Thursday, August 11, 2005

Shins Live!

Alright the Shins are continually picking dates to play in Texas when I'm elsewhere or otherwise occupied. It's a good thing for bootlegs then. For me and for you!

This directory has two full Shins performances (in Cambridge and at Stubb's in Austin) and a solo set by James Mercer at the Moonshine Festival last October.

Just what are those Shins up to? Well according to their website, they've been becoming fathers of children and dogs, spending time with loved ones, and moving into new houses. They also say that James Mercer is working on some new tunes and they will be "spending the majority of the rest of the summer, and part of the fall putting all of the songs together...making sure the record lives up to everyones expectations." Aww that's kind of them.

They've also just shot two videos for the song "Saint Simon": one will be a more traditional music video and the other is a performance for the next installment of the Burn to Shine series, "an ongoing series of films shot of different bands from a particular region showing up to perform one song live without overdubs or corrections, in a house that is about to be demolished." Sounds nifty. This edition will also feature performances from The Thermals and The Decmberists.

They're also opening for the White Stripes at some dates, and they're going to be part of that Vegoose Festival in Las Vegas.

09-24 - Keyspan Park in Coney Island, NY
09-25 - Keyspan Park in Coney Island, NY
09-27 - Merriweather Post Pavillion in Columbia, MD
10-29 - Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, NV

Totally off-topic, Molars has the cover art for Wolf Parade's Apologies to the Queen Mary.

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