The next record from the Shins will arrive via Aural Apothecary (James Mecer’s’ label)– and its associated major label, Columbia (also the label home of Mercer’s side project withDanger Mouse,Broken Bells).
The Shins’ new album, expected in 2012, will be the band’s first since 2007’s Grammy-nominated "Wincing the Night Away." The band has also lined out some dates (listed below) where Mercer will be backed byModest Mousedrummer Joe Plummer, Yuuki Matthews ofCrystal Skulls, singer/songwriterRichard Swift, and singer/songwriter Jessica Dobson.
The Shins Tour Dates: 8/8:Eugene, Ore. (W.O.W. Hall) 8/9:Bend, Ore. (The Domino Room) 8/10:Portland, OR (The Doug Fir Lounge) 8/12:San Francisco, CA (Outside Lands Festival) 9/22:Toronto, Ontario (Phoenix Concert Theatre) 9/23:Philadelphia, PA (Popped! Festival) 9/24:Boston, MA (Paradise Rock Club) 10/15:Pensacola, FL (DeLuna Festival)