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Posted Thursday at 09:52 | By: Gregg | Tags: Live, Modest Mouse, Video

Watch Modest Mouse perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live

With little warning yesterday, it was announced that Modest Mouse would be performing on Jimmy Kimmel Live that night. The performance was in fact recorded the day before, where the band played a set of five songs. Only the performance of "The Ground Walks, with Time in a Box" was broadcast last night.

Watch the band perform below. They are now on their way to South Africa, for the first shows they will have played in that country. The tour then continues on May 23rd in the States, where Modest Mouse will headline the Sasquatch Music Festival.

Here's also a recording of "Wicked Campaign".

Posted 2015/04/20 at 11:04 | By: Gregg | Tags: Live, Modest Mouse, Tour, Video

Watch Modest Mouse perform

Last week Modest Mouse reissued their Interstate 8 EP and Building Nothing out of Something compilation on vinyl. Both come out tomorrow on CD.

Last night in Ithica, NY, the band performed a track that appears on both of those albums: "Sleepwalking". The last time it was documented that this song was performed was in 1996 at Fletcher's in Baltimore, MD.

"Sleepwalking" is based on a Santo & Johnny's 1959 hit "Sleep Walk", with original lyrics then added by Modest Mouse. Watch the performance below (thanks to Norman McKenney), along with the Santo & Johnny original.

Sleepwalking - Modest Mouse 4/19/15

Modest Mouse performs Sleepwalking live for the first time in 19 years

Posted by Norman McKenney on Monday, 20 April 2015

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.

Posted 2015/03/14 at 19:47 | By: Gregg | Tags: Artwork, Modest Mouse, New Material, Release, Rumours/Rumors

Another record store may have jumped the gun on a release. Copies of a 7" single for The Ground Walks, With Time in a Box have started turning up on eBay today. As of typing this up, it doesn't seem to be found anywhere else. The b-side for this release is "The Best Room." The artwork appear to resemble a satellite photo of this Las Vegas Desert Housing Block shot by Alex MacLean, whose photo was used for the Lampshades on Fire single.

No word yet on what the official street date of this item is, but it could be to coincide with the release of Strangers to Ourselves this coming week.

It has also being reported that Strangers to Ourselves is being listed on Amazon Japan with a bonus track. The product page doesn't state the tracklist at all or make mention of what the bonus track may be, and it's listed by a third party seller, so be weary of this one until there's a more official announcement.

Source: Modest Mouse "Ground Walks with Time in A Box Best Room" RARE 7" Vinyl New | eBay

Posted 2015/03/14 at 10:53 | By: Gregg | Tags: Isaac Brock, Modest Mouse, New Material, Rumours/Rumors

Strangers to Ourselves commentary

It has been pointed out that the download codes that come with the LP version of Strangers to Ourselves, while at present to not permit one to download the actual album, do allow you to download what appear to be snippets of "commentary" on each track.

The tracks are all under a minute, some feature weird sound effects, some background singing, while a distorted Isaac rambles over the top of them. Sometimes not even about the song at all. Some do seem to fade off like there could be more, so these might just be previews of full commentary tracks that may be released along with the album on March 17th.

There is a companion track for every track on the album, except "God is an Indian and You're an Asshole," and each one features Isaac, except for "Wicked Campaign," who is unidentifiable (it may be Jeremiah speaking with an accent).

You can listen to the tracks via the link to MTV Germany below.

Source: Strangers to Ourselves - Track by Track Commentary (EP, Explicit) von Modest Mouse : MTV Music powered by Napster

Posted 2015/03/10 at 14:29 | By: Gregg | Tags: Interview, Isaac Brock, Modest Mouse

Some interviews

Update, 3/10 15:47 PM PST: Adding another down below from Newsweek.

Here's just a list of three interviews that have come out in the past few days. I've been thinking that seeing as how there are probably going to be a lot of these in the coming weeks, that if an interview contains something new I'll post about it separately, otherwise I'll do one or two posts a week just to summarize the press for the week. I won't bother posting links to articles that just rehash information from other interviews.

HMV.com: "This whole record has been an exercise in making more work than necessary" hmv.com talks to Modest Mouse. The complete article we had snippets from yesterday. It covers the recording process of Strangers to Ourselves, Isaac producing, picking set lists, and as mentioned yesterday, a potential follow up to this album coming out sooner than later.

Rolling Stone: Modest Mouse on the Chaotic Sessions for First LP in Eight Years." Isaac talks about the studio they built, a bit more on Eric, working with Big Boi and Krist Novoselic, and why that didn't work out.

NPR: "Making Records Is 'Not A Race' For Modest Mouse." This one is an audio interview (also embedded below), in which Isaac talks about delays, playing too many shows, and not being a fan of interviews.

Newsweek: "Q&A: Modest Mouse Frontman on Why the New Album Took Eight Years." Covers a lot of things the others talk about, but Isaac mentions that there are only about five songs left to do for another album.

Posted 2015/03/09 at 15:44 | By: Gregg | Tags: Interview, Isaac Brock, Modest Mouse, New Material, Release, Rumours/Rumors

Next album to

HMV.com has an interview with Isaac Brock coming out tomorrow, and as a teaser they've posted two quotes from the article.

Regarding the band's future plans he said "I'm pretty far along with the next one as it is. I went in to making this one with two records in mind." As to when it will be available, he added "It'll be released as quickly as it's legally allowed to be. It's a partner to this one."

For those of you that haven't been following the boards, as of late last week Strangers to Ourselves has been finding its ways into the hands of international customers, and apparently even being made available for sale in Austria, so scans of the artwork making their way online. Something that was noticed is that the artwork makes reference to the album being "The Golden Casket Vol. I," meaning volume II could be what Isaac is referencing. Also taking in to account that he and Jeremiah mentioned in their Relix interview last week that 35-37 songs came out of these sessions.

Source: Modest Mouse releasing two new albums in quick succession | Music | HMV.com

Posted 2015/03/06 at 15:50 | By: Gregg | Tags: Glacial Pace Recordings, Modest Mouse, Release

Interstate 8 and Building Nothing out of Something being reissued on vinyl

Update, 3/9 14:29 PM PST: The details and dates are wrong. Expect a proper update from Glacial Pace at a later date.

A new album coming out in under two weeks is not stopping the Modest Mouse reissue machine.

An online store is listing entries for reissues of both the long out of print Interstate 8 EP and the singles collection Building Nothing out of Something.

Interstate 8 was originally only pressed on CD in limited quantities, this will be the first time it appears on vinyl. As with the original CD, it looks like it will include the "Live in Sunburst Montana" demo. Building Nothing out of Something was originally pressed on Vinyl, but has been out of print for over a decade now. Both releases will mark the end of the band's UP Recordings that have been out of print for so long.

They have the release date as April 21 of this year through Fat Possum Records, who are a distributor for Glacial Pace.

Posted 2015/03/06 at 11:51 | By: Gregg | Tags: Eric Judy, Interview, Isaac Brock, Jeremiah Green, Modest Mouse

Isaac and Jeremiah interviewed by Relix Magazine

Both Isaac and Jeremiah have been interviewed by Relix Magazine. The article, posted earlier today, touches on a few subjects such as the album delay, the amount of work that went into it, and the chemistry that still remains between the two.

They both also embellish on information that has come out recently on how the recording process was stopped and restarted numerous times. Isaac also talks about Ice Cream Party Studios, the studio they built in 2012. Both mention that the band amassed around 35-37 songs during these sessions, with Jeremiah adding "...I promise our next record will come out sooner. We have a bunch of songs and we'll probably rework them. They are good-they're just not finished. We might put out something really strange next."

Isaac also talks about Eric, and says that there was no drama involved in him leaving, just adulthood.

"He finally had enough," Brock says. "He has three kids. He didn't feel like leaving his house as much as is required. He left right before we started recording, but some of his writing still exists throughout the record. Making a record without him was really fucking hard."

It's an interesting read, with many more points that I've not touched on, find the link to the full article below.

Source: Modest Mouse: Only the Strange Remain : Articles : Relix

Posted 2015/03/03 at 17:05 | By: Gregg | Tags: Interview, Isaac Brock, Modest Mouse

Isaac Brock talks about the origin of

Update, 3/6 11:15 AM PST: The remainder of the interview has now been posted on Studio 360's website. The interview is only about 12 minutes long, and covers topics like Isaac's upbringing, the work that went into Strangers to Ourselves, and how it nearly killed him. That portion of the interview is now embedded below.

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.

Best Room discussion:

Update, 3/6 11:15 AM PST: Complete interview:

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

Posted 2015/03/02 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!

Jeremiah Green talks Strangers to Ourselves, Eric Judy and more / The Best Room

Jeremiah Green has given an extensive interview to podcaster Jaybo and his podcast The Shit show. Released 3 days ago, on January 27th (but recorded earlier this month), Jeremiah touches on a range of topics reaching back to the early days of the band, some personal details, the new album, and other questions that plagued the fan community over the past few years.

The interview is just under 50 minutes long, and is well worth the listen, but for those of you that don't have the time and just want the facts, here are the main things that he spoke about:

  • How he met Isaac Brock and Eric Judy through Sam Jayne (Lync, Love as Laughter), how they were to all start a band together, but Eric's car broke down.
  • The early days of the band, recording Sad Sappy Sucker, and the Live in Sunburst Montana demo.
  • The chemistry between Isaac, Eric and himself.
  • He speaks candidly about why he left the band during the recording of Good News for People who Love Bad News.
  • How Johnny Marr joined the group, Isaac just called him up, and that his decision was largely influenced by his son being a fan of Modest Mouse. Johnny also left because during 5 months of downtime, he got restless and recorded an album with The Cribs, and then their tours conflicted. Jeremiah hopes they get to work again though.
  • Eric left the band to spend more time with his children, specifically to not miss watching his daughter grow up, and that while Jeremiah says it was incredibly hard for them all, they support him. Also that the door is open for him to come back, but it would not be right away, as that wouldn't be fair to Russell Higbee.
  • Eric left a week before the 2011 Australian tour, and that the band therefore could only play about 15 songs that tour.
  • They interviewed a lot of bassists before settling on Russell, and that this was a factor on the album delay. Eric was there for the writing of a lot of the songs, but the recording ended up being drawn out.
  • In the end Russell, Tom Peloso and Lisa Molinaro all contribute bass parts to the album, and that Jeremiah is responsible for all drumming on the album.
  • The Big Boi and Krist Novoselic tracks are not on the album, that there are a lot of b-sides, and that they may be released later, but the details are secret.
  • The band went through about 4 producers while recording this album, including Big Boi, and that this was also a factor in the huge delay. A lot of songs were re-recorded up to 3 times.
  • He is unsure exactly how much touring, if any other than the known dates, will be done to support the new album, but he makes it pretty clear that he's not the best person to be asking.

