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Year: 2015 | Month: March

That really long BuzzFeed interview: More than a myth

Jon Premosch / BuzzFeed News

Back in late February, someone at BuzzFeed mentioned that they were 9 hours in to a 12 hour interview with Isaac Brock.

The interview has finally been published, and true to their word, it is really really long. Titled "Modest Mouse's Isaac Brock Wants To Be More Than A Myth", Jonathan Valania's interview covers many of the things we've heard in a lot of other interviewslately, but does a good job in going into a lot more detail.

Some features include more of the meaning behind Mexico/"Ansel" is explained, and Isaac talks about how he wants to make a music video on the edge of the Tillamook State Forest staring Crispin Glover for "Pistol". There's also mention of the follow up album to Strangers to Ourselves coming out in mid 2017 (wasn't it 2016 the other day...).

Valania also managed to get an interview with Isaac's mother Kris Adair, and she helps dispel what she feels are the four biggest myths about Isaac's upbringing: The White Panthers, the hippie commune, the Branch Davidians, and the shed where Modest Mouse began (includes a photo).

The interview also contains quotes from Jeremiah Green, Jim Fairchild, Lisa Molinaro, and Modest Mouse's touring manager Sean Hurley.

Lastly, there are some words from Eric Judy, who had originally agreed to participate in the interview via email, but in the end declined.

Read the full interview at the link below.

Source: Modest Mouse's Isaac Brock Wants To Be More Than A Myth

Posted 2015/03/25 at 15:57 | By: Gregg | Tags: Glacial Pace Recordings, Modest Mouse, Release

The Interstate 8 and Building Nothing out of Something reissues get official release dates

To follow up on what we reported on at the beginning of the month, Glacial Pace has now given official release dates for both the Interstate 8 EP and Building Nothing out of Something.

Both will be available at independent record stores and via mail-order on April 14th. Compact Disc and digital will be available April 21st.
Both can be pre-ordered now from the Glacial Pace store.

Source: New Modest Mouse Glacial Pace Re-Issues! - Glacial Pace Recordings

Posted 2015/03/24 at 23:51 | By: Gregg | Tags: Live, Modest Mouse, TV Performance, Video

Watch Modest Mouse perform on The Late Late Show with James Corden

Modest Mouse's performance on The Late Late Show with James Corden was broadcast tonight. Watch them perform "Be Brave" below.

Posted 2015/03/24 at 14:12 | By: Gregg | Tags: Lisa Molinaro, Modest Mouse, New Material, Side Project, Ugly Casanova

Unreleased Modest Mouse song to be packaged with the photo collection: Going Out is Going In

Update, 3/24 2:38 PM PST: James Joiner tweets us that it's a version of "Coyotes" with Lisa Molinaro on vocals.

180 Degrees South, the documentary that Ugly Casanova did the bulk of the soundtrack for back in 2010, followed the journey of Jeff Johnson as he traveled from Ventura, California to Patagonia, Chile.

Johnson and James Joiner are curating and editing a book, produced by Patagonia, entitled Going Out is Going In. The book is limited to 3,000 copies, with 100% of the proceeds going to the charity 1% for the Planet.

A free digital playlist of 43 artists is available for download on the inside cover of each copy. Modest Mouse will be one of those artists and has labeled the track as "an exclusive, never before heard Modest Mouse song."

No word yet on what the track is titled, but we'll update you as we hear more.

Source: Going Out Is Going In edited by Jeff Johnson and James Joiner

Posted 2015/03/24 at 09:48 | By: Gregg | Tags: Modest Mouse, TV Performance

Modest Mouse will be the first ever musical guests on The Late Late Show with James Corden

Update, 3/24 10:41 AM PST: It was filmed yesterday. If you were in the audience, let us know what was performed.

Craig Ferguson stepped down as the host of The Late Late show on December 19, 2014. His replacement, James Corden, debuted as host last night, interviewing Tom Hanks and Mila Kunis. There was no musical guest.

In a last minute announcement, Modest Mouse will be performing on the show tonight, making them the first musical guests on Corden's show. Tickets are unfortunately already sold out, and we're not even 100% sure if the show is being taped today, or if it has already. Other guests tonight are Patricia Arquette and Chris Pine.

