A.C. Newman

Full Discography

  • Shut Down The Streets - ole-992 - 2012-10-09
  • Get Guilty - ole-834 - 2009-01-20
  • The Slow Wonder - ole-615 - 2004-06-08


Allan Carl Newman (born April 14, 1968) is a Canadian musician and singer–songwriter. He was a member of the indie rock bands Superconductor and Zumpano in the 1990s. Following the breakup of those bands, he reemerged as the leader of The New Pornographers in 2000, a band who have enjoyed commercial and critical success. In 2004, Newman launched his solo career, performing as A.C. Newman. He has stated he chose "A.C." for his solo career because "it sounded like a pseudonym, but it's not a pseudonym.

News From The Matablog

"What Makes a Pop Song Work" - Carl Newman & Neko Case on NPR's Morning Edition

(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' A.C. Newman: secret Brill Building audition tape revealed

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.

Coming August 26 : The New Pornographers' 'Brill Bruisers'

“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) track listing : 1. Brill Bruisers 2. Champions Of Red Wine 3. Fantasy Fools 4. War On The East Coast 5. Backstairs 6. Marching Orders 7. Another Drug Deal Of The Heart 8. Born With A Sound 9. Wide Eyes 10. Dancehall Domine 11. Spidyr 12. Hi-Rise 13. You Tell Me Where 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) Pre-order on iTunes and receive the following : today : "Brill Bruisers" At later dates in July receive "War On The East Coast" and "Dancehall Domine" (exact dates for these are TBC) Dates including headlining shows at LA's Wiltern and NYC's Hammerstein Ballroom are found after the jump, in addition to festival appearances at Toronto's Riot Fest and Austin's Fun Fun Fun : July 18-20 Pemberton Music Festival Pemberton, BC August 29-31 Sonic Boom Festival Edmonton, AB August 31 Edmonton Northlands Edmonton, AB September 6 Majestic Theatre Detroit, MI September 6-7 Riot Fest Toronto, ON October 5 & 6 The Showbox Seattle, WA October 8 Crystal Ballroom Portland, OR October 9 Knitting Factory Boise, ID October 10 Knitting Factory Salt Lake City, UT October 11 Gothic Theatre Denver, CO October 13 The Crescent Ballroom Phoenix, AZ October 14 Tucson, AZ Rialto Theatre October 15 Pappy & Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace Pioneertown, CA October 17 The Wiltern Los Angeles, CA October 18 North Park Theatre San Diego, CA November 4 Cannery Ballroom Nashville, TN November 5 Orange Peel Asheville, NC November 6 Buckhead Theatre Atlanta, GA November 7 Civic Theatre New Orleans, LA November 7-9 Fun Fun Fun Fest Austin, TX November 10 The Pageant St. Louis, MO November 11 Slowdown Omaha, NE November 13 Pabst Theater Milwaukee, WI November 14 Riviera Theatre Chicago, IL November 15 House of Blues Cleveland, OH November 17 Hammerstein Ballroom New York, NY November 19 House of Blues Boston, MA November 20 Union Transfer Philadelphia, PA November 21 9:30 Club Washington, DC November 23 Cat’s Cradle Carrboro, NC The New Pornographers on Facebook The New Pornographers on Twitter

AC Newman and Bill Fay In A Post-Apocalyptic-Cable-TV-World

(above : this is either a promotional still from "The Walking Dead" or a photo from last April's Record Store Day --- I can't find my notes!)

TONIGHT ON AMC : you can hear AC Newman's version of Bill Fay's "Be Not So Fearful" on season 4, episode 15 of "The Walking Dead".

'The Walking Dead Original Soundtrack, Vol. 2' is out Tuesday on Republic Records.

Yo La Tengo and AC Newman Attempt To Extract Your Cash For WFMU

(above : James and Ira, struggling gamely with Silver Convention's "San Francisco Hustle".  Photo courtesy WFMU)

Venerable WFMU, oft-hailed as the finest listener supported free-form station in the world (or alternately, "almost as good as WSOU") is in the midst of their annual fundraising marathon. Though there's prizes & premiums galore, your real reward is an astonishing amount of live and archived material the station makes available over the airwaves, online, and soon, via mental telepathy (this is only part of reason why they spent two weeks a year shaking you down).

Yo La Tengo's vaunted covers-for-cash performances during the WFMU marathon are a 17 year tradition, as Ira Kaplan points out, and this Thursday at 9am EST, not even a concert tour of Germany will  stop Ira, Georgia, James and longtime associate Bruce Bennett from once again, murdering the classics (and perhaps the not-so-classic.)  This will mark the first time Yo La Tengo have done their covers-for-WFMU broadcast from a remote location (or if  you prefer, Berlin), and you'll undoubtedly want to remember that for some kind of Matador Trivia Night we intend to hold in lieu of a company Xmas party later in the year (more on this later --- it's a sensitive subject).

In addition, A.C. Newman will throw himself into the entertainment firestorm that is Tom Scharpling's "The Best Show On WFMU", tomorrow night at 9pm EST.

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