Track of the Day: 'They Should Have Shut Down the Streets'

Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

It's been more than two years since I posted a Track of the Day, for better or worse.

But I chatted this song to Spencer this morning because he’s in D.C., where the Pope is, so I understand that some of the streets are shut down. And Spencer and I saw A.C. Newman with The New Pornographers in Richmond not long ago.

This song, “They Should Have Shut Down the Streets,” from Newman's 2012 solo album, does feature Neko Case on harmonies, so it sounds a lot like The New Pornographers. But it’s not. There are a certain number of band members that are needed to constitute a band, and I don’t know what that number is, but when your band has seven members, that number is greater than two. I recently remembered how good this song is, so even if no streets are shut down where you are, this is a good song for the first week of Fall. If it’s not Fall where you are, don’t listen.