The Late Late Show with James Corden airs at 12:35am ET / 11:35pm CT.

Source: The Late Late Show: Watch Episodes and Video - CBS.com

Posted 2015/03/21 at 09:52 | By: Gregg | Tags: Eric Judy, Interview, Isaac Brock, Live, Modest Mouse, TV Performance

The band performs on CBS This Morning's Saturday Sessions

Update, 3/21 13:41 PM PST: It's been pointed out that the performance was pre-recorded at the Webster Hall in NY, probably before the show that night.

Modest Mouse performed live on CBS This Morning's Saturday Sessions, playing three songs off Strangers to Ourselves: "Lampshades on Fire", "Coyotes", and "The Ground Walks, with Time in a Box".

CBS also broadcast an interview with Isaac that had been filmed earlier at one of the Webster Hall performances. Anthony Mason spoke to Isaac shortly about the past 8 years, Eric Judy, and becoming popular.

Watch all three performances, and the interview, below.

"Lampshades on Fire":

"Coyotes":

"The Ground Walks, with Time in a Box":

Interview:

Posted 2015/03/20 at 08:52 | By: Gregg | Tags: Modest Mouse, Video

Modest Mouse have revealed the music video for "Lampshades on Fire."

The video is hard to describe, featuring lots of quick shots of different scenes: sunburns, littering, smoking, Orange is the New Black's Natasha Lyonne, jumping around naked, actual lampshades on fire, and the band performing at that Athens, GA house party at the beginning of this month.

By the way, if anyone was at that house party, please get hold of us. We'd love to know what was actually performed.

The video was directed by Jorge Torres-Torres. Watch it below.

Posted 2015/03/18 at 16:00 | By: Gregg | Tags: Modest Mouse

Strangers: Linguistic Remix Generator

Modest Mouse have unveiled what they're calling "A Linguistic Remix Generator" for Strangers to Ourselves. How it works is that you enter a short phrase and using samples for the album it generates a loop for you, accompanied by visuals.

The "Strangers Linguistic Remix Generator" takes your input and dynamically converts it into a remix based on samples from the new record "Strangers To Ourselves". The algorithm compares common letter frequency data and generates stems and patterns to match. It also analyzes the sentiment of the text to determine the final BPM of the remix. Depending on the input, a remix can consist of up to three phrases; or more commonly put, a verse, a chorus, and a bridge. Each remix then generates a visualizer inspired by the album artwork.

The generator was developed by The Uprising Creative and only works on desktops.

Source: Modest Mouse - Strangers to Ourselves - A Linguistic Remix Generator

Posted 2015/03/18 at 10:04 | By: Gregg | Tags: Modest Mouse, TV Performance, Video

Modest Mouse perform

Courtesy of Jim Fairchild's Instagram

Modest Mouse ended off the day of Strangers to Ourselves' release by performing "Lampshades on Fire" on The Tonight Show Staring Jimmy Fallon.

It was the band's first talk show performance since 2009.

The band plays the Webster Hall in NY tonight and tomorrow. Stream last night's performance below.

A photo posted by Jeremiah Green (@sluglife) on

Posted 2015/03/17 at 09:35 | By: Gregg | Tags: Glacial Pace Recordings, Interview, Isaac Brock, Live, Modest Mouse, Release, TV Performance

Strangers to Ourselves officially released

At long last, Modest Mouse's sixth studio album, Strangers to Ourselves, has officially been released.

The band will mark this event by performing on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon later today, before closing out the rest of the week with two further shows in New York. Isaac will also be on SiriusXMU today between 5 and 7pm ET with Jenny Eliscu.

To celebrate the release, Modest Mouse is also offering 1250 free copies of their second single The Ground Walks, With Time in a Box along with any new orders of Strangers to Ourselves ordered from Glacial Pace. If you've already purchased the album, Glacial Pace is now also selling the single separately.

Isaac also gave an interview to the Wall Street Journal, published yesterday, in which he spoke about, among other things, his dislike for The Fruit That Ate Itself and indie labels.

