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Year: 2015 | Month: January

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 2015/01/29 at 13:30 | By: Gregg | Tags: Festival, Live, Modest Mouse, New Material, Release, Rumours/Rumors, Tour

Track 14 to be made available February 3rd?

In what may be a similar pattern to what happened with Coyotes, it has been pointed out that multiple sites selling the digital copy of Strangers to Ourselves are now listing the track time for Track 14 as 4:24 along with a release date of February 3rd.

Based on the track time this could be Sugar Boats, Pistol, or a track we have yet to hear.

The new album was also discussed briefly on NPR's All Songs Considered this past week, with host Robin Hilton mentioning that he's heard the entire album, called it "classic Modest Mouse", and that you wouldn't believe 8 years has past. Listen to the discussion at around the 6 min mark here.

Also, if you don't follow us on Facebook or Twitter, and live in the area of Louisville, KY, the band has been added to Forecastle Festival. That puts a good 4.5 months between the only know tour dates at the moment. The band usually likes to do some warm up dates around festivals, so there's lots of space here for dates, should the band be doing the festival circuit this summer. The band is also listed as an act on a leaked lineup for Firefly Music Festival in Dover, DE (June 18 - 21), but that has yet to be confirmed.

Thanks to everyone that sent all this info in.

Lastly, I think this short video clip speaks for itself:

When the customer wants the sticker on crooked, our team gets creative #modestmouse #vinyl @furnacemfg

A video posted by Eric Astor (@instantastor) on

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 2015/01/13 at 13:53 | By: Gregg | Tags: Festival, Live, Modest Mouse, Rumours/Rumors, Tour

First festival date of 2015 / Next single?

It's been almost a month since Modest Mouse announced their first album, Strangers to Ourselves, in almost eight years and released the radio single Lampshades on Fire, before returning to silence on the news front.

Now we finally have news on their first performance for 2015. The band will be headlining the Gasparilla Music Festival on March 7th in Tampa, FL. Just a few days after the release of the album. Tickets for the festival are already on sale. This will also be the band's first performance in Tampa in 11 years.

Hopefully this is just the first of tour dates to be announced. Modest Mouse usually likes to do a few warm up dates before a festival.

It's also been pointed out by @horriblezone, that on Amazon.com's page for the digital album, track 7 has been updated to include the length of 3:30 (this is also showing on iTunes), and an availability date of January 20th. This could potentially be the next single and its release date. It is a Tuesday, the optimal time to release things in the music world. Rumour for now, but we'll be keeping an eye on it.

Source: Gasparilla Music Festival | Fire It Up!

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