The New Pornographers – Together (Matador)
The New Pornographers are one of those bands that I probably wouldn’t have discovered if not for Glorious Noise. The fervor of some of this site’s regular bulletin board contributors was so intense for this band at one point that you actually felt you had to buy a New Pornographers album as admission to reply to any post.
I’d like to know how many of those same supporters feel about this band since 2005’s Twin Cinema, because in my ears, there’s a sense that Carl Newman and company have lost bit a steam in their bid for power-pop perfection.
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Grant Park, Chicago, August 7-9, 2009
This was my first trip back to Chicago since moving to Portland, Oregon in December 2008. As much as I love Portland, there is a large piece of my heart in that city by the lake. It’s where I was born, it’s where I formed my favorite band, and it’s where my son was born. It’s still my city.
So it was with great excitement and anticipation that I returned to see friends, drink a lot of beer and catch some live rock and fucking roll. I’d been planning and thinking of this trip since before we even moved so you’d think I’d have had all the details ironed out like the Arctic Monkeys‘ fitted shirts. You don’t know me well and the Monkeys no longer wear Fred Perry, but more on that later…
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To celebrate its first anniversary, the Anti- label blog is giving out another MP3 from Neko Case‘s new album.
MP3: Neko Case – “Middle Cyclone” from Middle Cyclone.
This is one is less poppy than the previous track Anti gave away, and it showcases her voice with a simple acoustic guitar backing with toy piano. “Baby, why am I worried now? / Did someone make a fool of me / ‘fore I could show ’em how it’s done.” Patsy Cline‘s got nothing on this lady.
Neko Case: Web, MySpace, wiki, Anti, album stream.
MP3: Neko Case – “People Got A Lotta Nerve” from Middle Cyclone, out March 3 on Anti.
Charity alert: Neko Case and Anti will donate five dollars to Best Friends Animal Society for every blog that posts “People Got A Lotta Nerve” and one dollar for every user of iLike that adds the song to his/her profile (up to $4,000). Very nice.
The song is poppier than a lot of Case’s recent solo stuff. Not quite New Pornographers poppy, but you can’t deny the jangle of the Rickenbacker!
Neko Case: Web, MySpace, wiki, Anti.
Anti- Records has reissued three Neko Case albums: 2006’s Fox Confessor Brings The Flood, 2000’s Furnace Room Lullaby, and 2002’s Blacklisted. Not sure what was wrong with the Bloodshot versions of those albums, but Amazon claims they’ve been remastered…
Bonus material for the updated version of Fox Confessor will boast a previously unreleased demo version of the song “Behind The House,” plus a four-song sampler that includes full-length versions of Blacklisted excerpts “Deep Red Bells” and “I Wish I Was The Moon,” plus the title track from Furnace Room Lullaby and the album’s first cut “Set Out Running.”
• Neko Case – “Hold On, Hold On” from Fox Confessor Brings The Flood
• Neko Case – “Star Witness” from Fox Confessor Brings The Flood
• Neko Case – “Train From Kansas City” from The Tigers Have Spoken
• Neko Case – “If You Knew” from The Tigers Have Spoken
So that’s why this band is such a high priority for their label! The New Pornographers’ Carl Newman married Matador marketing manager Christy Simpson this weekend. The New York Times Fashion & Style section was there. Best quote:
“I cried when Blaine gave his speech,” Ms. Case admitted later at the bar, clutching a Jägermeister.
There’s nothing like a little Jäger to open up the floodgates at a wedding…