Posted 2015/03/14 at 19:47 | By: Gregg | Tags: Artwork, Modest Mouse, New Material, Release, Rumours/Rumors

Another record store may have jumped the gun on a release. Copies of a 7" single for The Ground Walks, With Time in a Box have started turning up on eBay today. As of typing this up, it doesn't seem to be found anywhere else. The b-side for this release is "The Best Room." The artwork appear to resemble a satellite photo of this Las Vegas Desert Housing Block shot by Alex MacLean, whose photo was used for the Lampshades on Fire single.

No word yet on what the official street date of this item is, but it could be to coincide with the release of Strangers to Ourselves this coming week.

It has also being reported that Strangers to Ourselves is being listed on Amazon Japan with a bonus track. The product page doesn't state the tracklist at all or make mention of what the bonus track may be, and it's listed by a third party seller, so be weary of this one until there's a more official announcement.

Source: Modest Mouse "Ground Walks with Time in A Box Best Room" RARE 7" Vinyl New | eBay

Posted 2015/03/14 at 10:53 | By: Gregg | Tags: Isaac Brock, Modest Mouse, New Material, Rumours/Rumors

Strangers to Ourselves commentary

It has been pointed out that the download codes that come with the LP version of Strangers to Ourselves, while at present to not permit one to download the actual album, do allow you to download what appear to be snippets of "commentary" on each track.

The tracks are all under a minute, some feature weird sound effects, some background singing, while a distorted Isaac rambles over the top of them. Sometimes not even about the song at all. Some do seem to fade off like there could be more, so these might just be previews of full commentary tracks that may be released along with the album on March 17th.

There is a companion track for every track on the album, except "God is an Indian and You're an Asshole," and each one features Isaac, except for "Wicked Campaign," who is unidentifiable (it may be Jeremiah speaking with an accent).

You can listen to the tracks via the link to MTV Germany below.

Source: Strangers to Ourselves - Track by Track Commentary (EP, Explicit) von Modest Mouse : MTV Music powered by Napster

Posted 2015/03/10 at 14:29 | By: Gregg | Tags: Interview, Isaac Brock, Modest Mouse

Some interviews

Update, 3/10 15:47 PM PST: Adding another down below from Newsweek.

Here's just a list of three interviews that have come out in the past few days. I've been thinking that seeing as how there are probably going to be a lot of these in the coming weeks, that if an interview contains something new I'll post about it separately, otherwise I'll do one or two posts a week just to summarize the press for the week. I won't bother posting links to articles that just rehash information from other interviews.

HMV.com: "This whole record has been an exercise in making more work than necessary" hmv.com talks to Modest Mouse. The complete article we had snippets from yesterday. It covers the recording process of Strangers to Ourselves, Isaac producing, picking set lists, and as mentioned yesterday, a potential follow up to this album coming out sooner than later.

Rolling Stone: Modest Mouse on the Chaotic Sessions for First LP in Eight Years." Isaac talks about the studio they built, a bit more on Eric, working with Big Boi and Krist Novoselic, and why that didn't work out.

NPR: "Making Records Is 'Not A Race' For Modest Mouse." This one is an audio interview (also embedded below), in which Isaac talks about delays, playing too many shows, and not being a fan of interviews.

Newsweek: "Q&A: Modest Mouse Frontman on Why the New Album Took Eight Years." Covers a lot of things the others talk about, but Isaac mentions that there are only about five songs left to do for another album.

Posted 2015/03/09 at 15:44 | By: Gregg | Tags: Interview, Isaac Brock, Modest Mouse, New Material, Release, Rumours/Rumors

Next album to

HMV.com has an interview with Isaac Brock coming out tomorrow, and as a teaser they've posted two quotes from the article.

Regarding the band's future plans he said "I'm pretty far along with the next one as it is. I went in to making this one with two records in mind." As to when it will be available, he added "It'll be released as quickly as it's legally allowed to be. It's a partner to this one."

