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Posted Yesterday at 17:05 | By: Gregg | Tags: Interview, Isaac Brock, Modest Mouse

Isaac Brock talks about the origin of

In an interview with Studio 360's Kurt Andersen, Isaac Brock talks about the inspiration behind the "The Best Room."

Brock mentions that in 1997 he was flying from Montana to Arizona to work on the mastering of Modest Mouse's second album The Lonesome Crowded West when the plane got put into a holding pattern over Phoenix, due to UFO sighting that became known as the "Phoenix Lights." He didn't tell anyone for years, because "...[he] didn't want to be that dude with the alien, with the UFO." He eventually told his mother and late UP Records founder Chris Takino.

He explains that the song is not about the UFO sighting, but rather a portion of the lyrics deal with the hotel that he ended up in that night.

the best room they have
is the last room you'd want
the bathroom's outside
police tape is tied
to the door knobs from rooms
nine through thirty-two
aw! these western concerns
we beg while we chew

Studio 360 will be broadcasting more of the interview in this week's show, which looks to come out on Thursday. Listen to this portion of the interview below. Read the complete lyrics to "The Best Room" on that song's page.

Source: Why it Took Isaac Brock 20 Years to Write Modest Mouse's New Single - Studio 360

Posted Monday at 22:11 | By: Gregg | Tags: Interview, Live, Modest Mouse, New Material, Release, Rumours/Rumors, Studio, Tour

Modest Mouse debut

Update, 3/3 9:27 AM PST: Overnight the band's website has now also added a date for June 30th in Berlin, DE. No ticketing information though.

It was performed earlier today on SiriusXMU, now Modest Mouse have uploaded a streaming version of the new track and last song on the album, "Of Course We Know." Stream the new track at the bottom of this post.

This is presumed to be the last song they will release before the album comes out in two weeks. The track is now also available to purchase from iTunes and other mp3 sites.

The band also expanded on their tour, adding more dates across the United States and the United Kingdom. See the full list below.

It's also been reported through Twitter, that this past weekend the band filmed a video at a house party in Athens, GA. Reportedly for "Lampshades On Fire."

Lastly, Portland Monthly Mag has done a short piece on Tucker Martine, one of the producers on the new album. Martine has worked with R.E.M. and The Decemberists, and explains his role on the album is that of a "fixer," "helping front man Isaac Brock find his way out of the labyrinth created by years of recording and reconnect with the rawness of some of the band's demos."

03-07 Tampa, FL - Gasparilla Music Festival
03-09 Athens, GA - Georgia Theatre
03-10 Chattanooga, TN - Track 29
03-12 Charleston, SC - North Charleston PAC
03-13 Raleigh, NC - The Ritz
03-18 New York, NY - Webster Hall
03-19 New York, NY - Webster Hall
04-17 Buffalo, NY - Asbury Hall at Babeville
04-19 Ithaca, NY - Barton Hall at Cornell University
04-20 Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE
04-22 Memphis, TN - Minglewood Hall
04-24 Oklahoma City, OK - Diamond Ballroom
04-25 Frisco, TX - Edge Fest
05-23 George, WA - Sasquatch Music Festival
06-19 Dover, DE - Firefly Festival
06-26 Odense, Denmark - Tinderbox Festival
07-01 Gdynia, Poland - Open'er Festival
07-05 Birmingham, England - The Institute
07-07 Manchester, England - The Ritz
07-08 Leeds, England - O2 Academy Leeds
07-09 Newcastle, England - 02 Academy Newcastle
07-12 Perth, Scotland - T in the Park
07-19 Louisville, KY - Forecastle Festival
07-22 Brooklyn, NY - Prospect Park Bandshell
07-23 Boston, MA - Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
07-25 Barrie, Ontario - HomeAway Music and Arts Festival

Posted 2015/02/24 at 18:00 | By: Gregg | Tags: Modest Mouse, New Material, Release, Rumours/Rumors

Is

In what seems to be a repeating pattern, iTunes is now displaying a track length for another song off Strangers to Ourselves.

The last track on the album, "Of Course we Know," apparently has a length of 5 minutes and 22 seconds. This very closely matches the time listed by Hastings almost two weeks ago, which is now also being displayed on various other online retailers.

If the pattern is correct, we should be hearing the song on the radio at some point this coming Monday, with the track being released digitally later that evening or Tuesday, depending on your timezone. This originally would have been the release date for Strangers to Ourselves. With the album now coming out on March 17, this will likely be the last track to be released in this promotional fashion.

Side note: Barnes and Nobel is also showing a slightly different track order for the LP version, with "God is an Indian and You're an Asshole" and "Pups To Dust" trading places. Thanks to rawrower for pointing this out.

