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Posted Monday 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

Posted 2014/08/07 at 18:29 | By: Gregg | Tags: Artwork, Isaac Brock, Modest Mouse, New Material, Pat Graham

Original Sad Sappy Sucker Cassette Surfaces

If you're not a member of the Interstate-8 message board, you may have missed the following that surfaced about two weeks ago.

Board member Idioteque was able to acquire two cassettes of largely unheard material. This is a rare opportunity to glimpse into the otherwise largely unknown early history of the band.

The first cassette is titled "Sad Sappy Sucker Chokin On A Mouthful Of Lost Thoughts". This is the original Sad Sappy Sucker tape. Pat Graham has posted a partial track list in the last year, and his does differ slightly from this one, but in name only.

The tape is about 80 minutes long and consists of 39 tracks. Of the 39, 28 are new unheard songs. The rest make up quite a few of the Dial-A-Song tracks from the commercial release of Sad Sappy Sucker, and the rest finally give us official titles to the "Chris Early" demo tape.

The second cassette is titled "A Mouthful Of Lost Thoughts" and is simply a collection of 10 tracks from the first. The second side is blank.

Both cassettes appear to be handmade by Isaac, in a similar fashion to the "Tube-Fruit, All Smiles And Chocolate" and "Uncle Bunny Faces'" tapes that were discovered a few years ago. These new tapes also seem to pre-date those two tapes, as 1. Eric and Jeremiah are not credited at all, and 2. the commercial release of Sad Sappy Sucker notes that the Dial-A-Song tracks were recorded over 1994 and 1995, putting these two new tapes somewhere in that range.

The tracks are mainly Isaac performing solo, but some tracks do feature the following players: Colin, Zeb, Sam, James, Calvin, Trevor and Dan G. We're presuming that Sam and James are both Sam Jayne and James Bertram, who were both members of Lync. That Calvin could be Calvin Johnson and Dan G could be Dann Gallucci.

As mentioned, all tracks found here make up songs on "Demos Given To Chris Early By Eric Judy", which up until now has always consisted of fan titles. So it's good to have some clarity here.

Hunt around in the thread for further discussion from Board members on the findings, as well as a link to download the first tape. Otherwise take a listen to the originally fan titled "This Is Real Life" (a favourite among collectors), which we now know to actually be two songs "Inanimate Know-How" and "Don't Know Direction".

Source: New Tapes: SSS / A mouthful of lost thoughts

Posted 2014/07/30 at 00:15 | By: Gregg | Tags: Festival, Live, Modest Mouse

Modest Mouse to headline Project Pabst

Unrelated, previously used festival placeholder image...

Modest Mouse will return to Portland in September to headline Sunday night of the Project Pabst festival on the 28th. Tickets are already on sale for $25 a day. The festival takes place from the 26th to 28th.

Other artists for the Sunday include GZA, Lord Huron, Shabazz Places, The Thermals, Deep Vally, Speedy Ortiz and Grandparents.

Thanks to @tiny__laugh for sending it in.

Source: Project Pabst September 26-28th, 2014 ... Portland Oregon

Posted 2014/07/18 at 16:19 | By: Gregg | Tags: Live, Modest Mouse, New Material, Video

Pistol live video

For those of you that don't follow us on Facebook or Twitter, Modest Mouse debuted a new song the other night in Columbus, OH called "Pistol".

Here's some video from the third performance of the song in Missoula, MT, which is a bit cleaner in terms of audio from the version Columbus.

Lastly, we'll be at tonight's show in Seattle, WA attempting to live tweet the setlist, so follow us on Twitter @Interstate_8.

Posted 2014/07/08 at 15:44 | By: Gregg | Tags: Festival, Live, Tour

Modest Mouse replace Death Cab at Fun Fun Fun Fest

Sorry, I've been away on Vacation for the past month, so the site has been a bit behind on a few recently added dates.

Today it was announced that Modest Mouse will be replacing Death Cab For Cutie at Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest being held in November. Modest Mouse will be performing on November 8. Tickets are already on sale.

The other dates that have been added for early August include shows in the states of NY, CT and NJ.

Source: Fun Fun Fun Fest Replaces Death Cab With Modest Mouse, Death Grips With Murder City Devils

Posted 2014/06/03 at 20:54 | By: Gregg | Tags: Live, Tour

Modest Mouse announce Canadian tour and additional US dates

Modest Mouse have filled the gaps between their few July and August dates with some new US and Canadian dates. This will be the first time Modest Mouse has toured this part of Canada (except mainly Ontario) since 2007.

The schedule looks as such at the moment:

Date Venue Location Band Ticket Info
2014/07/11 Winston Farm Saugerties, NY, US MM Tickets
2014/07/12 LC Pavilion Columbus, OH, US MM  
2014/07/13 Uptown Theater Kansas City, MO, US MM  
2014/07/16 Big Sky Brewery Missoula, MT, US MM  
2014/07/17 Idaho Botanical Garden Boise, ID, US MM  
2014/07/18 Pemberton Valley Pemberton, BC, CA MM Tickets
2014/07/22 MacEwan Ballroom Calgary, AB, CA MM  
2014/07/24 Shaw Conference Centre Edmonton, AB, CA MM  
2014/07/25 Conexus Arts Centre Regina, SK, CA MM  
2014/07/26 O'Brians Event Centre Saskatoon, SK, CA MM  
2014/07/28 Burton Cummings Theater Winnipeg, MB, CA MM  
2014/07/31 London Music Hall London, ON, CA MM  
2014/08/01 Molson Amphitheatre Toronto, ON, CA MM  
2014/08/02 Parc-Jean Drapeau Montreal, QC, CA MM Tickets
2014/08/09 Forest Hills Stadium Queens, NY, US MM Tickets

Thanks to Tinylaugh for sending it in.

Source: Modest Mouse

Posted 2014/03/13 at 10:24 | By: Gregg | Tags: Artwork, Joe Plummer, New Material, Release, Side Project

Hew Time featuring Dale Crover, Joe Plummer and Coady Willis

While we're not 100% sure on Joe Plummer's status in Modest Mouse at the moment, we have been informed that yesterday he announced a new side project he's been working on with Dale Crover (Melvins) and Coady Willis (Melvins, Big Business).

The all-drumming project is called Hew Time, which Joe has the following to say about:

I heard Max Roach's M'Boom 14 years ago and I've wanted to make my own version with drummers I love ever since. Dale, Coady and I carved out our own compositions built from a combination of drum kits and dozens of percussion instruments. I couldn't be prouder of the end result. Thank you for the inspiration Mr. Max Roach. It's Hew Time!

The album will be released on March 25th via Joyful Noise Recordings. The first vinyl pressing is limited to 500 hand-numbered copies on Gold & Black vinyl (which is already sold out). The second pressing is limited to 1000 copies on Gold vinyl. The tracklisting is as follows:

  1. 2020 Is Yours!
  2. Koopolder
  3. Nine Pan Alley
  4. Swung
  5. Bell Door
  6. Swimming Pool (Hidalgo Blues)
  7. Tanguy
  8. Bell Window
  9. Sonny Bambo
  10. Cave Rage

Source: News :: Announcing... Hew Time (feat. Dale Crover, Joe Plummer & Coady Willis)

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