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Re: Modest Mouse
« Reply #60 on: August 04, 2004, 02:57:15 AM »
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Never heard of 'em.

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Re: Modest Mouse
« Reply #61 on: September 03, 2004, 05:37:03 PM »
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The video for Ocean Breathes Salty is now online.  It's not as good as the one for Float On.  I hope this isn't the beginning of the end for them.

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Re: Modest Mouse
« Reply #62 on: September 03, 2004, 09:10:05 PM »
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The video for Ocean Breathes Salty is now online.  It's not as good as the one for Float On.  I hope this isn't the beginning of the end for them.

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Re: Modest Mouse
« Reply #63 on: September 05, 2004, 02:16:19 AM »
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I've been listening to Modest Mouse since 1997. I'm:

A. old.

B. glad they're making some money finally.


the answer is B., because you surely haven't accepted the fact that you're old

and also because their achievements definitely deserve some monetary gain
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Re: Modest Mouse
« Reply #64 on: November 13, 2004, 11:14:00 PM »
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A reminder, Modest Mouse is on SNL.  They're performing Float On now, and may do another song.

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Re: Modest Mouse
« Reply #65 on: November 14, 2004, 02:24:06 AM »
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I too have been listening to them since Lonesome Crowded West.  It is a blessing a man this talented with such an ego and wonderful rock star tendencies to finally make the money he deserves.  Sharing with the MTV crowd?  I'm sure he's sick of sharing a run down van doubling as his hotel room every night with his other band members.  Every talented musical artist should get what's due to them and it's Brock's turn this year.  At 25 I'm too old to want to keep my favorite bands my little secrets.  Wouldn't the world be a better place if all the kids were listening to bands like Modest Mouse and not Godsmack?  Apparently not, because record snobs will have nothing to feel special about.  

Good job, Modest Mouse.  I'm glad the quality music you've been making for the past many years has finally allowed you to live comfortably and you are being rewarded for it.

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Re: Modest Mouse
« Reply #66 on: November 14, 2004, 12:44:32 PM »
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When they performed Ocean Breathes Salty on SNL last night, they did pretty well.

Really makes me want to see them live.

How many albums do they have?

All I have is...

Everywhere and His Nasty Parlor Tricks
Building Nothing Out of Something
Good News For People Who Like Bad News
This is a Long Way To Drive For Someone With Nothing to Think About
Lonesome Crowded West
The Moon and Anarctica
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Re: Modest Mouse
« Reply #67 on: February 24, 2005, 03:44:42 AM »
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Quote from: In the Now Playing thread, Walrus


Modest Mouse - This Is A Long Way To Drive For Someone With Nothing To Think About

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Hey, me too.  :yabbse-thumbup:

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It's my favorite album of theirs, how about you?

So glad you asked.

Long Way is one of the harder ones to get into, IMO.  Not that I don't like it, but it seems as if the album is so continuous that it's hard to distinguish the songs at first.  My favorite is The Moon and Antarctica Lonesome Crowded West.  I can play it them over, and over, and over again, straight through, no problem.  Just got Building Nothing Out Of Something the other day along with the rest of their other albums I didn't have.  Building just blew me away.  Other People's Lives is amazing.  Reminded me of Trailer Trash -- almost the same notes used in the instrumental.  I really love a lot of tracks on their new album (besides the obvious three, I like Bury Me With It, Bukowski, The View [prolly my favorite ever -- the bridge (2:45-3:20) is perfect bliss, apt considering the song], Blame It On The Tetons, and Black Cadillacs) even though a lot of people seem to not like the direction they took.  Even Interlude (Milo) has something unique to offer, and reminds me of stuff I heard on Sad Sappy Sucker.

I could write pages on how great I think these guys are, but I'll spare you unless anyone wants to talk about it.  All I'll say is I was first introduced to Modest Mouse by a friend, about the same time this thread was started.  She told me to check out 3rd Planet, Trailer Trash, and Polar Opposites.  I owe her something for it.  3rd Planet was the first song that really stuck, and of course, I loved Float On immediately as did everyone else, it seems.  My brother told me that recently The OC has features some of Modest Mouse's music, and they guest starred, performed in a bar.  I don't know if it's a high or a low.  They played The View during the episode, but it was marred by drunken dialogue and then cut short.  The good?  The World At Large (most of it) played over the last minutes of the episode.  And it actually kinda fit, or so my bro says.

