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The New Pornographers

The Vancouver indie rock supergroup the New Pornographers feature the talents of Zumpano's Carl Newman, the Evaporators' John Collins, Destroyer's Dan Bejar, cartoonist/filmmaker Blaine Thurier, drummer Fisher Rose, and guest vocalist Neko Case. Newman began the band in 1996 as a lark after releasing Zumpano's Goin' Through Changes; one by one, the other members joined the fold, and the New Pornographers' first official rehearsal took place in 1997. By the following year, the group had completed four songs, but then Case left Vancouver for Chicago, Thurier began work on his film Low Self Esteem Girl, and the other members attended to their other bands and projects. Rose left in 1999, and Limblifter/Age of Electric drummer Kurt Dahle and guitarist Todd Fancey joined the Canadian supergroup. With a solid lineup in tow, the New Pornographers reunited and began recording again in early 2000, completing their debut album, Mass Romantic, in time for a fall release and critical acclaim. Ray Davies joined the band at SXSW in fall 2001, performing the Kinks classic "Starstruck" for the first time ever.

After a brief North American tour, the bandmembers returned to their respective projects by 2002. Bejar recorded with Destroyer, and Case headed out on the road with Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds in support of her second solo album, Blacklisted. Nobody strayed too far, however, for the New Pornographers headed back into the studio before the year's end to work on a follow-up to Mass Romantic. The pop-powered Electric Version, which appeared in spring 2003, marked their first for Matador. Twin Cinema followed in 2005 and garnered a good deal of critical praise, receiving near-perfect rankings from such influential outlets as Rolling Stone and Pitchfork. Bolstered by such a positive reception -- as well as the success of Neko Case's Fox Confessor Brings the Flood in 2006 -- the group went in a mellower direction with 2007's Challengers. In 2009, they contributed the song "Hey, Snow White" to the AIDS Benefit album Dark Was the Night. Shortly after, they released their fifth studio album, Together, which included collaborations with the likes of St. Vincent, Will Sheff, and Zach Condon. After a two-year break, they were included on the Fleetwood Mac tribute compilation album Just Tell Me That You Want Me with the track "Think About Me." It would take another two years for the New Pornographers to announce details of new material; their sixth studio album, entitled Brill Bruisers, was released in August 2014. ~ Heather Phares & MacKenzie Wilson
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Together

1. Moves

2. Crash Years

3. Your Hands (Together)

4. Silver Jenny Dollar

5. Sweet Talk, Sweet Talk

6. My Shepherd

7. If You Can't See My Mirrors

8. Up In The Dark

9. Valkyrie In The Roller Disco

10. A Bite Out Of My Bed

11. Daughters Of Sorrow

12. We End Up Together

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Track List: Twin Cinema

1. Twin Cinema

2. The Bones Of An Idol

3. Use It

4. The Bleeding Heart Show

5. Jackie, Dressed In Cobras

6. The Jessica Numbers

7. These Are The Fables

8. Sing Me Spanish Techno

9. Falling Through Your Clothes

10. Broken Breads

12. Star Bodies

13. Streets Of Fire

14. Stacked Crooked

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Track List: Electric Version

1. The Electric Version

2. From Blown Speakers

3. The Laws Have Changed

4. The End Of Medicine

5. Loose Translation

6. Chump Change

7. All For Swinging Around You

8. The New Face Of Zero and One

9. Testament To Youth In Verse

10. Its Only Divine Right

11. Ballad Of A Comeback Kid

12. July Jones

13. Miss Teen Wordpower

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Track List: Mass Romantic

1. Mass Romantic

2. The Fake Headlines

3. The Slow Descent Into Alcoholism

4. Mystery Hours

5. Jackie

6. Letter From An Occupant

7. To Wild Homes

8. The Body Says No

9. Execution Day

10. Centre For Holy Wars

11. The Mary Martin Show

12. Breakin' The Law

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Track List: Brill Bruisers

1. Brill Bruisers

2. Champions Of Red Wine

3. Fantasy Fools

4. War On The East Coast

5. Backstairs

6. Marching Orders

7. Another Drug Deal Of The Heart

8. Born With A Sound (Feat. Amber Webber)

9. Wide Eyes

10. Dancehall Domine

11. Spidyr

12. Hi-Rise

13. You Tell Me Where

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Track List: Brill Bruisers (Single)

