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The Morning Benders Change Name To POP ETC

By Will Oliver, March 25th 2012 — with 3 comments

If you were like me and saw the following message on The Morning Benders facebook page, you were very worried that the band was breaking up.

Thankfully that is not the case. The band is changing their name to POP ETC. The band posted a long thoughtful explanation for the change over at The Morning Benders website. You can find the whole thing posted after the jump.

You can find the band at the POP ETC website, where they have uploaded a free mixtape full of new music from the newly titled version of the band. Head here for all the goodies, and check out the letter from Chris Chu below.  But first, here’s “Everything Is Gone”, a new song from the mixtape.

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[new] The Morning Benders – I Wanna Be Your Man (Live)

By Will Oliver, June 21st 2011 — with 5 comments

The Morning Benders twitter stream has been full of wonderful updates about the recording of their new album. The band played a new song this weekend at the free concert, Make Music Pasadena. The song is called “I Wanna Be Your Man” and you can watch/listen below thanks to a video that a fan uploaded. It sounds very Paul Simon to me. As expected, the band is exploring new territories. I like it quite a lot. Take a listen:


The band also covered Prince’s “When You Were Mine”. You can watch that after the jump:

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The Morning Benders Release Japan Echo EP

By Will Oliver, March 24th 2011

The Morning Benders have put together a new EP of unreleased material/remixes in order to help raise funds for all those affected by the earthquake in Japan. It features 2 new songs and various of remixes. The band put the EP together in hopes of raising money for Japan.

100% of all funds go to Japan Society’s Earthquake Relief Fund. You can donate to the cause at their website. You’ll get the EP once you donate.

Check out the tracklist below:

1. Cold War (Star Slinger Remix)
2. Better In Blue
3. Hand Me Downs (Wild Nothing Remix)
4. Excuses (RAC Remix)
5. Mason Jar (Twin Sister Remix)
6. Wet Cement (Aislyn Remix)
7. Little Riot
8. Promises (Star Slinger Remix)

[video] The Morning Benders – Dreams (Live @ Webster Hall 11/18/2010)

By Will Oliver, November 19th 2010 — with 1 comment

It pains me that I had to miss the morning benders in nyc last night, but that’s a part of life. Thankfully, someone uploaded a clip of them covering Fleetwood’s Mac’s classic “Dreams”. It’s becoming a near staple of their live shows, and there’s good reason. The benders have given it a refreshing makeover. They were also joined my Twin Sister’s Andrea Estella who contributed some vocals.

Catch the cover below, via Stereogum:

the morning benders & Twin Sister’s Andrea Estella Cover Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams” @ Webster Hall, NYC 11/18/10 from stereogum on Vimeo.

The Morning Benders gem “Excuses” is still the likely winner of being crowned as my favorite song of 2010. There’s no denying its greatness. It’s been remixed and covered a handful of times, and months later fresh remixes are still pumping out. The Golden Filter took their turn at remixing it, and the result is a tight electronic remix that shows the song in a new light.

Grab that below:

[mp3]: The Morning Benders – Excuses (The Golden Filter Remix)

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Their tour-mates, Twin Sister also released a remix of “Mason Jar”. They’re calling it a remix, but this is more of a of a cover than anything.

[mp3]: The Morning Benders – Mason Jar (Twin Sister Remix)

[video] The Morning Benders :: Les Soirée De Poche Session

By Will Oliver, October 15th 2010 — with 1 comment

La Blogotheque’s Les Soirée De Poche Session’s are usually extended versions of the beauty that Vincent Moon and his team are able to capture. They provide a broader view of a bands live act, putting us right there like we’re a part of the live experience.

His latest session with The Morning Benders was quite a special one. He captured the band at a light playful time, allowing for loose, but focused songs from Big Echo, and even “Dammit Anna” from their debut. There are also plenty of short cuts of different covers that Chris played around with. It was a lot of fun to watch, and I may just go for round two in a little bit:

“Virgins” wasn’t included in this version but that’s ok, just watch it below:

The Morning Benders have been one of the busiest bands this year, and they don’t seem to have any plans of slowing down. They are included on Subterranean Homesick Blues: A Tribute to Bob Dylan’s Bringing It All Back Home, a compilation album of various artists covering songs from the famed Dylan album.

The Benders took on “Outlaw Blues” and delivered a brooding version of the song that sounds haunted and emotional. They’re on a real winning streak this year.

Grab the cover below with two options:

[mp3]: The Morning Benders – Outlaw Blues (Bob Dylan Cover)

Stream the original Bob Dylan version:

The cover album will be released on October 5th via Reimagine Music.

[mp3]: The Morning Benders – Virgins (La Blogotheque Session)

By Will Oliver, September 29th 2010 — with 6 comments

Some people have been asking for mp3’s of the morning benders new song “Virgins” that recently premiered on La Blogotheque. This isn’t surprising, because it’s a fantastic song. They delivered a beautiful session, and it deserves to be heard.

Chances are this will be on the Benders next album or EP, so it may be a while until we are delighted with the studio version. However, they did a beautiful job with their La Blogotheque session and this is mp3 you must have.

[mp3]: The Morning Benders – Virgins (La Blogotheque Session)

If you have yet to see the video, watch it here.

the morning benders – Ram On (Paul McCartney Cover) + EchoMix2

By Will Oliver, September 16th 2010 — with 1 comment

Chris Chu has released his 2nd EchoMix, and it includes a gorgous cover of Paul McCartney’s “Ram On”. If there is any fault to be found in his cover, it’s that it’s over way too fast.

You can grab that, along with the rest of the EchoMix, which Chris said was more of an autumn mix, this time around.

Grab/Stream the EchoMix + the “Ram On” cover below, via the morning benders blog

[mp3]: the morning benders – Ram On (Paul McCartney Cover)

Download: EchoMix2 , see it’s tracklist after the jump:

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