So I think I've heard all their stuff now.  8 9 Albums.  Unless I'm missing something.  I was missing something if you count their concert bootleg Baron Von Bullshit Rides Again.  Not really counting any collaborations.  It just sucks that at their pattern for producing albums, it'll be either late 2005 or early 2007 before they finish a new album.  And hopefully it'll be longer than their current release.  Truckers Atlas and The Stars Are Projectors are two of my favorites not just because of how ambitious they are, but how they really actually work as epics.  Atlas is a bit too long (but still it fits for the subject), but The Stars Are Projectors is perfect.

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Re: Modest Mouse
« Reply #68 on: June 14, 2005, 10:46:24 PM »
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There's nothing like seeing a band you love live.  And after what's probably been the worst two months of my life, tonight was like being reborn.  Isaac Brock has gotta be the second coming.  I wish they would've played more older stuff (would've loved to hear Teeth Like God's Shoeshine live -- I probably would've died on the spot -- also, they started to kick in with the drums from Truckers Atlas before hitting up another song.  Horrible, horrible tease.  That, or The Stars Are Projectors would've been very welcome), but what they chose was to be expected, so I was happy.

Bury Me With It
Great opening, one of my favorite MM songs.  Don't know if it tops the recorded version, because there's so many subtleties that kinda get mucked up live, but still a great way to start.

Ocean Breathes Salty
The live version of this, anywhere, destroys the recorded version.  It's a song that needs the energy and urgency of a live performance, and the CD doesn't have that.  See the SNL performance for an example.  But this one killed.

The View
One of MM's best songs, but it was a bit lackluster and off-key here.  The bridge was still as beautiful as always.  Apt for me.  "If life's not beautiful without the pain then I'd rather never ever even see beauty again."

Never Ending Math Equation
So happy they played this one.  It's an MM staple, and was listening to it in the car on the way there hoping they'd hit it.  They knocked it out of the park, and the place practically exploded when they hit the ending.

The Good Times Are Killing Me
Nice leisurely chill song to relax everyone.  Funny seeing all the pot smoke drift up as they're playing, and the crowd cheer on the LSD line.

Here It Comes
A wildcard, a happy surprise.  Would've liked to see more potpourri songs like this.  You can tell who the true fans are by looking around and seeing who's singing to songs like this.

Float On
Fan favorite, of course the place went crazy when this drums kicked in.  Not much to say.

Satin In A Coffin
Some songs really benefit from a live performance.  This is one of them.  It's lackluster on the CD, but the anger really came out tonight.  Good to scream really loudly when you've been fucked over by someone you didn't think would let you down.

Well you disappeared so often
like you dissolved into coffee.
Are you here right now
or are there probably fossils under your meat?

Are you dead or are you sleepin'?
Are you dead or are you sleepin'?
Are you dead or are you sleepin'?
GOD I SURE HOPE YOU ARE DEAD!!!

Therapeutic and chilling, too.

Bukowski
Another song that benefits from the energy of a live performance.  Banjo really kills here.  It's one of those songs that first stands out on the album then fades under the weight of mammoths like Bury Me With It and The View, but tonight resurrected my appreciation of it.

The World At Large
It was amusing seeing Isaac sit down at the keyboard and smoke a cigarette while playing this.  Not a favorite of mine, but a general crowd pleaser.  Nice and soothing.

Tiny Cities Made Of Ashes
It took me forever to catch on to what this song was when they first started playing it.  It sounds so different live.  The hook was totally unrecognizable, and it took like a minute for them to get to the lyrics.  The place went pretty crazy, though, under the spell of the power of the chorus.

Black Cadillacs
Another great angry song, made better live.  Some Modest Mouse songs, if they hit you just right, can evoke such intense feelings, kinda like the stuff of Radiohead, too.