Listen to the complete podcast below.

Lastly, Track 14, which we reported on yesterday, has had it's title revealed through iTunes/Amazon updates as The Best Room. So hopefully we will be hearing this new track next week.

Source: The Shit Show w Jaybo/Jeremiah Green

Posted 2015/01/29 at 13:30 | By: Gregg | Tags: Festival, Live, Modest Mouse, New Material, Release, Rumours/Rumors, Tour

Track 14 to be made available February 3rd?

In what may be a similar pattern to what happened with Coyotes, it has been pointed out that multiple sites selling the digital copy of Strangers to Ourselves are now listing the track time for Track 14 as 4:24 along with a release date of February 3rd.

Based on the track time this could be Sugar Boats, Pistol, or a track we have yet to hear.

The new album was also discussed briefly on NPR's All Songs Considered this past week, with host Robin Hilton mentioning that he's heard the entire album, called it "classic Modest Mouse", and that you wouldn't believe 8 years has past. Listen to the discussion at around the 6 min mark here.

Also, if you don't follow us on Facebook or Twitter, and live in the area of Louisville, KY, the band has been added to Forecastle Festival. That puts a good 4.5 months between the only know tour dates at the moment. The band usually likes to do some warm up dates around festivals, so there's lots of space here for dates, should the band be doing the festival circuit this summer. The band is also listed as an act on a leaked lineup for Firefly Music Festival in Dover, DE (June 18 - 21), but that has yet to be confirmed.

Thanks to everyone that sent all this info in.

Lastly, I think this short video clip speaks for itself:

When the customer wants the sticker on crooked, our team gets creative #modestmouse #vinyl @furnacemfg

A video posted by Eric Astor (@instantastor) on

Posted 2015/01/19 at 09:23 | By: Gregg | Tags: Modest Mouse, New Material, Release, Studio, Video

Modest Mouse premiere

UPDATE: Whiplash Merchandising has informed us that they are now out of the 7".

What started with a bit of Amazon/iTunes sleuthing earlier last week by members of the community, and was followed by a seemingly random image on Modest Mouse's Instagram this past Friday, finally has meaning.

Today the band is sharing a new track and its video with their fans. That track is "Coyotes", a song which saw its live debut in May of last year at the Beacham Theater in Orlando, and has since been performed to our knowledge another 5 times.

The video is inspired by the true story of a coyote that rode Portland's MAX light rail train in 2002.

The "Coyotes" digital download is available at all online retailers starting tomorrow, January 20, and is also an instant download with digital pre-orders of Strangers to Ourselves at iTunes.

The band has also informed us that the first 2,500 vinyl pre-orders of the new LP from glacialpace.com will receive a complimentary copy of the limited "Lampshades On Fire" / "Coyotes" 7".

The 7" will also be available free with all vinyl pre-orders of Strangers to Ourselves at select retailers also on Tuesday, January 20th. The 7" will not be for individual sale.

Finally, if you pre-ordered the Strangers to Ourselves vinyl from glacialpace.com before January 19th, your order will automatically contain the "Lampshades On Fire" / "Coyotes" 7". "Strangers to Ourselves" will be released through Epic on March 3rd.

Watch the video below:

Posted 2015/01/13 at 13:53 | By: Gregg | Tags: Festival, Live, Modest Mouse, Rumours/Rumors, Tour

First festival date of 2015 / Next single?

It's been almost a month since Modest Mouse announced their first album, Strangers to Ourselves, in almost eight years and released the radio single Lampshades on Fire, before returning to silence on the news front.

Now we finally have news on their first performance for 2015. The band will be headlining the Gasparilla Music Festival on March 7th in Tampa, FL. Just a few days after the release of the album. Tickets for the festival are already on sale. This will also be the band's first performance in Tampa in 11 years.

Hopefully this is just the first of tour dates to be announced. Modest Mouse usually likes to do a few warm up dates before a festival.

It's also been pointed out by @horriblezone, that on Amazon.com's page for the digital album, track 7 has been updated to include the length of 3:30 (this is also showing on iTunes), and an availability date of January 20th. This could potentially be the next single and its release date. It is a Tuesday, the optimal time to release things in the music world. Rumour for now, but we'll be keeping an eye on it.

Source: Gasparilla Music Festival | Fire It Up!

Posted 2014/12/15 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 2014/09/03 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 2014/08/11 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 2013/09/26 at 18:03 | By: Gregg | Tags: Interview, Modest Mouse, New Material

Krist Novoselic guesting on new Modest Mouse album

In a recent interview with the new Spotify service, Spotify Landmark, celebrating the 20th anniversary of Nirvana's In Utero, bassist Krist Novoselic mentions some of the projects he's been working on lately. One of the things he touches on briefly, is how he contributed bass to one song on the new Modest Mouse album.

And so I did a song with Modest Mouse, earlier this year for their new record. It's pretty edgy. I've got my big Gibson bass and a Rat distortion pedal busting out a... this bass riff.

He then goes on to talk about working with Paul McCartney and Corin Tucker in a bit more detail.

A search for Krist Novoselic and Modest Mouse also returns back an article from the 24th of August last year, in the Twin Cities Daily Planet, that points out that he's been jamming with Modest Mouse for a bit of time.

So how are you spending your time besides political advocacy?

Well I've been doing a little bit of music through the grace of David Eric Grohl and I do a little bit of music with some fellas in Portland. I've been hanging out with Modest Mouse. We're just kind of playing; I don't know what's going on with it.

Spotify is only available in the US, but if you're looking for that part it's part of the Kurt Novoselic In Utero interview, track 16.

Thanks to @piratecrocodile for bringing this to our attention.

Source: Spotify Landmark: The Real Story Of Nirvana's "In Utero"

Posted 2013/09/17 at 11:29 | By: Gregg | Tags: Interview, Isaac Brock, Jeremiah Green, Modest Mouse, Release, Side Project, Ugly Casanova

Tim Rutili touches on Brian Deck and Modest Mouse in an interview with The AWL

Tim Rutili and Brian Deck. Both ex-Ugly Casanova. Deck produced The Moon & Antarctica.

Rutili and Deck were both members of 1990s Chicago band Red Red Meat. After their break-up, Rutili went on to form Califone (which for a time also included Deck). Deck went on to produce albums, including Modest Mouse's The Moon & Antarctica and Everywhere And His Nasty Parlour Tricks.

They were also both members of the 2002 lineup of Ugly Casanova. Both can be heard on their debut album Sharpen Your Teeth, which Deck also produced.

In a long sit down with New York publication The AWL, Tim Rutili talks about the history of his current band Califone. But he also briefly touches on his former bandmate Brian Deck and his past and current work with Modest Mouse, as well as the time Isaac had his jaw broken.

One of my favorite records of all-time, Modest Mouse's The Moon and Antarctica was made there with Brian Deck. Were you around when Isaac Brock got his jaw broken?

I didn't witness it, but I went to the hospital the next day and hung with him and got him out of there. From what I remember, we told him not to go into that park after 10 p.m. because there were kids who hung out there who were just dicks. And they went to the Empty Bottle one night, and when they came back, two of the guys went into the studio and Isaac went to the corner to talk to the kids. I think they said, "You're not from around here." And as Isaac answered, some kid just teed off on his face and shattered his jaw.

That slowed down the recording process for a while?

The band were around Chicago for a long time. And they had gotten a lot of the record done, but from what I remember, that incident was right before he was supposed to start recording vocals. And his jaw was wired shut. So things slowed down. I believe there were a lot more instrumental overdubs and other work done, while he healed up.

Maybe in a roundabout way that helped make it a better record?

I believe it helped the record immensely! I think Isaac worked a lot more on his lyrics, too... to me, it's the best Modest Mouse record.

I agree. It really feels like a weird cousin to what you do.

Brian did a really great job with those guys. They're making a new record now in Portland, and I know Benny went up there and recorded a bunch with them, and Brian has been there for months on this one and I think they're almost done. I stopped there and listened to some stuff last spring and it sounded great.

The story is one a lot of Modest Mouse fans will have heard before, but the most interesting part is definitely the last paragraph, where he talks about how Deck is currently working with the band on the new album.

This was hinted at by Jeremiah back in 2009, when he mentioned to a fan after a show in Anaheim, that the band was hoping to have Brian Deck produce the new album.

We'll presume as well, that this "Benny" is Califone's Ben Massarella, who also provided some percussion during the recording of The Moon & Antarctica.

Thanks to Board member bneiluj for posting this article. Take a listen below to a legendary Modest Mouse jam that was more than likely inspired by this story.

Source: An Incredibly Long Conversation With Tim Rutili Of Califone | The AWL

Posted 2013/09/05 at 15:43 | By: Gregg | Tags: Interview, Isaac Brock, Modest Mouse, New Material

Big Boi talks Modest Mouse

Big Boi did an Ask Me Anything on Reddit yesterday and one of the questions that came up were related to the studio work he did with Modest Mouse back in 2011.

What's the deal with that Modest Mouse album he produced?

"We recorded maybe 4-5 songs and on the first leg of my tour stopped and hung out with them at their studio and they are trying to get things together. If they don't release the songs, I will! shit." He later added, [Isaac Brock] is really bringing the two worlds together to create an awesome new sound. "I can't wait until y'all hear the songs that we made."

Not much more to add on top of the interview he game to Pitchfork last year. The only difference is that the song count went from 3 to 4-5, which could all be down to memory.

Source: Big Boi talks Killer Mike and Modest Mouse collaborations, totally loves Mumford & Sons | Consequence of Sound

Posted 2013/07/15 at 08:08 | By: Gregg | Tags: Festival, Live, Modest Mouse

UPDATE: Free show for Californians

Spin Magazine is reporting that Modest Mouse will be performing a free show next week as part of the annual Vans US Open Of Surfing.

The band will be playing on July 26 in Huntington Beach, CA, with support from Matt Costa.

We're not 100% sure where the actual concert will be taking place as the event's website has yet to announce the acts, or if there will be some kind of ticketing system. It just lists "Concert Stage", which we presume will be on the beach. We'll post updates as we hear them, but as the show is free, if you're in the area you might want to keep a close eye on it, if it's first come first served.

UPDATE: The show will be live streamed from http://www.usopenofsurfing.com/music. Thanks to Jason Planer for the update.

Source: Modest Mouse, the Faint, Twin Shadow Hit the Beach for U.S. Open of Surfing | SPIN | Newswire

Posted 2013/06/13 at 09:27 | By: Gregg | Tags: Festival, Live, Modest Mouse, Rumours/Rumors, Tour

So... new tour dates?

