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Wooden Stars - "The Cigarette Girl"

The Wooden Stars are currently on something like a reunion tour. They will be playing in Montreal in March and I will be there, excited and nervous. Excited because the Wooden Stars are one of my favourite bands and I was afraid that they had broken up for good, and nervous because I so want them to be good, would be so disappointed if they didn?t live up to what I expect of them. After all, The Moon, though a good album, was less surprising and original in the songwriting and playing than their earlier work.

On ?The Cigarette Girl? we hear what makes the Wooden Stars such a great band. They move seamlessly from complex but straightforward musical interplay (jangly guitar, fat bass, banjo flourishes, weird bag of glass and springs drums) to restrained spiritual outbursts; notes held back until the last minute, appearing suddenly out of necessity, each a bright revelation. Their voices are strained, pushed to their voluminous and dynamic limits. The songs, though structurally unorthodox, remain entirely coherent and natural.

At 3:58, when the guitars come in slow and heavy behind the ?She?s a good cigarette? refrain, be jealous that, if you didn't, that you didn't grow up in their hometown like I did and that, if you won't be, that you won't be at their Montreal show like I will.


Jeff Hanson - "Just Like Me"

If Elliot Smith had been a man who sounded like a woman, he would have sounded like this man. Crisp acoustic guitar and impressive gender-bending vocals are what this song is about.

Posted by Jordan at February 3, 2005 3:09 AM

oooh, i adore the wooden stars. i remember seeing them play call the office in london.. every weekend, it felt like.

Posted by optimus at February 3, 2005 9:48 AM

the wooden stars mp3 is incomplete

Posted by zyr at February 3, 2005 12:39 PM

yeah, only 1min worth.

Posted by Anonymous at February 3, 2005 1:48 PM

Jeff Hanson is a beautiful singer. Thank you for the post. I'll definitely check out more from him.

Posted by Sean at February 3, 2005 10:17 PM

One of the best posts I've seen (heard, I suppose) on this website. Excellent tunes, both of them.

Posted by Sam at February 4, 2005 1:36 AM

is this the same wooden stars that backed julie doiron?

Posted by robbie at February 4, 2005 3:35 AM

"The Cigarette Girl" is now up in full.

This Wooden Stars is the same as the Julie Doiron Wooden Stars.

Posted by Anonymous at February 4, 2005 5:19 AM

I check your blog regularly, thanks for the effort you put into it. I don't know if you take requests, but if so, how about some Snailhouse? It's geographically impossible for me to get hold of their tunes at the moment, and I'd love to hear them again. Plus, It'd tie in nicely with the Stars entry...
Just a thought/plea, keep up the good work.

Posted by Alan at February 8, 2005 9:42 AM

This is fabulous. I'm in Montreal, and would love to go see them. When and where are they playing. I can't seem to fins an up-to-date web site, and they aren't listed on pollstar.

please do tell!

Posted by aurora at February 14, 2005 6:30 AM

pardon the typos. It is 6 am!

Posted by Aurora at February 14, 2005 6:32 AM

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