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12-14-11, 05:16 PM
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The Shins have announced that their next album, Port of Morrow, will be released in March via Columbia and James Mercer's own Aural Apothecary imprint. It follows 2007's Wincing the Night Away.

Mercer wrote all the songs and played most of the instruments. The album was produced by Greg Kurstin (Lily Allen, the Bird and the Bee).

An exact release date and tour in support of the record will be announced soon.

01 The Rifle's Spiral
02 Simple Song
03 It's Only Life
04 No Way Down
05 September
06 Bait and Switch
07 Fall of '82
08 For a Fool
09 40 Mark Strasse
10 Port of Morrow

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I guess this band is a one man show now. Hope it can live up to the first three records.

cungar
12-14-11, 05:26 PM
About time. I hear they're a totally new band except for James Mercer. Let's hope they retain some semblance of their sound.

I saw the new girl guitarist at a Bob Mould tribute last month. She was a rather mundane player.

Rocketdog2000
12-14-11, 06:40 PM
If it sounds anything like either the last Shins album, or even Breaking Bells, I'll be quite happy. Regardless, looking forward to it.

JAA
12-15-11, 07:16 AM
Their last album was by far my favorite. Looking forward to this very much.

CRM114
12-15-11, 09:47 AM
The Shins have never equalled Oh Inverted World and probably never will. Still one of the few bands I'd buy their album on release day.

cungar
12-15-11, 10:39 AM
The Shins have never equalled Oh Inverted World and probably never will. Still one of the few bands I'd buy their album on release day.

I think Chutes Too Narrow is their best album by far.

CRM114
12-15-11, 11:00 AM
I suppose if Oh Inverted World didn't exist. :)

cungar
12-15-11, 11:55 AM
I suppose if Oh Inverted World didn't exist. :)

I like both but Oh Inverted World leans a little bit on the twee side for me. A bit too Belle and Sebationy for my tastes. I totally got hooked on Chutes Too Narrow for about 6 months so it will always be my favorite.

I think they will be a completely different band with this new release. We'll see if Mercer still has the songs.

CRM114
12-15-11, 12:25 PM
I hate that term but I know what you mean. To me, the album is more mysterious. When it came out, it felt mysterious and delightfully strange. Then they became somewhat over produced (I suppose just produced) but still good.

cungar
12-15-11, 12:43 PM
I hate that term but I know what you mean. To me, the album is more mysterious. When it came out, it felt mysterious and delightfully strange. Then they became somewhat over produced (I suppose just produced) but still good.

Of course the most damaging (and beneficial as far as exposure) thing that ever happened to the Shins was the "The Shins changed my life" line from Garden State. After that, you caouldn't tell anyone you like them without hearing "did they change your life? HA HA HA".

Hiro11
12-15-11, 01:18 PM
So is Mercer a complete asshole? What happened to this band?

Rocketdog2000
12-15-11, 08:18 PM
For most intents, Mercer is The Shins. While there are other people who have been part of the band, he has always been the primary creative force behind the group.

I forget the exact story of why he parted ways with the last incarnation of the band.

starseed1981
12-16-11, 11:06 AM
I think Chutes Too Narrow is their best album by far.

Agreed. Hopefully, like Wincing, this one will be able to be "previewed" three months early.

DJLinus
01-09-12, 08:18 PM
First song - "Simple Song" - streaming on his/their site: http://simplesong.theshins.com/

Not bad.

cungar
01-09-12, 10:16 PM
Sounds really good

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Buford T Pusser
01-12-12, 01:19 PM
News I can use!

Quake1028
01-15-12, 11:22 AM
I can't stop listening to Simple Song.

starseed1981
01-15-12, 12:42 PM
Damn...thats really good imho.

Buford T Pusser
01-15-12, 07:37 PM
I'm afraid I don't like this new song.






That's right.

I LOVE IT!

atlantamoi
01-16-12, 05:04 AM
Yeah, that's a really solid tune. Chalk me up as a big Oh Inverted World fan. It's amazing how much this band has influenced where indie rock has gone the last few years.

kurupt
01-20-12, 08:26 PM
I guess if I could only keep one Shins record, it would be Chutes Too Narrow, but I'm a big fan of all three. Their artistic evolution has been extremely enjoyable. The new single sounds great too.

Throwing Copper
03-16-12, 03:35 PM
The record comes out on Tuesday.

I've listened to it a couple of times and ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT.

The Amazon bonus track are pretty good, too.

This is a must purchase for me.

Mordred
03-16-12, 04:17 PM
I liked it a lot, but I don't think it quite has the hooks that Wincing the Night Away did. I need to give it a few more listens to fully get an opinion on it though.

cungar
03-16-12, 04:26 PM
Meh. I like about half the songs. The ones that sound like the Shins to be exact. The rest sounds like mellow 80s pop. Fall of '82 sounds like Steely Dan. I don't know what to make of the mess of a title track. Way too overproduced too.

