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Breaking news from the San Fran collective’s website, The Morning Benders notifies fans of a name change and new & free mix-tape. Band leader Chris Chu has recently released a statement, revealing that the band on tour in UK discovered the term “bender” to mean homosexual. The band felt that they simply could not continue their newfound success under an offensive/derogatory epithet; so henceforth they have recreated The Morning Benders into what will forever be known as POP ETC. Along with the name change, the band announced plans for a third album along with a free mix-tape available for download now on the band’s new website.

The new mix-tape reveals a fresh new take on the classic Morning Benders sound. POP ETC explores a new electronic style in place of their signature organic sound. Synths and electronic drums take the place of acoustic guitars and drums; and even more surprising, Chris Chu’s vocals trade in their trademark reverb for auto-tune… yes auto-tune. The end result feels eerily similar to Vampire Weekend / Ra Ra Riot side project Discovery. There is no word whether POP ETC’s upcoming album will take from their new or old sound, but the news is nonetheless exciting.

Read Chris Chu’s statement here

Check out the bands new website and free mixtape here

Clown and Sunset, a small Brooklyn-based record company fronted by Nicolas Jaar and friends, have just revealed their latest release “The Prism.” The Prism is a USB-ready metallic cube filled with unreleased tracks by Clown and Sunset, and it is to be released under the new branch of the label, Clown and Sunset Aesthetics. While the $40 price point may seem steep for new listeners, the label and brand have yet to disappoint me, and I guarantee that the end product will be well worth the cost.

Listen to a sexy, sexy preview of The Prism, now available for pre-order, here
http://csa.fm/theprism/

Beach House

Sub-Pop Records recently announced that signed band, Beach House will be releasing their new album, Bloom, this May. In February of 2011 I saw the duo, Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally, play their last on-tour concert in DC–close to where is home for the Baltimore based dream-pop group. At the end of the show that night, Victoria and Alex shared the nostalgic memories they’ve had in the Maryland/DC area.  As the crowd tried to reminisce and reflect on the band’s journey, Victoria and Alex broke out some bad news. The two said that Teen Dream would be the last of their music for a while. Following up with “why’s” and “how long’s” the two said a “while” defined a few years. Exactly 363 days later, the band allegedly announces their new album, Bloom to be released on May 15th! Who knew?

With a defined ten track record, Beach House is finally ready to follow up with their 2010 album, Teen Dream. Of the ten tracks on Bloom, “Wild” and “Other People” have been performed live at past shows. Although the album has not been officially confirmed yet, we’re all hoping to hear more from the atmospheric/champer-pop band. I know I can’t wait.

Here’s the supposed tracklist:

01. Myth
02. Wild
03. Lazuli
04. Other People
05. The Hours
06. Troublemaker
07. New Year
08. Wishes
09. On the Sea
10. Irene

and “Other People” played live at Sasquatch 2011.