Aimee Mann recently wrapped up a month-long North American trek with Ted Leo, and to celebrate, she swung by the ABC studios of 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' last night (Nov. 19) to perform two songs: 'Labrador' and 'Living a Lie,' both from her 'Charmer' album, which dropped in September. The album version of 'Living a Lie' featured guest vocals from James Mercer of the Shins, and while Ted Leo had been handling the part during the recent tour, none other than Mercer himself turned up for the 'Kimmel!' take.
Christmas in October? Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year a few months early as the Shins offer up their cover of 'Wonderful Christmastime,' a tune originally recorded by Brian Wilson and his Beach Boys bandmates for 1964′s 'The Beach Boys’ Christmas Album.' Listen by hitting the blue button below.
The Shins used a recent visit to Aussie radio station Triple J's show 'Like a Version' to perform a cover of the Magnetic Fields single 'Andrew in Drag' off the band's 'Love at the Bottom of the Sea' album. The clip sort of reminds us of 'Storytellers,' as Shins frontman James Mercer takes his sweet time chatting with the show's hosts before he starts playing.
James Mercer came into 2012 facing major expectations. The Shins mastermind captured the hearts and ears of alt guys and gals across the country, with at least partial aid from a mega-headphoned Natalie Portman. Following the albums 'Oh, Inverted World' and 'Chutes Too Narrow,' what would the 'Port of Morrow' hold?
The Shins are no stranger to releasing a Big Event Music Video. (Beautiful case in point: the 3-D, stop-motion video for 'The Rifle's Spiral,' released for the Nintendo DS.) Nor are they strangers to hamming it up for the camera. (See: James Mercer's slapstick-y turn for the comic in a Funny or Die sketch.) But the bedroom rockers are at their best when the camera is aimed at them without any gimmicks, flash, pretenses or hoo-hah at large.