A.C. Newman crowns Get Guilty

There is something of substance to grasp in a week where mass hysteria and herd mentality have run rampant with the coronation of the King. While we should all hope for the best, greatness can only be certified after you’ve done something great. Right? Here on planet earth, what they tell us is going on rarely corresponds with what we actually experience. A.C. Newman, leader of the New Pornographers, has something quite worthwhile for this inaugural season in the form of new album, Get Guilty (Matador). This record is easily my favorite release from any New Pornographers’ derivative. The album is chalked full of everything you need. It’s a very active and entertaining listen that will have you in a fit trying to read a book while its playing. Rest assured, you won’t have to sit there and try to figure out if and why you like this record; Get Guilty does what it is supposed to do, and if you’re susceptible at all you will feel the psychic storm of skyscraper moments. Commencing with the grand gesture of “There Are Maybe Ten or Twelve,” this opening procession sets the stage for a work lit high and bright by strong instrumentation and songwriting with excellent use of repetition and harmony to bring the point to the forefront. Get Guilty has an immediacy throughout which sets the bar high early on in the year. There is something regal and courtly in the air, and I can’t help to break a smile every time I hear that immaculate shaker. It’s the devil you know that will slam the door harder. Make of that what you will.

audio:
Submarines of Stockholm
video:
Like a Hitman, Like a Dancer (DUMBO Session)

The Changeling (DUMBO Session)

AC Newman 2009 TOUR DATES
February
20-Vancouver @ Biltmore Cabaret
21-Seattle @ Neumo’s
22-Portland @ Doug Fir
23-Sacramento @ Harlow’s
24-San Diego @ Casbah
26-LA @ Troubador
27-Santa Barbara @ SOhO Restaurant and Music Club
28-SF @ The Independent (Noisepop)

March
1-Eugene, OR @ John Henry’s
10-Ithaca, NY @ Castaways
11-Toronto @ Lee’s Palace
13-Providence @ Club Hell
14-Boston @ Paradise
15-NY @ Bowery Ballroom
17-Philadelphia @ Johnny Brenda’s
18-Washington DC @ Black Cat
20-Atlanta @ The Earl
21-Nashville @ Mercy Lounge
24-Minneapolis @ 400 Bar
25-Chicago @ Logan Square Auditorium
26-Pontiac @ The Pike Room at The Crofoot
28-Pittsburgh @ Andy Warhol Museum
29-Brooklyn @ The Bell House

http://www.matadorrecords.com/
http://www.acnewman.net/
http://www.myspace.com/acnewman

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