2.7 Remix

Isaac Brock of Modest Mouse
Interviewed by Chris Cote

Modest Mouse
The Moon And Antarctica
Epic Records

Modest Mouse is the best band in the world. If you don’t believe me, just go get this album and you too will walk out of your front door and scream to your neighbors, “Modest Mouse is the best band in the world!”

They’ve been around for a while, releasing a bunch of albums on indie labels. Usually a band’s major-label debut is f¿ked up somehow, but this new Modest Mouse album (titled The Moon And Antarctica) is so amazing it drives whoever listens to it to sing and scream along with singer Isaac Brock. You will love this band. Modest Mouse will love you. Here’re some words with Isaac.

Do you live in Portland, Oregon?

No, I’m in Seattle, Washington right now. I’m staying at the Vagabond Inn. It’s right by the Executive Inn, but no, I’m staying at the Vagabond Inn. What the hell is a vagabond?

Isn’t that somebody who travels?

I don’t know. I think it’s something your mom would want you to be … or would want you to keep away from.

We’re super excited about the new album¿it’s amazing.

Thanks, man.

What’s the difference between a major-label release and a release on an indie label?

It’s a little more stressful¿the majors have fatter wallets for the more time that they’re courting, which isn’t a major difference. They Epic Records definitely harass me a lot more than Up Records did. They’re not about leaving you alone and letting things happen when they’re supposed to. Everything’s got to happen right f¿kin’ now. They’re pains in the ass to an extent, but I guess they have to be. They set themselves up with these deadlines, or whatever. I mean, they had deadlines before we’d even recorded the album, which is a horrible idea. It seems like you should just wait until the shit is done, and then start planning on when you’re going to put it out.

On your new album, there’re some new sounds and some different-sounding songs than you’ve done before. Is there anything you guys did differently on this new album?

Yeah, and I don’t want to give away the magician’s tricks here or anything. There’s actually a lot of shit we did different on this, which I was more than happy to do. The guy who we worked with, Brian Beck the drummer from Red Red Meat, is creative as f¿k. They’re all pretty wacked out; they’re really into crazy sounds. He was more than happy to f¿k with stuff and make loops and flip things around. He’s a perfect mixture of being creative and also knowing how to do his shit.

Read the complete interview with Issac Brock from Modest Mouse at www.transworldsurf.com.

Sunny Day Real Estate
The Rising Tide
Time Bomb

Sunny Day Real Estate plays the kind of music that tears at your heart and pulls you into their world of flowing lyrics that reek of heartache and despair. It’s rock and roll that’ll make you want to pick up a guitar and start playing. Every song is its own soap opera that unfolds into your ears and pulls you across a plane of emotions never before heard on an indie record. The recording is amazingly precise, and every instrument including the singing is well represented. This is the type of album you put on and it stays on¿the whole way through. It’s so refreshing to hear actual emotion in music, instead of the same old rap-metal bullshit. If you’re a fan of Jimmy Eat World or Modest Mouse, you’ll like S.D.R.E.¿C.C.

Sonic Youth
NYC Ghosts and Flowers
Geffen

Here’s another Sonic Youth album to add to your collection. This time Thurston Moore and friends pick up where A Thousand Leaves left off by making some seriously edgy and artsy stuff. While being pretty slow and dramatic, the art level on this record is staggering. The songs ebb and flow from mysterious poems into full-on sonic noise. If you’re a fan, you already have this record. If you’re not a fan yet, you may be scared, but don’t worry&ash;this is art rock at its best.¿C.C.

Live At The Hootenanny
Volume One
Time Bomb

Rockabilly is the kind of music people who wear cuffed jeans, tight shirts, slicked-back hair, and drive hot rods listen to. This CD is mean, lean, smells like pomade, and feels like a bunch of manly men ready to brawl or play with tools on their old Chevys. Everyone likes muscles, even girls who say they think it’s gross when a guy has too many. Still, secretly they wouldn’t mind pressing up against some in case of a threatening situation. I tried to get some muscles once, but I failed. Instead I got a mean case of hemorrhoids and some severe body arthritis¿the lengths some people will go to impress a woman.

