, an interesting anecdote is that Stars’ recording studio was situated just above a discotheque, which inadvertently affected their sound.

In terms of the narrative, singer Torquil Campbell tells NPR that the track is a “letter to those of you who stayed home and didn’t take a chance on the possibility that a bassline and a hi-hat rhythm might save your life.” Lest you fear that Stars have gone too soft, however, Campbell adds: “Oh, and one other thing: It’s lonely. There is no lonelier feeling in the world than watching the sun rise as you walk home.”

The new album, No One Is Lost is due out via ATO Records on October 14. Check out their tour dates below, which includes a stop at DC’s 9:30 Club November 13.


Upcoming Tour Dates:

Aug 18, 2014 : Stratford ON, Canada – Stratford Music Fest
Aug 30, 2014 : Calgary AB, Canada – Xfest
Aug 31, 2014 : Edmonton AB, Canada – Sonic Boom
Sept 7, 2014 : Toronto ON, Canada – Riot Fest Toronto
Oct 5, 2014 : New York, NY – Modern Sky Festival
Nov 8, 2014 : Portland, ME – Port City Music Hall
Nov 9, 2014 : Boston, MA – Royale
Nov 12, 2014 : Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
Nov 13, 2014 : Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
Nov 14, 2014 : Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theatre
Nov 15, 2014 : Atlanta, GA The Loft
Nov 19, 2014 : Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
Nov 21, 2014 : Chicago, IL – Vic Theatre
Nov 22, 2014 : Detroit, MI – Majestic Theatre
Nov 23, 2014 : Buffalo, NY – The Tralf (Music Hall)