Monday, January 4, 2010

The Odd-er Couple

If hooks were currency and the Gnarls Barkley masterpiece "Crazy" didn't exist, Dangermouse (the white guy and producer in Gnarls) wouldn't exactly be that rich. If cultural relevancy were currency and the film "Garden State" didn't exist, James Mercer (the lead singer of the Shins) would not be near the top of the list of GQ's "Richest Men in Indie Rock." That is until now. Who would have thought that the voice in Natalie Portman's headphones and the guy behind "The Grey Album" would each be the antidote to each others' musical weaknesses? The new group, Broken Bells, sounds pretty much like a way cooler Shins (and I am by no means a Shins-hater), at least according to their first cut, "The High Road." The album drops March 9th, and I'm already psyched.

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    Hi Patrick,

    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,