The newest Stars album The Five Ghosts ended up a sweet #3 on my list of favorite 2010 albums, and the reasons for that range from Amy and Torq’s soaring vocals to the haunting recurrent themes of ghosts, death, and twisted love to the deeply layered synthy wall of sound orchestrations that Stars is well-known for. Yet while some bands might use intricate orchestration and overpowering synths to hide deficiencies in the songwriting, Stars songs hold up even without it, and they’ve just done a stripped-down set for NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series to prove it. Torq and Amy step up for two songs from The Five Ghosts plus their iconic “My Ex-Lover is Dead” from 2004 album Set Yourself on Fire with only Evan Cranley on acoustic guitar as back-up. And it’s just as mesmerizing and moving as their full shows. Enjoy.
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I was driving home one day last week, really tired after several days of late nights, and I needed a playlist of very calming, down-tempo, melancholy-type songs. And I liked what I came up with so much I decided to hammer it down into a mix. I’ve called it the Melancholia Mix because that most closely approximates the sound I was going for, but really, it’s not morose or depressing music – most of it honestly makes me smile. It’s the type of music that you’d listen to in the fall or winter when it’s raining softly outside and you have a fire in the fireplace and you’re curled up with a book or just staring into the flames with a cup of hot cocoa. It’s a very easy-going, very comforting mix. Which is pretty different for me, since I usually tend to pick upbeat songs for mixes. It’s cool, though, because I’ve gotten to choose a few songs from bands that normally do upbeat songs but this particular one happens to fit the theme – like Babyshambles and Mates of State.
Grab the whole mix in this zip file, or stream and download individual songs below (if you’re reading on Facebook, click through to my blog to stream the music). You can right-click > save on the artist/song title to download each song. Clicking on the album title will take you to Amazon.com [disclaimer: through my affiliate link] to buy the album (in MP3 format when available, on CD when not). If there’s no link on the album, it’s out of print or otherwise not available. If you like the music, please support the artists by buying their music and going to their concerts. If you are or represent one of these artists and would like the files removed, please contact me.
04 Broken Social Scene – Anthems for a Seventeen-Year-Old Girl
(from You Forgot It In People, 2002; yes, this was on my last mix, too – what’s your point?)
08 The Libertines – Breck Road Lover
(from Demo, c. 1999)
14 Citizen Helene – ‘Til Tomorrow
(from The Gilded Palace of Gin, 2007)
21 Rilo Kiley – 85
(from The Initial Friend EP, 1999)
*photo by fotologic
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