The New Pornographers

Full Discography

  • Together - OLE-891 - 2010-05-04
  • Myriad Harbour (uk single) - OLE-782 - 2007-10-01
  • Challengers - OLE-770 - 2007-08-21
  • Challengers: Executive Edition - OLE-774 - 2007-08-21
  • Twin Cinema - OLE-621 - 2005-08-23
  • Twin Cinema - OLE-621 - 2005-08-23
  • Mass Romantic REMASTERED - OLE-540 - 2003-10-07
  • Electric Version - OLE-551 - 2003-05-06
Singles & EPs
  • Moves (Record Store Day Exclusive) - OLE-959 - 2011-04-16
  • Togetherness: The New Pornographers Play Outrageous Cherry - OLE-934 - 2010-05-04
  • High Art, Local News - OLE-682 - 2005-08-23
  • Letter From An Occupant - OLE-541 - 2002-04-15


Brill Bruisers is the first new release in four years from the acclaimed supergroup, who have been called, “virtually peerless in the world of power-pop and indie-rock” by NPR Music. Additionally, the New Yorker describes the band’s music as, “...magnificent and clever…,” while Stereogum proclaims, “In recent history, no group has featured so much formidable established talent, collaborating on a regular basis.” 

Of the album, lead-singer and main songwriter AC Newman comments, “This is a celebration record. After periods of difficulty, I am at a place where nothing in my life is dragging me down and the music reflects that.” Produced by band-members John Collins (bass) with Newman, the 12-track album was recorded primarily at Little Blue in Woodstock, NY and at JC/DC Studios in Vancouver B.C. with additional recording in Austin, Brooklyn and Vermont. Newman adds, “We wanted Xanadu and we wanted Sigue Sigue Sputnik, which translated into sparklier and faster.”

A fall tour is confirmed in support of the release, including shows at L.A.’s The Wiltern and New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom as well as appearances at Toronto’s Riot Fest and Austin’s Fun Fun Fun Fest. See below for details.  

Since their debut in 2000, The New Pornographers have released five studio albums including their most recent, Together (2010), of which, NPR Music praised, “Unimpeachable pop gems…these are the songs of summer” while ELLE magazine asserted, “The New Pornographers have done what all great bands do: Evolve…unpretentious and unbelievably infectious” and the Associated Press heralded, “…Together finds them at their peak. The melding of Newman’s voice with Neko Case and Kathryn Calder is endlessly inventive, weaving in and out of the nervous-sounding rhythm that is the band’s calling card. The first four songs are what the Electric Light Orchestra meant to achieve but never quite did.”

The New Pornographers are A.C. Newman, Blaine Thurier, Dan Bejar, John Collins, Kathryn Calder, Kurt Dahle, Neko Case and Todd Fancey.

The album cover design was created by Steven Wilson and Thomas Burden. The interactive artwork page was designed by Chris Shier.

News From The Matablog

The New Pornographers - 'Brill Bruisers' LP (limited edition paint-splattered vinyl)

A limited edition, multi-colored paint splattered version of the upcoming New Pornographers 'Brill Bruisers' LP is available through the Matador and New Pornographers webstores. Preorder the limited edition LP and receive a 3D poster and 3D glasses (while supplies and/or the mania for all things 3D lasts)

VIDEO : The New Pornographers - "War On The East Coast"

