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Year: 2014 | Month: September
Posted 2014/09/15 at 11:00 | By: Gregg | Tags: Pat Graham

Modest Mouse - Photographs by Pat Graham

Something that's been in the works for a while, and is finally seeing a release later this month, is Pat Graham's new book "Modest Mouse."

For those of you unfamiliar with the Pat Graham/Modest Mouse story; Pat and Isaac were housemates in 1992, in Washington, DC. Pat first saw the band play in 1996, and was then asked to join them on their first tour of the US in 1997, as a photographer/driver.

For those that are, you'll know that Pat's work has complimented the band for years, from many of the iconic press release photos to album artwork. Many, including myself, regard Pat as an unofficial member of the band, with his camera being his instrument.

When Modest Mouse embarked on there first US tour in 1997 Isaac asked Pat if he wanted to come along. What followed over the next 12 years of touring across the USA, Europe, and Japan was a thrilling collaboration and a lasting friendship. Onstage and 10,000 miles off it, Graham's remarkable photos offer a blunt and beautiful view of the touring life: the broken down vans, overflowing merch tables, adoring fans, blown amps, couches-turned-beds, performance injuries, filthy motel rooms, run-of-the-mill truck-stops, zen moments and breathtaking landscapes, and scores of other sights across almost a decade. With its compelling and candid portraits of the band members and their friends, Graham's camera captures a rare and privileged take on Modest Mouse. Witness to all the highs and the lows of the road, Modest Mouse is a treasure for anyone interested in a backstage view and a deeper understanding of the glory, grit, and grime of rock and roll.

In Pat's words: "The book covers 20 years of the band from the first tour, me and 3 guys, till recent tours, 6 guys, Johnny Marr and 2 tour buses. It's a story of a band from before sat navs, and Facebook..."

The book will begin shipping on October 7 from Amazon. It's hardcover and features approximately 160 pages. For some additional information, check out this interview he's just done with Cool Hunting.

Pat also says that he will be partaking in an AMA on Reddit in the near future, and will be hopefully planning a limited edition of the book. Which may include a zine he and Isaac worked on in 1992 called "Eggtooth", snippets of which can be seen in the book.

Source: Modest Mouse: Pat Graham

Posted 2014/09/03 at 17:45 | By: Gregg | Tags: Artwork, Glacial Pace Recordings, Modest Mouse, Release

Reissues get release dates and accompanying 7

As we last reported, Modest Mouse's first two albums are being reissued on vinyl. Glacial Pace has now set dates and has begun taking pre-orders as of today, although Amazon and other places seemed to have jumped the gun a few days early, leading to a little confusion.

This Is A Long Drive For Someone With Nothing To Think About will be released on October 28, while The Lonesome Crowded West will be released on November 4. Both albums are supposed to include their original vinyl only bonus tracks Edit The Sad Parts, A Manic Depressive Named Laughing Boy, and Baby Blue Sedan.

On those same days Glacial Pace will also be releasing acompanying 7"s of tracks recorded at the same time as the albums.

The first, White Lies, Yellow Teeth, will feature the A side of the same name, with the B side being Buttons To Push The Buttons. White Lies, Yellow Teeth had previously been released in 2002 on the compilation album The Giant Rock 'n Roll Swindle, although the version the band has uploaded to SoundCloud does appear to be slightly different. Buttons To Push The Buttons is more commonly known as a live track on the Interstate 8 EP, and lesser known as a studio track on 1998's Zum Audio Vol. 2 compilation.

The second 7", is what was previously thought to have been an Ugly Casanova track, Too Many Fiestas For Reuben, as it was performed live by them/Isaac solo a few times. Its B side, an alternative version of Cowboy Dan. Both tracks are said to have been recorded with Calvin Johnson in Olympia, which may be the November 12, 1994 session, but we should be able to confirm that when these come out.

While nothing completely brand new, this will be the first time some of these tracks have been released in studio form, and will at least make them easier to come by.

All four are available now for pre-order at Glacial Pace, as well as Amazon and a few other places.

Refresh your memory with White Lies, Yellow Teeth below.

Source: Modest Mouse Glacial Pace Re-Issues – Glacial Pace Recordings

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