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The New Pornographers ‘Brill Bruisers’ Display Contest Winners

By Rian on Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Guest post by Matador Direct’s Emmaline McCourt:

In the weeks leading up to The New Pornographers’ Brill Bruisers, 40+ indie retail stores across the US participated in a display contest to promote the album. Using the album artwork as inspiration, designers used everything from posters to glow sticks to balloons to create inventive in-store displays. Prizes were awarded to the top three designs.

First place went to LOU’S RECORDS in Encinitas, CA. Their designer used Christmas lights, cardboard, posters, and some creative magic to construct their New Pornographers light box.

Second place went to LANDLOCKED in Bloomington, IN whose impressive window display almost perfectly mimicked the font from the Brill Bruisers album cover.

And last but not least third place went to MUSIC SAVES in Cleveland, OH who utilized myriad craft supplies including balloons, pipe cleaners, crepe paper in their display.

Congrats to the winners and a big THANK YOU to all stores who participated.

“What Makes a Pop Song Work” – Carl Newman & Neko Case on NPR’s Morning Edition

By Rian on Monday, September 22nd, 2014


(photo: Chris Buck)

Back on September 4th, The New Pornographers and National Public Radio took over NYC’s historic songwriting hub, the Brill Building to present a special concert celebrating the band’s latest release ‘Brill Bruisers.’ Earlier this morning Morning Edition aired an interview with Carl Newman and Neko Case in which they asked “What Makes a Pop Song Work?” Here what they had to say about the subject and what was running through their heads the night of the Brill show here.

Tour dates:
Sunday, October, 5 — The Showbox, Seattle WA*
Monday, October, 6 — The Showbox, Seattle WA*
Wednesday, October, 8 — Crystal Ballroom, Portland OR*
Thursday, October, 9 — Knitting Factory, Boise ID*
Friday, October, 10 — The Depot, Salt Lake City UT*
Saturday, October, 11 — Gothic Theatre, Denver CO*
Monday, October, 13 — The Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix AZ*
Tuesday, October, 14 — Rialto Theatre, Tucson AZ*
Wednesday, October, 15 — Pappy & Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace, Pioneertown CA*
Friday, October, 17 — The Wiltern, Los Angeles CA*
Saturday, October, 18 — North Park Theatre, San Diego CA*
Saturday- Sunday, October, 18-19 — Treasure Island Music Festival, San Francisco CA*
Tuesday, November, 4 — Cannery Ballroom, Nashville TN*
Wednesday, November, 5 — Orange Peel, Asheville NC*
Thursday, November, 6 — Buckhead Theatre, Atlanta GA*
Friday, November, 7 — Civic Theatre, New Orleans LA*
Saturday, November, 8 — Fun Fun Fun Fest, Austin TX*
Monday, November, 10 — The Pageant, St. Louis MO*
Tuesday, November, 11 — Slowdown, Omaha NE*
Thursday, November, 13 — Pabst Theater, Milwaukee WI*
Friday, November, 14 — Riviera Theatre, Chicago IL*
Saturday, November, 15 — House of Blues, Cleveland OH*
Monday, November, 17 — Hammerstein Ballroom, New York NY*
Wednesday, November, 19 — House of Blues, Boston MA*
Thursday, November, 20 — Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA*
Friday, November, 21 — 9:30 Club, Washington, DC*
Sunday, November, 23 — Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro NC*
Monday, December, 1 — The Deaf Institute, Manchester UK
Tuesday, December, 2 — O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London UK
Wednesday, December, 3 — Botanique – Rotunde, Brussels, Belgium
Thursday, December, 4 — La Maroquinerie, Paris, France
Friday, December, 5 — Gebaude 9, Cologne, Germany
Saturday, December, 6 — Doornroosje, Nijmegen, Netherlands
Sunday, December, 7 — Melkweg, Amsterdam, Netherlands

* w/ The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
# w/ Perfect Pussy, Pity Sex
^with Iron & Wine, Glass Animals
! with Pickwick, Cool

