Entries tagged with: New Pornographers
photo: Bob Mould at Bowery Ballroom in 2014 (more by PSquared)
Over the weekend, a bunch of indie bands' Facebook pages got hacked, which is why you may have seen New Pornographers, Death Cab For Cutie, Best Coast and others post "8 Reasons Why You Might Consider Leaving Your Pubic Hair Alone." Bob Mould's Facebook was also among those hacked and he vented frustration the only way he knows how -- in song. Watch him perform it below.
by Andrew Sacher
...then there's people like Emitt Rhodes, who's a cult hero for no good reason whatsoever. Far from obscure, his music is loaded with melodic charisma, that essential ingredient that makes you want to hear some records over and over again. Often called a musical dead ringer for Sir Paul McCartney, Rhodes is really the Macca we all wish Macca would be: an incredible pop tunesmith without all the gooey sentimentality and overflowing cuteness. The crown jewel of Rhodes' small body of work is his self-titled debut album. Released to critical acclaim and modest commercial success in 1970, Emitt Rhodes has since taken on mythical status among power-pop and '70's rock aficionados. The album is a tour-de-force: just like McCartney on his first solo album, Rhodes played all the instruments and sang all the vocals himself. But even more impressive are the songs. Only 20 years old at the time, Rhodes had already absorbed the best of '60s rock and matched it. Lennon/McCartney certainly weren't writing songs the caliber of "Somebody Made for Me" or "With My Face on the Floor" at that age. This precocious, good-looking kid should have been unstoppable. [Steven Hyden for 'Perfect Sound Forever,' 2001]Cult musician Emitt Rhodes was a drummer in '60s pop group The Palace Guard and then a member of psych-pop band The Merry-Go-Round (whose single "Live" was covered by The Bangles on their first album) before releasing four solo albums in the early '70s. His most classic, as the above quote points out, was his McCartney-esque self-titled debut. Now, 43 years after the release of his last album (1973's Farewell to Paradise), Emitt is returning with album #5, Rainbow Ends. It's due February 26 via Omnivore Recordings.
The album has a handful of impressive guests too, including The Bangles' Susanna Hoffs, Aimee Mann, Nels Cline and his Wilco bandmate Pat Sansone, Jon Brion, members of Brian WIlson's band, and more. And the backing band includes New Pornographers drummer Joe Seiders. Chris Price produced it, and he says:
I view this as a continuation album, meaning it isn't meant to be recreating the sound from his first record, but instead what he might have sounded like after his third album, Farewell to Paradise, if he kept making music in the mid-to-late '70s.Emitt adds:
I had a spurt there, you know. I just wrote a whole bunch of songs. I'm just gonna write what my heart tells me, because that's the only thing that really matters, isn't it? Sometimes you don't know, and then the light goes on and you do know.We've got the premiere of the album's first single, "Isn't It So," which has Emitt in fine form. Like Chris Price said, it does sound right out of the mid-to-late '70s, but it doesn't sound dated, partially because that sound had a bit of a moment this year (thanks to Father John Misty, Matthew E White, Natalie Prass, etc). Listen below. Various pre-order options are at PledgeMusic.
Emitt is set to play SXSW, and more dates are TBA.
If you watched this week's episode of Comedy Central's Drunk History, there was a segment on Thomas Edison (played by Chris Parnell) that also featured Spinal Tap's Michael McKean and, in a blink-or-you'll-miss-it cameo, AC Newman of New Pornographers. Carl plays a projectionist and he shared a little bit about the experience via Twitter:
Finally summoned the guts to watch my brief #DrunkHistory appearance... Good Lord, I'm a genius!— Carl Newman (@ACNewman) November 12, 2015
I've been waiting years to use the phrase "Good Lord, I'm a genius!" It's from an issue of Dan Clowes' 'Eightball'. I forgot the context.— Carl Newman (@ACNewman) November 12, 2015
You can watch Carl's Drunk History performance below.
In other news, AC Newman will participate in a live taping of podcast "Song Exploder" where "musicians take apart their songs, and piece by piece, tell the story of how they were made." That happens at The Greene Space on Saturday (11/14) and is unfortunately sold out, but you'll be able to listen to the podcast soon.
by Bill Pearis
Kathryn Calder of New Pornographers released her third solo album back in April. While the self-titled record has a few pop moments like her other gig, it also has some very lovely, dreamlike and pastoral songs as well. It's worth checking out and you can stream it via Rdio and watch the video for "When You See My Blood," below.
