Carl Newman

Carl Newman of The New Pornographers: Interview on The Sound of Young America

Carl Newman

Carl Newman is a founding member and a main songwriter and vocalist of the indie supergroup The New Pornographers. He also writes and performs as the solo artist A.C. Newman.

Carl talks about the overlooked inspiration of songs you might hear in a grocery store and making the kind of music you love, whether it comes from obsessing over Pavement or Burt Bacharach.

You can catch The New Pornographers on a US tour this April. Their newest album is called Together.

JESSE THORN: It's The Sound of Young America, I'm Jesse Thorn. My guest, Carl Newman, is the front man and founder of the band The New Pornographers. For more than ten years now they've been one of the most popular bands in indie rock – out of Vancouver, British Columbia, they are a supergroup of sorts. The group features many leading lights of that music scene. Carl, welcome to The Sound of Young America.

CARL NEWMAN: Thanks for having me.

JESSE THORN: It's great to have you on the show. I was reading that you worked on a train steel gang?

CARL NEWMAN: Yeah, yeah. Back when I was 19, I think. It was my summer job.

JESSE THORN: What even is a train steel gang? All I can think of is Cool Hand Luke.

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