Posted in music | pictures on September 15, 2010

photos by Chris Gersbeck, words by Rachel Kowal

"Modest Mouse without a cloud in the sky!" -rojacaliente

"If this were Make A Wish and you were going to die in 20 min, just long enough to play Freebird, we wouldnt play it -Modest Mouse" -georgeferris

"Modest Mouse is testing my love for them by keeping the kid awake with their heavy bass and drumming two blocks away. /fistshaking" -woolyknickers

Modest Mouse

Lightning may have shut down Modest Mouse in July, but for last night's rescheduled show, the weather was nearly perfect (if not a bit chilly).

This time, the opener was the Americana singer/songwriter Marcellus Hall and his backing band. The pairing was a bit odd. Modest Mouse prompted people to shout along to every song and to rush the stage. Marcellus Hall's performance had people turning around to admire the setting sun over the Manhattan skyline and leaving polite pockets of space throughout the crowd.

After Marcellus Hall's relatively short set, the anticipation for the headliners steadily grew, but more than thirty minutes passed before they marched on stage. As if making up for their severely truncated show last July, Modest Mouse then played a lengthy set - nearly 2 hours long when you factor in the encore.

"Welcome back!" Isaac Brock said by way of introduction. They kicked off the show with "Gravity Rides Everything." Taking no time to get into the show, the crowd enthusiastically sang along from the opening verse. (fittingly, the song contains the line, "Everything will fall right into place.") Isaac Brock hardly talked between songs. He didn't need to. The audience was wholly engaged. Each song was met by cheers and triumphantly extended fists. After all, for many of the people present, this was take two.

From "Cowboy Dan" to "Autumn Beds," the band pulled songs from throughout their career and readily switched between the more raucous and reserved. The pump organ, banjo, glockenspiel, accordion, and trumpet made regular guest appearances that nicely punctuated the set and revealed the surprisingly decent sound quality. The stage lights - which were absent during opening set - certainly helped to set the mood for Modest Mouse.

The band closed their initial set with "The View," leaving the audience with the soothing sound of electronic crickets to underlie their cries for more. After an unusually long wait (10 minutes), they returned for another five(ish) songs before finally concluding just short of 10:00, saying, "Thank you all very much. Have a good night" and delivering a PSA discouraging "driving while drinking and drinking while driving." Luckily, Brock didn't say anything about smoking and riding the subway.

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Isaac Brock and gang have one set of shows left on their calendar, on October 23rd and 24th at Shoreline Ampitheater in Mountain View, CA as part of the annual Bridge School Benefit. The band will join a reformed Buffalo Springfield. Pearl Jam, Elvis Costello, Lucinda Williams, T-Bone Burnett's Speaking Clock Revue (with Elton John & Leon Russell, Elvis Costello, Ralph Stanley, Neko Case and Jeff Bridges, they play NYC on 10/20), and Grizzly Bear among others.

The Bridge School Benefit lineup by day, more Waterfront pics and the Modest Mouse setlist is below...

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MODEST MOUSE SETLIST 9/14/10
1. Gravity Rides Everything
2. Black Cadillacs
3. Satin in a Coffin
4. Here It Comes
5. Float On
6. Cowboy Dan
7. Dashboard
8. Blame It On The Tetons
9. King Rat
10. 3rd Planet
11. Tiny Cities Made of Ashes
12. Bury Me With It
13. Autumn Beds
14. Here's to Now (Ugly Casanova cover)
15. The Whale Song
16. The View
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17. Guilty Cocker Spaniels
18. Dramamine / Life Like Weeds
19. Baby Blue Sedan
20. Spitting Venom / I Came As A Rat
21. Alone Down There

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BRIDGE SCHOOL BENEFIT, SHORELINE AMPITHEATER Mountain View, CA
Saturday, October 23rd
Buffalo Springfield
Pearl Jam
Elvis Costello
Merle Haggard and Kris Kristofferson
Lucinda Williams
Jackson Browne and David Lindley
Billy Idol
Modest Mouse
Grizzly Bear

Sunday, October 24th
Buffalo Springfield
Pearl Jam
T-Bone Burnett's Speaking Clock Revue featuring Elton John & Leon Russell, Elvis Costello, Ralph Stanley, Neko Case and Jeff Bridges
Merle Haggard and Kris Kristofferson
Modest Mouse
Grizzly Bear

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Comments (51)

omg so good! I really loved Autumn Beds.

