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Posted 2015/09/09 at 10:49 | By: Gregg | Tags: Glacial Pace Recordings, New Material, Ugly Casanova

Sharpen Your Teeth reissued with additional tracks

Glacial Pace has announced that Ugly Casanova's 2002 album Sharpen Your Teeth will be reissued this October on CD and LP.

The LP version has been out of print for a long time, and will include four additional tracks. Three of these tracks are available the other Ugly Casanova 7"s, the Magic Eye Singles compilation and the Diggin Holes single. The fourth track is an unreleased instrumental titled "They Devised a Plan to Fuck Forever".

It is presumed that with the addition of these four new tracks, the etching on the original vinyl will be removed. Glacial Pace is also doing a limited run of the vinyl on yellow / white wax.

Both the CD and LP are now available for pre-order from Glacial Pace's store.

Source: Ugly Casanova - "Sharpen Your Teeth" LP - Glacial Pace Recordings

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted 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 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

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

Posted 2010/06/22 at 00:00 | By: Gregg | Tags: Side Project, Ugly Casanova

Stream the 180 Degrees Soundtrack

Does what it says on the tin. The soundtrack is being released tomorrow on Brushfire Records.

Source: http://www.spinner.ca/2010/06/21/james-mercer-180-south-soundtrack/

Posted 2010/06/22 at 00:00 | By: Gregg | Tags: New Material, Release, Side Project, Ugly Casanova

iTunes bonus track

The iTunes version of the 180 Degrees South soundtrack (out today!) contains a bonus track, Now You're Sleeping, that seems to be a brief keyboard instrumental. We're trying to confirm if the vinyl version will also contain this track.

UPDATE: Brushfire have confirmed that it's an iTunes only track.

Source: http://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/180-south-soundtrack/id377968698

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 2010/04/21 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 2010/04/12 at 00:00 | By: Gregg | Tags: Side Project, Ugly Casanova

Original Music By: Ugly Cassanova?

A new trailer has been posted for the 180 Degrees South Documentary and towards the end it states that it will feature original music by Ugly Cassanova?

Now before anyone gets too excited, take note of that extra "s," as in that's the spelling of Isaac's publishing name, as first noted on "The Fruit That Ate Itself" (Although also note that since 2004 it has been spelt Ugly Casanova on Modest Mouse releases), and not his side project Ugly Casanova.

Why Isaac appears to be going under his alias is anyone's guess at this point OR could this be a new incarnation of Ugly Casanova?

When this was first mentioned last year, the project was supposed to include Modest Mouse members Isaac, Eric, Tom and Joe and The Shins' James Mercer. So it would be interesting if this was the new Ugly Casanova, except that in this new trailer, James Mercer's name is listed separately.

Ugly Cassanova is also listed first and larger than the other names, which is also interesting as this was originaly thought to be James Mercer's project.

180 Degrees South has just started showing at film festivals and will be available on DVD on June 8, so hopefully more information will start becoming available on any soundtrack details.

Thanks to Buzman429 for the news tip.

Source: http://www.180south.com/trailer.html

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