[Indie] Broken Bells – Holding On For Life

Broken Bells
Holding On For Life

Broken Bells–the eclectic pairing of Danger Mouse and James Mercer from The Shins–are finally ready to embark on a new journey together, gearing up for the release of After The Disco, the follow-up to their 2010 self-titled debut. The first offering from the project, “Holding On For Life,” feels like the beginning of a funky, psychedelic spage-age odyssey, which might explain why the band has also put together an accompanying sci-fi film starring Kate Mara and Anton Yelchin. You can check out the first part of the Jacob Gentry directed series after the jump. Stay tuned for more from Broken Bells ahead of their album release on January 14th.

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[Indie Rock] Portugal. The Man – Purple Yellow Red and Blue

Portugal. The Man
Purple Yellow Red and Blue

Portugal. The Man has followed up their first single, “Evil Friends“, with a second single that demonstrates a very different musical direction. As opposed to the garage rock style found in “Evil Friends”, “Purple Yellow Red and Blue” shows off a more electronic side of PTM. Coupled with a heavy drum beat and typical falsetto vocals, this makes for a very appealing track and shows the versatility this band has. Every indication points to Evil Friends being a great album, but we’ll just have to wait until June 4th to find out.


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[Hip-Hop] A$AP Rocky – Phoenix (Prod. Danger Mouse)

Ever since the Long.Live.A$AP tracklist was released, I’ve had this track on my radar, specifically because of one name: Danger Mouse. Most people recognize him for his work with Cee Lo Green on Gnarls Barkley, or his mashup project between Jay-Z and The Beatles known as The Grey Album.  You’d be surprised however, to know how diverse his body of work really is. He’s worked with everyone from MF Doom to The Black Keys, and has proven he’s one of the most imaginative and eclectic producers of our time, not to mention under appreciated. When I saw he’d have a production credit on A$AP Rocky‘s new album, I didn’t know what to expect, except for greatness.

“Phoenix” represents a maturation process for the young rapper, and serves as a reflection of sorts as well. Taking a break from his weed, women, and money, the Harlem emcee uses this opportunity to discuss his origins and the constant scrutiny he’s been under ever since he signed his record deal, starting the song off with the ominous line, “Bloody ink on my pen spelled suicide.” Danger Mouse does not disappoint on the piano-laden production either, providing appropriate tone throughout the entire track. Honestly, it’s going to be tough to beat this one, but we look forward to seeing what else A$AP has to offer on his forthcoming album, dropping on January 15th.

’ASAP Rocky – Phoenix’
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