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Year: 2011 | Month: February
Posted 2011/02/21 at 11:27 | By: Gregg | Tags: Isaac Brock, Rumours/Rumors

Buddy Holly privacy policy

While we don't condone this, this past weekend a Portland resident/fan, knocked on Isaac Brock's front door and managed to have a short conversation with him as well as "other member's of the band".

Not much seems have been learnt about a new album, but Isaac did apprently mention that he is working on a Buddy Holly cover, and that it is almost finished. No idea what that could be for, but hopefully it will go further than the Lee Hazlewood covers that Isaac was working on with Frank Black back in 2008, which to our knowledge, were never released.

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 2011/02/09 at 15:02 | By: Gregg | Tags: Isaac Brock, Modest Mouse

Whatcha gonna do with your life?

It's always interesting when something unknown to the general fan community turns up, especially when it's something really old and from a period of the band's history that is general unknown and poorly documented. That's why yesterday I was quite pleased when Interstate-8 reader and frequent contributor, Martin, emailed me in something he had recently found and purchased on eBay.

"Babble On" is a self released compilation tape from 1994 featuring mainly bands from the Seattle, WA area. Compiled by Chad Byerly, the tape has a real DIY feel to it, tracks that aren't really studio quality, and each band seemingly getting to contribute a page of photocopied artwork.

The Modest Mouse tracks featured on this tape are nothing that most hardcore Modest Mouse fans wouldn't have heard before. The first being "5-4-3-2-1... Lisp Off", which is obviously the more common of the two, having appeared on the band's first EP, "Blue Cadet-3, Do You Connect?" and "Sad Sappy Sucker". The second is perhaps a little more rare. Having always been known as the Modest Mouse demo "Follow Through", here it finally gets a home and an official title, "Every Mom I Know Seems To Think Its 'bout Them But It Ain't", labeled as "The Other Song" on the back cover. Both tracks are Isaac Brock only songs, just guitar and vocals (and astronaut voice), and are most likely both from his "Dial-A-Song" collection.

The artwork features a young Brock, probably around 18-19 years of age at the time, sitting on low brick wall. An address at which to write the band, the same one that would appear on the back of the "Blue Cadet-3, Do You Connect?" 7". And lastly, rounding up a final piece of Modest Mouse history, the phone number for his Dial-A-Song, (206) 557-0311 (and before you waste your time, I called the number, and it has long been disconnected by the phone company).

The other bands featured on the tape don't seem to have gone on to do anything else, with the exception of Tattle Tale, who were quite well known in the Seattle Riot Grrrl scene. In 2003, Jen Wood would also appear as a guest vocalist on the The Postal Service's debut, providing the female vocals for the duet "Nothing Better". She has also collaborated with Black Heart Procession and Joan of Arc.

For more information on this release, as well as scans of the full booklet where you can read Chad's story, check out "Babble On" under Compilations in the Discography section.

Modest Mouse - Every Mom I Know Seems To Think Its 'bout Them But It Ain't (aka Follow Through)

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 2011/02/06 at 22:49 | By: Gregg | Tags: Festival, Modest Mouse, Tour

Modest Mouse to headline 2011 Sasquatch Festival

Modest Mouse will be headlining this year's Sasquatch Festival in George, WA over the Memorial Day weekend in May.

Other artists that have so far been announced are:

Foo Fighters, Death Cab For Cutie, The Decemberists, Robyn, Wilco, Flying Lotus, Bright Eyes, Flogging Molly, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Das Racist, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Iron & Wine, The Flaming Lips, Bassnectar, Pink Martini, Cold War Kids, Old 97's, Ratatat, Wolf Parade, Chromeo, Guided By Voices, Yeasayer, Beach House, Local Natives, Matt & Kim, Deerhunter, Mstrkrft, Trailer Park Boys, Sleigh Bells, Major Lazer, Skrillex, Fitz & The Tantrums, !!!, Archers of Loaf, Against Me!, The Thermals, Best Coast, CSS, Surfer Blood, Jenny & Johnny, Bonobo (DJ Set), City and Colour, Reggie Watts, K-Os, Gayngs, Tim Minchin, The Drums, The Radio Dept., Young the Giant, The Antlers, Sharon Van Etten, Villagers, Stornoway, Aloe Blacc, Black Mountain, Noah & The Whale, Sam Roberts Band, Secret Sisters, Twin Shadow, Wye Oak, Tig Notaro, Smith Westerns, Rival Schools, Foster the People, Alberta Cross, S. Carey, White Denim, Washed Out, Gold Panda, Dan Mangan, Axis of Awesome, The Globes, Cotton Jones, Jaill, Basia Bulat, Other Lives, The Bronx, White Arrows, Pepper Rabbit, Talkdemonic, Rebecca Gates and The Consortium, The Young Evils.

Please note that until the performance schedule is released, we will be listing the date of the show as the first day of the festival, but that may end up not being the day Modest Mouse performs on. Do not base a one day ticket purchase on this information.

UPDATE: Confirmed, Modest Mouse will be headlining on Sunday, May 29. They will be following The Flaming Lips, who are planing to perform their entire album The Soft Bulletin.

Source: Sasquatch Festival 2011

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