10 March 2014

The New Pornographers

The New Pornographers is a Canadian indie rock band formed in 1999 in Vancouver, British Columbia.

The name of the band was chosen by member Carl Newman, who has said that he came up with it after watching a classic Japanese film called The Pornographers. (Not to be confused with several other films by that name - none of them "pornographic.")

A common assumption at the time of the band's first fame was that it was a reference to evangelist Jimmy Swaggart's claim that rock and roll was "the new pornography."

The band has released five albums to date: Mass Romantic (2000), Electric Version (2003), Twin Cinema (2005), Challengers (2007), and Together (2010). A live album recorded on their 2006 tour is available only at concerts and on the band's website.

Band Members:
Dan Bejar of Destroyer, Swan Lake, and Hello, Blue Roses
Kathryn Calder, solo artist and of Immaculate Machine
Neko Case, solo artist, also of Maow, The Corn Sisters, and Cub
John Collins of The Evaporators and Destroyer
Kurt Dahle of Limblifter and Age of Electric
Todd Fancey, solo artist (as Fancey) and of Limblifter
Carl Newman, solo artist (as A.C. Newman), also of Superconductor and Zumpano
Blaine Thurier, independent filmmaker

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