Posted 2015/02/19 at 12:09 | By: Gregg | Tags: Modest Mouse, Release

Lampshades on Fire CD single

Best Buy has just started selling an exclusive CD single of Lampshades on Fire as of this past Tuesday for about $1.99.

Unlike the 7" copy that turned up in record stores last year, the CD features "The Ground Walks, With Time In A Box" as the b-side. The single also comes with a coupon for $2.00 off a pre-order of the upcoming Strangers to Ourselves.

The deal is similar to the We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank Sampler that Best Buy has an exclusive on back in 2007, except in that case the sampler was a bonus for a pre-order. This time, it seems there is no requirement to actually purchase the album.

Source: Lampshades on Fire [Single] - CD-Single - (Only @ Best Buy)

Posted 2015/02/16 at 10:35 | By: Gregg | Tags: Modest Mouse, New Material, Release, Studio

SiriusXMU world premiers

Update, 2/16 4:18 PM PST: It's not a true AMA, but Isaac has begun replying to some comments on reddit.

Update, 2/16 2:16 PM PST: Modest Mouse has shared the official stream, listen below. The reddit link ended up being used for sharing the stream.

SiriusXMU's Julia Cunningham has world premiered the new Modest Mouse track "The Ground Walks, With Time in a Box." So if you have Sirius, listen to channel 35 and try and catch it. Lots of comparisons to The Talking Heads.

We're sure the band will stream a copy later on tonight, as they've done with the other songs, we'll post the stream if it happens. Otherwise the track will probably be available to purchase from iTunes, etc, at midnight tonight.

The band has also tweeted out a link to their reddit user page, along with the message "5pm ET." Speculation is that they could be doing a reddit AMA at that time, or using it as a platform to debut the new song.

Posted 2015/02/12 at 15:34 | By: Gregg | Tags: Festival, Modest Mouse, New Material, Release, Rumours/Rumors, Tour

SiriusXMU debuting another new song tomorrow and other news

Update, 2/12 3:47 PM PST: SiriusXMU have informed us that the new song will now be aired on Monday, around noon.

Sam G, and others, have informed us that SiriusXMU (channel 35) has been announcing today that they will be premiering a new Modest Mouse song tomorrow. No time has been mentioned. It's presumed that this will be "The Ground Walks, With Time in a Box", a track which earlier this week had it's run time displayed on iTunes to be 6:10. This may also indicate that the track may be available for purchase or to those that pre-ordered the album next week Tuesday.

Next, the band has also been added to the Open'er Festival in Poland. Modest Mouse were due to perform at the festival in 2013, before that entire European tour was scrapped, so this will now be the band's first performance in that country. The Open'er Festival show is to take place on July 1st. This is good news for the Europeans, as it is the second European festival to announce that Modest Mouse will be performing over there in June/July. However the European dates are also the only ones so far not confirmed on ModestMouse.com.

Lastly: Hastings, a media retailer in the US, has posted track times on their listing for "Strangers to Ourselves". I won't post them all again, you can just see them here, but this would bring the album running time to somewhere in the 57 minute and 10 second area.

Posted 2015/02/11 at 10:02 | By: Gregg | Tags: Festival, Live, Modest Mouse, Rumours/Rumors, Tour

A few new tour dates and one new festival

Modest Mouse's website has been updated with a few new dates between the Gasparilla Music Festival and their album release date / Jimmy Fallon performance on March 17.

Dates for Athens, GA, Chattanooga, TN, Charleston, SC, and Raleigh, NC are now being listed on their website. It looks like there will be a fanclub presale for tickets starting tomorrow (February 12).

Not listed there, but announced via press release, is that the band will be headlining the WayHome Music and Arts Festival sometime over July 24 to 26.

There's also a new rumoured date on April 17 in Ithaca, NY, but that has yet to be confirmed. Same goes for the Firefly Festival in Dover, DE, in June. June is looking like a strange month as there's already a single European date in Denmark there...

Source: Modest Mouse

Posted 2015/02/10 at 09:56 | By: Gregg | Tags: Modest Mouse, Release, Rumours/Rumors

Potential track times

Update, 2/10 1:05 PM PST: @NKJones724 has pointed out that iTunes is listing The Ground Walks, With Time in a Box as 6:10 (side note: is this the next track to be made available?).

Potential track times for all the songs on Strangers to Ourselves have shown up online. No way yet to tell if these are real, so for now we'll file this under "rumours," but if so, this would bring the total running time of the album to approximately 61 minutes and 28 seconds. The information also indicates which tracks are on which side of the LP version.

