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James Mercer and Danger Mouse bring Broken Bells to The Electric Factory in September

Broken Bells | Photo by Joe Del Tufo | joedeltufo.com
Broken Bells | Photo by Joe Del Tufo | joedeltufo.com

After a set at this weekend’s Firefly Music Festival, Broken Bells – the collaboration of The Shins’ James Mercer and DJ / producer Danger Mouse – announced they are returning to Philadelphia this fall, headlining the Electric Factory on September 27th. Tickets for the all ages show go on sale this Friday, June 27th, at 10 a.m. Watch their Live on Letterman performance below.

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Broken Bells, Au Revoir Simone play to an enchanted crowd at the Trocadero

Broken Bells | photo by Kate McCann
Broken Bells | photo by Kate McCann

Three girls strutted onto the Trocadero’s stage last night, each donning a flouncy dress, maybe paying homage to the first spring-like day in months. Opening the show, Au Revoir Simone, hailing from Brooklyn, played their dream pop tunes to entice an easily seduced Saturday night crowd.

The balcony was packed and drinks were in excess, until James Mercer and Danger Mouse took to their pod-like keyboard stands and beams of cerulean lights claimed the stage. Broken Bells, just having released a new LP, After the Disco, in February, played songs off their new album, as well as their 2010 self-titled debut. The crowd was mixed, with older fans that obviously follow Mercer’s indie rock band, The Shins, and those who wanted to boogie down with Danger Mouse’s neo-psychedelia influence in the band.

Attendees seemed to fall into the futuristic enchantment of After the Disco with every song the band played. To add to their thrill, Au Revoir Simone re-entered to play three songs with Mercer and Danger Mouse. With a prompt start to the show, fans flooded into the streets of Chinatown before eleven after Broken Bells closed their encore with “Trap Doors,” off their self-titled LP.

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Just Announced: Broken Bells releasing new LP in January, coming to The Trocadero in March

 

Broken Bells | photo via www.facebook.com/brokenbellsmusic
Broken Bells | photo via www.facebook.com/brokenbellsmusic

Broken Bells, the collaborative project between James Mercer (The Shins) and producer extraordinnaire Dangermouse, are back with a new record and tour.  After the Disco will be released in January, with the tour bringing Broken Bells to The Trocadero on March 8th.  After the Disco follows the duo’s 2010 debut self-titled LP.  Tickets for the Philadelphia date go on sale Friday, November 22nd at 10 a.m. and will be available here.  Listen to the first single from the record below – “Holding on For Life” is a slick track that bounces between spacey electronica and Bee Gees-esque pop.

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What Has Been Seen Cannot Be Unseen: The alternate video for Broken Bells’ “The Ghost Inside” (starring Hall And Oates)

OK, to be honest, we don’t really know what to make out of this. Uh…essentially, it is the song “The Ghost Inside” by Broken Bells (Danger Mouse and the Shins’ James Mercer) set to the video for Hall & Oates’ “Private Eyes,” with mesmerizing results. Whatever the hell is going on, we can’t take our eyes off it (for better or for worse). It’s probably best just to let the folks at New York Magazine‘s A&E blog, Vulture (who posted this video earlier this morning) explain it:

The backstory: Filmmaker and friend of the band Matt McCormick says the clapping in “The Ghost Inside” reminded him of Hall & Oates “Private Eyes,” so he “looked up the ‘Private Eyes’ video on YouTube and realized that song structure and tempo was pretty darn close to that of ‘Ghost Inside,’ and from there just started playing around with syncing up the visuals from the ‘Private Eyes’ video with ‘The Ghost Inside.” Then he superimposed James Mercer’s mouth on the face of Mr. Daryl Hall and called it a day.

So, there you have it. You can either watch the original video (featuring Mad Men‘s Christina Hendricks as a futuristic, cash-strapped cyborg aboard an Alien-inspired space shuttle bound for the resort planet of her dreams) which we’ve posted below, OR you can watch Hall & Oates creepily lip-sync their way through the song right here.

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