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Torquil Campbell

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Stars' Torquil Campbell, Blake Babies, Bill Kopp on 415 Records.

The Record Store Day Podcast with Paul Myers

Stars' Torquil Campbell looks into the rear view mirror at the events leading up to Stars' lovely and melancholic new album, From Capleton Hill. All three Blake Babies - Juliana Hatfield, Freda Love Smith, and John Strohm celebrate a new reissue of their 1990 indie classic, Sunburn. Bill Kopp talks about his new book Disturbing The Peace, which provides the 411 on legendary SF indie label, 415 Records. Record Store Day co-founder Carrie Colliton praises a new RSD reissue of Linda Martell's Color Me Country. Sponsored as always by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Tito's Handmade Vodka, and Crosley. Go to RecordStoreDay.com for the latest RSD news. Please subscribe to our podcast wherever you get your podcasts. Follow Paul Myers on Twitter @pulmyears

1hr 30mins

12 Jul 2022

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Torquil Campbell and the Art of Joyful Quote Tweeting


This week on a very special episode of Friendless, your host James Avramenko is joined by Stars co-front singer and co-host of the Soft Revolution podcast, the one and only Torquil Campbell. They discuss hashtags as marketing tools, generic individualism, quote tweeting positivity, and of course throughout the whole interview you get to listen to James desperately try to sound cool and collected in front of one of my artistic idols. Check out the latest Stars album From Capelton Hill on Bandcamp or on their WebsiteBe sure to sign up for the Friendless Newsletter so you never miss an update!And you can follow Friendless on Instagram and Twitter Buzzsprout - Let's get your podcast launched! Start for FREEDisclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the show


5 Jul 2022

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45. Torquil Campbell - We Don’t Need the Machine

Meet Our Makers

In this episode, we get to mee Torquil Campbell (aka Torq), one of the cofounders and co-bandleaders of Canadian indie rock veterans Stars. I'm excited this talk finally happened, as it's been in the works for almost as long as the pod has been around. But now that Stars have a brand new album out, the stars (!) finally aligned. In this digressive, blunt, hilarious, and endearing conversation, Torq and I talk the new record From Capelton Hill, the band's long history and where they are now, and the power of love. And a lot more, I promise. I think you'll like it. Thank you for listening..

1hr 5mins

1 Jun 2022

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Torquil Campbell from Stars: Toronto Mike'd #1057

Toronto Mike'd

In this 1057th episode of Toronto Mike'd, Mike chats with Torquil Campbell from Stars about the band, Ageless Beauty, Your Ex-Lover is Dead, the new album, getting screwed by streaming companies, Gord Downie, Bookie, and more. Toronto Mike'd is proudly brought to you by Great Lakes Brewery, Palma Pasta, Canna Cabana, StickerYou, Ridley Funeral Home and Duer Pants and Shorts.

1hr 36mins

30 May 2022

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In Conversation: Torquil Campbell of Stars

In Conversation

Stars frontman Torquil Campbell discusses how his songwriting relationship with fellow member Amy Milan has evolved over the past 20 years, the way our hometown affects all our artistic pursuits, whether he would become a songwriter for hire and much more. 

1hr 1min

20 May 2022

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Episode 28 - Torquil Campbell from Stars picks The Auteurs New Wave and Black Box Recorder's England Made Me

The Sound Affect

It's a double shot of bitter, sardonic, and nihilistic Brit pop! Torquil Campbell the enigmatic lead singer of Montreal-based Stars joins us to talk about not one, but two albums (one songwriter) that shaped him as an artist. Tune in and listen to Torq's poetic diatribes on the role that The Auteurs and Black Box Recorder played in the shaping of the Stars sound and on him as an individual. There is some language in this one, so keep the kiddies at bay. On second thought, who gives a shit! Let them listen!  And remember, to follow our Spotify playlist to follow along with the songs we discuss. 

1hr 37mins

11 May 2022

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Stereo Embers The Podcast: Torquil Campbell (Stars, Memphis)

Stereo Embers: The Podcast

“The Night Economy”Over the course of their brilliant career, which got started around 1999, Stars have put out nine winning and magical albums including Set Yourself on Fire and the Polaris-Prize nominated efforts In Our Bedroom After The War and The Five Ghosts. Their last full-length effort was 2017’s There Is No Love In Fluorescent Light, and I know that was four years ago, but don’t worry—new music is coming. Stars play a ravishing blend of jangly chamber pop, breezy new wave and melancholic indie rock. They fall somewhere between Prefab Sprout and Broken Social Scene and their songs are thoughtful, quirky, moving, inspiring and wrenching in all the right ways. They can evoke the bittersweet memories of the past and they can conjure the hope and optimism of the future. They’ve played Coachella and the WAYHOME festival in Toronto and their music has appeared in "Gossip Girl," "One Tree Hill," "The Vampire Diaries,” “Skins" and "Warehouse 13." The British-born Torquil Campbell is a musician, an actor on stage and film, a playwright and the host of a weekly podcast called The Soft Bulletin. Aside from his work in Stars, Campbell also put out albums with Memphis and he has a a solo project under the name Dead Child Star. In this conversation, which happens to take place on Campbell’s birthday, a lot of ground is covered: the resuscitation of the night economy, staying afloat financially as an artist during COVID, a mutual love of The Chills and why buying an album is still one of the best deals around.

1hr 9mins

21 Apr 2021

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Torquil Campbell and Pat McGee of Stars on telling the band's 20-year story in a new stage show

Q: Video Podcast

Torquil Campbell and Pat McGee of Stars join q's Tom Power to discuss their new stage show, Stars: Together, which celebrates the band's 20-year anniversary.


3 Dec 2019

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Torquil Campbell on 15-years of Stars' Set Yourself on Fire

Tom Dunne Highlights

Canadian band Stars visit Dublin's Workman's Club on September 27 as they mark 15-years since their breakthrough album Set Yourself On Fire.Frontman Torquil Campbell took time out to speak with Richie McCormack.


4 Jul 2019

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Episode 255: Torquil Campbell (of Stars)


“Without nostalgia,” Torquil Campbell explains, “I don’t know how you make pop music.” It’s an inescapable dimension of Stars music, if only because the band essentially grew up together in Toronto.  Plenty has changed, of course, in the nearly 20 years since the group formed. Two members married one another, and Campell became the sole member to move away, relocating part-time to Vancouver and a spot near Niagra Falls for his wife’s theater acting career. But the indie-pop group’s career has remained strong. Stars’ ninth studio album, There Is No Love in Fluorescent Light is among their strongest, and we meet up backstage at Rough Trade in Brooklyn, fans are already lined up, waiting to get into one of multiple sold out shows. Back in the city where the spent so many of its formative years, the singer seems especially reflective. “Pop music without nostalgia,” he adds in almost a whisper, “Is like coffee without cream." Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.


5 Feb 2018