Modern Mystery’s Top 10 Videos of the Year



1. Morning Benders “Promises”

2. Wavves “Post Acid”

3. Of Montreal “Coquet Coquette”

4. Cloud Nothings “Hey Cool Kids”

5. Surfer Blood “Floating Vibes”

6. Vampire Weekend “Giving Up the Gun”

7. Miniature Tigers “Bullfighter Jacket”

8. Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin “Let It Sway”

9. Arcade Fire “The Suburbs”

10. Ra Ra Riot “Boy”

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The Morning Benders @ Webster Hall, NYC – November 18, 2010


The Morning Benders are a band I first encountered at The Market Place Hotel (R.I.P.) in Brooklyn supporting Surfer Blood (also that evening playing alongside bands such as Grooms, Turbo Fruits, and Beach Fossils) and I’ll admit at first I wasn’t impressed, but there was a certain charm their stage presence put out that has stuck with me. The band not only seemed incredibly young but ripe for the journey most aspiring musicians cannot even comprehend, fast forward to where we are today, the bands sophomore record Big Echo is destined to make many top 10 list, they have already supported Ra Ra Riot, White Rabbits, MGMT, Yeasayer, and The Black Keys, and after all of that the band have set out on their first headlining tour. Not bad for the four little guys who played Market Hotel earlier this year.

The bands performance really surprised me. Its unbelievable how much a band can change in the span of a year but The Morning Benders make it a feat to show that they’ve been doing nothing but learning. Chris Chu fronts the band with a relaxed talent but isn’t afraid to get into his tunes, while his brother Jon Chu backs him up with a rhythm guitar which could be named precision. After the third track Chris Chu proclaimed “Earlier this year we released an album called Big Echo! We’re going to play a lot of tracks from it to thank all of you for the year we had!” I was lucky enough to capture their show at Webster Hall (along with photos of opening act Twin Sister).

Photos from the show can be viewed here.

Listen As Surfer Blood Covers Pavement

Next-Big-Things Surfer Blood recently dropped by the Grand Rapids music blog Halfway House Music to jam some tunez.

During their stay, the band performed a couple of tracks off of their debut Astro Coast (Kanine), a new track called “I’m Not Ready” and…a Pavement cover!

You can check out their cover of Pavement’s “Box Elder” by going to the Halfway House website (right here).

You can also download the entire session at the Halfway House website.

Surfer Blood Ink Deal With Warner Bros

surfer bloodSurfer Blood have taken their upstart status into the major leagues.

The West Palm Beach, Florida band have recently inked a deal with Warner Bros and will probably start releasing albums via both Warner Bros and their current label Kanine.

The band are planning at least another EP with Kanine, as a follow-up to their debut album Astro Coast, which was released back in January of 2010.

No word yet on how or when the band will start recording.

Astro Coast is out now.

Top 5 Music Videos of the Week

What better way to end the week then kicking back and watching some of our favorite new music videos? This week’s edition includes some of the coolest up and comers in indie rock…Surfer Blood, Deerhunter, The Morning Benders, Frankie Rose and the Outs and Twin Shadow. Watch them HERE! You’ll be glad that you did. Trust us.