The Morning Benders

Reese’s has a new commercial that features two Peanut Butter Cups turning together like gears. The song featured in the commercial is “Excuses” by the Morning Benders off their stellar 2010 album, Big Echo. It’s easily one of the best albums of 2010 so far.

The Morning Benders – Excuses

Video: The Morning Benders – Excuses (Yours Truly Presents)

Yours Truly Presents: The Morning Benders “Excuses” from Yours Truly on Vimeo.

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I’ve been looking for another reason to bring up one of my favorite albums of the year. The Morning Benders have been quiet recently, but they just released a video for “All Day Day Light” off of their phenomenal album, Big Echo.

Video: The Morning Benders – All Day Day Light

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Yourstru.ly put together some phenomenal studio videos of The Morning Benders. We posted the band’s first music orgy here and the band recently released a second video for “Stitches,” featuring some of the Bay area’s finest indie musicians crammed in a studio.

The Morning Benders – Stitches

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Remember that line in As Good As It Gets when Nicholson’s character used one of the greatest panty-dropper lines of all time, “You make me want to be better man.” The Big Echo makes me want to become a better reviewer of music. The Morning Benders shine a bright light on my shortcomings as I struggle for words to describe the brilliance of Big Echo. I saw them perform for us in a HearYa Live Session. I watched them perform at our SxSW party in 2009. I listened (and loved) their previous album, Talking Through Tin Cans.‚  At no point could I have imagined that The Morning Benders were capable of an album of this magnitude. Big Echo is an ambitious album with flawless execution.

We posted the video for “Excuses” when it was released and I was slackjawed. Talk about trying to drive the green in one stroke.‚  Lead Singer, Chris Chu, pulled the big stick out of his bag and knocked that shit long, straight, and right on the green. The LP was produced with the help of Chris Taylor (Grizzly Bear) who apparently saw something special in the Bay Area quartet. I would have loved to hear Chu and Taylor’s conversations as they discussed the nuances and intricacies that made each song sound so sonically creative. At its core, Big Echo is a pop record. It’s also a statement album by a band that will be on everybody’s top of 2010 lists.

The standout tracks for me include the aforementioned Excuses, Cold War (Nice Clean Fight) and Stitches. The piano on Stitches dances right up my spine as the Grizzly Bear influenced harmonies lull me into a state of bliss before the piano gives way to shimmery guitars as the song fades out. It was just so fucking brilliant that there is no way my words can do it justice.

So in the end, I wish I could do a better job of explaining the overwhelming genius on this album. I promise to try to better in the future but for now please trust me when I tell you if you buy this album. You won’t regret it. On every listen, you will find something new to keep your head spinning in wonderment. And that is no easy feat.

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The Morning Benders – Excuses

Video: The Morning Benders – Excuses

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The Morning Benders give us Excuses [new mp3]

February 17, 2010

In a work of PR mastery, we just received an mp3 for “Excuses” by The Morning Benders shortly after seeing the video posted by Yours Truly.‚  It deserves a follow up post to our previous music orgy post. I love this song and it can be downloaded via their website also. If you are a […]

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The Morning Benders host a music orgy in studio.

February 15, 2010

The Morning Benders recently released a video of “Excuses,” a track from the forthcoming Big Echo album. Lead singer Chris Chu starts off explaining why he packs so many humans in such a small space and then magic is captured on video. The band invited other San Francisco musicians to help out, including Chris from […]

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Top 50 Albums of 2008 [Picks 21-30]

December 17, 2008

We’re knee deep into the top 25 albums of 2008 and this batch features two bands from Alive Records – Left Lane Cruiser and Hacienda. The Rural Alberta Advantage was arguably our biggest surprise of the year, building buzz with nothing more than their music – no label, no publicist.‚ ‚  The Morning Benders and Sam […]

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Shitty Pics: Treasure Island Music Festival 2008

September 24, 2008

As many of you know, I headed out to The Treasure Island Music Festival on Sunday afternoon with my trusty point and shoot camera in my holster. As you also may know, my pictures are always horrendous but I like to share them anyway. Port O’Brien and Dr. Dog tied for my favorite performance of […]

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