Kathryn is currently out with her uncle Carl Newman and the rest of New Pornographers on tour, and will be in NYC to play a free Celebrate Brooklyn! show in Prospect Park on July 11 with Thao & The Get Down Stay Down. They'll both also play Woodstock's Bearsville Theatre on July 9 (tickets are on sale). Later this year, Kathryn will be playing some live shows of her own. While a full tour hasn't been anounced, she will play NYC's Mercury Lounge on September 11. Tickets go on sale Friday (6/5) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (6/3) at noon.
Album stream and video, below...
One of the premier music festivals in the world, the 2015 edition of Primavera Sound is just underway in Barcelona, Spain. If you can't make it, they're streaming many of the fest's performances live via two video channels on their website and below. Today's sets (5/28) you can watch include James Blake, OMD, Spiritualized, The Thurston Moore Band, Mikal Cronin, Baxter Dury and more. The fest's streaming schedule is listed below.
Meanwhile, WFMU will be broadcasting performances live on Friday (5/29) and Saturday (5/30) from 3PM to midnight. WFMU's broadcast schedule, below...
photos by Debi Del Grande
Sleater-Kinney / Action Bronson / New Pornos / Angel Olsen @ Sasquatch 5/22/2015
Rain fell in distant hills on either side of the venue as rapper Action Bronson kicked off the late evening sets at the Bigfoot Stage, puppeteering the crowd with bristling confidence and a rap game to back it up. He called for middle fingers in the air - thousands complied.The 2015 Sasquatch Festival happened over Memorial Day Weekend (May 22 - 25) at The Gorge in Quincy, WA. The first day (5/22) featured sets from Sleater-Kinney, Little Dragon, Action Bronson, Angel Olsen, The New Pornographers, Thunderpussy (featuring members of Deerhunter, La Luz and more) and more. Pictures from Day 1 are in this post.
The wind picked up at the Yeti Stage as Angel Olsen and her band did their sound check. Two guitars onstage toppled over with a sudden gust, their respective musicians rushing to pick them up, each laughing nervously as backstage tarps began to flap chaotically. - [The Oregonean]
Stay tuned for pics from the rest of Saquatch 2015. Meanwhile, more of day 1 below...
by Bill Pearis
photo:::Hello, Blue Roses @ Glasslands, 2008 (more by Leia Jospe)
Back in 2008 Hello, Blue Roses, the musical and romantic pairing of Dan Bejar and artist Sydney Vermont, released The Portrait Is Finished and I Have Failed to Capture Your Beauty, an album steeped in '70s folk. (Some of you in NYC may have gone to see them at Glasslands as well.) Seven years later, HBR are back with Album #2, titled WZO. The record was produced by Dan's Swan Lake bandmate and Frog Eyes frontman Carey Mercer, who plays on the album as well. It's out now and you can stream the whole thing below.
Now if we can just get a new Destroyer album. Dan's other other band, The New Pornographers, are currently on tour with Operators.
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Operators at T5 earlier this month (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Operators, the current band of Dan Boeckner (Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs, Divine Fits), put out EP 1 last year and are planning to release their debut full length this year. Ahead of that though, they've dropped a new single, "Ecstasy In My House." It's brighter and bigger sounding than anything on the EP, and unmistakably the work of Boeckner. Check it out below.
As discussed, they've got a tour with The New Pornographers coming up, but unfortunately no NYC show scheduled at the moment. They were last here opening for Future Islands at Terminal 5 earlier this month.
Tour dates and the new song below...
words by Andrew Sacher, photos via BV Austin Instagram
Fun Fun Fun Fest continued in Austin's Auditorium Shores on Saturday (11/8) with another amazing and eclectic lineup (and hopefully better lines). I started my day at the Black Stage for Fat White Family. The crazed psych band was a little calmer than they tend to be in a small venue, but even for a festival set so early on in the day, the Fat Whites brought it.
The energy on the Black Stage quickly rose significantly as Glassjaw followed, quenching the same early 2000s post-hardcore thirst that The Blood Brothers did a day earlier (not to mention they had a shared love for tight tees and theatrical stage moves). They leaned heavy on the early material and really put on a classic Glassjaw set, looking and sounding like no time had passed since 2002. The crowd followed suit, with a pit open and endless stage divers the whole time.