Having just cancelled their European tour last week to work on their new album, Modest Mouse's website has been update to include two new dates for what would have been the month after that tour ended.

The band will be heading to Malaysia for the first time, to perform at the Good Vibes Festival in Kuala Lumpur on August 17, before heading back State side where a new date has been added before what was their only remaining tour date left in Reno on August 24. The Reno date also provided a definite date for the First City Festival. The band now seems locked to be performing on the second night of that one, on August 25.

The timing of these dates could be positive, with the band perhaps finishing up recording before August and then hitting the road while the album is being mastered, for an early 2014 release.

Tickets for the Reno, NV date go on sale tomorrow.

Source: MODEST MOUSE || OFFICIAL WEBSITE » TOURS

Posted 2013/06/06 at 09:33 | By: Gregg | Tags: Festival, Live, Modest Mouse, Release, Tour

European tour officially cancelled

It's official: Modest Mouse has cancelled their upcoming European tour consisting of 29 dates. The official word from the band is that they are using this time to complete their new album, tentatively due out next year.

After much thought, we have decided to cancel our EU/UK tour to continue work on our forthcoming album. We do appreciate our fans and promise that we will make it up to you next year.

Refunds will be available at the point of purchase.

We look forward to sharing our new music with the world next year.

As of now, the only tour date still on is the First City Festival in Monterey, CA, on August 24, where they will be headlining with Passion Pit.

A similar situation took place back in 2006, where the band cancelled a much shorter tour to complete work on We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank, which ended up coming out 9 months later.

In other news, yesterday's static image on the band's website has returned to the original homepage. Although the site traffic is understandably taking quite a beating at the moment.

Source: Modest Mouse: Facebook

Posted 2013/06/05 at 20:45 | By: Gregg | Tags: Live, Modest Mouse, Rumours/Rumors, Tour

modestmouse.com undergoing an update? European tour cancelled?

The homepage of modestmouse.com seems to have been replaced with an image of static. The rest of the old site is still there if you hit any of the old links. Could be an indication of a new site coming soon.

Something else that has come up today, but doesn't seem to have been confirmed yet; Rock City in Nottingham has posted this on their Facebook page:

Modest Mouse: "After much thought, we have decided to cancel our EU/UK tour to continue work on our forthcoming album. We do appreciate our fans and promise that we will make it up to you next year.

Refunds will be available at the point of purchase.

We look forward to sharing our new music with the world next year."

So far they're the only one announcing this. With Europe only waking up in a few hours, we're hoping to start get official word from the other venues and festivals.

Source: modestmouse.com

Posted 2013/04/12 at 23:42 | By: Gregg | Tags: Festival, Live, Modest Mouse, New Material, Tour

Audible live version of Be Brave from Coachella

Modest Mouse performed the second stop of their short North American tour at the Coachella festival.

Marking it's second appearance in concert, was new track Be Brave and thanks to an earlier campaign to get the festival organizers to stream the festival, a higher quality version of the track has been recorded by Twitter user mylasdiralen. Catch the recording over on their website.

Source: Here's to Now: I recorded the new Modest Mouse song "Be Brave"...

Posted 2013/04/12 at 15:00 | By: Gregg | Tags: Festival, Live, Modest Mouse, Tour, Video

UPDATE: Modest Mouse's Coachella set to be streamed

While it originally looked like Modest Mouse set was not going to be included in the list of acts Coachella would be streaming tonight, an 11th hour campaign organized by board member jplan74 seems to have changed the festival organizers minds.

Modest Mouse's set tonight will be streamed, just not live. The band's set will be shown on Channel 2 of the Coachella YouTube stream at 9pm Pacific Time tonight.

Thanks to all that helped out.

Source: coachella - YouTube

Posted 2013/04/12 at 09:46 | By: Gregg | Tags: Eric Judy, Festival, Joe Plummer, Live, Modest Mouse, New Material, Tour, Video

New material from Oakland

Modest Mouse performed their first show for 2013 in Oakland, California two nights ago. In case you missed the set list when we posted it that night, it was reported that two new songs were performed.

The titles for these two tracks have now been confirmed as Be Brave and Shit In Your Cut. Rough video of both songs has also made it's way onto YouTube and posted below. Interestingly, no other "new" material from the past two years was performed.

Eric Judy has still not surfaced, and despite not having any conflicting dates with The Shins, Joe Plummer also did not perform. Both positions, to our knowledge are still being filled in by Russell Higbee (formally of Man Man) and Modest Mouse drum tech Davey Brozowsky. Lisa Molinaro from Talkdemonic also played violin on some songs, as she has in the past year.

Tonight the band plays the main stage at Coachella. And while it was originally reported that the set might be streamed, it seems like Modest Mouse's set is one of the few that will not be. Should that change, I'm sure it will be updated here.

Be Brave

Shit In Your Cut

Thanks to TinyLaugh and McWeird007 for the set list updates and the names of the new songs.

Source: www.interstate-8.com • View topic - names of the new songs played last night...

Posted 2013/03/18 at 11:00 | By: Gregg | Tags: Live, Modest Mouse, Tour

String of UK club dates

Although not yet officially announced, a string of UK dates has been popping up on websites this morning, with a few of the dates being confirmed by the venues.

It seems highly promising that in between all the European Festival madness coming our way this Spring, Modest Mouse has managed to close a lot of the gaps with eight non-festival dates scattered around the island. This is on top of the single Scottish Festival that has already been announced last month.

This will be the band's first time back in the United Kingdom in almost three years. Tickets should be on sale shortly.

Date Venue Location Band Ticket Info
2013/07/08 Brighton Concorde 2 Brighton, UK MM  
2013/07/09 Bristol Trinity Bristol, UK MM  
2013/07/11 Koko London, UK MM Tickets
2013/07/12 The Cockpit Leeds, UK MM  
2013/07/13 Balado Airfield Kinross-Shire, UK MM Tickets
2013/07/14 The Sage 2 Gateshead, UK MM  
2013/07/16 Academy 2 Manchester, UK MM  
2013/07/17 Rescue Rooms Nottingham, UK MM  
2013/07/18 The Library at The Institute Birmingham, UK MM  

Thanks to Joseph T and Scott M for bringing this to our attention after the announcement of the London show this morning.

Source: Monday 18th March Onsales | GetToTheFront

Posted 2013/02/19 at 11:19 | By: Gregg | Tags: Festival, Live, Modest Mouse, Tour

Modest Mouse adds more US dates around Coachella / more European festivals

Following on from last months news that Modest Mouse would be performing at Coachella, and the few European festival dates that started appearing on and off, the band's website today has been updated with a batch of club gigs between in the two Coachella dates in California and Arizona.

Also check out an updated list of Summer European festival dates that include new performances in Germany and Scotland.

Refer to the band's website for when tickets go on sale.

Date Venue Location Band Ticket Info
2013/04/10 Fox Theater Oakland, CA, US MM Tickets
2013/04/12 Empire Polo Club Indio, CA, US MM Tickets
2013/04/13 Rialto Theatre Tucson, AZ, US MM Tickets
2013/04/14 Crescent Ballroom Tempe, AZ, US MM Tickets
2013/04/16 The Fox Theater Pomona, CA, US MM Tickets
2013/04/17 The Madonna Expo Center San Luis Obispo, CA, US MM Tickets
2013/04/19 Empire Polo Club Indio, CA, US MM Tickets
2013/06/14 Lake Hulingen Hultsfred, SE MM Tickets
2013/06/15 Ådalen Aarhus, DK MM Tickets
2013/06/21 Southside Festival Neuhausen ob Eck, DE MM Tickets
2013/06/22 Hurricane Festival Scheessel, DE MM Tickets
2013/06/23 Beekse Bergen Hilvarenbeek, NL MM Tickets
2013/06/28 Recinto Mendizabala Vitoria-Gasteiz, ES MM Tickets
2013/07/04 Gdynia-Kosakowo Airport Gdynia, PL MM Tickets
2013/07/06 Rock Werchter Werchter, BE MM Tickets
2013/07/13 Balado Airfield Kinross-Shire, UK MM Tickets

UPDATE: The Pomona date seems to have been removed from Modest Mouse's site. We'll keep an eye on it to see if it was a mistake. The Pomona date is back up on their website, but the ticket link now seems invalid.

Source: MODEST MOUSE || OFFICIAL WEBSITE » TOURS

Posted 2013/01/28 at 14:30 | By: Gregg | Tags: Festival, Live, Modest Mouse

UPDATE: Modest Mouse added to Dutch/Spanish Festivals

Right on the heels of the Coachella announcement last week, Modest Mouse has been added to the Best Kept Secret Festival happening in Hilvarenbeek in the Netherlands this coming June 23.

Tickets seem to have already been on sale for a bit, but Modest Mouse was only announced this morning, along with a few other bands. They're going to be playing on the Sunday, the last night of the festival, with headliners Portishead and Sigur Rós.

Hopefully this is an indication that the band is gearing up to perform the Spring festival circuit over the months between these two festivals.

UPDATE: No sooner than we'd posted this information, it was brought to our attention that Modest Mouse's own website has silently also listed a June 28 date for the Azkena Rock Festival in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain, a few days after the Dutch festival.

Early bird tickets are on sale until tomorrow, after that it seems you'll need to look on the Spanish division of Ticketmaster.

Source: Best Kept Secret Festival

Posted 2013/01/25 at 10:01 | By: Gregg | Tags: Festival, Johnny Marr, Live, Modest Mouse

Modest Mouse performing at Coachella 2013

The Coachella lineup was announced last night, and Modest Mouse is set to perform on the Friday for both weekends of the festival. That's April 12 and 19. They will be performing alongside Blur, The Stone Roses, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and more. This marks the band's first time ever performing at this festival.

Another interesting side note, is that Johnny Marr will also be performing on the same days, which could see him join the band on stage again. However they were in the same position in England a few years ago, where Marr was performing at the same festival with The Cribs and nothing came of it.

Either way, it's good to have some live dates on the horizon, maybe leading up to a more structured tour, or perhaps the hint that Modest Mouse will be doing the festival circuit this Spring/Summer. The band has not performed together since July last year.

Tickets go on sale this Tuesday. Watch the trailer for the festival below.

UPDATE: It's actually been pointed out that they made their debut at Coachella in 1999. Embarrassing for us! Thanks Kurt for pointing this out.

Source: Coachella

Posted 2012/11/20 at 14:55 | By: Gregg | Tags: Interview, Isaac Brock, Modest Mouse, Release

Update from Big Boi

Pitchfork has posted an interview with Outkast's Big Boi, during which the question came up as to what had happened to the work he did with Modest Mouse back in 2011.

