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The Shins' James Mercer and producer Danger Mouse brought their Broken Bells to World Cafe.
The Shins' James Mercer and producer Danger Mouse brought their Broken Bells to World Cafe. courtesy of the artist
- "The Ghost Inside"
- "Crimson and Clover"
- "The High Road"
- "Mongrel Heart"
The story of indie act Broken Bells supports the idea that genius really does love company. The Shins' frontman James Mercer and renowned producer Brian Burton, a.k.a. Danger Mouse, met at a Danish music festival in 2004. Four years later, Broken Bells was born when the two started to record in Burton’s Los Angeles studio.
The duo's self-titled debut was released in March and received a warm welcome from All Songs Considered listeners, who ranked it No. 4 on our list of the best music of 2010 so far. With Mercer’s knack for melody, along with Burton’s deft gift for atmosphere, Broken Bells pleased fans of both members' previous work. Click the link above to listen to Broken Bells play live and chat with World Cafe host David Dye.