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Charting the Music: AC Newman, 'Shut Down the Streets'

Charting the Music: AC Newman, 'Shut Down the Streets' facebook.com/acnewmanmusic
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New Pornographer AC Newman's third album is ten tracks of audible maturity. Let's all grow up with "Shut Down the Streets."

Newman's third solo release embodies change while following his subtle pop formulas. Set 40 minutes aside, get comfy and absorb.

88.1 KDHX Chart Position: #4 CMJ Top 30 for the week of October 23, 2012.

Record label, release date and producer: On October 9, 2012 Matador Records released "Shut Down the Streets," produced by Colin Stewart.

Can be heard on: Emotional Rescue with Cat Pick, Bittersweet Melody with Allen Dahm and Gold Soundz with Chris Bay.

RIYL: Ben Folds, Spoon and the Shins.

Hometown: Vancouver, British Columbia.

Standout tracks: The beginning of "I'm Not Talking" is only a few seconds similar to the Postal Service's "Such Great Heights," but swiftly comforts with Newman's familiar musical direction, including fellow New Pornographer Neko Case on backing vocals. The four-minute "Encyclopedia of Classic Takedowns" reminds listeners that Newman hasn't strayed from his roots, but has matured. The Marxophone adds a nice touch as well.

About the artist: Newman is no stranger to the indie community. In the early '90s, he brought his talents to bands Zumpano and Superconductor, and later, of course, to the New Pornographers.

The label: In 1989, Matador records was founded in New York City by Chris Lombardi. After brief partnerships with Atlantic and Capitol records, the label is now distributed through London's Beggars Group. Mogwai, Interpol and Yo La Tengo have all called Matador home.

Play it while: Wearing a colorful, comfortable cardigan and appreciating a generous glass of wine. Maybe Welch's for the minors.

What the critics say: "Inspired by the death of his mother and the birth of a new son, Newman's third solo album, 'Shut Down the Streets,' is the most direct, heartfelt item in his catalog, both lyrically and sonically. But it’s far from the 'warped, confessional '70s singer/songwriter album.'" Ryan Reed, Paste Magazine.

KDHX Coverage: Photographer Louis Kwok took some excellent photos of Newman's recent appearance at the Blueberry Hill Duck Room in St. Louis.

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