I don't prefer it to Brill Bruisers (mainly cus BB's highlights were better to me), but both are similarly just OK. Not having Bejar really drags it down. But it's still a decent enough album.
Challengers is far better than people gave it credit for when it came out. I think it holds up quite well.
I was at one of their CBC sessions last month. Look you can sort of see me (barely) in the background behind John Collins at 1:26
AC Newman has one of the best musician twitters ever. Why did you give up on twitter? just got sick of all the 2016 election stuff? I definitely don't blame you if that's the case. I try to only follow people who I'm actually interested in reading most of what they have to say though so I'm generally still happy with Twitter.