I hung around the Black Stage for a bit of METZ's wild-as-always set, and then headed to the Orange Stage where Courtney Barnett was playing. I hadn't seen Courtney in about a year since she played CMJ 2013, and not that I doubted her but after Saturday's set I'm sure of it that her rise to bigger stages is well deserved. One person said of her recent Webster Hall show, "Courtney Barnett's ramshackle gigs are now serious fucking rock shows" and that's exactly how I felt seeing her at FFF.
The Orange Stage continued to be the place to be as The Pains of Being Pure at Heart took the stage followed by their tourmates The New Pornographers. Pains, who have been on the road with their killer new lineup this year, brought it once again with a lot of the new album, a good mix of the first two, and another of the high energy shows this new lineup is becoming known for. Then the New Pornographers, Dan Bejar and Neko Case included, followed with another excellent set that kicked off with the title track from this year's Brill Bruisers and went on to include plenty more from that album. They apparently had some technical difficulties that they didn't mention until after they were fixed, but you wouldn't have known it. New Pornographers sounded flawless.
Over at the Black Stage, NYHC legends Sick of It All were playing a set pulling from Blood, Sweat and No Tears and Scratch the Surface. SOIA definitely partied like it was 1989, started a wall of death ("a game we used to play before all the metal bands and ska bands took the idea"), and though they talked on stage about not getting too sucked into nostalgia (they mentioned they have a new album out but couldn't play anything off of it because of "contractual obligations"), they clearly had a lot of fun with those old songs.
Another nostalgia set then went down on the Blue Stage, where Nas played all of the unfuckwithable Illmatic. His DJ came out, played "The Genesis" over the PA, and then once he dropped that beat to "NY State of Mind," Nas finally took the stage and was on fire the whole time. Not to throw shade at his other albums, but as good as a Nas set usually is, previous times I've seen him don't compare at all to seeing Illmatic in full. It's no secret that it's a timeless album, but he really made it feel like it was on Saturday. Unlike Sick of It All's set, this didn't feel like nostalgia. There's a handful of good rappers on FFF's lineup, but Nas playing his 1994 album still sounded ahead of all of them.
Wrapping up the day on the Black Stage was the face-painted metal legend King Diamond. Like the other shows on his current US tour, he and his band had a haunted house-like stage set up with staircases, a fence in front of them, light-up crosses, a guest dressed up as a spooky old man, and more props. The operatic singer ran through a set of his songs and a few by Mercyful Fate, all while being a character in the stage show himself.
I split the end of my night catching half of King Diamond's set, and then catching half of Modest Mouse over at the Orange Stage. Though it's still been years since Modest Mouse put out anything new (they did just put out a couple reissues though), Modest Mouse have been having an incredible year on tour. They packed the end of their set with favorites -- "Float On," "A Different City," "Out Of Gas," "Tiny Cities Made of Ashes" -- and played them with this genuine energy that was a great reminder that they were once one of the most consistently great indie rock bands around. It might seem boring or obvious to say these things about Modest Mouse in 2014, but their recent live shows deserve it.
UPDATE: Day 3 is up.
List of dates and a video from the LP, below...
Sounds like show bookers in Detroit are definitely amusing themselves!
The Detroit show is September 6th. Most of New Porn's tour is later in the fall, and with The Pains of Being Pure at Heart.
As mentioned, The New Pornographers have a new album, Brill Bruisers, coming out in August and they're playing NYC's Hammerstein Ballroom on November 17 (tickets just went on sale). If you'd like to hear the dulcet tones of frontman AC Newman's voice sooner than that, he'll be the musical guest at Night Train with Wyatt Cenac this Monday (6/15) at Littlefield. The lineup also includes the very funny and increasingly popular Chris Gethard, the funny and talented Kate Berlant, SNL cast member Brooks Wheelan, and Sheng Wang. Tickets (a mere $5) are on sale now.
If you haven't heard the title track to Brill Bruisers yet, stream that below.
