Q: Last but not least, any musical guilty pleasures?
A: There is no such thing. Guilt and music don’t go together. Feel guilty about treating the ones you love like shit. Feel guilty about driving your car to the corner store. Feel guilty about living in the west. But music never hurt anyone, never lied to anyone, never did anything except make people feel something, good or bad. So why would I be guilty about what I listen to? Better vulgar art than no art at all. And for real, if a Celine Dion record was the last album on earth, I’d fight to save it. If on the other hand it was a Black Eyed Peas album…
Stars backstage First Avenue - 10/27/10. Torq Campbell of Stars dedicated “The Comeback” to The Replacements. On a music fandom geek level, backstage with Stars was up there with meeting Paul Westerberg for me, too. Although we had a much more in depth and personal experience talking with Torq, Amy and Stars. Torq talked about how much Minneapolis means to him because his parents met working at the Guthrie Theater. We talked about how when you invest in art in a community, the payback is much greater than most people realize. I can’t site the specific studies but it wasn’t just the Jameson talking.
Stars played many of our favorite songs including “Reunion”, which Campbell talked about how personal it was to him. Stars have been changing their set list up quite a bit to keep it interesting. The set we heard was pretty spot on to my wish list. I’ve seen the band live three times and this was my favorite, the best concert of the year.
Evan Cranley: “Your (business) card has an owl with a beer, wait, and a robot with a mustache…You guys have cool jobs.”
Set list, I think:He Dreams He’s AwakeElevator Love LetterThe PassengerWasted DaylightTime Can Never Kill The True HeartHow Much MoreUndertowBitches In TokyoComebackAgeless BeautyThe WoodsDead HeartsTake Me To The RiotWe Don’t Want Your BodyFixedSet Yourself On FireYour Ex-Lover Is DeadOne More NightCelebration GunsI Died So I Could Haunt YouReunionMidnight CowardSoft RevolutionChanges
A Song a Day…
“Meet Me in the Basement” by Broken Social Scene from Forgiveness Rock Record
Instrumentals are so useful when you still want to listen to music whilst reading. But this one packs a wallop for an instrumental. Quite a majestic sounding basement we’re visiting here. I’ve been privy to a few of those in my time. Can you hear the Thin Lizzy sounding guitar riff? In a day of many great new tunes (LCD Soundsystem), this one jumped out first. I hadn’t decided if I was going to feature more than one song from an album on A Song a Day…but I think Forgiveness Rock Record answers that question.