Whitney Pastorek
January 10, 2007 AT 12:00 PM EST

It’s a good day in my office, PopWatchers: My buddies at SubPop sent over the new Shins album, and I have now listened to it 6 times. I need to listen to it 6 more times before I form a real opinion, because people keep walking in here and the phone keeps ringing and the e-mail is dinging and I keep having to write stuff and I can’t concentrate… Oh, PopWatchers, my life is hard.

But the Shins! The Shins have returned to save us all!  For those of you unfamiliar with the band, they are — wait. Some of you are unfamiliar with the band?? Sheesh. Okay, as much as I hate to say this, desperate times call for desperate measures: Go rent Garden State, come back when you’re up to speed. (Your other option is to go to the record store, purchase copies of Oh, Inverted World and Chutes Too Narrow, go home, lie down on your bed, put the records on, and let them wash over you for about 3 weeks straight, then take them to your car and drive around in Northern California for a while, but we don’t have time for that.)

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Anyway, their third album, Wincing the Night Away, is SO IMMINENT that you can actually pre-order it on iTunes RIGHT NOW. You should do that, if you are the sort of person who doesn’t careabout holding things. And then, but wait, there’s more! The band willbe on SNL next week, Letterman at the end of the month, and doing acouple special promo appearances… plus, starting Jan. 18, you canstream the whole album on MySpace! Again, a super option for those whoconsider holding things to be inconvenient!

Get all your Shins news here. And expect me to get this hysterical throughout the spring as albums bysome of my favorite bands in the world hit shelves. Coming up:ClapYourHandsSayArcadeFallOutPattyGriffinEtc.

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