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That really long BuzzFeed interview: More than a myth

Jon Premosch / BuzzFeed News

Back in late February, someone at BuzzFeed mentioned that they were 9 hours in to a 12 hour interview with Isaac Brock.

The interview has finally been published, and true to their word, it is really really long. Titled "Modest Mouse's Isaac Brock Wants To Be More Than A Myth", Jonathan Valania's interview covers many of the things we've heard in a lot of other interviewslately, but does a good job in going into a lot more detail.

Some features include more of the meaning behind Mexico/"Ansel" is explained, and Isaac talks about how he wants to make a music video on the edge of the Tillamook State Forest staring Crispin Glover for "Pistol". There's also mention of the follow up album to Strangers to Ourselves coming out in mid 2017 (wasn't it 2016 the other day...).

Valania also managed to get an interview with Isaac's mother Kris Adair, and she helps dispel what she feels are the four biggest myths about Isaac's upbringing: The White Panthers, the hippie commune, the Branch Davidians, and the shed where Modest Mouse began (includes a photo).

The interview also contains quotes from Jeremiah Green, Jim Fairchild, Lisa Molinaro, and Modest Mouse's touring manager Sean Hurley.

Lastly, there are some words from Eric Judy, who had originally agreed to participate in the interview via email, but in the end declined.

Read the full interview at the link below.

Source: Modest Mouse's Isaac Brock Wants To Be More Than A Myth

Posted 2015/03/25 at 15:57 | By: Gregg | Tags: Glacial Pace Recordings, Modest Mouse, Release

The Interstate 8 and Building Nothing out of Something reissues get official release dates

To follow up on what we reported on at the beginning of the month, Glacial Pace has now given official release dates for both the Interstate 8 EP and Building Nothing out of Something.

Both will be available at independent record stores and via mail-order on April 14th. Compact Disc and digital will be available April 21st.
Both can be pre-ordered now from the Glacial Pace store.

Source: New Modest Mouse Glacial Pace Re-Issues! - Glacial Pace Recordings

Posted 2015/03/24 at 23:51 | By: Gregg | Tags: Live, Modest Mouse, TV Performance, Video

Watch Modest Mouse perform on The Late Late Show with James Corden

Modest Mouse's performance on The Late Late Show with James Corden was broadcast tonight. Watch them perform "Be Brave" below.

Posted 2015/03/24 at 14:12 | By: Gregg | Tags: Lisa Molinaro, Modest Mouse, New Material, Side Project, Ugly Casanova

Unreleased Modest Mouse song to be packaged with the photo collection: Going Out is Going In

Update, 3/24 2:38 PM PST: James Joiner tweets us that it's a version of "Coyotes" with Lisa Molinaro on vocals.

180 Degrees South, the documentary that Ugly Casanova did the bulk of the soundtrack for back in 2010, followed the journey of Jeff Johnson as he traveled from Ventura, California to Patagonia, Chile.

Johnson and James Joiner are curating and editing a book, produced by Patagonia, entitled Going Out is Going In. The book is limited to 3,000 copies, with 100% of the proceeds going to the charity 1% for the Planet.

A free digital playlist of 43 artists is available for download on the inside cover of each copy. Modest Mouse will be one of those artists and has labeled the track as "an exclusive, never before heard Modest Mouse song."

No word yet on what the track is titled, but we'll update you as we hear more.

Source: Going Out Is Going In edited by Jeff Johnson and James Joiner

Posted 2015/03/24 at 09:48 | By: Gregg | Tags: Modest Mouse, TV Performance

Modest Mouse will be the first ever musical guests on The Late Late Show with James Corden

Update, 3/24 10:41 AM PST: It was filmed yesterday. If you were in the audience, let us know what was performed.

Craig Ferguson stepped down as the host of The Late Late show on December 19, 2014. His replacement, James Corden, debuted as host last night, interviewing Tom Hanks and Mila Kunis. There was no musical guest.

In a last minute announcement, Modest Mouse will be performing on the show tonight, making them the first musical guests on Corden's show. Tickets are unfortunately already sold out, and we're not even 100% sure if the show is being taped today, or if it has already. Other guests tonight are Patricia Arquette and Chris Pine.