Throwing Copper
03-18-12, 07:36 PM
I've listened to this 4 times now. Really loving it.

Only 2 of the 10 tracks are so so for me.

CRM114
03-19-12, 10:03 AM
My local record store had it out Saturday so I picked it up. I've only listened to half of it so far but it's really good. Better than their last album.

Quake1028
03-19-12, 11:38 AM
Can't wait to pick it up tomorrow along with The Hunger Games Soundtrack.

starseed1981
03-19-12, 11:42 AM
Its easily their weakest album imho.

Buford T Pusser
03-19-12, 08:50 PM
The record comes out on Tuesday.

I've listened to it a couple of times and ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT.

The Amazon bonus track are pretty good, too.

This is a must purchase for me.

Bonus tracks on Amazon? The listing I see doesn't show what songs are on the cd release.

Throwing Copper
03-19-12, 11:24 PM
Bonus tracks on Amazon? The listing I see doesn't show what songs are on the cd release.

I think they may be from an import release. The bonus tracks I have heard are:

1. Pariah King
2. The Waltz is Over


I like both of them and think one of them or maybe both could've replaced a couple songs on the record.

Buford T Pusser
03-20-12, 01:01 AM
Amazon has track listings now and no mention of those songs.

Throwing Copper
03-20-12, 02:18 AM
Amazon has track listings now and no mention of those songs.

That's weird. I believe one might be a b-side to a single. They definitely are not on the American version in stores.

Buford T Pusser
03-20-12, 08:44 AM
Stores is not Amazon. Hmmmm.

cungar
03-20-12, 11:48 AM
Pariah King is available iTunes. I agree that it's better than a few songs on the album like Fall of '82 and For a Fool.

The Bus
03-20-12, 04:51 PM
Why is this not on Spotify, when their other albums are?

Throwing Copper
03-21-12, 10:27 PM
The Shins performed on David Letterman the other night.

After the show, they did a 1 hour and 5 minute concert in studio. It's fun and you can view at the Letterman/CBS website.

http://www.cbs.com/late_night/liveonletterman/the_shins/video/?pid=g9bNRjCDY4TxKvOrIPl6rC5OOWqohgfb&vs=Default&play=true

The Bus
03-26-12, 06:58 AM
A good album, maybe a great album, but not a great Shins album.

CRM114
03-26-12, 10:20 AM
The only "great" Shins album was their first so...

cungar
03-26-12, 11:15 AM
The only "great" Shins album was Chutes Too Narrow so...

Fixed

Supermallet
03-26-12, 07:00 PM
I really like this one. I never thought The Shins were a great band to begin with, so I'm satisfied with very good.

auto
03-26-12, 07:25 PM
Fixed

Correct, but all of them are good.

DJLinus
04-24-12, 09:28 PM
Just a heads up. Marc Maron interviewed James Mercer on WTF this week and there's an acoustic performance of "Simple Song" at the end. Not a bad listen.

http://www.wtfpod.com/podcast/episodes/episode_273_-_james_mercer

Gdrlv
04-24-12, 09:44 PM
Fixed

Agreed.

The Bus
04-29-12, 06:08 AM
Has anyone seen them live? They're playing Sydney in July and am wondering if I should go. I'm getting a ticket no matter what, since it's going to sell out and I can always make my money back.

Supermallet
04-29-12, 06:13 AM
I saw them at Coachella, and they were the only band that I thought sounded much better on record. Something about them felt so, I don't know, lifeless. But it might be different in a smaller show filled only with their fans as opposed to Radiohead fans waiting to see a glimpse of Thom Yorke.

Throwing Copper
04-30-12, 12:06 AM
I saw them at Coachella, and they were the only band that I thought sounded much better on record. Something about them felt so, I don't know, lifeless. But it might be different in a smaller show filled only with their fans as opposed to Radiohead fans waiting to see a glimpse of Thom Yorke.

I thought their live show didn't sound all that good either. I'm hoping it's just because of the huge venue.

cungar
04-30-12, 09:24 AM
I saw them at Coachella, and they were the only band that I thought sounded much better on record. Something about them felt so, I don't know, lifeless. But it might be different in a smaller show filled only with their fans as opposed to Radiohead fans waiting to see a glimpse of Thom Yorke.

Saw them live when they were actually a band and not James Mercer and a bunch of hired hipsters 10 years younger than him. They kicked ass pretty good and put on a tight and entertaining show. I wouldn't be surprised if Mercer starts doing tantric yoga and whining about the rain forest next.

SoSpacey
05-01-12, 04:12 PM
Saw them last night and thought they were really good. I'm not the rabid Shins fan some of you are so take that for what its worth. Their chemistry on stage was a bit odd though. Felt like the James Mercer Band. The bassist and drummer seemed to have good chemistry together but the chick guitarist was almost off the stage she was so far to the side.