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  • the Shins. A hedgehog. A T-shirt. What's not to love?

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  • The droll drawings of this coloring book will make artists out of even people like me (who can barely manage a stick figure) while broadening the musical horizons of artistic types who tend to eschew rock in favor of classical. A... The droll drawings of this coloring book will make artists out of even people like me (who can barely manage a stick figure) while broadening the musical horizons of artistic types who tend to eschew rock in favor of classical. AND all the proceeds from its sale go to charity. A magical mystery tour, designed by the Yellow Bird Project, that just keeps on giving.

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  • Into the Dream, Laugh, The Red Badge, Ignore the Danger, Darwin, Living the Good Life, The Red Tail, Into Thin Air, Here Suitcase Is Her Heart, I Can Hold You Down, Anywhere, Down the Road, Ma, A Million Miles, Out of the Dream

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  • Live at Austin City Limits Music Festival 2006: The Shins

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  • THE BLUEGRASS TRIBUTE TO THE SHINS - CD NEW

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  • By The Shins - Transgressive Records (2007) - Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Pop, Indie Rock

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  • "The Shins will change your life!" That kind of proclamation is loaded with expectations when it's just one friend talking up a band to another, but it's magnified a thousandfold when Natalie Portman says it in a hit movie. The ba... "The Shins will change your life!" That kind of proclamation is loaded with expectations when it's just one friend talking up a band to another, but it's magnified a thousandfold when Natalie Portman says it in a hit movie. The band's popularity was already growing steadily with each album they released, but Garden State took them to another level entirely -- if anyone's life was changed by that praise-filled cameo, it was the Shins'. The expectations and pressure that the Garden State effect brought could've been too much for any band, especially a delicate, wistful one like the Shins. Though they took a little while to deliver a new album, Wincing the Night Away shows that time was well spent. Neither a retread nor a radical departure -- nor, thankfully, a conscious attempt at making "life-changing" music -- the album is a mix of quintessentially Shins songs and tracks that take their sound in subtly different directions. Wincing's clean, borderline slick production is the main concession to the band's post-Garden State fame, but this just makes joyfully sad songs like "Australia" and "Turn on Me" sound like nods to jangly '80s indie instead of jangly '60s guitar pop. "Phantom Limb," Wincing the Night Away's single, is the closest the album comes to the Shins-by-numbers that some fans feared this album would be in the wake of their mainstream success, though the strange, soaring chord change that leads into the chorus keeps things from being too predictable. Actually, many of the album's best moments show how the Shins' music has progressed: "Sleeping Lessons" begins and defines Wincing the Night Away, moving from shimmery opening keyboards to strummy acoustic guitars to a rousing, electrified finish. "Black Wave" is another standout, a stark ballad with chilly layers of electronic textures surrounding James Mercer's plaintive vocals, and "Spilt Needles" continues this dark, dreamy, synth-heavy feel. The band ventures even farther from familiar territory with "Sea Legs"' slinky beat and funky bassline, and with "Red Rabbits"' keyboards, which sound like a cross between dripping water and steel drums. These experiments never feel contrived, and never get in the way of the vulnerable heart of the Shins' music (which beats loudest on the hopeful album closer, "A Comet Appears"). Wincing the Night Away is the sound of the Shins acknowledging where they've been and moving on to new territory, and while it probably won't change your life, it probably will make it more enjoyable -- and, most likely, that's all the Shins wanted to do in the first place. [Beatball's 2008 edition included bonus tracks.] ~ Heather Phares, All Music Guide « less… more »

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  • The Shins' "So Says I" was the lead single off of 2003's acclaimed Chutes Too Narrow. The title track is taken from the album and is an insanely bouncy song with some very woozy vocal harmonies. "Mild Child" was recorded in singer... The Shins' "So Says I" was the lead single off of 2003's acclaimed Chutes Too Narrow. The title track is taken from the album and is an insanely bouncy song with some very woozy vocal harmonies. "Mild Child" was recorded in singer James Mercer's basement. It's a lo-fi, dreamily melodic ballad that is shrouded in an atmospheric haze of reverb, and the ramshackle acoustic take on Chutes Too Narrow's "Gone for Good" was also recorded in Mercer's basement acoustic. A fine preview for a fine album by a fine band. ~ Tim Sendra, All Music Guide

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  • The Shins 2001's debut, Oh, Inverted World, made a lot of best-of lists by demanding fans' ears, whose reaction to the tiresome glut of indie rock was to grow even more discerning. Separating the wheat from the endless fields of c... The Shins 2001's debut, Oh, Inverted World, made a lot of best-of lists by demanding fans' ears, whose reaction to the tiresome glut of indie rock was to grow even more discerning. Separating the wheat from the endless fields of chaff is more and more difficult, but always rewarding when the actual talent presents itself to you, as this LP does right away. And it sure makes it easier when a respected label such as Sub Pop gets back on the supreme melodic bent it was on when they ruled with Sebadoh, Eric Matthews, Jeremy Enigk, and others, just a few years prior. And having digested the many splendid pleasures Oh, Inverted World offers, glomming this four-song EP is a nice stopgap while waiting for more. Its familiar "Know Your Onion" and three B-sides aren't mere collector's fodder. Recorded live at Seattle's Graceland, October 26, 2001, "My Seventh Rib" must have been written too late for the LP sessions, as this insistent, 16th-note- fest reveals the band's forte: it's filled with non-stop energy, deft dynamics, and James Mercer's typically singsong tune that grabs you like an NHL defenseman if you get near the puck. The LP's "New Slang" sounds more plaintive and Kinks-like, and another new tune, "Sphagnum Esplanade," closes matters on a minimal, light note. We want more Shins and we want it now! This just whets the appetite. ~ Jack Rabid, All Music Guide « less… more »

