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Posted 2017/08/02 at 09:11 | By: Gregg | Tags: Isaac Brock, Live

Isaac Brock performing solo later this month in Seattle

UPDATE: Not sure what happened exactly, but apparently Isaac was replaced with The Head And The Heart, and this was only posted on the Ticketfly event page the day before the show, with no reason given. We're only learning of this now.

Modest Mouse's official website has posted a solo date for Isaac later this month in Seattle, WA on August the 26th.

The event is being hosted by winemaker Charles Smith and is being described as follows:

In celebration of his new, special release, barrel-aged K Vintners Jet City Riesling, award-winning winemaker Charles Smith is hosting the first-annual Jet City Riesling Revolution on Saturday, August 26 at Charles Smith's Jet City in Seattle. Showing consumers a new, radical side of Riesling and creating the ultimate wine-tasting experience, Charles is bringing together 18 premier wineries primarily from the Pacific Northwest and a few favorites from Germany to showcase the best Riesling including Charles & Charles Riesling, the famed Kung Fu Girl Riesling and K Vintners Jet City Riesling, which is only available for a limited time at the event and in the Jet City tasting room.

Following the tasting, performances by Calexico and a rare solo performance by Isaac Brock, Modest Mouse frontman, making this a truly one-of-a-kind event.

Tickets are on sale now for $45, and are apparently extremely limited.

Isaac Brock's last recorded solo performance was back in 2012, when he participated in benefit show for Joel Burrows.

Source: The First Annual Jet City Riesling Revolution, Isaac Brock, Calexico | Ticketfly

Posted 2017/02/10 at 13:55 | By: Gregg | Tags: Davey Brozowski, Interview, Isaac Brock, Jeremiah Green

Some interviews

Wow, it's been almost 6 months since the last major news posting, and not much has been happening other than the announcement of one festival date coming up this May. Hopefully that gives way to maybe some new news or additional tour dates.

In the meantime, three interviews have surfaced in the last week with Isaac, Jeremiah, and Davey. All three don't really concern anything new, but are worth a listen.

Isaac talks about skateboarding and the song Shit Luck having been used in so many skate videos, as well as touching on the music industry and how canceling tours is expensive.

Jeremiah and Davey are both interviewed by the The Trap Set, the interviews were both recorded before their show at The Forum last year in California. Their interviews touch more on their early careers. Jeremiah also touches on some of the topics he spoke about during his Shit Show interview from 2015, and Davey talks about how he got the job with Modest Mouse after Joe left.

Listen to the Isaac interview below. The interviews with Jeremiah and Davey can be found here and here respectively.

Thanks to Jamie and Barnacles for sending this in.

Posted 2016/01/25 at 17:54 | By: Gregg | Tags: Eric Judy, Isaac Brock, Side Project

Eric Judy and other collaborations

Here's something that's been on our radar for a few months, but has slipped through the gaps while we've been trying to get more information.

Eric Judy has a new project called RudyWaltz with Robin Perringer and Mat Brooke. Perringer and Brooke were both in the band Carissa's Wierd and Band of Horses, although not at the same time for the latter. Perringer was then in 764-Hero and had a brief sting as Modest Mouse's touring guitarist. Brooke started Grand Archives.

The band has put out some demos, and has played a handful of shows in Seattle, WA over the past few months. Listen below.

In other collaboration news, Isaac Brock has contributed backing vocals to the song "Beautiful You" on Mark Kozelek's new album Jesu/Sun Kil Moon (itself a collaboration with Kozelek's Sun Kil Moon and Justin Broadrick's Jesu). The album was released this past Thursday. Sun Kil Moon recorded an album of Modest Mouse covers back in 2005.

Source: RudyWaltz

Posted 2015/06/01 at 12:01 | By: Gregg | Tags: Isaac Brock, Modest Mouse, Rumours/Rumors, Video

New music video in the works

Courtesy of Sofia Flash's Instagram

Some images have shown up on the Instagram account of a Sofie Flash, who appears to have been an extra for a new Modest Mouse video that was being shot approximately 2 weeks ago.

The images seem to closely relate to the concept Isaac described in the BuzzFeed interview back in March, in which he mentioned he wanted to make a video in the Tillamook State Forest with Crispen Glover for "Pistol" (references to Glover seem to have been removed from that article now though).

Thanks to Dani for tracking these down. See more of Sofie Flash's photographs below.

At a modest mouse music video as a demon! #flashladyadventures

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I am a demon for Modest mouse music video!!!

A photo posted by Sofia Flash (@sofieflash) on

Behind the scenes of the music video. #musicvideo #bts #angelsanddemons #modestmouse #flashladyadventures

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Bts Modest mouse music video #demons #kabaki #modestmouse #angelsanddemons

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Bts music video shoot for Modest Mouse! #bts #modestmouse #flashladyadventures #awesomeday

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Bts ceremonial demons at the Modest Mouse music video. #modestmouse #darkangels

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Source: Sofia Flash (@sofieflash) Instagram photos and videos

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 2015/03/21 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 2015/03/17 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 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 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

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.

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

Glacial Pace repressing older albums

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted 2014/08/07 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 2014/03/02 at 09:09 | By: Gregg | Tags: Isaac Brock, New Material, Release, Studio

Is the new album already being mastered?

The Howie Weinberg Mastering Studio posted this picture on Friday of Isaac and Howie Weinberg which could point to that. Mastering is the stage at which a final mix is made from which all copies will eventually be produced.

Howie Weinberg has worked with the band before, most notably on Good News For People Who Love Bad News and We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank.

Thanks to Dani for finding this and posting it to the Board.