In my old age, I’ve come to grips with my frail, woman-like form. Instead of beating myself up about it, I go to support groups and listen to tough music like this. It lets me dream of being that guy full of muscles riding in a car real fast, getting all sorts of negative attention. Maybe in another life, maybe tomorrow.¿J.M.

Jurassic 5
Quality Control
Interscope

Once again, another hip-hop outfit from Los Angeles, California has distilled the rumor of a gangsta-rap-only West Coast music scene. Jurassic 5 is a creative force of MCs to be reckoned with. Their beats are impressive with catchy hooks and samples¿check out the “Movin’ On Up” George Jefferson sample on the intro of the song “W.O.E. Is Me”¿it’s super dope. With miles upon miles of flow, the beat production is done with precision and finesse by Cut Chemist and DJ Nu-Mark. This is an album to add to any hip-hop fanatic’s collection.¿A.S.

Iron Maiden
Brave New World
Portrait/Columbia

Ever since skateboarding’s king of raildogs Jamie Thomas used a bad-assed Maiden song for his part in the Toy Machine video Welcome To Hell, thousands of kids started rocking to this infamous metal band. For a while, Maiden had different singers and some albums that didn’t seem to shake the world. But now original frontman Bruce Dickinson is back, and he’s pissed off¿this is Iron Maiden at its finest. The same metal riffs with the same fantasy-influenced lyrics create a timeless Maiden record. If you’re a fan, get this album. Don’t be a little wuss¿grow your hair out and bang your head, you f¿king heshers.¿C.C.

Dillinger Four
Versus God
Hopeless Records

This sounds like the kind of music all people born before the 50s wouldn’t be able to decide if it was some kind of musically produced sound or if a car wreck was repeatedly happening outside their house. What do you want me to say? It’s music that’s loud, fast, and will hurt your ears if you put your head next to the speakers.¿J.M.

De La Soul
Art Official Intelligence: Mosaic Thump
Tommy Boy Records

The boys from Long Island, New York are back and they’re reelin’ off spit like there’s no tomorrow. I can remember being a wee lad when I was first introduced to the now-infamous super hip-hop unit known as De La Soul. The name of that album was 3 Feet High And Rising and it was hip-hop music like no one had ever heard before¿a “verbal confetti” style of speech with a new twist.

On the new album, titled Art Official Intelligence: Mosaic Thump, Posdnous, Dave (formerly known as Trugoy), and Maseo continue to import vast rhyming techniques into their ground-breaking sound. These guys know how to have a good time and it shows in their music, most definitely. If you ever get the chance, you should see them perform live¿it’s a De La sonic experience of a lifetime. This is a six-star release from these pioneers of modern hip-hop. And, yes, three is still the magic number.¿A.S.

Cartoon Network’s Brak Presents
The Brak Album
Rhino Records

This is an amazing album. Space Ghost Coast To Coast cohost Brak unleashes his greatest hits onto the world. Brak’s real name is Voldemar H. Guerta, and he’s some kind of alien who makes rock ‘n’ roll for humans to enjoy. Notable songs like “Magic Toenail,” “Really Cool Song,” and “Evil is Only Skin Deep” will not only tickle your funny bone, but they’ll make you think, too. Brak is a musical genius, and with such guests as Freddie Prinze, Jr., Grape Ape, and the Evil Zorak¿you’re guaranteed to love this album. If you’ve never heard of Brak, you’re a loser. Watch the Cartoon Network and figure it out.¿C.C.

