Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Don't Tell Anyone You Don't Own...




Modest Mouse - This is a Long Drive for Someone with Nothing to Think About

(1996, Up)

"Breakthrough"





One of my husband's coworkers purports to be a big Modest Mouse fan, though in this age of ITunes, his exposure has been limited to "Float On" and "Dashboard." It's for guys like him, if for no other reason, that I'm giving a shoutout to the Mouse's fantastic debut LP.

As Backdrifter noted in his first post, Modest Mouse's music has an energy that is perfect for facilitating inebriation (See: "Breakthrough"), or, as the band's titles often suggest, for driving really long distances. So you're someone with nothing to think about, you say, and all this distance to drive? Well mister/missy, even if you "know your geography pretty damn well," pop some Dramamine and prepare for some road rage.

Although MM's earlier albums are markedly rawer, Long Drive's music still feels lush and scenic. Just listen to the six and a half minute "Lounge" (the first of the track's two incarnations) or "Talking Shit About a Pretty Sunset" (Why or why wasn't this the album closer?? Get an editor, Mr. Brock!). Whether you want to feel pretty or cut yourself in true MM style, Long Drive has something for everyone who claims to love the Mouse, but has yet to hear 9/10 of their catalogue.

3 comments:

SonicRyan said...

I was listening to this last night so I could write my very own Don't Tell... about it. Fucking weird...

Femme Fatale said...

Aww! I didn't mean to steal your thunder. You can have Lonesome Crowded West, if you can pry it from Chad's "slow hands." I'm not sure what that means, but Interpol is coming to town in a couple weeks, aren't they?

SonicRyan said...

No, you didn't steal my thunder by any means. I'll explain on Friday when we're drunk, it'll be more coherent that way...