Videos | The Shins & Feist

April 13, 2007 at 3:25 am (Feist, mp3s, The Reminder, The Shins, Videos, Wincing The Night Away)

1 2 3 4

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.


Feist – 1 2 3 4.mp3


The Shins – Australia.mp3

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The Shins | Wincing Extras

April 6, 2007 at 9:57 am (mp3s, The Shins, Wincing The Night Away)

The Shins

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.


The Shins – Nothing At All.mp3

The Shins – Split Needles (Alternate).mp3

The Shins – Split Needles (Album).mp3

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Out Today: Jan 23

January 24, 2007 at 12:29 pm (Albums, Hissing Fauna Are You The Destroyer?, of Montreal, Out Today, Releases, Reviews, The Good The Bad And The Queen, The Shins, Wincing The Night Away)

Welcome to the first edition of out today, the Tuesday-exclusive piece in which I take a look at some of the albums coming out today, and in a frantic rush, try to listen to and review as many of them as I can.
Well, the beginning-of-the-year drought is finally over, and there are several big-name releases coming out today. Among them are:

The Shins reviews
Wincing The Night Away
The Shins
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.

Grade: B+

The Good, The Bad  The Queen reviews
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.

Grade: C+

Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?
of Montreal
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.

Grade: B+

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Wincing The Night Away Is Out Today!

January 23, 2007 at 2:08 pm (Albums, Releases, The Shins, Wincing The Night Away)

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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.

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Shins Annouce Tour

January 5, 2007 at 10:43 pm (The Shins, Tours, Wincing The Night Away)

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.

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