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Posted Monday at 21:35 | By: Gregg | Tags: Artwork, Glacial Pace Recordings, Modest Mouse, Release

Modest Mouse reveal cover art and track count for Strangers to Ourselves

Modest Mouse have again taken to Instagram to reveal some news. This time the cover art for the upcoming album Strangers to Ourselves.

It's presumed that again this is an Alex MacLean photograph being used. Some of his portfolio lend well to the Modest Mouse theme of isolation and urban sprawl from earlier albums.

Glacial Pace has also put up the album for pre-order. It reveals that the album will consist of 15 tracks, while iTunes lists Lampshades on Fire as the second track on the album.

Glacial Pace is also listing a "vintage poster package", which includes the album, the two re-issue bonus 7 inches, and a signed Shepard Fairey tour poster from 2000, which is limited to 250 copies.

A photo posted by Modest Mouse (@modestmouse) on

Source: Modest Mouse "Strangers To Ourselves" - Glacial Pace Recordings

Posted 2014/12/15 at 08:57 | By: Gregg | Tags: Artwork, Modest Mouse, New Material, Release

Listen to Modest Mouse's new single: Lampshades on Fire

Modest Mouse's long awaited new single, Lampshades on Fire, is now streaming over on Minnesota Public Radio The Current.

It also appears that the second Instagram photo Modest Mouse posted, is the single artwork for the track. That photo has since been credited to an Alex MacLean.

The new single will be available to purchase digitally tomorrow, and is the first single off their new album Strangers to Ourselves being released on March 3rd, 2015.

Source: Song premiere: Modest Mouse, 'Lampshades on Fire' off forthcoming album Strangers to Ourselves | The Current from Minnesota Public Radio

Posted 2014/12/13 at 20:24 | By: Gregg | Tags: Modest Mouse, New Material, Release

Strangers to Ourselves

Modest Mouse's new album will be titled Strangers to Ourselves and will be released on March 3rd, 2015.

This past Thursday, Modest Mouse's management contacted several members of the community requesting their postal information. As we're based in Canada, ours will probably only arrive next week, but Chris C / @ModestMouse123 received his today. The package contained a test pressing of Lampshades on Fire, similar to the image Modest Mouse put out earlier in the week, and a note stating that this will be the first single from their new album Strangers to Ourselves. There was no b-side on the record provided.

The single, as we already know, will be making it's radio debut this coming Monday, December 15, but the note also states that the single will be available for purchase the following day, most probably digitally.

Posted 2014/12/13 at 15:47 | By: Gregg | Tags: Festival, Live, Modest Mouse, Video

KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas Webcast

It has been announced that both nights of this weekend's KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas will be live streamed.

Modest Mouse will be performing at 6:50pm Pacific Time. It looks like their set will only be about 30 mins long.

Should you not be able to catch it, the organizers are saying that the webcast will be available for 24 hours after broadcast.

This may be Modest Mouse's last performance for the year, although every time we say that they announce more dates.

Source: 25th Annual KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas Webcast « The World Famous KROQ

Posted 2014/12/08 at 10:02 | By: Gregg | Tags: Modest Mouse, New Material, Release, Rumours/Rumors

Lampshades On Fire /

UPDATE: Revolt.tv has apparently heard back from a rep at Epic, and the album is apparently due out the first quarter of 2015.

Modest Mouse posted their first photograph to Instagram this morning, which appears to be a potential test pressing of a 7" for the track Lampshades On Fire. This means this track could be the first single from the new album.

Lampshades On Fire is the oldest of the batch of new songs that has become part of Modest Mouse's live sets, first making its debut on 2011/05/26.

UPDATE: Looks like the single has been distributed to radio stations and will be making a debut this Monday. What's interesting to note, is that this looks like Modest Mouse is still signed to Epic.

