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Modest Mouse’s Webster Hall Show Could Have Done With More of the Early Stuff

These indie giants' recent two-night run at New York City's Webster Hall answers the question: what kind of band is Modest Mouse in 2015?

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Grouplove: Never Trust a Happy Song

The Los Angeles quintet settles for a mixed bag of goods on their debut album. Or perhaps a mixed bag of bads is more applicable?

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17 Aug 2011 // 12:30 PM

Mister Heavenly: Out of Love

Sub-Pop doo-wop for an indie-rock sock hop from the Unicorns' Nick Thorburn and Man Man’s piano-puncher Ryan "Honus Honus" Kattner.

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Various Artists: Rave on Buddy Holly

This tribute collection of 19 covers of one of early rock's most influential pioneers features legends (Paul McCartney, Lou Reed), indie A-listers (Modest Mouse, My Morning Jacket, She & Him), and -- would you believe? -- Kid Rock.

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A Long Drive: Modest Mouse - “Styrofoam Boots / It’s All Nice on Ice, Alright”

The Lonesome Crowded West ends on a note of comfortable abandon, with Isaac Brock momentarily shrugging off his existential questions for a well-deserved drink.

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A Long Drive: Modest Mouse - “Bankrupt on Selling”

“Bankrupt on Selling” manages its melancholy with an expert hand, making it one of the most moving tracks on an album full of full-steam heartwrenchers.

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A Long Drive: Modest Mouse - “Polar Opposites”

On "Polar Opposites", Isaac Brock and Modest Mouse turn frustration into energy, anthemizing listlessness in a way that only the best of rock ’n roll music can do.

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A Long Drive: Modest Mouse - “Truckers Atlas”

If The Lonesome Crowded West is an album born of and fixated upon car culture, “Truckers Atlas” is the engine at the heart of it. Jack Kerouac, take a seat and learn something.

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A Long Drive: Modest Mouse - “Shit Luck”

"Shit Luck" swings with both fists right away, the most focused burst of aggression on an album full of it.

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A Long Drive: Modest Mouse - “Long Distance Drunk”

"Long Distance Drunk" may be the weakest track on The Lonesome Crowded West, but it proves its merit when taken on its own.

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A Long Drive: Modest Mouse - “Out of Gas”

"Out of Gas" sees Modest Mouse writing the kind of track that would later bring them wider success and the ire of many critics and longtime fans: a pop song. For the record, it's a good thing.

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A Long Drive: Modest Mouse - “Trailer Trash”

If The Lonesome Crowded West’s default mode is mouth-foaming anger, “Trailer Trash” is the wounded heart at the center of the album.

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A Long Drive: Modest Mouse - “Cowboy Dan”

"Cowboy Dan" separates the believers from the unbelievers as Isaac Brock gives his Sermon on the Mount, a song of such devastating emotional power that you almost have to look away to catch your breath.

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A Long Drive: Modest Mouse - “Doin’ the Cockroach”

"Doin' the Cockroach" seethes with frustration, its bursts of violence finally exploding into one of the most satisfying and exhilarating moments in Modest Mouse's career.

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A Long Drive: Modest Mouse - “Jesus Christ Was an Only Child”

"Jesus Christ Was an Only Child" has Isaac Brock indulging in his taste for roots music and Americana, providing an interesting digression in the flow of The Lonesome Crowded West.

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A Long Drive: Modest Mouse - “Lounge (Closing Time)”

"Lounge (Closing Time)" finds Isaac Brock exploring the darker sides of romance and sex, coming up with a heady ambivalence that mirrors our own human experience.

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A Long Drive: Modest Mouse - “Convenient Parking”

"Convenient Parking" embodies Isaac Brock's uniquely American fixation on the empty promises of the open road.

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Modest Mouse: Sad Sappy Sucker / The Fruit That Ate Itself

Modest Mouse reissue Sad Sappy Sucker and The Fruit That Ate Itself, both works that give an interesting glimpse into the band's early days -- and one definitely worth the time to listen.

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A Long Drive: Modest Mouse - “Heart Cooks Brain”

"Heart Cooks Brain" gives us one of the most subtly heart-wrenching and realistic depictions of the working of depression ever committed to tape.

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A Long Drive: Modest Mouse - “Teeth Like God’s Shoeshine”

Corey Beasley kicks off a new Between the Grooves series here at Sound Affects that takes a detailed look at indie rock group Modest Mouse's 1997 album The Lonesome Crowded West. In this first installment: "Teeth Like God's Shoeshine", a song of singular force that introduces Modest Mouse as a talent impossible to ignore.

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