Monday, April 14, 2008

ALBUM: Good news for people who like old stuff

Sorry it's been a few days since posting - the semester's been wrapping up and things are just kinda crazy. You know how it is.

Modest Mouse is a funny band for me. I was introduced to them in eighth grade by a good friend of mine who let me borrow This is a long drive for someone with nothing to think about, and I liked it just okay. How un-indie of me, right? Since then, I've seen them perform twice, but only accidentally - the first time because Mason Jennings was opening for them, and the second because Rilo Kiley was. Both times, however, Isaac Brock & co. were pretty stinking fun, putting on a very loud, very noisy, and at times, a very moving show.

So this post is basically a shout out to the band that I will once again be seeing accidentally. This time it will be at the Sasquatch Music Festival in May with The National, Beirut, the Grand Archives etc. So I just recently pulled out 2004's Good News for People Who Love Bad News, and I've been reminded again of just how much I love that album. In 2004 I returned to college life after two years of not listening to any music at all (unless you count contemporary LDS pop as music - which I don't), and it was on a road-trip that a friend of mine decided to re-introduce me to the world of indie music with this album and Postal Service's Give Up. Both of which now hold a special place in my heart. From the echo-y opening notes of The World at Large to the indie-poppiness of Float On to the weirdness of Satin in a Coffin to the achingly sincere and very pretty Blame it on the Tetons, this is still just a really great record.

from the album Good News for People Who Love Bad News (Amazon/iTunes)

And here's just a really great cover. By just a really great guy.

from the Girl in the War EP (iTunes)


good tymes said...

moon an antarctica is their best work by far...epic album

Dainon. said...

Would it be possible to request a copy of that Josh Ritter cover again? I can't seem to find it anywhere, even to purchase.

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