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Broken Bells To Fund Asteroid Project


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Musical duo Broken Bells are pouring cash into a project designed to protect Earth from asteroids.

Singer James Mercer and producer Danger Mouse have agreed to donate a portion of proceeds from ticket sales from their upcoming U.S. tour to the B'S Foundation's Sentinel Mission, a drive to seek out and catalogue asteroids heading towards Earth.

The band will hand over $1 (63p) from every ticket sold, while they will also play a special show at Los Angeles' Fonda Theatre in April (14) which will feature an afterparty on the venue's roof.

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Governors Ball Music Festival 2014 Lineup Feat. Outkast, Jack White, Vampire Weekend, The Strokes And More

Posted on 16 January 2014

Governors Ball Music Festival 2014 Lineup Feat. Outkast, Jack White, Vampire Weekend, The Strokes And More

Broken Bells, Meyrin Fields EP Review


A collection of rarities and b-sides can usually be found in the back catalogue of many an aging band. Re-packaged, added content, remixes, live or demo versions are dug up from every corner of the recording studio and belted on to the original release in the hope of ringing a few more dollars out of the vintage material. Not so often, in fact barely ever, is it the norm to 'find' and package such material after just one album release. Broken Bells eponymous 2010 debut was successful in pleasing the critics, accountants and public simultaneously. Brian Burton and James Mercer combined as if they had a life time of partnership and collaboration behind them to produce one of 2010's better albums, and one that was high among the year end top 10 lists. Whilst this latest EP doesn't really represent a directors cut or special addition of the album it is still material that either didn't make the final edit or has surfaced as a bonus to other releases. As a vehicle to maintain interest in the band and show a direction and attitude that are not necessarily characteristic of the album it works well.

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U2 Call In Danger Mouse


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U2 are working with producer Danger Mouse on their next album.

The Irish group are presently recording their 13th album - which has The Working Title 'Songs Of Ascent' - with the producer and musician, who is also one half of the groups Gnarls Barkley and Broken Bells.

Lead singer Bono told Theage.com: "We have about 12 songs with him. At the moment that looks like the album we will put out next, because it's just happening so easily."

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Broken Bells Pay Tribute To Linkous At Glastonbury


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Rockers Broken Bells used their set at Britain's Glastonbury festival on Friday (25Jun10) to pay tribute to late SPARKLEHORSE star MARK LINKOUS.

The musical duo, made up of The Shins' James Mercer and Gnarls Barkley star Brian 'Danger Mouse' Burton, worked with Linkous on a side project album called Dark Night of the Soul, which featured collaborations with artists including The Flaming Lips and Julian Casablancas of The Strokes.

Linkous was found dead in an alleyway outside a friend's home in Knoxville, Tennessee in March (10) after he reportedly shot himself in the heart, and his pals paid an emotional tribute when they took the stage at the British music event on Friday.

The duo played Insane Lullaby from Dark Night Of The Soul and dedicated the track to their late friend, with Mercer telling the crowd, "Brian and I wrote this next song with our good friend Mark Linkous."

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Broken Bells, Broken Bells Album Review


Review of Broken Bells debut album released through Columbia.

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