Posted in music on September 27, 2011

The Shins at Bowery Ballroom (via wonderboymusic)
The Shins

Mercer's trademark widow's peak was a welcome site as the band immediately launched into two classics; "Caring Is Creepy"... and "Australia" from 2007's Wincing The Night Away. The audience seemed strangely cognizant of Mercer's path as a musician, treating his troubles with departing band members and his elongated Broken Bells hiatus as forgettable. I mean, this guy wrote a song that was played at Heath Leger's funeral! He's a legend!

The newer tracks were met with stifled cheers, but cheers nonetheless... "New Slang" was slightly warped to allow for an electric guitar and a synthesized tambourine, a departure from the original's very organic feel, the words still sting as sharply as they did ten years ago. The surroundings may change, but the core is still compelling. -[BaebleMusic]

The Shins played Bowery Ballroom on Sunday night (9/25) with Faces on Film, a very tiny show compared to The Shins' previous outings at Terminal 5. The band, who played new material and old, dipped into waaay older material when they covered David Bowie's "Ashes to Ashes" and Pink Floyd's "Breathe". The latter cover was played again on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night (9/26) as part of Pink Floyd week (which continues tonight). If you missed either show, live vicariously through the videos below.

As discussed, if you somehow don't own every Pink Floyd album (or want another copy), the band is reissuing material which hits record stores today.

Video from Jimmy Fallon and Bowery Ballroom, and the NYC show setlist, below...

The Shins: "Breathe" on Jimmy Fallon

Caring Is Creepy Shins Bowery ballroom September 25th

The Shins- Breathe. Pink Floyd cover. Live at the Bowery Ballroom 9/25/11

The Shins Sea Legs - The Bowery, NYC 9/25/11

Shins Sleeping Lessons Bowery ballroom September 25th

Shins New Slang at Bowery Ballroom Sept 25th

Shins @ Bowery Ballroom setlist
Caring is Creepy
Mine's Not a High Horse
Pam Berry
Phantom Limb
New Song
Saint Simon
Girl on the Wing
Know Your Onion!
Sphagnum Esplanade
Kissing the Lipless
Sea Legs
So Says I
New Song
New Slang
Girl Inform Me
One By One All Day
Ashes to Ashes (David Bowie cover)
Breathe (Pink Floyd cover)
Sleeping Lessons



Comments (25)

Those Shins, breaking young hearts wherever they go!

Posted by Anonymous | September 27, 2011 4:14 PM

The Shins were my first concert in '98, they were handing out CD-Rs and shit. Never heard anything they did after that but I dunno bro it was pretty emo.

Posted by Anonymous | September 27, 2011 4:15 PM

i saw the shins at siren 10 years ago and they sucked

Posted by Anonymous | September 27, 2011 4:22 PM


Posted by Anonymous | September 27, 2011 4:58 PM

Wait, shouldn't this be called "The Shin" now?

Posted by Anonymous | September 27, 2011 5:00 PM

most boring band live.


Posted by d | September 27, 2011 5:02 PM

wow drummer in the fallon video is fucking awful

Posted by Anonymous | September 27, 2011 5:53 PM

That is a pretty faithful version of Breathe.

Posted by Anonymous | September 27, 2011 5:54 PM

Isn't James Mercer the only Shin from the records in the band now?

Posted by Anonymous | September 27, 2011 5:56 PM

I'm sorry, that is some sort of lame-ass moneymaking business entity, not The Shins.

Posted by Anonymous | September 27, 2011 5:57 PM

Shins have always been just Mercer anyway. Those other clowns didn't really do anything, except the one that beat his girlfriend.

Posted by Anonymous | September 27, 2011 6:18 PM

^ Agreed. The other "members" were practically studio musicians. Mercer IS the shins.

Posted by Anonymous | September 27, 2011 6:51 PM

Well I think the one guy would make tacos for the rest of the band; musicians have to eat too.

Posted by Anonymous | September 27, 2011 7:10 PM

Musicians don't eat tacos. They eat hummus.

Posted by Anonymous | September 27, 2011 7:40 PM

good lord that writeup

"I mean, this guy wrote a song that was played at Heath Leger's funeral! He's a legend!"

Posted by Anonymous | September 27, 2011 11:11 PM

man that crowd singing during new slang is so bad. ruins it.

Posted by Anonymous | September 28, 2011 3:02 AM

That Breathe karaoke cover is rather sad, but obviously done note for note well.
It's coming from people who dont seem valid to be saying the lyrics and the smiling American Band Stand kids really just make the whole thing fabricated artificial as hell.

Reminds me of the horrible interview I saw online of Fallon interviewing Roger Waters as he's laughing and smiling about oh Roger tell me that story about Sids crazy behaviour. Roger couldn't wait to get out of there.

Posted by Anonymous | September 28, 2011 3:54 AM

^ Well you must remember that Waters is a prick to just about everyone, the media, interviewers, and especially the other members of Floyd. Rick Wright, who seemed like the most level-headed of the bunch, was treated like shit.

Posted by Anonymous | September 28, 2011 8:52 AM

whatev. I enjoyed this show. The female guitar player added some unexpected groove. She seemed to be having fun.

Posted by lp | September 28, 2011 9:27 AM

Oh the Garden State band is still together? Who cares?

Posted by Anonymous | September 28, 2011 12:21 PM

The Shin Doctors

Posted by Anonymous | September 28, 2011 12:56 PM

Well 6:18 & 6:51, I have to disagree. Yes, James Mercer is and always was the primary songwriter for The Shins, and while the former band members may not have contributed much to the songwriting or have been the best musicians, they at least each had distinct personalities and it felt like an actual band. This current lineup is a bunch of studio musicians and hired hands, plus Modest Mouse's second drummer. There's nothing here that resembles the band I fell in love with back in 2002. The only reason they are still called The Shins is because of label pressure.

Posted by Anonymous | October 2, 2011 8:00 PM

yo you know what, i have to agree with some of the comments i'm reading about what is now the shins, even if they are hater oriented. let me start off by saying i've secretly been pissed at james mercer since around 2009. first, when he started wasting his voice on terrible dangermouse instrumentals. seriously- broken bells IMO was a huge disappointment (notice the past tense, since i hope they are now defunct). second, he and his "group" left a HUGE fanbase without an album for four years. its a fucking crime.

in the comments on this post, i'm reading claims that i used to think were outrageous, such as "james mercer IS the shins". but after some thought and careful reflection, i think these comments are, sadly, correct. i think that he thinks that any tom dick or jane guitarist can churn out a beautifully written melody. he knows it's his voice, man. it's irreplaceable, and his delivery and tone is one of a special kind. he knows that he makes the songs.

now he's fallen into that category of a musician turned hustler. he hustles a voice that makes men and women swoon, and lyrics that make a listener empathize, even if the metaphor doesn't exactly make sense. he hustles a band that really is james mercer with replaceable "musician drones". he knows that most people won't know the difference and pay top dollar to see this group.

eyeless in the morning sun? not james mercer, he's seeing $$$$$$$$$$$$$

Posted by frustrated with haters | October 2, 2011 10:11 PM

...sure he didn't fire them for keepin' on gettin' that last descending line (bass roots, chords) on BREATHE wrong?? Notice how the very last vocal note is lost. Abandoned and "key-less". With the wrong chord being played, the correct melody/vocal note becomes out of key,and that is NOT the place to make that little change-up bands do in a cover song to put your own touch on it, or to satisfy ASCAP, or whatever. That plain ruined it.

Posted by David Bosworth | June 9, 2013 3:23 PM

the shins rule

Posted by tim | August 18, 2013 1:03 PM

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