Entries tagged with: New Pornographers
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]
Ted Leo @ FYF Fest 2010 (more by Chris Juarez)
We will be releasing a small quantity of GA tickets for Matador 21 next week by lottery. Winners will be picked at random and notified on Tuesday, September 14th at 9:00am. Winners will have 24hrs to purchase their tickets. If they fail to do so, a new winner will be selected the following day at 9:00am. All winners will be given the option to purchase 2 tickets at $250 each + service fees and taxes. This is your last chance (we hope!) to be part of the greatest weekend in human historyThe final lineup/sort-of-schedule for Matador 21, taking place in Las Vegas from Oct 1-3, was recently released. Check it out below.
To enter the lottery please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the title, "21 LOTTERY" in the subject line of your message.
On the Matador 21 schedule you'll see that both The New Pornographers and Ted Leo & the Pharmacists play the final day of the festival, Sunday, October 3rd. It was also just announced that those same two bands will share a bill again two months later in NYC. Tickets for the Monday, December 6th show at Terminal 5 in NYC go on service-fee-free Presale today (9/14), AmEx presale Wednesday at 11am, and then general sale Friday at noon.
In between Las Vegas and NYC, the New Pornographers will play a series of dates with Tokyo Police Club who also have a bunch of shows scheduled without their fellow Canadians. All dates are listed below.
Ted Leo has an even busier schedule between now and December, and as usual, good taste in openers. In September and October he'll hit the road with So Cow and then Kevin Seconds and then Screaming Females again.
All dates and stuff below...
photos by Andrew St. Clair
Dan Bejar on stage with The New Pornographers
One night after they headlined Terminal 5, The New Pornographers played a smaller show at The Bell House in Brooklyn with their tour-mates The Dutchess and the Duke (the Dodos sat the Brooklyn show out). More pictures and both setlists below...
MBAR @ Union Hall in 2008 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
tonight in NYC
* Lil Kim @ Irving Plaza
* Nellie McKay @ Feinstein's
* Okkyung Lee @ The Stone
* Galactic @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Des Roar @ John Varvatos
* Questlove (DJ) @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Eli "Paperboy" Reed @ Mercury Lounge
* Nathaniel Rateliff, JBM @ Union Hall
* Dave Rawlings Machine @ Bowery Ballroom
* The Dexateens, Howlies @ Mercury Lounge
* Cinema 16 w/ Lemonade @ Smack Melon
* Doug E. Fresh and DJ Dee Wiz @ Von King Park
* Dark Star Orchestra @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* K-Holes, Balkans, Shingles Predator @ Bruar Falls
* Rooftop Films w/ This Frontier Needs Heroes @ Brooklyn Tech
* FIXED w/ DJ Falcon, Eli Escobar, Nomi @ Santos Party House
* Gil Mantera's Party Dream, Sunbears, Superfortress @ Europa
* Chris Garneau, The Mynabirds, Scott Matthew @ The Bell House
* Marah, Madison Square Gardeners, Carla Rhodes @ The Bowery Electric
* Moritz von Oswald Trio, Keith Fullerton Whitman, Bora Yoon @ Warsaw
* Antietam, The Scene Is Now, The Special Pillow, Dew Claw @ Cake Shop
* Damon Daunno, The Dardys, Kleenex Girl Wonder, Avan Lava @ The Cameo
* Anders Osborne, Tab Benoit @ Rocks Off Concert Cruise on The Temptress
* Hey Champ, The Death Set, Shy Child, Mad Ave Boys @ Studio at Webster Hall
* Michael Franti & Spearhead, Trombone Shorty @ The Beach at Governors Island
* Unearthly Trance, Obliteration, Nekromantheon, Mutant Supremacy @ Fontana's
* The Armchairs, Dinosaur Feathers, Lonnie Walker, Grandchildren, Horse's Mouth @ Death By Audio
* The Giraffes, J-Roddy Walston & The Business @ Rocks Off Concert Cruise on The Halfmoon
* Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson, Electric Tickle Machine, Miniboone, Translations @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
The New Pornographers new video for "Crash Years" (directed by Sammy Rawal) is posted below. Their tour hits NYC soon.
