Posted in industry | music | tour dates on March 23, 2009

Shins

"The Shins are likely to self-release their fourth studio album through frontman James Mercer's Aural Apothecary label, Billboard can reveal. The beloved indie rock group's first three albums were released by Sub Pop.

"The deal will be more of a [pressing and distribution] deal than a traditional record deal," Shins manager Ian Montone tells Billboard. "That partner could very well remain Sub Pop, who have done a remarkable job with the band and have a great staff of people who really love music. It could be a digital partner with respect to other rights. All of this is being determined. The first goal is to make the record and see where that takes us."

Says Sub Pop general manager Megan Jasper, "The Shins have been a huge part of Sub Pop's story. We'd love to continue working with them."" [Billboard]

It looks like the Shins will be going on tour in May. Confirmed dates so far include Sunday May 17th at the Wellmont Theater in NJ ($35), and Monday, May 18th at Terminal 5 in NYC ($39.50). Tickets for both shows go on sale Friday at noon.

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Comments (42)

That news made my monday!!!

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2009 3:06 PM

Great songs. Sooooooo boring live.

Posted by Rajah of Rehab | March 23, 2009 3:15 PM

One of the few bands I've seen that like to go quieter when playing live. Zero stage presence.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2009 3:18 PM

Also listed is a May 16th Philly date...

http://www.livenation.com/venue/electric-factory-tickets

Posted by 215'er | March 23, 2009 3:18 PM

$40. please.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2009 3:24 PM

$40 for Terminal 5? Fuckkkk that.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2009 3:26 PM

ONLY $35 AT WELLMONT!

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2009 3:30 PM

They had trouble selling out terminal 5 last time they played it.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2009 3:31 PM

Yes, and it was a complete snoozefest.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2009 3:33 PM

i would like to repeat what was stated above. ZERO stage presence. dont bother with their live show. if you love the band, go buy their vinyls

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2009 3:39 PM

didn't someone in this band beat the shit out of their girlfriend? fucking prick

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2009 4:04 PM

I feel like I'm piling on but I totally agree with everyone else. Their live performance is severely lacking, especially at those prices.

Posted by mp77 | March 23, 2009 4:06 PM

agree..buy the vinyls and go see two dirty projector shows instead

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2009 4:12 PM

i concur they suck live. paid way too much and left early.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2009 4:18 PM

damn has anyone had a positive experience with them live?

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2009 4:22 PM

Forty Dollars! Wow. Sad.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2009 4:28 PM

That someone who roughed up his america's next top model girlfriend is the keyboard player (collared shirt and sweater).

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2009 4:38 PM

Their show at Webster Hall couple years back was pretty good....

what year did garden state come out?

Posted by Jonny Greenwood is the man | March 23, 2009 4:40 PM

While I agree both of these shows are overpriced, I for one really enjoyed seeing The Shins live in 2007. The stuff from Wincing the Night Away was actually pretty great to see in person!

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2009 4:41 PM

They were awful when they opened up for The White Stripes @ Keyspan...

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2009 4:49 PM

I saw them, probably in 2002, at Bowery. I remember having a good time.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2009 4:52 PM

the Garden State soundtrack happened a long time ago.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2009 4:58 PM

she was probably asking for it.

Posted by Sacred Absolute Hipster Cow | March 23, 2009 5:01 PM

The Shins are great in a small setting (saw them twice at Bowery), no so good in a swimming pool or an airplane hanger.

Anyone know if there was ever a public response to the assault charges?

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2009 5:08 PM

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2009 5:25 PM

@ 4:52 - The Bowery is about the right-sized venue for them. They suffer in larger venues, especially ones with shitty sound (T5).

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2009 5:41 PM

"vinyls"

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2009 5:54 PM

They were pretty good at Webster Hall right around when Chutes Too Narrow came out. Not a total "snooze fest", but not mind-blowing--James Mercer comes off like an awkward wimp onstage, but the other guys were pretty into it.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2009 6:35 PM

i saw them at irving plaza on valentines day one year... they were fine.. not bad... not blow your mind amazing... i wasn't disappointed though tickets were only like 16 dollars..

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2009 10:14 PM

the shins are awesome... you all suck

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2009 11:16 PM

i saw them in Phoenix two years ago, they were pretty good; if you like their records, you'll like the live show

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2009 11:21 PM

"I saw them, probably in 2002, at Bowery. I remember having a good time. "

I saw them in 2000 opening up for Modest Mouse. Great show.

Saw them open up again for MM in 2001, not so good.

It's been downhill since then.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2009 11:31 PM

""I saw them, probably in 2002, at Bowery. I remember having a good time. "

I saw them in 2000 opening up for Modest Mouse. Great show.

Saw them open up again for MM in 2001, not so good.

It's been downhill since then."

Thanks for clearing that up. My memory of having a good time was obviously implanted by Sub Pop operatives. This conspiracy goes all the way to JONATHAN PONEMAN!

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2009 12:33 AM

I saw them at Webster Hall and was disappointed, but then thought they were excellent at WaMu.

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2009 2:47 AM

they were suprisingly decent at wamu. bore at webster.

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2009 8:33 AM

Stop DoMEHstic Violence!

Posted by a MEHminist | March 24, 2009 9:36 AM

Opened for Modest Mouse in 2000...terrible! Natalie Portman ruined any critic ever taking them serious again.

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2009 9:42 AM

they were actually good at sirens in '02

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2009 9:46 AM

*siren

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2009 9:47 AM

Although I agree their live show isn't anything spectacular, they were still fun to see. With the type of music they play, what do you expect? A mash pit? I was about 3rd row and I loved it. Saw them in 07.

Posted by Andy | March 24, 2009 10:44 PM

Blah, I have Iron & Wine tickets for the Terminal 5 night (I know, one snooze-fest after another) but I feel like I should check out The Shins at least once.

Does anyone know if it's easy to get to the Wellmont Theatre via the bus (i.e. is the place close to the bus station) because NJ Transit is too busy trying to find every last dick to suck to run trains on the weekends that go to Montclair.

Posted by Anonymous | March 25, 2009 12:07 AM

The Shins are a great band - on record. I've seen them twice in concert, in 2006 opening for the White Stripes at Keyspan - they were awkward and the venue was not right - bad show. I then saw them in 2007 at Terminal 5. The Terminal 5 show was a vast improvement, but they still need to work on their live show.

Not a huge fan of Terminal 5 so probably not worth it. I am pretty excited about an '09 release though - can't seem to find many details though.

Posted by Jeff | March 26, 2009 4:01 PM

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