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Video: Hebronix “Unreal”


Like many, I was disappointed to learn that Daniel Blumberg would be leaving his position as Yuck‘s frontman earlier this month. (See announcement via Facebook) Given the monumental amount of buzz around the band’s 2011 debut LP, I’ve found the album has held up surprisingly well in the short term. Yuck was (and is?) a young band with a lot of promise, despite the inflated expectations.

As is often the case with break-ups, it didn’t take long to discover the departing member’s next move. This week, Blumberg debuted a new single from a project he’s calling Hebronix. Listen to “Unreal” and watch the video below. This is not the first solo venture for Blumberg. He released more than an album’s worth of material under the moniker Oupa shortly after the Yuck debut.

It will be interesting to see what the remaining members of Yuck decide to do with the project going forward. Bassist Mariko Doi showed she was a capable frontwoman in her own right with her side project Parakeet. But it’s tough to imagine a female vocalist fronting the material from the Yuck’s self-titled album. And it would certainly be a shame to let those songs fall by the wayside. In any case, the fist taste of Hebronix is an encouraging one. Here’s hoping two bands prove better than one.

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Written by Rob Peoni


Fresh Track: Oupa & Tony Crow “Backwords” (Porcelain Raft Cover)

Oupa is the side project of Yuck frontman Daniel Blumberg. We featured his cover of Smog’s “It’s Rough” in December. Mauro Remiddi of Porcelain Raft directed a video for the song. Oupa has returned, this time with Tony Crow of Lambchop and Silver Jews fame. Today, Boiled Egg released the duo’s cover of Porcelain Raft’s “Backwords” from the recently released Strange Weekend. The cover is stark and minimalist in comparison to the original, trading an undercurrent of distortion and synths for a simple piano line. The results showcase the strength of Remiddi’s writing and reaffirm my belief that Oupa is a project worth paying attention to. Listen below:

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Written by Rob Peoni


Fresh Track + Video: Oupa “It’s Rough” (Smog cover)

Oupa is the solo project of Yuck frontman Daniel Blumberg. Yesterday, he released this uber-trippy video that was produced by Porcelain Raft. That’s right kids, the hipster stars are aligning on this one. “It’s Rough” is a cover from indie underground sensation Smog’s 1995 release Wild Love. Methinks the buzz-o-meter just broke. Fortunately, Blumberg delivers, offering fans an incomprehensibly chill take on this little known gem. Enjoy the video below.

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Oupa – It’s Rough from Boiled Egg on Vimeo.

Written by Rob Peoni