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The Shins – “The Rifle’s Spiral”

The Shins first album since 2007’s Wincing The Night Away is imminent, and is also 2-for-2 (see: “Simple Song” and “September.”) Today Port Of Morrow turns up a third listen with its opening track, “The Rifle’s Spiral.” It’s a lusher production than the others — note the many bleeps, followed by the equally numerous bloo… More »

By: Amrit Singh / February 13, 2012 - 12:52 pm

The Shins – “It’s Only Life” (Solo Acoustic)

Right now, the Shins — at least in their James Mercer-plus-whoever incarnation — are preparing to return to the world with the new album Port Of Morrow. The new joints “Simple Song” and “September” are both perfectly lovely. And now Mercer has played a few solo-acoustic shows for radio stations. At one for San Diego’… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 9, 2012 - 9:28 am

The Shins – “September”

Next week, the Shins will release the 7″ single version of “Simple Song,” the huge, world-beating single from their forthcoming Port Of Morrow album. That single will feature a new song called “September” on the B-side. And below, we’ve got the lyric video for the song, which has a delicate bossa nova lilt and some… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 6, 2012 - 1:03 pm

The Shins – “Simple Song”

James Mercer’s reconstituted Shins are getting ready to release Port Of Morrow, their first album since 2007’s Wincing The Night Away, and they’ve finally let us hear a song from that album. “Simple Song” is a chugging midtempo joint with huge ahh-ahh backing vocals, and it more or less lives up to its name. Mercer,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 9, 2012 - 2:48 pm

The Shins Port Of Morrow Details

Earlier today, the Shins announced details for an LP due out next spring, their first since 2007’s Wincing The Night Away. It’s called Port Of Morrow, which definitely sounds like something a “The Shins song name/album name” generator would shoot out if there was such a thing. It’s produced by Greg Kurstin (Lily Allen, The… More »

By: Corban Goble / December 14, 2011 - 1:51 pm

The Shins Kick Off Jimmy Fallon’s Pink Floyd Week With “Breathe”

It’s five nights of Pink Floyd covers over at the ever musically-minded Fallon program this week, which began last night with the Shins honest-to-Dark-ness take on “Breathe.” If you think James Mercer handles this cover well, it is because he has practice. Although, it is also because his voice is generally custom built for thi… More »

By: Amrit Singh / September 27, 2011 - 9:26 am

Shins, MGMT, Pearl Jam Booked For Fallon’s Pink Floyd Week

In retrospect, it’s amazing that this wasn’t Nirvana Week on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. The show has previously hosted week-long tributes to the Rolling Stones and Bob Marley. And next week, Fallon will spend the week honoring Pink Floyd. More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 23, 2011 - 6:06 pm

Watch Shins Play New Tune, Bowie Cover In Oregon

The Shins have a new lineup, a new label (Columbia imprint Aural Apothecary), and a handful of new tunes that will appear on the band’s long awaited, Greg Kurstin-produced fourth LP, due next year. Currently backing James Mercer on the road are Richard Swift, Joe Plummer (Modest Mouse), Yuuki Matthews (Crystal Skulls), and Jessica Dobson. More »

By: Scott Lapatine / August 10, 2011 - 11:40 am

Colin Meloy, James Mercer, Corin Tucker Guest On Portlandia

Portlandia’s already been good for unexpected cameos (Aimee Mann, Steve Buscemi, Aubrey Plaza, plus many others). And it looks lik Portlandia is upping the number of musical cameos. Next week Colin Meloy, James Mercer, and Corin Tucker will guest star as fictional band Echo Echo (sorry guys). Check out a clip of the sketch below. More »

By: jessica / February 17, 2011 - 2:34 pm

Broken Bells – “October” 3-D Video

This Broken Bells video is in 3D! Maybe now their music will take some shape? Broken Bells — the better-on-paper team-up of James Mercer, a man otherwise capable of mainlining melodies into my brain, and Danger Mouse, one of the last decade’s more inventive producers — never really clicked, mostly just dragged for me. So… More »

By: Amrit Singh / August 12, 2010 - 1:15 pm

Shins – “Goodbye Girl”

