Tag Archive: Indie Rock

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

Blurryface is the fourth upcoming album from the American duo Twenty One Pilots.  The album is set to be released on May 19, 2015 through the record label Fueled By Ramen.  The first single for the album “Fairly Local” was released on March 17, 2015.

Following the release of their debut major label album “Vessel” (2013), the band toured extensively to support the album worldwide.  On March 17, 2015, the band announced the albums title, track listing, release date, and revealed the album’s artwork.  The band released their new single “Fairly Local” on the same day accompanied by its music video which premiered on Fueled By Ramen’s official YouTube channel.  On April 6, 2015, the band released their second single off the album “Tear in my Heart”, with an official music video released through YouTube.  The third single “Stressed Out” was released on April 28, 2015 with a music video.  On May 4, 2015, the band posted a YouTube video streaming the audio of the album’s sixth track, “Lane Boy”, and released “Ride” seven days later through YouTube as well.

I love Twenty One Pilots and have had “Vessels” on repeat since its release so I can’t wait until this new album comes out.  Based on the songs that have been released so far, I think it’s safe to say that this album is going to shape up to be just as big or bigger than “Vessels”.  Check out the singles for yourself below and be sure to pick up Blurryface on May 19th. I know I will.

Sources: Info: Wikipedia – Videos: YouTube: Twenty One Pilots – Picture: Google Images