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.


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    Hi Tina,

    On behalf of Columbia Records, Monotone and Broken Bells, many thanks for plugging "Broken Bells" / the artists’ eponymous album on your site (street date 9th March) ... thanks, also, on behalf of the label, management and artists for not posting any pirate links to unreleased (studio) material and, if you / your readers want good quality, non-pirated, preview tracks, then full length versions of "The High Road" (as already featured by you) and "Vaporize" are available for fans and bloggers to link to / post / host etc at ... .. for further details of the new album, special pre-orders, on-line promotions, videos and 2010 shows, check-out the official site, as well as the artists’ MySpace at and YouTube channel at ... .. and keep an eye on these official sources for details of further news, preview material and on-line promotions.

    Thanks again for your plug.

    Regards & Season’s Greetings,


  2. Jesus - when does Danger Mouse sleep? The dude collaborates with everyone!