Pitchfork: What made you want to work with bands like Little Dragon and Phantogram?
BB: I had just finished working with Modest Mouse for their project, and after that I was like, "Man, I need to start doing this for my own shit." Just bringing people in. So we did. We would live day-in and day-out with people, go bowling, go out to eat, and then come back and record, watch a movie, record. It was like funk summer camp.

Pitchfork: What's happening with the stuff you did with Modest Mouse?
BB: It's for their record; it's coming. We actually took a trip back out there to go see them a couple months ago. I did maybe three records with them. Isaac [Brock] is cool, man, like cowboy cool. He showed me how to make a bong out of an apple and shit. For real.

Not much to go on, but it is interesting to hear that he has been in touch with them recently and that it does sound like the material will be put to use and not abandoned.

Also in the interest of keeping some conversation going (in these dry news times), Big Boi does have a new album coming out next month, of which it doesn't sound like the track-listing or collaborating artists has been confirmed. Seeing how he has been working with other bands, it will be interesting to keep an eye on it, and see if any member from Modest Mouse makes an appearance on it. Pure thinking out loud this last part.

Source: Update: Big Boi | Features | Pitchfork

Posted 2012/09/06 at 22:10 | By: Gregg | Tags: Festival, Live, Modest Mouse

Modest Mouse performing at Florida festival?

Mouse Mouse may be performing at the UR1 Music Festival in December.

While the festival has not yet announced their lineup, Logan H has passed on an article to us, that leaks the supposed lineup.

If the lineup turns out to be true, the band will be down in Miami, FL on December 8 and 9. As with all festivals, at this point, we don't know which day they'll be performing on, or if there's the chance they'll be performing on both.

We'll continue to keep on eye on it, but seeing as how the UR1 Music Festival posted on their Facebook page yesterday, claiming the Kanye West part of the lineup is true, there's a good chance the lineup could turn out to be true. The festival's website doesn't make any mention of when they actually plan to announce the lineup.

Source: Art Basel: UR1 Festival Announces Initial Lineup

Posted 2012/06/24 at 01:12 | By: Gregg | Tags: Isaac Brock, Live, Modest Mouse, Tour

Luke's review of the Pittsburgh, PA show

Here's Luke's third and final review. He's been following the band on a string of east coast dates, but Pittsburgh has been the last one.

Once again he was able to speak to Isaac and managed to get a few snippets of info, mainly it sounds that the band is planning on lining up a few more festival dates later this year and some shows in Canada.

Modest Mouse played the third show of it's tour in Pittsburgh to another sold out crowd.

Taking the stage at 9:00 PM, they opened with Gravity Rides everything.

Donning his banjo, Bury Me With It was played, much to the excitement of the crowd.

Lampshades on Fire was played, with some in the crowd actually booing, giving the band the middle finger, and screaming "fuck the new shit." Others were grooving to the song and enjoying the "new shit." Isaac once again added a bit of a jam to the bridge.

Next, The View was played, with an awesome extended jam towards the end that I have yet to hear during this song.

Broke followed, garnering the loudest crowd response. Nearly everyone was singing along with Isaac, swaying as one.

Isaac picked up his banjo again, starting with a banjo riff while singing "I used to be an old time nothing," among other lyrics. The band then opened into Satin In a Coffin, with lots of the crowd starting to mosh and a few members crowd-surfing.

Continuing with the banjo, King Rat was played, once again with a small, but boisterous few expressing their displeasure.

Bassist Russell Higbee started into Dramamine, with the rest of the band following. The extended version was played, with Isaac borrowing lyrics from Life Like Weeds. Isaac eventually started screaming into his pickups, with the crowd going bonkers.

Dashboard followed, with, once again, many in the crowd unhappy.

Ansel followed, with what was the sloppiest version I have heard thus far. It appeared that Russell perhaps skipped a verse on the pump organ, leaving the rest of the band fumbling to catch up. Isaac appeared a little angry, but they eventually sorted it out and continued with the song.

Missed The Boat came next, with most of the crowd singing along again.

Shit Luck was next, with large amounts of head banging and moshing from nearly everyone in the crowd.

Education followed, with a truly awesome jam at the end, which appeared to fall on deaf ears. Isaac took a few power chords and turned them into a dancey, raucous outro.

Next was Custom Concern, followed by Black Cadillacs. The band then took off their instruments, and with not much of a crowd response, explained that "that's it."

After an encore break, they returned with Poison The Well, which had yet to be played this tour. The bridge seemed to be extended, with a heavy guitar riff that sounded like it could be straight off of Lonesome Crowded West.

Fire It Up came next, with a large amount of the crowd singing along.

What followed was hands down, the coolest moment of the three shows I attended. Tiny Cities Made of Ashes was played, with Modest Mouse showcasing what they are all about. The band truly sounded in sync, allowing Isaac to go off on his guitar, leading a brutal onslaught of magnificence. Tom Peloso was on the upright bass, which I am a sucker for. It truly was a culmination of all that the band is: music that makes you want to dance while simultaneously breaking everything in sight. Isaac moved about the stage, literally hitting his guitar with closed fists in a truly awesome rendition. Afterwards, Isaac joked with the crowd, explaining one could make millions of dollars off of a "non-sexual, sexual lubricant" that would eliminate the holes in his hand from playing guitar so violently.

Dance Hall was next, with much of the crowd dancing along and chanting with Isaac.

Ending the night was Bob Dylan's You Ain't Goin' Nowhere, with members of the crowd booing once again.

Overall, this was a solid show. It appeared that the band was more in sync, which led to some awesome improvisation. The crowd was pretty young, and there were some truly annoying people that got in the way of the music. The fact that people were booing new songs is just ridiculous: don't come to a show if you don't want to hear new music, especially from a band that is in the process of creating a new album. A fight broke out about five feet from me because some drunk guy apparently groped some buzz-cut dick-head's girlfriend, leading to a solid 10 minute altercation that was completely unnecessary. When I was leaving the show, some guy was complaining to me how they played Shit Luck with a "bunch of 22 year olds that don't deserve to play with Isaac." I explained that Tom Peloso and Jeremiah Green were both present, who have been playing with the band for quite some time. It was also a bit disappointing to hear songs that had been played the previous two nights, with only Poison the Well being an unplayed song.

Prior to the show, I was able to talk to Isaac for a few minutes, who agreed to answer a few questions for me. I asked him how it was working with Big Boi, and he explained "it was fun, we basically smoked a lotta weed with him in the studio. He wasn't too involved, we were just testing the waters." I asked if other than Firefly, there were any other shows he could share and he mentioned "something in Toronto, or maybe Montreal." He was with Davey Brozowsky, the drummer filling in, who said "I thought we weren't doing that anymore though." At this point Isaac was moving into the gated off area, so I asked when we could be expecting a new album. He explained "when we finish it," then grinned. "Nah, we are working on it though." He moved into the gated area, wishing me a good day. So, it would appear the time spent with Big Boi was more of a time used getting inspired, and no news of a album release date.

This marks the end of my travels with the band, but shows at Orion Fest in Atlantic City, Governors Ball in New York City, and a final date in Columbus Ohio are still yet to be played, along with Firefly Festival in Delaware, later this summer.

Thanks to Luke for taking the time to write up these posts and for doing his best to speak to members of the band to get some new info.

Source: Moon of the Milky Way

Posted 2012/06/22 at 23:53 | By: Gregg | Tags: Live, Modest Mouse, Tour

Luke's review of Washington, DC - Night Two

Continuing on from yesterday, here's Luke's review of the second show in DC.

Modest Mouse finished it's two night stand at The 930 Club in Washington DC tonight for another sold out crowd.

The band took the stage at 9:50, with frontman Isaac Brock wearing extremely short purple shorts with rainbow sidings. Short shorts in full effect, 5'6 Isaac tore into The Whale Song resembling a playground bully; thrashing and stomping as he struck blows with his guitar.

Moving into I Came As a Rat, Brock continued his assault, playing 3rd Planet with nearly the entire crowd singing along, specifically "I got this thing that I consider my only of heart of FUCKING PEOPLE OVER!"

Dashboard was played next, sounding a bit light on Tom's horn.

Isaac grabbed his Banjo, literally beating the living shit out of us with King Rat. His shouts of "WELL!" were echoed throughout the crowd, with Tom's horn finally coming through, meshing perfectly with Isaac's mumbling.

Rarely played Heart Cooks Brain followed, with Isaac using a music stand to read the lyrics. He joked with the crowd about how he'd learnt the song in a manner that ensured he would forget it every time he tried to play it.

Although a bit mellower (is that even possible?) than the night before, Tiny Cities Made of Ashes brought about shuffling from most and full on dancing from others, including myself.

A tighter, more in sync Ansel was played, with most fans bobbing along and seemingly enjoying it.

Just when I was getting my bearings straight from the ass kicking delivered by King Rat, Isaac shouted "I got one, two, three, four, five, six six six," throwing himself into an extremely jammed out version of Breakthrough. Screaming into his pickups, Isaac made it known: He will beat you up and take your wallet, then make you cry in front of your girlfriend.

Taking a turn for the slower, Bob Dylan's You Ain't Goin' Nowhere was covered again, with a bit of jamming towards the end.

Not wanting to stay slow for too long, Parting of the Sensory built to a deafening crescendo, with a violent mosh pit erupting as Isaac chanted about our eventual return to mere carbon.

Good News For People Who Love Bad News was showcased next, with Black Cadillacs, World at Large, and The View being played, respectively. The View was hands down my favorite performance of the night, with Isaac's lyrical excellence in full view: As life gets longer, awful feels softer/ Well it feels pretty soft to me/ And if it takes shit to make bliss, then I feel pretty blissfully.

An encore break was taken, with Isaac returning to take a seat at the drum set, with the stage hands on guitar. The rest of the band eventually returning to play Custom Concern.

Recently debuted Lampshades on Fire was next, with a few members of the crowd singing along. The bridge, heard 1 minute into the Sasquatch recording, seemed to have been extended with Isaac jamming a bit.

Just to ensure we wouldn't be getting up anytime soon, Shit Luck exploded into a barrage of beat downs, once again leaving the crowd moshing and flailing.

Missed the Boat followed with most of the crowd once again backing Brock on vocals.

Closing out the night was Trailer Trash, with an awesome ending jam. Tom Peloso took the bass on this one, handling what I consider one of the greatest bass lines ever conceived, impeccably. Isaac added some lyrics from Perpetual Motion Machine throughout the jam, ending the show on a high note.

Overall, this was an awesome show. Isaac and company sounded a bit tighter and cohesive tonight, eliminating the little mistakes of last night. Tomorrow brings round three with the band... onto Pittsburgh.

UPDATE: Here's Heart Cooks Brain, finally caught on camera courtesy of Tiki, from that show.

