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The Shins

A classic guitar pop group almost nine years in the making, Albuquerque, New Mexico's the Shins began in 1997 as the side project of singer/songwriter and guitarist James Mercer's primary band, Flake. Mercer formed Flake in 1992 with drummer Jesse Sandoval, keyboardist Marty Crandall, and bassist Neal Langford; they eventually changed their name to Flake Music, releasing several singles, a well-received album, When You Land Here, It's Time to Return, and touring with friends like Modest Mouse and Califone.

Soon after the release of When You Land Here, Mercer and Sandoval formed the Shins as a change of pace, playing as a duo with Cibo Matto and the American Analog Set. With Mercer as the Shins' primary songwriter, the group developed a more focused, crafted sound than Flake Music's charming, if somewhat rambling, collaborative style. Crandall, as well as Scared of Chaka's Dave Hernandez and Ron Skrasek, filled out the Shins' lineup; however, Hernandez and Skrasek left after a short while, due to the success of their main project. By 1999, Flake Music essentially disbanded and Langford also joined the Shins.

With a couple of 7"s on Omnibus -- 1998's "Nature Bears a Vacuum" and 2000's "When I Goose-Step" -- under their belts, the Shins embarked on a tour with Modest Mouse. Sub Pop's Jonathan Poneman caught the San Francisco date of the tour and asked the Shins to contribute a single to the label's Single of the Month Club, which eventually became an offer to release their 2001 single "New Slang" and their debut album, Oh, Inverted World. The group spent the rest of the year touring with acts such as Preston School of Industry and Red House Painters. The release of the singles "Know Yr Onion!" and "The Past and the Pending" kept the Shins' success going into 2002, cementing Oh, Inverted World as one of the definitive indie rock albums of the early 2000s and the band as one of the style's definitive artists.

By the time the band recorded their second album, Chutes Too Narrow, Langford was replaced on bass by Dave Hernandez (ex-Scared of Chaka). The album appeared in fall 2003, their first to reach the Billboard charts. The Shins' profile increased drastically the next year when actor Zach Braff included several of their songs in his 2004 movie Garden State with one of the main characters going so far as to proclaim that "New Slang" would "change your life." Its follow-up, Wincing the Night Away, appeared in January 2007 and sold over a staggering 100,000 copies in its first week. The Shins had never before hit higher than number 86 on the Billboard charts, but the album's sales snagged the guys a debut spot of number two. (This was also a record for Sub Pop itself, as the label had only previously peaked at number 79 with the Afghan Whigs' 1996 album Black Love.) It was also nominated for a Grammy for Best Alternative Album.

In 2008, the band announced that their contract with Sub Pop was up, and that their next album would be released through Mercer's own Aural Apothecary label. The resulting Port of Morrow featured an all new backing band, including fellow songwriters Jessica Dobson and Richard Swift, Modest Mouse drummer Joe Plummer, and Yuuki Matthews from the Crystal Skulls. It arrived in March 2012, received generally positive reviews, and promptly reached number three on the Billboard charts. ~ Heather Phares, Rovi
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Track List: So Says I (Single)

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Track List: Goodbye Girl (CD Single)

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Track List: Live At The Austin City Limits Music Festival 2006

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Track List: No Way Down / Fall Of '82 (Swift Sessions) (Single)

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Track List: So Now What (Single)

Comments

Love their song New Slang!
What a great band to come back to wonderful
Like it
Don't read this cuz it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the one you love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you will die now that you started reading this, you can't stop. This is scary. Post this on five songs in 134 minutes. When done press 6 and your lovers name will appear in big letters. This is so scary cuz it actually works
The Shins
this on 10 other songs
F**k this bullshit chain messages. The Shins otoh are good.
Tomorrow will be the best day of your life . However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this Is so scary because it actually works.
Bass is good
Follow me if you love it like I dooo!! \(^-^)/
I love this group
There music just gets you in such a good mood, Beautiful
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in two days now you've started reading so don't it's so scary put this on 5 songs in 143 minutes when done press f6 and your lovers name will come on the screen in big letters.
Don't post this bc it actually works. If you punch yourself multiple times in the face, it will start to hurt. This is scary bc it actually works
sheffield.dy n e k
Don't post this bc it actually works.You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life.Tomorro w will be the best day of your life.However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days.Now you've started reading so don't stop.This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes.When done press f6 and your lovers name will come up on the screen in big letters.This is so scary bc it actually works.
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Quality
Say iPhone 5x pick a color post this on 5 other songs and look under your pillow
"I'm looking in on the good life I may be doomed never to find." Great song.
If you post this on 10 other songs you will have the best day of your life tomorrow.if you break the chain you will see a dead girl in your room tonight. In 53 min someone will say I love you or sorry
I love these guys more than the world knows even though i seriously don't understand their lyrics sometimes!
Love New Slang <3<3<3
birdygirl73
Such a cute song! ��
they got it goin' on..
It all can't be blown away...
wedwyer3694
Suck balls
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@SOCO yeah austin is a dusybowl
It all can't be wedding cake. ..
The comments section ruined once again with spam...... *disappointm e n t *
Like rain ? Then burn natural wooden logs in a free air enviroinment like outside and after two days, it will begin to rain and our drout will be no more, all in season of course
Kiss yyour hand
Say your crushes name
Say your name
Picka day
Post this on15 other songs
On that day your crush will kiss u
...
maeflower024
The Shins like them❤️:b
time to put the earphones on NO!
Black Wave is the name of the song.
Looking on the brighter side......Fi r s t time I've heard this tune tho I'm a big Shin's fan. Spacey. I like it.
bradyjcamp
Such and awesome song and such and awesome band
This song is so chill. Love the Shins
mckennavarao
This freaked me out! This isn't fake appearently u copy and paste this on 10 different comments you will have the best day tommorow. U will either get asked out or kissed. If you break this chain you will see a dead girl in your room tonight. In the next 53 min someone will say I love you or I'm sorry.
I left all my friends at the morning bus stop shaking their heads haha love this band
Love the name of the song
I LOVE this song, and the shins:)
Mollerfestiv a l - unfortunatel y that comment is so true.
One of my favourite bands to listen to whilst eating a stick of celery. If you enjoy this comment go and read my bio and if you have a laugh my job is done....
brijam0
New slang is my favorite
brijam0
Great guys
birdygirl73
<3 :-))
:P
Freakin love these guys! Anybody excited for Braffs new movie?
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