While not much a fan in the past, I’ve been rockin’ out to the new album by The Shins for a couple weeks thanks to my super secret heady torrent connections — and I have to say that it’s quite good.

The boys in the band announced that they’re hitting up the West coast in a few weeks, so hopefully we see more dates come to fruition out here in the cold Midwest…

The Shins Late 2006 Tour Dates

12-07 Seattle, WA – Key Arena
12-08 San Francisco, CA – Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
12-09 La Jolla, CA – RIMAC Arena (UCSD)
12-13 Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom

[via Pitchfork]

The best track on the new album is “Sea Legs” — without a doubt — but here’s a close second…