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Stars — The North
Album: The North
Avg rating:
6.9

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Total ratings: 891









Released: 2012
Length: 4:48
Plays (last 30 days): 1
It's so cold in this country
Every road home is long
He had a map that he bought
For the price of his soul
He had a reason to go there
And a warm place to stay
And when it came time to leave
It was never the right day

Good luck bad luck survivor
Sleep is my friend and my rival
Good luck bad luck survivor

There was a girl who he married
And he left her behind
He couldn't picture her face now
It was like he was blind
Up at five in the morning
Every breath was a stone

Its so cold in this country
You can never get warm

Good luck bad luck survivor
Sleep is my friend and my rival
Good luck bad luck survivor
Good luck bad luck survivor
Sleep is my friend and my rival
Good luck bad luck survivor

It's a strange disappearance
It's a real mystery
Is he asleep in the snow
Does he feel free
There's a person he once was in a place far away

It's so cold in this country
October to May

Good luck bad luck survivor
Sleep is my friend and my rival
Good luck bad luck survivor
Good luck bad luck survivor
Sleep is my friend and my rival
Good luck bad luck survivor
Survivor

Good luck bad luck survivor
Good luck bad luck survivor
Good luck bad luck survivor
Comments (49)add comment
 fishingbill wrote:
Yes, that cover photo looks like the housing that was built for the Olympics in Montreal. Not sure that's it, but it looks like it.

Love the music. A beautiful blend of voices and piano.
 
it was built for expo 67
Lovely song
Them The North.
You're thinking Habitat '67. They were built for Expo of that year...
Yes, that cover photo looks like the housing that was built for the Olympics in Montreal. Not sure that's it, but it looks like it.

Love the music. A beautiful blend of voices and piano.
I really like this song  (the lyrics read like they're written by a 'life sucks" type)  love Montreal!!! great city for bicycling man, lots of uphill pedalling  : P
I enjoyed this discussion and followed it up with some googling for more info.  Thanks for commenting. 

ambrebalte wrote:
 

Hasan wrote:

Yeah . . . Moshe Safdie the architect.

Monstrous piece of ingenious design, dreadfully poorly thought through.  See Brutalist architecture.

The idea was very low cost prefabricated structures you could throw together in a kaleidoscope of different shapes with little more than a crane.

The reality was $50M price tag, insanely over budget, the blocks didn't fit together even when they were hand made and chiselled and bashed into place.  Does it still leak everywhere?

The one thing you can say about Habitat is that it wasn't as ludicrous as the Olympic Stadium — that only went $1,475,000,000 over budget.  But — like they say in England, "Good enough for guv'ment work, mate!"

Aren't Stars from TO?  Is this a Toronto band scoffing at Montreal, I wonder?



kcar wrote:

Wow, what a nightmare. The road to hell is designed by an architect, overseen by engineers and built by contractors. All with the best intentions and the most money, esp. if it's a government project. Love that bit about the hand-made blocks not working.

My vote for the most awful Brutalist building: Boston City Hall aka Government Center.  Also massively over budget and so over-built that demolition costs are prohibitively expensive. Mayor Menino is trying to sell the complex or screen it with trees and shrubs. 

  


@Hasan, I did some research on the building and on the architect and found out he has been «named the American Institute of Architects' 2015 Gold Medal recipient »

He found his paradise in China apparently, which is where I second the comment by @kcar on your post.

By the way Safdie envisions his work as anti-brutalist. Actually, it's probably more like anti as, given the definition of this trend in architecture, he actually exactly answers to all of it, particularly in Habitat @Expo 67.
It looks better now, with the trees, on photos. How is it for real? How did it age?

Like the music, another discovery thanks to RP!  

 

 

 



 


 lawman wrote:
Lush.


 
Gurt lush.
 

Hasan wrote:

Yeah . . . Moshe Safdie the architect.

Monstrous piece of ingenious design, dreadfully poorly thought through.  See Brutalist architecture.

