The Shins Archive

The Shins – Strange Powers (Live Magnetic Fields Cover)

Since The Magnetic Fields have a new album and tour coming up this month and The Shins “Wincing the Night Away” made my list of favorite albums of 2007, It seems appropriate that now would be as good a time as any to post a Shins cover of a Magnetic Fields song. This is a track from their 2005 between-albums tour when they played Webster Hall in NYC. “Chutes Too Narrow” had come out 2 year earlier in 2003, yet The Shins had not a single new song except for this Magnetic Fields cover. I was pissed with The Shins for years but much has now been forgiven with “Wincing the Night Away”.

Note to all bands out there: Being an active band and doing a tour some years after the last record with not a single new song is a really good way to get my goat, and believe me, you don’t want to get my goat. My goat is a demon goat.

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Download: The Shins – Strange Powers (Live)

The Shins – Taste Of Cindy (Live Jesus And Mary Chain Cover)

I like The Shins and I love The Jesus And Mary Chain, but I don’t know what to think about this cover. The Shins were playing this song live during their 2002 US tour. I’m not actually sure which city this song was recorded in, but the recording is certainly interesting. I don’t know if I can get behind The Shin’s twangy take on one of my favorite JAMC song.

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Download: The Shins – Taste Of Cindy (Live Jesus And Mary Chain Cover)