The New Pornographers – “War On The East Coast” (via CBC’s First Play Live)

By Gerard on Sunday, September 14th, 2014

footage courtesy CBC. More clips & conversations from the same session can be found here.

order ‘Brill Bruisers’ from the following :
The Matador Store : (a limited edition multi-colored, paint splattered version of the LP is available through the Matador and New Pornographers webstores. Receive a 3D poster and 3D glasses while supplies last)
New Pornos Store
iTunes
Amazon
Google

tour dates :

Saturday, September, 20 — The LC Pavilion, Columbus OH!
Sunday, October, 5 — The Showbox, Seattle WA*
Monday, October, 6 — The Showbox, Seattle WA*
Wednesday, October, 8 — Crystal Ballroom, Portland OR*
Thursday, October, 9 — Knitting Factory, Boise ID*
Friday, October, 10 — The Depot, Salt Lake City UT*
Saturday, October, 11 — Gothic Theatre, Denver CO*
Monday, October, 13 — The Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix AZ*
Tuesday, October, 14 — Rialto Theatre, Tucson AZ*
Wednesday, October, 15 — Pappy & Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace, Pioneertown CA*
Friday, October, 17 — The Wiltern, Los Angeles CA*
Saturday, October, 18 — North Park Theatre, San Diego CA*
Saturday- Sunday, October, 18-19 — Treasure Island Music Festival, San Francisco CA*
Tuesday, November, 4 — Cannery Ballroom, Nashville TN*
Wednesday, November, 5 — Orange Peel, Asheville NC*
Thursday, November, 6 — Buckhead Theatre, Atlanta GA*
Friday, November, 7 — Civic Theatre, New Orleans LA*
Saturday, November, 8 — Fun Fun Fun Fest, Austin TX*
Monday, November, 10 — The Pageant, St. Louis MO*
Tuesday, November, 11 — Slowdown, Omaha NE*
Thursday, November, 13 — Pabst Theater, Milwaukee WI*
Friday, November, 14 — Riviera Theatre, Chicago IL*
Saturday, November, 15 — House of Blues, Cleveland OH*
Monday, November, 17 — Hammerstein Ballroom, New York NY*
Wednesday, November, 19 — House of Blues, Boston MA*
Thursday, November, 20 — Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA*
Friday, November, 21 — 9:30 Club, Washington, DC*
Sunday, November, 23 — Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro NC*
Monday, December, 1 — The Deaf Institute, Manchester UK
Tuesday, December, 2 — O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London UK
Wednesday, December, 3 — Botanique – Rotunde, Brussels, Belgium
Thursday, December, 4 — La Maroquinerie, Paris, France
Friday, December, 5 — Gebaude 9, Cologne, Germany
Saturday, December, 6 — Doornroosje, Nijmegen, Netherlands
Sunday, December, 7 — Melkweg, Amsterdam, Netherlands

* w/ The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
^with Iron & Wine, Glass Animals
! with Pickwick, Cool

The New Pornographers – NPR First Listen Live from the Brill Building

By Gabe on Thursday, September 11th, 2014

Last week the New Pornographers launched their new album Brill Bruisers with a memorable concert at the Brill Building, the historic home of songwriting tradition in New York City’s Times Square.

Today, NPR Music has released a full length concert film commemorating the event. Carl, Dan, Neko – the whole gang was there to celebrate:

Carl also had a previous adventure in solitude at the Brill recently:

The New Pornographers’ A.C. Newman: secret Brill Building audition tape revealed

By Gabe on Thursday, September 11th, 2014

Last week the New Pornographers played a triumphant (no really, they triumphed) concert at the Brill Building in New York City’s Times Square to celebrate the release of their new album Brill Bruisers.

This morning, tape has surfaced (at Funny or Die, of all places) revealing that last week’s concert may not have been Carl “A.C.” Newman’s first trip to the Brill, the historic home of songwriting tradition in New York City:

Stay tuned to NPR Music TODAY (check in at noon Eastern, why dontcha!) for much more on the New Pornographers and Brill Bruisers live from the Brill Building.

