After the Disco Cover

Broken Bells celebrated the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ landmark Ed Sullivan Show appearance last night with an innovative re-imagining of the Fab Four’s “And I Love Her” during The Late Show with David Letterman. For their tribute, Brian Burton and James Mercer combined “And I Love Her” with a loop of Ringo Starr’s original beats from “I Am The Walrus.” The performance also featured a video montage of Starr drumming which was then edited together to sync up with Burton and Mercer’s hybridized cover. The video can be viewed now at

Following their performance, the band sat down for an “Internet soirée” with The Late Show‘s Paul Shaffer. During this interview, Mercer and Burton discussed the creation of their audio/visual tribute and how they became Beatles fans. The interview is available in full here:

There is more cause for celebration this week as Broken Bells’ sophomore full-length, After the Disco, is now available for purchase via iTunesAmazon and of course local music retail outlets. Early reviews establish After the Disco as an early album of the year contender:

“Holds way more promise than most”- NEW YORK MAGAZINE

“At once sleek and world-weary, often homing in on that sexy moment of malaise when the Seventies wanted to turn into the Eighties so badly but didn’t quite know how to do it yet”-ROLLING STONE

“Music history is littered with star collaborations and supergroups that didn’t work or last… Broken Bells is one of the rare exceptions”-AMERICAN WAY

“The indie power duo deliver the American Hustle of songs-all Me Decade grooviness and narrative tension.”-ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

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2014 TOUR

02/28/14 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
03/01/14 – Chicago, IL – The Vic Theatre
03/03/14 – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall
03/04/14 – Montreal, QC – Metropolis
03/05/14 – Boston, MA – House of Blues
03/07/14 – New York, NY – Webster Hall
03/08/14 – Philadelphia, PA – The Trocadero Theatre
03/09/14 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
03/11/14 – Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle
03/12/14 – New Orleans, LA – Civic Theatre
03/24/14 – London, UK – Shepherds Bush Empire
03/27/14 – Paris, France – La Cigale
03/29/14 – Zurich, Switzerland – m4music Festival
03/30/14 – Berlin, Germany – Postbahnhof
03/31/14 – Brussels, Belgium – AB Flex
04/01/14 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Melkweg
04/11/14 – Indio, CA – Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
04/18/14 – Indio, CA – Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
06/06-08/14 – New York, NY – Governor’s Ball Music Festival