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Hear A Cleaned-Up Version Of James Mercer’s Pre-Shins Song “The Shins”

Flake Music, James Mercer’s early-’90s project that served as a kind of precursor to the Shins, released their only album, When You Land Here, It’s Time To Return, in 1997. Later this month, Sub Pop and Aural Apothecary will reissue the record, re-mixing and mastering elements of the original recording that Mercer had purportedly bee… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / November 13, 2014 - 10:34 am

The Shins – “So Now What”

James Mercer probably owes about 30% of the money in his checking account to the shoutout that Natalie Portman gave to the Shins in Garden State lo those many years ago. So it’s not a surprise that the Shins have contributed a new song to the soundtrack of Wish I Was Here, the second film… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 20, 2014 - 12:34 pm

Hear A New Shins Song In The Insufferable Trailer To Zach Braff’s Wish I Was Here

Ten years after making his directorial debut Garden State, Zach Braff is finally about to release his next movie, the controversially crowdfunded Wish I Was Here. We already know that the soundtrack will feature some indie heavy hitters: Bon Iver, the Shins, Cat Power singing a song that Chris Martin wrote. And today, Braff unveiledMore »

By: Tom Breihan / May 19, 2014 - 12:38 pm

Cat Power x Chris Martin, Bon Iver, The Shins Soundtrack Zach Braff’s Garden State Follow-Up

It’s a bit of a punchline now, but Garden State, the 2004 directorial debut from Zach Braff, represented a major moment in indie’s progression towards crossover status. The Shins weren’t just a song playing in the background; they were a plot point. Braff hasn’t directed another movie in the years since, but his follow-up WishMore »

By: Tom Breihan / March 27, 2014 - 2:15 pm

Watch Broken Bells Cover The Beatles On Letterman

Danger Mouse, one half of Broken Bells, first found fame for mashing up Jay-Z with the Beatles on the bootleg release The Grey Album, and last night on Letterman, he went back to his roots. Broken Bells were the first band to perform on Letterman’s Beatles week, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Beatles making… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 4, 2014 - 9:24 am

Broken Bells – “Holding On For Life (Baio Remix)”

Keep up, if you can, with all the side-project stuff happening in this post. Broken Bells, if they can still be called a side project, are the side-project duo of Shins frontman James Mercer and producer-to-the-stars Danger Mouse. Meanwhile, for his own side project, Vampire Weekend bassist Chris Baio DJs and produces lush, tropical dance… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 3, 2014 - 9:21 am

Q&A: Broken Bells’ Danger Mouse And James Mercer On The Making And Meaning Of After The Disco

With After The Disco, the sprawling and ambitious sophomore effort they’ll release next week, Shins frontman James Mercer and superproducer Danger Mouse cement their band Broken Bells as more than just a way to pass the time between other projects — and their other projects are legion. Mercer is coming off a year of promoting… More »

By: Chris DeVille / January 28, 2014 - 11:06 am

Broken Bells – “Holding On For Life (Nick Zinner Remix)”

Broken Bells, the duo of Shins frontman James Mercer and producer-to-the-stars Danger Mouse, will drop their sophomore LP After The Disco next month, and the two songs we’ve heard, “Holding On For Life” and the title track, promise bigger beats and slicker textures. If Broken Bells are now making something approaching dance music, then it… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 22, 2014 - 10:44 am

Watch Broken Bells Perform “The Changing Lights” For La Blogothèque

Next month, Broken Bells, the side-project duo of Danger Mouse and Shins frontman James Mercer, will release their sophomore album After The Disco. We’ve already posted the title track and “Holding On For Life,” and both of those are very slick and produced songs. So it’s nice to see the duo taking part in french… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 16, 2014 - 1:24 pm

Broken Bells – “After The Disco”

Broken Bells, the duo of Danger Mouse and Shins frontman James Mercer, are close to releasing their new album After The Disco, and we posted the LP’s first single “Holding On For Life” a while back. The duo has now shared the album’s title track, and it’s a light, lithe pop groove — one not… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 7, 2014 - 2:39 pm

