Wednesday, January 13, 2010

The New Pornographers. Need I say more?

The New Pornographers is one of those bands that people think they're familiar with. All of the trendy, hip kids have heard their name so much, they're under the impression that they know something about this band. But the fact is, they wouldn't know The New Pornogrphers from New Kids on the Block.

Okay, maybe that's a little bit of a stretch.

But The New Pornographers - one of my favorite bands of all time ever - got some prominent play time on Wednesday's episode of
"Ugly Betty". "Adventures in Solitude" played for a solid chunk of the last 10 minutes of the show. If you're not familiar with the Canadian-based band - familiarize. Now. Led by one of the most adorable and talented red heads on Earth, A.C. Newman (his solo stuff also kicks ass), the band was formed in 1997. It also boasts having eight musicians, which includes the indelible Neko Case.

Side note: I think Neko Case is the
greatest woman ever. If I could be anyone, I would be her.

So, getting away from my tiny obsession with Neko and back to the genius that is The New Pornographers, let's talk about how great they are and what they're like.
1. Really great. 2. Some people say 'power pop.' Some people might just call it 'indie.' But what they really are is a blend of a variety of instruments, some of the most unique and beautiful voices and clever, smart lyrics.

Let's recap: Despite having heard the name 'The New Pornographers' so often, a lot of people haven't taken the time to listen and get to know them. But after me drooling over how wonderful they are, maybe everyone will take a moment to check them out. I don't think you'll regret it.


  1. Wow. I'm glad you REALLY know the New Pornographers because SOOO many people couldn't POSSIBLY understand them. If loving the New Pornographers inspires this kind of hipper-then-thou douchiness from everyone who loves them, I'm glad I'm one of the unwashed masses who doesn't give a shit about the "genius" of the New Pornographers.

  2. I can fully appreciate that the way I worded the beginning of this article sounds as though I meant "people couldn't POSSIBLY understand them." However, what I meant was that they're a band whose name is mentioned so often in regard to similar bands/genres that people might identify with them despite having never listened to them.

    My goal with this post was to give people that have heard OF The New Pornographers the nudge to make an effort to listen to them as they're a well-known, talked about band, but not highly listened to.