Posted by Anonymous | September 15, 2010 11:38 AM

Poor mix. Too bassy, couldn't make out the other two guitars at points.

Not going to rant on the setlist. I understand they are not going to cater to old farts like me that want to hear the '90s stuff. Cowboy Dan was a good choice, but sounded rushed. Went to the show based on the strength of their last EP, which I thought was good.

Posted by Anonymous | September 15, 2010 11:42 AM

Oh shut up...it was a near perfect MM experience and the bass was deep...the way every good attendee should want it.

Posted by Anonymous | September 15, 2010 11:49 AM

Buffalo Springfield? More info, please.

Posted by donn | September 15, 2010 11:56 AM

Great show - perfect night. Everything could have been a little louder but I'm a drummer so that's always the case.

Really cool seeing the two drummers play together. Good job of not over-doing it or just playing the same thing. They compliment each other well.

I was hoping for "Doin the Cockaroch" since I've never seen them but really no complaints.

Posted by Anonymous | September 15, 2010 11:57 AM

videos of a bunch of songs from the show here - http://www.youtube.com/maestro416

Posted by Anonymous | September 15, 2010 11:58 AM

They played The View, Here It Comes, and Bury Me With It again.....wasn't worth hearing those songs!

They played so many songs off of Good News yet left out Bukowski.....

and where were songs like: Cockroach, Never Ending Math Equation, Out of Gas, Shit Luck, Trucker's Atlas.....

They could have played so many more old songs....

I mean look at what Boston got the night after cancelled Brooklyn show....

2010/07/25

Venue: House of Blues
Location: Boston, MA, US

Set:

Missed The Boat
Paper Thin Walls
Never Ending Math Equation
Autumn Beds
We've Got Everything
Float On
Dramamine
> Life Like Weeds (Tease)
Bukowski
Tiny Cities Made Of Ashes
The View
Blame It On The Tetons
Out Of Gas
Here It Comes
Black Cadillacs
Shit Luck
Parting Of The Sensory

Encore:

Satin In A Coffin
Gravity Rides Everything
Trucker's Atlas
Spitting Venom

2010/07/26

Venue: House of Blues
Location: Boston, MA, US

Set:

3rd Planet
Dashboard
Interstate 8
This Devil's Workday (With Morning Teleportation)
The Whale Song
Trailer Trash
> Perpetual Motion Machine (Tease)
The View
Here's To Now
Satellite Skin
Paper Thin Walls
Dramamine
> Life Like Weeds (Tease)
King Rat (With Morning Teleportation)
Fire It Up
Doin' The Cockroach
Tiny Cities Made Of Ashes
Wild Packs Of Family Dogs

Encore:

Custom Concern
Cowboy Dan (With Morning Teleportation)
Float On
Bury Me With It

Posted by Anonymous | September 15, 2010 12:02 PM

sure... but that was at the House of Blues, or as George Carlin called it, the House of Whites.

Posted by Anonymous | September 15, 2010 12:06 PM

House of Blues in Boston > Williamsburg Waterfront

I haven't seen a good outdoor MM show....they're an indoor band for sure.

Posted by Anonymous | September 15, 2010 12:12 PM

Are you people insane? The show last night was fantastic. Of course, they could have played so many more songs but they didn't.

Boston sucks. House of Blues sucks. The show the night after the WW show was cut short was in Connecticut, in the LOBBY of a bigger venue. That was one hell of a show.