Source: Facebook: Timeline Photos

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 2013/05/08 at 16:49 | By: Gregg | Tags: Isaac Brock, New Material, Release, Side Project

Thriftstore Masterpiece: Trouble Is A Lonesome Town

Here's something interesting that turned up today. For those of you that can remember, back in January 2008, in an interview from Rolling Stone Magazine, Isaac mentioned that he was working on a project with Frank Black to recreate Lee Hazlewood's Trouble Is A Lonesome Town.

That was the last we heard of it.

The project now however, is ready for release. It looks like the project's main originator was Charles Normal, known for his work with Frank Black, Pete Yorn, Jetboy, and his brother, musician Larry Norman.

Charles Normal first heard the Hazlewood album in 2000 while living in Norway, where he picked it up in a secondhand show.

"It really made me start thinking about America, where I hadn't been to in quite some time," Normal said. "I'm a big fan of 'The Andy Griffith Show,' and that small-town Americana we grew up watching on TV and this was like the audio companion to that. It had kind of a sinister vibe, it was a little darker."

The project really got underway when he read in 2007 that Hazlewood had always intended the album to be seen as a set of demos, that would later be recorded by other artists. He recruited friends and collaborators from Portland, to begin work on the album including Isaac Brock, The Pixies' Frank Black, Pete Yorn, and members of Art Brut and the Dandy Warhols.

The project however would be shelved shortly after it Isaac gave that interview in 2008 though, after Charles Normal's brother Larry passed away.

"I just put the whole thing on the back burner," Normal says. "It was really heart-wrenching to try to sing harmonies with him; these were the last tracks that he'd ever recorded."

Eventually, after some long late night talks with Isaac, Charles decided to complete the album. Which will be released under the band name "Thriftstore Masterpiece" and will be available on July 9.

Thriftstore Masterpiece revisit Lee Hazlewood's 1963 lost classic Trouble Is A Lonesome Town and features Pete Yorn, Frank Black (Pixies), Isaac Brock (Modest Mouse), Courtney Taylor-Taylor (The Dandy Warhols), Eddie Argos (Art Brut), the late Larry Norman and more.

The album is available for order, currently in a pressing of 1000 copies on a brown and white starburst LP from Side One Dummy Records. The full track listing is as follows:

  1. Long Black Train - featuring Frank Black
  2. Ugly Brown - featuring Larry Norman
  3. Son Of A Gun - featuring Frank Black
  4. We All Make The Flowers Grow - featuring Kristin Blix
  5. Run Boy Run - featuring Frank Black
  6. Six Feet Of Chain - featuring Pete Yorn
  7. The Railroad - featuring Isaac Brock
  8. Look At That Woman - featuring Courtey Taylor-Taylor
  9. Peculiar Guy - featuring Eddie Argos
  10. Trouble Is A Lonesome Town - featuring Larry Norman

Right now, we are not sure exactly what tracks will feature Isaac apart from The Railroad, but we'll keep you posted as we find out. Listen to that track below.

Thanks to jplan74 and Schuno for sending this in.

Source: Thriftstore Masterpiece: Pete Yorn, members of the Pixies and Modest Mouse Cover Lee Hazlewood's Trouble Is a Lonesome Town - Speakeasy - WSJ

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 2012/06/24 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 2012/06/21 at 21:35 | By: Gregg | Tags: Eric Judy, Isaac Brock, Live, Tom Peloso, Tour

Luke's review of Washington, DC - Night One / Orion Festival live stream

Interstate-8.com member, Luke, is fortunate enough to be going to the next few days worth of shows, and has offered to share his tour journal with us.

For the next few days we will be posting his blogs, photos and anything else he may stumble upon.

Here's his first review, from last night's performance at the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC. He was also able to speak to Isaac, Tom and their new touring bassist after the show, and get a little bit of vague insight into where Eric may be.

On a side note, Fuze.tv will be live streaming Modest Mouse's set from this Saturday's performance at the Orion Music + More Festival.

Modest Mouse opened its summer tour with the first of a two night, sold out run at The 930 Club in Washington DC.

Glacial Pace label mates Talkdemonic opened with a twelve song, 40 minute set.

Nearly an hour after Talkdemonic finished, Modest Mouse took the stage. The band lineup was the same as at Frost Revival; still no Eric. Isaac apologized to the crowd for his "bad habit of coming out so late." The band opened with Dramamine, performing the extended version, borrowing lyrics from Life Like Weeds.

They then moved into Paper Thin Walls. Belting "laugh hard it's a long way to the bank," the crowd launched into a dancing frenzy, with some members moshing.

Next, the recently debuted Heart of Mine was played. Nothing much was changed from the original heard from Frost Revival, however, Isaac did tame the "bye bye bye" part down a bit, extending it a few lines as well.

Broke followed, with what I considered one of the best performances of the night. Isaac's guitar sounded perfect; fluid and airy, with the bass churning in the back.

Fan favorite Float On followed, with nearly everyone in the club chanting along.

Next: Tiny Cities Made of Ashes. Tom Peloso played the keys, which added a genuine feeling of doom to the already apocalyptic track. The bassist held down the bassline impeccably, with Isaac adding pointed jabs on the guitar. Isaac's added "hey hey hey's" hit like punches to the gut, his words leading an assault on the crowd.

A condensed Custom Concern was played, along with Education, with Peloso again adding his flair to the keys.

Cowboy Dan, another standout of the night, was played with Talkdemonic's Lisa Molinaro joining on viola. With each chanting of "can't do it, not even if sober!" the front row was doused in Isaac's spit, flying further back as he screamed louder.