Source: Moon of the Milky Way

Posted 2012/06/18 at 00:40 | By: Gregg | Tags: Dann Gallucci, Eric Judy, Interview, Isaac Brock, Jeremiah Green, Modest Mouse, Pat Graham, Video

Pitchfork.tv's The Lonesome Crowded West Film

Pitchfork.tv has, as promised, uploaded their full film looking back at Modest Mouse's 1997 album The Lonesome Crowded West.

The 45 minute film, spends a brief time detailing the bands earlier years before the release of their second album, and then spends the rest focusing on some core songs off the album. Along with stories from the band members themselves, there are also tales from Dann Gallucci, Calvin Johnson, Phil Ek and Pat Graham.

Most of the footage is taken from the original "Untitled" documentary, interspersed with a lot of Pat's photography.

It's a nice walk down memory lane, looking back at an album that is now 15 years old. Hearing tales about songs, and their live and recording history.

Watch the full film below.

Source: Modest Mouse - The Lonesome Crowded West: Entire Film | Pitchfork Classic | Pitchfork.tv

Posted 2012/06/14 at 00:25 | By: Gregg | Tags: Interview, Modest Mouse, Video

The Lonesome Crowded West revisited

As was mentioned back in March, Pitchfork has been working on a documentary on Modest Mouse's 1997 album, The Lonesome Crowded West.

They've just put up a short trailer for it, along with the message that it will be debuting on June 18th. Catch the trailer below.

Source: Modest Mouse: The Lonesome Crowded West Teaser | Pitchfork Classic | Pitchfork.tv

Posted 2012/04/24 at 12:00 | By: Gregg | Tags: Live, Modest Mouse, Tour

Modest Mouse schedules new summer tour dates

Modest Mouse's website has been updated with four new dates dotted around their existing festival dates this coming summer. New shows in Washington, Pittsburgh and Columbus bring the total number of dates to seven.

Date Venue Location Ticket Info
2012/05/19 Frost Amphitheater Palo Alto, CA, US Tickets
2012/06/20 9:30 Club Washington, DC, US  
2012/06/21 9:30 Club Washington, DC, US  
2012/06/22 Stage AE Pittsburgh, PA, US Tickets
2012/06/23 Bader Field Atlantic City, NJ, US Tickets
2012/06/24 Randall's Island New York, NY, US Tickets
2012/06/26 Lifestyle Communities Pavilion Columbus, OH, US Tickets

Most tickets go on sale on April 26. Check out Modest Mouse's tour page for more details. Thanks to Darwin and Luke for sending this in.

Source: MODEST MOUSE || OFFICIAL WEBSITE » TOURS

Posted 2012/04/06 at 23:28 | By: Gregg | Tags: Festival, Live, Modest Mouse

Another standalone live date

Another single date seems to have popped up, all by its lonesome in May. The band will be headlining what appears to be a mini-festival of sorts on Stanford University's campus in Palo Alto, CA on May 19.

Tickets on sale April 23rd at tickets.stanford.edu, available online, in the Stanford Ticket Office, and in White Plaza. Student tickets are only $20; save on each ticket with a Stanford student group order of 10 or more. SUIDs required.

The show seems to be set for 3pm and Modest Mouse will be preceded by Benjamin Francis Leftwich and Eyes Lips Eyes.

Click here to see the Frost Revival Official Facebook Event.

Source: Stanford Concert Network | SCN New

We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank: Five years on

While the stuffed deer was a founding member, it was kicked out of the band due to its lack of rhythm

If anyone was paying attention, you will remember that five years ago today, Modest Mouse released their last album We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank.

Without trying to sound like an ungrateful fan stamping his feet and asking where that new album is (which seems to the common occurrence every time Modest Mouse makes a post on Facebook), we would like to point out that this is the longest gap so far between albums. If you don't take No One's First, And You're Next, as it's an EP and featured mostly old material.

With We Were Dead reaching this milestone, we thought we'd take this moment to recap and speculate on some of the recent activities of the band and its members, in the hopes of stirring up some discussion or perhaps someone filling us in on some news we're not aware of:

  • The band as a whole: After performing a mammoth 119 known shows in 2007, the performances cut to about a half of that for 2008, 2009 and 2010, before performing only 15 shows last year. This year doesn't seem to be off to anything different, with the only dates having past and set for the future being festivals.

    One could be optimistic and see this as them spending more time in the studio working, or maybe they're just taking a break. I'm all for not rushing things. However with so little new material having been debuted live, I would think it's closer to the latter.

    While the band has been notoriously shy from giving interviews in the past few years, when they have strangely there has been mention of a new album being practically finished, only to have the same story repeated a year later. A lot has happened since, Johnny Marr did leave the band, and who knows how that may have affected any of the material that he may have contributed to.

    Even the sessions with Big Boi occurred almost one year ago, although it seems to have been made out that that was more of an experiment than anything.

    So far the only new material floating around are the songs that have been performed live. The two that have had the most oration being Lampshades On Fire and Poison The Well. Another potential song is the untitled track performed at The Warfield, unofficially titled "Mexico". Lastly there is the untitled track that made an appearance at the end of the Don't Move Here episode.

  • Isaac Brock: Recently, apart from playing the few last minute surprise solo shows, the only other project Isaac potentially has on the go is the writing of the Queens Of Country soundtrack. Which was also announced about a year ago, and has since not been mentioned again. The film is finally due out at the end of this month, and while Isaac is still mentioned as the composer on IMDB, the lack of updates around this make me think he's no longer involved. We attempted to contact the producers of the film, but did not receive a reply. Hopefully with the release just around the corner, we should get some closure to this soon.

  • Jeremiah Green: The once side project busy Jeremiah, has also been quiet of late. At least perhaps quiet to news sources. After multiple World Gang releases early last year, this work seems to have slowed down since releasing that live album last June.

  • Eric Judy: Eric hasn't performed with the band live since 2011/07/02. Not that the band has performed that much since then. Rumours are rife that he has left the band. Personally I don't believe it, Eric does have young children, and could be taking a break from touring. We have tried to contact the band and certain members about his status, but haven't heard anything.

  • Jim Fairchild: Jim will be returning to perform some dates with the reunited Grandaddy. A question to maybe ask is, depending on the outcome there, will he perhaps not return should they decide to take things further?

  • Tom Peloso: To our knowledge, nothing news worthy has been happening with Tom lately (sorry Tom).

  • Joe Plummer: A lot of updates lately have been revolving around Joe, now that he is with The Shins. They have a new album out as of today (coincidence?), and he will be touring full time with them. As with Jim, a question to ask, is does this mean Joe is perhaps done with his time in Modest Mouse, or when his work with The Shins calms down, will he be returning?

  • Pat Graham: Lastly, Pat Graham is still awesome, and we miss him and his updates on the band.

Posted 2012/03/10 at 11:44 | By: Gregg | Tags: Festival, Live, Modest Mouse

Potential Festival 72810 live stream

Modest Mouse's set tonight at Festival 72810 in Mexico might be streamed live, thanks to a link discovered by board member goinunion.

The band will be taking the stage at 12:05 am CST. We have contact the festival and hope to get confirmation on the stream and will update you if we hear anything back. The festival has already started though, and the stream is not yet active.

UPDATE: So it doesn't look like this is happening. We should have a set list by tomorrow I hope.

Watch live streaming video from festival72810 at livestream.com

Source: Festival72810 - live streaming video powered by Livestream

Posted 2012/03/02 at 11:45 | By: Gregg | Tags: Jim Fairchild, Modest Mouse, Rumours/Rumors, Video

Possible Modest Mouse documentary in the works? / Jim Fairchild touring with Grandaddy

Today's two stories are brought to us courtesy of Pitchfork Media.

The first is a brief posting in their new feature Inbox, where Pitchfork's writers and editors field reader emails.

Nik Kapetanakis writes in under the subject "Desperately Seeking Modest Mouse", asking if it would be possible to do an in-depth interview with Modest Mouse. Pitchfork writes back with a semi cryptic response, that if you like the band, and you liked the documentary Pitchfork.tv did for the Flaming Lips' album The Soft Bulletin, that something related may be appearing in the near future. This leads to the possibility that Pitchfork.tv may be doing a piece focusing on a Modest Mouse album.

It would be super awesome if you guys did an in-depth video interview with Modest Mouse-- I am a huge fan, so pardon my maybe-far-fetched suggestion. --Nik Kapetanakis

We don't want to give too much away just yet, but if you like Modest Mouse and you liked our recent Pitchfork.tv documentary on the Flaming Lips' The Soft Bulletin, you'll probably be into another video piece we've got on the way...

The second article, mentions that Jim Fairchild's former band, Grandaddy, are reuniting for some shows this year. The only one set in stone at the moment is on September 2 at Dorset, England's End of the Road Festival.

While this is more than likely a temporary arrangement, it could potentially overlap with any future Modest Mouse tour dates, if any are planned for later in the year. Not that that would probably affect anything, as Modest Mouse is pretty good with swapping out members temporarily. Jim has also stated in the past, that he doesn't seem to be too involved in the recording process, if the band happens to be recording at the time... who knows, all speculation really.

Source: Grandaddy Reunite for Shows | News | Pitchfork

Posted 2012/02/21 at 11:47 | By: Gregg | Tags: Festival, Live, Modest Mouse

Modest Mouse confirmed for Governors Ball Music Festival

The Governors Ball Music Festival announced their lineup this morning, and the hints they'd been dropping turned out to be true. Modest Mouse will be one of the acts performing on June 24, opening for Beck.

Other acts that day apart from Beck, include: Explosions In The Sky, Cults, and Built To Spill.

Because this festival has the band locked for the Sunday, this means that Modest Mouse will most likely be only performing on Saturday June 23 at the Orion Music + More festival in Atlantic City.

Tickets for this event go on sale tomorrow, February 22, through the festival's website. Watch a video of the announcement below.

Source: The Governors Ball Music Festival | Gov Ball | June 23rd & 24th, 2012 | Randall's Island, NYC

Posted 2012/02/09 at 09:45 | By: Gregg | Tags: Festival, Live, Modest Mouse, Rumours/Rumors

The Governors Ball Music Festival?

The Governors Ball Music Festival is taking place on June 23 and 24 at Randall's Island in New York, NY. This is the same weekend that Modest Mouse is confirmed to be performing at Metallica's Orion Music + More festival in nearby Atlantic City.

The Governors Ball will be announcing its full lineup on February 21. Until then, they have started dropping hints on their Facebook page. Including one today of a cartoon mouse being modest, making it look very likely that Modest Mouse will be performing at that festival as well.

Tickets have yet to go on sale, and remember that if they do before the 21st, this is not confirmed. Keep an eye on The Governors Ball Music Festival's website for more info.

