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AC Newman and Bill Fay In A Post-Apocalyptic-Cable-TV-World

By Gerard on Sunday, March 23rd, 2014

(above : this is either a promotional still from “The Walking Dead” or a photo from last April’s Record Store Day — I can’t find my notes!)

TONIGHT ON AMC : you can hear AC Newman’s version of Bill Fay’s “Be Not So Fearful” on season 4, episode 15 of “The Walking Dead”.

‘The Walking Dead Original Soundtrack, Vol. 2′
is out Tuesday on Republic Records.

Help The New Pornographers’ Kathryn Calder Fund Documentary

By Judge on Monday, June 24th, 2013

Left to right: Josh Huculiak, Kathryn Calder, Brooke Gallupe, Brent Hodge, Luke Kozlowski, John Diemer. Photo by: Jenna and Tristan Shouldice.

Friend of the family, Kathryn Calder of The New Pornographers, needs your help!

A Matter Of Time – An ALS Documentary

THE STORY

Imagine finding out your mother has 2-3 years left to live. Kathryn Calder of The New Pornographers was faced with this gut-wrenching revelation when she learned that her mother had been diagnosed with ALS, taking her down a path few could endure.

ALS (commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease in the US and Motor Neurone disease in the UK) is a fatal disease, which attacks the neurons in the brain and spinal cord, progressively impairing one’s ability to walk, talk or feed themselves. The cause of the disease is unknown and there is no cure.

Before the bad news hit, Kathryn was relishing in a beautiful adventure. A few years prior, her mother, who was adopted, had found her birth mother, and thus a whole other family for Kathryn. Relatives emerged, loved ones multiplied overnight. And all the more spectacular, her new found long lost uncle, Carl Newman, happened to be the front-man behind an indie rock super group called The New Pornographers. With this serendipitous revelation, a new realm of musical collaboration and opportunity spawned and prospered. Then the news about her mother’s illness crashed right through the newly lit family home.

As a result, Kathryn decided to move back into her childhood home to become her mother’s full time caregiver. It was during this turbulent period, that Kathryn became inspired to write and record her first solo album; a parting gift for her biggest fan. She recruited a producer and converted her mother’s living room into a recording studio. As her mother’s condition steadily worsened, Kathryn’s challenge became clear: she needed to complete the album in time for her mother to hear it.

A Matter of Time illustrates the bravery and compassion that can bloom from struggle. How even the most enduring battles can conjure unimaginable feats of strength and triumph against unexplainable forces. This is an inspirational story about courage in the face of disease. It’s about letting difficult experiences meet artistic impulses and making a positive difference through music.

DONATE

If you would like to help Kathryn finish the film and make the documentary a reality, please head over to her Kickstarter page and donate.  You’ll even get a special gift ranging from a download of the soundtrack (featuring The New Pornographers), a meet and greet with The New P’s at a concert, OR even a personalised song written by Kathryn.  All this dependent on how generous you can be, so dig deep.

Hear A.C. Newman’s ‘Shut Down The Streets’ a week before it’s out

By Robby on Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

It’s out October 9, but today you get a first listen at A.C. Newman’s third solo effort ‘Shut Down The Streets’ Do yourself a favor and check out what in our completely unbiased opinion we believe to be 10 of the best songs ever put to tape. Then, do your friends a favor and send them this link. Carl, via a blogging on the Huffington Post, sez:

Here is my album, Shut Down The Streets. Maybe you know me from The New Pornographers, and you may recognize Neko Case’s voice in these songs, you may even think “This one sounds so much like a New Pornographers song” and you may ask yourself “Who the hell are the New Pornographers?” All that aside, this album is all about birth, death, happiness and sadness, chronicling a time in my life where all those things had to learn to coexist side by side. There was that and a sudden obsession with the song “Baker Street” by Gerry Rafferty. That led to an obsession with the psychedelic sounds of the late 70s singer songwriter. So my most personal songs ever somehow made the most sense when I played them in a mutated version of an outdated style from my childhood. That’s just how things go.

You can own ‘Shut Down The Streets’ on the LP, CD or digital formats next Tuesday. Grab it at The Matador Store (first 300 LP’s are on green vinyl) or at your favorite music retailler.

See it live:

10/8 – Brooklyn, NY @ The Rock Shop (FREE RECORD RELEASE PARTY - a live performance, full album playback, drink specials, album giveaways, + more!)