"Here's half a Bob Dylan cover I know," Isaac said, starting Bob Dylan's You Ain't Goin' Nowhere.

Isaac was then handed his banjo, tearing into Bukowski, once again spraying the crowd.

Continuing with the banjo, Dance Hall was played, literally turning the crowd into a sweaty, dancing mass, screaming along with Brock.

Ending the pre-encore half was Gravity Rides Everything. Isaac played through, elongating the song by playing the feedback of his acoustic guitar. Towards the end of the song, Isaac seemed to become angry when a loud piercing noise shot through his mic. The band left the stage, returning about ten minutes later after the guitars had been re-tuned.

They opened the encore with another newly introduced song, Ansel. Again, not much was changed from the Frost Revival performance, however the pump organ almost sounded like steel drums this time around.

Isaac then brought out the banjo again. He started to play the intro to Satin In a Coffin but fumbled for a few minutes, eventually asking the crowd if anyone new how to play the song. Realizing it wasn't properly tuned, he handed the banjo over to a stage hand. As technicians tuned, the band crawled into an instrumental jam, heavy on Tom's upright bass. Eventually, the tuning was figured out and Satin In a Coffin was played, with Isaac utilizing his "static mic."

Dashboard was played, proving once again that studio versions of songs that I do not like can be played live and leave me dancing and singing along.

Rounding out the night, Fly Trapped in a Jar was performed with the crowd in full swing; dancing, moshing, screaming. Isaac thanked the crowd for listening to him talk and "sitting through the bullshit," as he glared at the sound technician.

As I was leaving the venue, a girl next to me was given the set list. I asked if I could take a peak and she allowed. For the encore, they had listed Heart Cooks Brain, with "maybe" in parenthesis.

After the show, I waited out back in the alley way, where I could see Isaac and Tom having a smoke. Eventually, I got Tom to come over and have a cigarette. We chatted about the band, with me expressing my excitement with the new material. I asked him about the status of Eric, and he said he was unsure. He told us he had to get going; his five year old and two month old were waiting in the hotel.

Isaac eventually made his way over to the few of us remaining. A few offered him weed, but he explained that he had "it covered." He signed autographs and took pictures, chatting with us. I was able to ask him about Eric's return and he replied, "uh, I think he retired."

Another fan asked why they weren't playing Philadelphia, to which he replied that he thought they were in a few months, but then corrected himself and explained that they would be added to the bill for Firefly Festival in Dover, Delaware. He explained that they had to wait until a certain date before they could officially announce this news. I asked him about the Heart Cooks Brain encore possibility, and he joked with me that he had just learned the lyrics after writing the song "18 years ago." He even said how he had the lyrics up on stage with him, but they had to skip over it when the banjo trouble started. Eventually, Isaac went back inside, getting the bassist for one of the fans that new him.

I got to talk with the bassist for a bit, asking him how playing with the band was going. He said he was extremely excited to be working with them. I asked if he would be replacing Eric and he said there hadn't been any talk of that, he was just "given the itinerary for the tour and hopped on the bus." When asked if he had been recording with the band, he said "nope, there's been none of that." I thanked him for an awesome show and bid him farewell.

Overall, it was a great show. I loved the opening with Dramamine, it really got the crowd going from the beginning. The crowd seemed to dig the new songs, most were bopping around and dancing.I also witnessed one of the coolest things I've seen at a concert: a mother and father, probably mid 40's, with there child of no more than 6 or 7 with them. The father was absolutely eating up every moment of the show, screaming along, dancing, even picking up his son and dancing with him. The kid had a huge grin on his face the entire show, vibing with his dad. I couldn't help but think to myself that the kid would grow up to have one hell of a music taste, being brought up on Modest Mouse live shows. Tomorrow brings night two in DC, which should follow suit and be another excellent show.

Luke Ilardo

Thanks to Luke for his review. We're all looking forward to your next one.

I'm not sure what to make of these comments on Eric Judy. It still sounds pretty up in the air, and no definite answer yet. Your thoughts?

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 2012/03/30 at 23:34 | By: Gregg | Tags: Isaac Brock, Side Project, Ugly Casanova

Listen to two tracks from the Queens of Country soundtrack

Back in June of last year, it was reported that Isaac Brock was working on a soundtrack to an upcoming film Queens of Country. Well, nine months went by and virtually nothing else was said about it. We attempted to contact the producers of the film to get more info, but didn't receive a response. Leading us to question just last week if Isaac was even still involved at this point.

The film seems to have faced a few delays, but will finally see it's world debut this coming Saturday at the Phoenix Film Festival, and with it, final confirmation if Isaac is still involved.

Tonight, the day before the film is to debut, Phoenix Music blog Up On The Sun, uploaded their latest podcast that include two of the tracks Isaac has contributed to the score.

The instrumental numbers are entitled "Trophy Room" and "Sadness", and start at around the 12:35 min mark in the podcast. Unfortunately the DJ talks, and interviews actor Ron Livingston from Queens of Country, over the first track, but the second one can be heard in full.

With the movie coming out tomorrow, hopefully more songs will come to light, and perhaps more will be shed on the subject if maybe Isaac's score will see a physical release like the 180 Degrees South soundtrack did. It will also be interesting to see if Isaac plans on releasing these under the Ugly Casanova name.

Thanks to board member monkey2000 for bringing this to our attention.

Source: Up on the Sun: The Podcast with Ron Livingston, Isaac Brock, Wanda Jackson, and More - Phoenix Music - Up on the Sun

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 2012/02/18 at 22:07 | By: Gregg | Tags: Isaac Brock, Live

Isaac performs at

Here's something that completely flew under our radar.

