Comedian and actor Aziz Ansari does a stand-up routine about R. This raises the question: what do you see at a Modest Mouse concert? Until last week, I had no clue. Friends had been trying to sell me on the Seattle-based band since the late 's, casually tossing words like "brilliant" and "genius" into the conversation. To no avail. While Modest Mouse's records were always technically impressive with flashes of real beauty, they ultimately came off as self-indulgent: ambitious but sloppy, intelligent but over-intellectualized. Too often, it seemed, those fragile harmonies and intricate melodies would meander into mere experimentation for experimentation's sake, or collapse outright into dissonance. Maybe this was a genuine expression of the band's vision. Maybe it was the calculated product of a neo-punk ethic that equates accessible pop music with evil. Who cares?
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Strangers to Ourselves
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September 6 Details on 35 prospective records that are keeping our hopes up for music in , from hip-hop heavyweights Kanye and Kendrick, to welcomed returns from Sleater-Kinney and the Wrens, along with many intriguing collaborations and debuts. January 6 Our contributors pick one song per year-- from Tortoise to Black Star to Animal Collective-- and write about how it fit into their lives. August 15 September 1
Strongly influenced by Pavement , Pixies , XTC , and Talking Heads , the band rehearsed, rearranged, and recorded demos for almost two years before finally signing with small-town indie label K Records and releasing numerous singles. Judy performed on every Modest Mouse album until his departure in Guitarist Jim Fairchild joined the band in The band's sixth album Strangers to Ourselves was released on March 17, When Isaac Brock was a teenager, he was employed at a local family video store just outside Seattle. This is where he met bassist Eric Judy. Brock and Judy later discovered drummer Jeremiah Green ,  who also resided near Seattle, at a heavy metal show, at which point they decided to make music together. This was followed by a single, " Broke ", recorded by Steve Wold a.