Track of the Day: 'Elevator Love Letter'

Past TracksThe next time you find yourself wondering what might account for all the awesomeness that either comes from or ends up in Montreal, remember to include Stars in your mystery file. Critics have imagined the band -- an integral subset of the essential Broken Social Scene -- as a cross between '80s British greats New Order and The Smiths. Stars themselves have also cited Brian Wilson, Momus, and Outkast. When the band released the single "Elevator Love Letter" in 2003, NME described it as "a tale of office block ennui so tremendously lush and romantic it'll make you hug a lift."


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J.J. Gould is the editor of TheAtlantic.com. More

He has written for The Washington MonthlyThe American ProspectThe Moscow Times, The Chronicle Herald, and The European Journal of Political Theory. Gould was previously an editor at the Journal of Democracy, co-published by the Johns Hopkins University Press and the National Endowment for Democracy, and a lecturer in history and politics at Yale University. He has also worked with McKinsey & Company's New York-based Knowledge Group on global public- and social-sector development and on the economics of carbon-emissions reduction. Gould has a B.A. in history from McGill University in Montreal, an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics, and a Ph.D. in politics from Yale. He is from Nova Scotia.

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