Last week we mentioned Dirty Projectors’s Dylan cover as part of the Levi’s Pioneer Sessions. The Shins’s James Mercer stopped by Levi’s to produce this cover of Squeeze’s “Goodbye Girl” (from their 1978 album Cool For Cats). Listen below. More »

By: jessica / June 10, 2010 - 10:44 am

Broken Bells @ The Troubadour, Los Angeles 3/14/10

Broken Bells started their promotional tour for their self-titled debut a little less than a month ago, and it’ll wrap up at SXSW this weekend, when the supergroup-of-sorts will play about five sets during the festival. Photographer Andrew Youssef caught the band working their way through their entire album at their L.A. show. They rounded… More »

By: jessica / March 15, 2010 - 8:00 pm

Broken Bells Cover Neutral Milk Hotel At Debut Gig

Danger Mouse and James Mercer hit-up The Road for “The High Road” video. Now they’ve actually taken Broken Bells to the streets: The guys performed their debut show Friday 2/19 at the Bootleg Theater in Los Angeles. Speaking of bootlegs, someone videotaped the entire thing, including a cover of “In The Aeroplane Over The Sea,”… More »

By: brandon / February 22, 2010 - 11:58 am

Defriending Cancer Benefit W/ Todd Barry, James Mercer, Isaac Brock, Eugene Mirman, Tim Heidecker & Friends @ The Moore Theatre, Seattle 2/11/10

Not sure if musicians and comedians preternaturally get along together. But they definitely both hate cancer. So maybe this benefit for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society was more of a my-enemy’s-enemy-is-my-friend thing? Cancer-hating comedian Todd Barry hosted the Seattle event, which included past and present Sub Pop label mates Eugene Mirman, Isaac Brock, and Jame… More »

By: jessica / February 12, 2010 - 5:02 pm

New Broken Bells Video – “The High Road”

By now, even after that sneaky promo campaign, you may know Broken Bells is the post-Dark Night Of The Soul collision of Danger Mouse and Starbucks sweetheart James Mercer. The twosome now have a video for their self-titled debut’s first single “The High Road,” which finds Mercer on vocals, guitars, bass; Mouse on organ, drums,… More »

By: brandon / January 27, 2010 - 10:04 am

New Broken Bells – “The High Road”

After witnessing Gnarls Barkley’s playful pop-cultural press-shot roll-out and Dark Night Of The Soul’s rogue poster campaign, you couldn’t have been surprised to find Danger Mouse’s latest collab follow a similarly stealthy route. After all the sleuthing, though, we were left only with Broken Bells instrumental snippets; today James Mercer’s tender vocal bits come into… More »

By: Amrit Singh / December 18, 2009 - 3:32 pm

Sample Broken Bells, James Mercer & Danger Mouse’s New Project

At the end of September we told you Danger Mouse (aka Brian Burton) and James Mercer (aka that guy from the Shins) were working on a new project, tentatively titled Broken Bells. A Sony/Columbia newsletter went out earlier today with a bunch 0s and 1s and a link to There was nothing there except… More »

By: brandon / December 14, 2009 - 12:42 pm

James Mercer, Danger Mouse Announce New Band Broken Bells

James and Brian Burton have a new project, and P4K assures us it’s more than just a DM-produced Mercer album. Bookmark their band page for now: More »

By: Amrit Singh / September 29, 2009 - 2:33 pm

James Mercer, Carrie Brownstein Star In New Movie

The Portland indie rockers show off their acting chops in Portland indie filmmaker Matt McCormic’s Some Days Are Better Than Others. It’s basically Portland indie rock Space Jam. Corin Tucker cameos! Watch the trailer. More »

By: Scott Lapatine / September 23, 2009 - 3:34 pm

Ex-Shins Drummer On Getting Fired

From his Mexican food cart in Portland Jesse Sandoval tells Portland Mercury, “I have to own up to my own faults. There were some drumbeats he asked me to do, and I just couldn’t do them. … But I also understand that I unequivocally got fired, and it kind of confuses me why he ha… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / August 10, 2009 - 10:50 am