I'll start of saying this: This blog post is a little premature. Why? Well I haven't listened to all of This is a Long Drive for Someone with Nothing to think about. So, be warned, this list won't have any of MM's first album on it. That said the main reason I'm making this blog post is because, one, I've been wanting to make this post for a while now but haven't gotten around to it. Two, Sammy brought up Modest Mouse in FAU's off topic and I really wanted to just go on a rant about them, so I decided I'd focus that energy into this blog. Three, MM has been my favorite band for a little while now and I just feel like talking about them to get word around (It feels like I'm the only one on GS that really likes them). Four, I'm sitting here right now listening to MM and that's really all I want to do at the moment.
So here's how I'm going to do this, I'm going to list all the MM albums/EPs/whatever in alphabetical order (I was going to originally list them by favorites, but I couldn't decide on a favorite, so... >__>) andlist the takeaway (my personal favorite) songs of the album. If I have a favorite line or something from the song I'll throw it in there too.So here goes:
Songs to check out:
- Broke: It's a song about a break up, a relationship gone sour. Very bittersweet. Slower paced song that picks up in the end, which I find works out really well. "Broken glasses but it broke the ice / you said that I was and ass **** and I'd pay the price"
-Never Ending Math Equation: "I'm the same as I was when I was six years old and oh my god I feel so damn old, I don't really feel anything"
-Interstate 8: There's a women (can't remember her name, sorry) that sings along with Isaac Brock in parts of the song. Her voice is a very nice addition to the song and the two combined sound wonderful together. "Spent eighteen hours waiting stoned for space / I spend the same eighteen hours in the same damn place / I'm on a road shaped like a figure eight / I'm going no where but I'm guaranteed to be late"
-Baby Blue Sedan: Depressing, yet beautiful. You'll find that's something I like a lot with MM songs. "And I'm lonesome when you're around / And I'm never lonesome when I'm by myself"
-A Life of Artic Sounds: Pretty straightforward. 1100 miles is really too long inside a car.
-Grey Ice Water: The woman returns and lends her pleasant voice yet again, which makes this a song well worth listening to.
-Workin' on Leavin' the Livin': I won't lie, this song in unnecessarily long. The first minute or so is amazing though.
-All Night Diner: Refrain is a bit annoying, but the verses make the song worth listening to.
-Willful Suspension of Disbelief: One of my favorite songs. It just feels like a dream throughout.
-The Air: Instrumental. Really great beat though.
-So Much Beauty in Dirt: Almost too short. It's incredible while it lasts, though.
The rest of the EP. It's all good, but the three I listed are simply the best.
-The World at Large: My second favorite, it not my favorite MM song. It is just pure bliss for my ears. Every lyric in this song is something special. Truly melodious and amazing. "I like songs about drifters, books about the same / They both seem to make me feel a little less insane"
-Float On: Oh come on, like you didn't expect this. Not their best, but for a song that actually hit mainstream it's still really good.
-Bukowski: "Evil home stereo / What good songs do you know? / Evil me oh yeah I know / What good good curves can you throw?"
-Ocean Breaths Salty: "You wasted life why wouldn't waste death"
-Bury me with it: One of the few "loud songs you'll see me list. I actually really like this song and the 2nd half of the song has some good stuff in it. Also, "I just don't need none of that Mad Max bull****"
-Heart Cooks Brain: Lots and lots of metaphors. Great beat too.
-Teeth Like God's Shoeshine: Loud. Chaotic. Awesome. If you don't know, I'm not big on loud songs, but this song is one of the exceptions. There's a lot going on in this song, and all of it works.
-Cowboy Dan: Something along the lines of the little man being overwhelmed by a larger force. In this case, a cowboy wanting to get away from big cities and industrialization.
-Doin' the Cockroach: "One year, twenty years, forty years, fifty years down the road in your life / You'll look in the mirror and say, My parents are still alive" I love this line. We all have a bit of our parents in us, but that's not a bad thing.
-Trailer Trash: I always see this on best of MM lists. It's good and I like it, but not their best if you ask me.
-Jesus Christ was and Only Child: Just a fun folk sounding song.
-Out of Gas
-Bankrupt on Selling
-The Stars are Projectors: Amazing. There's no other way for me to describe it.
-Wild Pack of Family Dogs: I have a soft spot for MM's folkish sounding songs.
-3rd Planet: Love it.
