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A.C. Newman on World Cafe | February 7, 2013

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A.C. Newman has been at the forefront of some of the best-loved indie-pop bands of the past two decades, most notably The New Pornographers and Zumpano. But as a part-time solo artist, Newman tends to craft work that's more melancholic than his playful efforts with The New Pornographers.

Newman's third solo album, Shut Down the Streets, finds him sounding more introspective than ever. Released at the end of last year, it frames his reflections on his mother's death and his child's birth with acoustic flourishes and orchestral accompaniment. The title of the record refers to his mother's death, as he insists that her passing should have prompted a public display of mourning.

Here, Newman plays a few tracks from Shut Down the Streets and talks with host David Dye about his new approach to songwriting and his upcoming album with The New Pornographers.




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Beach House “Wishes” Recorded Live for the World Cafe

The New Pornographers “Sing Me Spanish Techno” Twin Cinema

Free Energy “Hangin’” Love Sign

((AC Newman “You Could Get Lost out Here” Recorded Live for the World Cafe))

AC Newman “I’m Not Talking” Recorded Live for the World Cafe

AC Newman “You Could Get Lost Out Here” Recorded Live for the World Cafe

AC Newman “There’s Money In New Wave” Recorded Live for the World Cafe

AC Newman “Hostages” Recorded Live for the World Cafe

((AC Newman “There are maybe ten or Twelve” Get Guilty))

REM “Losing My Religion” Out of Time

St. Vincent “Cruel” Strange Mercy

The Amazing “Flashlight” Gentle Stream

((AC Newman “I’m Not Talking” Recorded Live for the World Cafe))




Tom Petty “You Don’t Know How It Feels” Wildflowers

Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside “They Told Me” Untamed Beast

JD McPherson “North Side Gal” Signs And Signifiers

Trixie Whitley “Never Enough” Fourth Corner

Chris Whitley “Big Sky Country” Living With the Law

((Atoms for Peace “Default” Amok))

Alt-J “Tessellate” An Awesome Wave

Roxy Music “Love Is The Drug” Siren

Divine Fits “Would That Not Be Nice” A Thing Called Divine Fits

Django Django “Default” Django Django

Givers “Up, Up, Up” In Light

((The Breeders “Cannonball” Last Splash))

Jose James “Trouble” No Beginning No End

Bunny Wailer “Dreamland” Blackheart Man

Guards “Ready to Go” In Guards We Trust

Cults “Go Outside” Cults

((Yo La Tengo “Last Days of Disco” And then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out))