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Posted by evankessler on October 13, 2005

Canadians do two things well, melodic power pop and hockey. Oh wait, they do socialized medicine well too. Canadians do three things well, melodic power pop, hockey, and socialized medicine. Their knack for catch pop songs was on display (though to be honest, I didn’t watch any hockey tonight but I’m there were Canadians playing their hearts out in rinks across North America) as Canadaian Power Pop super group, The New Pornographers rocked Webster Hall in the 1st night of their two-night stand in New York City.

I met Arby at the venue at 9pm and we headed to the balcony where we found a sport where we both had a perfect view of the stage. We sat through the 2nd opener. I think they were called Destroyer featuring New Pornographer contributor Dan Bejar, and in my estimation they were pretty damn good.

The New Pornographers took the stage at around 10:30pm and came right out of the gate with the upbeat title track to their latest “Twin Cinema”. The band ripped through new tracks and old fan favorites from their previous 2 albums Mass Romantic and The Electric Version. Rarely was there a dull moment in the whole show. I could easily name off what songs I loved hearing but I don’t think there was any filler the whole show. The first set ended on a high note with a back to back of “All for Swinging You Around” and “Slow Descent Into Alcoholism”. They crowd was not ready to leave and called the band out for two separate encores of at least 3 songs or more. The final encore was perhaps the apex. While getting ready to jump into a rendition of “Miss Teen Wordpower ” one of the band members commented how redheaded singer Neko Case was dressed like Stevie Nicks. They then half-jokingly launched into a pitch perfect rendition of Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams” followed by the previously mentioned “Miss Teen Wordpower”. They ended the show was closed out with the infectious “Letter From An Occupant”. It didn’t seem like the show should end at that point but I guess after two separate encores it’s about time to call it a night.

This was definitely better than seeing them in Prospect Park for Celebrate Brooklyn, since the sound that night sort of sucked and I couldn’t see a thing since I was all the way back on the grass. Anyway, this is one of the best shows I’ve seen in a while and I’m extremely glad I got to see them in a great environment like Webster Hall which has really come up big as a concert venue as of late. I highly recommend seeing a show there.

On another note, I’m about one-third through my Yom Kippur day of atonement fast. If I don’t eat until after temple on Thursday, I will be forgiven for all of my sins, including last week when I didn’t go home for Rosh Hashanah dinner, and for the fact that I don’t celebrate anything remotely Jewish other than Hannukah and Yom Kippur. The big question is, Will I be able to resist my mom’s constant offering of mints throughout the service? I’ll let you know what happens. Until then peace be with you and buy all of the New Pornographers records and some shirts and answer the poll question or sign the guestbook.

New Pornographers @ Webster Hall 10/12/05
Twin Cinemas

Use It

End of Medicine

Mass Romantic

Jackie Dressed in Cobras
These are the Fables
The Bleeding Heart Show
Streets of Fire
The Laws Have Changed

Ballad of a Comeback Kid

Graceland
Fake Headlines
Bones of an Idol
It’s Only Divine Right
All For Swinging You Around
Slow Descent into Alcoholism
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Sing Me Spanish Techno
Jackie
Electric Version
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Dreams (by Fleetwood Mac)
Miss Teen Wordpower
Letter from an Occupant

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