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Posted 2015/03/02 at 22:11 | By: Gregg | Tags: Interview, Live, Modest Mouse, New Material, Release, Rumours/Rumors, Studio, Tour

Modest Mouse debut

Update, 3/3 9:27 AM PST: Overnight the band's website has now also added a date for June 30th in Berlin, DE. No ticketing information though.

It was performed earlier today on SiriusXMU, now Modest Mouse have uploaded a streaming version of the new track and last song on the album, "Of Course We Know." Stream the new track at the bottom of this post.

This is presumed to be the last song they will release before the album comes out in two weeks. The track is now also available to purchase from iTunes and other mp3 sites.

The band also expanded on their tour, adding more dates across the United States and the United Kingdom. See the full list below.

It's also been reported through Twitter, that this past weekend the band filmed a video at a house party in Athens, GA. Reportedly for "Lampshades On Fire."

Lastly, Portland Monthly Mag has done a short piece on Tucker Martine, one of the producers on the new album. Martine has worked with R.E.M. and The Decemberists, and explains his role on the album is that of a "fixer," "helping front man Isaac Brock find his way out of the labyrinth created by years of recording and reconnect with the rawness of some of the band's demos."

03-07 Tampa, FL - Gasparilla Music Festival
03-09 Athens, GA - Georgia Theatre
03-10 Chattanooga, TN - Track 29
03-12 Charleston, SC - North Charleston PAC
03-13 Raleigh, NC - The Ritz
03-18 New York, NY - Webster Hall
03-19 New York, NY - Webster Hall
04-17 Buffalo, NY - Asbury Hall at Babeville
04-19 Ithaca, NY - Barton Hall at Cornell University
04-20 Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE
04-22 Memphis, TN - Minglewood Hall
04-24 Oklahoma City, OK - Diamond Ballroom
04-25 Frisco, TX - Edge Fest
05-23 George, WA - Sasquatch Music Festival
06-19 Dover, DE - Firefly Festival
06-26 Odense, Denmark - Tinderbox Festival
07-01 Gdynia, Poland - Open'er Festival
07-05 Birmingham, England - The Institute
07-07 Manchester, England - The Ritz
07-08 Leeds, England - O2 Academy Leeds
07-09 Newcastle, England - 02 Academy Newcastle
07-12 Perth, Scotland - T in the Park
07-19 Louisville, KY - Forecastle Festival
07-22 Brooklyn, NY - Prospect Park Bandshell
07-23 Boston, MA - Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
07-25 Barrie, Ontario - HomeAway Music and Arts Festival

Posted 2015/02/16 at 10:35 | By: Gregg | Tags: Modest Mouse, New Material, Release, Studio

SiriusXMU world premiers

Update, 2/16 4:18 PM PST: It's not a true AMA, but Isaac has begun replying to some comments on reddit.

Update, 2/16 2:16 PM PST: Modest Mouse has shared the official stream, listen below. The reddit link ended up being used for sharing the stream.

SiriusXMU's Julia Cunningham has world premiered the new Modest Mouse track "The Ground Walks, With Time in a Box." So if you have Sirius, listen to channel 35 and try and catch it. Lots of comparisons to The Talking Heads.

We're sure the band will stream a copy later on tonight, as they've done with the other songs, we'll post the stream if it happens. Otherwise the track will probably be available to purchase from iTunes, etc, at midnight tonight.

The band has also tweeted out a link to their reddit user page, along with the message "5pm ET." Speculation is that they could be doing a reddit AMA at that time, or using it as a platform to debut the new song.

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 2015/01/19 at 09:23 | By: Gregg | Tags: Modest Mouse, New Material, Release, Studio, Video

Modest Mouse premiere

UPDATE: Whiplash Merchandising has informed us that they are now out of the 7".

What started with a bit of Amazon/iTunes sleuthing earlier last week by members of the community, and was followed by a seemingly random image on Modest Mouse's Instagram this past Friday, finally has meaning.

Today the band is sharing a new track and its video with their fans. That track is "Coyotes", a song which saw its live debut in May of last year at the Beacham Theater in Orlando, and has since been performed to our knowledge another 5 times.

The video is inspired by the true story of a coyote that rode Portland's MAX light rail train in 2002.

The "Coyotes" digital download is available at all online retailers starting tomorrow, January 20, and is also an instant download with digital pre-orders of Strangers to Ourselves at iTunes.

The band has also informed us that the first 2,500 vinyl pre-orders of the new LP from glacialpace.com will receive a complimentary copy of the limited "Lampshades On Fire" / "Coyotes" 7".

The 7" will also be available free with all vinyl pre-orders of Strangers to Ourselves at select retailers also on Tuesday, January 20th. The 7" will not be for individual sale.

Finally, if you pre-ordered the Strangers to Ourselves vinyl from glacialpace.com before January 19th, your order will automatically contain the "Lampshades On Fire" / "Coyotes" 7". "Strangers to Ourselves" will be released through Epic on March 3rd.

Watch the video below:

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

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