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Modest Mouse

Modest Mouse

Date: Aug 25 2008

Themes: Alternative, Music

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When people think of indie rock, one of the first names that comes to mind is Modest Mouse. They’re so popular, in fact, that they’re not really indie anymore. But their thoughtful rock ‘n’ roll is more musical and smart than most of what you hear in the mainstream.

Modest Mouse may be a big deal, but there are still plenty of people who haven’t heard about them. Jason just saw them for the first time.

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Jason

Jason

Devan

Devan

Jason:  So I went to see this band that everyone kind of knows but that I don’t really know.

Devan:  Oh yeah, who was that?

Jason:  Modest Mouse.

Devan:  You don’t…You’ve never heard of Modest Mouse?

Jason:  I’ve heard of them like crazy, I’m just not familiar with their catalog.

Devan:  Oh, OK.

Jason:  The dude, Isaac Brock, his hat got stolen during the show and it was like whole ordeal. He was really, really upset about his hat getting stolen.

Devan:  They have all these new fans that are total jerks. They’ve been around forever, but now all of a sudden they’ve blown up and they have all these mean fans that steal hats and…

Jason:  What happened? What made them big? Was it a movie or TV show or something?

Devan:  Ah, they just finally gave in and [def 12300]signed[/def] to a major label and did the MTV route, had a hit single.

Jason:  So the music was just really good and the labels were sort of…

Devan:  Yeah, they had a big underground following, but then signed to a big label who put them on MTV and you know, the rest is history.

Jason:  I mean, is it indie rock? That’s obviously the term, but it was kind a loud, kinda dance-y. I think of indie rock as being a wussy kind of music, but it was kind of rockin’.

Devan:  Yeah, he’s got like a rocky, growler voice. He yells a lot. I think they used to be classified under indie rock, but I don’t know, it would be kind of an oxymoron to call them that now.

Jason:  It’s true, since they’re not indie. But what are they playing? Just rock?

Devan:  I don’t know. I don’t think they’ve created a new category for that yet. Did you like the show?

Jason:  Yeah. It was fun. People were dancing and stuff. I thought it was kind of silly how hurt he got about his hat getting stolen. I feel like he lost me a little bit. He could have played it off.

Devan:  It was a special hat.

Jason:  It’s true, but he did throw a fit.

 

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討論

Jason had a good time at the Modest Mouse concert. He was surprised how much the band rocked and that he could dance to their music. But it makes sense since Johnny Marr from the classic ‘80s band The Smiths recently joined Modest Mouse.

But there was a funny moment at the show when the singer’s hat got stolen. He got really upset. Devan understands, though. She says it must have been a special hat.

As far as Devan knows, there isn’t a name yet for an indie rock band that’s no longer independent of major labels. Can you think of one? What independent artist do you think the mainstream would like?

 

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mim_dica

mim_dica

India

go in the market and purchase a new hat that will do.it was just a public stunt i mean fake

11:37 AM Aug 28 2008 |

kerlin-chen

China

everyone has his own idea.it is hard to said who is right and others are not.but for myself ,i don not like it .

03:37 AM Aug 28 2008 |

aljensen

aljensen

United States

I heard this band live when there were only 15 people in the audience, back in 1998. And they sucked.

02:53 PM Aug 27 2008 |

Jane_wei

Jane_wei

China

Generally I like gentle music. When I am very happy or angry, I like the hit music.

03:28 AM Aug 27 2008 |

Vickey0930

Vickey0930

China

I have never heard the band,

While I will try to listen to their music ,because I like listening to beautiful songs!Tongue out

02:53 AM Aug 27 2008 |

Fatqurain

Saudi Arabia

I love this kind of music ..

11:48 AM Aug 26 2008 |

Fatqurain

Saudi Arabia

I love this kind of music ..

11:48 AM Aug 26 2008 |

yoyo-xyz

China

I haven't heard the band before, but I will find some songs of them to listen.

01:14 PM Aug 25 2008 |

samjj

samjj

Malaysia

Indies are special breeds of people who dare to do what they want to do in the music scene – ONE Day , like this Modest Mouse – some will make it into the mainstreme ..keep ROCKING …..... 

11:52 AM Aug 25 2008 |

195854255

195854255

United States

I dont knoe for sure if the  bands who only realease their songs online  can calles indie bands.  There are so many saces on YOUTUBE.

05:55 AM Aug 25 2008 |

jacsonal

jacsonal

China

i agree to above

05:54 AM Aug 25 2008 |

195854255

195854255

United States

I Like indie music. They are indenpendent. Following their own taste

05:39 AM Aug 25 2008 |

magic1015

magic1015

China

honestly , i don't appreaciate this sort of music , it is so commonplace like playing in pub !!

 

03:34 AM Aug 25 2008 |

finallove

China

maybe the hat is really a very special one.

but in my opinion, he's a star on the stage,so it's strange to be so upset.

02:00 AM Aug 25 2008 |

sisilena

China

i never heard about this band. i'm not a music person. i seldom listen any songs. i enjoy moviesCool but for that guy, getting upset of a stolen hat really kind of play it off. maybe he just wants attention. only a hat, not a big deal. no need make it big.

01:49 AM Aug 25 2008 |

Mac13

Mac13

Taiwan

I like Jay in Taiwan.

12:29 AM Aug 25 2008 |

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