Slacker Logo


The New Pornographers

The Vancouver indie rock supergroup the New Pornographers feature the talents of Zumpano's Carl Newman, the Evaporators' John Collins, Destroyer's Dan Bejar, cartoonist/filmmaker Blaine Thurier, drummer Fisher Rose, and guest vocalist Neko Case. Newman started the band in 1996 as a lark after releasing Zumpano's Goin' Through Changes; one by one, the other members joined the fold, and the New Pornographers' first official rehearsal took place in 1997. By the following year, the group had completed four songs, but then Case left Vancouver for Chicago, Thurier began work on his film Low Self Esteem Girl, and the other members attended to their other bands and projects. Rose left in 1999, and Limblifter/Age of Electric drummer Kurt Dahle and guitarist Todd Fancey joined the Canadian supergroup. With a solid lineup in tow, the New Pornographers reunited and began recording again in early 2000, completing their debut album, Mass Romantic, in time for a fall release and critical acclaim. Ray Davies joined the band at SXSW in fall 2001, performing the Kinks classic "Starstruck" for the first time ever. After a brief North American tour, the bandmembers returned to their respective projects by 2002. Bejar recorded with Destroyer, and Case headed out on the road with Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds in support of her second solo album, Blacklisted. Nobody strayed too far, however, for the New Pornographers headed back into the studio before the year's end to work on a follow-up to Mass Romantic. The pop-powered Electric Version, which appeared in spring 2003, marked their first for Matador. Twin Cinema followed in 2005 and garnered a good deal of critical praise, receiving near-perfect rankings from such influential outlets as Rolling Stone and Pitchfork. Bolstered by such a positive reception -- as well as the success of Neko Case's Fox Confessor Brings the Flood in 2006 -- the group went in a mellower direction with 2007's Challengers. In 2009, they contributed the song "Hey, Snow White" to the AIDS Benefit album Dark Was the Night. Shortly after, they released their fifth studio album, Together, which included collaborations with the likes of St. Vincent, Will Sheff, and Zach Condon. After a two-year break, they were included on the Fleetwood Mac tribute compilation album Just Tell Me That You Want Me with the track "Think About Me." It would take another two years for the New Pornographers to announce details of new material; their sixth studio album, entitled Brill Bruisers, was released in August 2014. In 2017, the New Pornographers presented their seventh album, Whiteout Conditions; after a long relationship with Matador Records, it was the group's first release on their own label, Collected Works Records, distributed in the United States by Concord Music Group. ~ Heather Phares & MacKenzie Wilson
Read More Read Less

Stations Featuring
The New Pornographers

    Top Indie

    Top Indie
    2 songs

    Adult Alternative

    Adult Alternative
    1 song

    Adult Rock

    Adult Rock
    1 song

Albums by
The New Pornographers

Top Songs by
The New Pornographers

  1.   Song
  2.   Twin Cinema
  3.   Letter from an Occupant
  4.   The Bleeding Heart Show
  5.   The Laws Have Changed
  6.   Sing Me Spanish Techno
  7.   Moves
  8.   Crash Years
  9.   My Rights Versus Yours
  10.   Mutiny, I Promise You
  11.   Sweet Talk, Sweet Talk
  12.   This Is the World of the Theater
  13.   All for Swinging You Around
  14.   Challengers
  15.   Your Hands (Together)
  16.   High Ticket Attractions
  17.   Colosseums
  18.   Use It
  19.   All The Things That Go To Make Heaven And Earth
  20.   Whiteout Conditions
  21.   All the Old Showstoppers
  22.   Champions of Red Wine
  23.   War on the East Coast
  24.   Dancehall Domine
  25.   Think About Me
  26.   Adventures in Solitude
  27.   Brill Bruisers
  28.   Hey, Snow White
  29.   The Slow Descent into Alcoholism
  30.   Marching Orders
  31.   The Spirit of Giving
  32.   Ballad of a Comeback Kid
  33.   Testament to Youth in Verse
  34.   It's Only Divine Right
  35.   Fantasy Fools
  36.   Loose Translation
  37.   Hi-Rise
  38.   The Fake Headlines
  39.   Clockwise
  40.   Another Drug Deal of the Heart
  41.   We End Up Together
  42.   My Shepherd
  43.   Go Places
  44.   Streets of Fire
  45.   Jackie, Dressed in Cobras
  46.   Centre for Holy Wars
  47.   To Wild Homes
  48.   Star Bodies
  49.   Born with a Sound
  50.   The Body Says No
  51.   We've Been Here Before
  52.   Second Sleep
  53.   Darling Shade
  54.   Valkyrie In the Roller Disco
  55.   Broken Breads
  56.   Falling Through Your Clothes
  57.   From Blown Speakers
  58.   Breakin' the Law
  59.   The Mary Martin Show
  60.   The Electric Version
  61.   If You Can't See My Mirrors
  62.   Mass Romantic
  63.   Avalanche Alley
  64.   Juke
  65.   Play Money
  66.   You Tell Me Where
  67.   Spidyr
  68.   Wide Eyes
  69.   Daughters of Sorrow
  70.   A Bite Out of My Bed
  71.   Up In the Dark
  72.   Silver Jenny Dollar
  73.   Failsafe
  74.   Stacked Crooked
  75.   These Are the Fables
  76.   The Jessica Numbers
  77.   Miss Teen Wordpower
  78.   July Jones
  79.   The New Face of Zero and One
  80.   Chump Change
  81.   The End of Medicine
  82.   Execution Day
  83.   Jackie
  84.   Entering White Cecilia
  85.   Unguided
  86.   The Bones of an Idol
  87.   Three or Four
  88.   Backstairs
  89.   High Art, Local News
  90.   Mystery Hours
  91.   Myriad Harbour