Stars announce new album The Five Ghosts

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As long as there are melancholy mix CDs to be made, Stars will always be in business. On June 22, they will release their fifth full-length album, The Five Ghosts, the first to be released on their new record label, Soft Revolution Records, which is licensed by Vagrant Records. The album will also feature a guest appearance from fellow canuck Andrew Whiteman of Apostle of Hustle/Broken Social Scene. Now, when can you see Stars in person, playing all of this new musical goodness? This summer, most likely, as the band is in the midst of a planning a US tour to perform The Five Ghosts in its entirety, along with fan-chosen favorites like “Take Me To The Riot,” “Ageless Beauty,” and “Your Ex-Lover Is Dead.” Keep your eyes on their website for more details to be announced soon.

The Five Ghosts tracklisting:

01. Dead Hearts
02. Wasted Daylight
03. I Died So I Could Haunt You
04. Fixed
05. We Don’t Want Your Body
06. He Dreams He’s Awake
07. Never Been Good With Change
08. The Passenger
09. The Last Song Ever Written
10. How Much More
11. Winter Bones

• Stars: http://www.youarestars.com
• Soft Revolution: http://www.myspace.com/softrevolutionrecords

Sunny Day Real Estate to record new album in May; get ready to dry your adolescent emo tears and start crying adult “sophisticated melodic rock” tears!

The housing market must be officially back on track, because Sunny Day Real Estate are back in business! (Okay, okay, lazy joke; let’s just move on…) 2009 already saw the emo-rock pioneers reuniting for a tour and reissue campaign, but as Ear Candy recently reported, KEXP radio DJ Marco Collins recently upped the ante for 2010 with a late-night tweet of his twitter:

Great news today. Just got an email from Nate [Mendel] from Sunny Day Real Estate/Foo Fighters… SDRE is recording A NEW RECORD IN MAY!!

So, unless Collins was referring to May of some other year entirely, the world may very well see what would amount to only the fifth studio album by the seminal Seattle foursome in nearly 20 years by the close of 2010. Not to mention their first record with all four original members in 12 of those years! Hey, and remember how BAD those last few records were??? Wow, ME NEITHER!!! Ah, the magic of nostalgia. You’re on deck, Promise Ring.

• Sunny Day Real Estate: http://sunnydayrealestate.fm

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Smashing Pumpkins auditions for new bassist and keyboardist; prog-rock background and resume required

Are you a strapping young lad who plays bass and/or keyboard? Do you have nice cheekbones and toned biceps? Do you want to play music with the man who penned the groundbreaking album The Future Embrace? Well, you’re in luck all 92 of you who answered ‘yes’ to that last question. Billy Corgan — the Smashing Pumpkin who has become somewhat of a media punching bag for the past, I don’t know, 10 years or so — is holding auditions to find a couple presumably young, strapping, nice cheek-boned, toned bicep’d men to “man” the drums and keyboards for his revolving-door incarnation of The Smashing Pumpkins.

Corgan “hired” Mike Byrne last year, after holding auditions for a drummer to replace Jiminy Cricket Chamberlin. But what about his current band? Apparently, current bassist Ginger Pooley has to attend to her newborn, while Mark Tulin (Electric Prunes) has agreed (contractually??) to stay on board until a new bandmate can be “hired.” Tulin: you need a newborn to get out of this one.

Anyway, if you’re interested, email your resume and prog-rock background (seriously) to pumpkinsbass@gmail.com or pumpkinskeys@gmail.com. All submissions are due March 31.

Oh, and in case you weren’t keeping track, The Smashing Pumpkins have only released three tracks of the proposed 44-track album, Teargarden by Kaleidyscope. Though, I’m honestly more excited to see how many musicians Corgan will have to go through to actually finish the album.

• The Smashing Pumpkins: http://www.smashingpumpkins.com
• The Future Embrace (Wikipedia): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Future_Embrace

City Center (feat. members of Saturday Looks Good to Me) to tour US (feat. members of North America)

City Center is the duo of Fred Thomas and Ryan Howard, members of the currently-shelved K Records band Saturday Looks Good To Me. Condensing Thomas’ intricate songwriting with processed samples and heady vocal effects, City Center focuses on the realms of bedroom lo-fi and ethereal pop. In an interview with The Deli, Thomas and Howard said City Center congealed in 2007, having “rose out of the time-honored scenario of living in New York and not being able to pay rent on a practice space, [thus] switching from traditional rock instrumentation to headphone-based/created music.” After several limited-run releases, including a gorgeous 7-inch split with Grouper, City Center released a self-titled full-length LP (TMT Review) on Type records last year. Thomas and Howard will play a few Midwest shows before kicking off their most extensive tour to date.