Tonight : The New Pornographers On CBS’ “The Late Show WIth David Letterman”

By Gerard on Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

(footage courtesy The Current)

Let’s get the gloating out of the way first and foremost : congratulations to The New Pornographers on ‘Brill Bruisers’ entering next week’s US Billboard Album Chart at #13 ; that’s the highest charting album in the band’s career. There’s no time for victory laps, however, otherwise they’d be way too disheveled for tonight’s appearance on CBS’ “The Late Show With David Letterman” (11:35 eastern, 10:35 central). Dave’s other guests tonight are Kristen Wiig and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).

order ‘Brill Bruisers’ from the following :
The Matador Store : (a limited edition multi-colored, paint splattered version of the LP is available through the Matador and New Pornographers webstores. Receive a 3D poster and 3D glasses while supplies last)
New Pornos Store
iTunes
Amazon
Google

The New Pornographers – Brill Bruisers live from The Brill Building

By Gabe on Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Today NPR Music has announced a special concert event with The New Pornographers.

On Thursday September 4th The New Pornographers will perform their new album Brill Bruisers (available now) at the Brill Building as part of NPR Music’s First Listen Live series: AC Newman – a pop songsmith in the grand tradition of Brill Building stalwarts Burt Bacharach, Neil Sedaka, Laura Nyro, Carole King and Lou Reed – celebrates the release of his band’s new album at the historic home of songwriting tradition in New York City’s Times Square. NPR will begin broadcasting the event on Tuesday September 9th.

Follow @nprmusic for opportunities to win tickets over the next week – @matadorrecords and @thenewpornographers will also have some for giveaway.

The New Pornographers : ‘Brill Bruisers’ Out Today, Twitter Q&A at 12:30 eastern

By Gerard on Monday, August 25th, 2014

Elaborate ceremonies to mark today’s release of The New Pornographers’ ‘Brill Bruisers’ —- including but not limited to sky-writing and a high-concept videoclip about a radio station takeover that bears no relation whatsoever to the script for 1994′s “Airheads” (which none of us have seen or even heard of)  — will be briefly interrupted at 12:30 eastern for a Twitter Q&A (#AskTheNewP’s).  You’ve only got half an hour to get your questions in, so this is no time to wonder if your inquiries are inappropriate or completely self-indulgent on your part.

‘Brill Bruisers’ is available in better record shops today (most of the shittier ones, too) but here’s some options if no one will give you a ride :

The Matador Store : (a limited edition multi-colored, paint splattered version of the LP is available through the Matador and New Pornographers webstores. Receive a 3D poster and 3D glasses while supplies last)
New Pornos Store
iTunes
Amazon
Google

The New Pornographers will appearing on the Wednesday, September 3 airing of CBS’ “The Late Show With David Letterman”.  A high-concept reenactment of this incident is probably not in the cards, but if you don’t tune in, you’ll never know for sure.

