The Shins

The Shins

Biography

The Shins (Formed 1996)
The Shins are an American indie Rock band from New Mexico. 
The current members are James Mercer (Vocals, Guitar, Songwriter), Joe Plummer (Drums), Jessica Dobson (Guitar), Yuuki Matthews (Bass), Nick Teeling (Glockenspiel) and Richard Swift (Keyboard).
They are best known for their single "Simple Song".

Formation: The members of the band 'Flake Music' decided to form 'The Shins'.
Flake music consisted of the members James Mercer, Jesse Sandoval, Marty Crandall, and Neal Langford.
They began in 1992.
Sandoval and Mercer formed The Shins for a change of pace.
'Scared of Chaka' members Dave Hernandez and Ron Skrasek joined them, but left again at the end of the decade to return to Scared of Chaka.
Flake Music ended in 1999, and Neal Langford joined The Shins.

Music Career: Their first release was the 7" single "Nature Bears a Vacuum".
It was released in 1998 via Omnibus Records.
Their debut single "When I Goose-Step" prompted them on going on tour with Modest Mouse.
Label co-founder of Sub Pop Records, Jonathon Poneman, offered the band a one-off single deal.
Their single, "New Slang" was included in their single of the month series.
Because of its success, the label offered the band a full time contract.
"Oh, I Invented The World" was released in May 2001.
"Chutes Too Narrow" was released in October 2003.
It became their first album to chart, coming at number 86 on the Billboard 200.
"Wincing The Night Away" was pushed back on its release date, but was made available in January 2007.
It was nominated for a Grammy for 'Best Alternative Album'.
"Port Of Morrow" was The Shins 4th album and was released in March 2012.
It debuted at number 3 on the US charts.
Its lead single "Simple Song" was the bands best chart performance, and peaked at number 10 on the Alternative Songs Chart.
"So Now What" was a single released in 2014, and was included in the soundtrack for 'Wish I Was Here'.



Biography by Contactmusic.com

The Shins Replace Mariah Carey At The Top Of U.s. Holiday Retail Song Chart


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Bosses at PlayNetwork, a company which creates playlists for more than 400 stores in America, have revealed Mariah's 1994 tune has been toppled as a retailers' number one by The Shins' cover of Paul MCCartney's Wonderful Christmastime.

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The Shins Replace Mariah Carey At The Top Of U.s. Holiday Retail Song Chart


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Bosses at PlayNetwork, a company which creates playlists for more than 400 stores in America, have revealed Mariah's 1994 tune has been toppled as a retailers' number one by The Shins' cover of Paul MCCartney's Wonderful Christmastime.

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Zach Braff Reignites The Shins Connection For 'Wish I Was Here'


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By the time you finish reading this article you will be enlightened. You will no longer be of the opinion that the best thing to come out of Albuquerque, New Mexico, is Walter White. The anti-hero-science-teacher-meth-cook may well be the second best thing to transcend the vast plains of the Chihuahuan desert, so let us make the case for the indie-rockers you always assumed were Portland natives.

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The Shins started out life as a side-project for singer-songwriter James Mercer – a peripheral band playing second fiddle to the 43-year-old’s primary focus: Flake Music. With Neal Langford, Marty Crandall and Jesse Sandoval, Mercer had established the group on the thriving Albuquerque independent rock scene that had already spawned the likes of The Drags and The Rondelles and Flake Music went on to release numerous singles and a full-length album.

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Leeds Festival 2012 Held At Bramham Park - Performances - Day Three

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Reading Festival - Day One-Performances

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Lollapalooza Day 1 Round Up: Sabbath And Keys Paint It Black


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Day one of Lollapalooza went by yesterday and was a massive success as the headline slots on the Bud Light and Red Bull Soundstage stages were black as night, with veteran rockers Black Sabbath and US rock heroes The Black Keys topping the bill on the respective stages.

Perhaps the best thing about the whole day was the coming together of such unlikely musicians, with Sabbath playing along with electro heavyweights like Nero and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs and hip hop stars like Wale. The Chicago-based festival has long been commended for it's all-encompassing philosophy and willingness to play just about any genre of music and it's good to know that after 15 active years the festival still follows it's values.

Whilst Sabbath and the Keys took care of headlining duties, it was up to Uk-trio Animal Kingdom to get the ball rolling on what was their first appearance at the festival. Fellow Brit Michael Kiwanuka also took to the stage later on, importing his soulful sounds to American ears for potentially the first time for many of the audience.

The rest of the day was a miss-mash of genres; with newly revived Portland band The Shins, unlikely chart invader M83 and dubstep progressionist SBTRKT each taking their to their slots with much gusto.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers To Headline Lollapalooza


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The Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Black Keys and Black Sabbath will headline this year's Lollapalooza festival.

The trio will be joined at the three-day Chicago music event by a diverse range of acts which also includes Florence and the Machine, Jack White, Sigur Ros and Bloc Party.

Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell - who founded the annual event - thinks he has created the perfect line-up after a lot of anxiety over the acts.

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The Shins 'Port Of Morrow' Receives Cautious Praise From Critics


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The Shins have made their major label debut on Columbia with fourth album 'Port Of Morrow,' after making a huge breakthrough with their third 'Wincing The Night Away' on Sub-Pop almost five years ago. That album reached number two on the US Billboard Charts and anticipation has been high regarding the band's return, the Albuquerque-based group traditionally a critics' favorite.

However this time round the praise isn't quite so uniform, with the site Metacritic totting up an average mark of 71 per cent for the new album. Music Omh give the album its highest score, a 9/10, stating "These are songs to fall in love to, to grow along with, and to share with friends in need of a life-change," whilst of the larger publications in print and online, Pitchfork too are complimentary of the album, claiming "Port of Morrow doesn't sound like it belongs to any particular decade or style, instead hopping around like some fully loaded AM radio dial that cranks out gem after gem."

However the NME aren't quite as impressed, slapping a 6/10 on the LP and saying "Even if the Mensa-folk crew feel dumbed down on, there's just enough Mercer magic on Morrow to light up your local drop-in centre," with the Guardian too not hugely overwhelmed when stating "If it's not an album to turn the listener into a screaming proselyte, there's still enough magic to make it worthwhile." The album was released this week.

Foo Fighters Headline Reading And Leeds


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Foo Fighters will headline Reading and Leeds Festivals this year.

The 'Best of You' hitmakers will appear at Reading on Sunday August 26 and Leeds on Friday August 24, making it the third time the group - made up of Dave Grohl, Nate Mendel, Pat Smear, Taylor Hawkins and Chris Shiflett - have headlined the event.

The Cure will also play on Friday August 24 at Reading and Saturday August 25 at Leeds, in what will be their only UK appearance of 2012.

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Naomi Watts Relives Boot Camp Ordeal


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Naomi Watts wasn't allowed to complain about pain on her new movie.

The 42-year-old actress - who has sons Sacha, three, and Kai, two, with long-term partner Liev Schreiber - was sent to boot camp to prepare for her role as real-life former undercover CIA agent Valerie Plame in new movie 'Fair Game' and admits she found it tough.

She said: "The director, Doug Liman sent me off to boot camp. He thought it was important I had the same tough exterior in the movie as Valerie, and that I looked too soft and maternal.

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Naomi Watts' Video Nasties


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Naomi Watts was made to watch videos of "people being killed in the most gruesome ways" for her latest film.

The Australian actress plays former US spy Valerie Plame in her latest film 'Fair Game' and described how she had to undergo real spy training at a US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) facility.

She said: "The first half-hour, they showed a video of people being killed in the most gruesome ways just so you would get used to it.

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The Shins Performing Live At Vegoose

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