03.11.10 - Chicago, IL - Subterranean
03.13.10 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom
03.19.10 - Swarthmore, PA - Swarthmore College *
03.26.10 - Portland, OR - Reed College
03.29.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Death By Audio
03.30.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Danger Danger Gallery
03.31.10 - Washington DC - DC9
04.01.10 – Fredericksburg, VA - Chidester House
04.02.10 - Columbus, OH - Bourbon St
04.03.10 - Chicago, IL - Hideout
04.04.10 - Grand Rapids, MI - DAAC
04.06.10 - Minneapolis, MN - First-Avenue
04.08.10 - Missoula, MT - Zootown Arts Community Center
04.09.10 - Seattle, WA - Comet Tavern
04.10.10 - Portland, OR - East End
04.11.10 - Olympia, WA - Northern
04.12.10 - Salem, OR - The Space
04.13.10 - Eureka, CA - Nocturnum
04.14.10 - San Jose, CA - Blank Club
04.16.10 - San Francisco, CA - Hemlock Tavern
04.17.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Spaceland
04.18.10 - San Diego, CA - Bar Pink
04.19.10 - Isla Vista, CA - Biko Garage
04.20.10 - Phoenix, AZ - Trunk Space
04.21.10 - Santa Fe, NM - High Mayhem
04.22.10 - Lubbock, TX - Bash Riprocks
04.23.10 - Austin, TX - Mohawk
04.24.10 - Denton, TX - Rubbergloves
04.27.10 - Lawrence, KS - Replay Lounge
04.28.10 - St. Louis, MO - Firebird
04.29.10 - Bloomington, IN - The Bishop
04.30.10 - Detroit, MI - Majestic Cafe

* Tim Hecker

• City Center: http://citycenternyc.blogspot.com
• Type Records: http://typerecords.com

The Besnard Lakes are the insanely long spring tour

This week, your favorite indie rock torchbearers of bombastic psych-prog song suites and wanton abusers of metaphor, The Besnard Lakes, are stopping in for one of those solid haircuts that “will last awhile,” washing one last giant load of laundry, hugging their significant others, and waving goodbye to civilized society before embarking on a giant tour of North America and Europe that is about as EPIC as the damn band is. Yes, yes, they’ll be back. Just not until, like, June.

The tour coincides with the release of their second full-length record of skyscraping ELO-isms and drums v. guns analogies, The Besnard Lakes Are the Roaring Night, which was released yesterday via Jagjaguwar (TMT Review). Hopefully everyone in the band really digs these songs a lot, cuz they’ll be playing ‘em for a long, long time.

03.11.10 - Toronto, ON - The Horseshoe
03.12.10 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore
03.17.10 - Austin, TX - Mohawk (SXSW)
03.18.10 - Austin, TX - Stubb’s (SXSW)
03.25.10 - Liverpool, UK - Academy
03.26.10 - Bristol, UK - Arnoifini
03.27.10 - Leeds, UK - Cockpit
03.28.10 - Glasgow, UK - Captain’s Rest
03.29.10 - Manchester, UK - Dulcimer
03.30.10 - Birmingham, UK - Hare and Hounds
03.31.10 - London, UK - Cargo
04.01.10 - Groningen, Netherlands - Vera
04.02.10 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
04.03.10 - Antwerp, Belgium - Trix
04.06.10 - Oslo, Norway - Cafe Mono
04.07.10 - Stockholm, Sweden - Debaser
04.08.10 - Malmo, Sweden - Debaser
04.11.10 - Berlin, Germany - Magnet
04.12.10 - Munich, Germany - 59 to 1
04.13.10 - Basel, Switzerland - Sudhaus
04.14.10 - Neuchatel, Switzerland - Case a Chocs
04.15.10 - Nice, Paris - Theatre Lino Ventura
04.16.10 - Marseille, France - Poste a Galene
04.17.10 - Bordeaux, France - Espace Tatry
04.19.10 - Paris, France - Bus Palladium
04.27.10 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th St. Entry
04.28.10 - Winnipeg, MB - The Royal Albert Arms
04.29.10 - Regina, SK - The Exchange
04.30.10 - Saskatoon, SK - Amigos
05.01.10 - Edmonton, AB - Pawn Shop
05.02.10 - Calgary, AB - Broken City
05.04.10 - Victoria, BC - The Lucky Bar
05.05.10 - Vancouver, BC - The Media Club
05.07.10 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
05.08.10 - Eugene, OR - W.O.W. Hall
05.10.10 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
05.12.10 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
05.13.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour
05.14.10 - Tempe, AZ - Sail Inn
05.15.10 - Tucson, AZ - Plush
05.20.10 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater
05.24.10 - Chicago, IL - TBA
05.26.10 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom
05.27.10 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
05.28.10 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
05.29.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s

