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Ep. #159: Carl Newman of the New Pornographers

Carl Newman is a well-respected and gifted pop songwriter who originally hails from Vancouver, British Columbia. Over the past 20 years, he has spearheaded bands like Superconductor and Zumpano, and released highly acclaimed solo records under the name A.C. Newman. While long-respected by peers and critics for his sense of melody and powerful hooks, Newman’s work reached a wider audience at the turn of the century with the emergence of the New Pornographers, a gang of singers and songwriters featuring Neko Case, Destroyer’s Dan Bejar, and Newman among others. Each of the band’s six albums has been called a classic by someone who could spot such things, including their latest LP, 2014’s Brill Bruisers, which, as their highest charting album to date, is their most impactful release since their 2000 debut, Mass Romantic. The New Pornographers are touring behind Brill Bruisers, including stops at London’s Music Hall on Feb. 6 and Guelph’s Hillside Inside festival on Feb. 7. Here, Carl and I talk about when your family gets sick, the measles and Disneyland and the anti-vaccination movement, freedom, science versus pseudoscience, happiness after sadness, preparing for and then having a kid, defining rock and ‘power-pop,’ Big Star and Cheap Trick, staying in the game versus retirement, false cheer, the Neko Case harmony lead on “Champions of Red Wine,” what Dan Bejar’s talking about and how he deals, talking about each other’s songs, being normal and wanting to do nothing, connecting with comedians, the older brother with the music, becoming a performer, working with Sloan and murderecords, how Vancouver music was treated by the rest of Canada 20 years ago, the rapid ascent of the New Pornographers, the future, the song “Hi-Rise,” and then I got my marching orders.

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Ep. #25: Jon Wurster

Jon Wurster is one of the best drummers in rock music and he has proven this to be true by filling that role for people like Bob Mould, Rocket From the Crypt, R.E.M., A.C. Newman, Katy Perry, and many more. He’s also a comedic writer and performer, often appearing on The Best Show on WFMU with Tom Scharpling and he’s been featured in music videos and commercials that you might very well have seen. Aside from his relatively recent post in a great band called the Mountain Goats, Wurster is likely best known for playing in Superchunk from Chapel Hill, North Carolina. There is no band like Superchunk; they are a kinetic, power pop force that have been inspiring people with their work for close to 25 years. The band’s 10th studio album is a mighty one called I Hate Music, it was released on August 20 via Merge Records, and Jon and I spoke about why he thinks it and its predecessor, Majesty Shredding, are Superchunk’s best records, why he can’t get into Breaking Bad or Arrested Development, the distance he keeps from the work of lyric writers in his bands, escaping the Calgary flood, what’s up with Laura Ballance’s hearing issues and why he thought Superchunk should stop, a hat burned by Kurt Cobain, and how Aerosmith’s Joe Perry might not actually know how to play the solo in “We Will Rock You.”

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