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Broken Bells On World Cafe | April 4, 2014

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The members of Broken Bells, producer Brian Burton (Danger Mouse) and singer James Mercer (The Shins), met in 2004. They put out their first album in 2011 and released a follow-up, After the Disco, at the beginning of this year. Danger Mouse, who released two albums with Cee-Lo Green as Gnarls Barkley, is best known as an in-demand producer. He most recently worked on the forthcoming Black Keys album Turn Blue, as well as on the forthcoming U2 record.

The two obviously love working together, and Burton calls Broken Bells his main project. Today, we'll find out how the song "Holding On For Life" ended up with a Bee Gees falsetto. Burton and Mercer also discuss how they've been surprised by the many disco questions they've received due to the new album's name. Along the way, we also play some stellar live recordings from Broken Bells' current tour.

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David Gilmour “There’s No Way Out of Here” David Gilmour
Conor Oberst “Hundreds of Ways” Upside Down Mountain
Wilco “Heavy Metal Drummer” Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
The Shins “Simple Song” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
((James Mercer “New Slang” Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Broken Bells “Holding On For Life” Recorded Live for the World Cafe 
Broken Bells “Angel and the Fool” Recorded Live for the World Cafe 
Broken Bells “After the Disco” Recorded Live for the World Cafe 
((Broken Bells “Holding On For Life” Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Vampire Weekend “Unbelievers” Modern Vampires of the City
Foster the People “Coming of Age” Supermodel
Angel Olsen “High & Wild” Burn Your Fire for No Witness
Feist “Sea Lion Woman” The Reminder
((Broken Bells “After the Disco” Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
San Fermin “Methusaleh” San Fermin
St. Paul & the Broken Bones “Call Me” Half the City
Toots & the Maytals “Knock on Wood” Toots In Memphis
The Hold Steady “Spinners” Teeth Dreams
Man Man “Head On” On Oni Pond
((Tegan & Sara “Back In Your Head” Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Old 97’s “Longer Than You’ve Been Alive” Most Messed Up
John Hiatt “Perfectly Good Guitar” Perfectly Good Guitar
Suzanne Vega “I Never Wear White” Tales from the Realm of the Queen of Pentacles
The Head and the Heart “Shake” Let’s Be Still
((Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros “Janglin” Here Comes))
Muddy Waters “Manish Boy” Hard Again
Mark Knopfler “I Used to Cold” Privateering
Todd Rundgren “I Saw the Light” Something/ Anything
Halfnelson “Wonder Girl” Halfnelson
((Badly Drawn Boy “Summertime in the Wintertime” One Plus One Is One))