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Tue November 5, 2013
Broken Bells Shares New Song, Accidentally Channels Bee Gees
There's soon to be a new album from — the duo of James Mercer (The Shins) and Brian Burton (Danger Mouse) — and you're about to find out how it all came together.
Let me set the scene for what you're about to read (or hear): I was sitting with Robin Hilton of All Songs Considered in Washington, D.C., Burton was in a studio at NPR West in Culver City, Calif, and Mercer joined us from Portland, Ore. I started out our chat by playing "Perfect World," the opening cut from Broken Bells' new record, After the Disco, which will be released in January. Below is an edited transcript of our conversation.