DOWNLOAD: Yeasayer - O.N.E. (MP3)
Yeasayer @ MHOW in February (more by Jessica Amaya)
tonight in NYC
* The Fall listening party @ Coco 66
* Golden Triangle @ Sound Fix Records
* Ralph Gibson & Alan Licht @ The Stone
* The Brothers Macklovitch @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Mary Halvorson & Elliott Sharp @ The Stone
* Yeasayer, Seagull, Sleigh Bells @ Webster Hall
* Horse Feathers, Lay Low (early) @ Mercury Lounge
* Cymbals Eat Guitars @ Wonder Bar (Asbury Park)
* The New Pornographers listening party @ Arrow Bar
* Royal Forest, Radical Dads, New Colossus @ Cake Shop
* Hounds of Hate, New Yoga, Laurel Halo @ Glasslands
* Murder By Death, Ha Ha Tonka, Linfinity @ Bowery Ballroom
* Twin Tigers, Gift Horse, Young The Giant, Reckless Sons @ Pianos
* Corinne Bailey Rae, Daniel Merriweather @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, R. Stevie Moore (late) @ Mercury Lounge
* Family Of The Year, Gold Motel, Willy Mason @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
* Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt, The Shakes, The Eskalators, Jason Anderson, Ghost Mall, Jesse Cooper Levy @ Silent Barn
* Pet Ghost Project, Alcoholic Faith Mission, Peasant, Saadi, Hymns, The City and Horses @ Death By Audio
The Fall's new record, Your Future Our Clutter, comes out today on Domino Records. We're hosting a release party for it at Coco 66. DJs fred vodkia and prizes too. Details here. Flyer below.
There's a listening party for New Pornographers' Together, which is out today, at Arrow Bar. The band will be on Fallon Wednesday ngiht, and they play Woodstock, NY on May 6th and Terminal 5 in June.
Broken Social Scene, whose new album is out too, play two NYC shows this weekend.
The National play BAM soon. Not many details have been announced yet though.
Lou Reed, Sonic Youth, Moby and others are playing benefit @ Hiro Ballroom on May 19th.
Les Savy Fav, Liars and Fucked Up are all playing the same Brooklyn park this summer.
Chapterhouse's tour, which was to stop at The Bell House tonight, was postponed.
Listen to a hot new Wolf Parade song below...
Yeasayer headline Webster Hall tonight. Mad Decent is running a Yeasayer remix contest. Video for Yeasayer's O.N.E. below...
The New Pornographers are playing Jimmy Fallon on May 5th. Sign up with NBC for your chance to sit on the band bench at the show (they're currently accepting submissions for Sharon Jones, The Whigs, Paramore and tonight's Gogol Bordello show too).
DOWNLOAD: The New Pornographers - Your Hands Together (MP3)
The new disc, Together, comes out May 4th, and their first show after its release (which comes more than a month before their other North American shows) will happen on May 6th at Woodstock, NY's 250-seat Bearsville Theater (about 2 hour drive north of NYC). Tickets are on sale now.
That show and the others on their tour will feature the band's full eight-member lineup: A.C. Newman, Blaine Thurier (keys), John Collins (bass, etc.), Todd Fancey (guitar), Kurt Dahle (drums), Kathryn Calder (vox, keys), Neko Case (vox) and Dan Bejar (vox, guitar, et).
Neko Case is currently touring as part of Jakob Dylan's band, and they play two nights in NYC starting tonight (4/21). You can catch them on Letterman tonight too.
Together's first single is posted again above. The second, "The Crash Years," is available on iTunes. There's also a series of listening parties in various cities (NYC TBA) for the record coming up. More info on those, all tour dates and a new video with actor Adam Goldberg interviewing members of the band (and album guests Zach Condon, Will Sheff and Daptone's Neal Sugarman) are below...
The New Pornographers SXSW "Together" shuttle (kelprecords)
A quick gander and the snowfall-laden countdown to the May 4 release of 'Together' reveals you've got limited time to GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER (sorry) to place a pre-order for the 5th and arguably finest studio album from The New Pornographers. And not to apply undue pressure on a Spring Tuesday morning, but you'll have even less time to get it in gear unless you wanna be on the outside looking in when The New Pornographers roll into your town (sadly, on a bus besides this one) in a few weeks time. Tickets for the North America tour starting June 7 go on presale today (dates below). -MatadorThe above pictured and referenced bus (aka the "Together Shuttle") was shuttling people (including Andrew Frisicano) from the Austin airport to the convention center and hotels during SXSW. Riders were treated to free drinks and "Together" playing over the sound system. One new song from that new album is available above for free.
