Monday, October 16, 2017

New Pornographers- Burton Cummings Theatre, Winnipeg, MB October 7, 2017

"Good to be back, it's been a while". -Frontman Carl Newman

It has been a few years at least since Newman's band, the New Pornographers have toured through Winnipeg, and they have visited many times, but it was the first time they played the "larger" venue at the Burton Cummings Theatre. A few things have changed since the band last played here in 2010. They were in town to support their then new album, Together. Since then they have released two albums, Brill Bruisers and they're latest, Whiteout Conditions. The new album is the first without longtime members, Dan Bejar and drummer, Kurt Dahle, who was replaced by Joe Seiders. The new record is a departure, or should I say a progression from they're usual indie power poppy sound to a more synth, keyboard driving beats sound which has taken time for me to digest and process. All in all, it makes for more of a pulsating club beat experience. On this tour, there was no Bejar or Neko Case and in their place tour member Simi Stone provided more backing vocals and violin for extra depth to their sound. Kathryn Calder has done a commendable job taking over Case's vocal parts when she is absent as I've seen the band more without Case than with. They aren't the most visually interesting band on stage, so the colourful flashing neon lights and Stone's energetic stage presence was a pleasant distraction. The real deal is still the music and the New Pornographers still are the masters of delivering near perfect pop songs, hook after hook. As a longtime fan I appreciated the last two songs of the set and the encore, classic stuff. (but again if you want more Dan and Neko songs see the previous post)

I recorded the show on the floor from the 6th row. Technically, I was further back as the floor in front of the stage was jam packed. FYI, if you buy a ticket to the Burt (or probably any venue) in the first two rows expect some one's ass in your face. Don't even bother to try sitting if you're anywhere near the front. I stood all through the New Pornographers set and my feet were aching, next time more comfortable shoes! The advantage to standing on the floor with theatre seats is that you get more space around you if you stand in front of your seat. No jackass backing into you or elbowing you in the head, your own personal space and less chatter. The recording sounds pretty good, with little talking around me and the mix sounded better and clearer in the recording than at the concert. Go figure!

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Burton Cummings Theatre
Winnipeg, MB
October 7, 2017
Audience Master

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01. The Jessica Numbers
02. Whiteout Conditions
03. Dancehall Domine
04. Moves
05. Colosseums
06. The Laws Have Changed
07. High Ticket Attractions
08. Champions Of Red Wine
09. Adventures In Solitude
10. All The Old Showstoppers
11. This Is The World Of The Theatre
12. Sing Me Spanish Techno
13. Backstairs
14. Play Money
15. Testament To Youth In Verse
16. Sweet Talk, Sweet Talk
17. Avalanche Alley
18. Use It
19. Mass Romantic

20. The Slow Descent Into Alcoholism
21. Brill Bruisers
22. The Bleeding Heart Show

NEW PORNOGRAPHERS- 2017-10-07 Winnipeg, MB FLAC Master .rar

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