Pinup Energy

Sweet and sexy, the New Pornographers make pop that sticks

"I think ultimately they're just loved-up folk songs. There's nothing really profound about it. They're just catchy tunes. It's just entertainment," says Newman. "With having to do interviews a lot recently, I started thinking a lot more about our music. I've realized that what we do isn't art in any way. I feel like we're just craftsmen, you know? I think it's equally as impressive to make a really nice, well-built chair."

So after half an hour of dissecting his band and delineating its philosophy, does Newman feel a little more confident about his upcoming showdown with the Flaming Lips?

"No," he replies modestly, downplaying the joy and energy and sheer pop majesty of the music of the New Pornographers. "We haven't got a prayer."

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