Music I like: Broken Bells & Gorillaz

The keyword for both of these artists is Collaboration. I always love seeing great artists getting together and creating something unique that you would not see with one single artist on their own. Broken Bells This duo is made up […]

The keyword for both of these artists is Collaboration. I always love seeing great artists getting together and creating something unique that you would not see with one single artist on their own.

Broken Bells

This duo is made up of front man for The Shins, James Mercer and Brian Burton a.k.a. “Danger Mouse.” I’ve been a fan of both of these artists in some shape or form. With the The Shins, I fell in love with Mercer’s haunting vocals after hearing them for the first time on The Garden State Soundtrack. I know of Danger Mouse mostly through his collaborations including Gorillaz on their second album, Demon Days. He first jumped into the limelight in 2004 with his highly controversial mashup of Jay-Z’s Black Album and The Beatles White Album called “The Grey Album.”

You can hear Broken Bell’s full album in a couple of places for a limited time. NPR wrote an article about them and streamed their full album on their site. This may be there for a short time since their album is already out in stores. You can also listen to the full album for free on LaLa after signing up as a member. You can download one of their songs “The High Road” from the NPR SXSW Music sampler.

Below is a in-studio clip courtesy of Pitchfork.com

Gorillaz: Plastic Beach

If you haven’t heard of Gorillaz, you’ve probably been living under a rock. Their music is used heavily in commercials including ipod, motorola, and many more. You’ll never see the real people behind Gorillaz on any of their albums. That’s because the band is made up of four animated band members. The one permanent member of the band is Damon Albarn formerly of Blur. The rest of the band members are various musician from different bands.

Their latest album “Plastic Beach” has a bunch of well known artists helping them on the tracks from Snoop Dog to Mos Def to Da La Soul to Lou Reed. Take a listen to the tracks below.

Always been a fan of the Gorillaz animation as well. Check out their latest music video for Stylo.

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