Will Sheff’s Fresh Prints: Talking with Carl Newman of the New Pornographers

September 3, 2014
Playing together on Jimmy Fallon, 2011.
Playing together on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” 2011.

Carl “A.C.” Newman and I became friends when Okkervil River toured with his band the New Pornographers, and since then we’ve remained close and worked together on a number of different occasions, both on his records and in some of my live performances. He’s one of the nicest and most down-to-earth musicians I’ve ever met, with a work ethic that should shame most other artists. This podcast was taped last year, when I had just released The Silver Gymnasium and Carl was midway through working on the album that turned into the just-released New Pornographers record Brill Bruisers. Carl and I talk about how the work is going and about the recording process in general, about how writing changes as you get older, about his memories of the early days of the New Pornographers’ success, and about how its preferable to have a long steady career in music over a short supernova.


Talking with “The Silver Gymnasium” producer John Agnello about his long career working with Cyndi Lauper, Aerosmith, Dinosaur Jr., Sonic Youth, and others. Taped covertly in a bar.

Talking with Scott Coffey about Hollywood acting in the John Hughes years, working with David Lynch, and his upcoming film “Adult World.”

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2 Responses to “Will Sheff’s Fresh Prints: Talking with Carl Newman of the New Pornographers”

  1. Michael

    This was incredible, thanks! Was the song Carl was talking about Backstairs? Great song and a truly great album.

  2. Greg Inman

    It was probably more than a few years ago when I went onto one of your fb posts and was somehow able to fit my entire foot (up to the ankle) straight into my mouth/upper throat via passive insult of Carl Newman. I can’t even remember why, but I do remember you wishing me a happy birthday. Thanks for making great music and being a class act. You and Carl have both been inspirations to me for years.

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