Posted by Anonymous | September 15, 2010 12:25 PM

Boston = 20 song sets
New York = 21 song set
New York wins

Posted by Anonymous | September 15, 2010 12:26 PM

Prostrate yourself at the altar of the BELUSH!

Posted by Anonymous | September 15, 2010 12:34 PM

Last night was awesome. No complaints. Well actually there were some major douches in the crowd, but whatever. They're everywhere.

Posted by Anonymous | September 15, 2010 12:34 PM

12:26pm started listening to MM after Float on...perfect example of dumb hipster comment.

Go listen to MM cd before Good news and you'll realize those songs are 100 times better.

Boston got so many more old songs......

Posted by Anonymous | September 15, 2010 12:35 PM

Wow. There were 'douches.' Really stretching your vocab there, 12:34.

Posted by Anonymous | September 15, 2010 12:38 PM

k, i'm not the biggest MM fan, but i LOVE the fruit that ate itself. they didn't play anything off of that last night did they?

Posted by Anonymous | September 15, 2010 12:39 PM

That last T5 show was better, but this was pretty great, too

Posted by Anonymous | September 15, 2010 12:39 PM

"Tiny Cities Made of Ashes" was specfuckingtacular and made the absence of "Doin't the Cockroach" somewhat more bearable.

Posted by Atheist Nun | September 15, 2010 12:53 PM

its funny how every time modest mouse plays tons of people complain on blogs about them not playing old stuff. obviously they havent played that stuff for a while. just dont go to the shows.

Posted by Anonymous | September 15, 2010 12:54 PM

triumphantly extended fists is the name of my next band

Posted by Anonymous | September 15, 2010 12:59 PM

Wow 12:38, really showing off that degree from Sarah Lawrence you got there.

Posted by Anonymous | September 15, 2010 1:02 PM

1. Boston sucks period - Too many white people.

2. Hey 12:12 - What are you talking about in regards to a great outdoor MM gig?! They were fantastic at the pool a few years ago.

3. The show last night was fucking fantastic. Stop complaining about the sound (as per the Montclair gig) - If you are such experts, get a job in the music industry. I could not have asked for a better night - incredible set list and weather.

4. Thank you for whoever I bought the tickets off of on Stub Hub (very cheaply I may add) - You clearly missed a great show!

On a side note, did anyone see three dudes just tweaking the whole night? Taking pictures left and right - what the fuck where they on?

Posted by Anonymous | September 15, 2010 1:05 PM

"I haven't seen a good outdoor MM show....they're an indoor band for sure."

The Prospect Park shows were great. Coney Island was just so/so.

Posted by Anonymous | September 15, 2010 1:08 PM

> incredible set list

Huh? When did you start listening to MM? After Float On came out?

Posted by Anonymous | September 15, 2010 1:10 PM

There are douches EVERYWHERE.

Posted by John Oatess | September 15, 2010 1:23 PM

dear woolyknickers:

move to the fucking suburbs. you fucking suck. shut up.

love,
brooklyn

Posted by alert | September 15, 2010 1:40 PM

setlist is missing the animal collective cover they played... one of the highlights of the night for sure

Posted by Anonymous | September 15, 2010 1:42 PM

Anon 12:54pm = typical dumb hipster comment again.

Look at Boston Setlist....they played alot more songs off of before Good news you stupid moron.

They haven't been playing any old songs....go listen to your Good News and keep thinking it's their first cd.

Posted by Anonymous | September 15, 2010 1:43 PM

if you MM elitist fans are such purists, wouldn't it make more sense to invent a time machine and only see their shows prior to 2004?

Posted by Anonymous | September 15, 2010 1:45 PM

what time did the show end?

Posted by Anonymous | September 15, 2010 1:51 PM

^2-3 min b4 ten curfew i think...

Posted by Anonymous | September 15, 2010 1:59 PM

thanks! trying to see if I can do Pavement then Superchunk at MHOW this weekend!

Posted by Anonymous | September 15, 2010 2:18 PM

Man, I'm not the biggest MM fan, but did they play anything off the fruit that ate itself?

