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FRI, JAN 5, 2007 at 10:05 AM



’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

Speaking of, on January 28th, we’re launching a WHOLE NEW BANANAS CRAZY INTERNET WEBSITE 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!

Posted by Chris Jacobs

FRI, JAN 19, 2007 at 12:11 PM



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:

January 9: This is the day that you can pre-order Wincing the Night Away on iTunes.
January 13: The Shins are the musical guests on Saturday Night Live! SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE! It’s my dick, in a box!
January 18: Starting on this day, and running through Jan. 21st, you can stream Wincing the Night Away, in its entirety, on Myspace!
January 19-21: You should really just get some rest.
January 22: The Shins will be performing live at midnight at the Virgin Records in New York’s Union Square. Buy a copy of the record at Virgin and you get in to see them play!
January 23: Not only does Wincing the Night Away come out on this day, but also the band will be playing on CBS’s Late Show with David Letterman! DAVID LETTERMAN!
January 26: In the morning, The Shins will be playing on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic. And, in the evening, at 8:00pm, they’ll be playing a free in-store at the Amoeba Records in Hollywood.

Consider yourself warned!

Posted by Chris Jacobs

FRI, JAN 19, 2007 at 11:56 AM

The Shins are going on tour!


The first cluster of U.S. dates are now confirmed, and we’re announcing it RIGHT THIS SECOND!!! CAN YOU BELIEVE IT!! Get your tickets fast-like, ’cause these suckers will likely sell out. Here are all the confirmed dates!

Posted by Chris Jacobs

THU, JAN 18, 2007 at 9:58 AM

Happy New Year, pals!

We’re back from holiday and ready to kick some online shopping ass in 2007.

All orders placed betwixt Dec 22 and Jan 2 have just been shipped out this week, excluding the new Shins album, of course.

Posted by Chris Jacobs

NEWS : TUE, SEP 16, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Sub Pop to Reissue Pre-Shins Band Flake Music’s “When You Land Here, It’s Time to Return”

The Shins have left an indelible mark on the history of music, but before The Shins, James Mercer founded Flake Music in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1992 with Neal Langford on guitar, Phil Higgs and then Marty Crandall on bass and Jesse Sandoval on drums.  Flake Music was a collaborative affair with each member contributing to the songwriting process. From 1992 to 1997, Flake Music released several singles before releasing When You Land Here, It’s Time To Return in 1997. Upon the album’s release, Flake Music began touring largely due to support from Modest Mouse, amongst other bands. The rest, as they say, is history (Oh, Inverted World, Chutes Too Narrow, Wincing the Night Away, Port of Morrow, Broken Bells, et cetera). 

Now, in 2014, Sub Pop is exceedingly proud to reissue this somewhat forgotten, but important record. Pre-order When You Land Here, It’s Time To Return, from Sub Pop on vinyl here, and receive the limited, colored-vinyl Loser Edition of the record on orange vinyl. Also, all pre-orders receive an instant download of the track “Spanway Hits” and access to a full-album stream 1-month prior to street date! 


Posted by Sam Sawyer