James Mercer has a lot of ground to cover on The Shins credibility reclamation tour, especially because he’s the only original member of the band still available to do interviews. But his new record, Port of Morrow, seems to have been warmly received by critics, and he’s still getting booked on late night shows. How hard can it be? Last night, the band took to Late Show with David Letterman to perform "Simple Song," one of the better songs off the album. Watch him hit all of those high notes after the click, via Stereogum.
You might think that was sometimes collaborator Danger Mouse playing keyboards on the left side of the stage, but no, it’s just a white guy with curly hair. Hooray for assumptions! Port of Morrow is out right now.