Posted by rick | September 15, 2010 3:17 PM

Man, I'm not the biggest douche, but did they play anything off the fruit that ate itself?

Posted by Anonymous | September 15, 2010 3:30 PM

Man, I'm the biggest douche, did they play anything off the fruit that ate itself?

Posted by Anonymous | September 15, 2010 4:14 PM

"Stop complaining about the sound"

It's music! Sound quality is important.

Posted by Anonymous | September 15, 2010 4:28 PM

there was NOTHING wrong with the sound

Posted by Anonymous | September 15, 2010 4:33 PM

I don't know how many times it has to be displayed to you guys that Modest Mouse is not the same band it was ten years ago, they've changed...now get over it

Posted by Anonymous | September 15, 2010 4:42 PM

they sucked 10 years ago too!

saw them in maybe '99 or 2000... just about the WORST show i've ever seen. soooo fucking boring.

Posted by Anonymous | September 15, 2010 5:15 PM

No way. The show at Coney Island High was great. Even when they became popular and moved up to Irving Plaza, they were still good. I still remember when they played a few weeks after 9/11 and they had video of buildings imploding. WTF? The crowd was in shock.

Yeah, the band nowadays is not the same one. The shows 10+ years ago were amazing. Last night could not even compare.

Posted by Anonymous | September 15, 2010 5:25 PM

They still played 8 pre-Good News songs. The Boston shows featured 9 and 10 pre-Good News songs, respectively. I'll take it.

Posted by Anonymous | September 15, 2010 8:28 PM

I first saw MM in '98 at the Point in Atlanta. That was a show! Last night, no so much. Decent gig, but does not hold a candle to the old Modest Mouse.

Posted by Anonymous | September 15, 2010 10:43 PM

mehdest mouse

Posted by Anonymous | September 16, 2010 12:36 AM

THREE WORDS
ALONE
DOWN
THERE
overall nice show, thought it would be worse


Posted by Anonymous | September 16, 2010 1:09 AM

i got the fruit that ate itself on vinyl
hell ya bitches


Posted by Anonymous | September 16, 2010 1:12 AM

I wish I could have made the rescheduled show, but they had to put it on a damn weeknight, and I'm in Maryland. I don't think I'll try and see Modest Mouse again, even though they're my favorite contemporary band. It's too much work, and there are too many douches at the shows. Oh well, those 5 songs I saw in July were pretty good.

Posted by Anonymous | September 16, 2010 9:12 AM

what fuck are all of you talking about? ive been working for MM for years and the williamsburg (fucking hipsterville) show was one of the best i have seen in a while. ill be the first to admit they can have bad shows but they played their fucking hearts out and the set list was top notch. ike and eric labor over the set list sometimes for hours. they have over 70 songs they perform live to choose from. sorry they cannot cater to everyones liking. just chill the fuck out and enjoy the fact that MM even came back to make the show up. considering all the production snags we had all day i was amazed at how well we pulled everything off. good work boys. ill miss you dearly. cheers.

Posted by Anonymous | September 16, 2010 10:50 AM

I thought they were great - I like the playlist a lot - good mix of old and new. I have seen them 3 other times - at starland ballroom, central park, and eletcric factory in PA. They were great at all of those venues, although seemed a little rushed at electric factory - but I thought that was a shit venue and I couldn't wait to get out of there either - maybe MM felt the same?

Posted by Joanna | September 16, 2010 1:10 PM

Wait at what show did Modest Mouse do an animal collective cover?? and what song

Posted by Falco | September 17, 2010 4:00 PM

All concerts are better indoors silly, outdoor venues have terrible acoustic qualities. Im pissed I didn't get to see them in Brooklyn, but that setlist looks enticing. I got the house of blues nights and they fucking killed it. I got truckers atlas into spitting venom for an encore.

MM is the shit_fuck all you NY clowns, go listen to some little wayne

Posted by Anonymous | September 18, 2010 3:36 PM

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