The Lonesome Crowded West is the third album recorded by indie rock band Modest Mouse (the secound released, but Sad Sappy Sucker was recorded before The Lonesome Crowded West and This Is a Long Drive for Someone with Nothing to Think About. The album was released on Up Records on November 18, 1997, on both compact disc and vinyl LP. Many consider the album to be one of the best indie rock albums of the 90s: Pitchfork Media ranked it #29 in their list 100 Greatest Albums of the 1990s, and the song "Trailer Trash" number 63 in their list of the 200 Greatest Songs of the decade. Spin ranked it #59 in their list the 100 Greatest Albums, 1985–2005, and Entertainment Weekly included the album in their list The Indie Rock 25. The A.V. Club has described the album as the band's breakthrough recording. The two towers that adorn the album's cover are The Westin Seattle. Read more on Last.fm.
The Moon & Antarctica is the third full-length album by rock band Modest Mouse, first released by Epic Records on June 13, 2000. The album was the band’s first release on a major label and was released on both compact disc and vinyl LP. The album peaked at number 120 on the U.S. Billboard 200 albums chart. It was praised by critics and fans alike for its in-depth discussion of dense subject matter, as well as frontman Isaac Brock’s clever and introspective lyrics. The Moon & Antarctica was also hailed for being an expansion of the band’s unique sound. This was due both to the band’s new major label tools as well as the production of Brian Deck. Pitchfork Media ranked the album as the third best album of 2000, trailing Kid A by Radiohead and Ágætis Byrjun by Sigur Rós. In February 2005, Pitchfork named it the seventh best album of the years 2000 through 2004. The Moon & Antarctica was voted the sixth best album of the decade by Pitchfork in October 2009. In 2008, betterPropaganda ranked the album number 23 in their Top 100 Albums of the 2000s. The album ranked number 37 in Entertainment Weekly’s “The New Classics,” a list of the hundred best albums form 1983-2008. In March 2009, the album was certified gold by the RIAA in the United States. The song “Gravity Rides Everything” is featured in the film “Accepted” (2006). Read more on Last.fm.
Everywhere and His Nasty Parlour Tricks is a 2001 E.P. by the indie rock band Modest Mouse. It collects the earlier Night on the Sun EP along with unreleased tracks from the recording sessions for The Moon & Antarctica, but leaves out Jeremiah Green speaking in Japanese It was released on Epic Records on September 25, 2001, on both CD and vinyl LP. Read more on Last.fm.
Good News for People Who Love Bad News is the fourth full-length album recorded by alternative rock band Modest Mouse. The album was released by Epic Records on April 6, 2004 on both CD and 180g/m² vinyl record. It was rereleased on DualDisc on October 11, 2005. The first two singles from the album were "Float On" and "Ocean Breathes Salty," both of which debuted on American radio stations in the first half of 2004. The vinyl and DualDisc editions of the album also contain the B-side "I've Got It All (Most)". On the vinyl edition, the track is placed at the end of the album. On the DualDisc edition, it is placed between "Bury Me With It" and "Dance Hall". The song "Bukowski" is dedicated to the late poet Charles Bukowski. The song "The Good Times Are Killing Me" was originally going to be released as the normal mix, but instead they added the one mixed by The Flaming Lips. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band appear also on tracks 1 ("Horn Intro") and 9 ("This Devil's Workday") or 10 on the Dualdisc edition. A video for "The World at Large" was also on the dualdisc. It is called, "Stiff Animal Fantasy". This was Planet Sound's #1 Album of 2004. It was also nominated for a Grammy in 2004 for Best Alternative Album. The album was certified Platinum by the RIAA in August 2004. As of March 19, 2007, it has sold 1,509,675 copies in the United States. Read more on Last.fm.
We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank is the fifth studio album by American indie rock band Modest Mouse, released in 2007. The album is the first studio album by the band since their 2004 album, Good News for People Who Love Bad News and is also the first album with former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr as a member of the band. It has a strong nautical theme and was originally envisioned as a concept album about a boat crew that dies in every song. This album was certified Gold for sales of over 500,000 copies in the USA. The album was recorded at Sweet Tea Studio in Oxford, Mississippi with producer Dennis Herring, becoming the second consecutive Modest Mouse album to be recorded at that location and with that producer. The original drummer for Modest Mouse, Jeremiah Green, also returned to the band for this album. Additionally, James Mercer of The Shins sings backup vocals on the tracks "We've Got Everything," "Missed The Boat," and "Florida." In its first week of release, the album debuted at #1 in the Billboard 200 selling 128,585 copies. The album went gold in Canada in June 2008 and sold 50,000 copies. Read more on Last.fm.