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The Shins To Appear On 'Saturday Night Live'

James Mercer at Aural Apothecary Studios

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The Northwest band, The Shins, will be performing on Saturday Night Live this weekend. The band is releasing its first new record in five years called, ‘Port of Morrow.’ Speaking to ‘OPB Music’ at his home studio in Portland, lead singer James Mercer says some of the songs came quickly, others took their time.

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James Mercer of The Shins.

James Mercer said, “I work on a lot of songs at once. And so if I get stumped on one song I’ll just switch to another and that thing can wait. And some of these songs that ended up on here are things that I was at one time stumped by, maybe eight years ago, and now I’ve brought them back and figured things out.”

Mercer says he’s been working on a couple of different music projects and a film over the last five years. And he’s had two little girls.

The band will now start touring Europe. It’ll be in Bend on May 25 and Portland in the Summer.

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