If this turns out to be true, it definitely looks like Modest Mouse will only be performing on one day at the Orion Music + More festival. So be careful when buying tickets there, if you weren't planning on going for the whole weekend.

Thanks go to Miike S for bringing this to our attention.

Source: The Governors Ball Music Festival

Posted 2012/02/07 at 12:23 | By: Gregg | Tags: Festival, Modest Mouse

Orion Music + More

The inaugural Orion Music + More festival will be held on June 23 & 24 at Bader Field, a Municipal Airport just outside Atlantic City, NJ.

Metallica will be headlining both nights of the festival, during which they will be performing their Black album in its entirety on one of the nights.

They will also be curating the event, having selected 22+ of their favourite artists to join them, Modest Mouse being one of the confirmed acts so far. Other bands announced include the Arctic Monkeys, Avenged Sevenfold, Fucked Up and Best Coast.

Little info otherwise is known as of now. We're not sure yet if Modest Mouse will be performing on both nights, and if not, then which night they will be performing on.

Presale tickets for Met Club fan club members go on sale Wednesday (February 8) at 10:00 am ET until Friday (February 10) at 10:00 pm ET. General admission tickets for the two-day festival will be priced at $125 and Ultra Passes will be priced at $225. Public tickets go on sale Saturday (February 11) at 10:00 am ET on the festival's official site. Early bird tickets will be priced at $150 and advance tickets will be priced at $175. VIP passes and travel packages will be announced Saturday.

We will update as we hear more.

Source: Orion Music + More | June 23 & 24 | Atlantic City, NJ

Posted 2012/01/17 at 19:45 | By: Gregg | Tags: Festival, Live, Modest Mouse

Festival 72810

We're a little behind on this live date that was quietly added to Modest Mouse's website about a week ago.

The band will be heading to Mexico in March to perform at Festival 72810. A festival being held in the shadows of the Great Pyramid of Cholula in San Andrés Cholula on March 10.

They will be joined by acts like Public Enemy, Bauhaus's Peter Murphy, Blonde Redhead and more. Tickets are already on sale through the festival's website.

Source: Modest Mouse (Issaquah, Washington, EUA) ‹ Festival 72810

Posted 2012/01/14 at 17:27 | By: Gregg | Tags: Dann Gallucci, Eric Judy, Isaac Brock, Modest Mouse

Modest Mouse nominated for a Grammy (sort of...)

Modest Mouse are in the running again to win a Grammy award.

Rapper Lupe Fiasco sampled Modest Mouse's Float On on his single The Show Goes On, that was released back in 2010. The song was later featured on his album Lasers that was released in early 2011.

Fiasco has now been nominated for three awards at this year's Grammys: Best Rap Performance, Best Rap Song and Best Rap Album. Should he win the award for Best Rap Song, he will share the Grammy with Isaac Brock, Eric Judy and Dann Gallucci seeing as how they are the original songwriters.

Modest Mouse was last nominated for a Grammy in 2005, when they were up for Best Rock Song and Best Alternative Music Album for Float On and Good News For People Who Love Bad News. They lost to U2 and Wilco.

Not the best way for Modest Mouse to win their first Grammy, but with these awards having become a bit of a joke in the past decade, I'm not sure anyone cares. But thanks to all the people that have been sending this tip in.

Source: Nominees And Winners | GRAMMY.COM

Posted 2011/12/05 at 19:35 | By: Gregg | Tags: Modest Mouse, Tour

Modest Mouse performing at the opening night of Macworld

Modest Mouse will be performing at the opening night of Macworld at a concert entitled Macworld | iWorld Opening Night BLAST. The show will be taking place at The Warfield in San Francisco on January 25, 2012. Tickets are available now it seems through some kind of registration process, for what I believe is $35 (but this may be on top of the ticket price for the Macworld expo being held at Moscone Center). Also it sounds like there is a special deal on at the moment, and the price will be going up tomorrow.

The Macworld | iWorld is being held January 26 - 28, 2012 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco and is the ultimate fan event for those who use, create, and love Apple products.

Source: Macworld | iWorld BLAST | Macworld | iWorld

Posted 2011/11/13 at 14:01 | By: Gregg | Tags: Festival, Modest Mouse, Tour

Modest Mouse has to cancel Brazilian show

Modest Mouse was meant to take the stage today at the SWU Music and Arts Festival in Brazil. Unfortunately the festival organizers have informed us, that due to a "logistical" problem, the band will be unable to do so.

Galera: lamentamos informar que, em nota oficial enviada por sua produção, a banda Modest Mouse anuncia o cancelamento do show por problemas de logística.

From what we've heard earlier, it is believed the band's equipment has been misplaced during their flight to Brazil. This would have marked Modest Mouse's first performance in that country.

UPDATE: Isaac talks about the show's cancellation in this video.

Posted 2011/09/12 at 21:29 | By: Gregg | Tags: Festival, Modest Mouse, Tour

Modest Mouse to perform at Brazilian festival

Modest Mouse has added a single tour date in Paulívia, in the state of São Paulo. The band will be performing on November 13 at the SWU Music and Arts Festival. It will be the band's first show ever in Brazil.

Is this perhaps the first signs of an upcoming fall tour? Or possibly a South American tour? It does seem like quite a distance to be traveling for a single festival show.

Source: SWU Começa com você | Conscientização pela sustentabilidade

Posted 2011/08/31 at 20:30 | By: Gregg | Tags: Interview, Jim Fairchild, Johnny Marr, Modest Mouse

Jim Fairchild touches on Modest Mouse's progress

At the beginning of a recent interview with Rocksucker, guitarist Jim Fairchild briefly touches on Modest Mouse's recording progress. Specifically on the work that was recently done with Big Boi, and unfortunatly it's a little disheartening for anyone who's hoping to hear a new album any time soon:
How did the Modest Mouse sessions with Big Boi go?

I didn't go out to those sessions. They were trying out some songs with Big Boi. I'm not really sure what's going to come of that. I think Isaac's still in the process of deciding who he wants to record the record with.

So it's going to be primarily a Modest Mouse record, as opposed to some kind of collaboration?

Yeah, they were recording Modest Mouse songs out there. But I don't think Isaac knows what he wants to do with the new record yet so it's very early stages.
The rest of the article deals mainly with the recent reissue of Grandaddy's album The Sophtware Slump, his time with them, replacing Johnny Marr, and his solo project All Smiles. It's quite an interesting read, even if you're only interested in the Modest Mouse parts.

Source: ROCKSUCKER: Interview: Jim Fairchild (Grandaddy, Modest Mouse, All Smiles)

Posted 2011/08/03 at 22:05 | By: Gregg | Tags: Johnny Marr, Modest Mouse, Pat Graham

Pat Graham: Instrument

Long time Modest Mouse photographer, Pat Graham, has just released a new book entitled Instrument.

The link between musician and instrument is emotional, physical-and sometime volatile.

INSTRUMENT is a photography book that represents an intensely personal exposure by some of the world's most important and dedicated musicians. Instrument features beautifully photographed iconic instruments with thoughts, stories, and captions about them from the owners/musicians.

The book comprises over 10 years worth of Pat's work with numerous artists such as Modest Mouse, The Smiths, Sonic Youth, The Flaming Lips, R.E.M., New Order, Wire, Fugazi, Built to Spill, Band of Horses, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and more. It also features a forward has been written by former Modest Mouse guitarist, Johnny Marr.

The iconic sleigh bells that can be heard The Beach Boys Good Vibrations and Phil Spector's wall of sound, The moog that created New Order's Blue Monday, The organ that gave the Special's hit Ghost town, The bass from The Pixies, The guitar played by Ian Curtis on Love Will Tear us Apart, Joy Division. Johnny Marr's Gibson that was played in the height of the Smiths. Etc Etc... All these and many more photographed by Pat Graham with captions from the musicians.

The book has just been released in the UK, but has unfortunately been pushed back in North America to late September / early October. It can be ordered through Amazon or Chronicle Books.

Source: Instrument

Posted 2011/07/06 at 19:35 | By: Gregg | Tags: Dann Gallucci, Isaac Brock, Jeremiah Green, Modest Mouse, Release

Charity compilation track revealed: Dead End Job At The Dead Letter Office

It has only been performed once to our knowledge, used to close out one of the first known Modest Mouse show's back in 1995. Today, Wrong Decision, finally gets an official title: Dead End Job At The Dead Letter Office.

The track will be appearing on a compilation that we reported on earlier entitled Live From Nowhere Near You : Volume 2, being released on July 19 through Greyday Records.

As for a little history on the track, Kevin Moyer was able to share the following:

Isaac and I share a distant friendship. He is very smart, crazy, fun, hilarious, and can tell a story like no other. I think the fact that our group of friends don't overlap too much means we can often have confiding conversations with no outside concern. I can also tell that we both understand the darkness. When we first talked about the effort and him contributing, he wanted to do a cover song and for the life of me I cannot remember what it was, just that I wanted to record him doing it under a bridge or in a park near his house at night. But he got busy with doing the album "No One Is First and You're Next", so we started looking at old tracks already in the can to include instead.

Around that time I came upon some old tapes of Isaac as a 14 year old young kid playing music with friends in a shed using an old answering machine to record, and spent a considerable amount of time trying to clean those up, but Isaac did not want to use those as he felt it was "strip mining his past" and I had to agree. And just FYI on those tapes - Uncle Bunny Faces and Tube Fruit - he was just a teenager, only fourteen on some them, and he dumpster dived every tape that these were recorded onto from the MUZAK dumpsters in Seattle. Isaac tells me that these were never intended as demos, the term "demo" implies that you made the recordings to get people to become interested for a REAL record - and these were the REAL records. Isaac only gave them to close friends at the time and I can tell that he has a hard time hearing that these were for ever put up for sale by anyone. Again, with the strip mining his past.

Anyways, we decided to figure something else out and our schedules were having trouble aligning. Finally, one stormy night I was supposed to meet Isaac and his girlfriend at his house, but he wasn't there so I sat and waited on the porch for a few watching the trees bend in the storm. When the rain seemed to settle a bit I got in my car and left, only to get a text message from him on my way home saying to come back. I vividly remember the rain smearing down the windshield and the blurring green and reds of the traffic lights in the night as I turned the car around and almost got T boned by a semi truck running a red light doing about 60MPH. Finally though, I was back at Isaacs in the warmth of his house, sitting around a table drinking wine and listening to music.

