“There are maybe 10 or 12 things I could teach you,” sings Carl “A.C.” Newman on his new solo album, Get Guilty (Matador). “After that, well, you’re on your own.” This week, MAGNET lets the New Pornographers frontman steer our website toward 10 or 12 of his own favorite things in music, film, literature and life.
Read our verdict on the orchestral-pop case of Get Guilty and a Q&A deposition with Newman here.
Newman: I was really into the Seekers years ago. I re-bought all their stuff on iTunes because I didn’t know where my vinyl was. There’s something amazingly hopeful and joyous in their music. It’s joyous in the way that church music should be. There’s something kind of cheesy about it—you could look at it and compare it to A Mighty Wind: that white-bread folk music. Like Dylan is authentic and the Seekers are these weird Peter Paul And Mary-style also-rans. I always loved them. “Georgy Girl” was a great song. They’re a real guilty pleasure of mine.
The Seekers’ “I’ll Never Find Another You”: