It’s tough to say just how long I’ve had these Modest Mouse b-sides on my hard-drive, but it was just this past weekend that I re-discovered. They’re from all different era’s of Modest Mouse, but I think the majority are from the early-to-mid 90’s. Enjoy these, and with any luck, I’ll have another band to do this with next Tuesday. Oh, and I should warn you that the quality on some of these leaves a lot to be desired.
And a zip file, for those of you to lazy to download those one at a time.
In case you hadn’t already heard, Modest Mouse have officially taken the #1 spot on the Billboard charts, selling just under 130,000 copies. That’s around 50,000 more than the last major indie release, Neon Bible. However, don’t think those two figures mean indie has finally permeated the mainstream. Two other big hitters, LCD Soundsystem and Ted Leo, slid into the 46th and 109th positions, respectively. I haven’t been able to find the figures for Person Pitch, but I’m sure they won’t make me smile. Things like these are the reasons we need to support the artists we like. I know most of us say ‘x band won’t miss my fifteen bucks’; the truth is, they probably won’t, but they will miss your support. Not all of us can spare the cash to buy every record that comes along, but if you really love an album, the purchase is worth it. A nicely packaged CD is so much more satisfying than So, while you try to fix that, enjoy the (strangefully enough) fittingly-titled King Rat, a vinyl only b-side from We Were Dead. Thanks goes once again to I Guess I’m Floating for digging up this gem.
Last week I introduced this feature, unsure if it was something I wanted to keep. After reviewing it’s traffic stats at the end of last week, I think it’s safe to say you’ll be seeing this feature every Monday from now on. Today, things are a little different. One of the remixes I included is actually just an alternate version (The Good Times Are Killing Me), and another isn’t an artist remixed, but and artist remixing (Scarecrow). That’s the nice thing about working with artists who are also producers; their back catalog is so damn big, that it’s never hard to find a suitable song to post. I’d more or less forgotten that El-P had remixed Becks Scarecrow until I started working on this post; after all, Guerolito isn’t exactly the type of record that gets heavy rotation from me. But, El-P’s is definitely one of the standout remixes on that album. It’s still Beck’s Scarecrow, but it has El-P’s harsh edge going for it too. The result is a pretty damn good song.
Welcome to the first edition of a new feature I hope to implement here on SC, called Classics. Essentially, Classics takes an artist getting talked about these days, and takes a look at their back catalog, and any gems hidden in them. Today’s artist is Modest Mouse, and the album is 2000’s The Moon & Antarctica. When asked what their favorite Modest Album is, fans will almost always reply TM&A. I can’t help but be one of those people. TM&A is the antithesis of albums like Good News and We Were Dead; while you liked those albums the second you heard them, TM&A takes it’s time growing on you. Upon you first listen, you’re not likely to hear what makes this album so great. But slowly, everything comes into focus, almost track by track, and you realize that you’re listening to Modest Mouse at their peak.
“It appeared [Brock] had some sort of object in his hand that he used
to make two swift cuts on his torso. Immediately after the frantic
moves, the band’s bearded stage hand/sound guy/roadie seated to Brock’s
left jumped on stage and grappled with Brock, making sure the singer’s
arms couldn’t reach his body for further harm. Brock then cooled down a
bit, embraced the stage hand and they talked in each other’s ears for a
second before each released the other and Brock returned to the mic. It
all happened in about 10 to 15 seconds.
“After the incident, Brock’s white T-shirt had two clear slices on its
front with blood stains building around the cuts…Yet, he didn’t miss
a song and played through several more of the band’s tunes before
breaking for an encore.”
To paraphrase all reports about this story; Last night in Sioux Falls, during ‘Tiny Cities Made Of Ash’, Isaac Brock apparently hit himself in the face with his microphone several times, then proceeded to slice his chest once or twice with a knife of some sort. It’s still unclear what he used to cut himself, how many times he did so, and what exactly happened with the microphone.
Now for the opinionated part; I think people need to cut Brock some slack; everywhere, I’m hearing people saying “he fell of the wagon”, “he was high”, “he was all fucked up” and all sorts of other slanderous remarks. Brock’s admitted that he had a little too much to drink that night, and we all know he’s a recovering alcoholic. Anyone who’s dealt with alcoholism knows it’s not an easy or simple thing to handle. We all have our own personal demons, and we all deal with them differently. Just because Brock is a public figure doesn’t mean we have the right to critique his every move. He’s a person just like you and me, and probably just wants to put this whole mess behind him. So, maybe we should just let him.
Happy March 20th! In case you didn’t know, today is one of the best release days this year for music. Today, at least 7 big albums and one massive one are released. For now, I’ll focus on the three albums I’ll actually pick up today, but you can bet on more later. First is Sound Of Silver, the sophomore album from LCD Soundsystem. At this point SOS is the best reviewed album of the year and probably deserves that status; ‘North American Scum’ has achieved a sort of national anthem status among the indie community. Secondly is Modest Mouse’s We Were Dead. While this has received the most mixed reviews, it’s still one of my favorites; ‘Parting Of The Sensor’ is damn near perfect. Finally, I saved the best for last; Panda Bear’s Person Pitch. Today, I’ve included two mp3s from the album of the year; the sprawling centerpiece ‘Good Girl/Carrots’, and ‘Take Pills’. Have a great March 20th!
I’m late to the party, I know. But back in February, did you really need to read another post about Modest Mouse? So now that all the post-leak hype has faded from both of our minds, it’s finally safe for me to do a write up on We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank.
Is it better than Good News? Absolutely. Is it better than The Moon & Antarctica. No. Personally, I think that TM&A will always stand as Modest Mouse’s crowning achievement. And that’s not really a bad thing, considering how amazing TM&A was. But WWDBTSES is still a damn (annoying to type) good album. At it’s best, it recalls the good old days, before Modest Mouse songs were sung on American Idol, and at it’s worst, it’s just reminiscent of the low points of Good News. While Johnny Marr, former Smiths guitarist and new member of Modest Mouse, doesn’t revolutionize Modest Mouse’s he does build on it. Everything sounds a little sharper a fuller. And while I’m admittedly a fan of angry-screamy Brock (which, by the way, is particularly spectacular on ‘Parting Of The Sensory’), it’s nice to see slower, sweeter songs like ‘Little Motel’ return to his palette. Overall, I think We Were Dead will go down as a good point in Modest Mouse’s history; I know I sure can’t wait ’till Tuesday.
Modest Mouse – Parting Of The Sensory.mp3
Modest Mouse – Little Motel.mp3
Modest Mouse – Steam Engenius.mp3
Modest Mouse have revealed new details about their new album, We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank, due out on March 20th. The Shins James Mercer will sings on three tracks, and ex-Smiths guitarist is now a member of the band. The tracklisitng is as follows:
‘March Into the Sea’
‘Fire It Up’
‘Parting of the Sensory’
‘Missed the Boat’
‘We’ve Got Everything’
‘Fly Trapped in a Jar’
‘People As Places As People’
Need inspiration to listen to Good News For People Who Love Bad News for the thousandth time? Probably not but here you go anyway: Dashboard the single from Modest Mouse’s new album We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank.