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April 14, 2011

The New Pornographers: ‘Together’ when apart

Filed under: Uncategorized — kylelawrence @ 8:28 am

Toronto’s The New Pornographers cite versatility and loose ties as keys to its indie pop success. By Kyle Mullin for Albuquerque’s Local IQ Magazine, Thursday April 7 2011

It is a band bound by so much more than notes and drum beats, and on its latest album, The New Pornographers found a harmony that literally runs all the way through its DNA — entwined genetic strands humming as one, like their instruments’ strings.

While recording 2010’s Together, The New Pornographers decided to dedicate the disc to the memory of Lynn Calder, mother of keyboardist Kathryn Calder and half sister of front man Carl Newman. The two had bitterly watched their common kin succumb to ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, a year before prior, the affliction robbing her of muscle control down to the neurological level.

“She dealt with her illness with a lot of dignity, a lot of strength,” Newman said in a recent interview with Local iQ. “Lynn was a piano player and she passed that on to Kathryn, along with just an overall sense of musicality.”




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