"Finally I can tweet freely about our LP, 'Brill Bruisers'. Let me save you some blog-reading: It's our best one yet." - @ACNewman
The New Pornographers will release their sixth album, Brill Bruisers, via Matador on August 26. It's their first album since 2010's Together and was made in Woodstock, NY (where frontman AC Newman lives these days) and Vancouver, and features contributions by Dan Bejar and Neko Case. Says Newman, "This is a celebration record. After periods of difficulty, I am at a place where nothing in my life is dragging me down and the music reflects that. We wanted Xanadu and we wanted Sigue Sigue Sputnik, which translated into sparklier and faster." The album's up for pre-order now that comes with a 3-D poster (and glasses) of the artwork. You can check out the album's title track below.
The band will be on tour this fall, inlcuding a stop at NYC's Hammerstein Ballroom on November 17. That show and others on the tour will be opened by The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/13) at noon with a BrooklynVegan presale beginning on Wednesday (6/11) at 11 AM, and LiveNation presale beginning Thursday (6/12) at 10 AM.
All dates are listed, along with the new song stream, cool interactive album art and tracklist, below...
photos by Kyle Dean Reinford; words by Bill Pearis
Bob Mould / Ted Leo / AC Newman @ HiFi, 5/17/2014
Back in the '90s, most up-and-coming indie rock bands touring through NYC played either Mercury Lounge or Brownies. Mike Stuto started booking shows there in 1994, and became co-owner in 1998. (Full disclosure: I've known Mike from before his Brownies days, and the club was the first place I saw a show when I moved to NYC.) Pretty much everybody played there and it was the site of the infamous 1998 show by The Fall that ended in an onstage brawl, with frontman Mark E. Smith arrested. When the club closed in 2002, Stuto turned Brownies into HiFi, a bar with no live music but with a digital jukebox that, at the time (iPods were still a novelty), had an astounding number of songs.
HiFi underwent renovations last fall, adding a small performance room in the back with a bar, and a DJ booth to the front. With the 20th anniversary of his association with 169 Ave A, there was an invite-only "20 Years of Stuto" party at HiFi last Saturday (5/17) that doubled as a benefit for longtime bartender Rhea Buckner who has been battling cancer and incurred a lot of debt from it. You can donate too.
The evening featured a lot of live music, and all the acts had played at Brownies at one point or another. After an opening set from NYC vet Don Piper, we got Boy Morgan (which includes members of Robbers on High Street) who played some of their own '60s-leaning material before inviting up a host of guest vocalists: Will Sheff of Okkervil River did Nick Lowe's "Cruel to Be Kind," AC Newman of New Pornographers did Wings' "Mrs. Vanderbilt" which was then followed by Ted Leo doing another Wings' song, knocking out "Band on the Run." Newman remarked, "New Pornographers' first New York show was here, as was my son's first birthday party."
Next up was former Soul Coughing frontman Mike Doughty, which was followed by a short set from Ted Leo who told the crowd he probably wouldn't still be making music if it wasn't for Brownies' support and brought out the Pharmacists for a couple songs as well. Leo also brought up Stuto to do Elvis Costello's "Pump it Up" with the band.
Then out came Bob Mould who, even though it was just him and his electric guitar, was insanely, ear-bleedingly loud. I think his amp only has two settings: on or off. In addition to playing Sugar's "Hoover Dam" and "If I Can't Change Your Mind," we got a couple songs from his soon-to-be-released Beauty & Ruin. Then he brought back out Ted Leo + Pharmacists for a ripping rendition of Stiff Little Fingers' "Suspect Device."
The night's music ended with a set from Saratoga Springs power pop trio The Figgs who were the first band Stuto booked at Brownies. Their set also included some guests: Ben Smith (The Brought Low/Sweet Diesel) sang Small Faces' "Song Of A Baker," Jesse Malin (D Generation) sang the Stones' "Do Do Do Do Do (Heartbreaker)" and Steve Wynn (Dream Syndicate/Baseball Project) and his wife, Linda Pitmon (on drums) came out for a cover of Lou Reed's "Coney Island Baby."
It was a very fun night and pictures from all the above are in this post. As mentioned, HiFi is hosting live music now in its very small (35 capacity) back room, nothing with drums and nothing as loud as Bob Mould. They host readings and other performances too and you can check their schedule here.
More pics from Saturday's party below...
photos by Chris La Putt
Neko Case / AC Newman
Neko Case returned this year with her very good, long-titled new album, The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You, and she's been supporting it on a tour that she brought to NYC's historic Radio City Music Hall last night (9/26). Her 22-song set included most of the new album, and a bunch of others from throughout her career too. Opening the night was her New Pornographers bandmate AC Newman, who joined her on the final song of her encore, "Ragtime." Pictures of both artists are in this post.
