Playtime!: Golden Bloom & Neutral Uke Hotel Perform on North 6th Street in Brooklyn @ CMJ 2010

We had the pleasure of filming the boys of Golden Bloom / Neutral Uke Hotel during CMJ for our Playtime! performances. The band was ready to play wherever they could and we think hands down, this is our favorite set in the series so far. It examplifies what we strive for with Playtime! The people walking back and fourth fit perfectly with the songs and it oddly seems like they should actually be there. Nothing got in the way of the boys when it came to pouring their hearts and souls into the music…not even the dog that was sitting by watching them. Well, maybe he did. Check out the two videos below. One song they play as Golden Bloom and the next, as Neutral Uke Hotel.

Golden Bloom “Doomsday Devices”

Neutral Uke Hotel “Holland, 1945”

CMJ 2010 Photos: Neutral Uke Hotel & Golden Bloom @ Cameo Gallery

Golden Bloom and Neutral Uke Hotel, 2 bands made up of primarily of the same friendly fellows, took the stage at the Cameo Gallery in Brooklyn onm Thursday night and packed the room with diehard followers and new fans wanting to see what these guys are all about. We’re glad that we got caught up in this action. Take a look at photos from both sets HERE!

Chris Chu of The Morning Benders @ CMJ, Living Room, NY- October 22,2009

Chris Chu of the Morning Benders @ CMJ 2009 by ModernMystery.

Chris Chu is not only the charasmatic lead singer of California’s indie-pop group The Morning Benders, but he has also taken on the role lately of beginner solo artist. Chu performed to a packed house on Thursday night at the Living Room during CMJ. The Morning Benders who are set to release their sophmore album Big Echo (Plus One Music) early next year, sent him out to showcase the new tracks. Chu, who already has an unforgettable voice, shown a new light to the upcoming songs.

The Morning Benders have managed to make an easy transition from the first album Talking Through Tin Cans, maintaining their sugary pop hooks; the songs come off well acoustically which only left everyone in the room hankering for the real thing. Amongst the new songs, Chu pulled off superb covers of Radiohead,  Phil Spektor and Neutral Milk Hotel cover. With the help of a local teen choir on background vocals and an enthusiastic crowd, he ended the night with a new tune.  Clearly, we’re all ready for the album to drop.

Watch live video from Chris Chu’s CMJ Performance!


Major Organ and the Adding Machine FINALLY Being Released

FINALLY ‘Major Organ and the Adding Machine’ is  set to be released! This is a huge project if you are a fan of indie music, most notebly the Elephant 6 Collective. The film which stars nearly most of the E6ers will be out this fall via Orange Twin Records. Previews were given during the winter season during the E6 tour holiday tour that took place. Getting a glimpse of the preview, I can’t imagine how amazing the rest of the film will be. Spacey? Yes, certainly but we wouldn’t have it any other way. The film stars everyone from Kevin Barnes from Of Montreal, along with brother and artist David Barnes,  to Neutral Milk Hotel’s Jeff Mangum. The dvd will be packed with the Major Organ cd that was released in 2001 and was a side project of Mangum and Julian Koster who is in The Music Tapes.

Watch the Trailer for ‘The Major Organ and the Adding Machine’

The Everyday Visuals Astound with New Album

The Everyday Visuals are more than just a band that hails from Boston, but they can also be viewed as a ‘listening experience’. Recently recieving a copy of their newest self titled record, ‘The Everyday Visuals’,I was immediatly drawn to what they were selling. This album blew away any expectations I had going into it.

The record starts off with ‘Intro (Morning Star)’  which is a nice soft start to what is about to come. It hits you with a ‘bang’ but not in the way you would expect it to. It feels a bit like Fleet Foxes at first, but The Everyday Visuals certainly make this sound their own. Taking it up a notch is ‘Limb From Limb’ that will have listeners out of their seat dancing. ‘ Florence Foster Jensen’ contains the most beautiful harmonies that I’ve heard in quite a long time. They are literally flawless.  The members voices are meant to go together. Its obvious.

 ‘I Can’t Stop You’ is a nice ballad that seems like it would be the perfect Sunday morning song. ‘Heal Me’ which has quickly become my favorite song on the record really brings out the  beauty in singer’s Christoper Pappa’s voice, which adds to the overall depth of the record. ‘I’ll Take it All in Stride’ puts emphasis on everything The Everyday Visuals are about. Amazing vocals and harmonies, infectious guitar sounds and smooth keyboard playing which I wish there was more of in this world.

‘Boom! Boom! Boom!’ is a song that will catch your attention immediately. I think the title really explains it all. Mixing indie with folk,this song is perfect. ‘Restless Heart’ reminds me of an old Ryan Adams song which is an extremely good thing to remind someone of.  The overall vibe of the song and  with Pappa’s voice coming in and out is beautiful and well crafted. The same goes for ‘Daydream Ghosts’ which is another song that can only be described as perfect. ‘Driving’ is a lovely soft song that brings out more silky vocals and acoustic guitar picking. ‘Peers’  will have your foot tapping for sure, ‘Its too much to bare’ sings Pappas as his voice fades into the distance. The album ends with ‘It’s All I Can Do’,  a sweet little acoustic song that makes for a brilliant ending to a more than astonishing record. In all honesty, if I put together my ‘Top 10 of 2009’ right now, The Everyday Visuals would be the number 1 spot.  This record is filled with brilliant melodies and catchy tunes that only get better with every listen.

Listen to The Everyday Visuals at their MYSPACE

Watch The Everyday Visuals Video for ‘Boom! Boom! Boom!’