Friday, July 26, 2013


"Performing nationally and internationally for the last 17 years, SHADE’s songs have been featured on multiple international compilations and playlists, charting previously in the Top 15 of Specialty Radio for three weeks in a row along the likes of Calla, Bloc Party, and The Shins.  Additionally, songs off of their most recent  albums, “Arms Raised on Rooftops,” and “Latonka,” were played  in heavy rotation on XM Satellite Radio. SHADE has shared the stage with the likes of The Black Keys, Dinosaur Jr., Metric, Crystal Castles, Longwave, Calla, Dirty On Purpose, The Spinto Band, and many more."

Check out the band on Facebook and BandCamp. They are celebrating their 17 years together by releasing  "Trains in the Sky" today, which is a collection of rarities and unreleased tracks recorded over the years. I want to thank Craig Stuart (Keys) for taking the time to participate in this edition of First/Last.

The first album you ever bought?
The first albums (they were bought at the same time) I ever purchased were The Lightning Seeds “Sense” and The Lemonheads “It’s a Shame About Ray”.

Your last album bought?
My last purchase was Majure “Solar Maximum”.

Favorite album of all time?
This is one of those questions that always comes up and sometimes I fight myself but I always end up with the same answer. The Beach Boys “Pet Sounds”.

Least favorite/most disappointing album?
This was by far the hardest one for me! You always reflect on the good times not the bad, for many different kinds of situations, at least for me. I think I’m going to have to go with (for obviously personal reasons) Primal Scream “RiotCity Blues”.

First concert attended?
Syria Mosque, Pittsburgh, PA, USA on February 27, 1987 from the ‘ToHell With the Devil Tour’.

Last concert?
The Red Western & Grand Piano.

Favorite concert ever?

Primal Scream, 2000  XTRMNTRTour 5/26, Washington, DC at 9:30. Kevin Shields was touring with them it was an amazing show.

Least favorite concert?
Levinhurst (Lol Tolhurst original member of the Cure's project with his wife). It was one to remember.

Favorite thoughts, experiences about Pittsburgh?
There are too many thoughts/experiences to narrow it down. But what i can say is that there is nothing like playing a show with great friends and that’s one thing that Pittsburgh has always had, plenty of! Great musicians that end up being your closest friends, too many to name.

Thanks, Craig. Congrats on the band anniversary. Been wanting your band on the blog for awhile now.

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