Dan Bejar

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Dan Bejar
Dan Bejar, 2008.jpg
Bejar performing with Destroyer at The Troubadour in West Hollywood, California on May 19, 2008
Background information
Born (1972-10-04) 4 October 1972 (age 44)
Origin Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Genres Chamber pop, indie pop
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Vocals, guitar, piano
Years active mid-1990s–present
Labels Tinker, Granted Passage Cassettes, Merge, Endearing, Jagjaguwar, Locust Records, Rough Trade, Misra Records
Associated acts Destroyer, The New Pornographers, Swan Lake, Hello, Blue Roses, aaron schroeder & the mustaches, Bonaparte, Heartbreak Scene

Daniel Bejar (/ˈbhɑːr/; born October 4, 1972[1]) is an independent singer-songwriter from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Bejar has gained widespread popularity through his musical collaborations with Vancouver indie-rock band The New Pornographers, but has released far more material as the frontman of his band Destroyer. He is renowned for his poetic and often cryptic lyrics as well as his unorthodox vocals. In 2006, he joined with Carey Mercer of Frog Eyes and Spencer Krug of Sunset Rubdown and Wolf Parade as part of another indie supergroup, Swan Lake.[2] He has also collaborated with his girlfriend Sydney Hermant[3] as the duo Hello, Blue Roses, whose debut album was released in 2008.

Personal life[edit]

Bejar's father was a physicist and his mother was a Spanish teacher.[4] Growing up, Bejar moved frequently, and as an adult he has resided in Canada and Spain.[4][5] Bejar attended University of British Columbia for three years: "To my credit, I eventually dropped out; to my discredit, I waited three years to do it. I was taking mostly English and Philosophy classes, fooling myself into thinking I might be an academic."[4] He has one daughter.[4]

Miscellaneous[edit]

A March 2011 article in The New Yorker revealed the visual artist Dan Bejar's elaborate efforts at impersonating the singer, creating confusion and errors in media coverage between the two different men with the same name.[6]

Discography[edit]

Year Title Band Label
1996
We'll Build Them a Golden Bridge
Destroyer
Tinker Records
1997
Ideas for Songs
Destroyer
Granted Passage Cassettes
1998
City of Daughters
Destroyer
Endearing/Triple Crown Audio
1999
Offshore
Points Gray
Tedium House
2000
Vancouver Nights
Vancouver Nights
Endearing
2000
Mass Romantic
The New Pornographers
Mint (CA)/Matador (US, EU)
2000
Thief
Destroyer
Catsup Plate/Triple Crown Audio/Cave Canem Records
2001
Streethawk: A Seduction
Destroyer
Misra/Talitres Records
2002
This Night
Destroyer
Merge/Talitres Records
2003
Electric Version
The New Pornographers
Mint (CA)/Matador (US, EU)
2004
Your Blues
Destroyer
Merge/Talitres/Acuarela Discos
2005
Notorious Lightning & Other Works (EP)
Destroyer
Merge
2005
Twin Cinema
The New Pornographers
Mint (CA)/Matador (US, EU)
2006
Destroyer's Rubies
Destroyer
Merge
2006
Beast Moans
Swan Lake
Jagjaguwar
2007
Challengers
The New Pornographers
Last Gang Records (CA)/Matador (US, EU)
2007
The Szabo Songbook
Heartbreak Scene
Fayettenam Records
2008
The Portrait Is Finished...
Hello, Blue Roses
Locust Records
2008
Trouble in Dreams
Destroyer
Merge/Rough Trade
2009
Enemy Mine
Swan Lake
Jagjaguwar
2009
Bay of Pigs (EP)
Destroyer
Merge
2010
Together
The New Pornographers
Matador
2010
Archer on the Beach (EP)
Destroyer
Merge
2011
Kaputt
Destroyer
Merge
2013
Five Spanish Songs (EP)
Destroyer
Merge
2014
Brill Bruisers
The New Pornographers
Matador
2015
WZO
Hello, Blue Roses
Jaz Records
2015
Poison Season
Destroyer
Merge

References[edit]

  1. ^ Matt LaMay "Pitchfork Interviews: Destroyer", Pitchforkmedia.com, June 12, 2006
  2. ^ Matthew Solarski, "Exclusive: Mercer, Bejar, Krug Join Forces as Swan Lake", PitchforkMedia.com, March 28, 2006.
  3. ^ Hello Blue Roses' Bandcamp page [1], Bandcamp.com.
  4. ^ a b c d "5-10-15-20: Destroyer | Features". Pitchfork. 2012-07-24. Retrieved 2015-09-05. 
  5. ^ "An Interview with Destroyer's Dan Bejar". Freewilliamsburg.com. Retrieved 2015-09-05. 
  6. ^ "Two Bejars". The New Yorker. 2011-03-21. Retrieved 2015-09-05. 

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