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Interview:
Amy Millan Likes Being Hot Property
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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Rolling Stone magazine put Amy Millan on its “10 Artists to Watch 2006” list. But the Canadian singer-songwriter, who just released her fi rst solo album, “Honey from the Tombs,” credits her bands Stars and Broken Social Scene for the notoriety.

“It shows me how well Stars did, mostly,” says Millan, 32. “Really, that’s why I’m getting all this attention, because of the hard work the band Stars has done for the past six years and the records we put out. If Stars put out our next record at the time mine came out, the press would have been just as jubilant to jump on it.

“But it’s nice to see all our hard work pay off in any way it can.”

Millan actually wrote the songs for “Honey from the Tombs” before she joined Stars and became a part-time member of Broken Social Scene.

“I wrote most of them alone, sitting on a bed,” she says of the sparely constructed, folk- and country-fl avored tracks, most of which deal with longing and loss.

But the time she spent as a member, Millan says, was directly responsible for making her own album a reality.

“This is the record I needed to make, but I probably couldn’t have gotten to it earlier,” explains Millan, who, in addition to touring on her own, will hit the road with Broken Social Scene for a couple of weeks this fall before hunkering down on the next Stars album.

“I got pretty busy being on the road. And confi dence-wise, making records with a full band gave me the confi dence to finally go do it on my own. I wouldn’t trade that time in (the bands) for anything.”

Amy Millan and Casey Dienel perform Sunday at the Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale. Doors open at 8 p.m. Admission is $13. Call (248) 544-3030 or visit

Web Site: www.themagicbag.com

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