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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


Matt and Kim

Matt and Kim are an American indie dance duo from Brooklyn, New York that consists of keyboardist/vocalist Matt Johnson and drummer Kim Schifino.

The two came together in 2004 while attending the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, and sessions for their debut album began two years later after a spring tour with “Meneguar.”  Featuring vocals from both members, the self-titled album was released by the I Heart Comix label in fall 2006.  Shortly after, the duo performed at multiple festivals throughout 2007 including Lollapalooza and the Siren Music Festival.

The group continued to tour for a couple more years after until they briefly took a break to record more material for their sophomore album, “Grand,” which was released in early 2009 on their new label Fader and cracked the Billboard 200 at number 165.

The album, “Sidewalks,” followed a year later and, thanks to the help of a video that saw the duo strip down to their birthday suits in the streets of New York City, charted much higher on the Billboard Charts to 30.

The groups fourth album, “Lightning,” was self-produced by the duo and was released in November 2012.  A year later, the duo released an album of remixes from “Lightning,” titled, “Lightning Remixes.”

On January 13, 2015, the group released the single “Get It” off of their upcoming album “New Glow” which is slated to be released on April 7, 2015.  The new single, received mixed reviews from fans because it moves away from Matt and Kim’s DIY style of sound.

I personally enjoyed the new single and welcome Matt and Kim’s continued musical experimentation.  Matt and Kim started off in relative obscurity and through the years, have worked hard to garner immense popularity.  Many times, they are the driving force for festivals simply because they will be performing there.  I have also heard that their live shows are not something to miss.

Give Matt and Kim a listen below and see why this duo has become a dominant force within the indie music scene.

Sources: Info: Spotify, Wikipedia – Videos: YouTube – Picture: Google Images