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A.C. Newman: Part Two

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This is the second part of the interview Carl Newman.


 

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Prefix Magazine:
Okay, time to be professional. I noticed the Canadian government was mentioned in the CD sleeve. Is it normal for the Canadian government to grant you funding for an album?

A.C. Newman: Part Two:
This is my first attempt at getting one. They gave me an $18,000 loan to record and a $13,000 grant to market and promote the album. And I'm hoping to get touring grants, too.

PM:
I thought grants were for starving artists.

A.C. Newman: Part Two:
Oh yeah, they are. I'm a starving artist, just between me and you. I mean -- wait, no. Just between me and you, I'm not a starving artist, but as far the Canadian government goes, I am.

PM:
Do the people there know who you are?

A.C. Newman: Part Two:
In Canada? No, not really. I'm by no means famous or anything. We've had some pretty high-profile things happen to us. We were on Letterman last June as the New Pornographers. A.C. Newman is going to be on McEnroe in August the day before our New York show. It just started about a week or two ago. Have you heard of the McEnroe show?

PM:
Uh, no. Do you dig on tennis?

A.C. Newman: Part Two:
I always liked John McEnroe. He seems like a funny guy. Maybe I'll get to meet him. I think the chances are pretty good considering I'll be on his show. I'm pretty landlocked here in Vancouver. The places it makes the most sense to move to are in the United States, and I can't legally work there.

PM:
Because you're Canadian?

A.C. Newman: Part Two:
Canadians can't easily work in the United States. I can work as a musician in the U.S.

PM:
They wouldn't let you come here permanently? As a musician?

A.C. Newman: Part Two:
That could be tough. I might have to look into that. Who knows? I think as soon as I finish the next New Pornographers album, I think I'm going to move to San Francisco for five months. Basically, as soon as touring for this record finished, around August 22, I'll probably go to San Francisco for a couple of weeks, and then start work proper for the New Pornographers album.

PM:
Do you listen to mainstream pop music?

A.C. Newman: Part Two:
Occasionally. I like the hits. I like "Hey, Ya." I think Beyonce and Eminem are good. I can't think of any straightforward songs that I really like, except for stuff that accidentally snuck into the mainstream like the White Stripes.

PM:
What Canadian bands are lurking the midst that we should hear about?

A.C. Newman: Part Two:
Destroyer (New Pornographers bandmate Daniel Bejar's band), I really like a lot, of course. Frog Eyes I think are great. The Hidden Cameras. The Neins, which are touring with me. There's a bunch of them. Broken Social Scene.

PM:
This is a Q&A interview. Whatever you want to say that we haven't gotten around to, you can say now.

A.C. Newman: Part Two:
This comes up a lot. I've been thinking I need a prepared statement. I'm going to have to start representing some charity or something.

PM:
Do you read a lot?

A.C. Newman: Part Two:
No, I haven't been reading that much recently. I've been kind of stupid. If you look at my bookshelf, I look pretty smart. Sometimes I just buy books that look good. I have a hard time finding good things on the Internet, although I like The Onion. I like the stupid entertaining things.

PM:
Has anything moving happened to you this summer?

A.C. Newman: Part Two:
You mean something that made me cry?

PM:
I mean anything.

A.C. Newman: Part Two:
I was watching the Neins -- like German for no -- and they were singing a song called "Jonathan Livingston Seagull" at Bottom of the Hill (in San Francisco). There's this one line and it almost made me want to cry. It went, "I was falling and gaining speed/ so I let go of what I didn't need." For some reason, that touched me.

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