• The Besnard Lakes: http://www.thebesnardlakes.com
• Jagjaguwar: http://jagjaguwar.com

[Illustration: Todd Stewart]

Thee Silver Mt. Zion tour Thee Continent of Europe, East Coast

What better place for “post-rock” than the castles and causeways of Europe? Thee Silver Mt. Zion know their nitch, and hit it hard. But FINALLY they will tour the states. Well… the East Coast at least. The whole shebang is in support of their latest album, Kollaps Tradixionales, which was released last month on the veritable Constellation Records label.

Scope these dates, it’s a huge tour:

03.16.10 - Bristol, GB - The Fleece
03.16.10 - Bristol, England - The Fleece
03.17.10 - Birmingham, England- Asylum
03.18.10 - Dublin, Ireland - The Button Factory
03.19.10 - Glasgow, England - The Art School
03.21.10 - Manchester, England - Academy 3
03.22.10 - Leeds, England - TJ’s Woodhouse Club
03.23.10 - London, England - Electric Ballroom
03.24.10 - Nottingham, England - The Rescue Rooms
03.25.10 - Sheffield, England - Corporation
03.26.10 - Oxford, England - The Regal
03.27.10 - Brighton, England - St. George’s Church
03.30.10 - Rennes, France - Ubu
03.31.10 - Paris, France - Alhambra
04.01.10 - Reims, France - Cartonnerie
04.02.10 - Brussels, Germany - Botanique
04.03.10 - Zottegem, Belgium - Dunkfestival
04.04.10 - Munich, Denmark - Feierwerk
04.06.10 - Padova, Italy - Unwound
04.07.10 - Roma, Italy - Circolo Degli Artisti
04.08.10 - Bologna, Italy - Locomotive
04.09.10 - Torino, Italy - Spazio 211
04.10.10 - Arezzo, Italy - Karemaski
04.11.10 - Varese, Italy - Twiggy
04.13.10 - Toulouse, France - Le Bikini
04.14.10 - Marseille, France -Espace Julien
04.15.10 - Nicem, France - Theatre Lino Ventura
04.16.10 - Montpelier, France - La Taf
04.17.10 - Lausanne, Czech Republic - Impetus Festival
04.18.10 - Luzern, Czech Republic - Treibhaus
04.20.10 - Zürich, Czech Republic - Rote Fabrik
04.21.10 - Lyon, France - Grnd Zero
04.22.10 - Paris, France - Alhambra
04.23.10 - Lille, France - Le Splendid
04.24.10 - Groningen, Holland - Vera
04.25.10 - Amsterdam, Holland - Paradiso
05.13.10 - Cambridge, MA - The Middle East Downstairs
05.15.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall Of Williamsburg
05.16.10 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
05.17.10 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church
05.18.10 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar
05.19.10 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
05.20.10 - Carrboro NC, - Cat’s Cradle
05.21.10 - Asheville, NC - Grey Eagle Tavern
05.22.10 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
05.24.10 - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge
05.25.10 - Newport, KY - Southgate House
05.26.10 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
05.27.10 - Chicago, IL - Schuba’s
05.28.10 - Pontiac, MI - Crofoot Ballroom
05.29.10 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace
05.31.10 - Ottawa, ON - Mayfair Theatre

• Thee Silver Mt. Zion: http://www.myspace.com/asilvermtzion
• Constellation: http://cstrecords.com

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