Posts tagged "The Shins"
Top Ten Albums of 2012

Top Ten Albums of 2012

In 2012, I easily listened to more new music than I have in the past 3 or 4 years combined, due in large part to my writing music reviews for Mockingbird (although not as many as I would have liked—curse you grad school!) as well as my newfound Spotify addiction. The variety and scope of my listening this year made creating this list somewhat difficult, but I’ve been able to narrow down my list and I’m thrilled to share it with you. Of course, a number of my choices have found their way onto lists across the internet, but there…

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New Music: The Shins’ Port of Morrow

New Music: The Shins’ Port of Morrow

I’ve always thought of The Shins’ music as summer music (probably due to their first album Oh, Inverted World), suited to driving down the highway with the windows rolled down, heading for the beach. Whether or not this association has merit, or if I just view all indie-pop in that light, the latest album from James Mercer and company, Port of Morrow, conjures up images of the spring more than the summer. By balancing dark tones with light flourishes, Port of Morrow creates a sense of rebirth and rejuvenation that comes with the budding of the trees and the green…

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April Playlist

  1. Every Christian Lion Hearted Man Will Show You – The Bee Gees
  2. St. Matthew – The Monkees
  3. King Kong Song – Abba
  4. Ride Captain Ride – Blues Image
  5. Brandy – Looking Glass
  6. Lisa, Listen To Me – Blood, Sweat & Tears
  7. Don’t Let Me Be MisunderstoodThe Animals
  8. Please Forgive My Heart – Bobby Womack
  9. Dancing Barefoot – Patti Smith
  10. In the Crossfire – Starsailor
  11. Goodbye Kiss – Kasabian
  12. Change the Sheets – Kathleen Edwards
  13. The Long Road Ahead – Shooter Jennings
  14. The Rose of England – Nick Lowe
  15. C’Mon – Panic at the Disco with Fun.
  16. It’s Only Life – The Shins
  17. Accidentally Like a Martyr – Thomas White
  18. Last Call at the Eschaton – Sons of Bill


Another Week Ends: Moonrise Kingdom, Foolish Folly, Conflicted Lewis Worship, Tiger Moms and Snake Handlers, Hitchens on Dickens, and New Shins

Another Week Ends: Moonrise Kingdom, Foolish Folly, Conflicted Lewis Worship, Tiger Moms and Snake Handlers, Hitchens on Dickens, and New Shins

1. A couple of hot-off-the-presses reasons for living. First, pre-registration for the 2012 NYC Mockingbird Conference (4/19-21) opens on Monday! Again, the theme this year is “Clear Eyes, Full Hearts: Honesty, Humility and the Grace of God” and our keynote speaker will be none other than Michael Horton, Reformation Impresario Numero Uno and all around Gospel guru. He’ll be joined by Aaron Zimmerman, myself and a host of other birds of various stripes. Keep an eye on our events page. Second, and equally important, the trailer for Wes Anderson’s new film, Moonrise Kingdom, hit the web yesterday and it’s world-class….

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