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On March 9, 2010.

On March 9, 2010, “Columbia” label released the self-titled, debut Broken Bells album. It was recorded 2009 – 2010, at “Mondo Studio” in Los Angeles, “Glenwood Place Studios” in Burbank, California, and was produced by Danger Mouse (Brian Burton).

Personnel:

  • Brian Burton– organ, synthesizer, bass guitar,  piano,  drums,  programming
  • James Mercer– bass guitar, guitars, vocals
  • Christopher J. Tedesco, Philip Vaiman, Jessica van Velzen, Jennifer Walton, John Wittenberg, Alwyn Wright, Adriana Zoppo, Carolyn Osborn, Michele Nardone, Miriam Mayer, Peter Kent, Johana Krejci, Calabria McChesney,Peggy Baldwin, Alisha Bauer, Ruth Bruegger, Ronald Clark, Yvette Devereaux, Kirstin Fife, Stefanie Fife, Vanessa Freebairn-Smith, Ilona Geller, Neel Hammond, Margot Aldcroft – strings
  • Daniele Luppi – string conductor
  • Jeff Antebi– artists, repertoire, artist development
  • Kennie Takahashi – programming, engineer, mixing
  • Stephen Marcussen– mastering engineer
  • Todd Monfalcone – engineer, mixing assistant
  • Jacob Escobedo – artwork, design, layout
  • Frank W. Ockenfels – photography
  • Anton Riehl – score preparation

Track listing:

All tracks by James Mercer and Brian Burton.

  1. The High Road
  2. Vaporize
  3. Your Head Is on Fire
  4. The Ghost Inside
  5. Sailing to Nowhere
  6. Trap Doors
  7. Citizen
  8. October
  9. Mongrel Heart
  10. The Mall & Misery
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On January 31, 2014.

On January 31, 2014, “Columbia” label released “After the Disco”, the second  Broken Bells studio album. It was recorded October 2012 – November 2013, at “Mondo Studio” and “Sound Recorders” in Los Angeles, Glenwood Place Studios” in Burbank, California, “Firehouse Studios” in Pasadena, California, and was produced by Danger Mouse (Brian Burton).

Personnel:

  • Brian Burton– drums, organ, piano, synthesizer, percussion, bass, guitar
  • James Mercer– vocals, guitar, bass, organ, synthesizer, percussion
  • Elizabeth Berg, Heather Porcaro, Myla Balugay, Rebecca Ann Stark- backing vocals

Orchestra

  • The Angel City String Orchestra – strings

Daniele Luppi – conductor, string arrangement

Anton Riehl – score

Peter Kent – concertmaster, violin

Chris Tedesco – contractor

  • Carolyn Osborn – violin
  • Erika Walczak – violin
  • Jennifer Walton – violin
  • Judy Yoo – violin
  • Julie Beavers – violin
  • Norman Hughes – violin
  • Shari Zippert – violin
  • Sharon Jackson – violin
  • Susan Chatman – violin
  • Vladimir Polimatidi – violin
  • Alisha Bauer – cello
  • Stefanie Fife – cello
  • Vanessa Freebairn-Smith – cello
  • Adrianna Zoppo – viola
  • Brianna Bandy – viola
  • Jessica Van Velzen – viola

 

  • Kamasi Washington – tenor saxophone
  • David Ralicke – trombone
  • Nathaniel Walcott- trumpet
  • Brian Burton – programmer
  • Kennie Takahashi – programmer, mixing, recording, engineer
  • Todd Monfalcone – recording
  • Jeff Peters – recording strings
  • Jacob Dennis – assistant mixing, assistant engineer
  • Michele Harrison – management
  • Chris Kahn – assistant mixing, assistant engineer
  • Stephen Marcussen – mastering
  • Todd Monfalcone – mixing, second engineer
  • Ian Montone – management
  • Geoff Neal – assistant mixing
  • Amy Schmalz – management
  • Laura Sisk – second engineer
  • Jeremy Underwood – assistant engineer strings
  • Jacob Escobedo – artwork

Track listing:

All tracks by James Mercer and Brian Burton.

