Oh God, it was painful just typing that header. I’m so not a Shins fan. I hated the movie Garden State and find them overhyped and I just don’t get them. Except this song! Here’s what happened, and as promised in a comment, it has to do with the Radiohead New Year’s special called “Scotch_Mist.” I tried to watch it online on their site at midnight British time, but it wasn’t happening. Bleah. But then I saw it was also being shown on something called Current TV which actually exists in my universe of cable channels. Score!
But enough about Radiohead (I think I’ve written quite a bit). After the special ended there were a bunch of commercials, one of which was a concert film made about the Shins. Now, as I mentioned, I don’t care much about the Shins but the film seemed innovative because it was made up of film taken by concert-goers with their cell phones and pocket cameras. Neat! And hard to watch. But never mind, I only saw the part in the commercial. And I was mesmerized by the song they were playing. Yowzah, it was good. It’s weird to say this, because I’m not a Beach Boys fan at all, but it sounded like the Beach Boys. The chord changes on the vocals were hypnotic, so wistful and beautiful.
So because I love The Record Store in My Computer, I Googled the one line I could understand, “and they could float above the grass,” found the song, and downloaded it from Amazon. Now it’s the only thing besides Radiohead I listen to! It’s just hypnotically beautiful and sounds a little like a modernized version of something the bands at Arnold’s Diner used to play on Happy Days.
The Shins – Phantom Limb
Streaming audio available on the iPod Song of the Week page.