I wrote this about the New Pornographers in 2017. It still holds up. Their new record is fabulous. You should listen to it if you haven’t already! I’m still wrestling with why I ever took a break from them in the first place.
A big part of why I tuned out on the New Pornographers was around the time “Challengers” was released. It got a 6.0 from Pitchfork and my memory of that album at the time was just that it lacked the unsustainable punch of their earlier records. Carl talked to Tom Scharpling about this right before he released “Shut Down the Streets” and it was deeply affecting for all the reasons you can imagine.
Carl revived that thread with a series of tweets. and it’s kind of delightful through the wincing.
Flash forward and the band is touring and doing press on their new record, “In the Morse Code of the Brake Lights.” Newman has been curating amazing power pop on Twitter and sharing gems like this cover of a brand new GBV song in case you wondered why we really don’t deserve a band this good.
Spend some time with their new album and their catalog now that it’s getting colder and you’re stuck indoors.