Written by Amy Burger Sunday, 22 July 2007 17:00
To describe the band's one-of-a-kind sound, Dutton coined the term "hip-hop blues." This is a pretty accurate description for a guy who sounds like a cross between De la Soul and John Lee Hooker.
Written by Laura Hamlett Monday, 09 July 2007 14:14
I never realized Thomas Dolby had produced Steve McQueen. Back then, I didn't care whose name was affixed to which release; all that mattered was the sound, the band, the way it made me feel.
Written by Bob McMahon Saturday, 02 June 2007 06:11
There's some stuff stayed basically the same; there's some stuff that got major overhauls; one song got entirely re-recorded ["Space Baby"]. We went back and just made it sound a lot better. It's a more representative product.
Written by Jim Ousley Wednesday, 30 May 2007 07:56
What I learned from Gene and Paul was that they experienced all of the ups and downs in the business so they knew how to protect the band and move forward and survive in a difficult industry. They were able to deal with the record company and people who did the tours in a very tough way, because they rightfully felt that no one knew their vision like they did.
Written by Glen Elkins Wednesday, 30 May 2007 07:49
Nate came up to us at a show one time in Austin and wondered if we needed a bass player and we said we didn't, so we sent him off. He came back to our show later that month and asked again and we said, "OK, you can come play bass with us." He actually recorded with us the next day.
Written by Katie Herring Tuesday, 29 May 2007 02:20
"There was a band called Alkaline Trio that was starting to do real well in Chicago, and they set kind of the tone of the new wave of whatever was going to come out of Chicago; that was a very important band for me. So I feel very proud and privileged I got to grow up in that particular part of the United States. I think it helped having all that music and culture around us."
Written by Katie Herring Tuesday, 29 May 2007 02:14
According to their bio, a major mission passed down to the band by the cobra is to "teach hipsters to not take themselves so seriously and to tell emo kids to stop being pussies." When asked how that was going, both Blackinton and Suarez laughed.
Written by Glen Elkins Monday, 14 May 2007 08:39
The size of it really doesn't matter. What matters is if people come looking for fun or not. You can play big gigs that are horrible and you can play small gigs that are horrible, and vice versa.
Written by Jim Dunn Monday, 16 April 2007 15:22
It's all lies. It's that kind of lynch-mob mentality that always wants someone's head to roll—that's the angry mob. And, to be honest, it just sounded really cool."
Written by Dave Jasmon Sunday, 15 April 2007 14:01
We got into music to change the world, you know? To change everything. And we're still of that opinion, but you can't really force that upon anybody, that thought. We're just trying to figure out what's best for us, and what's best for us is to live in the world the way we want to live, the best we can, and let everyone else breathe.
Written by Christopher Sewell Sunday, 15 April 2007 13:37
"Because I spend so much time making music, I'd much rather watch some sort of art films or go see some architecture or other kind of cultural stuff that doesn't really relate to what I do."
Sunday, 08 April 2007 10:25
"The show," Loveless added, "encourages audience members to question everything, think for themselves, fuck the media, and create what they want."
Written by Amy Burger Saturday, 07 April 2007 16:00
"I guess I'm inescapably a product of the Midwest," he says. "There's an element of wanting to write about what you know about. St. Louis just has a character and a history that interests me and, also, is familiar with me."
Written by Angie Glover Monday, 12 March 2007 03:23
We're ex-art students. We're not selling enough records to make a living. We're not on the radio, so OK, give us money and exposure.
Written by Jon Rayfield Tuesday, 27 February 2007 11:22
...when you deliver a song you want that song to have a clean, cohesive
package, and these days, for me anyway, I like the idea of having a
clean, cohesive album. Too much combination could take away from the
album, make the album feel more like a compilation, you know? It's just
a matter of figuring out the right way to do it.
Written by Dave Jasmon Saturday, 24 February 2007 09:29
The Shins, St. Louis, 2007. PHOTO: Todd Owyoung (more photos in the Photo Gallery)
Fighting in a Blown-Up Paper Sack with Dave Hernandez of the Shins
"There's a contrast between the negative lyrics and, like, chirpy birds and rainbows and sparkles. I think that's more of a menacing outlook than watching something really, really horribly depressing or listening to some really, really negative stuff that sounds like the devil. It's something more vicious."
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