Ocean Breathes Salty and Float On do this, too.  They give hope in the midst of sadness.  Satin In A Coffin and this song help purge anger.

I didn't die and I ain't complainin'.
I ain't blamin' you.
I didn't know that the words you said to me
meant more to me than they ever could you?
I didn't lie and I ain't sayin'
I told the whole truth.
I didn't know that this game we were playin'
even had a set of rules.

Cowboy Dan
If they couldn't find it in themselves to play Trailer Trash or Teeth Like God's Shoeshine, at least they played this gem.  I didn't take to it when I first heard it, but it's gotten better and better over the years.  A great audience helps, and there's nothing like hearing an auditorium full of people shout:

Standing in the tall grass
Thinking nothing
You know we need oxygen to breathe
Oxygen to breathe
Every time you think you're walking you're just moving the ground
Every time you think you're talking you're just moving your mouth
Every time you think you're looking you're just looking down

...segues into:

This Devil's Workday
I was very impressed with how seamlessly they moved between songs here without skipping a beat.  That said, another song I'm not wild about, but I enjoyed it here.

They said thank you and goodnight, people cheered the requisite 5-10 minutes before they came back out and gave their...

Encore:

Dramamine / Life Like Weeds
Crowd went nuts when Isaac came back on stage, and even crazier when they hit the hook to this gem.  Nothing really to say.  A really great song to zone out and get high to, which was easy enough for everyone there anyway.  I don't know how they did it, but at the end they broke into a couple lines of Life Like Weeds' chorus.  Wished they would've played the whole thing.  This is another song that if the mood catches you right, if you're really sad, you can find yourself misty.

All this talking all the time of the year
Fills up until there's nothing left to breathe
And you think you feel most everything
And you know that our hearts are just made out of strings
To be pulled
Strings to be pulled
So you think you've figured out everything
But we know that our hearts are just made out of strings
To be pulled
Strings to be pulled
All this talking all the time, and the air
Fills up until there's nothing left to breathe
Up until there's nothing left to speak
Up into the better parts of space

Broke
Not a huge fan of this one, though most MM fans seem to like it.  Fits, I guess, for the broken glassed, broken hearted, sad sappy suckers that make up their contingency.  I can relate, after reviewing the lyrics.

Breakthrough
The smile on my face as this song exploded through the speakers was the real breakthrough.  The night was over too fast, but it was the perfect hopeful ending note.

Let it breakthrough, oh let breakthrough [x4]
Open the curtain and let in some sky
It's almost half past two AM, you can tell by the light
Open your window, and let in the atmosphere!

Fuck films, I'm gonna become a groupie and see these guys over and over and over again.

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Re: Modest Mouse
« Reply #69 on: June 14, 2005, 10:54:18 PM »
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ono, where are you from? They played here just now too.
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Re: Modest Mouse
« Reply #70 on: June 15, 2005, 03:07:59 AM »
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ono, where are you from? They played here just now too.


same here.  I went and saw them play last monday.
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Re: Modest Mouse
« Reply #71 on: July 15, 2005, 12:39:37 PM »
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So I'm pretty much a virgin to these guys. The only song I've heard is "Float On." I think I'm gonna start with Lonesome Crowded West, then ease into Moon and Antarctica. Can't wait.

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Re: Modest Mouse
« Reply #72 on: July 15, 2005, 12:49:13 PM »
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My favorite album is Moon and Antartica and I listen to them because Sleuth is my main influence in music/sex.

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Re: Modest Mouse
« Reply #73 on: July 15, 2005, 03:56:12 PM »
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Man, Ono, that would've been an amazing show...
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Re: Modest Mouse
« Reply #74 on: August 04, 2005, 12:49:27 AM »
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Does this strike anyone else as particularly fucked up?
Kidz Bop 'Float On'

SAMPLE
Isaac: "I backed my car into a cop car the other day."
Kids (collectively): "Yeah!"
Isaac: "Well he just drove off, sometimes life's OK."
.................

 

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