James Mercer has been playing a couple of solo Shins shows here in Southern California and San Diego’s 91X recorded their session with the songwriter. Not only did he play current single “Simple Song,” but he also debuted a new track from the upcoming Port Of Morrow album, titled “It’s Only Life.” Bookending the set are “Young Pilgrims” and “New Slang.” Watch the whole thing down below.
Update 2: A new version of the session has been posted with “It’s Only Life” removed. Looks like they are holding on to that one until the album comes out. The new cut of the session is below.
Plugging away since 1999, The National finally hit mainstream success with the release of their 2010 album High Violet. Of course, this entailed their first world tour, but in the new documentary Mistaken For Strangers, it’s only the backdrop for the relationship between lead singer Matt Berninger and his younger brother Tom, who had no idea that these short videos he was shooting would turn into a public document of their troubled, if still loving brotherhood.
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