It was brought to our attention yesterday, that Isaac performed solo this past Thursday evening at a benefit in Portland, OR entitled "Songs For Joel". The purpose of which was to raise money for Joel Burrows who was seriously injured last year and required funds for a special wheelchair.

The show also included Spoon's Britt Daniel and ex Sleater-Kinney members Corin Tucker and Janet Weiss.

Isaac's five song set included four Modest Mouse songs and a cover of Love As Laughter's "Miss Direction". For the complete set, check out the tour date archive.

Thanks to NovocainHurricane for bringing the show to our attention, and JB for the complete set list.

Source: Songs For Joel

Posted 2012/02/02 at 09:39 | By: Gregg | Tags: Isaac Brock

The Isaac Brock Portlandia episode

As previously mentioned, Isaac Brock will be staring in this coming Friday's (Feb 3) episode of Portlandia entitled "Cops Redesign". In the episode, Isaac will portray an excited donor that donates his old music LPs to an elite preschool, but protective parents Brendan and Michelle question his sonic sensibilities.

The episode will also feature guest appearances by Kyle MacLachlan, Annie Clark and Sean Hayes.

Portlandia airs at 10pm on IFC.

Source: Portlandia - Cops Redesign – IFC

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 2012/01/02 at 01:21 | By: Gregg | Tags: Isaac Brock, Live

Isaac rings in the New Year with Talkdemonic

After a change in New Year's Eve plans, we were able to attend "Brockdemonena" last night in Portland, OR.

Isaac joined Talkdemonic on stage for the last three songs of their set. Performing Talkdemonic's Ending The Orange Glow and Revival, then doing the New Year's Eve countdown before ending with a cover of Fleetwood Mac's Dreams.

Bask in the awesomeness that is poor cell phone concert footage below, along with a link to equally poor audio/video from the rest of the set.

Source: 2011.12.31 - Mission Theater, Portland, OR - YouTube

Posted 2011/12/30 at 23:55 | By: Gregg | Tags: Isaac Brock, Tour

Isaac performing with Talkdemonic on New Year's Eve

Here's some last minute news if you're in the Portland area with nothing to do on New Year's Eve.

Isaac Brock will be performing songs with Talkdemonic tomorrow night, at their New Year's Eve bash at the Mission Theater in Portland, OR. Joining them also will be Menomena. The event is being unofficially dubbed Brockdemonena. Opening the show will be Deelay Ceelay and Brainstorm.

Tickets are still on sale, check the venue website.

Source: Twitter / @Talkdemonic

Posted 2011/11/09 at 18:55 | By: Gregg | Tags: Isaac Brock, Johnny Marr

Isaac Brock appearing on Portlandia

Portlandia is a television series on the Independent Film Channel (IFC), set and filmed in Portland, Oregon. It features Saturday Night Live cast member Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, of the now-defunct band Sleater-Kinney and current lead guitarist/singer for Wild Flag.

The IFC announced today that season 2 will begin airing on January 6, 2012, and that it will feature Modest Mouse's Isaac Brock, as well as other guest stars Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam, Steve Jones from Sex Pistols, Johnny Marr of The Smiths (and formerly of Modest Mouse), Joanna Newsom, and Annie Clark (a.k.a. St. Vincent). All these musicians will be taking up temporary residence in the show's satirical and dreamy rendering of Portland, OR.

Source: Eddie Vedder, Joanna Newsom, St. Vincent, Johnny Marr and More to Guest Star on Season Two of 'Portlandia' - IFC Now - Blogs - IFC.com

Posted 2011/09/15 at 11:55 | By: Gregg | Tags: Isaac Brock, Tour

Isaac Brock joining Broken Social Scene in San Francisco

On October 1, Broken Social Scene will be performing their last American show at The Fillmore in San Francisco, before taking an undetermined hiatus.

Pitchfork is reporting that the show will consist of a "mellow session" and a "loud session". That Feist and the members of Metric won't be there, but Stars' Amy Millan and Evan Cranley will. They are also saying that Isaac Brock will perform some songs with the band.

Isaac has performed with Broken Social Scene in the past. See November 2008, when he joined the band on stage in Toronto, where they performed material from both Modest Mouse and Broken Social Scene.

Broken Social Scene have also covered The World At Large in recent months.

Source: Broken Social Scene's Kevin Drew Talks Band Hiatus, Future Projects, Apps | News | Pitchfork

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 2011/06/27 at 18:40 | By: Gregg | Tags: Isaac Brock, New Material, Release, Side Project, Ugly Casanova

Isaac Brock composing another film score

Pitchfork is reporting that Isaac will be scoring the upcoming film Queens of Country, written and directed by Ryan Page and Christopher Pomerenke. Both of whom were responsible for 2009's The Heart is a Drum machine, which Isaac starred in. The film stars Ron Livingston, Lizzy Caplan, and Tool's Maynard James Keenan.

Living in a fantasy era long gone and obsessed with old time country stars, the prettiest girl in a small Arizona town finds a lost iPod filled with songs that speak to her sensitive heart. Jolene Gillis is convinced the owner is her soul mate and she is thrust into a sexy, heartwarming and hilarious adventure of mistaken identities, ATVs, line dancing competitions, kidnappers, time machines and doppelgangers.

We will continue to report on this as more information is known, but seeing as how filming just began, that could be a few months. It will be interesting to see if this turns into another Ugly Casanova project, similar to the work that was done for 2010's 180° South.

Filming began on May 3, and the movie is slated for a 2011 release. Isaac's score is to be released in 2012.