Tour dates:
Friday, August, 29 — Sonic Boom Festival, Edmonton AB, Canada
Saturday, August, 30 — Sandjam, Halifax NS, Canada
Saturday, September, 6 — Majestic Theatre, Detroit MI#
Sunday, September, 7 — Riot Fest, Toronto ON, Canada
Thursday-Sunday, September, 11-14 — Rifflandia, Victoria BC, Canada
Saturday, September, 20 — The LC Pavilion, Columbus OH!
Sunday, October, 5 — The Showbox, Seattle WA*
Monday, October, 6 — The Showbox, Seattle WA*
Wednesday, October, 8 — Crystal Ballroom, Portland OR*
Thursday, October, 9 — Knitting Factory, Boise ID*
Friday, October, 10 — The Depot, Salt Lake City UT*
Saturday, October, 11 — Gothic Theatre, Denver CO*
Monday, October, 13 — The Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix AZ*
Tuesday, October, 14 — Rialto Theatre, Tucson AZ*
Wednesday, October, 15 — Pappy & Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace, Pioneertown CA*
Friday, October, 17 — The Wiltern, Los Angeles CA*
Saturday, October, 18 — North Park Theatre, San Diego CA*
Saturday- Sunday, October, 18-19 — Treasure Island Music Festival, San Francisco CA*
Tuesday, November, 4 — Cannery Ballroom, Nashville TN*
Wednesday, November, 5 — Orange Peel, Asheville NC*
Thursday, November, 6 — Buckhead Theatre, Atlanta GA*
Friday, November, 7 — Civic Theatre, New Orleans LA*
Saturday, November, 8 — Fun Fun Fun Fest, Austin TX*
Monday, November, 10 — The Pageant, St. Louis MO*
Tuesday, November, 11 — Slowdown, Omaha NE*
Thursday, November, 13 — Pabst Theater, Milwaukee WI*
Friday, November, 14 — Riviera Theatre, Chicago IL*
Saturday, November, 15 — House of Blues, Cleveland OH*
Monday, November, 17 — Hammerstein Ballroom, New York NY*
Wednesday, November, 19 — House of Blues, Boston MA*
Thursday, November, 20 — Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA*
Friday, November, 21 — 9:30 Club, Washington, DC*
Sunday, November, 23 — Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro NC*
Monday, December, 1 — The Deaf Institute, Manchester UK
Tuesday, December, 2 — O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London UK
Wednesday, December, 3 — Botanique – Rotunde, Brussels, Belgium
Thursday, December, 4 — La Maroquinerie, Paris, France
Friday, December, 5 — Gebaude 9, Cologne, Germany
Saturday, December, 6 — Doornroosje, Nijmegen, Netherlands
Sunday, December, 7 — Melkweg, Amsterdam, Netherlands

* w/ The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
# w/ Perfect Pussy, Pity Sex
^with Iron & Wine, Glass Animals
! with Pickwick, Cool

 

Listen in full: The New Pornographers ‘Brill Bruisers’, First Play on iTunes Radio

By Rian on Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

(photo : Chris Buck)

At long last, The New Pornographer’s highly anticipated new album Brill Bruisers is now streaming in full thanks to First Play on iTunes Radio. The octet of Newman, Collins, Neko Case, Dan Bejar, Blaine Thurier, Katheryn Calder, Kurt Dahle and Todd Fancey recorded in Woodstock and Vancouver (with additional portions done in Brooklyn, Austin and Vermont). John Collins and AC Newman produced. The colorful title track and “War On The East Coast” have already been at your beck and call, but now it’s time for the rest of Brill Bruisers.

Stream the album in full here (US only): http://smarturl.it/StreamBrillBruisers

The album is officially out next Monday, August 25th, worldwide. The band will be back as musical guests on the “Late Show With David Letterman” on Wednesday, September 3rd.

A limited edition multi-colored paint splattered version of the LP is available through the Matador and New Pornographers webstores. Pre-order the limited edition LP and receive a 3D poster and 3D glasses (while supplies last)

iTunes: http://smarturl.it/BrillBruisers (pre-order now, get “Brill Bruisers” & “War On The East Coast” instantly)
Amazon: http://smarturl.it/Brill_Bruisers (pre-order now, get ”Brill Bruisers” instantly)

Tour dates:

Friday, August, 29 — Sonic Boom Festival, Edmonton AB, Canada

Saturday, August, 30 — Sandjam, Halifax NS, Canada

Saturday, September, 6 — Majestic Theatre, Detroit MI#

Sunday, September, 7 — Riot Fest, Toronto ON, Canada

Thursday-Sunday, September, 11-14 — Rifflandia, Victoria BC, Canada

Saturday, September, 20 — The LC Pavilion, Columbus OH!

