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Posted 2014/11/07 at 11:42 | By: Gregg | Tags: Glacial Pace Recordings, Isaac Brock, Modest Mouse, Pat Graham, Release, Tour, Video

October / November News Roundup

It's been a busy period over on our end, and little bits of news have been creeping in all over, here's a roundup of news from the past few weeks.

Pat Graham's book came out a month ago today. If you haven't grabbed a copy yet, I strongly suggest it. I was able to go through it in detail a week ago and there are a lot amazing photographs as always, and some great behind the scenes stories of those early touring days.

Then there was the long awaited reissue of both This Is A Long Drive For Someone With Nothing To Think About and The Lonesome Crowded West, these last two weeks. Along with the two 7"s that were released along side them, it allows us to attach studio sessions to these old songs. Although the White Lies, Yellow Teeth 7" also states what is perceived to be a typo of late 1996 when the album came out in April of that year. Can anyone actually remember if Long Drive was released April 1996?

The Vinyl reissues also seemed to get a number of limited coloured wax versions. Check the board for images and word on if any of these retailers are still selling copies.

Pitchfork.com reviewed both reissues and gave them a 8.5 and a 10 respectively. I wonder what's changed since that 6.8 in 1996...

Modest Mouse hit the stage again tonight in Houston, TX, followed by a performance tomorrow in Austin, as part of Fun Fun Fun Fest. These are to date, the last performances scheduled for the year.

Lastly, Isaac lent support to Bob Dingethal, earlier this week.

Posted 2014/09/15 at 11:00 | By: Gregg | Tags: Pat Graham

Modest Mouse - Photographs by Pat Graham

Something that's been in the works for a while, and is finally seeing a release later this month, is Pat Graham's new book "Modest Mouse."

For those of you unfamiliar with the Pat Graham/Modest Mouse story; Pat and Isaac were housemates in 1992, in Washington, DC. Pat first saw the band play in 1996, and was then asked to join them on their first tour of the US in 1997, as a photographer/driver.

For those that are, you'll know that Pat's work has complimented the band for years, from many of the iconic press release photos to album artwork. Many, including myself, regard Pat as an unofficial member of the band, with his camera being his instrument.

When Modest Mouse embarked on there first US tour in 1997 Isaac asked Pat if he wanted to come along. What followed over the next 12 years of touring across the USA, Europe, and Japan was a thrilling collaboration and a lasting friendship. Onstage and 10,000 miles off it, Graham's remarkable photos offer a blunt and beautiful view of the touring life: the broken down vans, overflowing merch tables, adoring fans, blown amps, couches-turned-beds, performance injuries, filthy motel rooms, run-of-the-mill truck-stops, zen moments and breathtaking landscapes, and scores of other sights across almost a decade. With its compelling and candid portraits of the band members and their friends, Graham's camera captures a rare and privileged take on Modest Mouse. Witness to all the highs and the lows of the road, Modest Mouse is a treasure for anyone interested in a backstage view and a deeper understanding of the glory, grit, and grime of rock and roll.

In Pat's words: "The book covers 20 years of the band from the first tour, me and 3 guys, till recent tours, 6 guys, Johnny Marr and 2 tour buses. It's a story of a band from before sat navs, and Facebook..."

The book will begin shipping on October 7 from Amazon. It's hardcover and features approximately 160 pages. For some additional information, check out this interview he's just done with Cool Hunting.

Pat also says that he will be partaking in an AMA on Reddit in the near future, and will be hopefully planning a limited edition of the book. Which may include a zine he and Isaac worked on in 1992 called "Eggtooth", snippets of which can be seen in the book.

Source: Modest Mouse: Pat Graham

Posted 2014/08/07 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 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

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

Pat Graham: Instrument

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Instrument

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

Imagekind featured artist: Pat Graham

Image Copyright: Pat Graham

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

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

Posted 2009/12/15 at 00:00 | By: Gregg | Tags: Pat Graham

Life On Tour

Image Copyright: Pat Graham

Pat Graham will be spending some time this week blogging for Converse, sharing some insight into life on the road with Modest Mouse and the Cribs.

Pat also has a new book in the works called "Instrument," due out Spring 2011.

Source: http://play.converse.com/play/talk/?p=219

Posted 2009/07/30 at 00:00 | By: Gregg | Tags: Pat Graham

Through the eyes of Pat Graham Volume 2

If you haven't managed to get your hands on a copy of Pat Graham's second Modest Mouse Photozine, there are still some available from RAEN Optics. Pat informs us that a limited amount of 300 might make it to the merch tables on the upcoming tour.

Source: http://www.raenoptics.com/

Posted 2009/06/13 at 00:00 | By: Gregg | Tags: Pat Graham

Through the eyes of Pat Graham Volume 2

Pat Graham, the man responsible for exposing the world to photographs such as this one, has put together a second Modest Mouse photozine. It's currently selling from RAEN Optics for $10. The last photozine was limited to 1200 copies.

If you enjoy the work of Pat Graham, you might also find interesting the book he released in 2007 entitled Silent Pictures.

Source: http://www.raenoptics.com/

Posted 2009/03/20 at 00:00 | By: Gregg | Tags: Pat Graham

It's a mystery?

Pat Graham's Twitter says check out www.modestmouse.com in 4 hours... that's 17:15 Pacific, 20:15 Eastern, 0:15 Central European, 8:15 Japan Standard...

Source: http://twitter.com/pat_graham/statuses/1362393666

Posted 2009/02/18 at 00:00 | By: Gregg | Tags: Pat Graham

200 Copies of the Photozine are now on sale

Pat Graham has announced that 200 copies of the photozine, "Modest Mouse through the eyes of Pat Graham," are now on sale at RAEN Optics for $10 + shipping. Sadly, they are only shipping to the U.S. The other 1000 copies will be available on the upcoming tour.

Source: http://www.raenoptics.com/

Posted 2009/02/16 at 00:00 | By: Gregg | Tags: Pat Graham, Tour

Getting ready...

Pat Graham is in Portland getting ready to follow the band on their upcoming short tour. He will be posting his "live thoughts" on Twitter.

Source: http://twitter.com/pat_graham

Posted 2009/02/05 at 00:00 | By: Gregg | Tags: Pat Graham, Tour

Photozine to be Sold on Tour

Pat Graham has revealed that a limited edition photozine is being printed up and will be available from day one of the upcoming tour. The photozine is limited to 1200 copies.

Source: http://www.modestmouse.com/photoblog/2009/02/03/photographing-modest-mouse/#comment-6346

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