-I Came as a Rat: "I don't know but I've been told / you'll never die and you'll never grow old"
-Tiny Cities Made of Ashes: Pretty strange song, took me a while to get used to, but now I love it. "I'm going down the road toward tiny cities made of ashes / I'm gonna get dressed up in plastic gonna shake hands with the masses"
-Lives: "Everyone's afraid of their own life / If you could be anything you wanted I bet you'd be disappointed am I right?"
-A Different City: Another loud chaotic song that I like. Has some slow parts "I want to live in a city with no friends and family / I going to look out the window of my color TV / I want to remember to remember to forget you forgot me"
-Life Like Weeds: Another song that grew on me after a while.
Everything else, seriously. The most complete album by MM if you ask me. It has the added benefit of also being their most accessible IMO because it strikes a nice bit between their old and new. Only song on the cd that I don't really listen to would be What People are Made of.
-I've got it all (Most): I don't know what to say for this song. It's just beautiful in my opinion. It's probably my favorite MM song for the time being. It's just lovely. Melodious is a good way to describe it, it's just very pleasing to listen to. uot;What a shock, it's Mr Sweet and Awful / Well don't look so pissed off / We all lose the plot occasionally"
-Guilty Cocker Spaniels: "Blame me so blameless / Can we find a way to blame our way out?"
-The Whale Song: One of the songs the really sparked my interest in MM. The Guitar work is just beautiful. The way it's played to sound (kind of) like a whale is just something that blew me a way. It's one of the many reasons why I love MM. There's also multiple voice tracks later on in the song, which is something I always love in a song. A bit depressing though. I've heard it's about whales being hunted, which is pretty sad. Even still, it's an incredibly beautiful, melodious, and amazing song.
-King Rat: This song features something that I really like. Something near the end that I'd describe as "a descension into chaos". An idea that I'm particularly fond of. The song just pretty much get's chaotic near the end and it really works for the song. It's about someone that gambles and takes it to far. As the song progresses I see it as he get's further and further into debt until there's no way out. This feeling is seen in another song that I'll mention later.
-Autumn Beds: Pleasant song. I dig the banjo work.
-History Sticks to Your Feet: A song I just recently got into. I can't believe I didn't listen to it more before.
-Parting of the Sensory: A song that's quickly shaping up to be one of my favorite MM songs. The other song that I feel has the same descension into chaos idea near the end of it. It's about the cycle of life. "Some day you will die somehow and someone's gonna steal your carbon" "Dehydrate back into minerals / A life long walk to the same exact spot // Carbon's anniversary /The Parting of the Sensory"
-Spitting Venom: Another song that's quickly becoming one of my favorite MM songs. Starts out slow, get's progressively louder then leads into a calm finish. Truly beautiful. "Cheer up, baby / It wasn't always quite so bad / for every bit of venom that came out / The antidote was had"
-Fire it Up: "Etceteranough" Enough said. I love this made up word. I find the first half of the song to be better than the second, but it's still really good overall.
-Missed the Boat: I absolutely love the way this lyric is said: "Tiny Curtains open and we heard the tiny clap of little hand / A tiny man would tell a little joke and get a tiny laugh from all the folks"
-Steam Engenius: Train whistle makes this song amazing.
-Little Motel: I really like it, but I don't seem to listen to it enough.
-People as Places as People: I actually stopped listening to this song because it's get's me down real easy.
-We've got Everything: Not bad, not bad.
Wow, this was a lot of work. Doesn't matter to me though, it feels great to have finally done this. Sorry if some of the lyrics are random and stuff, I guess you really would need to listen to the song to really appreciate my love of the lyrics. So, try and listen to some of the songs if you can. If anything I hoped that I got a few people to give Modest Mouse a try after all this. Really hope you enjoy their music and hope you see the same genius in it that I do.
One last thing. If you didn't like this, well too bad. However, if you didn't like my set up, that's okay. I'm not too keen on it either. I couldn't make up my mind between doing a best of or a Top 25. I choose this because it seemed easier at the time. I'll probably make a top 25 later on, just because it's something I want to do. If you didn't like this, try that, if anything it'll be an easier way to know what my favorite songs are by MM. Oh and that should have some songs from Long Drive (I'm hoping to listen to it before I make that post).
Lastly, again, sorry for any spelling and grammar mistakes. Proofreading is really the last thing I want to do right about now, so just try and deal with it. Hopefully everything I said made sense.