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10 Aug 04

ac newmania

and now, my belated description of sunday night’s ac newman show at lee’s palace in toronto:

the neins (not to be confused with these neins whose webpage explicitly states that they are NOT currently touring with ac newman) were on stage when we arrived. i’d never heard of them before, but they were fun and quirky, featuring guitar, keys, drums and trumpet. i got the sense that they haven’t done a whole lot of touring in their musical careers, but they were pretty solid all the same.

rogue wave were on next. before last week, i’d never heard of them. for some reason though, starting with last wednesday’s pitchfork review, they’ve turned up all over the place (including in a feature story in now and an eye review) – enough so have piqued my interest. when i heard that they were opening for ac newman, i figured it was a sign that i should probably check them out. anyway, i thought the shins comparisons that kept popping up were a bit overplayed. they were an enjoyable band, although maybe they were a bit overhyped to me…they didn’t really wow me i guess.

ac and his 6 piece band came on last, and played a set that reminded me a lot of the new pornographers show i caught at lee’s way back in 2001. the comparison may be an obvious one, given that ac is IN the new pornographers, but the similarities went beyond the musical style. the set was only about 45 minutes long, including one non-album track and an encore consisting of 2 covers – exactly like the NP show. i guess it’s hard to headline a tour on the strength of one album, but he could have at least dusted off a couple old zumpano tunes for us. the stage was crowded (although it was sorely missing neko, mmmm), and i quite enjoyed watching the multi-talented member of the band, who played trumpet, mouth blown keyboard (quick, i forget what they’re called), trumpet and “cello” (which turned out to be a tiny keyboard). it’s a shame that the bassist was a bit off key and kept doing the same shuffle move over and over, but that’s the only flaw i could find aside from the set length.

one other note for indie geeks like me:
ian blurton was in the crowd, and wow, could he possibly have any more hair? that beard/long hair/baseball hat combo makes him look even more homeless than he did a year or two ago, which is challenging.

4 Responses to “ac newmania”

  1. 1
    Sofi Says:

    “but he could have at least dusted off a couple old zumpano tunes for us.”

    You don’t even LIKE Zumpano, whinyhead!

  2. 2
    pager Says:

    that’s not true. they’re just not as good as new pornographers.

    how many times did YOU see them live? right. i saw them twice.

  3. 3
    anne... Says:

    mouth blown keyboard = melodica. which i learned how to play in public school. woo!

  4. 4
    pager Says:

    i refuse to delete any spam that spells their domain name wrong. comedy gold.

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