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  • Fighting in a Sack, Baby Boomerang, New Slang [Live], So Says I [Multimedia Track]

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  • Beginning with "Caring Is Creepy," which opens this album with a psychedelic flourish that would not be out of place on a late-1960s Moody Blues, Beach Boys, or Love release, the Shins present a collection of retro pop nuggets tha... Beginning with "Caring Is Creepy," which opens this album with a psychedelic flourish that would not be out of place on a late-1960s Moody Blues, Beach Boys, or Love release, the Shins present a collection of retro pop nuggets that distill the finer aspects of classic acid rock with surrealistic lyrics, independently melodic basslines, jangly guitars, echo laden vocals, minimalist keyboard motifs, and a myriad of cosmic sound effects. With only two of the cuts clocking in at over four minutes, Oh Inverted World avoids the penchant for self-indulgence that befalls most outfits who worship at the altar of Syd Barrett, Skip Spence, and Arthur Lee. Lead singer James Mercer's lazy, hazy phrasing and vocal timbre, which often echoes a young Brian Wilson, drifts in and out of the subtle tempo changes of "Know Your Onion," the jagged rhythm in "Girl Inform Me," the Donovan-esque folksy veneer of "New Slang," and the Warhol's Factory aura of "Your Algebra," all of which illustrate this New Mexico-based quartet's adept knowledge of the progressive/art rock genre which they so lovingly pay homage to. Though the production and mix are somewhat polished when compared to the memorable recordings of Moby Grape and early-Pink Floyd, the Shins capture the spirit of '67 with stunning accuracy. ~ Tom Semioli, All Music Guide « less… more »

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  • "The Shins will change your life!" That kind of proclamation is loaded with expectations when it's just one friend talking up a band to another, but it's magnified a thousandfold when Natalie Portman says it in a hit movie. The ba... "The Shins will change your life!" That kind of proclamation is loaded with expectations when it's just one friend talking up a band to another, but it's magnified a thousandfold when Natalie Portman says it in a hit movie. The band's popularity was already growing steadily with each album they released, but Garden State took them to another level entirely -- if anyone's life was changed by that praise-filled cameo, it was the Shins'. The expectations and pressure that the Garden State effect brought could've been too much for any band, especially a delicate, wistful one like the Shins. Though they took a little while to deliver a new album, Wincing the Night Away shows that time was well spent. Neither a retread nor a radical departure -- nor, thankfully, a conscious attempt at making "life-changing" music -- the album is a mix of quintessentially Shins songs and tracks that take their sound in subtly different directions. Wincing's clean, borderline slick production is the main concession to the band's post-Garden State fame, but this just makes joyfully sad songs like "Australia" and "Turn on Me" sound like nods to jangly '80s indie instead of jangly '60s guitar pop. "Phantom Limb," Wincing the Night Away's single, is the closest the album comes to the Shins-by-numbers that some fans feared this album would be in the wake of their mainstream success, though the strange, soaring chord change that leads into the chorus keeps things from being too predictable. Actually, many of the album's best moments show how the Shins' music has progressed: "Sleeping Lessons" begins and defines Wincing the Night Away, moving from shimmery opening keyboards to strummy acoustic guitars to a rousing, electrified finish. "Black Wave" is another standout, a stark ballad with chilly layers of electronic textures surrounding James Mercer's plaintive vocals, and "Spilt Needles" continues this dark, dreamy, synth-heavy feel. The band ventures even farther from familiar territory with "Sea Legs"' slinky beat and funky bassline, and with "Red Rabbits"' keyboards, which sound like a cross between dripping water and steel drums. These experiments never feel contrived, and never get in the way of the vulnerable heart of the Shins' music (which beats loudest on the hopeful album closer, "A Comet Appears"). Wincing the Night Away is the sound of the Shins acknowledging where they've been and moving on to new territory, and while it probably won't change your life, it probably will make it more enjoyable -- and, most likely, that's all the Shins wanted to do in the first place. ~ Heather Phares, All Music Guide « less… more »

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  • It's the Shins front man, James Mercer and music legend Danger Mouse. Is there anyway this could be less than awesome? Answer, no!

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  • ...It's their third studio album, but second relevant. Thanks to the amazingly unique voice of James Mercer, it's in contention for one of my favorite albums.

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  • If you don't like The Shins you're probably lying. And, it probably all started with Garden State, but that's besides the point. The band has decided to do a little charity work by designing this t-shirt in partnership with the... If you don't like The Shins you're probably lying. And, it probably all started with Garden State, but that's besides the point. The band has decided to do a little charity work by designing this t-shirt in partnership with the Yellow Bird Project. Buy the shirt from the projects Web site and all the profits go to the Nature Conservancy

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  • The fourth and newest album by The Shins is equally as beautiful as the one that made the famous, "Oh, Inverted World." That's not really that surprising though because they still have James Mercer as the lead singer and we all kn... The fourth and newest album by The Shins is equally as beautiful as the one that made the famous, "Oh, Inverted World." That's not really that surprising though because they still have James Mercer as the lead singer and we all know that voice is the lifeblood of The Shins.

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  • A terrific soundtrack to a great indie movie. This was the first time I ever heard the Shins, and Iron & Wine and it was a it of an awakening. There's also great songs from Nick Drake, Theivery Corporation, Simon and Garfunkel, ... A terrific soundtrack to a great indie movie. This was the first time I ever heard the Shins, and Iron & Wine and it was a it of an awakening. There's also great songs from Nick Drake, Theivery Corporation, Simon and Garfunkel, on there as well. Terrifically compiled, full of little gems of songs.

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  • This song is so happy and makes me swivel back and forth in my swivel chair at work going La la la la!

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