More of those, along with Neko's setlist, below...
AC Newman @ The Rock Shop, 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As you may know, Neko Case has an impending new album (out 9/3 but streamable now) and tour this fall. For her shows in Philadelphia and Radio City here in NYC, she's enlisted her New Pornographers bandmate AC Newman to open. Maybe they'll do a couple NP songs? Tickets to the 9/26 Radio City show are still available, as are tickets to the 9/25 show at Philly's Electric Factory.
Also, as mentioned, Case is playing a free NYC show at Skylight West on Wednesday (9/4) but the RSVP is now closed.
photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis
AC Newman @ The Rock Shop, 10/8/2012
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...
DOWNLOAD: AC Newman - I'm Not Talking (MP3)
As mentioned before, AC Newman will release his third solo album, Shut Down the Streets, on October 9 via Matador Records. That is the cover art to the album above. You can also download the album's lush opening track, "I'm Not Talking," at the top of this post, or stream it below, and you might recognize the backing vocalist as Carl's New Pornographers' cohort Neko Case.
Stream is below.
It's been three years since AC Newman released his last solo album, Get Guilty, but New Pornographers leader (and Twitter charmer) will release this third, still-untitled album for Matador this fall. He's also going on tour, including two stops in the NYC-area: Bowery Ballroom on October 22 and Maxwell's on October 24. Tickets for the Bowery show go on sale via Ticketmaster on July 27 at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday, July 25 at noon. Tickets to the Maxwell's show go on sale Wednesday (7/25) at noon.
However, you can also get tickets on Wednesday, July 25 for all dates on Carl's tour via this link that allows you to "save money on the service charges."
All upcoming AC Newman tour dates are listed below.
Sleigh Bells at Terminal 5 in Feb 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
Sleigh Bells and The Kills will separately headline two Converse City Carnage concerts/skateboard events happening at Hudson River Park. The Sleigh Bells show happens Saturday July 21 and is with Jel and Mr. Dream; The Kills show happens August 18 and is with Black Bananas and Viva Viva.
Both shows are free but you do need physical tickets which can be ordered via Ticketmaster on June 22 starting at noon. You can also pick up tickets at Converse's Soho and Garden State Plaza retail locations.
Both shows are part of two-day events. The skateboarding part will take place on Fridays (July 20, August 17) and features Converse Skateboarding Ambassadors Kenny Anderson, Nick Trapasso, along with the entire Converse Skateboarding team. You can read more about it here. Leading up to City Carnage, Hudson River Park's Pier 62 Skate Park will get a facelift courtesy the sneaker folks.
The City Carnage show is part of Sleigh Bells expanded summer tour and all current dates -- some of which are opening for Refused -- are listed below.
In related news, The Kills are featured on a new Fleetwood Mac tribute album titled Just Tell Me That You Want Me. The Kills tackle karaoke favorite "Dreams" and elsewhere on the compilation you can hear Mac songs covered by Lee Ranaldo & J Mascis, Antony, New Pornographers (streaming below), Washed Out, Matt Sweeny & Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Best Coast, Lykke Li, Craig Wedren & St. Vincent, Tame Impala, MGMT and more. The album's out August 14 -- tracklisting and bad cover art is below.
Kathryn Calder on stage with The New Pornographers (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Kathryn Calder, possibly best known for her contributions to a certain supergroup that contains her uncle, is currently on the road with Himalayan Bear on the West Coast. The dates are in support of Are You My Mother?, her own album which dropped in August of last year. So far a full slate of dates on the Eastside have yet to be determined, but NYC has a show to call their own: Mercury Lounge on June 14th. Tickets go on AmEx presale at noon on Wed (5/11) and regular sale on Friday. All dates are listed below.
Meanwhile Neko Case is going about to embark on a dueling tour that kicks off on 5/11 in Rhode Island and makes a stop at Bearsville Theatre in Woodstock, NY one day later. If you're confused about the date of the Woodstock show, it might be because it was supposed to happen in February but was postponed due to bad weather. All current dates are listed below, Pitchfork Fest included.
