The Shins are going to be incredibly busy this month. And, because we think that the various things they’re doing are pretty amazing, and also because we are having a hard time keeping track of it all ourselves (…), the following summation of January ’07, aka the month The Shins are totally all up in your grill:
The first cluster of U.S. dates are now confirmed, and we’re announcing it RIGHTTHISSECOND!!! CANYOUBELIEVE IT!! Get your tickets fast-like, ’cause these suckers will likely sell out. Here are all the confirmed dates!
The highly-anticipated third album from The Shins, Wincing the Night Away, is set for release via Sub Pop Records on January 23rd, 2007. The album was recorded in the summer of ’06 in singer/guitarist James Mercer’s basement home studio, with Phil Ek in Seattle, and at Supernatural Sound in Oregon City, OR, and was produced by Mercer, and Joe Chiccarelli (Beck, U2).
’07 is going to be bazonkers here at Sub Pop World HQ, and that’s the way we like it. You know what you like? We fervently hope? The Shins! January 23rd brings the long-awaited, much-yammered-on-about-by-us release of James Mercer & Co.’s brilliant follow-up to 2003’s Chutes Too Narrow, Wincing the Night Away on CD, LP and invisible MP3. The band will be touring extensively all year long domestically and abroad, so keep your li’l loser eyeballs peeled for updates, all of which can be found here at subpop.com.
Speaking of, on January 28th, we’re launching a WHOLENEWBANANASCRAZYINTERNETWEBSITE complete with a sweet new look, increased “functionality”, “user-friendliness”, and an oft-updated set of “blogs” written by us ourselves. We will sometimes write about The Shins, and we will sometimes write about the plethora of culinary delights that can be concocted using Twinkies brand snacks. This new website promises a grab-bag of unasked-for, self-involved/satisfied “content,” friends! Anticipate it now!