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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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Jeff Abel, better known by his stage name Excision, is a dubstep producer and DJ from Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada.  Excision frequently works with fellow Canadian dubstep producers Datsik and and Downlink.  Along with Downlink, he is the founder of Rottun Recordings.

In 2007, Excision released “No Escape,” through Rottun Recordings.  The single sold out shortly after its release and made it apparent that there was a demand for more aggressive dubstep.  Excision was later asked by the Australian drum and bass group, Pendulum, to remix their 2009 single, “Showdown.”

In 2011, Excision toured the US with Downlink and Legacy on the Subsonic Tour.  He released his debut studio album, “X Rated,” on September 12, 2011 through the Canadian Mau5trap Recordings label.  A remix album was released a year later.  Excision set out to explore various music styles beyond his own throughout the album and collaborated with various artists including Datsik, Downlink, SKisM, Messinian, Sawy and Mr. Hudson.

In 2012, Excision started the North American “X Tour” with Liquid Stranger and Lucky Date.  After the tour, Excision created an electronic super group called “Destroid” with Downlink and Pendulum’s former drummer KJ Sawka.

In January 2013 until April, Excision embarked on a new tour covering North America and Canada, during which he unveiled his new “Executioner” video stage along with its 100,000 watt bass system from PK Sound.  He was accompanied by fellow electronic acts Vaski and Paper Diamond.

Excision stated that starting in January 2014, a new tour will begin across North America and Canada with support from Dirtyphonics and Ill Gates.  For this tour, he has stated that he will bring his new 115,000 watt bass system from PK Sound.

Excision is one of the most aggressive dubstep artists out there.  With a bass system that continuously gets deeper and deeper until it feels like it’s shaking your very soul and with the pyrotechnics and aggressiveness of a heavy metal concert, there really is no artist quite like Excision.  He takes his music to another level and the only way that I can accurately describe it is if you were at the epicenter of an earthquake.  Check out his biggest hits below and check to see if his tour is coming anywhere near you.