Reason #5,672 on why I religiously listen to KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic:
- You can hear Jason Bentley break secrets on the debut performance from Broken Bells, the highly anticipated collaboration between Brian Burton (Danger Mouse) and James Mercer (The Shins)....
... And therefore, I was able to procure a handful of tix to the sought-after showcase at LA's best new venue, The Bootleg Theater of the FOLD Booking group. Tix were sold out less than an hour after the announcement last Friday morning. The response to a few floating singles on the internet has been more than complimentary and apparently that was only the tip of the iceberg as James Mercer seemed befuddled when hearing the crowd sing lyrics to music that's never been performed to the public. They played the entire self-titled effort live in sequence and then a curtain call from the insatiable fans brought the James and Brian back for an encore including a cover of Neutral Milk Hotel's "In the Aeroplane Over the Sea" and then the rest of their full 6-piece setup for the grand finale, a cover of the 60's hit by Tommy James & the Shondells, "Crimson and Clover". See video below and ten others in chronological order at the FoundTrack youtube page.
UPDATE - The videos have been removed due to copyright infringement. I hope some of you were able to enjoy what we experienced last Friday. Please do what you can to see these guys live and buy their self-titled debut on March 9th through Sony.
Upcoming Tour Dates
3.1 - Paris, FR @ Nouveau Casino
3.3 - London, UK @ ICA
3.17 - Austin, TX @ Stubbs (SXSW) < ---- with Spoon, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, & The Walkmen