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Posted 2016/09/02 at 16:24 | By: Gregg | Tags: Interview, Jim Fairchild

Jim Fairchild rig rundown

Modest Mouse news has been a little quiet since the band finished their tour a little over a month ago, but here's a decent length interview with Jim Fairchild talking about his guitar setup that has just been brought to our attention.

The interview was taped just before the band's Nashville show back in July by Premier Guitar. Jim talks about a wide range of his guitars, as well as his peddle setup, and how the "steel drum" sound on "Ansel" was actually performed on a ukulele.

Source: Rig Rundown: Modest Mouse's Jim Fairchild | Premier Guitar

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Grandaddy Reunite for Shows | News | Pitchfork

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

Jim Fairchild touches on Modest Mouse's progress

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

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

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

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

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

Posted 2011/04/03 at 12:26 | By: Gregg | Tags: Jim Fairchild, Release, Side Project

All Smiles Vinyl Delays

A short update from Jim Fairchild regarding the status of the All Smiles Staylow And Mighty vinyl.

I am writing to apologize for the amount of time that it has taken to fill the orders for Staylow and Mighty vinyl.

I was waiting for my vinyl manufacturer who delayed the shipping date A LOT for this album. I am told I'll have everything by the end of next week and it will go straight out the door after that. I was hoping to ship everyone everything at the same time. Since I feel so bad about treating you guys, the people who are most supportive of us, with such unpunctual behavior, I promise to make it up to you by personally shipping you all a copy of something unique and special in the not too distant future. It will involve Aaron Burtch, for you Grandaddy fans. And some of it is being recorded early next week. The rest is finished. Okay, look for the shipment soon. Thank you for your patience! I really appreciate it. All the best,

Jim

Source: All Smiles In The Studio by All Smiles » All Smiles Vinyl — Kickstarter

Posted 2011/02/18 at 11:17 | By: Gregg | Tags: Jim Fairchild, Side Project

All Smiles' Staylow And Mighty digitally released

All Smiles - Staylow And Mighty

If you were one of Jim Fairchild's backers for his album/EP project back in November, links to the album are now being emailed out. Alternatively you can log into Kickstarter and get the download there.

Jim says he should have the vinyls sometime in March, and hopes to start mailing them out then. The EP is still in the works and will be sent out digitally as soon as it is complete.

The track list for Staylow And Mighty is as follows and clocks in at just under 37 minutes:

  1. Captives
  2. First Sign Of Snow
  3. Trying To Wake You
  4. Virgil Shaw
  5. Escalon, Decades Ago
  6. Where The Feathers Fell
  7. Sun, Number One
  8. Sun, Number Two
  9. My Son, The Future
  10. Diana's Throne
  11. Totem

If you were not a backer and still want to purchase a copy of the album, you can do so from the All Smiles' website.

Source: All Smiles In The Studio by All Smiles » Staylow and Mighty — Kickstarter

Posted 2011/02/08 at 08:22 | By: Gregg | Tags: Jim Fairchild, New Material, Release, Side Project

First song off Jim Fairchild's new album

All Smiles - Staylow And Mighty

Back in November, Jim Fairchild started a project through Kickstarter to raise money to complete work on a new All Smiles album and EP. The project's goal was met in December and since then he's been hard at work getting the final touches on everything.

This morning Jim posted an update to say that the new album is called "Staylow and Mighty", and will be released to the public on March 1st, with supporters receiving it before then digitally. He is also hoping that the records will begin shipping in the first week of March.

In the meantime, he has uploaded a new song from the album entitled "Virgil Shaw". Read about it and download a copy from his Kickstarter page.

Source: All Smiles In The Studio by All Smiles » First Song to our Friends and Supporters — Kickstarter

Posted 2010/11/24 at 00:00 | By: Gregg | Tags: Jim Fairchild, Side Project

Help Jim Fairchild release his new Album and EP

Jim Fairchild's project, All Smiles, which consists of him and fellow Modest Mouse band mate Joe Plummer, have been hard at work recording material for a new All Smiles album and EP over the past 6 months, between touring.

Jim is now looking for help from fans to try and raise $3000 by December 23 to pay for mixing and mastering. But in his own words, he doesn't want "handouts" and all donations will be rewarded with music:

  • $5 - New EP digitally before the masses
  • $10 - New LP and EP digitally before the masses
  • $30 - New LP on hand screened, signed, and numbered vinyl plus digital download of LP and EP before the masses
  • $50 - New LP on hand screened, signed, and numbered vinyl plus digital download of LP and EP before the masses AND handwritten lyrics to your favorite All Smiles song (or one of the new ones)
  • $100 - A personally dedicated video of any All Smiles song, recorded by Jim specially for you or your friend. You'll get an HD download, a personal URL on the All Smiles website, and your option of having it on YouTube. PLUS everything in the $50 package
  • $200 - A 20 minute Q&A via Skype. A personally dedicated video of any All Smiles song, recorded by Jim specially for you or your friend. You'll get an HD download, a personal URL on the All Smiles website, and your option of having it on YouTube. PLUS everything in the $50 package
  • $500 - Private live digital performance and Q&A via Skype. PLUS everything in the $50 package
  • $2000 - Private live performance anywhere in the US. PLUS everything in the $50 package
Mike Cresswell will be mixing the album in San Fransisco. The album will also feature Gary Jarman from The Cribs.

Source: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/312758826/all-smiles-in-the-studio

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 2009/01/28 at 00:00 | By: Gregg | Tags: Jim Fairchild, Johnny Marr, Tour

Jim Fairchild to replace Johnny Marr

Billboard is reporting that Jim Fairchild, of the now defunct band Grandaddy, will once again be joining Modest Mouse. He will apparently be temporarily replacing Johnny Marr, who is currently playing with The Cribs. Marr still remains a full time member of Modest Mouse.

Source: http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/news/modest-mouse-returning-to-the-road-1003935234.story

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