LISTEN LIKE THIEVES: The Shins “Simple Song”

Beginning 3:00 p.m. EST today, The Shins offer up a free stream of “Simple Song,” the first single from their eagerly anticipated fourth album Port Of Morrow, at To listen now click on The long awaited follow-up to 2007’s Grammy-nominated gold-certified Wincing The Night Away, Port Of Morrow will be released March 20 via James Mercer’s own Aural Apothecary label and Columbia Records. Port of Morrow was recorded in Los Angeles and Portland over the course of 2011 with Mercer customarily handling all songwriting duties, lead vocals, guitar, lap steel, percussion and glockenspiel. The record was produced by Greg Kurstin, who also contributes keys, guitar and bass on various tracks, and mixed by Rich Costey. Other musicians featured on the album include Joe Plummer, Janet Weiss, Dave Hernandez, Marty Crandall, Eric D. Johnson, Ron Lewis and Nik Freitas.  The album’s cover art was created  by Jacob Escobedo. The first set of tour dates in support of the new album are listed below, more tour dates to be announced in the coming weeks. As with the band’s 2011 dates, the upcoming tour will see James Mercer leading a Shins lineup of Yuuki Matthews (bass), Jessica Dobson (guitar), Richard Swift (keyboards) and Joe Plummer (drums).

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