Band leader Carl Newman first proposed the idea yesterday (January 1) on Twitter, writing, "Hey, if you can convince Bejar and Neko to do it, I'll do one of those 'we'll play the whole album' shows. I'm punk that way." He subsequently added that he was going to text Destroyer frontman Dan Bejar to see if he'd be interested.
The tweets have continued into today, as Newman revealed that Bejar has now "basically said yes." Singer Neko Case waded into the fray, telling Newman, "you haven't actually asked me?" Newman then formally asked her to do anniversary shows next fall.
See the whole exchange below, and keep your fingers crossed this works out.
In related news, Newman has said that his New Year's resolution is to release two albums in 2020 (even though he hasn't yet finished writing or recording either of them). It's not clear if he's talking about New Pornographers albums, another film score, or one of his solo albums as A.C. Newman.
October of this year is the 20th anniversary of Mass Romantic.— Carl Newman (@ACNewman) January 1, 2020
August of this year is the 15th anniversary of Twin Cinema. Hey, if you can convince Bejar and Neko to do it, I'll do one of those "we'll play the whole album" shows. I'm punk that way.
Like I wrote, I'm in. Don't beg ME to do this. I'm on board. https://t.co/L6EROlrYiE— Carl Newman (@ACNewman) January 1, 2020
In fact, I'm going to text Bejar right now and see if it's even in the realm of possibility. Not going to be cute about this, if I can make this happen I'll keep you posted at every step.— Carl Newman (@ACNewman) January 1, 2020
How am I the wild card compared to Bejar?— Neko Case (@NekoCase) January 2, 2020
The best part is you haven't actually asked me? Sooooooooooooooooo BC— Neko Case (@NekoCase) January 2, 2020
I've been thinking we should do a 20th anniversary 'play Mass Romantic' show and a 15th anniversary 'play Twin C' show. Next fall/ late fall? Will you go to this prom with me? https://t.co/8pnJ4cQqII— Carl Newman (@ACNewman) January 2, 2020
My New Years resolution? Releasing 2 albums in 2020. No, haven't finished recording or even writing them and nuts to you if you don't like them because if you don't like them then they're not for you.— Carl Newman (@ACNewman) January 1, 2020