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Year: 2013 | Month: September
Posted 2013/09/26 at 18:03 | By: Gregg | Tags: Interview, Modest Mouse, New Material

Krist Novoselic guesting on new Modest Mouse album

In a recent interview with the new Spotify service, Spotify Landmark, celebrating the 20th anniversary of Nirvana's In Utero, bassist Krist Novoselic mentions some of the projects he's been working on lately. One of the things he touches on briefly, is how he contributed bass to one song on the new Modest Mouse album.

And so I did a song with Modest Mouse, earlier this year for their new record. It's pretty edgy. I've got my big Gibson bass and a Rat distortion pedal busting out a... this bass riff.

He then goes on to talk about working with Paul McCartney and Corin Tucker in a bit more detail.

A search for Krist Novoselic and Modest Mouse also returns back an article from the 24th of August last year, in the Twin Cities Daily Planet, that points out that he's been jamming with Modest Mouse for a bit of time.

So how are you spending your time besides political advocacy?

Well I've been doing a little bit of music through the grace of David Eric Grohl and I do a little bit of music with some fellas in Portland. I've been hanging out with Modest Mouse. We're just kind of playing; I don't know what's going on with it.

Spotify is only available in the US, but if you're looking for that part it's part of the Kurt Novoselic In Utero interview, track 16.

Thanks to @piratecrocodile for bringing this to our attention.

Source: Spotify Landmark: The Real Story Of Nirvana's "In Utero"

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 2013/09/05 at 15:43 | By: Gregg | Tags: Interview, Isaac Brock, Modest Mouse, New Material

Big Boi talks Modest Mouse

Big Boi did an Ask Me Anything on Reddit yesterday and one of the questions that came up were related to the studio work he did with Modest Mouse back in 2011.

What's the deal with that Modest Mouse album he produced?

"We recorded maybe 4-5 songs and on the first leg of my tour stopped and hung out with them at their studio and they are trying to get things together. If they don't release the songs, I will! shit." He later added, [Isaac Brock] is really bringing the two worlds together to create an awesome new sound. "I can't wait until y'all hear the songs that we made."

Not much more to add on top of the interview he game to Pitchfork last year. The only difference is that the song count went from 3 to 4-5, which could all be down to memory.

Source: Big Boi talks Killer Mike and Modest Mouse collaborations, totally loves Mumford & Sons | Consequence of Sound

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