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March 26, 2007

Single Shot: When I Goosestep

Spot the fifth Shin

It’s hard to write anything about The Shins without retreading the usual arguments and reasons for their popularity. But the fact of the matter is, if they hadn’t written the brilliant records they are noted for, they wouldn’t be fawned over and elevated to the height they are.

I can’t write much about Wincing The Night Away, apart from that it’s another showcase of gorgeous melodies with a different production aesthetic to the previous two. I’m sure I will listen it to death much like I have Chutes and World but I’ve not had the chance yet.

There’s always been one non-album track though that has stolen my heart (and when they played it live at Oxford last year I melted), and that is When I Goosestep. The studio version actually isn’t that special, coming from the early pre-Inverted World era, it’s too choked up with its basement production and low-level vocals to really shine. I’ve included it here because I have it, and if it would still be a great song if I hadn’t found this alternative recording.

The radio session I’m talking about here is stripped down, just James strumming guitar and Marty (I think) adding perfect understated keyboard accompaniment. The vocals are pushed up front and centre, where they should be, and elevate the song above it’s murky origins. James ends the chorus, ‘I’m so impressed that you hear, my inventions / And that it matters more than what you saw with your eyes.’ They may not be most exciting band to look at live, but their inventions definitely impressed me, and most prominently this one.

If anyone actually knows where the radio session is from that would be awesome, because I have no idea.
The Shins – When I Goosestep (Studio) MP3 Expired
The Shins – When I Goosestep (Radio session) MP3 Expired
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July 09, 2006

Meet the Contributors: James Riley

As much as I hate having to choose favourites, this is a list of things…

Name: James Riley
Number one in UK when I was born: Michael Hardcastle '19' (n-n-n-n-nineteen)
First album bought: Suggs – The Lone Ranger
First single bought: Coolio – Gangsta's Paradise (had to get that in there)
First gig attended: Coldplay at the Manchester Apollo (they were good back then godamnit)
Favourite album: The Shins – Oh! Inverted World
Favourite song: The Walkmen – We've Been Had
Favourite gig: A cross between the Dirtbombs in Manchester's Night and Day, The Rapture at Manchester Academy 2 and maybe Afterburner at the White Horse (haha, gotta fit some self–love in here somewhere)
Favourite band: Right now, it's probably Broken Social Scene
Favourite genre: Four (sometimes 3 or 5!) middle–class guitar lads playing indie rock. I can't help it.
The band you like but are embarassed about/feel is a little out of place in your collection: Smashing Pumpkins… I mean, what's an indie kid doing with loud music in his collection? Especially five albums of it…
Number of CDs bought since 1st January 2006: Around about 20… I'll update you in a week when the loan comes through.
What musical event would you most like to see happen: All the members of The Arcade Fire, Broken Social Scene and The Polyphonic Spree forming a mental orchestral supergroup with David Bowie as frontman...obviously
Musical heroes: I'd choose David Bowie, but apparently he's taken (curse you Mat!), so I'd have to say Mick Collins from the Dirtbombs... Detroit garage rock legend
Music's biggest enemy/ies in my opinion are: Band stylists… it's almost cringeworthy some of these photo shoots nowadays.

Today's tunes, brought to you by the letter 'S' (and my love of guitars):

Spoon – Sister Jack MP3 Expired [buy Gimme Fiction]
The Strokes w/ Regina Spektor – Post–Modern Girls MP3 Expired [buy Reptilia single]
The Shins – They'll Soon Discover MP3 Expired [buy Spongebob Squarepants soundtrack]
Supergrass – Grace MP3 Expired [buy Life on Other Planets]
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