Source: Pitchfork: Modest Mouse's Isaac Brock Composing Score for Lizzy Caplan Comedy Film Queens of Country

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 2011/03/08 at 10:54 | By: Gregg | Tags: Glacial Pace Recordings, Isaac Brock

Morning Teleportation: Expanding Anyway

The Isaac Brock/Clay Jones produced Expanding Anyway, the debut album from Morning Teleportation, is out today through Glacial Pace Recordings. Glacial Pace is also offering free downloads of the tracks "Expanding Anyway" and "Foreign Planes" through their site (just add the tracks to your cart and checkout, note the price for those two tracks is $0.00).

Morning Teleportation formed in 2005 when Bowling Green, KY natives and lifelong friends Travis Goodwin (keyboards), Tres Coker (drums), and Paul Wilkerson (bass) met up with Chicago transplant Tiger Merritt (vocals/guitar), who had just moved to their hometown for college. From the beginning the band has built up a roller coaster of tumultuous rock 'n roll, featuring analog synths, heartfelt vocals, and sudden changes woven through psychedelia, electronica, and deep-space pickin' n' grinnin'. They've spent most of the past year on the road playing for enthusiastic crowds at Bonnaroo and Sasquatch and supporting the likes of The Flaming Lips, Cage The Elephant, and Modest Mouse.

If you like what you hear, the album is available in all formats from the Glacial Pace Store, or if you feel like supporting Interstate-8, through Amazon, Insound or iTunes.

Posted 2011/03/05 at 19:51 | By: Gregg | Tags: Eric Judy, Interview, Isaac Brock, Jeremiah Green, Tom Peloso

Interview from last year's Bridge School Benefit

The Bridge School News Network uploaded this video interview yesterday, taken at last year's Bridge School Benefit in October.

Hear Isaac, Eric, Jeremiah and Tom discuss some of their hobbies/down time activities and how, by my calculations, we should be getting a new album around the end of April (doubtful, but please prove me wrong).

Thanks to Matt for sending it in.

Posted 2011/02/21 at 11:27 | By: Gregg | Tags: Isaac Brock, Rumours/Rumors

Buddy Holly privacy policy

While we don't condone this, this past weekend a Portland resident/fan, knocked on Isaac Brock's front door and managed to have a short conversation with him as well as "other member's of the band".

Not much seems have been learnt about a new album, but Isaac did apprently mention that he is working on a Buddy Holly cover, and that it is almost finished. No idea what that could be for, but hopefully it will go further than the Lee Hazlewood covers that Isaac was working on with Frank Black back in 2008, which to our knowledge, were never released.

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 2011/01/04 at 23:03 | By: Gregg | Tags: Isaac Brock, Video

Fly Trapped In A Jar: Behind the scenes

All images courtesy of The Saline Project.

As most of you now know, back in March 2008, New York collective The Saline Project released a music video for Modest Mouse's Fly Trapped In A Jar.

At the time we described the release as "silent," mainly because no one in the community had any heads up this was coming, nor had it received any prior publicity from the band or their label. The video would be taken down shortly after, but not before being distributed amongst Modest Mouse fans, and nothing more would be said about it for almost three years.

Director/Artist Adam Toht (who also apparently lent his features to the alien in the video) was kind enough to take some time to write to us and share some details on the making of the video, and tell us what exactly went wrong.

As huge fans of Modest Mouse we were ecstatic to be offered the chance to make a video for one of the tracks from We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank.

For "Fly Trapped in a Jar" we kept seeing a band of identical extraterrestrials led by Isaac's alien counterpart. We loved this idea of creating a single-shot video set in a bright, tweaked take on a Seussian world. We saw Fly Trapped in a Jar as more of a performance than a standard music video, so we wrote it, pitched it and were awarded the job.

Because we had a minimal budget, we piggybacked our green screen shoot with Isaac onto another shoot Modest Mouse were doing at the time. We mocked up an alien outfit so that Isaac could play with the character and the alien's body type. It was a fun, super short shoot and we brought the footage back to New York and began what we thought would be a relatively normal post process. We shot the backup band, with their performances taking cues from Isaac's, and began building out the candy-colored world and its inhabitants. That's when we began to realize how time-consuming the process was going to be.

A full five minutes of animation equals about 7000 frames of animation for each of 25 different dancing, instrument-playing, face-making little dudes. It was an insane undertaking. Even worse, as great as the individual character tests looked to us, the label and the band, once put in a single frame, our painstakingly animated little guys seemed to cancel each other out onscreen.

It was like a black hole, the more work we put in, the more the video seemed to be sucking the life out of itself. So we asked for more time and put in what ended up being a few more months of work, only to submit a locked off camera version that everyone hated. It was brutal. So other jobs came in and we switched off between these projects and endless iterations of Fly Trapped in a Jar.

As frustrating as all of this was, we knew there had to be a great video in there. All the individual elements, the song, Isaac's performance, and our beloved aliens, were each too killer to result in something boring and static. Finally, with a version that seemed like a better video (we may have been losing a little perspective), we knew we had to put the project to bed. We re-submitted it to the label and... heard nothing.

Weeks went by, and as Adam explains, a small lapse in judgment would see the project shelved.

And that's when we did a really stupid thing.

We posted a version of Fly Trapped in a Jar to our site. We were up for several jobs with a similar aesthetic and salineproject.com serves as our main portfolio. And before we rubbed two brain-cells together and realized the kind of impact any new Modest Mouse video naturally has, Fly Trapped in a Jar was all over the web. Pitchfork posted it, bloggers blogged it, Rolling Stone wrote it up... and our production company called us to say that the record label was (rightfully) furious and wanted the video pulled immediately.