10/21 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace (Exclaim! 20th Anniversary Concert Series)
10/22 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
10/23 – Allston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
10/24 – Hoboken, NJ @ Maxwell’s
10/25 – Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
10/26 – Washington DC @ Black Cat
10/27 – Durham, NC @ Motorco Music Hall
10/28 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
10/29 – St. Louis, MO @ Duck Room at Blueberry Hill
10/30 – Chicago, IL @ The Empty Bottle
11/1 – St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club
11/2 – Winnipeg, Canada @ West End Cultural Centre
11/5 – Edmonton, Canada @ Starlite Room
11/6 – Calgary, Canada @ The Republik
11/8 – Vancouver, BC @ The Biltmore Cabaret (Exclaim! 20th Anniversary Concert Series)*
11/9 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile*
11/10 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge*
11/12 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent*
11/13 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echoplex*
11/14 – San Diego, CA @ The Casbah*

*with special guest Harriet

A.C. Newman
at Facebook
@acnewman – Twitter
ACNewman.net (official site)

(‘Shut Down The Streets’ is coming out in

 

 

AC Newman – “Encyclopedia Of Classic Takedowns”, The 2nd MP3 from ‘Shut Down The Streets’

By Gerard on Friday, September 21st, 2012

(of course, by “out now”, we mean “out October 9″)

As mentioned in this space a few weeks ago, on October 9 Matador will be releasing the 3rd A.C. Newman album, ‘Shut Down The Streets’.   The ’70′s folk/pop-inflected masterpiece was dubbed “an album of understated elegance and strength” by one of our more insightful (and good-looking) executives, and here’s another example of Carl”s musical & lyrical brilliance  to whet your appetite :

“Encyclopedia Of Classic Takedowns” (192 kbps MP3)

There’s further recognition, by the way, for one of the continent’s great songsmiths (or, if you prefer, songwriters).  Though I’m sworn to secrecy by a colleague (who is so many thousands of miles away, what’s she going to do, yell at me?), I’m told one of your favorite New Pornographers songs  will be heard next month as the intro theme music for a popular new television comedy that may or may not feature group therapy as a central theme in the show.  It’s not that new Charlie Sheen thing either, so let’s not get into that.  There’s loads of other places on the internet if all you want to do is complain about Charlie Sheen. He was alright in “Platoon” — you think you could do better?

Pre-order ‘Shut Down The Streets’ on the LP, CD or digital formats from The Matador Store (first 300 LP’s are on colored vinyl)

on tour this Autumn :

10/21 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace (Exclaim! 20th Anniversary Concert Series)
10/22 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
10/23 – Allston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
10/24 – Hoboken, NJ @ Maxwell’s
10/25 – Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
10/26 – Washington DC @ Black Cat
10/27 – Durham, NC @ Motorco Music Hall
10/28 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
10/29 – St. Louis, MO @ Duck Room at Blueberry Hill
10/30 – Chicago, IL @ The Empty Bottle
11/1 – St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club
11/2 – Winnipeg, Canada @ West End Cultural Centre
11/5 – Edmonton, Canada @ Starlite Room
11/6 – Calgary, Canada @ The Republik
11/8 – Vancouver, BC @ The Biltmore Cabaret (Exclaim! 20th Anniversary Concert Series)*
11/9 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile*
11/10 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge*
11/12 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent*
11/13 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echoplex*
11/14 – San Diego, CA @ The Casbah*

*with special guest Harriet

A.C. Newman
at Facebook
@acnewman – Twitter
ACNewman.net (official site)

(‘Shut Down The Streets’ is coming out in Canada on Last Gang and in the UK on Fire Records)

 

Coming October 9 : AC Newman’s ‘Shut Down The Streets’

By Gerard on Monday, August 20th, 2012

(photo by Noah Kalina)

On October 9, we’ll be releasing the 3rd album from A.C. Newman, ‘Shut Down The Streets’ (LP/CD/digital)  the most powerful and personal solo work to date from the New Pornographers founder.  While Newman long ago staked a claim for being one of this continent’s finest pop craftsmen, ‘Streets’ represents a change in tone and a bigger change in subject matter.  I’m not about to give the whole thing away (not when we’ve commissioned a bio writer to do that, anyway), but a year of joy and sorrow in the Newman household has inspired an album of understated elegance and strength. The bar was already set pretty high where this songwriter is concerned, but this isn’t nearly so simple as one of your longtime favorites having delivered 10 great new songs.  Fantastic lyrical chops and musical invention aren’t new territory for Carl, but writing so directly about the most important events in his adult life certainly are.