The idea was very low cost prefabricated structures you could throw together in a kaleidoscope of different shapes with little more than a crane.

The reality was $50M price tag, insanely over budget, the blocks didn't fit together even when they were hand made and chiselled and bashed into place.  Does it still leak everywhere?

The one thing you can say about Habitat is that it wasn't as ludicrous as the Olympic Stadium -- that only went $1,475,000,000 over budget.  But -- like they say in England, "Good enough for guv'ment work, mate!"

Aren't Stars from TO?  Is this a Toronto band scoffing at Montreal, I wonder?





kcar wrote:

Wow, what a nightmare. The road to hell is designed by an architect, overseen by engineers and built by contractors. All with the best intentions and the most money, esp. if it's a government project. Love that bit about the hand-made blocks not working.

My vote for the most awful Brutalist building: Boston City Hall aka Government Center.  Also massively over budget and so over-built that demolition costs are prohibitively expensive. Mayor Menino is trying to sell the complex or screen it with trees and shrubs. 

  


@Hasan, I did some research on the building and on the architect and found out he has been «named the American Institute of Architects' 2015 Gold Medal recipient »

He found his paradise in China apparently, which is where I second the comment by @kcar on your post.

By the way Safdie envisions his work as anti-brutalist. Actually, it's probably more like anti as, given the definition of this trend in architecture, he actually exactly answers to all of it, particularly in Habitat @Expo 67.
It looks better now, with the trees, on photos. How is it for real? How did it age?

Like the music, another discovery thanks to RP!  

 

 

 


cant believe you havent played this in a year.  at least that's what the beta site says.

This isn't a cover of an 'Everything But The Girl' tune?


Question of personal taste of course, but while "Set Yourself on Fire" and "In our Bedroom After the War" are among my favourite albums, their more recent stuff has - like this nice inoffensive tune - become a bit dull.
 Beaker wrote:
No, I did not know they are from Canadia.  Good tune.

 

 richlister wrote:

They aren't. They're from Canada.

 
whooosh

Good tune.
 kalika wrote:

That would be Expo '67.  I was there.

 
So was I.  11 years old.  

I liked the Soviet Pavilion the best but thought the British birds were the hottest.  At 11 years old, a little guy can have opinions you know. 
catchy little number.....
Well, and they're writing about the Canadian experience, not trying to be American. I appreciate that perspective ... Well done, tho stark ... It's real ... 
 mutepoint wrote:
No, I did not know they are from Canadia.  Good tune.

 
They aren't. They're from Canada.
I rated this a 9 awhile ago... holds up
Very pretty song..
Outstanding !!!!!
 
Wish I was young enough to hang out the music festival in Montreal this weekend !
Based on this appealing song, I think this band has improved over the last few years!
 Hasan wrote:

Yeah . . . Moshe Safdie the architect.

Monstrous piece of ingenious design, dreadfully poorly thought through.  See Brutalist architecture.

The idea was very low cost prefabricated structures you could throw together in a kaleidoscope of different shapes with little more than a crane.

The reality was $50M price tag, insanely over budget, the blocks didn't fit together even when they were hand made and chiselled and bashed into place.  Does it still leak everywhere?

The one thing you can say about Habitat is that it wasn't as ludicrous as the Olympic Stadium -- that only went $1,475,000,000 over budget.  But -- like they say in England, "Good enough for guv'ment work, mate!"

Aren't Stars from TO?  Is this a Toronto band scoffing at Montreal, I wonder?



 
Wow, what a nightmare. The road to hell is designed by an architect, overseen by engineers and built by contractors. All with the best intentions and the most money, esp. if it's a government project. Love that bit about the hand-made blocks not working.

My vote for the most awful Brutalist building: Boston City Hall aka Government Center.  Also massively over budget and so over-built that demolition costs are prohibitively expensive. Mayor Menino is trying to sell the complex or screen it with trees and shrubs. 
 martinc wrote:
Cover is the Habitat building built for the World Fair in Montreal in 1967.

