Since I don’t get around to checking Google Reader half as much as I should. it turns out I’ve missed at least two good videos over the past few days. The first is The Shins ‘Australia’, and the second is Feist’s ‘1 2 3 4’. Each possesses it’s own odd charm, whether that charm be of the balloon-stealing nature, or the crazy-glittery-dancing nature.Sure, there’s no Peaches in ‘1 2 3 4’, but maybe that’s a good thing. Enjoy the videos and mp3s.
I still stand firm in my opinion that Wincing The Night Away was unfairly panned. So to help get people forming their own opinions, I present to you these extra tracks from the Japanese version of Wincing. The first is a regular b-side, which is fine and all, but the other track is much more interesting. It’s an alternate take on ‘Split Needles’, which turns out quite different from the album version; I won’t ruin the surprise for you.
Well, the beginning-of-the-year drought is finally over, and there are several big-name releases coming out today. Among them are:
Wincing The Night Away
After a few years of silence from the Shins, they have finally released their third album, Wincing The Night Away. Once again the Shins move into new musical territory, with songs bearing little resemblance to either of the bands earlier albums. However, it’s also their most mature record, even more subtle than even Oh, Inverted World, and seemingly more subdued. It takes longer to fall in love with Wincing The Night Away than the Shins previous work, but in the end, it’s the Shins best album to date.
The Good, The Bad, The Queen
The Good, The Bad, The Queen
Considering the major players involved in this album (Damon Albarn,Danger Mouse, Paul Simonon, Tony Allen, Simon Tong), The Good, The Bad, The Queen comes off as very, very low-key. This isn’t the album that you’ll love the minute you play it. It’s dark, moody, complex, and demanding. But even if you have patience with it, you never quite feel as rewarded as you would like.
Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?
This concept album from of Montreal certainly contains it’s share of oddities. The lyrics, the title and the tracks are all unique. But the sound is by far the strangest part of this album. It’s that certain mix of genres that defies any real description, and can only be described as indie pop. Each song is different from the one before it, and the albums hangs together very well as a whole. A great indie release.
As if you didn’t already know this, the Shins new album, Wincing The Night Away is finally out today. Most of you are probably already waiting in line, or downloading, but I thought I’d share my joy with you all anyway. Expect a full (collective?) review in the next few days.
On February 8, at Minneapolis’ First Avenue Club, the Shins will kick off their new tour, in support of their forthcoming album, Wincing The Night Away, due out on January 23. Sub Pop says this is only the first leg of the tour, so expect the second leg to appear soon.