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New Shins – “The Rifle’s Spiral” (Live In Oakland)

This is the second of that pair of new songs that the Shins are performing with their revamped lineup these days. The first was “Double Bubble,” which Mercer described to us as a new wave sort of thing; together he says “they’re just a bit more rhythmic and “about the percussion” than the Shins previou… More »

By: Amrit Singh / May 14, 2009 - 10:15 am

New Shins – “Double Bubble” (Live In Hollywood)

A few things seemed different with the Shins after scoping those photos and setlist from their early tour stop at Seattle’s Showbox: new songs (“Double Bubble” and “The Rifle’s Spiral”), new members, no Sandoval and Crandall. When Jessica spoke with them for a Progress Report, Mercer confirmed it: Marty and Jesse are gone, replaced with… More »

By: Amrit Singh / May 12, 2009 - 9:58 am

Progress Report: The Shins

NAME: The Shins
PROGRESS REPORT: Writing songs for the follow-up to 2007’s Wincing The Night Away. Working on a collaborative side-project.

“You go a year without playing and you think, maybe I can’t do it anymore. Maybe I forgot how to do it. I don’t know,” says Shins frontman James Mercer. Worrying about “keeping… More »

By: jessica / May 6, 2009 - 1:07 pm

The Shins @ Showbox, Seattle 5/4/09

Last night’s Shins show featured an interesting line-up: No Marty Crandall? Also no Jesse Sandovol on drums, although the keyboardist’s absence is more likely to be the focus of internet conjecture. Rounding out the lineup were Eric Johnson on keys (Fruit Bats), Ron Lewis on bass (Fruit Bats, Ghost Stories, Grand Archives, etc.), and a… More »

By: Amrit Singh / May 5, 2009 - 12:23 pm

Stream Shins, Bright Eyes, National Covering Merge Classics

Merge Records turns 20 this year and the celebration is well underway. Last week we told you about the five-day summer fest in North Carolina with Superchunk, Spoon, Conor Oberst, M. Ward, Destroyer, and others. If that’s a party you can’t attend, there are some birthday souvenirs you can enjoy without leaving home. Namely 20More »

By: Scott Lapatine / April 8, 2009 - 1:55 am

Free Agent Shins Map Tour

Last June we reported that the Shins were ostensibly not returning to Sub Pop for their followup to Wincing The Night Away, but were instead releasing it via James Mercer’s Aural Apothecary. That report was made a little more official a couple of days ago when someone over at Sub Pop told Pitchfork the band,… More »

By: brandon / March 26, 2009 - 12:22 pm

Stereogum x Amazon MP3 Friendly Deals #3: The Shins’ Oh, Inverted World

Today we present the next installment in a series that brings you classic indie rock albums at hugely discounted prices. Every week, is letting us select one album from its MP3 store to go on super sale (up to 75% off normal prices). Hopefully you’ll be able to add these must-own LPs to yourMore »

By: brandon / November 24, 2008 - 3:31 pm

The Shins Say So Long To Sub Pop

After being touted as the saviors of Sub Pop (employees started wearing Sub Pop t-shirts again, hooray), the Shins are moving on to greener pastures. Or, really, their own backyard. reports:

The Shins are likely to self-release their fourth studio album through frontman James Mercer’s Aural Apothecary label … The Shins are… More »

By: Amrit Singh / June 20, 2008 - 5:54 pm

Mason Jennings & James Mercer Do “Something About Your Love” On A Bus In Chile

Every bit of that headline is true. In this simple, one-take footage, the Hawaiian-born, Minnesota-based singer-songwriter and the Shins’ frontman do a pretty duet on “Something About Your Love” from Jennings’s sixth full-length In The Ever. Please note the awesomely chill bearded guy, who is not Will Oldham, but who is sitting by the side,… More »

By: brandon / June 5, 2008 - 1:21 pm

The Shins Perform New Song On Yo Gabba Gabba!