The Late Late Show with James Corden airs at 12:35am ET / 11:35pm CT.

Source: The Late Late Show: Watch Episodes and Video - CBS.com

Posted 2015/03/21 at 09:52 | By: Gregg | Tags: Eric Judy, Interview, Isaac Brock, Live, Modest Mouse, TV Performance

The band performs on CBS This Morning's Saturday Sessions

Update, 3/21 13:41 PM PST: It's been pointed out that the performance was pre-recorded at the Webster Hall in NY, probably before the show that night.

Modest Mouse performed live on CBS This Morning's Saturday Sessions, playing three songs off Strangers to Ourselves: "Lampshades on Fire", "Coyotes", and "The Ground Walks, with Time in a Box".

CBS also broadcast an interview with Isaac that had been filmed earlier at one of the Webster Hall performances. Anthony Mason spoke to Isaac shortly about the past 8 years, Eric Judy, and becoming popular.

Watch all three performances, and the interview, below.

"Lampshades on Fire":

"Coyotes":

"The Ground Walks, with Time in a Box":

Interview:

Posted 2015/03/20 at 08:52 | By: Gregg | Tags: Modest Mouse, Video

Modest Mouse have revealed the music video for "Lampshades on Fire."

The video is hard to describe, featuring lots of quick shots of different scenes: sunburns, littering, smoking, Orange is the New Black's Natasha Lyonne, jumping around naked, actual lampshades on fire, and the band performing at that Athens, GA house party at the beginning of this month.

By the way, if anyone was at that house party, please get hold of us. We'd love to know what was actually performed.

The video was directed by Jorge Torres-Torres. Watch it below.

Posted 2015/03/18 at 16:00 | By: Gregg | Tags: Modest Mouse

Strangers: Linguistic Remix Generator

Modest Mouse have unveiled what they're calling "A Linguistic Remix Generator" for Strangers to Ourselves. How it works is that you enter a short phrase and using samples for the album it generates a loop for you, accompanied by visuals.

The "Strangers Linguistic Remix Generator" takes your input and dynamically converts it into a remix based on samples from the new record "Strangers To Ourselves". The algorithm compares common letter frequency data and generates stems and patterns to match. It also analyzes the sentiment of the text to determine the final BPM of the remix. Depending on the input, a remix can consist of up to three phrases; or more commonly put, a verse, a chorus, and a bridge. Each remix then generates a visualizer inspired by the album artwork.

The generator was developed by The Uprising Creative and only works on desktops.

Source: Modest Mouse - Strangers to Ourselves - A Linguistic Remix Generator

Posted 2015/03/18 at 10:04 | By: Gregg | Tags: Modest Mouse, TV Performance, Video

Modest Mouse perform

Courtesy of Jim Fairchild's Instagram

Modest Mouse ended off the day of Strangers to Ourselves' release by performing "Lampshades on Fire" on The Tonight Show Staring Jimmy Fallon.

It was the band's first talk show performance since 2009.

The band plays the Webster Hall in NY tonight and tomorrow. Stream last night's performance below.

A photo posted by Jeremiah Green (@sluglife) on

Posted 2015/03/17 at 09:35 | By: Gregg | Tags: Glacial Pace Recordings, Interview, Isaac Brock, Live, Modest Mouse, Release, TV Performance

Strangers to Ourselves officially released

At long last, Modest Mouse's sixth studio album, Strangers to Ourselves, has officially been released.

The band will mark this event by performing on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon later today, before closing out the rest of the week with two further shows in New York. Isaac will also be on SiriusXMU today between 5 and 7pm ET with Jenny Eliscu.

To celebrate the release, Modest Mouse is also offering 1250 free copies of their second single The Ground Walks, With Time in a Box along with any new orders of Strangers to Ourselves ordered from Glacial Pace. If you've already purchased the album, Glacial Pace is now also selling the single separately.

Isaac also gave an interview to the Wall Street Journal, published yesterday, in which he spoke about, among other things, his dislike for The Fruit That Ate Itself and indie labels.

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