vorpal: Illustration of Alice from Alice in Wonderland putting on a crown (city skyline)
This post was originally published on March 22, 2010 at my blog. I'm republishing it here as part of a series of backup posts that I want to keep while in the process of deleting and restarting my blog.

Lately, it seems like all of my favorite musicians are recording music together, and I'm more than okay with that. After all, the term "supergroup" basically just means "conglomeration of awesomeness."

Last year, Conor Oberst and Mike Mogis of Bright Eyes, Jim James of My Morning Jacket, and M. Ward of She & Him formed a supergroup called Monsters of Folk. They had previously made a habit of performing at each other's shows, so it was only natural for them to eventually get together in a studio and record one of the best albums I've ever heard. My favorite songs off of their self-titled album are "Baby Boomer," "Temazcal," "Losin' Yo' Head," "Ahead of the Curve," and "His Master's Voice," but believe me when I say that every song on the album is pure greatness.

Now, two more of my favorite musicians have joined together to form a group called Broken Bells. They are Danger Mouse (of Gnarls Barkley and a million other things) and James Mercer, lead singer and guitarist of The Shins. The Shins kind-of-sort-of-almost disbanded back in 2008, so it's nice to see that James Mercer is not fading into obscurity.

The more I listen to Broken Bells' self-titled album, the more I love it. Standout tracks, for me, are "The High Road," "Your Head Is on Fire," "October," and "The Mall and Misery," but as with Monsters of Folk, there isn't a song on the album I don't like.

It's best to let the music speak for itself, though:

BROKEN BELLS, "THE HIGH ROAD" from EJ on Vimeo.

January 2012

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