Posted in music | pictures on October 9, 2012

photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis

AC Newman @ The Rock Shop, 10/8/2012
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AC Newman's third solo album, Shut Down the Streets, is out this week and the New Pornographer celebrated it's release with a very intimate show at The Rock Shop last night (10/8). To gain entrance you either had to have bought the album over the weekend or won tickets through this very site. The show was Carl's first with this new six-piece line-up, featuring violinist Ruthy Ungar and pinch hitter Chris Miller on keyboards, flute, and oboe, and functioned somewhere between a warm-up and preview for his upcoming tour that hits Bowery Ballroom and Maxwell's in a couple weeks.

The six-song set (we had no idea the show was going to be that short) featured lead single "Not Talking," as well as the new album's choicest cuts, "Money in New Wave," "Hostages" and standout "Enclopedia of Amazing Takedowns" with The Slow Wonder's "Miracle Drug" closing the set because, "you have to play an old one, right?" ("Troubador" was the other song of the evening.) Newman's voice was in fine form and the crowd (which included Carl's Matador labelmate Ted Leo) begged for one more, but that was it for the early night. AC Newman, such a tease.

More photos from last night's show, along with a stream of the album, below...

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Comments (13)

In all honesty I much prefer his work in his previous band Wire to his solo stuff.

Posted by Anonymous | October 9, 2012 2:13 PM

6 songs? Don't throw your back out Carl.

Posted by Anonymous | October 9, 2012 2:15 PM

He pulled a Jack White!

Posted by Anonymous | October 9, 2012 2:28 PM

Short shows are the new long shows.

Posted by Anonymous | October 9, 2012 3:15 PM

you're thinking of colin newman, 2:13.

Posted by Anonymous | October 9, 2012 3:23 PM

I'd have been kinda pissed if I'd gone through all the trouble to buy the album and trek to South Brooklyn only to hear 6 songs.

Posted by Anonymous | October 9, 2012 4:23 PM

He needed to get back to tending his bees upstate.

Posted by Anonymous | October 9, 2012 4:25 PM

whoa. Cary Elwes on drums and Kirk Hammett on keys????

Posted by Anonymous | October 9, 2012 4:25 PM

Colin Newman is pasty but AC Newman is an even pastier red fuck. His keyboard player is in love with him. I'd lick the entire ass crack of his violinist/guitarist front bottom to top n repeat.

Posted by Anonymous | October 9, 2012 6:22 PM

Come back to The Bell House, Carl!

Posted by Young Atlantis | October 10, 2012 11:47 AM

^ Once again, I'll have to defer to your expertize on this subject, Buckeye. You'd be the first person I'd go to for advice regarding "hard-on(ing)" yourself.

Posted by Makeup | November 23, 2012 3:21 PM

I would have liked to see them live but six songs is too short. They should have played all the new album atleast. I can see more of them on the internet than that.

Posted by dsl | June 3, 2013 8:08 AM

I love the flute.

Posted by mike | July 12, 2013 1:15 PM

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