Source: modestmouse on Instagram

Posted 2014/11/07 at 11:42 | By: Gregg | Tags: Glacial Pace Recordings, Isaac Brock, Modest Mouse, Pat Graham, Release, Tour, Video

October / November News Roundup

It's been a busy period over on our end, and little bits of news have been creeping in all over, here's a roundup of news from the past few weeks.

Pat Graham's book came out a month ago today. If you haven't grabbed a copy yet, I strongly suggest it. I was able to go through it in detail a week ago and there are a lot amazing photographs as always, and some great behind the scenes stories of those early touring days.

Then there was the long awaited reissue of both This Is A Long Drive For Someone With Nothing To Think About and The Lonesome Crowded West, these last two weeks. Along with the two 7"s that were released along side them, it allows us to attach studio sessions to these old songs. Although the White Lies, Yellow Teeth 7" also states what is perceived to be a typo of late 1996 when the album came out in April of that year. Can anyone actually remember if Long Drive was released April 1996?

The Vinyl reissues also seemed to get a number of limited coloured wax versions. Check the board for images and word on if any of these retailers are still selling copies.

Pitchfork.com reviewed both reissues and gave them a 8.5 and a 10 respectively. I wonder what's changed since that 6.8 in 1996...

Modest Mouse hit the stage again tonight in Houston, TX, followed by a performance tomorrow in Austin, as part of Fun Fun Fun Fest. These are to date, the last performances scheduled for the year.

Lastly, Isaac lent support to Bob Dingethal, earlier this week.

Posted 2014/09/15 at 11:00 | By: Gregg | Tags: Pat Graham

Modest Mouse - Photographs by Pat Graham

Something that's been in the works for a while, and is finally seeing a release later this month, is Pat Graham's new book "Modest Mouse."

For those of you unfamiliar with the Pat Graham/Modest Mouse story; Pat and Isaac were housemates in 1992, in Washington, DC. Pat first saw the band play in 1996, and was then asked to join them on their first tour of the US in 1997, as a photographer/driver.

For those that are, you'll know that Pat's work has complimented the band for years, from many of the iconic press release photos to album artwork. Many, including myself, regard Pat as an unofficial member of the band, with his camera being his instrument.

When Modest Mouse embarked on there first US tour in 1997 Isaac asked Pat if he wanted to come along. What followed over the next 12 years of touring across the USA, Europe, and Japan was a thrilling collaboration and a lasting friendship. Onstage and 10,000 miles off it, Graham's remarkable photos offer a blunt and beautiful view of the touring life: the broken down vans, overflowing merch tables, adoring fans, blown amps, couches-turned-beds, performance injuries, filthy motel rooms, run-of-the-mill truck-stops, zen moments and breathtaking landscapes, and scores of other sights across almost a decade. With its compelling and candid portraits of the band members and their friends, Graham's camera captures a rare and privileged take on Modest Mouse. Witness to all the highs and the lows of the road, Modest Mouse is a treasure for anyone interested in a backstage view and a deeper understanding of the glory, grit, and grime of rock and roll.

In Pat's words: "The book covers 20 years of the band from the first tour, me and 3 guys, till recent tours, 6 guys, Johnny Marr and 2 tour buses. It's a story of a band from before sat navs, and Facebook..."

The book will begin shipping on October 7 from Amazon. It's hardcover and features approximately 160 pages. For some additional information, check out this interview he's just done with Cool Hunting.

Pat also says that he will be partaking in an AMA on Reddit in the near future, and will be hopefully planning a limited edition of the book. Which may include a zine he and Isaac worked on in 1992 called "Eggtooth", snippets of which can be seen in the book.

Source: Modest Mouse: Pat Graham

Posted 2014/09/03 at 17:45 | By: Gregg | Tags: Artwork, Glacial Pace Recordings, Modest Mouse, Release

Reissues get release dates and accompanying 7

As we last reported, Modest Mouse's first two albums are being reissued on vinyl. Glacial Pace has now set dates and has begun taking pre-orders as of today, although Amazon and other places seemed to have jumped the gun a few days early, leading to a little confusion.

