Saturday, January 13, 2007

Won One Too Many Fights

Just can't wait for The Shins' Wincing The Night Away to be released on the 23rd? Well, I'm not going to post any tracks from the record, which leaked months ago -- we don't need Sub Pop on our asses in our first week of existence -- but here's a little preview that shouldn't get us into any hot water: Shins lead singer and songwriter James Mercer, from a solo acoustic performance in October of 2004, doing a song that circulated then as "Won One Too Many Fights," but appears on the new record as "Girl Sailor." It's a typically sweet and elegant Mercer tune, even stripped down like this. Imagine it fleshed out by the band and beautifully produced, and you have a sense of what you can expect in 10 days.