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Calendar, Night&Day A Little of This, a Little of That

A Little of This, a Little of That

Talkdemonic is two people making music in the high-tech/low-tech universe — like a fancy laptop bashed into an antique picture frame, the effect is pretty cool. Banjo, meet synth. Drum machine, meet drum kit. Kevin O'Connor and Lisa Molinaro love…
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Music, All Shook Down

Isaac Brock to Perform at the Screening of 180˚ South

James Mercer of The Shins/Broken Bells and Isaac Brock of Modest Mouse both contribute original music to 180˚ South: Conquerors of the Useless, a new documentary about bliss-seeking surfer-mountaineers pioneering from Ventura, CA to Patagonia, Chile. The film follows…
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Music, Love as Laughter gets a boost from Modest Mouse

Love as Laughter gets a boost from Modest Mouse

Sam Jayne, the architect behind Brooklyn's Love as Laughter, has been toiling away at this rock 'n' roll thing for a long time. The story begins in early-'90s Olympia, Washington, where his noisy and highly influential band, Lync, counted a…
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Music, Reviewed Wolf Parade

Wolf Parade

Wolf Parade's debut, Apologies to the Queen Mary, received great reviews upon release, but it now seems unduly influenced by its producer, Modest Mouse's Isaac Brock. Fortunately the band's self-produced follow-up fully embraces the group's strengths and eccentricities. Though Wolf…
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Music, Reviewed Modest Mouse

Modest Mouse

Ex-Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr knows a little something about dealing with strong-willed vocalists (ahem, Morrissey), so it's no surprise that his contributions to the poppiest Modest Mouse record yet are solid. But it's still a treat to hear how focused…
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Music, OK Then

Sun Kil Moon and Antarctica

The weird thing is, he describes it like a compulsion, as if he can't help himself. "You know that feeling when you see some amazing mystery movie and you can't stop thinking about it for three days?" Mark Kozelek asks,…
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Music, Reviewed Dirty Vegas

Dirty Vegas

There's nothing more annoying to a music geek than an ad exec who's ahead of the curve. How many indie rockers cringe whenever they see that McDonald's commercial that financed the Shins' last tour, or hear Isaac Brock's tortured bark…
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Music, OK Then Punk in Drublic

Punk in Drublic

I can always tell when I've had a long night of intense, near-fatal drinking when I wake up in the morning and my testicles are the size of tennis balls. I don't know why this occurs, but it does, and…
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Music, Reviewed Ugly Casanova

Ugly Casanova

Once upon a time, there was a very aggressive Modest Mouse fan -- one who was so obsessed with the indie rockers that he crashed through their dressing room window. Somehow sensing potential in the unsettled stranger (who introduced himself…
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Three Blind Mice

Modest Mouse, Track Star, Red Stars Theory Bottom of the Hill Friday, Sept. 19 At the Bottom of the Hill two Fridays ago, the sold-out throng oozed smoke and perspiration. You had to stand still or slowly shift just to…
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