The good news: The Shins are back with a new album called Heartworms. The not-so-good news: it's not out until March 10. So we still have a couple months to wait but we have heard two singles from the album so far—"Name For You" and "Dead Alive". Seemingly intent on leaking their whole album before it streets, The Shins have taken to Minnesota Public Radio to play another new song. (Not that we’re complaining.)
On January 7, James Mercer and co. appeared on MPR’s "A Prairie Home Companion" and performed "The Fear". They also performed "Gone for Good" and "Saint Simon" from 2003's Chutes Too Narrow. As stalwart and pleasant as the other two Heartworms singles have been, "The Fear" is easily my favorite from the trio. Best I can describe it is what Neutral Milk Hotel would sound like fronted by Thom Yorke. So you should listen to that below. Or you can listen to the whole episode of "Prairie Home" here. (Regina Spektor also shows up to perform songs from her newest album.) The Shins perform at 52:10 and 1:19:00. Spektor performs at 21:40 and 1:46:00.