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New Pornographers' A.C. Newman on Making the Band's Best Album and Wikipedia Lies

Not many veteran bands make their best album more than a decade down the line. But the New Pornographers, who'll appear Saturday, October 11, at the Gothic Theatre, have beaten the odds with the driving, melodic, pop-tastic Brill Bruisers despite an extremely high degree of difficulty. After all, the band's members, including singer-songwriter Neko Case and Destroyer's Dan Bejar, aren't exactly wanting for other things to do.

How'd they do it? Frontman A.C. Newman, who also has an active solo career (and just penned the soundtrack to the Daniel Radcliffe rom-com What If), explains in a wide-ranging conversation that goes into detail about a slew of specific tunes, new and old, as well as the challenges of getting what's become a supergroup together and his memorable Funny or Die clip, on view below. And that's not to mention his hilarious beef with Wikipedia, which thinks it knows the New Pornographers better than he does....

See also: Sharon Van Etten on Confidence, Ghosts and Being the Worst (or Maybe Best) Stoner Ever

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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