Posts Tagged ‘morning benders’

December 22, 2017

Christmas is just around the corner, and our long time love affair with Brooklyn’s POP ETC only grows stronger as the trio, formerly from my beloved college town of Berkeley, drenches us with holiday nostalgia on an EP named ‘A POP ETC Christmas’. It’s a three track release from the indie band on which they cover some seasonal classics and offer up a new original. As someone who grew up watching the various Charlie Brown specials that would always hit the television around this time of year, I couldn’t help but gravitate towards POP ETC’s dreamy chill version of Christmas Time Is Here, from Charlie Brown’s Christmas Special. Stream the mellow treat via Spotify above, or Soundcloud below. The EP’s original track is a perky strumming, warm embracing gem named All I Want For Xmas (Just My Baby). POP ETC also covers Paul McCartneys’ Wonderful Christmastime. Stream those tracks below alongside the Soundcloud stream for the Charlie Brown cover. Lead singer Chris Chu says about the EP: ‘Since I was a kid I always loved Christmas songs. I fell in love with Vince Guaraldi’s “A Charlie Brown Christmas” soundtrack from an early age and I’ve listened to it every Christmas I can remember. I’ve always had the idea of trying to record a few Christmas songs myself, but for some reason or another things always got too busy around the holidays and I lost track of it… until now!” The EP is available from iTunes, here.

October 4, 2016

It’s a good thing I’m not too hungry for dinner yet, otherwise all the vivid food references and visuals in the whimsical new video for POP ETC’s Vice might leave me no choice but to go raid the fridge.

Vice’s vivacious fusion of new wave and synthpop is adamantly hooking and steadfast riveting. It’s but one of many splendid tunes off of the Brooklyn based band’s self released album Souvenir, a record I praised profusely many times over on IHM. In fact, IHM was even fortunate enough to have a little chat with POP ETC earlier this year after catching the band on tour in San Francisco, a doubly sweet treat indeed. You can read that interview, here, after you complete your surreal and somewhat eerie food trip into POP ETC’s new video. POP ETC’s recent album Souvenir is available digitally on iTunes, or physically, here.

January 22, 2016

I can’t wait for January 29th. There’s a spectacular array of albums releasing that day, and at the top of my list of anticipated albums is POP ETC’s fourth full length, Souvenir. The now New York based trio revealed a phenomenal song off the album last month named What Am I Becoming?. What Am I Becoming? is a hooking fusion of driving synthpop and spirited indie rock, and it’s undeniably one of the catchiest new songs in the scene right now. The single’s crackling guitar, jaunty cadence, and smooth vocals simultaneously remind me of both Miike Snow and Broken Bells. Today’s new music video for the song necessitates an essential revisit. Pre-order Souvenir on iTunes

May 22, 2015

While I absolutely love all the amazing covers POP ETC has been offering us these past months, and their Yoko Kanno collaborations, I’m still most delighted when they drop a solo original. Their single Running In Circles earlier this year was very much a personal fave, and they’ve followed it up with another infectious, spirited number named Bad Break. Magnificent guitars and an epic melody are but some of the fantastic qualities on this synthrock anthem that ventures into irresistible dance rock territory. The Brooklyn based band (by way of Berkeley!) also unleashed an entertaining music video for Bad Break that fits the song’s retro 80′s sound. The video is a superb spoof on those cheesy karaoke videos with a huge 80′s movies twist. It’s like Karate Kid in karaoke form, and without the martial arts. 

POP ETC’s Keep It For Your Own

May 16, 2012

The other day, I posted an epic oldies mixtape from POP ETC, aka Morning Benders. Today, we get to preview a track off their upcoming self titled album. Keep It For Your Own sounds pretty good, and the preview makes me crave the full track. They’ve gone a distant way from their old surfy beachy sound and have decided to go on a pop route. I’m very curious what the other work on the album sounds like, and if they keep to this sound or experiment with all sorts of sounds.

May 15, 2012

Vintage pop is in. It’s SOOO in. So what could be even better than a mixtape filled with actual oldie goodies from a few decades back? POP ETC, formerly Morning Benders (and mad props to them for why they changed their name in March, read here), released this 1986 Weekend Mix featuring good old tracks from artists and bands like Janet Jackson, Sparks, Tears for Fears, Don Henley, etc. These are all acts that were great influences on POP ETC. Stream the 32 minutes and be transported through time on a very happy journey. According to POP ETC, they made this mega fun mix for sleepovers.