The Shins, The Rapture, and a whole bunch of other bands are going to be playing the Austin, TX stop of the mtvU Campus Invasion Music Festival ’07! And (!), the whole shebang, shindig, clambake, or whatever you want to call it (though, we’re betting “lollapalooza” is out of the question) is designed to generate awareness of the ongoing genocide in Darfur and funding to help end the bloodshed in the region. The folks behind this festival have partnered up with the Save Darfur Coalition – check their site out for more info.
The show is April 22nd at The Backyard in Austin. And, tickets go on sale Saturday, March 31 at 10am (through Ticketmaster).
You can read the full mtvU press release on the festival here.
Our friends The Shins will be performing on TV’s popular Late Night with Conan O’Brien program on the night of Wednesday, March 14th. If all goes according to plan and we’re able to talk them out of doing their new live piece, “Boston: A Medley in Memoriam,” they will be playing the song “Turn on Me” from their recent, pretty-darned-successful -if-we-do-say-so-ourselves album, Wincing the Night Away. And, as if that’s not enticement enough to tune in, Andy Richter is going to be the guest! This is, quite seriously, very exciting because that Andy Richter is one funny MF’er!
The Shins vs. Conan O’Brien (and Andy Richter): Wednesday, March 14th at 12:35!
MTV’s Subterranean program (aka pretty much the one hour a week they might play our videos, aka 120 Minutes if it was only 60 minutes long) has a new blog on the internets and it is currently featuring quite a bit of Sub Pop-related information and video. For instance, here are The Shins riding some Segways on a track in Portland. You just can’t beat that.
This week The Shins are the House Band on MTVu and Hutch from The Thermals tells some of his deepest secrets in the Hot Seat.
While you’re trolling around on the internet, don’t forget to check out the movie from whence this footage of The Shins on Segways comes! Lo and Behold, it’s The Freewave!.
The lovely folks at Imeem.com have set up a little contest so that artfully inclined shins fans can get a whole heep of awesome free stuff, all you have to do is design a shins poster and enter to win at the following link: http://theshinsmusic.imeem.com/
The Shins are out on tour and they’d like your help! Whether you’re a notebook doodler or an expert photoshopper, submit your tour poster design for your chance to win! Contest ends Monday, March 5th @ 12:00pm (PT). Remember to check out all the submissions and rate, tag, and comment on your favorites at http://theshinsmusic.imeem.com/
These are our new t-shirts to go with Wincing the Night Away AND they were designed by Rob Mercer (James’brother!). Available in black or army green, and I suggest you get both so as to not break up the set.
I got to go to the taping when the Shins performed on Letterman just recently and it was a fun time. I stared at Ricky Gervais, said a kind hello to Forest Whittaker, and shook Paul Schaffer’s hand.
Here is a sneaky picture I took during the rehearsal for the show.