Recorded in Woodstock, NY (and featuring longtime colleague Neko Case), ‘Streets’ bears the influence of classic ‘70s folk and pop songwriters ranging from Gerry Rafferty to “Daylight Katy”-period Gordon Lightfoot,  Summoning lush sonics with sweeping string & synth backgrounds that are miles away from The New Pornographers’ signature sound, ‘Shut Down The Streets’ is brutally honest, open and affecting in a way Newman has rarely been in the past.

“I’m Not Talking” (192 kbps MP3)

Track Listing:

1) I’m Not Talking
2) Do Your Own Time
3) You Could Get Lost Out Here
4) Encyclopedia of Classic Takedowns
5) There’s Money In New Wave
6) Strings
7) Hostages
8 ) Wasted English
9) The Troubadour
10) They Should Have Shut Down The Streets

Pre-order ‘Shut Down The Streets’ from The Matador Store (first 300 LP’s are on colored vinyl)

on tour this Autumn :

10/21 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace (Exclaim! 20th Anniversary Concert Series)
10/22 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
10/23 – Allston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
10/24 – Hoboken, NJ @ Maxwell’s
10/25 – Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
10/26 – Washington DC @ Black Cat
10/27 – Durham, NC @ Motorco Music Hall
10/28 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
10/29 – St. Louis, MO @ Duck Room at Blueberry Hill
10/30 – Chicago, IL @ The Empty Bottle
11/1 – St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club
11/2 – Winnipeg, Canada @ West End Cultural Centre
11/5 – Edmonton, Canada @ Starlite Room
11/6 – Calgary, Canada @ The Republik
11/8 – Vancouver, BC @ The Biltmore Cabaret (Exclaim! 20th Anniversary Concert Series)*
11/9 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile*
11/10 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge*
11/12 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent*
11/13 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echoplex*
11/14 – San Diego, CA @ The Casbah*

*with special guest Harriet

A.C. Newman
at Facebook
@acnewman – Twitter
ACNewman.net (official site)

(‘Shut Down The Streets’ is coming out in Canada on Last Gang and in the UK on Fire Records)

A.C. NEWMAN TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM THIS FALL / ANNOUNCES TOUR DATES

By Patrick on Monday, July 23rd, 2012

photo by: Noah Kalina

A.C. Newman, founding member of The New Pornographers, is excited to announce the completion of his third solo full length. The album was recorded earlier this year in Woodstock, NY and will be released this Fall on Matador Records in the US and on Last Gang Records in Canada.

In celebration of the record — with a yet-to-be-revealed title — Newman has announced a tour this Fall, commencing October 21st at Lee’s Palace in Toronto, ON, and wrapping up November 14th at the Casbah in San Diego.

A pre-sale for all shows listed below begins Wednesday, July 25th. By buying tickets through our pre-sale, you will be able to get your tickets before anyone as well as save money on service charges. Go HERE on Wednesday to access the pre-sale for each date.

The general on sale for this tour begins Friday, July 27th.

Stay tuned as we announce more details about the new album in the coming weeks.

A.C. NEWMAN – FALL TOUR

10/21 – Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace (Exclaim! 20th Anniversary Concert Series)
10/22 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
10/23 – Allston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
10/24 – Hoboken, NJ – Maxwell’s
10/25 – Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church
10/26 – Washington DC – Black Cat
10/27 – Durham, NC – Motorco Music Hall
10/28 – Atlanta, GA – The Earl
10/30 – Chicago, IL – The Empty Bottle
11/8 – Vancouver, BC – The Biltmore Cabaret (Exclaim! 20th Anniversary Concert Series)*
11/9 – Seattle, WA – The Crocodile*
11/10 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge*
11/12 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent*
11/13 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echoplex*
11/14 – San Diego, CA – The Casbah*

*with special guest Harriet

A.C. Newman covers “Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye”

By Robby on Friday, February 17th, 2012

In case you were wondering what A.C. Newman‘s been up to during the slight lull the New Pornographers’ heavy road-warrioring behind 2010′s excellent ‘Together‘… well, what we can tell you is he’s just recorded this great cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye”. Watch it below, and knowing Carl, we can be sure there’s probably a lot more in the pipeline.

