New Music Tuesday: Broken Bells

Musicians seem to be born with the natural ability to collaborate.  Everyday creative forces are uniting to unleash awesomeness on the world.  It has been 24 years and I am still in love with the Run-D.M.C. and Aerosmith partnership that birthed “Walk This Way”.  Now, if only the world’s politicians could learn to collaborate.  I won’t hold my breath on that one.


James Mercer + Danger Mouse = Broken Bells

I turn to Brian “Danger Mouse” Burton and James “he’s from The Shins” Mercer for another prime example of a well done collaboration.   Danger Mouse is one of those musical genius producer types that has the Midas touch.  He has brought his expertise to The Black Keys, Beck, Gorillaz and Gnarls Barkley.  On his own, Danger Mouse rocks the house.  Add to that, the front man of The Shins, Mr. James Mercer.  Mercer’s incredible songwriting chops and haunting vocals have established him as a pillar in the indie rock community.  Now for some simple math.  James Mercer + Danger Mouse = Broken Bells.

There has been a lot of buzz surrounding the Broken Bells project and the self-titled album is finally available for the masses.  For two years the guys have forged their styles together and what we receive is a beautiful album that is both refreshing and interesting.  The lead single “The High Road” has been out for a few months and it has been a mainstay in my personal play lists.  An upcoming performance at SXSW will do nothing but add to the excitement around this creative project.

KC’s Personal Picks: “The High Road”, “The Ghost Inside” and “Vaporize”

Check out the video for “The High Road”



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Kevin has a long history of discovering the best music out there. He started off as an event coordinator for a ton of different types of shows and slowly started to grow his musical interests over time. Maybe some of those interests included the Baja Men, maybe they didn't.

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