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Watch: Ted Leo in drag for New Pornographers’ “Moves” video

on February 07, 2011, 10:40am

Proving that becoming one of Canada’s best exports isn’t easy, The New Pornographers’ video for “Moves” sheds new light on things that we never knew about the band. Directed by Tom Scharpling, the four-minute clip opens with a preview for a fictitious movie called Expectant Dads, then teases the “Story of the rise and rise of the New Pornographers” by suggesting that A.C. Newman embarked on his musical journey in a park where his first guitar was smashed to pieces by hockey stick-wielding bullies before overcoming the odds to become the leader of a band that “shook the world” then self-imploded.

It’s hilarious to watch the actors cast to play band members (Daily Show correspondent Wyatt Cenac plays keyboardist Blaine Thurier) do things like cut lines of cocaine before sprinkling said cocaine on their pizza, but what’s even more funny is seeing Ted Leo in drag  Leo – who recently opened for the band in New York City – plays singer/multi-instrumentalist Kathryn Calder and can be seen wearing skimpy clothes while playing the accordion and drinking champagne.

The whole thing is streaming above, and while you probably won’t see any of that on The New Pornographers’ upcoming tour with The Walkmen, those dates are still listed below

The New Pornographers 2011 Tour Dates:
04/13 – Boulder, CO @ Fox Theatre #
04/14 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater #
04/15 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre #
04/16 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Music Festival
04/17 – Santa Cruz, CA @ Rio Theatre #
04/18 – San Francisco, CA @ Regency Ballroom #
04/22 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue *
04/23 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues *
04/25 – Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom *
04/26 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts *
04/27 – Iowa City, IA @ University of Iowa *
04/28 – Champagne, IL @ Canopy Club *
04/29 – Columbia, MO @ The Blue Note *

# = w/ Menomena
* = w/ The Walkmen

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