The New Pornographers have upcoming dates at both the previously discussed B.O.M.B. Fest in CT on May 29, and Festival for Humanity in Vernon, NJ on May 30th. The band's video for "Sweet Talk" in support of Oxfam's Gulf relief efforts has been nominated for an Emmy. If you havent seen it, check it out below along with all tour dates.
The new New Pornographers?
Neko Case has been keeping busy on the road lately, recording with the Dodos, spending lots of time with Jakob Dylan, and even sometimes playing with her band The New Pornographers, so it's nice to know that she (and the rest of the New Pornos) got the day off when they were making the video for "Moves" from their recent album Together.
In their place is a cast of funny characters including Julie Klausner (as Neko), Jon Wurster (as one version of Carl Newman), Kevin Corrigan (as Dan Bejar), and Ted Leo (as Kathryn Calder). Also look for Todd Barry, Other Music, Death By Audio, Wyatt Cenac, a mound of cocaine, Gabe Delahaye, Max Silvestri, Horatio Sanz, Bill Hader and Paul Rudd (the cast of Expectant Dads) and many more in the Tom Scharpling (who directed this Ted Leo masterpiece) directed video, that you can watch with full credits listed, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
4AD and The Red Hot Organization are delighted to announce that $1,000,000 has been so far donated to charity from the proceeds of the DARK WAS THE NIGHT album. The album was released by 4AD in February 2009, and is a musical collaboration conceived and produced by Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National, and Red Hot founder John Carlin. It contains 32 exclusive tracks by an unbelievably talented roster of artists, including Arcade Fire, Blonde Redhead, Bon Iver, Cat Power, The Decemberists, Dirty Projectors + David Byrne, Feist, Grizzly Bear, My Morning Jacket, The New Pornographers, Spoon, and Sufjan Stevens - to name just a few.As you may have heard or just read above, Dark Was The Night raised lots of money, so good work to everyone involved including The New Pornographers whose contribution to the album was a cover of Destroyer's "Hey, Snow White," a song they performed last night at Terminal 5, ironically without Dan "Destroyer" Bejar (a member of the New Pornographers) present. They also played about 22 other songs at the 12/6 NYC show that Ted Leo & the Pharmacists opened.
In order to recognize the generous contributions of the artists involved with Dark Was The Night, Red Hot asked them to recommend charitable organizations whose work they admire. The list of organizations is below.
The Red Hot Organization was founded in 1989 to deal with the crisis surrounding the devastation of the AIDS epidemic on the creative community in downtown New York. Dark Was The Night, released in February 2009, was the 20th Red Hot album.
Beggars Group chairman Martin Mills states "Aaron and Bryce pulled together a wonderful collection of artists, songs and performances that perfectly encapsulates these times and really makes Dark Was The Night into an 'album' - a labor of love that has created this amazing and very tangible result!"
Dark Was The Night was a long time in the making, and the result of a lot of hard work and generosity from a long list of supporters. Aaron Dessner sums everyone's feelings up very well. "We want to thank all of the artists and everyone at 4AD again for helping us make Dark Was The Night happen. We also want to thank everyone who has bought this record -- your donations amount to a very significant contribution to Red Hot's mission fighting the spread of HIV/AIDS."
The full setlist and more pictures from T5, with the list of Dark Was The Night charities, below...
Neko Case wonders how her copy of "Juggs" landed on the stage at the Bell House (more by Andrew St. Clair)
The New Pornographers concert at Calvin College has been canceled because of the band's name.The filthy disgusting AC Newman, confirmed-furry Neko Case, scat-enthusiast Dan Bejar, and the rest of the low-lifes may not be playing Calvin College, butt their 12/6 show at Terminal 5 with Ted Leo & The Pharmacists is still on. Tickets are now on AmEx presale (regular sale Friday at noon), AND you can still get tickets via the band's service fee-free presale too.
The college released a statement explaining, "after weeks of discussion and consideration, the irony of the band's name was impossible to explain to many. The band's name, to some, is mistakenly associated with pornography. Consequently, Calvin, to some, was mistakenly associated with pornography. Neither the college nor the band endorses pornography."
Calvin student activities director Ken Heffner, who books concerts for the college, said refunds would be issued today, and that the cancelation is a "peaceful parting of ways" between the school and the band. The group was scheduled to perform Oct. 15 in the Calvin Fieldhouse Complex -[Grand Rapids Press]