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The Shins — Black Wave
Album: Wincing The Night Away
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Total ratings: 1297









Released: 2007
Length: 3:16
Plays (last 30 days): 3
This goose is cooked, these tongues are tied
Around the block an airborne blight
But looking on the brighter side
There's far less to which I'd be obliged

In the meadow where the black breeze blows
Where underneath the waves, you were most alone
Can you hear a subtle, aching tone?
Through the water, through the earth, to chill your bones

Looking on the brighter side
Looking on the brighter side
Looking on the brighter side
Looking on the brighter side
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 Michaeljcovel wrote:
This song only fits in the context of the entire album.    By itself   it seems out of place.
 
Wouldn't anything "by itself" seem out of place?  What could it be compared to?
 Michaeljcovel wrote:
 By itself  it seems out of place.
 

Made sense in your head?
"This goose is cooked" comes from Protestant martyr Jan Hus, who was burnt at the stake by the Catholic church in 1415, Hus sounding like the word for goose in Bohemian.
This song only fits in the context of the entire album.    By itself   it seems out of place.
Just right for what is becoming a beautiful spring Friday night here. Never heard of the Shins before - keep up the good work RP!
Wonder of wonders.  A Shins song which I like.
Beautiful, beautiful set, RP. Thanks!
Such an wonderful tune and amazing album!
 ODAD wrote:
, if you are missing your comment here, it seems to have fallen in with the Erik Satie comments.
 

 
Haha, I read that comment and was wondering what Shins they were talking about. 

Are the streams looped?  
<Buddy>, if you are missing your comment here, it seems to have fallen in with the Erik Satie comments.
 
Listening to this excellent track I thought I felt where Jonathan Wilson got elements of "Cecil Taylor" from.
 zengentleman wrote:
One of the strengths of RP is that they play "deep cuts", tracks off of albums that don't necessarily grab you at first listen, like most singles do, but are more sublime and grow on you over time to the point where you wonder how the track escaped your attention in the first place. It's one of the many things that makes RP such a special radio station and why I contribute monthly (or did until I lost my job).
 
Bumping this great post from over six years ago.  RP turned me onto The Shins, and I LOVE this album!
 Tippster wrote:
The more I listen to it the more I realize that this may be the most underrated album of the last decade.

 
Not sure about "the most"... that's fairly absolute, but it certainly is right up there with the best. As are quite a few of Shins' albums, and a hellofa lot of other stuff played on RP. But then again, I'm biased. I doubt I'd ever have heard Shins if I relied on my local commercial radio stations. I love RP.
I really needed this right now!! {#Good-vibes}
 mcullers wrote:

This was the first album I ever bought in digital format. Fitting post!

 
Thanks.  I need to clarify my comments about critics a bit.  I think criticism is very important for everyone. My problem is with professional critics who carry a certain amount of baggage.  What you generally get with the pros are      grad-school elitists who very likely are not true fans of what they are writing about.  More than likey they are writers who need a job and who get this primarily by means of connection.  You'll notice they are all stooges for all the old sacred cows (blues music, for instance).  You quickly see the articles are much more about pointless displays of arcane adjectives, categories, excessive learning and being on the inside than they are about true responses (of which they are generally incapable).
Giving off more than a little Pink Floyd vibe.
 DanO-1 wrote:
Agreed, I've had this album for three years and have yet to tire of it but I hear The Shins as we know them are no longer.    {#Sad}
  
 

socalhol wrote:

Very true — I still LOVE Wincing, and Broken Bells is nice too, but I have not been able to warm up to any of the new Shins.
 

Maybe we should give James a call and share our worries with him.
..every tune i hear by this band i end up bumping twds 9 (or better)..thx yet again, RP-!..
Nice and Gentle  ..can almost feel the breeze
 DanO-1 wrote:

Agreed, I've had this album for three years and have yet to tire of it but I hear The Shins as we know them are no longer.    {#Sad}

 
Very true — I still LOVE Wincing, and Broken Bells is nice too, but I have not been able to warm up to any of the new Shins.
 rdo wrote:

... The old rock critic establishment is dead and gone (good riddance).  Now, we can all be critics.  Vote with your pocket book.  Buy the CD.  Post on RP.  
 
This was the first album I ever bought in digital format. Fitting post!
 Tippster wrote:
The more I listen to it the more I realize that this may be the most underrated album of the last decade.
 