 
Yeah . . . Moshe Safdie the architect.

Monstrous piece of ingenious design, dreadfully poorly thought through.  See Brutalist architecture.

The idea was very low cost prefabricated structures you could throw together in a kaleidoscope of different shapes with little more than a crane.

The reality was $50M price tag, insanely over budget, the blocks didn't fit together even when they were hand made and chiselled and bashed into place.  Does it still leak everywhere?

The one thing you can say about Habitat is that it wasn't as ludicrous as the Olympic Stadium -- that only went $1,475,000,000 over budget.  But -- like they say in England, "Good enough for guv'ment work, mate!"

Aren't Stars from TO?  Is this a Toronto band scoffing at Montreal, I wonder?


 jktravl wrote:
You're from Canada, of course it's cold up there!
 
...you should try and get out a little more often.
First listen — liking it so far! Thanks! And yes, I think I remember seeing y'all at Expo '67!
{#Clap}
 martinc wrote:
Cover is the Habitat building built for the World Fair in Montreal in 1967.
 
That would be Expo '67.  I was there.
 Hasan wrote:

Confucious say, "Lush! Yes! Yes! Velly good lock gloop! Velly good lock gloop!"
 
Go on, confuse us.
 lawman wrote:
Lush.
 
Confucious say, "Lush! Yes! Yes! Velly good lock gloop! Velly good lock gloop!"


If I'm not mistaken, lead singer is Torkel (sp?) Campbell, who features on CBC Radio 1 show 'Q', a premier Arts & Culture program hosted by Jian Ghomeshi (formerly of Moxy Fruvous fame). The show airs at 10am daily on CBC but also got picked up by PRI. Torkel's segment usually airs on Thursdays; Rant or Rave; often insightful essay on whatever strikes him. Recommended listening when you're not listening to RP.
 rockpommel16 wrote:

...in germany there´re a couple of shops all over the country called *LUSH*..you can buy handmade soaps and such stuff there....
 
yup, we have them in Canada, too - you can smell the perfumed soaps from blocks away. Don't know how anyone works there without having terrible headaches...
Decent and nice production along with great vocals and harmony...just a bit safe and slightly dull to me. I do like the higher harmony part during the few lines of the verses.
These guys are phenomenal. Nice new touch to a place where you could amuse others have done it all. I love that these guys are slowly but surely gaining fame :) 
The pictures on HD make you want to go out in the snow.
Reminding me of Joni circa Chalk Mark in a Rain Storm,,,  and that's a very good thing.  Thanks Bill!
Never heard this....liking it!
Cover is the Habitat building built for the World Fair in Montreal in 1967.
Bill you r on a roll today!!!!
Play it mo
 lawman wrote:
Lush.
 
Well shite. Another Geordie.
Must check out the rest of this album and see if it's worth buying.
More Stars - yes, please.
You're from Canada, of course it's cold up there!
 rockpommel16 wrote:

...in germany there´re a couple of shops all over the country called *LUSH*..you can buy handmade soaps and such stuff there....

...ok,back to theme...not my music....gotta hear it some more...perhaps it´s growing,..but i don´t think so......
 



 mrmitchell wrote:

I thought lush was a person who liked to drink!

 

..also a 90s band, which might slot nicely after this Star track here..
Nice cover art. Picture of Habitat 67 in Montreal. 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Habitat_67
 mrmitchell wrote:


I thought lush was a person who liked to drink!
 
...in germany there´re a couple of shops all over the country called *LUSH*..you can buy handmade soaps and such stuff there....

...ok,back to theme...not my music....gotta hear it some more...perhaps it´s growing,..but i don´t think so......
Me likey!
Plush!!! Like a velvet upholstered back seat of a '57 Chevy Belair.
 lawman wrote:
Lush.
 

I thought lush was a person who liked to drink!
Lush.
<That's a compliment, non-English-people>