Sunday, October, 5 — The Showbox, Seattle WA*

Monday, October, 6 — The Showbox, Seattle WA*

Wednesday, October, 8 — Crystal Ballroom, Portland OR*

Thursday, October, 9 — Knitting Factory, Boise ID*

Friday, October, 10 — The Depot, Salt Lake City UT*

Saturday, October, 11 — Gothic Theatre, Denver CO*

Monday, October, 13 — The Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix AZ*

Tuesday, October, 14 — Rialto Theatre, Tucson AZ*

Wednesday, October, 15 — Pappy & Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace, Pioneertown CA*

Friday, October, 17 — The Wiltern, Los Angeles CA*

Saturday, October, 18 — North Park Theatre, San Diego CA*

Saturday- Sunday, October, 18-19 — Treasure Island Music Festival, San Francisco CA*

Tuesday, November, 4 — Cannery Ballroom, Nashville TN*

Wednesday, November, 5 — Orange Peel, Asheville NC*

Thursday, November, 6 — Buckhead Theatre, Atlanta GA*

Friday, November, 7 — Civic Theatre, New Orleans LA*

Saturday, November, 8 — Fun Fun Fun Fest, Austin TX*

Monday, November, 10 — The Pageant, St. Louis MO*

Tuesday, November, 11 — Slowdown, Omaha NE*

Thursday, November, 13 — Pabst Theater, Milwaukee WI*

Friday, November, 14 — Riviera Theatre, Chicago IL*

Saturday, November, 15 — House of Blues, Cleveland OH*

Monday, November, 17 — Hammerstein Ballroom, New York NY*

Wednesday, November, 19 — House of Blues, Boston MA*

Thursday, November, 20 — Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA*

Friday, November, 21 — 9:30 Club, Washington, DC*

Sunday, November, 23 — Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro NC*

Monday, December, 1 — The Deaf Institute, Manchester UK

Tuesday, December, 2 — O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London UK

Wednesday, December, 3 — Botanique – Rotunde, Brussels, Belgium

Thursday, December, 4 — La Maroquinerie, Paris, France

Friday, December, 5 — Gebaude 9, Cologne, Germany

Saturday, December, 6 — Doornroosje, Nijmegen, Netherlands

Sunday, December, 7 — Melkweg, Amsterdam, Netherlands

* w/ The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

# w/ Perfect Pussy, Pity Sex

^with Iron & Wine, Glass Animals

! with Pickwick, Cool

 

The New Pornographers, finally touring in Europe again

By Stuart on Thursday, August 14th, 2014
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Today, The New Pornographers announce their first (collective) visit to Europe in almost four years, with news that December sees a week-long run of shows for the live band consisting of A.C. Newman, Blaine Thurier, Dan Bejar, John Collins, Kathryn Calder, Kurt Dahle and Todd Fancey for the below dates:

December
Mon 01 – UK, Manchester, The Deaf Institute – Tickets
Tue 02 – UK, London, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire – Tickets
Wed 03 – Belgium, Brussels, Botanique – Rotunde – Tickets
Thu 04 – France, Paris, La Maroquinerie – Tickets
Fri 05 – Germany, Cologne, Gebaude 9 – Tickets
Sat 06 – Netherlands, Nijmegen, Doornroosje – Tickets
Sun 07 – Netherlands, Amsterdam, Melkweg – Tickets

Not content with just that, the band also shared the brand new Brill Bruisers track ‘Dancehall Domine‘ shot live in session with CBC.ca (above) and spoke to them about some of the vocals and arrangements that went in to the recording of the new album, out August 26th.

The New Pornographers – ‘Brill Bruisers’ LP (limited edition paint-splattered vinyl)

By Gerard on Friday, July 18th, 2014

A limited edition, multi-colored paint splattered version of the upcoming New Pornographers ‘Brill Bruisers’ LP is available through the Matador and New Pornographers webstores. Preorder the limited edition LP and receive a 3D poster and 3D glasses (while supplies and/or the mania for all things 3D lasts)

VIDEO : The New Pornographers – “War On The East Coast”

By Gerard on Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

“We were going for some mid nineties second tier brit pop attitude. In the past, I’ve never really wanted to be in the video. But with this, we wanted to have fun and fully be IN the video.” – Carl Newman

“War On The East Coast” is the first video from the upcoming album by The New Pornographers, ‘Brill Bruisers’ (August 25). As you can see, Carl, Dan Bejar and director Thom Glunt weren’t hesitant to depict the destruction of a major North American city, but I should stress this is not documentary footage. On the pseudo-apocalyptic scale not only do I think this video kicks Michael Bay’s ass (about time, too), but the song’s incredible. Wait ’til you hear the whole album.

