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.
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.