That was one of the shittiest days our group has ever had. We apologized our asses off to Isaac, the record label and our reps, and wiped the video from the web as fast as we could.

And then Fly Trapped in a Jar was sat on a shelf for over two years.

And then we decided this wasn't going to fly. And we opened up the project again and started working on the video again.

(Because we are crazy.)

And it got really good.

And years after the early version was leaked we got in touch with Isaac and talked about the possibility of releasing the video again, and Isaac was totally down and loved the idea that this was more of a short film, more of an "An Alien Musical," and Fly Trapped in a Jar was officially released!

The completed video was finally released in December 2010, and Adam, his producer/artist/brother Ben, and the other members of The Saline Project seem to be really ecstatic with their finished project.

Amazingly, it resulted in one of the best things we've ever done. People love this thing; people hate this thing. We love it and are so grateful that we had a chance to make and (finally!) release it.

To view the completed video, check out the song's page or watch it on The Saline Project's website.

Posted 2010/08/24 at 00:00 | By: Gregg | Tags: Isaac Brock

Isaac Brock lends his acting talents to The Thermals

Isaac Brock features in the last few seconds of The Thermals new music video "I Don't Believe You." The video also features Carrie Brownstein from Sleater Kinney.

Thanks to Steve for pointing it out.

Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOLC9gELguQ

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 2010/06/09 at 00:00 | By: Gregg | Tags: Eric Judy, Isaac Brock, Joe Plummer, Side Project, Tom Peloso, Ugly Casanova

So who is in Ugly Casanova this time?

A profile page for 180 Degrees South on Magnolia Pictures' website has revealed the members of Ugly Casanova this time round to be: Isaac Brock, Tom Peloso, Joe Plummer, Eric Judy and Clay Jones (We're presuming Clay Jones is the same Clay Jones that worked as an engineer on We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank). Watch this promo that Brushfire records put out last night showing them recording/performing together.

180 Degrees South is also now apparently streaming from Netflix.

Thanks to Buzman429 and Joel for this info.

Source: http://www.magpictures.com/profile.aspx?id=69f442d0-8f47-46c4-ac5d-d91c11deb605

Posted 2010/06/01 at 00:00 | By: Gregg | Tags: Isaac Brock, New Material, Side Project

Download

You can now download (and stream) Lay Me Down, a new Ugly Casanova track off the 180 Degrees South soundtrack from Stereogum.

Source: http://stereogum.com/392061/ugly-casanova-lay-me-down/mp3s/

Posted 2010/05/27 at 00:00 | By: Gregg | Tags: Isaac Brock, New Material, Side Project, Tour

An Interstate-8 visitor, Kevin, attended Tuesday night's show in Santa Monica, CA and managed to record Isaac's entire set. This includes the debut of Here's To Now, a new song off the 180 Degrees South soundtrack. Video after the jump.
Posted 2010/05/26 at 00:00 | By: Gregg | Tags: Isaac Brock, Side Project, Tour

Another 180 Degrees South Solo Show

Isaac will also be the special musical guest at the San Francisco screening of 180 Degrees South on May 28. Tickets are available from the Victoria Theatre's website.

Source: http://www.victoriatheatre.org/

Posted 2010/05/21 at 00:00 | By: Gregg | Tags: Isaac Brock, Side Project

180 Degrees South Soundtrack Pre-order

Amazon.com is now taking pre-orders for the 180 Degrees South soundtrack on CD and Vinyl.
Posted 2010/05/20 at 00:00 | By: Gregg | Tags: Isaac Brock, Side Project, Tour

Isaac Solo Performances for 180 Degrees South

Isaac will be the special musical guest at two upcoming showings of 180 Degrees South. One show in Santa Monica, CA on May 25, and another in Portland, OR on May 26. Isaac will apparently be performing a small acoustic performance, which is likely to contain material from the upcoming 180 Degrees South soundtrack which is due out on June 22.

Special Guests have also been announced for San Diego and San Francisco, but no word yet if Isaac will be a part of those.

Source: http://twitter.com/180south/status/14387371275

Posted 2010/04/21 at 00:00 | By: Gregg | Tags: Isaac Brock, Release, Side Project, Ugly Casanova

180 Degrees South Soundtrack gets release date/tracklist

Pitchfork has revealed that the 180 Degrees South Soundtrack will be released on June 22 on Jack Johnson's Brushfire Records.

Isaac, as Ugly Casanova, will be contributing 9 songs to the soundtrack, one of the tracks (
Hotcha Girls) having been pre-released on 2002's Sharpen Your Teeth. It will also feature songs by James Mercer, Mason Jennings, Love As Laughter and Jack Johnson.
  1. Ugly Casanova: "Mountains of Storms"
  2. Ugly Casanova: "Here's to Now"
  3. Mason Jennings: "Machines"
  4. James Mercer: "Doug's Theme"
  5. Ugly Casanova: "Wave Goodbye"
  6. Ugly Casanova: "Lonesome Blues"
  7. James Mercer: "Journey Through the Past"
  8. Ugly Casanova: "Hotcha Girls"
  9. Jack Johnson: "Spring Wind"
  10. Ugly Casanova: "Maybe We're Lost"
  11. Ugly Casanova: "Corcovado"
  12. Love as Laughter: "Coconut Flakes"
  13. Ugly Casanova: "The Geezer"
  14. Ugly Casanova: "Lay Me Down"

Source: http://pitchfork.com/news/38564-isaac-brock-james-mercer-contribute-music-to-documentary-soundtrack/

Posted 2010/03/22 at 00:00 | By: Gregg | Tags: Isaac Brock, New Material, Side Project

Isaac to Score Music for a Cartoon

Thurop Van-Orman has mentioned via his deviantART page, that Isaac Brock is to collaborate with him on some music for an upcoming special of The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack.

