Are The Shins a commie plot? - Public radio's "The Dinner Party" chats w/ James Mercer of The Shins by The Dinner Party Download published on 2012-02-11T03:06:47Z Guest of Honor: The Shins’ James Mercer If you were a college student in the late Nineties/early aughts chances are you made out with James Mercer…singing in the background. His band, The Shins, created a unique blend of smart, charming pop that lent itself to mix tapes, day trips and shared headphones. After being nominated for a Grammy in 2007, the band went on hiatus. Mercer got married, had two children and released an album with his other band Broken Bells. But now, just in time for Valentine’s Day, The Shins are back with a new single, simply called “Simple Song” off their March LP Port of Morrow. Brendan spoke with James about listlessness, cold war secrets and how the song he wrote that changed others people’s lives changed his.