Okay so apparently that “Best Radiohead Songs You’ve Never Heard” post was about the most popular thing since Michael Jackson. I hear you’re supposed to give the people what they want or something, so here’s another in the same vein.
The Shins of course haven’t been around as long as Radiohead so there wasn’t as much material to choose from, but these tracks more than justify the server space. In 2004 I heard lead singer and songwriter James Mercer sing “Sphlagnum Esplanade” at some very obnoxious and very oblivious fans(chorus: “Crowds jump to their deaths/from the bridge as I drive by tonight./They’ve missed out on it all/The whole gist there as they fall.”) in Laguna Beach; there the power of the song was undeniable.
(P.s. Sorry, lo-fi lovers, the production really sucks on the earlier stuff so you’re gettin’ none of that.)
The Shins – Mild Child (from the So Says I)
The Shins – Sphlagnum Esplanade (from Know Your Onion! and New Slang)
The Shins – The Gloating Sun (from When I Goose Step/The Gloating Sun)
The Shins – When I Goosestep (from the When I Goose Step/The Gloating Sun)
The Shins – Nothing At All (from Phantom Limb)
The Shins – We Will Become Silhouettes (Postal Service cover from Such Great Heights)
James Mercer – Harvest (Neil Young cover from the Moonshine Festival 2004)
The Shins – Strange Powers (Magnetic Fields cover live in Toronto 2005)
Disclaimer: These songs are up for listening purposes only for a short time. If you’re an artist or label who wants the song taken down, please write me.