The track that we finally chose is called "Dead End Job At The Dead Letter Office" and was recorded back in 1993 at Pat Maley's Yoyo Studios in Olympia, WA. This track is almost as old as the band and there is no recollection as to what this was recorded for particularly, other than just for the sake of recording music. The song features Isaac Brock on vocals and guitar, Dann Gallucci on guitar, and Jeremiah Green on drums. At the time, Isaac was sleeping in the hallway of a house with about 13 other people living in it; as was Dan, who was living in someone's closet.

By the way, Isaac was one of the first people to offer to release the "Live From Nowhere Near You" album. He had been doing A&R for sub pop and later started his own label called Glacial Pace. As far as I was concerned, with that kind gesture from him, he always had first dibs on releasing the project. But, remember, this effort took eight years to finish and he was busy with his own stuff and it kinda got to the point where I didn't want Isaac to think that the only reason I was talking with him was because I wanted something from him, so I kind of let that go. But it was always his, and the appreciation will always be there because it came at a point where I really needed someone to believe in the project and me... so it's not a stretch to say that he still had a very big part in the music on this release finally making it out of my studio and into the public ear.

Kevin was unfortunatly not able to disclose any more about which tracks were considered for the compilation, but for the most part it seems that the majority of what was, already exists in the fan community now (albeit sadly with made-up fan titles). As was with Every Mom I Know Seems To Think Its 'bout Them But It Ain't and the Babble On compilation that came to light earlier this year, this adds a few more details to the band's early history that is sadly so poorly documented.

Hear a new higher quality version of Dead End Job At The Dead Letter Office over at Antiquiet. Live From Nowhere Near You is available now for pre-order from Greyday Records (Canadians should have no problems now with shipping costs, as the postal strike is over).

Source: Exclusive: Unreleased Song From Isaac Brock Of Modest Mouse @ Antiquiet

Posted 2011/06/23 at 23:49 | By: Gregg | Tags: Modest Mouse, Release

Unreleased Modest Mouse track to appear on charity compilation

We have been told that an old 1996 era Modest Mouse track will be featured on an upcoming three disc compilation entitled "Live From Nowhere Near You Vol II" coming out July 19.

The compilation has been compiled by Kevin Moyer and consists of collaborating street musicians, friends and professional musicians. The majority of the music recorded in his attic and basement studios, donated spaces, live on the street, and in alleyways or under bridges. With the purpose of the album being to tell the story of life on the streets and the roads leading to and from there.

All profits from this release will be donated to Outside In, a non-profit organization in Portland, OR focused on providing aid and counseling to homeless youth.

Kevin has managed to assemble an impressive array of artists to support this cause, alongside Modest Mouse, the likes of Pearl Jam, James Mercer, Elliot Smith, The Strokes, Corin Tucker, Bright Eyes, and many more.

To keep the media interested, they will be releasing the track list bit by bit over the next few weeks. Right now, all we know about the Modest Mouse track is that it is circa 1996 and that while it is not unknown, it is unreleased. It is speculated that the track could be something off Uncle Bunny Faces', as there was talk back in 2009/2010 of a track being wanted for a compilation album. Keep an eye on their Facebook page, where they will be releasing more details in the coming days, and of course we will keep you updated with any information as we receive it.

Right now, the album is available for pre-order through Greyday Records' website for $15. Canadians (and maybe others) please note, there seems to be a problem with the shipping options, as only express options are available. We're informed they will be looked into, so maybe hold off until then.

Source: Live From Nowhere Near You Vol II 3xCD + MP3 PRE-ORDER Live From Nowhere Near You Vol II [GDP-050]

Posted 2011/05/29 at 09:50 | By: Gregg | Tags: Modest Mouse, New Material

New tracks surface at recent shows

Two new tracks have surfaced at Modest Mouse's recent live shows in Boise, Missoula and Spokane. The first track is titled "Lampshades On Fire", according to a set that was posted on Modest Mouse's Facebook page earlier. The second Isaac referred to as being titled "Poison".

Modest Mouse's set tonight at Sasquatch will also be streamed live on NPR. They are scheduled to be playing at 10 PM Pacific/1 AM Eastern.

Lampshades On Fire

Poison

Posted 2011/05/25 at 19:09 | By: Gregg | Tags: Festival, Modest Mouse, Tour

Roundup

This short news roundup is coming from Beijing, China. I brought my laptop with me on this trip, but left it in Guangzhou, and access to Wifi has been tricky.

Just to quickly recap what has been going on in my absence:

Modest Mouse kicks off their very short run of tour dates tomorrow before their headlining slot at Sasquatch. Something that will be on a lot of people's minds will be new material. If this happens, the Board is going to probably be the best place to stay up to date, as I won't be able to review anything until next week. Sheldon (Chief Tragedy) will be updating set lists, so please keep them coming in.

The band has also added more Australian dates in Perth, Sydney and Melbourne to accompany their performance at Splendor In The Grass. They will also be performing in New Zealand for the first time. Starting these dates off is also a single show in Troutdale, OR, maybe leaving space for a few more North American shows. Please refer to the Tour Date section for more info.

Lastly, Broken Social Scene has recorded a cover of The Word At Large for the Voice Project. The song had previously been covered live with Isaac back in 2008.

Source: Pitchfork: Watch Broken Social Scene Cover Modest Mouse

Posted 2011/05/09 at 22:21 | By: Gregg | Tags: Modest Mouse, Release

Listen to Modest Mouse's Buddy Holly cover

Liza Richardson at KCRW played the upcoming Modest Mouse cover of the late Buddy Holly's, That'll Be The Day, on her radio show this past weekend. Hear the cover below.

The compilation album, Rave On Buddy Holly, is due out on June 28 and will feature other artists such as Paul McCartney, Lou Reed and The Black Keys. It can be pre-ordered from Amazon.

Modest Mouse - That'll Be The Day

Buddy Holly - That'll Be The Day

Source: Modest Mouse Cover Buddy Holly - Stereogum

Posted 2011/04/28 at 07:31 | By: Gregg | Tags: Modest Mouse, New Material, Release

Modest Mouse working with Big Boi/Chris Carmouche, as well as covering Buddy Holly

It has recently come to light through a series of Tweets that Modest Mouse is working with Outkast member Big Boi, and producer Chris Carmouche on their new album.

Big Boi has been tweeting:

Me and @mouche1 in the studio workin with Modest Mouse on their new album Turnt up ! Shout out to Issac and the crew! (Apr 25)
Been camped out in the Lab with Modest Mouse all week, workin on the new mouse LP, coolest cats ever. Long Live The Funk (Apr 27)

While there is no official word on if Big Boi is producing, or perhaps providing vocals for the album, it is the first official confirmation that Modest Mouse is indeed working on a new album.

In other news, February's earlier rumour, of Modest Mouse working on a Buddy Holly cover, seems to have turned out to be true.

Modest Mouse will be covering "That'll Be the Day" on an upcoming tribute album entitled Rave On Buddy Holly, out June 28.

Source: Pitchfork: Modest Mouse, My Morning Jacket, Julian Casablancas, Black Keys on Buddy Holly Tribute

Inside the home of Isaac Brock and Glacial Pace, plus a new song

Isaac Brock's house (and Glacial Pace headquarters) are featured in Season II, Episode 5 of "Don't Move Here".

Isaac gives a tour of his home/studio, discusses his love of taxidermy, some home renovation tips, the bands that he's signing to Glacial Pace, and how the label came to be.

The episode ends with a short, partial performance from Modest Mouse, that features an as of yet, unreleased song. No mention though if this song is old or a new one being worked on for an upcoming album. Hopefully more will be cleared up when the band starts their short tour next month, should this song make its way onto set lists.

Source: Don't Move Here, Season II | Ep #5 | Isaac Brock + Glacial Pace | Wieden+Kennedy Entertainment

Posted 2011/04/12 at 19:37 | By: Gregg | Tags: Festival, Modest Mouse

Modest Mouse heading back to Australia

Modest Mouse will be heading back to Australia this July for the Splendour in the Grass festival, taking place from July 29 - 31.

According to Modest Mouse's Facebook page, they will be performing on Saturday, July 30, but no word yet from the festival organizers if this is the day of the festival they will be performing on.

Side note: The ticketing page on Moshtix listing the lineup, has notes next to some bands stating whether the show is that band's only Australian show. There is nothing next to Modest Mouse's name, perhaps indicating that more Australian shows may be added.

Source: Splendour in the Grass

Posted 2011/03/22 at 12:06 | By: Gregg | Tags: Modest Mouse, Tour

New Tour Dates

Modest Mouse has added three club dates leading up to their headlining performance taking place at the 2011 Sasquatch Festival.

Dates in Boise, Missoula and Spokane go on sale this Friday, March 25 at TicketFly.com.

Source: MODEST MOUSE || OFFICIAL WEBSITE » TOURS

Posted 2011/03/21 at 21:00 | By: Gregg | Tags: Modest Mouse, New Material

Uncle Bunny Faces' finally rears its head

No telling if this bunny is an uncle...

Back in 2009 two uncirculated Modest Mouse demo tapes turned up on eBay titled "Tube-Fruit, All Smiles And Chocolate" and "Uncle Bunny Faces'". The first tape featured only Isaac, the second all three founding members.

When asked about the tapes after a show one night, Isaac mentioned that he viewed them not as home demos, but as albums, and that very few copies existed, almost all in the hands of friends.

While "Tube-Fruit, All Smiles And Chocolate" was quickly circulated amongst the trading community, "Uncle Bunny Faces'" was not. Until this past weekend that is, when a YouTube user, MusicIsFunn, uploaded the rough tracks to his/her channel. The tracks have since been uploaded to the Night on the Sun blog. If you're a fan of early (early!) Modest Mouse, they're worth a listen, but note the audio quality is poor at best.

Source: YouTube - MusicIsFunn's Channel

Posted 2011/02/09 at 15:02 | By: Gregg | Tags: Isaac Brock, Modest Mouse

Whatcha gonna do with your life?

It's always interesting when something unknown to the general fan community turns up, especially when it's something really old and from a period of the band's history that is general unknown and poorly documented. That's why yesterday I was quite pleased when Interstate-8 reader and frequent contributor, Martin, emailed me in something he had recently found and purchased on eBay.

"Babble On" is a self released compilation tape from 1994 featuring mainly bands from the Seattle, WA area. Compiled by Chad Byerly, the tape has a real DIY feel to it, tracks that aren't really studio quality, and each band seemingly getting to contribute a page of photocopied artwork.

The Modest Mouse tracks featured on this tape are nothing that most hardcore Modest Mouse fans wouldn't have heard before. The first being "5-4-3-2-1... Lisp Off", which is obviously the more common of the two, having appeared on the band's first EP, "Blue Cadet-3, Do You Connect?" and "Sad Sappy Sucker". The second is perhaps a little more rare. Having always been known as the Modest Mouse demo "Follow Through", here it finally gets a home and an official title, "Every Mom I Know Seems To Think Its 'bout Them But It Ain't", labeled as "The Other Song" on the back cover. Both tracks are Isaac Brock only songs, just guitar and vocals (and astronaut voice), and are most likely both from his "Dial-A-Song" collection.