A limited edition multi-colored paint splattered version of the LP is available through the Matador and New Pornographers webstores. Pre-order the limited edition LP and receive a 3D poster and 3D glasses (while supplies last)

preorder ‘Brill Bruisers’ from iTunes or Amazon Digital and receive “Brill Bruisers” and “War On The East Coast” today)
preorder ‘Brill Bruisers’ from The New Pornographers Store
Amazon (LP or CD)
Google:

Tour Dates
Saturday, July, 19 — Pemberton Music Festival, Pemberton BC  Canada
Friday, August, 8 — Skyline Music Festival, Minneapolis, MN
Friday, August 29 – Sonic Boom Festival, Northlands Park, Edmonton AB Canada
Saturday, September, 6 – Majestic Theatre, Detroit MI
Sunday, September, 7 — Riot Fest, Downsview Park, Toronto ON, Canada
Thursday-Sunday, September, 11-14 - Rifflandia, Victoria BC  Canada
Sunday, October, 5 — The Showbox, Seattle WA*
Monday, October, 6 — The Showbox, Seattle WA*
Wednesday, October, 8 – Crystal Ballroom, Portland OR*
Thursday, October, 9 — Knitting Factory, Boise ID*
Friday, October, 10 — The Depot, Salt Lake City UT*
Saturday, October, 11 — Gothic Theatre, Denver CO*
Monday, October, 13 – The Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix AZ*
Tuesday, October, 14 — Rialto Theatre, Tucson AZ*
Wednesday, October, 15 — Pappy & Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace, Pioneertown CA*
Friday, October, 17 – The Wiltern, Los Angeles CA*
Saturday October, 18 — North Park Theatre, San Diego CA*
Sunday, October 19 — Treasure Island Music Festival, San Francisco CA*
Tuesday, November, 4 — Cannery Ballroom, Nashville TN*
Wednesday, November, 5 — Orange Peel, Asheville NC*
Thursday, November, 6 – Buckhead Theatre, Atlanta GA*
Friday, November, 7 – Civic Theatre, New Orleans LA*
Saturday, November, 8 — Fun Fun Fun Fest, Austin TX*
Monday, November, 10 — The Pageant, St. Louis MO*
Tuesday, November, 11 – Slowdown, Omaha NE*
Thursday, November, 13 – Pabst Theater, Milwaukee WI*
Friday, November, 14 — Riviera Theatre, Chicago IL*
Saturday, November, 15 — House of Blues, Cleveland OH*
Monday, November, 17 – Hammerstein Ballroom, New York NY*
Wednesday, November, 19 — House of Blues, Boston MA*
Thursday, November, 20 — Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA*
Friday, November, 21 — 9:30 Club, Washington, DC*
Sunday, November, 23 — Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro NC*

* – support by The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart

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Coming August 26 : The New Pornographers’ ‘Brill Bruisers’

By Gerard on Tuesday, June 10th, 2014


“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.” – A.C. Newman

(photo : Chris Buck)

On August 26, we’ll be releasing the first new album in 4 years from The New Pornographers, the John Collins / AC Newman produced ‘Brill Bruisers’ on LP, CD and digital formats. The octet of Newman, Collins, Neko Case, Dan Bejar, Blaine Thurier, Katheryn Calder, Kurt Dahle and Todd Fancey recorded in Woodstock and Vancouver (with additional portions done in Brooklyn, Austin and Vermont) from 2013-14 and have emerged with the boldest & brightest work in their unbeaten run. The album’s titular track, “Brill Bruisers” premieres today here (and at the top of this post)