"We were going for some mid nineties second tier brit pop attitude. In the past, I've never really wanted to be in the video. But with this, we wanted to have fun and fully be IN the video." - Carl Newman
"War On The East Coast" is the first video from the upcoming album by The New Pornographers, 'Brill Bruisers' (August 25). As you can see, Carl, Dan Bejar and director Thom Glunt weren't hesitant to depict the destruction of a major North American city, but I should stress this is not documentary footage. On the pseudo-apocalyptic scale not only do I think this video kicks Michael Bay's ass (about time, too), but the song's incredible. Wait 'til you hear the whole album. A limited edition multi-colored paint splattered version of the LP is available through the Matador and New Pornographers webstores. Pre-order the limited edition LP and receive a 3D poster and 3D glasses (while supplies last) preorder 'Brill Bruisers' from iTunes or Amazon Digital and receive "Brill Bruisers" and "War On The East Coast" today) preorder 'Brill Bruisers' from The New Pornographers Store Amazon (LP or CD) Google: Tour Dates Saturday, July, 19 -- Pemberton Music Festival, Pemberton BC  Canada Friday, August, 8 -- Skyline Music Festival, Minneapolis, MN Friday, August 29 - Sonic Boom Festival, Northlands Park, Edmonton AB Canada Saturday, September, 6 -- Majestic Theatre, Detroit MI Sunday, September, 7 -- Riot Fest, Downsview Park, Toronto ON, Canada Thursday-Sunday, September, 11-14 - Rifflandia, Victoria BC  Canada Sunday, October, 5 -- The Showbox, Seattle WA* Monday, October, 6 -- The Showbox, Seattle WA* Wednesday, October, 8 -- Crystal Ballroom, Portland OR* Thursday, October, 9 -- Knitting Factory, Boise ID* Friday, October, 10 -- The Depot, Salt Lake City UT* Saturday, October, 11 -- Gothic Theatre, Denver CO* Monday, October, 13 -- The Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix AZ* Tuesday, October, 14 -- Rialto Theatre, Tucson AZ* Wednesday, October, 15 -- Pappy & Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace, Pioneertown CA* Friday, October, 17 -- The Wiltern, Los Angeles CA* Saturday October, 18 -- North Park Theatre, San Diego CA* Sunday, October 19 -- Treasure Island Music Festival, San Francisco CA* Tuesday, November, 4 -- Cannery Ballroom, Nashville TN* Wednesday, November, 5 -- Orange Peel, Asheville NC* Thursday, November, 6 -- Buckhead Theatre, Atlanta GA* Friday, November, 7 -- Civic Theatre, New Orleans LA* Saturday, November, 8 -- Fun Fun Fun Fest, Austin TX* Monday, November, 10 -- The Pageant, St. Louis MO* Tuesday, November, 11 -- Slowdown, Omaha NE* Thursday, November, 13 -- Pabst Theater, Milwaukee WI* Friday, November, 14 -- Riviera Theatre, Chicago IL* Saturday, November, 15 -- House of Blues, Cleveland OH* Monday, November, 17 -- Hammerstein Ballroom, New York NY* Wednesday, November, 19 -- House of Blues, Boston MA* Thursday, November, 20 -- Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA* Friday, November, 21 -- 9:30 Club, Washington, DC* Sunday, November, 23 -- Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro NC* * - support by The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart The New Pornographers on Facebook The New Pornographers on Twitter

Coming August 26 : The New Pornographers' 'Brill Bruisers'

“This is a celebration record. After periods of difficulty, I am at a place where nothing in my life is dragging me down and the music reflects that. We wanted Xanadu and we wanted Sigue Sigue Sputnik, which translated into sparklier and faster.” - A.C. Newman
(photo : Chris Buck) On August 26, we'll be releasing the first new album in 4 years from The New Pornographers, the John Collins / AC Newman produced 'Brill Bruisers' on LP, CD and digital formats. The octet of Newman, Collins, Neko Case, Dan Bejar, Blaine Thurier, Katheryn Calder, Kurt Dahle and Todd Fancey recorded in Woodstock and Vancouver (with additional portions done in Brooklyn, Austin and Vermont) from 2013-14 and have emerged with the boldest & brightest work in their unbeaten run. The album's titular track, "Brill Bruisers" premieres today here (and at the top of this post) track listing : 1. Brill Bruisers 2. Champions Of Red Wine 3. Fantasy Fools 4. War On The East Coast 5. Backstairs 6. Marching Orders 7. Another Drug Deal Of The Heart 8. Born With A Sound 9. Wide Eyes 10. Dancehall Domine 11. Spidyr 12. Hi-Rise 13. You Tell Me Where A limited edition multi-colored paint splattered version of the LP is available through the Matador and New Pornographers webstores. Pre-order the limited edition LP and receive a 3D poster and 3D glasses (while supplies last) Pre-order on iTunes and receive the following : today : "Brill Bruisers" At later dates in July receive "War On The East Coast" and "Dancehall Domine" (exact dates for these are TBC) Dates including headlining shows at LA's Wiltern and NYC's Hammerstein Ballroom are found after the jump, in addition to festival appearances at Toronto's Riot Fest and Austin's Fun Fun Fun : July 18-20 Pemberton Music Festival Pemberton, BC August 29-31 Sonic Boom Festival Edmonton, AB August 31 Edmonton Northlands Edmonton, AB September 6 Majestic Theatre Detroit, MI September 6-7 Riot Fest Toronto, ON October 5 & 6 The Showbox Seattle, WA October 8 Crystal Ballroom Portland, OR October 9 Knitting Factory Boise, ID October 10 Knitting Factory Salt Lake City, UT October 11 Gothic Theatre Denver, CO October 13 The Crescent Ballroom Phoenix, AZ October 14 Tucson, AZ Rialto Theatre October 15 Pappy & Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace Pioneertown, CA October 17 The Wiltern Los Angeles, CA October 18 North Park Theatre San Diego, CA November 4 Cannery Ballroom Nashville, TN November 5 Orange Peel Asheville, NC November 6 Buckhead Theatre Atlanta, GA November 7 Civic Theatre New Orleans, LA November 7-9 Fun Fun Fun Fest Austin, TX November 10 The Pageant St. Louis, MO November 11 Slowdown Omaha, NE November 13 Pabst Theater Milwaukee, WI November 14 Riviera Theatre Chicago, IL November 15 House of Blues Cleveland, OH November 17 Hammerstein Ballroom New York, NY November 19 House of Blues Boston, MA November 20 Union Transfer Philadelphia, PA November 21 9:30 Club Washington, DC November 23 Cat’s Cradle Carrboro, NC The New Pornographers on Facebook The New Pornographers on Twitter