Hmmm.  This makes me wonder what you would say are the accurately rated CDs of the past decade?  It's all changed since the days when there were consensuses (or is it consensi? sp?).   Music is getting more and more fragmented all the time.  The old rock critic establishment is dead and gone (good riddance).  Now, we can all be critics.  Vote with your pocket book.  Buy the CD.  Post on RP.  
Heard the first few bars & thought immediately, Simon & Garfunkel.  Instead the Shins.  next >
Typical "Wincing" song.  These songs just make you feel like they had unused potential.  They're not as good as previous Shins.
 misterbearbaby wrote:
Music so thin, it's actually not there. For your assignment, prepare and contrast this song to Creedence Clearwater Revival's Willy and the Poor Boys  'Down on the Corner'  ;-)
 

Revered Master, we await your guidance.....
 DanO-1 wrote:

Agreed, I've had this album for three years and have yet to tire of it but I hear The Shins as we know them are no longer.    {#Sad}

 
Nope, they plan a release in 2012

Check out the Broken Bells ( same lead singer)
 pomalley wrote:
This is a GREAT album.  If you get a chance, check it out.
 
Agreed, I've had this album for three years and have yet to tire of it but I hear The Shins as we know them are no longer.    {#Sad}

Music so thin, it's actually not there. For your assignment, prepare and contrast this song to Creedence Clearwater Revival's Willy and the Poor Boys  'Down on the Corner'  ;-)
 Jamunca wrote:

ME! ME! ME! :-)
 
Sorry, sent it to Sjaaks. He sent me a PM first.
This is a GREAT album.  If you get a chance, check it out.
 Tippster wrote:
The more I listen to it the more I realize that this may be the most underrated album of the last decade.
 
- great comment.


Goosebumpy


No new alblums for these guys????

Uh-huh.
Me, cause I love the Shins and mailing from holland is cheaper to austria ...not to mention the ecological disadvantage of airmailing transatlantic...(sorry Jamunca ;P) 

So if anyone has more than my emotional, economic AND ecologic reasoning he deserves the CD more i guess!

chris

 
Huey wrote:
I bought this CD. Hate it. Who wants it? PM me. the best reason gets it. I pay mailing.
 


 Huey wrote:
I bought this CD. Hate it. Who wants it? PM me. the best reason gets it. I pay mailing.
 
ME! ME! ME! :-)

I bought this CD. Hate it. Who wants it? PM me. the best reason gets it. I pay mailing.
 Tippster wrote:
The more I listen to it the more I realize that this may be the most underrated album of the last decade.
 

SO RIGHT YOU ARE.
The more I listen to it the more I realize that this may be the most underrated album of the last decade.
Yes {#Daisy} Businessgypsy wrote:
Best wishes for your next incarnation in an improved and happy vocation! My heart and hand goes out to everyone making this passage.

 


7—>8
 zengentleman wrote:
One of the strengths of RP is that they play "deep cuts", tracks off of albums that don't necessarily grab you at first listen, like most singles do, but are more sublime and grow on you over time to the point where you wonder how the track escaped your attention in the first place. It's one of the many things that makes RP such a special radio station and why I contribute monthly (or did until I lost my job).
 
Bill will also unearth the ONLY gem from an obscure album & fire it up for our listening pleasure
zengentleman wrote:
...one of the many things that makes RP such a special radio station and why I contribute monthly (or did until I lost my job).
Best wishes for your next incarnation in an improved and happy vocation! My heart and hand goes out to everyone making this passage.

S'nice. Makes me want to go look at the stars or something.
 zengentleman wrote:
One of the strengths of RP is that they play "deep cuts", tracks off of albums that don't necessarily grab you at first listen, like most singles do, but are more sublime and grow on you over time to the point where you wonder how the track escaped your attention in the first place. It's one of the many things that makes RP such a special radio station and why I contribute monthly (or did until I lost my job).

 
Great comment.  The first song by the Shins that I like.  I will keep listening.


 usernameshateme wrote:
I really like this album, and this song is definatly my favorite.
 

This is really an impressive album - these guys get better with each one.  They are the best band right now.  I can't get over how good this CD is. 
I really like the Shins; that is why I am just going to pretend that they did not even record this song and chalk it down as a mulligan!{#Doh}{#Puke}
I really like this album, and this song is definatly my favorite.
children, grow up, and listen like you mean it
 mshuer wrote:
If they added seven band members and formed a circle
would they become the O-SHINS-ELEVEN?? 
 
{#Lol} OK, some might kick you in the shins for that or wince the night away thinking about it, but I appreciate the time and effort it took to come up with that comedy gold.

This is nice, but to my mind not worth the heavy play it is getting here. "Once you clean it, there's not much to it."
One of the strengths of RP is that they play "deep cuts", tracks off of albums that don't necessarily grab you at first listen, like most singles do, but are more sublime and grow on you over time to the point where you wonder how the track escaped your attention in the first place. It's one of the many things that makes RP such a special radio station and why I contribute monthly (or did until I lost my job).

