105. A.C. Newman - ‘Shut Down the Streets’ + Canadian Cocktail

A.C. Newman - ‘Shut Down the Streets’ + Canadian Cocktail

Ingredients:  1 1/2 ounces Canadian whiskey (such as Canadian Club), 1/2 ounce curacao, 1/2 ounce lemon juice, 1 teaspoon simple syrup (optional), 1 dash Angostura bitters

Mixing Instructions: Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and stain into an ice-filled old-fashioned glass.

Notes:  The third solo album from A.C. Newman finds The New Pornographers’ founder tackling his most personal songs to date following the passing of his mother.  While the mood of this album is more subdued than previous efforts, it doesn’t mean the songs don’t have bite.  Newman’s technical abilities in both songwriting and production ensure the perfect amount of well-crafted melodies and chord progressions.  ”I’m Not Talking” is an elegant example of Newman’s genius and “Encyclopedia of Classic Takedowns” is a full-up New Pornographer’s romp complete with Neko Case harmonizing.  It does mean, however, that this album needs a few spins to let the flavors fully develop…a process best done with a Canadian Cocktail in hand.

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