The Shins’ new song “Simple Song” available now! New album in March!

Music News | By on Jan 10th, 2012

The Shins will offer up a free stream of “Simple Song,” the first single from their eagerly anticipated fourth album Port Of Morrow, at

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.

Digital pre-orders of Port Of Morrow will receive first single “Simple Song” beginning January 10. iTunes pre-orders will also include the non-LP B-side “Pariah King” upon release.

In addition, pre-sales will include a limited edition Reel-to-Reel deluxe package, vinyl LP and CD softpack – all of which include the “Simple Song” download. Merchandise bundles featuring extras ranging from concert tickets to exclusive T-Shirts and totes will also be available.

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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Tickets on sale Wednesday 1/11 at

4/13/12 Las Vegas, NV Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas – The Pool
4/22/12 Santa Cruz, CA Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
4/23/12 Davis, CA Robert Mondavi Center
4/25/12 Reno, NV Grand Sierra Resort & Casino


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