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The Shins, New Album, New Tour, New Label

ALBUQUERQUE, NM (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — The Shins are hard at work on their next album, but don't look for it on Sub Pop Records as the band has announced that they've parted ways with their long-time label. Instead, the album will be released on Shins frontman Jim Mercer's Aurel Apothecary label, Billboard reported.

The door isn't closed for a Sub Pop and Shins partnership however and the band's manager Ian Montone told Billboard that the band is still looking to team up with a label partner that will assist with additional marketing, radio, and various costs."

"The deal will be more of a [pressing and distribution] deal than a traditional record deal," Montone added "That partner could very well remain Sub Pop, who have done a remarkable job with the band and have a great staff of people who really love music.

"It could be a digital partner with respect to other rights. All of this is being determined. The first goal is to make the record and see where that takes us."

Sub Pop has handled all the band's albums previously, including 2001's Oh, Inverted World; 2003's Chutes Too Narrow; and 2007's Wincing The Night Away.

Of course, with a new album in the works, a new tour can't be far behind and the Shins will be hitting the road this spring.

Tour dates:

May 2 – Bellingham, WA – Red Square On Campus (Western Washington University)
May 4 – Seattle, WA – Showbox
May 5 – Seattle, WA – Showbox
May 6 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
May 7 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
May 9 – Oakland, CA – The Fox
May 10 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium
May 11 – San Diego, CA – Soma
May 13 – Richmond, VA – The National
May 14 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
May 15 – Baltimore, MD – Ram's Head Live
May 16 – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
May 17 – Wellmont, NJ – Wellmont Theater
May 18 – New York, NY – Terminal 5

–by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers