Broken Bells: “Broken Bells”

Posted in Dancing about architecture on February 3rd, 2011 by bill

I’ve had an ongoing argument with a friend for a few years now re: Danger Mouse. Is he the real deal or a clever charlatan? I say his work on the Gray Album, Gorillaz’ Demon Days, and Gnarls Barkley qualifies him as a producer to be taken seriously. My friend says he’s a serial plagiarist whose greatest gift is for self-promotion. (This same friend, by the way, is the founder of fuckDJs.com.)

We enjoy these little arguments over coffee, and never expect to have them really settled. New data is always welcome, though, and Danger Mouse if nothing else keeps busy; in 2010 his name was attached to three major releases. One was the Black Keys’ Brothers, which I never found time to listen to cause I was too busy blasting their 2009 rock/hip-hop fusion project Blakroc. The second was Dark Night of the Soul, a collaboration with the late Mark Linkous (a/k/a Sparklehorse) and David Lynch, which was actually leaked back in 09 and, with all due respect to the dead, not that great. The third was Broken Bells, which teams D.M. with singer James Mercer of the Shins, a band about which I know exactly nothing.
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