Saturday, January 30, 2010

Float On...

i was at a memorial service today for an old friend of my family who we knew of through church. she was very nice and it's sad to know that she won't be seen anymore, but the relief is that she is no longer in any pain and is most definitely in a much better place. i have been to many funerals throughout my life, and each one becomes more meaningful as i get older and begin to realize some things about life. the time will come one day that my family will mourn for those we love. it's because of this fact that i try my best to make amends and spend as much time as i can with whomever, despite our radical differences and usual nature to be mad all the time. i hate it so much when family drama goes on and on for years and even decades. it's nothing to be proud of and it eats me up everyday. but still, i love my family and i want nothing more than love between us. sometimes it takes tragedy and sorrow to bring us all together. i wish it didn't have to be like that...

my mood is good right now and i know it could have been a mixed bag of emotions, but that is not the case. i think my best friend is coming over later to hang out, so i'm looking forward to that. in times of mixed feelings and emotions, we might come to the decision that we are alone in all of this. in all these years, much music has been made talking about such things, and one band that comes to mind with amazing to the point lyrical content and great musicianship is none other than, Modest Mouse.

modest mouse is one of the best indie bands to come from american. they were one of the first to bring the style of independent music to the mainstream, have successfully reached major label status, garnered many fans the world over with great tunes and unforgettable lyrics, and all the while remaining true to their roots and style.

starting in 1993 in the small suburb of issaquah, washington, modest mouse was originally a three piece with lead singer and guitarist, isaac brook, bassist eric judy, and drummer jeremiah green. in later years, after their rise to fame, they brought on guitarist johnny marr (of The Smiths) multi-instrumentalist tom peloso, and percussionist joe plummer (of The Black Heart Procession) to help round out their booming sound.

i first discovered this band when the video for the song, "float on" hit the music channels. it was quirky and different, so i paid attention, but it wasn't until i heard the song, "the ocean breathes salty" that i became a fan. now, i had heard many people talk about them, but mostly it was jaded thoughts of hatred for their immediate fame that came with those two songs mentioned. you see, this band was special to a lot of people who were with them in their early days of playing small venues and halls. i know the feeling, of when one of the bands you like blows up to epic proportions and all these new cats come aboard citing their love for them. you go back to the old days and remember those sweaty house shows, or the intimate basements where they first played and the floors they slept on. it literally took, three to four albums for modest mouse to make their splash in the headlines, despite the fact that they were being praised early on. and now, all that stuff is of the past, and it hurts sometimes. still, the past has left us with the music, and the music lasts forever, much like the memories of those we love and care for who are no longer with us. for me, i take this into consideration, and out of respect to those old school fans, and the band itself, i go back and look through their catalog of music. most of the time, the outcome is even better than when i first heard them, and this band is no exception.

skipping the many ep's the band has made along with the compilations and singles, you will find all of their full length albums from their indie days to the majors. looking at the labels for this band, you might scratch your head as to why i posted so many. well, it's just for the purpose of mentioning all of their traits and what the music was regarded as by their many fans. it's rock, but it's also so much more. okay, so the first album we have here is the super titled, This Is A Long Drive With Nothing To Think About and after that we have their second full length and cult classic album, The Lonesome Crowded West. this is a really special album, and it showcases a lot of the labels i listed below when you consider the 90's mathy emo sound, and lo-fi mixtures. in third we have my personal favorite album, The Moon & Antarctica. this was the bands major label debut, and it is, from start to finish, and amazing piece of work. everything about this album, from sound to lyrics, just sparkles with intimate feelings and true genuine talent. and now in fourth place is the album, Good New For Those Who Love Bad News. this is the bands breakthrough album, and those songs i mentioned above are from this work. it's a great pop record, and it made the band have many more fans and acclaim. it also made people hate modest mouse, but eh, whatever. and in fifth place is their latest album, We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank. i personally haven't even heard a single song from this album, but from the few who listen to anything the band puts out, it's a good one and a step up, or maybe a step back... anyway, this is where the band added the extra players and took their sound to the next, epic level. so with all of that, here is the music and it's your choice to enjoy it. ENJOY IT!!!

Oh gotta see, gotta know right now
What's that riding on your everything?
It isn't anything at all
Oh gotta see, gotta know right now
What's that writing on your shelf
In the bathrooms and the bad motels?
No one really cared for it at all
Not the gravity plan
Early, early in the morning
It pulls all on down my sore feet
I wanna go back to sleep
In the motions and the things that you say
It all will fall, fall right into place
As fruit drops, flesh it sags
Everything will fall right into place
When we die, some sink and some lay
But at least I don't see you float away
And all the spilt milk, sex and weight
It all will fall, fall right into place

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