You all know The New Pornographers and Carl Newman‘s solo work (under A.C., of course)…but have you heard Zumpano? This band just so happens to be Newman’s second band (his first was a covers band called Steel Heart), formed back in 1992. They released two full length LPs during the mid-nineties on Sub Pop to mild success.

As far as their sound is concerned, Zumpano is much more reminicient of Newman’s solo work than The New Pornos’, probably because of Neko’s absence. However, if you’re a fan of anything that Carl’s been a part of, you’ll definitely appreciate Zumpano.

[MP3] ZumpanoHere’s The Plan
[MP3] ZumpanoLet’s Fight
[MP3] ZumpanoMomentum

Look for more Zumpano here.
A whole bunch of Zumpano b-sides, covers, live, and more here.

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MingMeow March 21, 2006 at 1:01 pm

Thanks for the Zumpano links, I saw them open up for sloan in a small club in 1996, and I lost my “Look what the rookie did record years ago”. I’ve always liked them better then the New Pornographers


Anonymous March 21, 2006 at 8:37 pm

thanks so much! i’ve always been looking for zumpano songs and the albums are darn near impossible to find.


christine March 24, 2006 at 5:39 am

ridiculously fortuitous timing! saw the new pornographers live two nights ago and my obsessions with them has been justifiably renewed!

rock on and on and on, pangea style!


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