Chutes Too Narrow Turns 10

The first Shins album, 2001’s Oh, Inverted World, was a collection of effortlessly punchy pop-rock and warm-blooded balladry, but its frayed nerves and plucky resolve were softened by mid-fi reverb haze. It was a mirage, the New Mexico desert’s best evidence that life is but a dream — and not just that gorgeously cooing, tambourine-tapping,… More »

By: Chris DeVille / October 21, 2013 - 3:46 pm

The 10 Best Shins Songs

The Shins were one of the preeminent pop acts of the ’00s, often mentioned as flirting with becoming their decade’s version of R.E.M. or Pavement. Frontman James Mercer began the writing of the band’s 2001 classic Oh, Inverted World in earnest as far back as 1997 — while his primary band was still Albuquerque, NM’… More »

By: John Everhart / July 25, 2013 - 1:54 pm

2012 In Review: The Year In Comebacks

“Don’t call it a comeback” is usually a phrase uttered self-protectively by musicians who are very much coming back from some degree of obscurity. Dr. Dre wasn’t exactly absent during the seven-year stretch between his first and second albums (“California Love,” anybody?), but his 1999 sophomore release 2001 is littered with lines like “Ladies pay… More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 31, 2012 - 11:55 am

Watch Aimee Mann & James Mercer on Kimmel

On last night’s episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Aimee Mann served as musical guest, and she didn’t come alone. She and Shins frontman James Mercer duetted on “Living A Lie,” an expertly crafted sad-couple lament from Mann’s new album Charmer. And as an online bonus, she also played recent single “Labrador.” Watch both performances below. More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 20, 2012 - 8:54 am

Watch The Shins On Austin City Limits

Over the weekend, the Shins and Dr. Dog’s episode of Austin City Limits hit PBS. Now they’ve posted it online and you can watch the entire thing below. More »

By: Corban Goble / October 29, 2012 - 9:22 am

The Shins – “Wonderful Christmastime” (Stereogum Premiere)

It’s almost Halloween, and you know what that means: It’s Christmastime! And just so we won’t be caught without appropriate music for the occasion, tomorrow, Starbucks’ Hear Music and Concord Music Group will release the compilation Holidays Rule, on which a slew of modern acts cover a slew of seasonal classics. The names include Rufu… More »

By: Michael Nelson / October 29, 2012 - 9:00 am

The Shins, Washed Out @ Gibson Amphitheater, Los Angeles 10/2/12

Fresh from their appearance on Conan, the Shins filled up the expansive Gibson Amphitheater and somehow managed to make it feel like a small intimate show. With top notch musicians like Jessica Dobson, Richard Swift, and Joe Plummer backing James Mercer, the Shins were able to recreate the textural nuances of their latest album PortMore »

By: Andrew Youssef / October 3, 2012 - 4:14 pm

Watch The Shins On Conan

The Shins served as musical guests on last’s night’s episode of Conan, turning in a sparkling rendition of the percussive Port Of Morrow album track “No Way Down.” And as an online bonus, they also did “The Rifle’s Spiral.” One nice thing about Conan: The sound in the studio is always so clean you could… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 2, 2012 - 10:09 am

Watch The Shins, Feist Play From The Basement

From The Basement, the live-music show created by Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich, is back for season three, and a couple of its episodes are now streaming online. And these episodes feature some big names. On one, the Shins headline and Aimee Mann and Father John Misty also play. Feist leads off another, which also feature… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 21, 2012 - 2:07 pm

Watch The Shins, Aimee Mann, & Father John Misty On From The Basement

Nigel Godrich’s television series From The Basement is back for another round this year, and last week’s season debut featured performances by the Shins, Aimee Man and Father John Misty. The first part shows the full performance by the Shins, and about seven minutes into the second part, Aimee Mann shows up to begin her… More »

By: Corban Goble / August 13, 2012 - 5:40 pm
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