Live at KEXP Volume Three: The Shins – Australia

KEXP is proud to present Live at KEXP Volume Three, a limited edition CD featuring live, one-of-a-kind, in-studio performances by The Long Winters, The Shins, Frank Black, Cloud Cult, Under Byen, The English Beat, Peter Bjorn and John, Billy Bragg, and more! 100% of the proceeds benefit KEXP programming.

For the next few months, we’ll be bringing you insight into the performances, the making of the compilation, and even the artwork itself. This week, we feature The Shins, who contribute a version of “Australia,” originally found on their most recent release Wincing The Night Away. John Richards remembers:

“We had a whole week of in-studios planned the week of CMJ when we were in NYC. The whole broadcast was to peak (and end!) with the Shins. They had the new record out in a few months and were saying we’d be hearing debuts from it. Everyone was excited.

Earlier that day we had swept the CMJ awards and had one of the most successful and exciting weeks at a remote we ever had. 50 or 60 people fit themselves into a space at Gigantic studios that should have fit 30. There were TV cameras, photographers and all kinds of random people there. The Shins came in and delivered and we all sad basking in the knowledge that just 50 or 60 of us were witnessing the next stage of such a great band…and sharing it with thousands of others.”

Check out these great photos courtesy Doron Gild, who was on hand to photograph the performance:

Also on hand, a crew from New York Noise, an indie & underground music video show on NYC TV. They shot this video of the same performance:

To support KEXP by purchasing Live at KEXP Volume Three, go to our website or, if you’re in the Seattle area, to one of the many local independent retailers.

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