For those of you that haven't been following the boards, as of late last week Strangers to Ourselves has been finding its ways into the hands of international customers, and apparently even being made available for sale in Austria, so scans of the artwork making their way online. Something that was noticed is that the artwork makes reference to the album being "The Golden Casket Vol. I," meaning volume II could be what Isaac is referencing. Also taking in to account that he and Jeremiah mentioned in their Relix interview last week that 35-37 songs came out of these sessions.

Source: Modest Mouse releasing two new albums in quick succession | Music | HMV.com

Posted 2015/03/06 at 15:50 | By: Gregg | Tags: Glacial Pace Recordings, Modest Mouse, Release

Interstate 8 and Building Nothing out of Something being reissued on vinyl

Update, 3/9 14:29 PM PST: The details and dates are wrong. Expect a proper update from Glacial Pace at a later date.

A new album coming out in under two weeks is not stopping the Modest Mouse reissue machine.

An online store is listing entries for reissues of both the long out of print Interstate 8 EP and the singles collection Building Nothing out of Something.

Interstate 8 was originally only pressed on CD in limited quantities, this will be the first time it appears on vinyl. As with the original CD, it looks like it will include the "Live in Sunburst Montana" demo. Building Nothing out of Something was originally pressed on Vinyl, but has been out of print for over a decade now. Both releases will mark the end of the band's UP Recordings that have been out of print for so long.

They have the release date as April 21 of this year through Fat Possum Records, who are a distributor for Glacial Pace.

Posted 2015/03/06 at 11:51 | By: Gregg | Tags: Eric Judy, Interview, Isaac Brock, Jeremiah Green, Modest Mouse

Isaac and Jeremiah interviewed by Relix Magazine

Both Isaac and Jeremiah have been interviewed by Relix Magazine. The article, posted earlier today, touches on a few subjects such as the album delay, the amount of work that went into it, and the chemistry that still remains between the two.

They both also embellish on information that has come out recently on how the recording process was stopped and restarted numerous times. Isaac also talks about Ice Cream Party Studios, the studio they built in 2012. Both mention that the band amassed around 35-37 songs during these sessions, with Jeremiah adding "...I promise our next record will come out sooner. We have a bunch of songs and we'll probably rework them. They are good-they're just not finished. We might put out something really strange next."

Isaac also talks about Eric, and says that there was no drama involved in him leaving, just adulthood.

"He finally had enough," Brock says. "He has three kids. He didn't feel like leaving his house as much as is required. He left right before we started recording, but some of his writing still exists throughout the record. Making a record without him was really fucking hard."

It's an interesting read, with many more points that I've not touched on, find the link to the full article below.

Source: Modest Mouse: Only the Strange Remain : Articles : Relix

Posted 2015/03/03 at 17:05 | By: Gregg | Tags: Interview, Isaac Brock, Modest Mouse

Isaac Brock talks about the origin of

Update, 3/6 11:15 AM PST: The remainder of the interview has now been posted on Studio 360's website. The interview is only about 12 minutes long, and covers topics like Isaac's upbringing, the work that went into Strangers to Ourselves, and how it nearly killed him. That portion of the interview is now embedded below.

In an interview with Studio 360's Kurt Andersen, Isaac Brock talks about the inspiration behind the "The Best Room."

Brock mentions that in 1997 he was flying from Montana to Arizona to work on the mastering of Modest Mouse's second album The Lonesome Crowded West when the plane got put into a holding pattern over Phoenix, due to UFO sighting that became known as the "Phoenix Lights." He didn't tell anyone for years, because "...[he] didn't want to be that dude with the alien, with the UFO." He eventually told his mother and late UP Records founder Chris Takino.

He explains that the song is not about the UFO sighting, but rather a portion of the lyrics deal with the hotel that he ended up in that night.

the best room they have
is the last room you'd want
the bathroom's outside
police tape is tied
to the door knobs from rooms
nine through thirty-two
aw! these western concerns
we beg while we chew

Studio 360 will be broadcasting more of the interview in this week's show, which looks to come out on Thursday. Listen to this portion of the interview below. Read the complete lyrics to "The Best Room" on that song's page.

Best Room discussion:

Update, 3/6 11:15 AM PST: Complete interview:

Source: Why it Took Isaac Brock 20 Years to Write Modest Mouse's New Single - Studio 360

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

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