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Hear New Pornographer AC Newman’s Lushly Folk-Pop ‘I’m Not Talking’

Carl Newman’s deftly melodic solo work has long rivaled his charming indie rock with Canadian quasi-supergroup the New Pornographers. His third album as AC Newman, Shut Down the Streets, is due out on October 9 via Matador, the label has announced. Recorded in Woodstock, New York, the 10-song set features New Pornos colleague Neko Case and draws on ’70s folk and pop songwriters such as Gordon Lightfoot and Gerry Rafferty, according to Matador. Newman puts a lusher, string-draped approach on display on advance track “I’m Not Talking,” which you can download by liking his Facebook page here (or listen to a stream below). A soaring orchestral-pop introduction gives way to Newman’s twisty, melancholy lyricism: “No one wants to weigh things down / But they tend to fly away / And rescue teams will look for days,” he begins. They’ll only have to search a few seconds for catchy, emotionally rich tunes.

Shut Down the Streets track list:

  1. “I’m Not Talking”
  2. “Do Your Own Time”
  3. “You Could Get Lost Out Here”
  4. “Encyclopedia of Classic Takedowns”
  5. “There’s Money In New Wave”
  6. “Strings”
  7. “Hostages”
  8. “Wasted English”
  9. “The Troubadour”
  10. “They Should Have Shut Down The Streets”

Fall tour:
October 21 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace (Exclaim! 20th Anniversary Concert Series)
October 22 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
October 23 – Allston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
October 24 – Hoboken, NJ @ Maxwell’s
October 25 – Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
October 26 – Washington DC @ Black Cat
October 27 – Durham, NC @ Motorco Music Hall
October 28 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
October 29 – St. Louis, MO @ Duck Room at Blueberry Hill
October 30 – Chicago, IL @ The Empty Bottle
November 1 – St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club
November 2 – Winnipeg, Canada @ West End Cultural Centre
November 5 – Edmonton, Canada @ Starlite Room
November 6 – Calgary, Canada @ The Republik
November 8 – Vancouver, BC @ The Biltmore Cabaret (Exclaim! 20th Anniversary Concert Series)
November 9 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
November 10 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
November 12 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
November 13 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echoplex
November 14 – San Diego, CA @ The Casbah