Monday, October 09, 2006

Modest, mouse colored folk

These tracks range from fairly recent, to mid-90s old, from a band most are by now well acquainted with. A good friend got me into them around the release of The Moon and Antarctica, and I've been off and on with them ever since. Theirs is a growth and development in sound that, I think, seems more sideways than forwards or backwards. They've certainly changed since these few tracks. And increased popularity has correlated to change, for them. But I find earlier Modest Mouse speaks to me more personally. Maybe you do, too?

Modest Mouse - 'Dramamine'

Modest Mouse - 'Never Ending Math Equation'

Modest Mouse - 'Here It Comes'

Modest Mouse - 'Other People's Lives'

Modest Mouse - 'So Much Beauty in Dirt'

10 comments:

FlippantPancakes said...

Old modest mouse feels so much more honest and.. better than the new modest mouse.

Something is just missing in good news.

Catastrophe Waitress said...

much agreed about old modest mouse

fascistsoundwaves said...

Hm. I'd like to say something's missing. It sure seemed that way, trying to listen to Good News a few weeks ago, before having gotten back into their older stuff. But now I'm not certain.

Working in the other direction, from old to new Modest Mouse, the musical muturation of the band starts to make sense for me. Good News is a sensible and logical step from the direction set with The Moon and Antarctica. And I don't there's any turning back, from there.

Holly G. said...

Hey I really don't know to WHOM and WHERE to address that, but the drawings are AWESOME. Please publish them, you'll make me happy forever. And Modest Mouse rocks, old and new.

mekanikal said...

The older Mouse stuff just feels do much more raw. It just feels and sounds more like the way music should. Personally, I like the live stuff the best. Like Crazy Gnome or Blame Yourself.

james said...

I would like to contact the person who drew those stick figure drawings on this page...I am a university professor in Japan developing a game to study English with, and am looking for an artist and those drawings were perfect for it! Email me! theladuke@gmail.com

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MountainKid said...

Yes, most have to agree the old stuff is "raw" and "honest" or simply more lyrical, but I think the only reason modest mouse made there new album dead before the ship even sank more refined was to play it safe. They started to gain large popularity after good news for people who love bad news so I see why they wanted to pose there music for a more of an all around audiance, I don't blame em... I just want new "old" stuff. Immsa big fan of mice eat cheese and all night diner

novak253 said...

I like old modest mouse much more. THere was a point that i really hated their new stuff until a couple of years ago. I saw them at pitchfork two years ago and they largely played stuff off of Good News and We Were Dead. It gave me a new appreciation seeing it live and it had that modest mouse feel. It was genuine again. I think the old modest mouse will be back. I see them going back to Brock Green and Judy. Maybe its wishful thinking but for the most part they want to make music for themselves and i see them returning to that.