History Music / TheNewPornographers

31st May '17 3:17:48 PM MikeK
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* CreditsGag: ''Mass Romantic'' credits [[{{Film/Meatballs}} Camp Northstar Kids' Chorus]] with backing vocals on "Breakin' The Law": In reality, the band layered their own vocals several times in order to sound like a large group of singers, and decided to make a ''Meatballs'' ShoutOut in the liner notes because they thought the end result made them sound like children. To A.C. Newman's amusement, a ''Rolling Stone'' writer missed the reference and mentioned their recruiting a children's summer camp for backing vocals in their review of the album.

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* CreditsGag: ''Mass Romantic'' credits [[{{Film/Meatballs}} Camp Northstar Kids' Chorus]] with backing vocals on "Breakin' The Law": In reality, the band layered their own vocals several times in order to sound like a large group of singers, and then decided to make include a ''Meatballs'' ShoutOut in the liner notes because they thought the end result made them sound like children. To A.C. Newman's amusement, a ''Rolling Stone'' writer missed the reference and mentioned their recruiting that the album included an appearance by a children's summer camp for backing vocals choir in their review of the album.review.
31st May '17 3:15:02 PM MikeK
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* CreditsGag: ''Mass Romantic'' credits [[{{Film/Meatballs}} Camp Northstar Kids' Chorus]] with backing vocals on "Breakin' The Law": In reality, the band layered their own vocals several times in order to sound like a large group of singers, and decided to make a ''Meatballs'' ShoutOut in the liner notes because they thought the end result made them sound like children. To A.C. Newman's amusement, a ''Rolling Stone'' writer missed the reference and mentioned their recruiting a children's summer camp for backing vocals in their review of the album.
30th May '17 11:58:35 PM murlough23
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* Kathryn Calder (of Immaculate Machine) - Vocals, piano, other keyboards

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* Kathryn Calder (of (solo, and also Immaculate Machine) - Vocals, piano, other keyboards


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** In 2017, children's music artist Raffi objected to their name in a tweet, which resulted in a slew of (mostly good-natured) trolling tweets from Carl Newman in response, before Raffi eventually apologized.
30th May '17 11:53:02 PM murlough23
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* BrokenRecord: The last half of "Testament to Youth in Verse" is the line "The bells ring 'No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no'" repeated eight times.



* EarWorm: Discussed in "Sing Me Spanish Techno", whose chorus mentions "Listening too long to one song". (That and a large number of their other songs definitely fall under the trope.)
* EverythingsBetterWithSamurai: The video for "Your Hands (Together)".



* NewSoundAlbum: ''Brill Bruisers'' has a much more noticeable reliance on synthesizers and a denser sound in general. Also, ''Challengers'' was composed almost entirely of ballads, but this didn't carry over into their subsequent material.

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* NewSoundAlbum: ''Brill Bruisers'' has a much more noticeable reliance on synthesizers and a denser sound in general. This is even more pronounced on ''Whiteout Conditions''.
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Also, ''Challengers'' was composed almost entirely of ballads, but this didn't carry over into their subsequent material.material.
* PeoplePuppets: Done hilariously in the "Use It" video.
* PrecisionFStrike: Dan Bejar blurts one out in "Chump Change".
** If you listen closely to their version of "Spidyr", you'll catch a whispered one from Neko Case, after she falls into a FourMoreMeasures trap while singing the background vocal. [[ThrowItIn Apparently they decided to just go with that take despite her screw-up.]]


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* RealTrailerFakeMovie: The video for "Moves" is a trailer for a non-existent {{Biopic}} of the band, [[WTHCastingAgency with the members played by actors who look nothing like them]], and an improbable plot full of SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll.
* RearrangeTheSong: "Spidyr", originally by one of Dan Bejar's other bands, Swan Lake.


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* StopAndGo: The opening riff and verses of "Your Hands (Together)" are an excellent example, switching back and forth between a loud guitar/drum riff and near-silence.
* SubvertedKidsShow: The video for "Mutiny, I Promise You" plays out like one of these, with a strange balance of cutesy live-action kids show characters and comical violence.


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** "Brill Bruisers" goes back to putting the title track first, while "Whiteout Conditions" has it as the second track.


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* VocalTagTeam: Carl Newman, Dan Bejar, and Neko Case have rotated lead vocal duties since the beginning, with Kathryn taking the lead a few times on their later albums. On several songs it's hard to tell who the "lead" is, as it will switch between the verse and chorus, or multiple people will be singing in unison.


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* YourCheatingHeart: Notably averted by the title track from "Challengers", which is about two people realizing they're falling in love with each other despite both of them being in relationships with someone else. They agree to leave it be until those other relationships have run their course.
8th Apr '17 1:55:37 PM MikeK
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* ShoutOut: There's a common misconception that their name is an ironic reference to evangelist Jimmy Swaggart, [[TheNewRockAndRoll who once called rock and roll "the new pornography"]]; A.C Newman claims he'd never heard the quote before he started the band, and was instead inspired by ''The Pornographers'', a Japanese BlackComedy film from 1966.
8th Apr '17 1:19:37 PM MikeK
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* ''Whiteout Conditions'' (2017)


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* AbsenteeActor: ''Whiteout Conditions'' is their first album without Dan Bejar - He didn't leave the group, he just sat this one out to work on new Destroyer material.
18th Mar '17 9:16:07 PM tenryufan
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* PopCultureIsolation: [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] during a live show for iTunes. The band was asked to learn "a rock and roll classic" for French television, only to find that the audience didn't recognize their choice, "[[ElectricLightOrchestra Don't Bring Me Down]]".
17th Feb '17 6:36:20 PM karstovich2
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* DescentIntoAddiction: "The Slow Descent Into Alcoholism" describes, well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin a slow descent into alcoholism]].
9th May '15 6:04:53 AM SeptimusHeap
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* RealSongThemeTune: ''TheHour'' previously used "Use It" (off of ''Twin Cinema'') before switching to "The Good In Everyone" by Sloan.

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* RealSongThemeTune: ''TheHour'' ''Series/TheHourCBC'' previously used "Use It" (off of ''Twin Cinema'') before switching to "The Good In Everyone" by Sloan.
21st Mar '15 9:41:01 PM ThePocket
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* DrosteImage: They used TV monitors to create this effect in the video for "Letter From an Occupant."

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* DrosteImage: They used TV monitors to create this effect in the video for "Letter From an Occupant." "
* FadingIntoTheNextSong: On ''Brill Bruisers'', "War on the East Coast" fades into "Backstairs".


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* NewSoundAlbum: ''Brill Bruisers'' has a much more noticeable reliance on synthesizers and a denser sound in general. Also, ''Challengers'' was composed almost entirely of ballads, but this didn't carry over into their subsequent material.
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