AC Newman and Bill Fay In A Post-Apocalyptic-Cable-TV-World

(above : this is either a promotional still from "The Walking Dead" or a photo from last April's Record Store Day --- I can't find my notes!)

TONIGHT ON AMC : you can hear AC Newman's version of Bill Fay's "Be Not So Fearful" on season 4, episode 15 of "The Walking Dead".

'The Walking Dead Original Soundtrack, Vol. 2' is out Tuesday on Republic Records.

Help The New Pornographers' Kathryn Calder Fund Documentary

Left to right: Josh Huculiak, Kathryn Calder, Brooke Gallupe, Brent  Hodge, Luke Kozlowski, John Diemer. Photo by: Jenna and Tristan  Shouldice.

Friend of the family, Kathryn Calder of The New Pornographers, needs your help!

A Matter Of Time - An ALS Documentary


Imagine finding out your mother has 2-3 years left to live. Kathryn Calder of The New Pornographers was faced with this gut-wrenching revelation when she learned that her  mother had been diagnosed with ALS, taking her down a path few could  endure.

ALS (commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease in the US and Motor Neurone disease in the UK) is a fatal disease, which attacks the neurons in the brain  and spinal cord, progressively impairing one's ability to walk, talk or  feed themselves. The cause of the disease is unknown and there is no  cure.

Before the bad news hit, Kathryn was relishing in a beautiful  adventure. A few years prior, her mother, who was adopted, had found her  birth mother, and thus a whole other family for Kathryn. Relatives  emerged, loved ones multiplied overnight. And all the more spectacular,  her new found long lost uncle, Carl Newman, happened to be the front-man behind an indie rock super group called The New Pornographers.  With this serendipitous revelation, a new realm of musical  collaboration and opportunity spawned and prospered. Then the news about  her mother's illness crashed right through the newly lit family home.

As a result, Kathryn decided to move back into her childhood home to  become her mother's full time caregiver. It was during this turbulent  period, that Kathryn became inspired to write and record her first solo  album; a parting gift for her biggest fan. She recruited a producer and  converted her mother's living room into a recording studio. As her  mother's condition steadily worsened, Kathryn's challenge became clear:  she needed to complete the album in time for her mother to hear it.

A Matter of Time illustrates the bravery and compassion that  can bloom from struggle. How even the most enduring battles can conjure  unimaginable feats of strength and triumph against unexplainable  forces. This is an inspirational story about courage in the face  of disease. It’s about letting difficult experiences meet artistic  impulses and making a positive difference through music.


If you would like to help Kathryn finish the film and make the documentary a reality, please head over to her Kickstarter page and donate.  You'll even get a special gift ranging from a download of the soundtrack (featuring The New Pornographers), a meet and greet with The New P's at a concert, OR even a personalised song written by Kathryn.  All this dependent on how generous you can be, so dig deep.

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