The New Pornographers – “Up In The Dark” video

By Gabe on Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

The fourth video from the still-excellent (and still-available) Together. Four videos from one album is a record in my tenure, so thanks Canada!

We love the space-ious vibes on this one – I won’t even tell you about our original idea to premiere it with a “live from Comic-Con” correspondence from Jon Wurster Carl Newman. Well, I won’t tell you more than that. Pitchfork debuts the clip, accompanied by an interview with A.C. Newman himself. Watch the video (directed by Jon Busby):

Additionally, The New Pornographers have some tour dates! In Florida! Bands: tour Florida!

Thursday October 13 – Orlando, FL – Beacham Theater – tickets
Friday October 14 - Tallahassee Fl, FL – The Moon – tickets
Saturday October 15 – Pensacola Beach, CH – De Luna Fest – tickets
Sunday October 16 – Jacksonville, FL – Free Bird Live – tickets

The New Pornographers – Emmy Nominated, And On The Road

By Gerard on Thursday, April 14th, 2011

 

We’re in the midst of a heavy period of activity for The New Pornographers ; in addition to a new batch of US dates (below), the band’s “Sweet Talk” video for Oxfam’s Gulf oil spill relief efforts (directed by Shannon Hart Reed  has just been nominated for an Emmy in the “Societal Concerns” category.  Though Record Store Day is a slightly less important cause than those supervised by Oxfam, it’s obviously one very close to our hearts, and saturday’s chapter in this annual celebration of independent music retailing will feature a limited edition 7″ of ‘Together”s “Moves” b/w the unreleased B-side “Drug Deal Of The Heart”, plus a download code for said tracks and the Tom Scharpling-directed video for the a-side.

Thu, 4/14 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater*
Fri, 4/15 – Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theater*
Sat, 4/16 – Indio, CA – Coachella Festival
Sun, 4/17 – Santa Cruz, CA – Rio Theatre
Mon, 4/18 – San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom*
Thu, 4/21 – Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room#
Fri, 4/22 – Indianapolis, IN – The Vogue^
Sat, 4/23 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues^
Mon, 4/25 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom^
Tue, 4/26 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s^
Wed, 4/27 – Iowa City, IA – Ballroom at The Univ of Iowa^
Thu, 4/28 – Urbana, IL – Canopy Club^
Fri, 4/29 – Columbia, MO – The Blue Note^

* = with Menomena
^ = with The Walkmen
# = with The So-So Sailers

Coachella stage times announced/Bands on the road – Interpol announce special Coachella set details

By Stuart on Thursday, April 14th, 2011

As announced on the official Coachella page, stage times are out now for all bands playing this weekends festival and you’ll find Matador and True Panther bands well represented, without any clashes (…hopefully) too!

Additionally, Interpol have announced exciting details about their Coachella performance in collaboration with The Creators Project, David Lynch, Andi Watson, HPX and Wieden & Kennedy:

Interpol Under Surveillance

Surrounded as we are by an ever-increasing number of cameras in our daily lives, we begin to lose ownership of our own images. Anonymous technology is analyzing, categorizing and archiving our very existence.

Interpol, in collaboration with David Lynch, Andi Watson, HPX and Wieden & Kennedy present a visual juxtaposition of the seen and the unseen. As the observer becomes the observed, the performance explores the deepening layers of covert surveillance, morphing data acquisition into visual beauty and questioning the fine line between the viewer and the voyeur.

Featuring the premiere of the David Lynch animation “I Touch A Red Button Man” for the song “Lights”, and utilizing real-time visual manipulation from Seattle-based HPX, the performance will be streamed live to the internet as well as to the audience at Coachella.

From here Interpol continue their tour around the southern states with School Of Seven Bells, The New Pornographers head out with the Walkmen in tow, Cold Cave join the Kills on the road, Glasser will be supporting TV On The Radio, whilst Delorean bring their broken Spanglish charm to headline shows in Chicago and Brooklyn.

The Coachella stages and times for all our acts are below, enjoy!

Friday
Cold Cave – 3pm @ Mohave Stage
Interpol – 7:25pm @ Coachella Stage

Saturday
Glasser – 5:15pm @ Gobi Tent
The New Pornographers –  6:35pm @ Outdoor Theatre

Sunday
Delorean – Sun, 4/17, 2pm or 3pm @ Gobi Tent