Side A
1. Strangers to Ourselves - 4:02
2. Lampshades on Fire - 3:07
3. Shit in Your Cut - 4:50
4. Pistol - 4:30

Side B
5. Ansel - 3:15
6. The Ground Walks, With Time in a Box - 3:27
7. Coyotes - 3:30
8. Pups to Dust - 2:35

Side C
9. Sugar Boats - 5:12
10. Wicked Campaign - 7:44
11. Be Brave - 3:37
12. God is An Indian and You're An Asshole - 2:51

Side D
13. The Tortoise and the Tourist - 3:48
14. The Best Room - 4:24
15. Of Course We Know - 5:36

Also remember:

Source: A Nice Heart and a White Suit: Modest Mouse - Strangers To Ourselves

Modest Mouse reveal the track list for Strangers to Ourselves, stream The Best Room

Modest Mouse has finally revealed the complete tracklist for Strangers to Ourselves:

  1. Strangers To Ourselves
  2. Lampshades On Fire
  3. Shit In Your Cut
  4. Pistol (A. Cunanan, Miami, FL. 1996)
  5. Ansel
  6. The Ground Walks, With Time In A Box
  7. Coyotes
  8. Pups To Dust
  9. Sugar Boats
  10. Wicked Campaign
  11. Be Brave
  12. God Is An Indian And You're An Asshole
  13. The Tortoise And The Tourist
  14. The Best Room
  15. Of Course We Know

The bad news is, for unexplained reasons, the release date has been pushed back two weeks to March 17. This new release date will coincide with the band performing on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

The first thing to note here, unless it's been retitled, is that Poison The Well appears to be the only song performed live from the past few years that does not appear to be on the album. This track however has not been performed since late 2012 though.

Pistol also appears to have a new title that seems to reference American spree killer Andrew Cunanan. However it's been pointed out that he died in 1997, not 1996, so that may be a typo.

Another interesting one is the track God Is An Indian And You're An Asshole. This song was only performed once back in July of last year, no footage surfaced of it, and it caused great confusion at the time if it was a new song or an alternative Bukowski. It has not been performed again.

The fan titled track Give It Enough may still be on the album, but under its official title. Time will tell.

Lastly, the press release also details a lot of the people that worked on the album, revealing that James Mercer is once again returning to perform back up vocals. On which tracks it's not made clear. Dann Gallucci is also making a return appearance. As is Ben Massaralla (who performed some percussion on The Moon And Antarctica), which was previously touched on back in 2013. The production team is also revealed to be Isaac Brock, Andrew Weiss, Tucker Martine, Clay Jones, and Brian Deck.

The 15 new, original songs of Strangers To Ourselves were recorded at Ice Cream Party in Portland, Oregon a recording studio owned and operated by Isaac Brock. Originally leased in mid 2012 and purchased in late 2012, Ice Cream Party began as a makeshift studio, with mattresses against the walls to insulate sound, and was slowly transformed into a professional workspace where the band finished mixing the album in early 2015. Strangers To Ourselves was produced by Isaac Brock with additional production by Andrew Weiss, Tucker Martine, Clay Jones, and Brian Deck. The album features founding drummer Jeremiah Green, and a wide cast of musical collaborators, including James Mercer, who returns to sing back-up vocals throughout the album, Tom Peloso, Jim Fairchild (Grandaddy), Dann Gallucci (The Cold War Kids), Russell Higbee (formerly of Man Man), Ben Massaralla (Red Red Meat), Lisa Molinaro (Talkdemonic), Davey Brozowski (The Catheters), and more.

Listen to The Best Room below.

Posted 2015/02/02 at 12:16 | By: Gregg | Tags: Artwork, Modest Mouse, Video

Passenger

Shortly after we shared the video for Modest Mouse's Coyotes, some Portland natives commented on the age of the footage. It was mentioned that Portland's MAX rail system had changed slightly since the footage was filmed. Also, in the city scenes, that newer buildings now exist, or that shop facades are now different.

Jeff Hamada over at the art blog Booooooom, has been able to track down some interesting information regarding the video. Mainly that the director of the video is Matt Clarke, who also goes under the name of Houston.

Houston may ring a bell for some. It was under this name that Clarke created the art and design for Modest Mouse's fourth album Good News For People Who Love Bad News. Clarke used to run a gallery in the Seattle's Capital Hill district, but apparently this has since closed down, and he has relocated to Portland.

In 2009 it appears that Clarke directed a short film inspired by the true story of a wild coyote that rode Portland's MAX light rail train in 2002. Sound familiar? The short film was entitled Passenger, and was screened at the Projections film festival at the Roberts & Tilton gallery in Los Angeles in February 2010.

While the full short film doesn't appear to be available online, it would appear that Clarke edited his short film to be used for the Coyotes music video, which would now explain the age of the footage.

Booooooom also reports that Clarke has again been selected to handle all art direction for Strangers to Ourselves and its singles.

Watch the trailer for Passenger below, and find additional examples of his work over at Booooooom and Clarke's website.

Source: Music Video: Modest Mouse "Coyotes" - BOOOOOOOM!

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