Carl Newman (aka A.C.) should be on the tourism board for Woodstock, N.Y. “I feel like small-town America has become synonymous with Walmart, strip malls, and McDonald’s,” he says one August morning, calling from his house in the renowned hippie town. “But Woodstock’s still got a lot of what drew people here in the first place. Next to Bethlehem, I think it might be the [world's] most famous small town. I’ve got a two-and-a-half year old, and I think it’s going to be a great place to raise him.”
His burgeoning career as a Cool Dad aside, Newman is known more for his “supergroup,” The New Pornographers. Along with (his mostly Canadian) compatriots Neko Case, Dan Bejar, Kathryn Calder, John Collins, Kurt Dahle, Todd Fancey, and Blaine Thurier, Newman has crafted six albums filled with some of the most over-the-top fun in modern indie rock. The band’s latest, Brill Bruisers, is no different. It’s out this week on Matador, so we caught up with Newman to discuss it, as well as his management style, the amusement he finds in toying with trolls, and which member of The New Pornographers is actually the funniest.
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Neko Case and Kelly Hogan’s “These Aren’t the Droids,” a comedic song about the future as teenage-boy fantasyland – and… Read More
If you’re the sort of person who likes frolicking in the sun, summer days are ace. If, conversely, you’re the sort of person who’s given to hunching beside the AC and occasionally peeking out the window to see if the streets have caught fire, they’re no fun at all. Either way, summer evenings are kinda great — half the time it’s too hot to sleep, but it’s perfect for sitting out on a stoop/rooftop/porch with your friends, drinking beer and listening to some suitably mellow tunes. With that in mind, we’ve got you covered for a playlist — here’s our selection of great songs for lazy summer evenings, along with a Spotify… Read More
Let’s call this week’s edition of our best new music column “your high school indie idols making good.” Rilo Kiley’s Jenny Lewis and Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy released excellent new singles that speak to where they’re at in their lives now, instead of trying to relive the earlier glory days.
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Playboy apparently like Neko Case. The feeling is not mutual.
I didn’t “get” Taylor Swift, really, until I had suffered an overwhelming amount of heartbreak. Last summer, I spent a few weekends in Westerly, Rhode Island, where my fiancé’s friend owned a home. The buzz there over Memorial Day was all about Taylor Swift, who had bought a multimillion-dollar home in Watch Hill, right off the main strip that ran through town. Everyone I heard talking about Taylor Swift seemed to be annoyed at her presence, which was, basically, just as a specter. I never had much of an opinion about her, because, other than the few upbeat songs of hers I’d heard on the radio, I hadn’t devoted much time to her. Then my fiancé broke up with me, and that’s when I listened to “Dear John” for the first time.
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This isn’t a post-Halloween fever dream. That really is Neko Case in a gorilla suit on NPR’s Tiny Desk concert… Read More
It’s Friday, which means that it’s time to look back at the best new music we’ve heard over the last few days. This week suggests that the dearth of decent releases over the last couple of weeks is finally coming to an end — there’s another new track from the new Julia Holter album, which sounds many kinds of awesome, along with the return of Kathleen Hanna (and JD Samson!), a summer jam from John Cale, weird dark atmospherics from Dustin Wong, a great collaboration between Fatima Al Qadiri and Visionist, and plenty more. Click through to get listening!
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Lyric videos are all the rage these days with the kids, and thankfully Neko Case is showing she’s still with… Read More
It’s Friday, which means we are contemplating the weekend ahead and also, as ever, rounding up the best songs we’ve heard this week. This week saw the release of the first tracks from new albums by No Age, Neko Case, The Julie Ruin, and Hunx and His Punx, all of which are most excellent indeed. Elsewhere, there’s cerebral instrumentals from Anna Meredith and Shigeto, a new track from Wise Blood, a super-creepy and curiously compelling video to go with Slava’s new single, and the entire new After Dark 2 compilation, which you can download for free. Click through and get a-listening!
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