Category: Pop and Electro-Pop


The New Pornographers is a Canadian indie rock band that formed out of Vancouver, British Columbia in 1999.  The band currently consists of Dan Bejar (vocals, guitar), Kathryn Calder (vocals, keyboards, guitar), Neko Case (vocals), John Collins (bass), Todd Fancey (lead guitar), Carl Newman (vocals, guitar), and Blaine Thurier (keyboards, synthesizer).

The name of the band was chosen by Carl Newman, who has said that he came up with it after watching a Japanese film called “The Pornographers”.  Many writers have assumed that the name was a reference to Jimmy Swaggart’s claim that rock and roll was “the new pornography”.  The band has released six albums to date: “Mass Romantic” (2000), “Electric Version” (2003), “Twin Cinema” (2005), “Challengers” (2007), “Together” (2010), and “Brill Bruisers (2014).

The band’s first four albums each placed in the top 40 on The Village Voice’s Pazz & Jop year-end poll of hundreds of music reviewers.  From 2000 to 2006, either a New Pornographers’ album or a solo album from one of the band’s members ranked in the top 40 on the list each year.  In 2007, Blender magazine ranked The New Pornographers’ first album, “Mass Romantic”, the 24th best indie album of all time.  It is the second highest Canadian album on the list, behind Arcade Fires’ “Funeral”, which came in sixth.  In 2009, Rolling Stone magazine ranked the band’s second studio album, “Electric Version”, No. 79 in the “100 Best Albums of the Decade”.

With the release of the band’s sixth studio album “Brill Bruiser” in 2014, which was also highly praised by fans and critics alike, it seems like The New Pornographers can do no wrong.  They are definitely a band worth checking out and I’m sure that their next album will be just as good, if not better, than their last.

Check out some of the band’s biggest hits below and see why these guys are so highly regarded within the indie music scene.

Sources: Info: Wikipedia – Videos: YouTube – The New Pornographers – Picture: Google Images

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Singer/songwriter Jon Bellion makes contemporary pop that mixes R&B, hip-hop, and indie rock influences.  Born on Long Island, New York, Bellion grew up focusing on his love of basketball.  However, in his junior year of high school, his love of music came to a forefront thank to such influences as Timbaland, Pharrell Williams, J Dilla, and Eminem when he began to write songs on his broher’s keyboard.  After high school, Bellion enrolled in a music program at Long Island’s Five Towns College, where he became involved in the vibrant local music scene.

After graduating, Bellion continued to pursue his performance career, eventually garnering wider attention thanks to his song “The Monster”, which was included on Eminem’s 2013 album, “Marshal Mathers LP 2”.  The track which featured a duet between Eminem and Rihanna, topped the charts in 12 countries including topping the Billboard 200 in the United States.  Also in 2013, Bellion released his debut mixtape, “Translation Through Speakers”, In 2014, Bellion released his second mixtape, “The Seperation”, which featured the single, “Ungrateful Eyes”.

Bellion also released his first debut album, “The Definition”, in 2014 and the album was highly praised, both for Bellion’s catchy mixture of hip-hop infused indie-pop and R&B.  Since the album’s release, he has also released three followup singles in 2015, “Woke The F*ck Up”, “Woodstock (Psychedelic Fiction)”, and “All Time Low”.

He is definitely an artist worth keeping an eye out because he will probably be dropping a second album sometime soon.  Check out some of his biggest hits below to see why he’s beginning to turn heads.

Sources: Info: Billboard.com – Videos: YouTube – Jon Bellion – Picture: Google Images