New Pornographers' A.C. Newman Is Going To Start A Jam Band


Carl Newman, the New Pornographers frontman who also records apart from the group under the moniker A.C. Newman, just released his third solo offering, Shut Down the Streets, a couple of weeks ago. The album's equally inspired by two recent events -- the death of Newman's mother and the birth of his son -- and its 10 tracks, intended as a sort of throwback to lush, early '70s folk-pop, prominently feature backing vocals by his pal and New Pornos compadre Neko Case. We rang up the affable Newman at his Woodstock, NY home -- where he was doing some last-minute packing for his current U.S. tour -- for a round of "Reviewing the Reviews," wherein we read him excerpts from a handful of Shut Down the Streets reviews and got his reactions. "To a certain degree, sure," Newman replied when we asked him if he's generally been in the habit of reading reviews of his work. "For example, it's hard to avoid what Pitchfork says about your record. Even though I try not to pay too much attention to them, if you get a really great review from Pitchfork then somebody tells you. And if you don't, it's like, 'Hmmm ... why are people so silent about Pitchfork?'"

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We Read Sixpence None The Richer Their Reviews


Sixpence None the Richer sprang to life in the early '90s and slogged it out on the Christian underground circuit for several years before hitting the bigtime with their crossover pop smash "Kiss Me"--a tune that topped charts, soundtracked the on-screen romantic travails of Freddie Prinze Jr. and James Van Der Beek (separately, of course), and is still in heavy rotation on radio stations named "Jack" and "Ben." The Nashville-based quintet enjoyed the limelight for a while, then called it quits not long after 2002's Divine Discontent. Singer Leigh Nash and guitarist/songwriter Matt Slocum pursued solo careers for much of the '00s, but reunited a few years ago to try to recapture some of that old magic. After nearly two years of delays, the revamped quartet finally issued a new album, Lost in Transition, in August. We reached Nash by phone this week for a round of "Reviewing the Reviews," wherein we read her excerpts from a handful of recent Transition reviews and got her reactions--she ended up talking about life, hitmaking, stabbing people in the face, getting kicked in the boobs, and more.

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