Source: http://thurop.deviantart.com/journal/30964543/

Posted 2010/03/07 at 00:00 | By: Gregg | Tags: Dann Gallucci, Isaac Brock, Video

Manifest Equality Art Show

It appears that Isaac Brock performed solo last night at the Manifest Equality art show in Hollywood, CA. Isaac wasn't originally listen on the bill of artists, so it's unclear if he performed an entire set, or joined someone else for theirs. If anyone has anymore information on what was performed, etc, please let us know. Video of Breakthrough after the jump.

UPDATE: It appears Isaac joined Sea Wolf for their set, so Breakthrough may have been the only Modest Mouse song performed.

UPDATE: Isaac performed a full set. Check out the set list here.

Thanks to Steve, Corei and carlpocket for the info.
Posted 2010/01/25 at 00:00 | By: Gregg | Tags: Isaac Brock

Defriending Cancer

Isaac Brock and the Shin's James Mercer will be the musical guests for Defriending Cancer, A Benefit for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, being held at The Moore Theatre, Seattle, WA on February 11.

The night will be hosted by Todd Barry and there will be other performances by Neil Hamburger, Tim Heidecker, Natasha Leggero, Eugene Mirman and Tig Notaro.

Source: http://www.subpop.com/channel/blog/defriending_cancer

Posted 2009/12/10 at 00:00 | By: Gregg | Tags: Isaac Brock

Isaac's top 25

Rolling Stone magazine gives us some insight into Isaac Brock's top 25 albums and songs for the past decade. Thanks to Kirk for the links.

Inside Heath Ledger's Modest Mouse Video / New album in the works? / Johnny Marr gone

An article in the latest Rolling Stone magazine reveals lots of details regarding the planning of Heath Ledger's King Rat video. Isaac talks about his meetings with Ledger and the additional work that Terry Gilliam provided. He also talks about his last encounter with Ledger during a brake from shooting The Dark Knight.

Towards the end of the article, Isaac also talks about his work with the Shins' James Mercer on the 180 Degrees South documentary. It then goes on to mention that:
And the follow-up to 2007's We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank should be finished in the next six months, with the band road-testing some of the material on its current tour. "It'll take some effort," Brock says. "But that will make it more fun."
Now Modest Mouse has never been one to stick to any kind of release timeline, their albums have always been delayed, but as of today no new material has been performed on the current tour so far. Hopefully things will change before the tour is over and then this quote will make more sense.

Some people over at ModMouse.com have been able to talk to band members after some of the shows and have learned things that seem to support this. In Montreal Eric stated that the they are planning on working on a new album once this tour is over, that they are planning an east coast tour and that he doesn't think Johnny Marr will be returning.

In Anaheim Jeremiah said that they are beginning work on a new album, that he thinks Jim Fairchild will stay on as a guitarist and that he is hoping Brian Deck (The Moon & Antarctica, Everywhere And His Nasty Parlour Tricks & Sharpen Your Teeth) will produce it.

Thanks to Jedidude77 for the tip on the Rolling Stone article.
Posted 2009/05/06 at 00:00 | By: Gregg | Tags: Eric Judy, Isaac Brock, Joe Plummer, New Material, Tom Peloso

180 Degrees South Soundtrack / Joe drumming for The Shins

In an interview with Pitchfork, The Shins' James Mercer has stated that they have worked on a mostly instrumental soundtrack to a documentary entitled 180 Degrees South with Isaac, Eric, Tom and Joe.

No word on when the film comes out or if the soundtrack is to be released on its own, but snippets of the music can be found in the trailer on the documentary's website.

The interview also revealed that Joe Plummer is now drumming for The Shins, after the departure of Jesse Sandoval. Joe has been recruited for The Shins' current tour as well as their next album.

Source: http://pitchfork.com/news/35257-shins-james-mercer-spills-about-lineup-changes-new-album-other-projects/

Posted 2009/03/08 at 00:00 | By: Gregg | Tags: Isaac Brock, Release, Rumours/Rumors

Interstate 8 and The Fruit that Ate Itself to be re-released

Isaac mentioned after last night's show in Atlanta, GA that Intertstate 8 and The Fruit that Ate Itself are to be re-released on Vinyl.
Posted 2009/02/26 at 00:00 | By: Gregg | Tags: Isaac Brock, Rumours/Rumors

More Tidbits of EP News...

Not only did MC manage to get his hands on the name of the new song from last night's show, but he also managed to track down Isaac in a park next to the venue before the show started. Isaac described the tour as "it's just something to do." And on the subject of the EP... "a couple weeks from now, two songs will be released."
Posted 2008/12/01 at 00:00 | By: Gregg | Tags: Isaac Brock

Isaac and Broken Social Scene

It's been pretty slow for news the past few months, but last week Thursday and Friday, Isaac joined the members of Broken Social Scene on stage at two shows in Toronto, CA to perform a few songs including a Modest Mouse number that hasn't been seen live in a while. Video after the jump.
Posted 2008/07/03 at 00:00 | By: Gregg | Tags: Interview, Isaac Brock, Magazine Cover

Protest Q&As with Isaac Brock

Isaac Brock and R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe are featured on one of the covers of Under The Radar's Summer issue, entitled the Protest Issue 2008 (The other cover features Colin Meloy, Chris Walla and Britt Daniel). Inside, Isaac is also one of the artists featured in a short politically themed Q&A. More quotes and photographs can be found on Under The Radar's website. Thanks to bmac10 for the tip.

