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The Shins on World Cafe | July 2, 2012

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The Shins are a dream-pop outfit from Portland, Ore. Arising as a side project while singer/songwriter James Mercer lived in New Mexico, the band took on a life of its own after a number of singles such as "New Slang" were featured in films, pulling the young indie rock group into the national spotlight. The Shins have since shared the stage with the likes of Modest Mouse and Iron & Wine, toured internationally and received a Grammy nomination for 2007's Wincing The Night Away.
The Shins will release their fourth record, Port Of Morrow, March 20th. This 10-track collection represents a new beginning of sorts — Mercer has recruited a new backing band with ties to Modest Mouse, Beck and Crystal Skulls. The result is joyful and introspective, influenced in part by Mercer's new familial situation. As he put it, "Having children is something that makes you think about the importance of love and relationships between humans."
This segment originally aired on March 16, 2012. (link)


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David Rawlings Machine "Ruby" A Friend of A Friend
The Avett Brothers "Live and Die" The Carpenter
Gomez "See the World" How We Operate
((The Shins "New Slang" Oh Inverted World))
The Shins "Phantom Limb" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
The Shins "Simple Song" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
The Shins "New Slang" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
The Shins "Australia" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
((The Shins "Simple Song" Port of Morrow))
Allo Darlin' "Capricornia" Europe
Bram Tchaikovsy "Girl Of My Dreams" DIY: Starry Eyes
The Walkmen "Heaven" Heaven
Franz Ferdinand "Take Me Out" Take Me Out
((The Undertones "Teenage Kicks" The Undertones))


Anders Osborne "When Will I See You Again" Black Eyed Galaxy
Japandroids "The Nights of Wine and Roses" Celebration Rock
Japandroids "Evil's Sway" Celebration Rock
The Cars "Good Times Roll" Greatest Hits
Passion Pit "Take A Walk" Gossamer
((The Rosebuds "Hold on to this Coat" Night of the Furies))
Beach House "Lazuli" Bloom
Cults "Go Outside" Cults
Matthew Sweet "Divine Intervention" Girlfriend
((Golden Animals "Try On Me" Free Your Mind and Win a Pony))
Mumford & Sons "The Cave" Sigh No More
Of Monsters & Men "Little Talks" My Head is an Animal
Yeasayer "Longevity" Fragrant World
Richard Thompson "Wall Of Death" Shoot Out the Lights
Megan Reilly "The Lady of Leitrim" The Well
((Tyler Ramsey "Worried" A Long Dream About Swimming Across the Sea))