1. Brill Bruisers

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Track List: Challengers

1. My Rights Versus Yours

2. All The Old Showstoppers

3. Challengers

4. Myriad Harbour

5. All The Things That Go To Make Heaven And Earth

6. Failsafe

7. Unguided

8. Entering White Cecilia

9. Go Places

10. Mutiny, I Promise You

11. Adventures In Solitude

12. The Spirit Of Giving

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Track List: Dancehall Domine (Single)

10. Dancehall Domine

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Track List: War On The East Coast (Single)

1. War On The East Coast

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This band's music is too addictive! All their albums have been in my MP3 player in the car for months!
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Its tuesday next wednesday.
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Song that made me a permafan? "Letters to an Occupant"
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This description completely leaves out the vocal and musical talents of Kathryn Calder, and integral part of the band and long-standin g member. The music wouldn't be the same without her. Check the song-lists, some of your favorite songs might actually be KC, not NC.
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Just heard of these guys about two weeks ago ('Dancehall Domine' was on the radio), and they're awesome! 'Not a Letter from an Occupant,' 'All for Swinging You Around,' and especially 'Twin Cinema' are all brilliant.
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Totally misleading name.
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dogslikebone s 8
He's not that bad and when u make fun of someone it's like giving up someone u love so I would stop saying mean things! :)
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yeah for NPs!!! Hi Neko! loved you in Woodstock that May of 2010. Sing Me Spanish Techno = #1. This per Carl.
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Worst name on Pandora two comments down. Also love sing me Spanish techno!
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Bromide, do you like any music? I think I've only ever seen you leave negative comments.
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bromide01
I just checked, and I'm not a big enough hipster to like this band.
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Gotta love indie rock. :)
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I adore this band soooo much. Twin Cinema and Challengers are 2 of the greatest albums of the decade IMO!!! The others are good, too. You cant go wrong with such great personality and melody, all up to Your interpretati o n ! Brilliant, fun, thoughtful music!!
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I cannot get "Crash Years" out of my head. brilliant, beautiful song.
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why would that supid college invite them to play to just cancel latter b/c of the flippin name i relly wanted to see them damnit!!! i hope they still play somewere in G.r!we dont get kick a** indie jams all the time!
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dtsytsma
Apparently Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI cancelled a performance of The New Pornographer s that they were hosting simply because of the band's name. Silly Calvinists. Don't they know how amazing their sound is?
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Was such an amazing show 07/16/10 PDX Crystal Ballroom
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literally one of the best live shows I've Seen
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such a great band I love them! ♥
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Big tour this summer!
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Wish more bands would bring this classic indie sound back!
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THE BEST MUSIC IN A LONG TIME
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jacobson.rob e r t
I know that the band denies this, but I like the idea that the name of the band was inspired by televangelis t Jimmie Swaggart's claim that rock'n'roll was the new pornography.
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Welcome to classic Indie Rock
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great.
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The Skittles of Indie Rock. :P
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Yeahhhhhh, i love this band!!! A.C. Newman has an awesome voice!!
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Best... Band... EVER.
No song drives along better than "Electric Version"... the groove is just sick.
It's multi-layere d , pop/rock/alt / C a n a d i a n brilliance I tell you!
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I love this f@#$%ing band
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INDIE BEATLES!!!!!
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Twin Cinema is one of the greatest albums of all time, top to bottom. I hope I get to see the full band sometime.
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Twin Cinema is their masterpiece. 12 of the 14 songs are amazing. The drummer, Kurt Dahle, really kicks it up on that release. "the bleeding heart show" to those that know it, is among the greatest songs ever. I say that with an absolute certainty that transcends opinion. Also, shout out to Dan Bejar...he is freaking sick!
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New Pornographer s !
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Call me old fashioned, but I liked the Old Pornographer s better
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very good love them too
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mass romantic is the best album. followed by twim cimena, challengers and electric version. my opionion.
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am obsessed with these guys! i know all the songs and listen to them nonstop!
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love love love them! They are awesome live - - was in the 2nd row at a show - - gonna see Neko Case solo next month...so cool!
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cnnrbwln
Their name came from Carl Newman after he saw the japanese movie "The Pornographer s "
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Whenever I say "I LIKE THE NEW PORNOGRAPHER S " , people always look at me with this strange look.

I wonder why.
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This is a real question. Where did their name come from?
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I liked electric version a lot more than challengers. Still both good albums.
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heartily concur
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Nobody's commented on this great band? Fantastic and joyous music. A.C Newman is a great songwriter and Neko Case's vocals are a marvel.

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