At first glance, Brand New and Modest Mouse might seem like unusual touring partners. Both fall loosely into the “alternative” rock genre, and both have large, strong followings of loyal fans. Yet the crossover of those fan groups might be somewhat limited and divided by age – Modest Mouse has been around for nearly a decade longer, meaning that they have built up a somewhat older following than Brand New’s millennial core. Both bands are in a bit of a comeback phase right now – Modest Mouse released Strangers to Ourselves, their first album of new material since 2007’s We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank, last year, while Brand New recently released the singles “Mene” in April 2015 and “I Am a Nightmare” in May 2016, their first new releases since Daisy in 2009, with a new album to follow soon.
In the musical West Side Story, as tensions and temperatures rise, Riff advises the Jets to be "cool" in a jazz fugue for the ages. Nothing cools like jazz. As political tensions and summer temperatures rise all around the country, we all need some jazz to cool our own jets. As you begin your sweat-soaked commute or a sweltering evening at home, here are 15 hand-picked tracks to air condition your soul. So smear the condensation from your drink on your brow, light the mosquito-repellent candles, and be cool. - Patrick
On this week’s podcast, we’re talking the return of indie-rockers Modest Mouse. For Strangers To Ourselves, their first album in eight years, Isaac Brock and crew mashed together a little of the old and a whole lot of the new to make an album that’s decidedly Modest Mouse, but is it any good? Kevin and Paul discuss the album, the band’s legacy and more, but not before diving deep in to the clusterf#@# of the Blurred lines decision handed down late last week. Hit with a $7.4 million fine for copyright infringement, Robin Thicke and Pharell Williams are on the front lines of a fight that’s about to heat up, one that threatens to cripple the way all art, not just music, is made and sold in the very near future.
PLUS! We’ve got a dark and sophisticated new track from DC collective Waltz Brigade you to put in your ears off of their recent EP Slow Mountain! Tune in and turn it up, cuz we’re running lean and mean on Episode 108 of ChunkyGlasses: The Podcast!
Out of the tent, fed, coffeed-to-the-gills, and loaded for bear. Saturday’s lineup lead to a LOT of difficult decisions, but also highlighted one of the best things about living on the east coast - the constant influx of great bands in our area ensures that if you miss someone performing at Firefly, there’s a good chance they’ve either recently played in the DMV area, or will play at a venue in D.C./Baltimore/Philly within the next month or two. So Game On:
On the Road with Chunky Glasses: Firefly Music Festival
Dover, Delaware 7/20 - 7/22
Part Two: Saturday, July 21st
11:15 -11:45 a.m. Moon Taxi
Everything was off to a good start with 80-degree temperatures and Nashville’s Moon Taxi. Known as much for live jam-rich performances as for anything on their two albums, MT did a great job warming up the crowd with driving, super-catchy songs like “Hypnus.” While they were jamming the hell out a song at 11:24 in the morning, four guys in front of us were getting completely baked. Oh yeah, festival life.
“Travelling swallowing Dramamine/Feeling spaced breathing out Listerine”
With those words from “Dramamine,” a track dating back to Modest Mouse’s mid-90s indie past, Isaac Brock kicked off the first of two nights of shows at the 9:30 club. Prior to June 20th, it had been a few years since Modest Mouse made their way through DC. This is hardly surprising - since they haven’t released a full length album since 2007’s We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank – but, on that night, what they lacked in new material they more than made up for with a crowd pleasing set that combined popular new(er) tracks with fan favorites spanning most of their back catalog.