The artwork features a young Brock, probably around 18-19 years of age at the time, sitting on low brick wall. An address at which to write the band, the same one that would appear on the back of the "Blue Cadet-3, Do You Connect?" 7". And lastly, rounding up a final piece of Modest Mouse history, the phone number for his Dial-A-Song, (206) 557-0311 (and before you waste your time, I called the number, and it has long been disconnected by the phone company).

The other bands featured on the tape don't seem to have gone on to do anything else, with the exception of Tattle Tale, who were quite well known in the Seattle Riot Grrrl scene. In 2003, Jen Wood would also appear as a guest vocalist on the The Postal Service's debut, providing the female vocals for the duet "Nothing Better". She has also collaborated with Black Heart Procession and Joan of Arc.

For more information on this release, as well as scans of the full booklet where you can read Chad's story, check out "Babble On" under Compilations in the Discography section.

Modest Mouse - Every Mom I Know Seems To Think Its 'bout Them But It Ain't (aka Follow Through)

Posted 2011/02/06 at 22:49 | By: Gregg | Tags: Festival, Modest Mouse, Tour

Modest Mouse to headline 2011 Sasquatch Festival

Modest Mouse will be headlining this year's Sasquatch Festival in George, WA over the Memorial Day weekend in May.

Other artists that have so far been announced are:

Foo Fighters, Death Cab For Cutie, The Decemberists, Robyn, Wilco, Flying Lotus, Bright Eyes, Flogging Molly, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Das Racist, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Iron & Wine, The Flaming Lips, Bassnectar, Pink Martini, Cold War Kids, Old 97's, Ratatat, Wolf Parade, Chromeo, Guided By Voices, Yeasayer, Beach House, Local Natives, Matt & Kim, Deerhunter, Mstrkrft, Trailer Park Boys, Sleigh Bells, Major Lazer, Skrillex, Fitz & The Tantrums, !!!, Archers of Loaf, Against Me!, The Thermals, Best Coast, CSS, Surfer Blood, Jenny & Johnny, Bonobo (DJ Set), City and Colour, Reggie Watts, K-Os, Gayngs, Tim Minchin, The Drums, The Radio Dept., Young the Giant, The Antlers, Sharon Van Etten, Villagers, Stornoway, Aloe Blacc, Black Mountain, Noah & The Whale, Sam Roberts Band, Secret Sisters, Twin Shadow, Wye Oak, Tig Notaro, Smith Westerns, Rival Schools, Foster the People, Alberta Cross, S. Carey, White Denim, Washed Out, Gold Panda, Dan Mangan, Axis of Awesome, The Globes, Cotton Jones, Jaill, Basia Bulat, Other Lives, The Bronx, White Arrows, Pepper Rabbit, Talkdemonic, Rebecca Gates and The Consortium, The Young Evils.

Please note that until the performance schedule is released, we will be listing the date of the show as the first day of the festival, but that may end up not being the day Modest Mouse performs on. Do not base a one day ticket purchase on this information.

UPDATE: Confirmed, Modest Mouse will be headlining on Sunday, May 29. They will be following The Flaming Lips, who are planing to perform their entire album The Soft Bulletin.

Source: Sasquatch Festival 2011

Posted 2010/11/19 at 00:00 | By: Gregg | Tags: Modest Mouse

Mystery Shirt Sale

Glacial Pace is having a Modest Mouse mystery shirt sale for $6.99 a shirt. If you're a fan of band shirts or just feel like a surprise, pick a size and see what you get.

Source: http://store.glacialpace.com/collections/new/products/mystery-shirt

Posted 2010/10/19 at 00:00 | By: Gregg | Tags: Modest Mouse, Pat Graham

Imagekind featured artist: Pat Graham

Image Copyright: Pat Graham

Longtime Modest Mouse photographer Pat Graham, is currently the featured artist of the day at Imagekind with his series: Photos From Last Night's Gig. Check it out for a nostalgic look at the 2009 tour, and see if you are able to spot yourself in the crowd.

Source: http://www.imagekind.com/MemberProfile.aspx?MID=66be8713-62b6-4710-ae5c-a0912d2e4894

Posted 2010/09/07 at 00:00 | By: Gregg | Tags: Modest Mouse, Tour, Video

Live from Into The Great Wide Open

Watch Modest Mouse's entire set from the Into The Great Wide Open festival in Vlieland, NL on September 5.

Source: http://3voor12.vpro.nl/tv/#/42393647/43913868/0

Posted 2010/07/26 at 00:00 | By: Gregg | Tags: Modest Mouse, Tour

Brooklyn Show Rescheduled

Modest Mouse's show at The Williamsburg Waterfront that had to be cut short due to a lightning storm has been rescheduled for September 14. Ticketmaster will be reissuing all tickets on August 29. If you are unable to make the show, please contact Ticketmaster by August 27.

Thanks to Neda and all the other people that sent this in.

Source: http://www.brooklynvegan.com/archives/2010/07/modest_mouse_pl_3.html

Posted 2010/06/21 at 00:00 | By: Gregg | Tags: Interview, Isaac Brock, Modest Mouse, New Material, Side Project, Tour, Ugly Casanova

Pitchfork interview Isaac Brock

In a new interview with Pitchfork, Isaac discusses a range of topics, including his work on the 180 Degrees South soundtrack, new Modest Mouse songs, the upcoming tour and the band's current relationship with Johnny Marr.

On the topic of a new Modest Mouse album:
Pitchfork: What are you working on with Modest Mouse?

IB: Songs. That's that.

Pitchfork: Are they going in any particular direction?

IB: I can't say that yet. I can't say that they are. It's pretty early in the game for me to have a clear picture of what we're doing, if it's good or anything. They're going to show up again today, and we'll keep banging our heads on it. It's way too early for me to know what direction this thing is really headed. It's just a bunch of random shit at the moment.

Pitchfork: How long have you been working on the random shit?

IB: About six months. We're not killing ourselves doing it, by any means. We just had the "Hey, we should probably buckle down" conversation last week. We just putz around and smoke a bunch of weed. It's more time spent hanging out than playing music.
And as far as hearing any of these new songs on the upcoming tour, well don't hold your breath:
Pitchfork: Will you try out new music on tour?

IB: We're going to try to. But I actually think we won't. I don't think any of it is close enough to be ready in what's essentially two-and-a-half weeks. I'd like to say we're going to, but I don't really see it happening.
Read the rest of the article on Pitchfork.

Source: http://pitchfork.com/news/39217-isaac-brock-talks-i180-southi-modest-mouse-portland-mayor-portrait/

Posted 2009/12/10 at 00:00 | By: Gregg | Tags: Modest Mouse

Missed out on any of those new 7

Isaac's Glacial Pace Recordings' web store has some copies for sale (remember, these were limited to 4000 copies each), as well as some other Modest Mouse merchandise.

Source: http://glacialpace.myshopify.com

Posted 2009/02/21 at 00:00 | By: Gregg | Tags: Modest Mouse, Tour

How have you been?

Modest Mouse began touring again last night in Eugene, OR where they pulled out some fan favourites that haven't been heard since 2005. Were you there? Send us your thoughts on the show. Thanks to all the people that sent in the set list, and if anyone knows who the owner of that cover is... The Boomtown Rats, Elvis, Alexia... let us know.
Posted 2009/01/28 at 00:00 | By: Gregg | Tags: Modest Mouse, Tour

On The Road Again

The band will hit the road again on February 22. They will be touring with "Mimicking Birds." Tickets go on sale on January 29. The dates that have been announced so far are:

2009/02/22 Fox Theater Oakland, CA, US
2009/02/23 The Fox Theater Visalia, CA, US
2009/02/24 Hollywood Palladium Los Angeles, CA, US
2009/02/25 The Marquee Tempe, AZ, US
2009/02/26 Albuquerque Convention Center Albuquerque, NM, US
2009/02/28 Balch Fieldhouse Boulder, CO, US
2009/03/02 Uptown Theater Kansas City, MO, US
2009/03/03 Diamond Balloom Oklahoma City, OK, US
2009/03/04 Stubb's BBQ Austin, TX, US
2009/03/06 The Lyric Oxford Oxford, MS, US
2009/03/07 The Tabernacle Atlanta, GA, US
2009/03/08 Langerado Music Festival / Bicentennial Park Miami, FL, US
Posted 2008/01/27 at 00:00 | By: Gregg | Tags: Interview, Isaac Brock, Modest Mouse, New Material, Side Project, Tour

Bits and Pieces

In a small interview in the latest Rolling Stone magazine, Isaac has reported that the band's current priority is to finish work on the new EP, described as "repolished outtakes from MM's last two discs." He will also be singing with Frank Black and the Catholics on a re-creation of Lee Hazlewood's first album "Trouble is a Lonesome Town." The band will also start work on a new album this coming March. And lastly, that Modest Mouse will be touring with R.E.M. this Spring. Thanks to Mike for the info.
Posted 2007/12/07 at 00:00 | By: Gregg | Tags: Modest Mouse, Tour, Video

Sunday's show to be Webcast

AT&T will be Webcasting Sunday's show live from the Gibson Amphitheatre as part of KROQ's Almost Acoustic Christmas 2007. Please refer to their site for times and more details.

Source: http://attblueroom.com/music/events/kroq.php

Posted 2007/11/15 at 00:00 | By: Gregg | Tags: Modest Mouse, New Material

Modest Mouse/Built to Spill covers album in the works?

Modest Mouse's publicist has stated, although the project is not yet 100% confirmed, that the band want to work on a covers album with Built To Spill and Love As Laughter, where all 3 bands cover each other's material. The album would then hopefully see a release some time in 2008. Built To Spill though have yet to be informed about the idea.

Source: http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/article/news/47134-modest-mousebuilt-to-spill-covers-lp-in-the-works

Posted 2007/10/25 at 00:00 | By: Gregg | Tags: Modest Mouse, Tour

99x Mistle Toe Jam

Modest Mouse will be performing at 99x's Mistle Toe Jam in Atlanta, GA on Sunday, December 16th along with Silversun Pickups, The Shins and Silverchair. Tickets are available now through Ticketmaster.

Source: http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/0E003F568CFB5E3A?artistid=781346&majorcatid=10001&minorcatid=60

Posted 2007/03/28 at 00:00 | By: Gregg | Tags: Modest Mouse

"We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank" debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200 this week selling 129,000 copies in the United States alone, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Thanks to Placid for sending in the link.

Source: http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003563939

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