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Forget Neko Case, this is the New Pornographers kid with the dope hooks:

Carl Newman just released his solo album, The Slow Wonder. It's power pop plus awesome. The album is full of songs at least as great as this, but 'The Town Halo' sounds immediately genius:

"Back from the program, an all girl Jesus
we're proud to say, we loved her to pieces"

Okay, it doesnt read that well, but in the song it is revelatory. Honest.


Posted by Alarmed at 07:02 PM June 18, 2004

great post; this album is the kind of stuff jjj of 2000 would flog the hell out of. Town Halo is awesome, but so is "Secretarial", "Drink To Me, Baby" and "Most of Us Prizefighters". It's a really complete work.

Goes to show Pitchfork is really the hitmaker par excellence recently.

Comment posted by: at June 18, 2004 11:24 PM

"35 In The Shade" is doing wonders for me too.

Comment posted by: Alarmed at June 19, 2004 12:58 PM

Oh yeah, and leaving "The Miracle Drug" of this list was a vast oversight on both our parts.

Comment posted by: tom at June 20, 2004 06:07 PM

i think i like it...i must investigate further :)

Comment posted by: cally at June 22, 2004 06:13 PM

I like, i like

Comment posted by: Berry at June 22, 2004 09:01 PM

Zumpano were good.

Comment posted by: Pinball at June 26, 2004 05:04 PM

Not to mention 'on the table' which is getting shitload of airplay on jjj at the moment. "Doh Re Me Innocent". If anyone has this album, spread it on the #themp3alt!

Comment posted by: fauves at June 28, 2004 10:53 AM


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