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Shipping News is an American post-rock/indie rock band. The group formed in the fall of 1996 when members Jason Noble and Jeff Mueller, who were both in Rodan, collaborated to create music for the Chicago-based syndicated National Public Radio program This American Life. Kyle Crabtree was later recruited as drummer which completed the original lineup. In 2004, Todd Cook, former member of Parlour, The For Carnation, and the reunited Slint, was recruited as bass player. The group's sound is similar to those of earlier Louisville, Kentucky indie rock bands such as Slint and Rodan as well as Mueller's former band June of 44.