James Mercer of The Shins plays SOLO! (EP/Set Installment #3)

Check yourself for this totally awesome live set by The Shins frontman, Mr. James Mercer. He recorded this live in a studio in front of a crowd of about three... so it's intimate. This awesome set shows Mercer playing acoustically. He plays Shins songs from both albums, and covers ranging from T-Rex to Neil Young to Pixies. I really want you all to enjoy this work of art from one of my favorite artists of all time.

This version of "Caring is Creepy" is totally cool. The clever use of harmonica and Mercer's signature inverse tonality makes this set one you shouldn't miss. Also, for a live boot, the quality is AMAZING...

James Mercer - Live, Solo and Acoustic (1/7/04) - Full Zip File

or get the MP3's
Bonus MP3: James Mercer - "Won Too Many Fights"

Honestly, this is one of my favorite recordings of all time. The intimacy, the beauty and the sheer flawlessness all contribute. You NEED to hear it. Take some time today and you'll understand.

13 Responses to “James Mercer of The Shins plays SOLO! (EP/Set Installment #3)”

  1. # Blogger Hercermer

    Thanks! Really cool :) Surprised no one else has commented.  

  2. # Anonymous Anonymous

    It will change your life...  

  3. # Anonymous Parker

    Thank you SO much. This is AMAZING! It's really great to hear how he arranges some of this stuff when he's on his own. Gives you a feel for what he had in mind when he wrote it in the first place, ya know? Beautiful!  

  4. # Anonymous Anonymous

    muito obrigado  

  5. # Anonymous bonnie

    basically awesome. i <3 it a lot. so good. sooo gooood.  

  6. # Anonymous Jeff

    Anyway to fix the whole show download? I would love to have this show.


  7. # Anonymous Anonymous

    please repost this, i would love to be able to hear it!  

  8. # Anonymous Anonymous

    I had this on my iPod for ages, but I lost my iPod and now I don't feel complete any more! I miss it :'(

    Could someone who still has it hit me up on msn? My add is tyrannosaurus_rich@hotmail.com  

  9. # Anonymous Anonymous

    Please Please Please Please Please repost this set. I am a huge Shins fan, and I think James Mercer is one of the most talented musicians of our generation. I would love to be able to experience this piece of history. It's not everyday that you can hear one of your favorite artists playing acoustic.  

  10. # Blogger Tim Selles


    That's the whole set if anyone still needs it.  

  11. # Blogger Doron Diamond

    One of the most interesting things about this is how it took place on January 2004. In July 2004, Garden State came out, and had that famous scene with Natalie Portman saying New Slang "will change your life." And I'm sure James was more surprised than anyone. It's amazing songs of this caliber were played so well in front of such a small crowd! Incredible! Thank you so much for posting this.  

  12. # Anonymous Abbi

    ahhh! help! the link don't work, and i REALLY want these :(  

  13. # Anonymous Anonymous

    ahhh! help! the link don't work, and i REALLY want these :(  

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