Monthly Archives: June 2013

Weekly Band Biography – Modest Mouse

In my opinion one of the most original bands still writing today, is Modest Mouse. The indie-rock band was formed in Issaquah, Washington in 1993. The band’s lead singer Isaac Brock came from an interesting background. After dropping out of school Isaac began home-recording, and listening to his favorite band The Pixies, basically he spent a lot of time alone thinking and writing. Eventually Isaac recruited drummer Jeremiah Green, and bassist Eric Judy, to complete what he began musically. Later Modest Mouse went through some member changes.

Modest Mouse released there first EP, Blue Cadet-3, Do you Connect, At Dub Narcotic Studios. This EP is just one of many singles and EPs released by the band. It wasn’t until 1996 that the bands first full length album was released. This is a Long Drive for Someone with Nothing to Think About. This album has songs such as; “Exit Does Not Exist, Space Travel is Boring, and Breakthrough.” The album is great, but Modest Mouse didn’t breakthrough until 1997, with the album The Lonesome Crowded West. With the release the band manged to form a cult following, The Lonesome Crowded West, is considered to be one of the defining albums of the mid-90s indie rock scene.

More albums were released, and Modest Mouse began to write albums that were well received by the music industry. The Moon & Antarctica, and album on Epic Records, received a 9.8 out of 10 Rating from Pitchfork Media. Sometime in 2003 the band got a make-over. Losing old members, and gaining new. Isaac Brock was now grouped with Benjamin Weikel , and Dann Gallucci, and in April 2004, the hit album Good News for People Who Love Bad News. Many listeners favorate songs “Float On” and “Ocean Breathes Salty” are featured. They are featured playing these songs on Saturday Night Live. The album itself Was nominated for a Grammy for Best Alternative Rock Album.

The success continues with the release of We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank, in 2006. With hit songs “Dashboard” and “Missed the Boat” as well as “We’ve Got Everthing”. The album easily reached number one on Us Billboard 200 charts. The band toured North America for two years promoting the record.

Modest Mouse has gone through many changes through the years the current members are; Issaac Brock, Jeremiah Green, Joe Plummer, and Tom Peloso. With 9 albums and almost 20 singles, and EPs, Modest Mouse has captured the hearts of millions. They combine Rock and philosophy, to create amazing, and original music.
For a Full discography check this site out! http://www.discogs.com/artist/Modest+Mouse

Beck – A Modern Musician And Poet Returns To The Stage

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Aural Fixations

One of the more intriguing and mysterious figures in modern music is Beck, and he’s hitting the road this summer to provide more lasting memories for those lucky enough to attend his shows. Some would call Beck a musician, while others would label him as a poet. The general consensus, however, is that there is no label for Beck. Everyone who sees him and enjoys his music comes away with a different meaning and effect, and that trend will no doubt continue for the foreseeable future.

Life Story

Beck was born Beck David Campbell on July 8, 1970 in Los Angeles. His parents seemingly passed his unique set of artistic talents onto him, as his father, David Campbell, was a musician, and his mother, Bibbe Hansen, was a visual artist. One can definitely see and hear these influences in Beck’s work.

Beck’s parents separated early in his life, and Beck…

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Kim Deal Quits The Pixies, Rest Of The Band Wishes Her Well

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Founding Pixies bassist Kim Deal has left the band. Remaining members Black Francis, Joey Santiago and David Lovering officially announced her departure on Friday (June 14) through the Pixies Facebook page.

“We are sad to say that Kim Deal has decided to leave the Pixies,” reads the statement. “We are very proud to have worked with her on and off over the last 25 years. Despite her decision to move on, we will always consider her a member of the Pixies, and her place will always be here for her. We wish her all the best.”

Deal, who is currently on tour with her other band, the Breeders, has yet to comment. She joined the Pixies at the band’s inception in 1986, releasing four albums together between 1988 and 1991.

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Creative Process

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    How do you even move forward?  I find myself at the beginning stages of the creative process.  I have an idea on what to create, like a song, or article.  So I write the first line, but that’s all i really thought of.  Since I go brain dead after the first line or so, I eventually just think of a lot Bull Poop to fill in the middle.  Like in songs i just reuse lines or play the same stuff just slower or something.  Basically fill in the gaps with stuff that sounds kinda nice, or that doesn’t sound bad.  I have no idea where to go.  That’s basically the part of this post I’m at right now, It seemed like a real good one, but now is probably starting to drag out, so i gotta quickly fill in some random stuff.  

    My inspiration for creative things comes off of random thoughts.  I won’t think about it, it just appears in my mind.  But then when i get to the point of expanding the idea, i guess i apply a different part of my brain or something that isn’t as creative.  When I’m aware and trying to create a good song or something I’m not capable of taking it further then my original thought.  Is it possible that different parts of the brain have different capabilitys then others?  I guess thats kinda obvious.   Or maybe when I think I’m overly concerned about what others think.  If I try to hard to empress everyone my true nature may not show.  I hold back when expressing things because I think people won’t like it.  Maybe I’m using to much brain power thinking about things to openly.  Gotta step back and think of the task at hand, and take it from there maybe thinking less is key.

    How do you even move forward? Just embrace the random.  If I have an idea I don’t think to hard about it, just write.  Don’t take to much time trying to be creative, and just accept what my thoughts create.  And I won’t let, what i think others feel, make me hold back my true ideas.  I have to believe that everything I say is not bad.  This page was just me thinking in words.   

 

 

Restrictive drug laws censor science

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“If we adopted a more rational approach to drug regulation, it would empower researchers to make advances in the study of consciousness and brain mechanisms of psychosis, and could lead to major treatment innovations in areas such as depression and PTSD,” [the unfortunately named Dr.] Nutt said.

Nutt was sacked as a government adviser in 2009 after publicly criticizing the government for ignoring scientific advice on cannabis and ecstasy. He has conducted a small human trial using psilocybin, the psychedelic ingredient in magic mushrooms.

His study, using volunteers, suggested the drug had the potential to alleviate severe forms of depression in people who did not respond to other treatments”

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