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Episode 102: I’m Alive

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Thanks to Nick Winterfeld for joining us this week! You can listen above, and download the episode here.

Topic:

  • Jackson Browne!
  • We discuss his influence on popular music, the artists he’s worked with over the years, and the ways you may already be a fan of his music without knowing it.

Songs:

  • AC/DC – “Play Ball”
  • Jackson Browne – “These Days”
  • Portland Cello Project – “White Winter Hymnal”
  • of Montreal – “Sirens of Your Toxic Spirit”

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The New Pornographers to Play Crystal Ballroom October 8th

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By Hollister Dixon

In 2007, I set myself down to accomplish some incredibly mundane task. What was that task? I’m not sure. Point is: to keep me company, I decided the best way to spend this time was to put on the internet stream of KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic, then and now one of the most untouchable music programs in the world. As I was cleaning my keyboard (or whatever it was that I was doing), I found myself transfixed by the sounds and voice coming from my speakers. I scrambled to figure out who I was listening to, and discovered the track was “Myriad Harbour” from Challengers by Vancouver, BC’s (arguably) most fun musical export, The New Pornographers. To this day, I can’t listen to that track taking immense joy from the wonderful call-and-response Dan Bejar (aka Destroyer) puts on with himself and a multitracked version of himself, and the line “Do you think the girls here ever wonder how they got so pretty?”, and that’s a joy that permeates a lot of the band’s music.

The New Pornographers – made up of talents like Neko Case, AC Newman, and the aforementioned Dan Bejar – have been pretty quiet in recent years, following the release of 2010’s Together. This week sees the release of their new album, Brill Bruisers (out on Matador), an album as light and breezy as its goofy title suggests. And to support the new record, the band has decided to go on a pretty big ol’ North American tour.

On October 8th, New Pornos will be dropping into the Crystal Ballroom for the first time since their tour supporting Together, and they’ll have all three of the big names (Case, Newman, Bejar) with them. But that’s not all: to support them/help get the crowd in the mood for awesome pop songs, New York noise poppers The Pains of Being Pure at Heart will be opening for a whole bunch of dates. If you’re looking for a good excuse to get out and dance, this is one of the best opportunities you have this autumn, so check it out!

For more info, click here to head over to the Crystal Ballroom’s page, and hit the jump to check out all of the band’s upcoming dates, as well as the video for Brill Bruisers track “War on the East Coast”.

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