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EPISODE 1: JAMES MERCER ON NEW SLANG

Demoitus isn't just the artistic fear or regret that you've "lost the magic" on the path from first demo recording of a song to the “studio” version. It's also the experience musicians and artists go through getting to the final version.... the people, the spaces and the resources that influence the process.

 

As the 20th anniversary of the release of The Shins Oh, Inverted World arrives, we hear about the creation and the evolution of that album’s 2001 hit song New Slang with James Mercer, singer, songwriter and founding member of The Shins. We dive in with James and learn about the inspiration that helped create New Slang and The Shins itself, as well as hear for the first time the original micro cassette bedroom demos of the classic song.

 

Demoitis is hosted by Joe Plummer (Modest Mouse, The Shins, Mister Heavenly, Cold War Kids) and Dann Gallucci (Murder City Devils, Modest Mouse) and produced by Ruinous Media and Little Everywhere.

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THE PODCAST

LISTEN TO DEMO VERSIONS OF NEW SLANG

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JAMES' INFLUENCES WHILE WRITING NEW SLANG

NEW SLANG ON OH INVERTED WORLD: 2001

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TIMELINE

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1999

2000

2001

2004

2021

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