Tag Archives: James Mercer

Wednesday Music News

Dinosaur Jr. frontman J Mascis has cut his acting chops on IFC’s Portlandia, and he’s joined by the show’s co-creator Fred Armisen in his video for the track “Every Morning.” (Keep an eye out for a cameo from James Mercer of The Shins!) J will be LIVE on KEXP from NYC this Friday, August 29thRead more…

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Live Video: Broken Bells

It’s hard to imagine a better indie pop dream team than this – a multi-Grammy winning producer Danger Mouse (a.k.a. Brian Burton) and a beloved singer-songwriter James Mercer (of the Shins), each responsible for some of the most infectious songs you’ve heard in the past ten years, joining to create blissful music together. Unsurprisingly, theirRead more…

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Song Premiere: EDJ – For The Boy Who Moved Away

We were afraid when Eric D. Johnson announced the demise of the beloved indie pop band Fruit Bats that we’d heard the last of him. But as he put that project to bed, during a recent in-studio, he assured KEXP listeners he’d be back with more music. We just had no idea how soon! BarelyRead more…

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Album Review: Broken Bells – After The Disco

“Oh London moon, help me stumble home, help me lose myself along the way.” So begins the return of Broken Bells, the all-too-perfect team up between now legendary producer Danger Mouse (Brian Burton) and the genius songwriter who gave us the Shins, James Mercer. After The Disco is the soundtrack to the rest of yourRead more…

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Wednesday Music News

Following the recent release of fourth studio album Port of Morrow, venerable indie artists The Shins revealed a new video for track “The Rifle’s Spiral.” Directed by Jamie Caliri, the stop-motion animated video evokes elements of Tim Burton and Edward Gorey, with enjoyably macabre results. Watch it via Nowness. For more material from James MercerRead more…

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Live Video: James Mercer of The Shins performs “It’s Only Life”

Port of Morrow, the brand new album by The Shins, is likely to be a big seller this week and for good reason: it’s been about five years since the beloved band put out an album and there’s been heaps of praise for the new songs that have already been released. Two of those —Read more…

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Live Video: James Mercer of The Shins

How long has it been since you’ve heard a new album by The Shins? Too long? Long enough for you to think they broke up? Five years have elapsed since Wincing the Night Away came out on Sub Pop, and though frontman James Mercer had kept busy with backing Modest Mouse and forming Broken BellsRead more…

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Thursday News Roundup

After a foray into multiple side projects, Portland indie rocker James Mercer has re-formed The Shins under a new lineup. They are currently in the middle of a small summer/fall tour that doesn’t come through Seattle, but had them playing three dates in Oregon, the last of which was a show at the Doug FirRead more…

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Thursday News Threads

I hope everyone likes videos, ’cause I’ve put a lot of them in here this week. Unintentionally, I might add. While I’m on the topic, check out hundreds and hundreds of videos from live performances for KEXP at youtube.com/kexpradio, including new Joseph Arthur, A Place To Bury Strangers, and We Were Promised Jetpacks performances. Alternatively,Read more…

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Thursday News Threads

Yep, James Mercer and Danger Mouse are making a band now. Not just recording tracks or whatever. But for realz. They even have a potentially impermanent name: Broken Bells! They might very well make the catchiest songs ever, I bet. Hey guys. Guys — did you hear? Pavement is reuniting! But if a year isRead more…

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