Modest Mouse live in September 2001
August 31, 2011 8:38 AM   Subscribe

Modest Mouse play a 25 minute set in September 2001 in front of Criminal Records in Atlanta. The songs they play are Paper Thin Walls, Third Planet, Trailer Trash, Lives, Diggin' Holes (later released as an Ugly Casanova track) and I Came as a Rat.
posted by Kattullus (14 comments total) 19 users marked this as a favorite
The hair.
posted by dortmunder at 9:38 AM on August 31, 2011

Thank you for posting this
posted by Sailormom at 9:54 AM on August 31, 2011

posted by penduluum at 10:40 AM on August 31, 2011

I was there!
posted by functionequalsform at 11:56 AM on August 31, 2011

(Thank god there weren't many crowd shots. My hair was a thing of horror in 2001.)
posted by functionequalsform at 11:58 AM on August 31, 2011

If your hair wasn't a thing of horror in 2001 you weren't there, man!

What do you remember about that gig, functionequalsform?

Oh, and this was September 2001 and not May 2000, right? An awfully small amount of the people there seem to recognize the songs off The Moon and Antarctica which made me wonder if this had been a show from before its release, especially considering how perky the crowd gets during "Trailer Trash" off The Lonesome Crowded West.
posted by Kattullus at 12:05 PM on August 31, 2011

I was working at the vintage store around the corner from Criminal Records. Criminal has a history of having pretty amazing artists stop by to play out front or in the store, a lot of times for free, like Janelle Monae, The Libertines, or Deerhunter.

Therefore, it wasn't especially shocking to walk past and go, "Oh. Modest Mouse. In wigs. Hell, I'm on lunch, I'll stop by." So I joined the crowd, munching on some sloppy pizza and bouncing around, before going to sort more Levis.

IIRC, this was right before 9/11, so this show, that vintage store, and those lunch breaks are forever linked to that day. Kind of a "where were you when" type thing.

That's part of the reason I'm so stoked this thing has resurfaced. None of my period friends remember it, and I have it lodged in my brain so clearly.
posted by functionequalsform at 12:24 PM on August 31, 2011 [3 favorites]

I would love to see them do an acoustic show. I saw them live once, about 4 or 5 years ago, and they were doing a "wall of sound" thing that wiped out all the complexity in their music. Thanks for this.
posted by rtimmel at 1:24 PM on August 31, 2011

I worked at the Aurora Coffee right next to Criminal Records in the early '90s. Anyone know if it's still there?
posted by Clustercuss at 1:26 PM on August 31, 2011

Awesome, thanks Kattullus. The previously posted documentary footage from the mid-1990s is also most definitely worth your time if you're a fan.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 3:18 PM on August 31, 2011

I saw them for the first time a few months ago at Big Sky Brewing in Missoula. It was one of those things where I wanted it to perfect and of course it wasn't going to be - for about 3/4 of the show there were just so many goddamned people on stage swapping instruments around every song that all the momentum kept evaporating just as it appeared.

Anyway, this is great. I was just getting into their stuff (starting, I definitely remember, with "Paper Thin Walls") right about then, and these are still some of my favorite songs.
posted by brennen at 6:31 PM on August 31, 2011

When they didn't suck balls.
posted by bardic at 7:29 PM on August 31, 2011

When they didn't suck balls.

Dude, whatever. Their live act appears to have gotten a bit unwieldy, but album-wise I don't think they've produced an uninteresting document yet, and Brock's songwriting remains pretty extraordinary.
posted by brennen at 8:23 PM on August 31, 2011 [1 favorite]

And, in related news...

this fucking sucks
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