 Ulises wrote:
Everytime I hear this band I want to take a baseball bat to their shins!

I bit over the top?
 

no - perfect.
Kind of cool, ambient song.  Reminds me a little of Magenta Skycode.
 mshuer wrote:
If they added seven band members and formed a circle
would they become the O-SHINS-ELEVEN?? 
 
AAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!! That's appalling!

Nice one, mate :o))

 musikalia wrote:


I'll third that. The Shins being a perfect example of a band I discovered here on RP and now love and listen to all the time and can't wait to see live. Thanks Bill + Rebecca! We love you!
 

{#Fight}

hey, no being nice! don't forget, this is the RP comment's page!
 kaybee wrote:
Manages to follow Pink Floyd's "Time" and hold up well to it!
 
I second that, this second time I hear the set.
Starting way back at Sinead O'Connor, this has been a very strong combination, Bill.
Keep it going!

 kaybee wrote:
Manages to follow Pink Floyd's "Time" and hold up well to it!
 
{#High-five} was JUST thinking that.

Mezmerizing...  Holds up very well next to Pink Floyd.  Would stand alone as well.


Manages to follow Pink Floyd's "Time" and hold up well to it!
I've never heard this....I like the Shins. This reminds me of being gently lifted into space! {#Yes}
If they added seven band members and formed a circle
would they become the O-SHINS-ELEVEN?? 
fine-fine music!
thilo wrote:
This is one album I'm not sorry I bought (based on what I heard at RP, of course). How are their other albums?
Check out Chutes Too Narrow - my fave.
Everytime I hear this band I want to take a baseball bat to their shins! I bit over the top?
This is one album I'm not sorry I bought (based on what I heard at RP, of course). How are their other albums?
awesome
Terrible.
I really like The Shins....but that background noise in the beginning (sounds like a train on tracks...sort of) throws me every time I hear this song. I always keep looking at the window wondering what is going on lol. Am I the only one? :shifty:
love love love these shins
from 8 to 9 :D
Got to love The Shins... And if you do, listen to this French band, they really sound fresh and Shins-like at the same time: https://www.myspace.com/calcmusic
Imkirok wrote:
I'll second that. Without RP, I would have few ways to discover new music. This station has opened up whole new worlds for me.
I'll third that. The Shins being a perfect example of a band I discovered here on RP and now love and listen to all the time and can't wait to see live. Thanks Bill + Rebecca! We love you! :heartkiss:
10:12 am - The Shins - Black Wave 10:05 am - Pink Floyd - Time THAT was TASTY!
Los Shins la llevan!!
just purchased this album... and I can't get it out of the CD player. just incredible! everything about it is interesting... song structures, melodies, lyrics... awesome!
reminds me THE CHURCH, australian band.
why-oh-why does this remind me of Al stewart?
LOVE IT!!!!
some hints of early Cure stuff in here somewhere?
Great music. Awesome playlist. Would love some left-wing Industrial Workers of the World music to really wrap up Labor Day.
Excellent morning music...thanks RP!! :clap:
Great great band.
inindian wrote:
I 3rd that :yell: A nice mix of different yet unified feels and not worn out after many plays :jump:
I 4th that. My exposure to The Shins began with RP and I have this CD in heavy rotation in my car.
Yeah, great song, reminds me when i get to paradise city ... so smooth and relaxing .. such special morning/day! =) Oscar
Love the SHINS!!!!!
Alpine wrote:
I bought this CD. It is great. I recommend it.
Wizzuvv_oz wrote:
I bought it as well. It is great. I recommend it also. Buy something else at the same time for when this one gets stale (no preservatives).
I 3rd that :yell: A nice mix of different yet unified feels and not worn out after many plays :jump:
Contaminator wrote:
Friendly advice: listen to RP more often. Bill discovers great bands :notworthy:
I'll second that. Without RP, I would have few ways to discover new music. This station has opened up whole new worlds for me.
Ebabeleba wrote:
Shivers when I hear this song..... Thank U RP for letting me hear this often, this band has surprised me when I thought all new music was never different from same old same old. This is the Brighter side! I'll be catching them live soon.........
Friendly advice: listen to RP more often. Bill discovers great bands :notworthy:
Shivers when I hear this song..... Thank U RP for letting me hear this often, this band has surprised me when I thought all new music was never different from same old same old. This is the Brighter side! I'll be catching them live soon.........
Wow, this gets better and better. Pink Floyd's "Time", followed by "Black Wave"... For the 100th time: :biggrin: Great set, Bill! :clap:
didstanbul wrote:
Sorry big fans out there. I just can't seem to get into the Shins... and believe me I've tried. I know Bill is into them and by the sounds of it all alternative San Diego radio stations. I am still trying to understand why.