And there's a tour. The New Pornographers will be on the road for most of June and July and a few dates before and after that. Most of that time will be spent with The Dodos, and some of the dates are with The Dutchess and The Duke (three bands total) including June 19th at Terminal 5 in NYC. As mentioned above, tickets are now on presale. Other dates are with Imaad Wasif (who goes on tour with Dead Meadow even sooner). All dates below...
Coming on May 4: the new album from The New Pornographers, entitled Together. Their fifth full-length was produced by the band and Phil Palazzolo, and recorded in Vancouver, Brooklyn, Woodstock, and Catskill, NY. The album is comprised of 9 A.C. Newman songs and 3 Dan Bejar numbers, and features the full eight-person lineup of Carl, Dan, John Collins, Neko Case, Kurt Dahle, Kathryn Calder, Todd Fancey and Blaine Thurier. Additional musicians include Annie Clark (St. Vincent), Zach Condon (Beirut), Will Sheff (Okkervil River), and the Dap-Kings Horns, among other talents.The artwork for the new album is posted above. There are no sounds from it available yet, but the band has posted pictures from its recording on New Pornographers' site
Lead pornographer A.C. Newman appears at The Bell House's Haiti benefit on Wednesday, January 27th. Also at the even will be The Walkmen (they replaced Cold War Kids who had to drop off), Ted Leo, The Wrens, Sondre Lerche, Eugene Mirman, Rhett Miller and Nicole Atkins. Tickets are still on sale.
photos by Kyle Dean Reinford
A surprisingly small crowd was on hand to see sometime New Pornographer Neko Case at 4:30 p.m. Sunday on the AMD Stage. Case and her band have been touring on her successful 2006 release "Fox Confessor Brings the Flood" for two and a half years, and this was their last show of the tour. According to her Web site, she has a new album coming in 2009, and she played a few new songs at ACL. [Austin360]It is still unclear whether Neko will be in attendance at the New Pornographers' New Years Eve show at Irving Plaza. More ACL pictures below...
photos by Bao Nguyen
"Carl Newman is currently mixing his as-yet-untitled long-player - set for a January release - and is especially enthusiastic about the lineup of musicians who contribute to the new tunes. "My friend John Wurster, who drums with Superchunk and the Mountain Goats, did most of the drumming," he says. "A singer named Nicole Atkins did a lot of singing on it. She's a really killer singer; she kind of reminds me of a cross between Mama Cass and the Shangri-La's."The New Pornographers played the All Points West Festival last weekend. Neither Neko or Dan were in attendance (though I'm almost positive I saw Neko in the crowd at Bob Dylan's Brooklyn show a few days later.). AC Newman collaborator Nicole Atkins also played All Points West. More pics from the New Pornos set, all tour dates, and the whole Stanley Park Singing Exhibition lineup, below...
Currently in the home stretch of completing the CD, Newman admits that he is his own best friend and worst enemy when it comes to working on the project. "Every time I make a record, I sit there thinking, 'It sounds too different,' and then the next day I think, 'it sounds the same as everything else,'" he says. "The next day, I'll go, 'It's perfect,' and the day after that I'll think, 'Its all wrong.' I just put my head down, try to work hard, hope for the best and hope that people buy it so I can continue doing this for a living." As soon as the solo effort is complete, Newman plans to "immediately" begin work on the next Pornographers record.
As far as their live performances are concerned, the New Pornographers plan to host a two-day, 10-band indie rock extravaganza on Labor Day weekend in Vancouver, calling it 'The Stanley Park Singing Exhibition.' The lineup for both nights was hand-picked by the Pornographers themselves; while their lead singer refuses to play favorites, Newman admits to being especially anticipatory about a semi-solo performance of a band he especially loves. "I saw Stevie [Jackson, of Belle and Sebastian fame] do a solo show in Brooklyn, and it was really good. Bob Kildea -- who is also in the band -- will be playing with him as well, which is pretty cool. Bob is the prettiest man in rock." [AOL Spinner]