The Shins - Oh, Inverted World (2001) album cover.

The Shins - Oh, Inverted World (2001)

This week we tackle The Shins' seminal indie record Oh, Inverted World. James Mercer and company blended 60s pop influences such as The Beatles & The Zombies effortlessly with Mercer's whimsical lyricism and infectious melodies to create a sound that is unmistakably The Shins. Clocking in at just 33 minutes, the record packs a powerful punch as a debut record, cementing the group as one of the most iconic indie bands of the decade. And having prominent placement in Zach Braff's Garden State certainly helped.

Episode Tracklist

  • The Shins - "Caring Is Creepy"
  • The Shins - "New Slang"
  • Flake Music - "Blast Valve"
  • The Shins - "Those Bold City Girls"
  • The Shins - "One By One All Day"
  • The Shins - "Weird Divide"
  • The Shins - "Girl On The Wing"
  • The Shins - "The Past And Pending"
  • Archers Of Loaf - "Step Into The Light"
  • Helvetia - "A Dot Running For the Dust"
  • The Police - "Peanuts"

Sidetrack: Bamnan and Slivercork: Midlake's Perfect Blend of Psychedelic and Folk

On this episode we listen to Texas natives Midlake, and their 2004 debut album Bamnan and Slivercork. One of the more successful bands to emerge from the Denton music scene, Midlake's meticulous blending of acoustic guitars and lo-fi electronica create the perfect blend of psychedelic and folk. And vocalist and lead songwriter Tim Smith's whimsical lyricism and Thom Yorke-like falsetto truly sets this album apart from other indie groups of the early aughts, and reminded music lovers everywhere that Austin is not the only city in Texas worth paying attention to.


  • Midlake - "They Cannot Let It Expand"
  • Midlake - "Rollerskate (Farwell June)"
  • Midlake - "I Guess I'll Take Care"
  • Midlake - "Some Of Them Were Superstitious"
  • Mux Mool - "Boner Of A Lonely Heart"
  • Skinshape - "Oracolo"
  • Jimmie Spheris - "Long Way Down"