Like a grape popsicle consorting with a parched tongue in the dead of summer, Vancouver's power-pop supergroup, the New Pornographers hit WFMU's airwaves yesterday during Brian Turner's show. Our studios were inundated with a much-needed blast of hand-clapping, tambourine-spanking tunes full of quirky hooks and satisfying harmonies bleeding with oohs and aahs: click to hear the performance in Real Audio or streaming MP3, or pretend like you were here by downloading a video clip (avi file, 44MB) of the set.
The band's line-up this time around has shifted just a bit, with 6 members present for their current tour, each individual a separate force to be reckoned with in the music world apart from their work with the New Pornographers: Carl Newman (vocal, guitar), Todd Fancey (vocal, guitar; also has a solo career), John Collins (bass, vocal; also in Canadia's goofy spazz band, Thee Evaporators), Blaine Thurier (keyboard, vocal; filmmaker by night), Kurt Dahle (drums, vocal; co-produced Fancey's album), and the debut of Carl's niece Kathryn Calder on vox (making her first radio appearance and second ever live performance with the band). Neko Case will be meeting up with the group later on the tour route.
In other Pornographer news, Carl Newman dons a WFMU t-shirt (Chris Ware design, same one as shown in photo above... c'mon, you know you want to be a copycat) in the band's new video for "Use It," which co-stars Vancouver rock icon and celebrity interpreter Nardwuar the Human Serviette and comedian David Cross. The clip should be available on Matador's site soon. Twin Cinema, the New Pornographers' latest album, will be released August 23.