  1. Perfect World
  2. After the Disco
  3. Holding On for Life
  4. Leave it Alone
  5. The Changing Lights
  6. Control
  7. Lazy Wonderland
  8. Medicine
  9. No Matter What You’re Told
  10. The Angel and the Fool

On June 19, 2001.

On June 19, 2001, “Omnibus Records” label released “Oh, Inverted World”, the debut Shins studio album. It was recorded 2000 – 2001, and was produced by James Mercer, Marty Crandall, Neil Langford and Jesse Sandoval

Personnel:

  • James Mercer – vocals, guitars, keyboards, xylophone, autoharp, programming, harmonium, percussion, harmonica
  • Marty Crandall – keyboards
  • Neil Langford – bass
  • Jesse Sandoval – drums, percussion
  • Dave Hernandez – bass
  • Melanie Crandall – cello
  • Neils Galloway – French horn

Track listing:

All tracks by James Mercer.

  1. Caring Is Creepy
  2. One by One All Day
  3. Weird Divide
  4. Know Your Onion
  5. Girl Inform Me
  6. New Slang
  7. The Celibate Life
  8. Girl on the Wing
  9. Your Algebra
  10. Pressed in a Book
  11. The Past and Pending

 

On March 20, 2007.

On March 20, 2007, “Epic” label released “We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank” the fifth Modest Mouse studio album. It was recorded 2005-2006, at “Sweet Tea Studio” in Oxford, Mississippi and “Audible Alchemy” in Portland, and was produced by Dennis Herring.

Personnel:

  • Isaac Brock
  • Jeremiah Green
  • Eric Judy
  • Johnny Marr
  • Tom Peloso
  • Joe Plummer
  • Engineered by Joe Zook, Clay Jones
  • Assisted by Tom Queyja, Rob Cooper
  • Additional Engineering – Kyle “Slick” Johnson, Reto Peter, Tom Queyja
  • Mixed by Joe Zook & Dennis Herring
  • Mastered by Howie Weinberg
  • Clay Jones — shaker, programming, acoustic guitar
  • Dennis Herring — claps, stomps, backing vocals, pump organ
  • Kyle “Slick” Johnson — programming
  • Naheed Simjee — backing vocals, claps, stomps
  • James Mercer- backing vocals
  • Art Direction – Isaac Brock, Christian Helms, Nahjeed Simjee
  • Design – Christian Helms, Geoff Peyeto at The Decoder Ring
  • Booklet Interior Illustrations – David Ellis, Casey Burns

Track listing:

All lyrics by Isaac Brock; all music by . Isaac Brock, Jeremiah Green, Eric Judy, Johnny Marr, Tom Peloso and Joe Plummer.

  1. March into the Sea
  2. Dashboard
  3. Fire it Up
  4. Florida
  5. Parting of the Sensory
  6. Missed the Boat
  7. We’ve Got Everything
  8. Fly Trapped in a Jar
  9. Education
  10. Little Motel
  11. Steam Engenius
  12. Spitting Venom
  13. Paople as Places as People
  14. Invisible

On January 23, 2007.

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On January 23, 2007, “Sub Pop” label released “Wincing the Night Away”, the third The Shins album.  It was recorded in 2005 and 2006, at James Mercer’s basement studio, Phil Ek’s home in Seattle and in Oregon City, and was produced by James Mercer and Joe Chiccarelli.

Personnel:

  • James Mercer– vocals, guitar, bass guitar, synthesizers, ukelele, banjo, cat piano, percussion, beat and MIDI programming
  • Marty Crandall– synthesizers, organ, bass guitar, percussion
  • Dave Hernandez– lead guitar
  • Jesse Sandoval– drums
  • Chris Funk– lap steel guitar , hammered dulcimer, bouzouki
  • Eric D. Johnson– backing vocals, piano
  • Anita Robinson – backing vocals
  • Paloma Griffin – violin
  • Niels Gallaway – French horn
  • Robert Mercer – illustration, design

Track listing:

All tracks by James Mercer.

  1. Sleeping Lessons
  2. Australia
  3. Pam Berry
  4. Phantom Limb
  5. Sea Legs
  6. Red Rabbits
  7. Turn On Me
  8. Black Wave
  9. Split Needles
  10. Girl Sailor
  11. A Comet Appears