Monday, January 4, 2010
Ringing in the New Year with Broken Bells
I'm feeling well-rested after a much-needed New Year's break... or at least, I was until I woke up at 6:30 this morning to come back to work. This is one of those days when I wish I could drive my avatar through the work day from the comfort of my own bed. (Yes, my friend and I took his mother to see Avatar in 3D on New Year's Day; I do not condone works of art by the self-proclaimed "King of the World," James Cameron, but I have to confess I got completely sucked into the story and was dazzled by the special effects. I did love it. I did.)
And now 2010 is upon us. There's something exciting about a new year of new artists, new albums, new songs, new concerts, and new collaborations. Over the holiday weekend, I got inspired to start digging for new material to make my next mixcd. It's not like I even had to dig; it was all there pouring in an endless stream of overwhelming newness right into my lap (or laptop)... like a glut of newness, really. There isn't much effort required to find new stuff these days, which has taken some of the fun out of discovery, but I can still get sucked into iTunes and The Hype Machine for hours on end.
In the spirit of newness, Shins' frontman James Mercer has just formed a new duo with producer Danger Mouse (of Gnarls Barkley) called Broken Bells. Their self-titled album isn't available until March 9, but the first single, "The High Road," is out now.
"The High Road" by Broken Bells
[Link and player removed by the powers that be! You'll have to check this one out at the website below.]
You'll hear Mercer on vocals, bass, and guitar, and Danger Mouse on drums, piano, synth, and organ. It's a simple affair to help ease you into the new year.
(You can also download the song from the Broken Bells website in exchange for your e-mail address.)
Welcome to 2010.