The Sifting Pan

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Song of the Day! Mister Heavenly – Mister Heavenly

Mister Heavenly are self titled doom-woopers

That’s no typo, Mister Heavenly is both the name of the band and their first single. It’s safe to say that Mister Heavenly qualifies for indie super-group status when you look at the members- Honus Honus of Man Man, Nicholas Thorburn of Islands and The Unicorns, and Joe Plummer of Modest Mouse and The Shins. To top off that delicious indie pie the band is joined by indie movie darling Michael Cera as their touring bassist. The song Mister Heavenly is a great example of the unquie genre the band classifies themselves under, Doom-wop. Apparently it’s a combination of doo-wop and doomed loved songs, and golly-gee sarah-lee I am hop-diggity digging it! (Too much perhaps?) The band has only released two songs so far but are already putting the finishing touches on their first album, which is not set to be released until “maybe august” so we’ll just have to be patience. Until then enjoy the doom-wop of Mister Heavenly or their other single Pineapple Girl.


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Song of the Day! Broken Bells – Meyrin Fields


Broken Bells originated in LA, California

In the year 2009 The Shins frontman James Mercer and super producer Danger Mouse came together to form a duo unlike all others called Broken Bells. An album bearing the same name was soon to follow as well their first great single The High Road.  Now we fast forward to 2011 and Broken Bells has just recently released their new 4 track EP Meyrin Fields:

  1. “Meyrin Fields”
  2. “Windows”
  3. “An Easy Life”
  4. “Heartless Empire”

The Meyrin Fields EP provides as much creative experimental indie rock as ever and highlights the duo’s ability to take musical concepts just that much farther then other groups would be willing to. The best part about the new EP is that is just that, an EP. The band has already made clear its intentions of putting out another proper album and that Meyrin Fields is here to hold us in the meantime. I’m rather excited for a true sophomore effort and have a feeling that the duo will finally of had time to fine tune their sound so hopefully we can expect to see an album from a mature and collected band.