Austin History Center
"...This month's issue of Esquire lists Danger Mouse as one of "The 75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century." He is, both literally and figuratively, the most understated and off-the-mic individual you've heard of on that list. Jon Stewart, LeBron James, Barack Obama: These are people who crave the spotlight, seek out the audience...."
"...When a death squad searching for the “white man” attempts to kill him, however, it’s clear that yesterday’s sins have finally caught up with this marked man. What ensues in The Gunman is an international game of cat and mouse that hopscotches from central Africa to London to Barcelona to Gibraltar, one in which Penn's beleaguered Jim Terrier tries to piece together the identities of his would-be assassins while protecting the woman he loves from the danger sparked by his nefarious past...."
"...For all this, Jones remains down to earth, although her upcoming Little Broken Hearts, due out May 1, offers a range of textures and spooky sounds typically not associated with her past work. Much credit for the makeover goes to producer Brian Burton, aka Danger Mouse, who co-wrote each of the dozen tracks recorded in his studio during six weeks last year...."
"...Sci-fi sounds strange coming from an Oregonian folk peddler and hip-hop guru, but Broken Bells' sophomore surprise pulses galactic dreams. Landing us smack in the middle of a universe of shiny production and Eighties synth influence, After the Disco quickly settles into a groove balancing Shins frontman James Mercer and production brain Danger Mouse's home genre disparities..."
"...The last time we heard from James Mercer, he'd teamed up with Danger Mouse in Broken Bells, broadening his audience beyond the indie rock faithful and giving fans permission to ride the groove. Given the Bells' success, it was inevitable that Mercer would bring some of that mojo back to his main project..."
"...The best SXSW surprises are never actually surprises, but well-orchestrated events leaked with just enough time to spare. Broken Bells, the new collaboration between the Shins' James Mercer and beat scientist Danger Mouse, was the subject of the Conference's first free Pop-Up Show, and despite the location (in this case, the lower level of the parking garage across from Stubb's) being confirmed via Twitter only hours beforehand, the show still reached capacity with 30 minutes to spare..."
"...8) DANGER MOUSE & SPARKLEHORSE Dark Night of the Soul..."
"...DH: Oh completely. I figured once The Grey Album came out… Danger Mouse must have worked so hard to get all of those little bits from the actual CDs and not from multi-tracks..."
"...The Black Keys' 2002 debut landed them in a pack of bands that sounded like the White Stripes, but their greasy authenticity quickly established them as leaders. 2008's Attack & Release (Nonesuch) launched the Akron, Ohio, duo into the second phase of its career, tricking out swinging blues-rock with the bells and whistles of Danger Mouse's production..."
"...On paper it's a perfect pairing: the Shins' James Mercer with Brian Burton, better known as Danger Mouse, the beat chemist behind Gnarls Barkley. While the odd couple's perfect single "The High Road" demonstrated mad chemistry, their self-titled debut as Broken Bells, released earlier this year, never quite lived up to expectations..."
"...Since 2005's The Mouse and the Mask collaboration with Danger Mouse, Doom's activity sunk so low that rumors began about the London-born, New York-bred rapper, aka Daniel Dumile, hiring ghost performers to handle his sets. Born Like This, his third disc, won't encourage the idea that he's done much during the hiatus besides drop the MF from his moniker and work on his tongue twisters, but the Madvillain sells it..."
"...And yet from their very first notes, pop-hop’s pied pipers summoned 1960s Motown down to their frontman’s falsetto. Stiffly-dressed yet hopped up, the mini big band sped through new Danger Mouse droppings such as “Whatever” and Cee-Lo slow jam “Who’s Gonna Save My Soul?” Their black Southern deacon, meanwhile, preached to a throng of mostly white kids like every Hitsville USA act before him..."
"...Norah Jones steps into the danger zone on her fifth album, teaming with producer Brian "Danger Mouse" Burton, who instills burbling beats and old-timey atmospherics. The resultant ....."
"...With Oozy, Brownout remains in endless pursuit of the groove, but never quite settles into one. Highlights include Dan Dyer lending Gulf Coast soul to the hazy "Stormy Weather," bassist Greg Gonzalez's "JPT" scoring a warped spaghetti Western more interesting than Danger Mouse's Rome, and the space rock expanse of "I Won't Lie." The through line remains guitarist Beto Martinez, a superfreak composer who always coaxes out Brownout's kinkiest qualities..."
"...Call it artistic appropriation, theft, or piracy, it's as American as our national anthem, manifest destiny, and rock & roll. So then why is it that from Star Wars re-edits to Danger Mouse's Gray Album, we get our boxers in such a bundle over intellectual property?..."
"...Named for a canyon system of the Caprock Escarpment, located in the Texas Panhandle near Amarillo, Winningham's new iteration arrives vividly dense and interminably winding. His profoundly heart-churning debut for Danger Mouse's 30th Century label, Ryou Cannon, bends drum machine kicks, lush acoustics, and unique genre fusion over trenchant pangs of romance..."
"...Having signed with renowned producer/artist Danger Mouse's 30th Century label, Palo Duro – Austin singer-songwriter Michael J. Winningham, formerly of the indie rock band Gold Beach – understandably indulges in a cinematic, tightly and cleanly produced, and (mostly) hook-heavy debut LP heavily evocative of contemporary Arcade Fire..."
"...In 2011, these Alaskans joined Atlantic Records for In the Mountain in the Cloud, then teamed up with acclaimed producer Danger Mouse for the eclectic Evil Friends (2013), so why not aspire to new commercial heights on Woodstock? Built along their psych rock foundations, rock bombast ("Live in the Moment," "Rich Friends") and EDM ("Number One," "Easy Tiger") are favored over the group's messier edges of prog ambition. "I'm a rebel just for kicks now" states "Feel It Still." It's not only a hollow testament, it's a sell-out..."
"...Self-aware and refined, fifth album Last Place – the first in 11 years – is astonishingly solid. Production help from Danger Mouse gives a kick to Grandaddy's more meandering tendencies on "This Is the Part" and "The Boat Is in the Barn." "I Don't Wanna Live Here Anymore" takes residence in your ear canal where all of the band's original compositions reside..."
"...trio from capitalizing on its own momentum. Third LP Pussy's Dead drops on Danger Mouse's label with production from Boots (Beyoncé, Run the Jewels)..."