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Modest Mouse - The Moon And Antarctica
It is my firm belief that everything is mathematics. Not governed by math, just is. Is mathematics.

That's how you tell Art - the numbers are right. And that's how you explain coincidences - it's all in the numbers and probabilities. Electron clouds? Girls? Chord progressions? There's no right answer - it's all probabilities - but they're all predictable in an unpredictable way -- hence that feeling, you know the one, when it just feels right, when you hold onto a girl or watch her breath and the sides of her mouth fall and her ribs expand slowly when you play her Leonard Cohen.

Or -- lets go for relevance here -- when you're that girl and the chords and words just feel right, even if they aren't conventional. Even if you haven't been taught to like those sort of chords by your history as a music listener, or by pop-dorks that tell you what's good for your ears.

Probabilities. Coincidences. Numbers that feel right.

Last week I posted some words about an artist called Danger Mouse, and wrote (badly) about hip-hop lyrics and song structure. Coincidence: this week, I'm posting three tracks from Modest Mouse's acclaimed The Moon And Antarctica album. And they are most definitely an indie rock band, but Isaac Brock's vocals make a link in brain with hip-hop in their delivery, and maybe -- and here's where the math talk comes in -- that's the only way that they can fit in, because the numbers are so incredibly right. I know that this is Art. Modest Mouse are a band from America's North West. They have a new album, Good News For People That Love Bad News, which comes out April 6th (in the States, at any rate). The Moon And Antarctica, has also recently been re-released with additional content. Their webpage, which is uninformative yet pretty, can be seen here: www.modestmouse.com
Posted by Niqui at 05:35 PM March 10, 2004

I'm catching they're show this Friday in El Paso, TX. Which will be good since I just missed Pretty Girls Make Graves last night :(

Comment posted by: Charlie at March 18, 2004 12:50 AM

As an American living in New York and having a serious addiction to mp3's, I came up on your webpage and fell in love. I have been a fan of Modest Mouse since their first ep's, they are probably the best American Band Working right now. Their music is made especially to go on long drives accross this giant country - Australia ain't small either, go to get their discography. Also check out an amazing band in which Brock sings also - Ugly Casanova. you need to be in a car driving for hours. I recently drove from NY to Vermont by way of a scenic massachussets country road that went on for hours and everything was covered in snow with modest mouse playing and realized that life ain't so bad.

enjoy,

martin

Comment posted by: Martin O at March 19, 2004 05:29 AM

Nice. Write for us Martin?

Comment posted by: ExistAngst at March 22, 2004 01:43 AM

I would't mind chiming in and postin' up some tunes from time to time. I got a boatload-o-stuff the world should get into. Are you into Argentine Post-Punk pop?? - WHo's to say, it's all bueno!!
Martin

Comment posted by: Martin O at March 24, 2004 03:10 AM

Argentine post-punk? Isn't that our secret word of the day?

Comment posted by: Niqui at March 24, 2004 04:52 PM


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