Monday, January 18, 2010

Broken Bells- In Charge of TwentyTen

Oxygen: check, Rocket Fuel: check, Ray Gun: check, Space Traveling Music: Double check! Easily a collection of self contained and expansive stories set in space... Broken Bells debut and self-titled album conjures up images of everything from Flash Gordon to Buck Rogers, and even Pigs In Space (without the comedic genius). This music is what 1950's outer space movies would have had in the background had they been serious ventures into the genre.

A collaborative effort between super stellar artist and producer Danger Mouse and The Shins front man James Mercer, Broken Bells might just be the best musical venture launched in 2010. Early it is to make such a prediction... yet layered in all ten tracks might just be the proof. One can't help but start seeing visions of their own music videos for each song (usually animated in my head), as they float easily from melodic electronica to orchestral rock. The experimental production genius of Danger is blatantly evident, while the smooth song writing talents of Mercer require an honest listen. Thank your lucky stars that a preview of this unreleased album accompanies this article!

March 9th, 2010 is the date you need to mark on your calendar if this album does to you what it has done to me. Or go ahead and travel (preferably by rocket ship) over to the band's website and pre-order a copy or a deluxe copy (including a case that plays music when you open it up!), or even get yourself a vinyl LP with a downloadable digital copy. Either way, the gravitational pull of Broken Bells will be very difficult for any serious music lover to escape. Those of you with Brittany Spears and Kris Allen in your CD player today or who only listen to your local Z100 radio station might just find that none of Newton's laws apply to you.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Concert Update!

The wintery end and Spring start have more promising live music in the PacNW than I can remember in the last couple of years! And that includes We Were Promised Jet Packs, playing a March show at the Doug Fir Lounge! Their full debut album These Four Walls, can be heard by pressing play on the widget just below this introduction. A rocking Scottish effort, WWPJP zoom above the atmosphere with the rumble of those packs and leave thumping happiness in their wake. Many other opportunities to see great music await... so check out this list and get that tax return back as quickly as possible!

Doug Fir Lounge:
Jan 22nd: White Denim
Jan 29th: Trevor Hall
Feb 5th: The Album Leaf
Feb 6th: St. Vincent
Feb 13th: Wild Beasts
Mar 2nd: Evan Dand & Headlights
Mar 3rd: We Were Promised Jetpacks
Mar 11th: The Clientele & The Woodenbirds
Mar 13th: Efterklang & Balmorhea
Mar 14th: The Big Pink
Mar 20th & 21st: Ted Leo & The Pharmacists
Apr 24th: Norfolk & Western

The Aladdin Theater:
Jan 26th: Mindy Smith & Landon Pigg
Feb 5th: Crazy 8's & Derby

The Crystal Ballroom:
Jan 24th: Phoenix *SOLD OUT* (tickets at StubHub)
Apr 14th: The XX & jj

Wow Hall:
Jan 30th: The Fruit Bats & Tu Fawning
Feb 9th: The Album Leaf
Feb 25th: G. Love & The Special Sauce

Wonder Ballroom:
Jan 22nd: Horse Feathers & The Oregon Ballet
Jan 23rd: Jay Farrar & Benjamin Gibbard
Feb 18th: Dashboard Confessional
Mar 15th: Gomez
Apr 9th: Rogue Wave

Silver Moon Brewery:
Jan 22nd: The Ascetic Junkies
Jan 26th: The White Buffalo

The Hawthorne Theater:
Mar 12th: Manchester Orchestra
Mar 23rd: Copeland
Apr 1st: Nevershoutnever!
Apr 14th: Miike Snow & Delorean

The Woods:
Jan 16th: The Robinson & Y La Bamba
Jan 2nd: Hey Marseilles
Jan 29th: Oh Captain, My Captain
Feb 11th: Dolorean
Feb 26th: Y La Bamba & Fences

Roseland Theater:
Feb 6th: Jack's Mannequin & fun.
Feb 28th: 311
Mar 31st: Citizen Cope
Apr 3rd: Owl City, Lights, & Paper Route
Apr 12th: Passion Pit & Mayer Hawthorne

And lastly... don't forget the premier music event of the Spring... SASQUATCH! With extended discounts on 3 Day passes through Feb 16th... there is still time to make sure you won't miss out!