Paul Van Dyk
Out There And Back
Mute Records

Hi, I’m here listening to this CD. I’m on the first song and it’s pretty¿electronic, deep drum and bass, with hardly any singing so far. I have to admit, the name of the artist threw me off. Maybe it’s Dick Van Dyke’s son or brother. If so, then I guess his dad missed the hip train and jumped on the busted bus line, ’cause this guy makes some pretty hip music. Let me tell you, I wouldn’t get mad if someone smashed my portable CD player while I was listening to this¿it puts me in a parallel universe where everything is safe, soft, fuzzy, and tastes good.¿J.M.

Phantom Surfers
XXX Party
Lookout! Records

This is a real wake-up call to the right-wing conservative parties¿the uptight and the frigid¿because this is the Phantom Surfers XXX Party. It’ll tear your pants off and grab you by the twinkie. If you’ve ever heard of “Dolomite,” then just buy the CD, you jerk, because he narrates part of it. Get ready, this CD’s gonna make you question your sexuality and your taste in music. It’s gonna be really bad for you, but also so sweet the morning after. Yes, the Phantom Surfers are foul-mouthed and probably sexually frustrated, but they can rock it all the way to Russia while they kick your ass in with sex rock.¿J.M.

Deep Puddle Dynamics
Self-titled
Anticon

Thank goodness for indie hip-hop. This band Deep Puddle Dynamics is seriously good. I don’t know anything about these guys, except for the fact they’re like an intelligent group of non-Eminemish white boys who can hold a mic all on their own. Not that it matters if they’re white or not, because who really gives a shit? They’re positive, they know how to rap, and they’re all in it together like Jurassic 5. If you like your rap with some smarts and some originality, you should try to download this on Napster, or whatever. Better yet, go to their Web site (www.anticon.com), and check these guys out. Would we steer you wrong?¿C.C.some kind of alien who makes rock ‘n’ roll for humans to enjoy. Notable songs like “Magic Toenail,” “Really Cool Song,” and “Evil is Only Skin Deep” will not only tickle your funny bone, but they’ll make you think, too. Brak is a musical genius, and with such guests as Freddie Prinze, Jr., Grape Ape, and the Evil Zorak¿you’re guaranteed to love this album. If you’ve never heard of Brak, you’re a loser. Watch the Cartoon Network and figure it out.¿C.C.

Paul Van Dyk
Out There And Back
Mute Records

Hi, I’m here listening to this CD. I’m on the first song and it’s pretty¿electronic, deep drum and bass, with hardly any singing so far. I have to admit, the name of the artist threw me off. Maybe it’s Dick Van Dyke’s son or brother. If so, then I guess his dad missed the hip train and jumped on the busted bus line, ’cause this guy makes some pretty hip music. Let me tell you, I wouldn’t get mad if someone smashed my portable CD player while I was listening to this¿it puts me in a parallel universe where everything is safe, soft, fuzzy, and tastes good.¿J.M.

Phantom Surfers
XXX Party
Lookout! Records

This is a real wake-up call to the right-wing conservative parties¿the uptight and the frigid¿because this is the Phantom Surfers XXX Party. It’ll tear your pants off and grab you by the twinkie. If you’ve ever heard of “Dolomite,” then just buy the CD, you jerk, because he narrates part of it. Get ready, this CD’s gonna make you question your sexuality and your taste in music. It’s gonna be really bad for you, but also so sweet the morning after. Yes, the Phantom Surfers are foul-mouthed and probably sexually frustrated, but they can rock it all the way to Russia while they kick your ass in with sex rock.¿J.M.

Deep Puddle Dynamics
Self-titled
Anticon

Thank goodness for indie hip-hop. This band Deep Puddle Dynamics is seriously good. I don’t know anything about these guys, except for the fact they’re like an intelligent group of non-Eminemish white boys who can hold a mic all on their own. Not that it matters if they’re white or not, because who really gives a shit? They’re positive, they know how to rap, and they’re all in it together like Jurassic 5. If you like your rap with some smarts and some originality, you should try to download this on Napster, or whatever. Better yet, go to their Web site (www.anticon.com), and check these guys out. Would we steer you wrong?¿C.C.