It's 2010, and technology has failed us. Carl Newman, chief songwriter, singer, guitarist and de facto leader of the New Pornographers is having issues with his terrestrial telephone line from his house in Woodstock, New York, thus making the morning's spate of phone interviews a real hassle. "I hate to sound like a grumpy old man, but it does seem like we're digressing," he says, after finally connecting. "Things are getting more complicated and broken." Newman, however, is far from grumpy when it comes to the New Pornographers, and its intra-band dynamics are far from fractured. He's led the collective through five albums of brightly colored, unstoppably catchy pop music; as in the past, the... More >>>