Neko performed “Ragtime” on Conan last night, with a little help from Calexico. Visit the Team Coco website to see the clip.
A.C. Newman’s 2013 release ‘Shut Down the Streets’ was nominated for a Juno! See the full nomination list here: http://bit.ly/LNu1Ag
Montreal’s Yellow Bird Project charity organization needs your help funding a documentary feature about Kathryn Calder and her journey after learning that her mother had been diagnosed with ALS.
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.
Visit their Kickstarter page HERE to watch a trailer for the upcoming documentary as well as learn how you can pledge to help them reach their funding goal.
Pledge rewards include everything from an HQ download of them film and a credit in the film, to signed CD’s, vinyl, concert tickets, a meet & greet with Kathryn and/or with the all of the New Pornographers and much more.
This project will only be funded if at least $50,000 is pledged by Monday Jul 22, 9:36am EDT. Help spread the word!
AC Newman is participating in Scrabble for Cheaters on April 6th at 826NYC. He and his partner – David Rees (Get Your War On, Artisanal pencil-sharpener) – need to raise money ahead of time to buy cheats in the Scrabble tournament. Together, they are called The Upstate Upsetters and you can help them reach their goal of $1,000 raised (which will ultimately benefit 826NYC) by visiting: http://www.826nyc.org/scrabble13/support/#upstate
More information on 826NYC, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting students with their writing skills, is HERE.
Check out the official video for AC Newman’s “I’m Not Talking”, the first track off Shut Down the Streets.
“There are some bands that are on stage and some that own it. A.C. Newman falls into the latter category, hands down with a quiet but commanding stage presence.”
- City Pages Minneapolis
AC Newman live:
The Biltmore Cabaret
Doug Fir Lounge
San Francisco, CA
Los Angeles, CA
San Diego, CA
In case you missed it, check out The New York Times‘ review of A.C. Newman’s Shut Down the Streets:
As the main songwriter in the New Pornographers, along with his solo albums and past bands dating back to the 1990s, A. C. Newman has been so prolific that he risks being taken for granted: He’s the guy who can always spin out hummable pop melodies that would be right at home in the ’60s or ’70s, whether or not he matches them to lyrics that add up. But Shut Down the Streets (Matador/Last Gang) takes an extra step toward the heartfelt: “Is it too much to lose, or too little left to live for?” he sings in “Wasted English.” The melodies are still there, from gently scalloped waltzes to hearty power-pop choruses, and there’s a new layer of polish on the arrangements: intros that establish atmosphere along with hooks, richer and more elegant instrumental blends, the self-effacing vocal harmonies of Neko Case from the New Pornographers. And especially in “They Should Have Shut Down the Streets,” which mourns the death of his mother, Mr. Newman comes through as less facile or defensive, more open. It’s a tipping point.
The album is available on iTunes HERE