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Here are The Shins with their official video for “It’s Only Life” from the band’s latest album Port of Morrow.

The Shins – It’s Only Life (Official Music Video)

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I’ve spent no shortage of time with The Shins’ latest album, “Port of Morrow” and after a good two-three weeks of listening I still haven’t decided whether it’s unquestionably amazing or equal parts amazing and maddening. Most of my ire comes from the fact that so many of the songs feel like James Mercer going through his LP collection and stating “Hey, I’ll write a Steely Dan song!” (“Fall of 82”), or “You know, I really loved The Smiths” (“No Way Down”). Now to be fair: It’s not a bad thing that half the album sounds like a homage to great artists of old (after all, there’s a reason those artists’ work stay with us), and if an homage is what we get, at least it’s a damn good approximation of the Dan, The Smiths, Radiohead, etc.

But at the end of the day what I was really looking for was a Shins record, and this doesn’t quite feel like one. That said: By no means should you take the aforementioned statements as a warning away from Port of Morrow. It’s chock full of slick, studio sheen pop (and I’m certainly a sucker for it) with more than a few standout tracks. That said: Much as the album itself feels like an homage, here’s a more-than-a-little Wes Anderson-esque video for the second single “Simple Song” (which has just a ridiculously great chorus).

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Take a couple of minutes and check out this animated video for The Shins‘ “The Rifle Spiral” from their latest album of Port of Morrow.

The Shins : The Rifle’s Spiral

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Here’s indie singer/songwriter Damien Jurado performing three songs from his 11th album Maraqopa, plus a bonus song (“Horizons”), with a little help from members of The Head and the Heart and The Shins.

Damien Jurado: Bringing It All Back Home

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Is your band missing the one ingeredient that many help them hit it big? Maybe you too should try Clapping Butter.

The Shins “Clapping Butter”

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To help promote their new album Port of Morrow, The Shins made an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman as well as sticking around for a full hour webcast concert in which the band played several songs from their earlier albums. So, if you’ve got an hour or so to spare, sit back and enjoy!

Live on Letterman – The Shins

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The Shins are back with another video from their upcoming album Port of Morrow. Here’s “Bait And Switch.”

The Shins – Bait And Switch

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This is “September,” the B-side to the The Shins new 7″ single “Simple Song” (in stores next week). Port of Morrow, the band’s first studio album in 5 years, will be available March 20th.

The Shins: “September” (b-side of “Simple Song” 7”)

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Running a little slow trying to get through the day?  Get your slow-goove on to this vid for “New Slang” by the Shins.

And yeah monkey, before you ask, this is me basking in the awesomeness of Garden State.

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