Source: http://www.undertheradarmag.com/protestissue2008.html

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 2007/12/12 at 00:00 | By: Gregg | Tags: Isaac Brock, Magazine Cover

Building Something Out Of Nothing: Isaac Brock

Isaac Brock is on one of the covers (there are 3 available) of the current issue of Stop Smiling magazine. An excerpt of the cover story is available on their site.

Source: http://stopsmilingonline.com/story_detail.php?id=935

Posted 2007/10/10 at 00:00 | By: Gregg | Tags: Interview, Isaac Brock, Johnny Marr, Video

Modest Mouse AOL Sessions

The band did a short set on 2007/09/18 as part of AOL Sessions, performing "Broke," "Little Motel," "The View" and "We've Got Everything." Video of the set and the Q&A with Isaac and Johnny has noew been uploaded to their site. Thanks to Kelly at AOL Music for informing us.

Source: http://music.aol.com/sessions/modest-mouse-sessions/637

Posted 2007/06/08 at 00:00 | By: Gregg | Tags: Isaac Brock, Tour

Upcoming dates cancelled?

Due to Isaac being hospitalized, the upcoming 4 dates have apparently had to be cancelled. If you are attending any of these shows, we suggest contacting the venue to confirm. [Link]

2007/06/09 Melkweg Amsterdam, NL
2007/06/10 Batschkapp Frankfurt, DE
2007/06/11 Live Music Hall K?ln, DE
2007/06/13 Vega Copenhagen, DK
Posted 2007/04/10 at 00:00 | By: Gregg | Tags: Isaac Brock, New Material, Release

Talks of a new EP in the works and a

Isaac has said that the band are looking at putting out an EP of songs that didn't make the album and mentions song titles such as "Autumn Beds," "Tie The Lake Down" and "The Whale Song." No mention of when this will be released. He has also mentioned that Heath Ledger and his production company want to do an animated music video for "King Rat" and have Terry Gilliam help out with some of the animations. Thanks to Jeff for the link.

Source: http://vh1blog.vh1.com/2007/04/exclusive_modes.html

Posted 2007/04/10 at 00:00 | By: Gregg | Tags: Isaac Brock

Isaac explains the cover of

From Entertainment Weekly: "The picture on the cover is a hot-air balloon with an anchor instead of a basket. It's an idea I came up with because it represents stasis - the balloon will never go up or down. It's just a general feeling I have about everything: Every time we seem to cure or solve something, another problem pops up." Thanks to Jessica for sending in the quote.

Source: http://www.stereogum.com/archives/005045.html

Posted 2007/04/04 at 00:00 | By: Gregg | Tags: Interview, Isaac Brock

Isaac interview on Triple J

Australia's Triple J managed to get Isaac on the phone recently for another interview in which he discusses the new album, over doing it on stage, working with and living near James Mercer, American Idol covering "Float On" and future shows in Australia. The interview is available for download from their site.

Source: http://www.abc.net.au/triplej/breakfast/listen/

Posted 2007/03/30 at 00:00 | By: Gregg | Tags: Isaac Brock, Johnny Marr, Magazine Cover

Isaac and Johnny grace the cover of Spin

The April addition of Spin magazine features these two members of Modest Mouse on the cover, making it another cover story for the band. Spin has got a short excerpt up from the upcoming article on their website. Thanks to Todd for pointing this out.

Source: http://www.spin.com/features/magazine/2007/03/0704_modestmouse/

Posted 2007/03/29 at 00:00 | By: Gregg | Tags: Interview, Isaac Brock

Isaac responds to

Isaac talks about his and the bands feelings on "We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank" debuting at number and how everything is just "gravy."

Source: http://www.vh1.com/artists/news/1555771/20070328/modest_mouse.jhtml?rsspartner=rssyahoo

Posted 2007/03/14 at 00:00 | By: Gregg | Tags: Interview, Isaac Brock

The Billboard Q & A: Modest Mouse

Isaac has done a Q & A with Billboard, in which he talks more about the recording process of "We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank," the concept behind the album, performing new songs live, going about choosing a second single, how the band would like to make 8 inexpensive music videos out of some of the new material and working again with Ugly Casanova. Thanks to Jacquelyn for the link.

Source: http://billboard.com/bbcom/feature/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003556567

Posted 2007/03/08 at 00:00 | By: Gregg | Tags: Interview, Isaac Brock

Rolling Stone's Q & A with Isaac Brock

Erica Futterman has provided us with a link to the full interview with Isaac that will appear in the latest edition of Rolling Stone magazine. The interview is a Q & A that follows on from audio snippets we were sent yesterday.

Source: http://www.rollingstone.com/news/qa/story/13712527/qa_isaac_brock

Posted 2007/03/07 at 00:00 | By: Gregg | Tags: Interview, Isaac Brock

Rolling Stone audio interviews with Isaac Brock

Erica Futterman over at Rolling Stone has sent us a link to some audio from their interview with Isaac for this months edition, going on sale this Thursday and Friday. Modest Mouse are one of the cover stories along with South Park, Nine Inch Nails and R.E.M. In the interviews Isaac talks about Johnny Marr's tips for quitting smoking, his personal hatred for hippies and his thoughts on biographers.

Source: http://www.rollingstone.com/rockdaily/index.php/2007/03/07/exclusive-audio-modest-mouses-isaac-brock/

Posted 2007/01/07 at 00:00 | By: Gregg | Tags: Interview, Isaac Brock

Isaac Brock interview on Triple J

Isaac gave an interview on Australia's Triple J on January 4th. A copy can be downloaded from their site.

Source: http://www.abc.net.au/triplej/zan/blog/s1821529.htm

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