Hip tot program Yo Gabba Gabba! has already featured some surreal music segments with Cornelius, Biz Markie, and Low. On May 23, the Shins join in the on the fun, performing original song “It’s Okay, Try Again.” You don’t have to set your Tivos because the performance is online. It hit the Web months ago… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / April 28, 2008 - 1:23 pm

Wincing The Fight Away: Sub Pop Comments On Marty Crandall & Elyse Sewell’s Arrest

Anyone with Garden State in their collection or a soft spot for “New Slang” has heard the news that Shins keyboardist/etc Marty Crandall and ex-girlfriend (and ex-America’s Top Model contestant) Elyse Sewell got in some sort of scuffle Friday, landing them both in a Sacramento County jail. After she was released on Saturday, Sewell posted… More »

By: Stereogum / January 7, 2008 - 6:22 pm

Post-Consumer: 546 Free Live Streams

This morning we got an email from Nicholas Taplin, who recently launched Post-Consumer a website currently hosting 546 live recordings of bands that played Santa Cruz basements, living rooms, etc. Intrigued, we headed over and spotted a bunch of goodies like Frog Eyes, vintage Microphones, pre-Oh, Inverted World Shins, and Six Organs Of Admittance. We… More »

By: Stereogum / November 14, 2007 - 3:29 pm

NBC’s Chuck Is Trying Really Hard To Woo You And According To The Ratings, It’s Not Working

Not watching Chuck? That’s for the best, although the suits at NBC would be shocked and saddened to hear it, especially since they’ve decided their 40 Year Old Virgin-meets-The Bourne Ultimatum (but not as good as that sounds) comedy appears to be targeted directly at you, indie rock friends of ours. In our ‘Very SpecialMore »

By: Stereogum / October 9, 2007 - 6:19 pm

“I Wrote ‘New Slang’ Motherfucker” … The T-Shirt

As we remember from the halcyon emergence-of-the-indie-yuppie days, aspiring hipsters like buying tees. (And then later selling off their accrued cred to the highest bidder on Craigslist.) So t-shirts and hipsters: It’s a bond that runs deep. The creators of the website “wisely observed that indie rock fans will buy anything printed on America… More »

By: Stereogum / September 27, 2007 - 10:01 am

New Shins – “Little Boxes” (Theme To Weeds)

Little boxes on the hillside, little boxes made of ticky tacky … you know the tune. And as we sleuthed earlier this summer, the wilting Weeds is injecting some life into its series with the help of some notable bands taking turns covering the show’s Malvina Reynolds-penned theme song. The fun got started with the… More »

By: Stereogum / August 31, 2007 - 2:59 pm

New Shins Video – “Sleeping Lessons”

The new Shins video comes courtesy of mtvU’s Breaking The Video, a project though which MTV and Sub Pop joined forces to fund aspiring filmmaker/NYU film student Antonio Campos and give him the honor of directing Wincing The Night Away’s fourth video. In it we see a young girl painting on a canvas, while flashing… More »

By: Stereogum / August 27, 2007 - 2:12 pm

New Shins Video – “Turn On Me”

The chance convergence of Jell-O, a one-eyed dog, some hairy dude in American-flag speedos, and a bikini-clad Stacy’s grandmom with a bee and a coffee-sipping crane operator is, all at the same time, one hell of a specialty porno, a recipe for disaster, and the Shins new video for “Turn On Me.” Last time Braff’… More »

By: Stereogum / August 10, 2007 - 2:54 pm

The Shins, Man Man Do Weeds

Since we’ve been in a TV state of mind of late we’re gonna just put it out there: Weeds has jumped the shark (yeah we’re bringing the phrase back) … BUT the Malvina Reynolds covers are always intriguing. And the Showtime folks are injecting a bit of spirit in the wilting Weeds with another fu… More »

By: Stereogum / July 9, 2007 - 10:35 am

The Shins Busk In Montmontre, Paris

The Blogothèque crew continue their string of outstanding Take Away Shows (recently The National, Arcade Fire) with the Shins, performing five songs from across their catalogue while at the picturesque tourist trap/artist colony Montmartre in Paris. On the first vid, the band delivers “Gone For Good” and “Turn On Me.”

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By: Stereogum / April 16, 2007 - 9:43 am

New Shins Video – “Australia”

OK, now that still shot we posted from the “Australia” vid shoot makes sense. Those orange outfits aren’t prisoner uniforms, they’re prospective-prisoner’s uniforms! Not sure how petty theft ties into “Australia”‘s lyrics (or why the song’s called “Australia,” for that matter). But who cares, look at the pretty balloons! In related dopplegänger news, James Mercer… More »

By: Stereogum / April 12, 2007 - 6:11 pm