Sony gives James Mercer and Danger Mouse a big ass budget for their new high-concept video starring the buxom redhead from Mad Men. Hope those dudes got a huge advance because this album’s never going to recoup. As of a couple weeks ago, Broken Bells had sold less than 164,000 copies. How much of an impact will a fancy sci-fi video have on sales?
James Mercer dumps his band to hang with Danger Mouse, and they end up making music that sounds exactly like what you’d expect. It sounds good, and Shins fans will certainly not be shocked or disappointed. Despite their claims to the contrary it sounds like a Shins album produced by Danger Mouse.
Anybody else notice that the chorus of this song has the same melody as the coda of a Liz Phair song whose title I’m spacing out on right now? Just me?
From the Broken Bells album, due March 9 on Sony, which seems a little strange since Danger Mouse’s “ongoing dispute with EMI” prevented the release of his collaboration with Sparklehorse‘s Mark Linkous, Dark Night of the Soul, to which Mercer contributed vocals. I guess they resolved their contractual issues.