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The New Pornographers

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Vancouver, Canada (1997 – present)

The New Pornographers are a Canadian group formed in 1997 in Vancouver, British Columbia. Their sound is influenced by that of such bands as The Cars and Cheap Trick, but they use much more sophisticated rhythms and chord changes. Although it was widely reported that the New Pornographers got their name from a pamphlet put out by televangelist Jimmy Swaggart condemning rock ‘n’ roll as “the new pornography,” Carl Newman has stated that he came up with the name after watching Shohei Imamura’s The Pornographers (1966).

Carl Newman, who writes most of the band’s material, has said, “When I seriously started to try to write songs, my main influences were, like, Burt Bacharach, Jim Webb, and Brian Wilson. Those were the guys I kinda looked at their music and went, ‘What the hell are they doing here?’ I was just fascinated by the structures and the harmonics.”

The melody of the first and eponymous track on their second album Electric Version, for instance, begins with an arpeggiated diminished triad —- a rare and strange opening flourish for a pop song.

The band have released six albums to date: Mass Romantic (2000), Electric Version (2003), Twin Cinema (2005), Challengers (2007), Together (2010) and Brill Bruisers (2014).

The band members include:
- Carl Newman - vocals, guitar, ebow, synthesizer, harmonica, pump organ, xylophone
- Dan Bejar - vocals, guitar, synthesizer, melodion
- Kathryn Calder - vocals, piano
- Neko Case - vocals, tambourine

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  • CatalystDM

    It's weird to me that War on the East Coast and Brill Bruisers are top 2 tracks but the other tracks from the album are nowhere in the top 15

    3 hours ago Reply
  • ReNio316

    Awesome name

    yesterday evening Reply
  • hashtagbluejay

    @AndrzFAL - To be honest, their entire discography is awesome (in my opinion). Most people like Twin Cinema the most, even though I prefer Challengers and Mass Romantic. But to me, it wouldn't really matter what album you decide to listen to first because it's all really good.

    30 Aug 3:58pm Reply
  • AndrzFAL

    I haven't listened this band. From which release should I start from?

    30 Aug 2:51pm Reply
  • George336

    Terrific, often astounding, new album. Very impressed.

    26 Aug 10:09pm Reply
  • cabfedhig

    BB: so much better than Together.

    26 Aug 7:41pm Reply
  • sleepingpill23

    This is what cocaine must feel like.

    26 Aug 3:47am Reply
  • ipodman715

    Twin Cinema 2.0 :D

    26 Aug 3:39am Reply
  • I_Am_Kid_A

    I thought Brill Bruisers was great. I'd never listened to them before this album and now I'll be listening to all their stuff! I reviewed it on my blog http://amusicaltimetravellingdiamond.wordpress.com/2014/08/25/brill-bruisers-by-the-new-pornographers/

    25 Aug 6:10pm Reply
  • c0rdell

    i think i love this band again

    25 Aug 3:01pm Reply
  • puismourir

    This band delivers again and again.

    25 Aug 2:02pm Reply
  • k_naruchiha94

    Their new album is a grower, don't really get most of the songs at first listen.

    25 Aug 11:55am Reply
  • lewis_mufc

    After several times through, i'm going to say Brill Bruisers is fucking great. I'd say everything up to and including "Backstairs" is immediate A++, the next four tunes are decent to good, and the last four have grown from being decent at first to now excellent.

    25 Aug 9:50am Reply
  • bynnda

    The new album seems very front loaded on first listen.

    25 Aug 9:25am Reply
  • lrreplaceable_

    new album is pretty good (especially the first half)

    21 Aug 9:45pm Reply
  • otony2300

    Dan songs' are pretty solid

    21 Aug 7:26pm Reply
  • sls

    "Electric Version" and "Twin Cinema" LPs will be classics in another 15 years -- does anyone disagree? They define high school for me, I can't be the only one. If no one disagrees, we may as well call it now. New Pornographers put out some classics, pointblank. [1]

    21 Aug 3:13pm Reply
  • kluk_jako_buk

    It's such a pleasure for my ears.

    21 Aug 2:08pm Reply
  • J-to-da-Z

    brill bruisers = best since twin cinema [2] - my thoughts too :) Loving it.

    21 Aug 6:27am Reply
  • denisewinslow

    brill bruisers = best since twin cinema

    21 Aug 3:31am Reply
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