Posted in music | tour dates on December 1, 2010

by BBG

Broken Bells (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Broken Bells who recently lauched a 3D interactive video for "October", kick off a string of dates tonight (12/1) at Irving Plaza. The NYC show is part of the 101.9 RXP "Yule Rock Holiday Concert Series". The band will hit select cities from coast-to-coast, eventually landing in LA by the middle of the month. Updated tour dates are below.

And Broken Bells member Danger Mouse just wouldn't be himself if he didn't have his hand in another 10000 projects. His latest is "Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi present: ROME":

Brian Burton [Danger Mouse] and Daniele Luppi met in Los Angeles in 2004... Luppi, a composer from Italy, was receiving acclaim for his album An Italian Story, which revisited the cinematic sounds of his childhood. (He has also written music for the screen - Sex and the City, Nine - and later worked with Burton on arrangements for Gnarls Barkley, Dark Night of the Soul and Broken Bells.)

United by their shared passion for classic Italian film music, ...[and] after an intense songwriting period - writing separately at first, and then together as the songs evolved - they travelled to Rome in October 2006. Luppi made some calls and they assembled the original musicians from films such as The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and Once Upon a Time in the West - including the legendary Marc 4 backing band and Alessandro Alessandroni's 'I Cantori Moderni' choir. Most of the musicians were in their seventies and hadn't worked together for several decades.

They booked time in Rome's cavernous Forum Studios - formerly Ortophonic Studios, founded, amongst others, by the great Ennio Morricone... Every effort was made to replicate the recording practices of the 1960s/70s golden age, recording live and straight to tape, with overdubs but no electronics, computers, 21st-century effects or studio trickery.

In addition, Jack White and Norah Jones each lend their voices to three tracks on the forthcoming LP, due in March 2011 via Capitol Records.

In other Jack White news, the White Stripes frontman/Third Man Records honcho is taking some fire for deciding to put up some limited edition Third Man material up for auction on ebay:

Paid subscribers of Third Man Records' The Vault were directed to an eBay page with open auctions for copies of the limited edition vinyl version of the self-titled White Stripes reissue. Within an hour, all 5 auctions were above $100 each, and a small shitstorm of comments began to erupt on The Vault, when, suddenly, Jack White joined the site's chatroom with a handbasket-gripping introduction of "See you in hell?" and explained, quite simply, why the hell there were people paying 500 bucks for a record you have to crack open to listen to: "Supply & demand.... nobody told them to buy it with a gun to their head."

...When a fan tried to argue that people with "more money than sense" were to blame, Jack retorted: "Or are they just paying what the going rate is?" White explained: "We sell a Wanda Jackson split record for 10 bucks, the eBay flipper turns around and sells it for 300. If 300 is what it's worth, then why doesn't Third Man Records sell it for 300? If we sell them for more, the artist gets more, the flipper gets nothing. We're not in the business of making flippers a living. We're in the business of giving fans what they want." - [Antiquiet]

Reggie Watts auction coming soon? And the attack on the eBay record microeconomy is on. All Broken Bells dates and a video is below.

Broken Bells - The Ghost Inside

Dec 1 The Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza New York, NY
Dec 2 The Orpheum Theatre Boston, MA
Dec 3 Newport Music Hall Columbus, Ohio
Dec 5 The Vic Theatre Chicago, IL
Dec 6 First Avenue Minneapolis, MN
Dec 8 WaMu Theater Seattle, WA
Dec 10 HP Pavilion at San Jose San Jose, CA , US
Dec 12 Gibson Amphitheatre Universal City, CA , US



Comments (20)


Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2010 6:48 PM

Looks like a string of radio station holiday festival shows.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2010 6:50 PM

Enough Broken Bells shows, jeez. Band sucks. I want a new Shins album.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2010 6:59 PM

I actually think Jack White would improve Norah Jones' sound... she's a little too easy listening as it is

Posted by Jimmy | December 1, 2010 7:31 PM

I love Jack White's musical mind and ability, but his common sense often lacks. The whole third man marketing blitz and faux exclusivity really makes me sick and has changed my perception of him permanently. I think the paid subscribers, lemmings that they are, have a good right to be fucking pissed off about all the ebay auction bullshit.

Also, the Dead Weather sucks. Thanks.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2010 7:44 PM

Yeah, Broken Bells is pretty boring and one-note. Just give us some more Shins

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2010 8:48 PM

i don't get broken bells, find them incredibly boring.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2010 9:47 PM

Anyone see that movie where Jack White has a threeway with the guy from U2 & Jimmy Page? Scary

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2010 10:57 PM

i love the mouse!!!!! i want to kiss his face!

Posted by Anonymouse | December 1, 2010 11:45 PM

i love jack white and what he stands for. If he thinks this is the right decision then i support him. he's earned that right.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2010 11:54 PM

jack white's argument is not nonsensical even if you disagree with it. it's just that there's a strong argument against it too. it's a complicated issue and i think his heart is in the right place, even if it might immediately seem like a greedy move by third man.

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2010 12:31 AM

broken bells sound like a shins album.

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2010 1:31 AM

The realities of a market economy are discouraging sometimes, basic supply/demand principles included. When someone like Jack White starts manipulating secondary (even tertiary) market activity though, I have to scratch my head a bit. There has to be a better way.

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2010 8:37 AM

8:37 - It is discouraging if you were looking to buy it, but eliminating the secondary market will not really do any good. They effectively correct the mispricing. I don't agree wit the auction style cause it means all but the winners get screwed. Why doesn't the label just sell them at a higher fixed price?

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2010 9:21 AM

wow, jack white fans are full of themselves. telling jack white "f*#% you"? really? after all he's done for his fans? he's done so much and never asked for anything in return (other than some money). show some appreciation.

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2010 9:29 AM

@1:31 i wish...

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2010 9:32 AM

9:29, why does disagreeing with an action jack white has taken qualify a fan as being "full of themselves?" if he's acting like an ass, i'm going to say so. i don't give a shit what has happened in the past.

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2010 9:55 AM

Jack White is not wrong. The fact of the matter is that he auctioned off a limited edition re-issue of a White Stripes album that most of his fans already have. It's not like he made a new album and only released 10 copies. If you're that pressed to hear the songs, you can always buy the CD. Nobody is stopping you. I'm pretty sure its available on itunes, amazon and in most record stores. Sorry you didn't get the golden ticket that comes in three colors with scratch and sniff packaging. Artists have turned to limited special edition releases as a means of generating income during a time when way too many people take their music without paying for it (See Black Keys, Avett Brothers, etc.). Their biggest fans are willing to buy this stuff at a higher price, so everyone wins. The real fans get what they want, and the artist gets paid. Fortunately for Jack White and co., people can't download re-issued vinyl for free.

Posted by Keepin it Real | December 2, 2010 10:28 AM

was the ebay auction for charity?

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2010 11:03 AM

i would much rather artists make the money than scalpers.

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2010 11:18 AM

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