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Watch The Shins Cover Magnetic Fields’ “Andrew In Drag”

On a recent Australian jaunt, the Shins stopped by the Aussie radio network Triple J and played an acoustic session. In the process, they tried out a cover of the Magnetic Fields’ recent single “Andrew In Drag,” and James Mercer did a pretty admirable job hitting the song’s drawn-out Broadway notes. Watch them playing it… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 27, 2012 - 10:07 am

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

The real best music video of this week isn’t on this list, since it wasn’t actually a music video at all. But Frank Ocean’s performance on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon was drop-dead gorgeous. It won’t leave my head anytime soon, and I don’t especially want it to. But there were also plenty of strong… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 13, 2012 - 1:39 pm

The Shins – “It’s Only Life” Video

The new Shins video for “It’s Only Life” features an imaginative kid patrolling an abandoned town while James Mercer gets dragged off by shadowbeasts. Hiro Murai directs. Watch it below. More »

By: Corban Goble / July 11, 2012 - 9:41 am

The Shins – “No Way Down” Video

The latest video from the Shins very-good-to-great LP Port Of Morrow registers in a similar fashion to the Shins weakest songs: no frills but still perfectly pleasant. This is fine, because when the band really hits it song or video-wise, it’s a totally memorable affair. (Case in point on both fronts: “The Rifle’s Spiral.”) Here,… More »

By: Amrit Singh / June 22, 2012 - 2:49 pm

Sasquatch! 2012 In Photos

Washington’s Sasquatch! Festival took place over the weekend, a heavy-hitting four day lineup featuring people like Jack White, St. Vincent. Bon Iver, Beck, Sanitgold, the Shins, Feist, Metric and dozens more. Stereogum contributor Alex Crick was on hand to behold and snap some great shots. Check out his gallery up top. More »

By: Corban Goble / May 29, 2012 - 12:59 pm

James Mercer Does Marc Maron’s WTF

On his often-great WTF podcast, comedian Marc Maron has rambling, fascinating conversations with two guests a week — usually fellow stand-up comics or sketch-comic types. Lately, though, he’s interviewed a few musicians, like Nick Lowe, and Carrie Brownstein, all of whom have at least some connection to the comedy world. Shins frontman James Mercer ha… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 24, 2012 - 9:55 am

Coachella 2012 Weekend 2 In Photos

With their first Coachella 2012 performances a not-quite-distant memory, over the weekend some artists engaged in live collaborations to make for unique experiences in their second fest go-around. John Fogerty joined the Black Keys, Annie Clark of St. Vincent sang with Andrew Bird, and Thom Yorke came out during Modeselektor’s set to perform “Shipwreck.” The… More »

By: Andrew Youssef / April 23, 2012 - 5:49 pm

The Shins – “The Rifle’s Spiral” Video

We had a peek at the Shins’ Nintendo 3DS-premiered, 3-D video for Port Of Morrow single “The Rifle’s Spiral,” and now James Mercer and Nintendo Corp have allowed the internet to enjoy the creepy, Coraline-y animated thing in full (albeit in 2-D). Director Jamie Caliri tells Nowness that the illustration work of Edward Gorey and… More »

By: Amrit Singh / April 18, 2012 - 8:05 am

Watch The Shins Play Kimmel

Last night, the Shins played two for Jimmy Kimmel Live, “Simple Song” and “The Rifle’s Spiral.” Watch ‘em below. More »

By: Corban Goble / April 13, 2012 - 11:37 am

Preview The Shins’ “The Rifle’s Spiral” Nintendo Video

The Shins have already released their video for the Port Of Morrow track “The Rifle’s Spiral,” and it’s a creepy 3D stop-motion animated thing. But you didn’t hear about it, and neither did we, because the video is only viewable on the Nintendo DS, of all things, right now. It’ll be out in the rest… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 9, 2012 - 3:53 pm

Sad Baby Wolf (ex-Shins) – “Everything Is” (Neutral Milk Hotel Cover) (Stereogum Premiere)

James Mercer now has an entirely new Shins band backing him up, and now some of his former confederates are teaming up. Former Shins members Marty Crandall and Neal Langford now lead a new band called Sad Baby Wolf. Below, we’ve got their peppy cover of “Everything Is,” the first Neutral Milk Hotel single. More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 3, 2012 - 12:24 pm

Watch The Shins On Letterman

Last night, the Shins showed up on the Late Show With David Letterman, blasting through their world-beating single “Simple Song.” I swear that one is like a top-five Shins song at this point; I never get sick of hearing it. Letterman, for his part, can’t think of any jokes to make at the band’s expense,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 21, 2012 - 8:57 am

Premature Evaluation: The Shins Port Of Morrow

A Virginia airport at 5 in the morning on the day SXSW starts, listening to an iTunes stream on crappy airport wi-fi and letting that stream rebuffer a few times on every song: These are not the ideal circumstances in which to hear a much-anticipated album for the first time. Some things, however, are out… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 14, 2012 - 2:38 pm

Watch The Shins Return To SNL

The Shins’ fourth LP Port Of Morrow streams on iTunes on Tuesday, but fans paying close attention have already heard most of the album’s songs through various teasers and studio sessions. (Specifically: “Simple Song,” September,” “The Rifle’s Spiral,” It’s Only Life,” “Bait And Switch,” “No Way Down,” and “Port Of Morrow.”) Tonight saw James Mercer… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / March 11, 2012 - 12:48 am

Watch Last Night’s Shins Show In NYC

Last night, the Shins played New York’s Le Poisson Rouge, using the occasion to bust out a bunch of songs (including two we hadn’t heard before: “No Way Down” and “Port Of Morrow”) from the feverishly anticipated forthcoming album Port Of Morrow. And below, thanks to the professionals at NPR, you can watch a video… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 8, 2012 - 4:29 pm

The Shins – “Bait And Switch” Video

The Shins’ “Simple Song” video was a fun, whimsical, ambitious family narrative with a fully realized plot, but the band’s new clip for the sparkly, uptempo Port Of Morrow track “Bait And Switch” takes the opposite approach. It’s strictly bare-bones — just the band playing a song in a practice room somewhere. But it’s nicely… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 2, 2012 - 12:32 pm

Watch The Shins’ Funny Or Die Sketch

Despite his pivotal importance in Garden State, Shins frontman James Mercer has never exactly seemed like the type of musician who would catch the acting bug. But he did a nice job of it in his band’s great “Simple Song” video, and now he’s also the star of a new Funny Or Die sketch called… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 1, 2012 - 1:52 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

This week, we ran into a bit of a problem as it pertains to this list: For some reason, YouTube embed aren’t rendering when we put them in. We’re not sure why that is, but we’re looking to fix it. (And if any readers know anyone at YouTube or Google who could help us out,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 24, 2012 - 4:07 pm

The Shins – “Simple Song” Video

In the video for the Shins’ “Simple Song,” James Mercer’s videotaped final will and testament sets off a nostalgia-triggering treasure hunt. “To my three children; I couldn’t decide which of you to give the house to,” dead Mercer says, “so I didn’t choose any of you. Because, as you know, each of you hates my… More »

By: Corban Goble / February 21, 2012 - 9:55 am

Watch James Mercer Do An Unplugged “September”

We’ve already heard a bunch of songs from the new Shins comeback album Port Of Morrow: “Simple Song,” “The Rifle’s Spiral,” an acoustic version of “It’s Only Life,” and, most relevant to this post, the lovely and lilting “September.” Shins frontman and sole permanent member James Mercer played an acoustic version of that last one… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 16, 2012 - 4:59 pm