This Is A Long Drive For Someone With Nothing To Think About will be released on October 28, while The Lonesome Crowded West will be released on November 4. Both albums are supposed to include their original vinyl only bonus tracks Edit The Sad Parts, A Manic Depressive Named Laughing Boy, and Baby Blue Sedan.

On those same days Glacial Pace will also be releasing acompanying 7"s of tracks recorded at the same time as the albums.

The first, White Lies, Yellow Teeth, will feature the A side of the same name, with the B side being Buttons To Push The Buttons. White Lies, Yellow Teeth had previously been released in 2002 on the compilation album The Giant Rock 'n Roll Swindle, although the version the band has uploaded to SoundCloud does appear to be slightly different. Buttons To Push The Buttons is more commonly known as a live track on the Interstate 8 EP, and lesser known as a studio track on 1998's Zum Audio Vol. 2 compilation.

The second 7", is what was previously thought to have been an Ugly Casanova track, Too Many Fiestas For Reuben, as it was performed live by them/Isaac solo a few times. Its B side, an alternative version of Cowboy Dan. Both tracks are said to have been recorded with Calvin Johnson in Olympia, which may be the November 12, 1994 session, but we should be able to confirm that when these come out.

While nothing completely brand new, this will be the first time some of these tracks have been released in studio form, and will at least make them easier to come by.

All four are available now for pre-order at Glacial Pace, as well as Amazon and a few other places.

Refresh your memory with White Lies, Yellow Teeth below.

Source: Modest Mouse Glacial Pace Re-Issues – Glacial Pace Recordings

Posted 2014/08/13 at 10:18 | By: Gregg | Tags: Glacial Pace Recordings, Isaac Brock, Release

Glacial Pace repressing older albums

It would appear that Isaac's Glacial Pace label has managed to secure the rights to all the original UP Records releases, as it has been pointed out that the albums are now being listed as "© Glacial Pace" in places like the Google Play store.

The band has even been selling copies of The Lonesome Crowded West on their past tour, featuring the Glacial Pace logo and similar packaging to the 2010 releases of the original K Records.

Board member Idioteque was able to speak to Isaac after a show and he said that he was "about to repress the fuck out of them." This should mean that copies of This Is A Long Drive For Someone With Nothing To Think About, The Lonesome Crowded West, and Building Nothing Out Of Something should be easier to find, and will become available on vinyl again.

No word on the Interstate 8 EP, which was also released through UP Records. This may be the one that Isaac mentioned they'd lost the masters for, but my mind is slipping...

In other vinyl news, board admin Chief Tragedy, has pointed out that Urban Outfitters has begun selling coloured vinyl for Sad Sappy Sucker (yellow) and The Fruit That Ate Itself (green) online. This pressing seems to be dated April 15, and is appearing on other online stores (Barnes & Noble, Amazon, etc), but with no mention on the vinyl being coloured. In case you're wanting to hold out to see if this pressing becomes more common, as the consensus seems to be that Urban Outfitters is not a great place to buy vinyl online.

Source: board.interstate-8.com - Some new info regarding Modest Mouse represses

Posted 2014/08/11 at 10:09 | By: Gregg | Tags: Festival, Live, Modest Mouse

Modest Mouse added to Hellow Festival lineup

Modest Mouse will be making a return to Mexico this September, having just been added to the lineup of the Hellow Festival in Monterrey.

An alternative poster is showing them as opening for Queens Of The Stone Age on Friday, September 19. This detail of the lineup is not yet mentioned on the festival website, so be careful using this information to buy single tickets.

This will be the band's third appearance in Mexico. Thanks to Kev C. for bringing this to our attention.

UPDATE: The Friday, September 19 poster does appear on the festival's Twitter feed.

Source: Hellow Festival Official Site

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