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Broken Bells – “Leave It Alone”

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Another new song from James Mercer and Danger Mouse's side project.

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Broken Bells – “Holding On For Life”

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Lest we forget that Broken Bells is actually a thing, the duo--comprised of Danger Mouse and James Mercer--releases "Holding On For Life" off their upcoming album, <em>After The Disco</em>.

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The 30 Day Song Challenge: Day 4 – A Song That Makes You Sad

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/?p=188104"> For the life of me, I can't find this particular cover story on former Shins' lead singer James Mercer. The profile of the current Broken Bells lead man says everything one needs to know about his former band's inherent contradiction: underneath the poppy chords lies a disturbingly dark Mercer. In the aforementioned piece, he denied that he was a nihilist. However, he would later go on to say that he wouldn't mind dropping out of music entirely, moving to the Cambodian jungle and becoming an opium head. Yeah, not a nihilist my ass. So it comes as no surprise that The Shins' Oh, Inverted World ends on such a dreary note with "The Past and Pending." Before listening to this album for the first time, I always assumed The Shins were 2004's quasi-pensive answer to The Beach Boys. Granted, my previous Shins experience only concerned <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garden_State_%28soundtrack%29">Garden State</a>, so I just figured all of their songs were like popping Quaalude and watching unicorns fuck.

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Broken Bells – “Windows”

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/03/broken-bells-vaporize"> <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/broken-bells">Broken Bells</a> - composed of <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/danger-mouse">Danger Mouse</a> and the Shins' James Mercer - will release their four-track EP, Meyrin Fields, later this month, including the first leak, "Windows.


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