The Mutant Beauty of Broken Bells: Listen To “Holding On For Life”


The Shins’ James Mercer and producer/DJ Danger Mouse collaborate again as Broken Bells on the LP After The Disco, coming out soon

The single “Holding On for Life” is haunting, memorable and soulful. The video, part of a short movie that corresponds with the record, dropped yesterday.

Danger Mouse is known for adult cartoon soundtracks, lush loops and steady stream of smart pop-culture references. His 2004 mashup The Grey Album, where he mixed up parts of Jay Z’s Black Album and The Beatles’ White Album was both masterful and controversial.

Dangerdoom, Danger Mouse’s collaborative project with M.F. Doom, was is also colorful and intelligent. The 2005 release The Mouse and The Mask is among Danger Mouse’s best work.

James Mercer from the psychedelic pop band The Shins’ vocals and melodies complement the urban nature of Danger Mouse’s soundscapes.

Broken Bells first hit “The High Road” was also state-of-the-art.

Pre-order the new record and get tour dates at

Tune in to DJ Michele Myers Friday nights at 9pm on KEXP 90.3FM Seattle, Music historian & producer, Michele’s made over 200 radio stories for KEXP Documentaries. She’s written scripts, lesson plans & features for the Smithsonian, Experience Music Project, the University of Washington & NPR.

This New Year’s Eve join Michele and KEXP on the top deck of the Space Needle for an all-night dance party. Tickets are selling fast, get them here.

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2 thoughts on “The Mutant Beauty of Broken Bells: Listen To “Holding On For Life”

  1. I am stoked for this album’s release. Keep up the good work!

  2. Jen

    So, so stoked! Bummed that they pushed it back to February 4th, but it’ll be worth the wait! After the Disco sounds great.

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