Be grateful that you have alternative stations at all. The Shins will *never* show up in my area, because I live in the ass end of nowhere.
Go Shins!
Back into this decade... thank you.
lattalo wrote:
Thank you for introducing me to the Shins RP, my budget hates it, but I have purchased so much good music since I started listening to RP.
Ditto! I had to move back in with the parents since I started listening to RP. I'm kidding, that's not the reason...
Thank you for introducing me to the Shins RP, my budget hates it, but I have purchased so much good music since I started listening to RP.
God, I love the Shins!
Alpine wrote:
I bought this CD. It is great. I recommend it.
I bought it as well. It is great. I recommend it also. Buy something else at the same time for when this one gets stale (no preservatives).
Sorry big fans out there. I just can't seem to get into the Shins... and believe me I've tried. I know Bill is into them and by the sounds of it all alternative San Diego radio stations. I am still trying to understand why.
I bought this CD. It is great. I recommend it.
A See Emily Play/Caring is Creepy kinda Shins tune. Nice! Certainly likeable.
I like the Shins. I like this. I like you. That is all.
At last, a song by The Shins that doesn't make the dog growl.
I think Bill likes The Shins. This is the third song I've heard in the last two days! :yawn:
While this is not my favorite song from Wincing The Night Away its still a wonderful track.
My shins are barking: Woo Woo Hoo!
Not a huge fan of the Shins, but what a good follower to some Pink Floyd. Good job, Bill.
Zuper.
Bill's sets and segues are the BEST I've ever heard. Yes, some of the sets are heard more than once. If you have a favorite painting or sculpture, would you look at it only once in your lifetime?
xkolibuul wrote:
Y'all better be paying RP supporters to gripe like this, otherwise you're just really annoying good-fer-nothings. Its a new cd. I don't even like the Shins, but I don't begrudge Bill playing a new cd on higher rotation.
I back you up on that, Xkolibuul, new stuff gets a little more rotation time. Wincing... will pass its new release prime, and there's new stuff ready to take its place coming out all the time. BTW I am also a donating listener. Anyone who thinks RP is worth keeping on the air to rival typical FM should have a few cents to spare. After all, apparently listeners have internet access to hear it--either listeners can afford that in their homes or they have a white collar job that will allow them to listen to RP at work. Or you have one of those snazzy satellite radios that arent cheap. Whatever access the listener has,they obviously dont live and work in boxes on the curb. $2 is appreciated as well as $100. What a listener does with their wallet is a vote for this station, against this station or indifferent to its existence.
milehighYinzer wrote:
These guys are comming to a venue near me next week. Has anybody ever seen them live? Are they good? I am definatley checking it out.
I saw them a couple weeks ago when this album came out. They played a release show at the Virgin Megastore in NYC. They put on an excellent show. I was curious before the show how they would be live. They went well beyond my expectations. Someone had told me that Mercer can't hit his studio high notes. That was not true; the band and vocals were on. Definitely go see them.
bokey wrote:
This is about the 5th or 6th song I have heard by them,some several times.I guess they are all from this album I have yet to hear anything good,alhough it is not eye gouging bad.
From what Bill has been playing from the new album, it is good. However, Chutes To Narrow was an amazing album from them.
This is about the 5th or 6th song I have heard by them,some several times. I guess they are all from this album I have yet to hear anything good,alhough it isn't eye gouging bad. It's just not good.
These guys are comming to a venue near me next week. Has anybody ever seen them live? Are they good? I am definatley checking it out.
Y'all better be paying RP supporters to gripe like this, otherwise you're just really annoying good-fer-nothings. Its a new cd. I don't even like the Shins, but I don't begrudge Bill playing a new cd on higher rotation. qosforever wrote:
Totally agree. Too many songs from The Shins lately.
Bill, I'm glad you reveal to us things we might not hear otherwise. I appreciate The Shins, and you have every right to kick out their new stuff to us too without removing their older and precious songs from your insightful tunelists. Your tastes are far more ON for far longer stretches than any other DJ I've come across in this Universe, so I'm hoping you'll just JAM ON, as ye see fit, please, with that muse continuing to massage all the proper synapses in enviable manner.
qosforever wrote:
Totally agree. Too many songs from The Shins lately.
Too many songs from the Shins period!
Smoove_D wrote:
I heard a rumor that RP is considering changing formats and becoming a 24-hour Shins channel.
Totally agree. Too many songs from The Shins lately.
I heard a rumor that RP is considering changing formats and becoming a 24-hour Shins channel.