If you want to be very precise about the whole situation, then technically, James Mercer is back, with a new bunch of friends he has hired to perform alongside him as the Shins. But such attention to detail obscures the larger fact that, hey, the Shins made some new music! "Simple Song," their first effort since 2007, popped up on the band's site yesterday afternoon, and though it's not some monster, ten-minute, mini-rock-opera, it is more ambitious than the title might suggest. The wiggly guitar, some insistent piano, a major "ooo-ahh" chorus in back — the Shins (such as they are) sound bigger, almost like James Mercer spent four years not touching any instruments and then couldn't resist playing everything, all at once, really happily. Luckily, they also still sound like the Shins, meaning any concerns you had about the new lineup's album (Port of Morrow, due March 20) were hopefully unfounded. Good news! Okay, everyone jam quietly to the new song now.
Most Viewed Stories
It’s Friday: Cry Watching Tracy Chapman Sing ‘Stand by Me’ to David Letterman, or Maybe Just Cry From the Relief of a Work Week Finished
Stephen Colbert, World’s Biggest Star Wars Fan, Interviewed George Lucas and Somehow Didn’t Freak Out
Bill Pullman Reelected for Independence Day 2
Dr Doom Appears in Leaked Fantastic 4 Trailer
Official (Not-Blurry) Batman v Superman Trailer Released
The Gruesome Ways Every Character in Wolf Hall Died in Real Life
How Spike’s Lip Sync Battle Became Such a Stunning Success
Outlander’s Lotte Verbeek on Geillis’s Reveal, Feminism, and Dancing Naked
Kevin James Movies Have a Kevin James Problem
Outlander Recap: The Witch of Blackbird Loch
Latest News from VultureGareth Edward Dishes New Details on Rogue One
If there's a bright center to the universe, Edwards is on it.Dr Doom Appears in Leaked Fantastic 4 Trailer
"Doom."Meryl Streep Funds Screenwriting Lab for Women
She really is the best.Kanye Joins The Weeknd at Coachella
Ball so hard. All Day.Tale of Tales Teaser Is Gory and Gorgeous
The film premieres at Cannes.Unstoppable Furious 7 Smokes Paul Blart
Kevin James continues his losing streak to forever.Outlander’s Lotte Verbeek on Geillis’s Reveal, Feminism, and Dancing Naked
"Once you think you know her, you turn out to not know her at all."Outlander Recap: The Witch of Blackbird Loch
Did Claire time-travel only to get burned at the stake?Orphan Black Season Premiere Recap: Count Your Sisters
Welcome back, Clone Club!Jay Z Wins Court Case, Now Owns His Album Masters
Go and brush ya shoulders off.
God said, “Let there be light,” and there was Dominic Cooper.Bill Pullman Reelected for Independence Day 2
Pullman will not go quietly into the night.Shia LaBeouf Explains How His Sia Video Is Like Scarface
At a Tribeca Film Festival Q&A.Damon Albarn Sounds Sad on Blur’s Moody New Song
He's running out of heart today.Marvel Unveils Beautiful NYC-Themed Covers in the Wake of DC Moving to California
Ms. Marvel on the High Line!Cristela Creator Writes Poignant Letter About Her Show
"I’m a real person and this show is about real people."The Gruesome Ways Every Character in Wolf Hall Died in Real Life
Spoiler warning!Official (Not-Blurry) Batman v Superman Trailer Released
Why so serious, Zack?Stephen Colbert, World’s Biggest Star Wars Fan, Interviewed George Lucas and Somehow Didn’t Freak Out
The two shared the stage as part of the Tribeca Talks: Directors series.Tina Fey–Narrated Monkey Kingdom Makes the Wild Familiar
Tina Fey's narration is full of humor and warmth.
Like a typical action movie that's been sawed off and sanded down.Furious 7 Made a Billion Dollars in Just 17 Days
Zoom.It’s Friday: Cry Watching Tracy Chapman Sing ‘Stand by Me’ to David Letterman, or Maybe Just Cry From the Relief of a Work Week Finished
For you, Dave.Daredevil Recap: Black Sky
Matt can tell when someone is in love, or dying, or the exact emotional needs of a dog.Tidal CEO to Be Replaced
Probably not on Hov's call list today.Felicity Jones on True Story, Star Wars, and Oscar Season
"It's a pinch-me moment."Kars4Kids Is on Television. The End Is Nigh.
Pure torture.12 Years a Slave’s John Ridley Is Secretly Working With Marvel on a New TV Series
How mysterious.Watch Rose Byrne and Nick Kroll Freak Out in Jane Krakowski’s Swim Class
From their new movie Adult Beginners.Sundance Standout Dope Has a Trailer and It’s Dope
You are dope.
It will be a damn shame if this winning comedy is canceled.Matthew McConaughey Fanboyed Out to the Star Wars Trailer, Just Like the Rest of Us
So many tears.Child 44 Wastes a Great Cast and Premise
How can a movie starring Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, Joel Kinnaman, and Gary Oldman be so bad?Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 Sure Is Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2
Did you notice that Blart rhymes with fart?After 53 Years, It’s Time to Say Good-bye to Univision’s Sábado Gigante
Adiós, amigo.Kevin James Movies Have a Kevin James Problem
The comedian's movies don't understand what he does best.Horror Movies and the Modern-Day Technology That Will Kill You
Forget vampires; this is Snapchat.Thanks to WikiLeaks, You Can Now Search Through All the Leaked Sony Emails
Julian Assange strikes again.Was a J.Lo Cameo in Anna Kendrick’s ‘Booty’ Lip Sync Enough to Beat John Krasinski in a Dress?
Sometimes you're just a man in a dress.Scandal Recap: Back, But Never Here
Welcome back, Papa Pope!
RIP, Sex Box.Tatiana Maslany Talks Orphan Black, Clone Origin Stories, and Sarah and Felix’s Incredible Loft
"They're not going to give up that real estate."True Story Finds Jonah Hill and James Franco Playing ‘Serious Actors’ Instead of Actually Acting
It is definitely no Jinx.The Vampire Diaries Recap: What If?
We don’t know how Elena’s story will end, but we do know our lives will not be the same without her.Sarah Jessica Parker Is Returning to HBO and Fictional New York City
Carrie's back. Kinda.Animated Louis C.K. Animal Movie Gets a Name and Release Date
The Secret Life of Pets — with an amazing and not-so-secret cast!Conan O’Brien Tried to Do a Detective-Themed Escape Room, Almost Throttled His Producer
In the 1940s.Oops, Part of the Batman v Superman Trailer Leaked
Watch it while it lasts.Louis C.K. Thinks He Shouldn’t Smoke Pot or Tweet
He is right about one of these things.David Hasselhoff Kickflips a Car, Is a ‘True Survivor’
In the music video for Kung Fury's lead track.