The Morning Benders are changing their name to POP ETC. It’s a pretty bold change and I hope their band survives this bit of rebranding. I’m not terribly fond of the new name, maybe it will grow on me, but I really respect their reasons for changing it..
From their website:
Well, it turns out that the word ‘bender’ in the UK and many parts of Europe is a slang term for ‘homosexual.’ We were told our band name was the equivalent of ‘The Morning Fags’ in America. We had been called The Morning Benders for 5 years, and we were just finding this out now? It was shocking. …
We are at the tail end of making our third album, and we have been given the opportunity to change our band name. We’ve decided to seize that opportunity, and here’s why—
1. We simply cannot go on using a name that is demeaning to the gay community. The reason we are making music is to reach and unite as many different kinds of people as possible, and the idea that our name may be hateful towards anyone makes us sick.
2. In the UK and many parts of Europe the name has simply become too distracting. The MUSIC has always been our number one focus, and we want to present that to people in as pure a way as possible.
Read the rest of their letter to fans here. Check out their new website here.
I absolutely love this song by the Decemberists (off of The King is Dead), so I decided to try my hand at doing a cover. I also don’t play accordion and my kid’s harmonica is in the wrong key, so I replaced them with harmonium and melodica. Not the highest quality recording, but I’m pretty happy with how it came out.
Help me. I cannot stop listening to this album. Seriously. I turn it off because I have to leave or I have to teach class or I have to go to a meeting and it’s like I go through withdrawal. I need my Motopony fix before I snap. I dl’d it to my phone so I’ll never have to be without it. Folks. It is that good.
I sought out the album because I was really impressed by their live performance, and yet the album is really nothing like the experience of seeing them live. They opened for Typhoon the other night (which of course, was AMAZEBALLS), and I was totally sold. The lead, Daniel Blue (which can’t be his real name) was just crazy enough to bring life to the performance without creeping out the audience too much. At moments his cool blue eyes would just pierce you with his intense stare, and other moments he was doing a crazy dance. Not to mention he rocked the side mullet—business on the side, party on the.. other side. I think I expected them to be from Portland and not from Seattle, like they actually are. Anyways, the show was great, and when I got home I looked up their recordings. Which are equally great, but not the same.
The funny thing is, when I went to find some videos of their live shows online I couldn’t find anything that even remotely resembled the performance they put on. Which leads me to believe that maybe he really was on something. Or that SF just brings out the best in people. Who am I to judge. I’ll just listen and enjoy, and keep my eye out for when they come back.
Key tracks: King of Diamonds, God Damn Girl, Euphoria Favorite lyric: “God damn girl, your wounds are beautiful/ and if God damns, then God damn/ and if God damns, then God damn me” (God Damn Girl)
Another musical afternoon with my buddy Bethy. I had some fun playing every instrument within reach. Is there a better way to spend the day?
The Belle Brigade’s “Losers”:
Guitar, medicine bottle filled with popcorn kernels, and yes, poorly playing my roommate’s violin.
Typhoon’s “Kitchen Tile”:
Of course I had to thrown in one from Typhoon. SO EXCITED for their show tonight. And some mandolin love.
Rihanna’s “We Found Love”:
Yeah, you heard/read that right! I never get to play my harmonium because it doesn’t really carry a song on it’s own very well. But when Bethy suggested we folk-up something poppy, I really wanted to hear how Rihanna’s song would sound on it. Fun times!