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Modest Mouse — Gravity Rides Everything
Album: The Moon & Antarctica
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Released: 2000
Length: 4:10
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Oh, gotta see, gotta know right now
What's that riding on your everything
It isn't anything at all
Oh, gotta see, gotta know right now
What's that writing on your shelf
In the bathrooms and the bad motels
No one really cared for it at all
Not the gravity plan

Early, early in the morning
It pulls all on down my sore feet
I wanna go back to sleep

In the motions and the things that you say
It all will fall, fall right into place
As fruit drops, flesh, it sags
Everything will fall right into place
When we die, some sink and some lay
But at least I don't see you float away
And all the spilt milk, sex and weight
It all will fall, fall right into place

Oh, gotta see, gotta know right now
What's that riding on your everything
It isn't anything at all

Early, early in the morning
It pulls all on down my sore feet
I wanna go back to sleep

In the motions and the things that you say
It all will fall, fall right into place
As fruit drops, flesh, it sags
Everything will fall right into place
When we die, some sink and some lay
But at least I don't see you float away
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Singer sounds very much like (Sandy) Alex G ...  now there's an artist you can give some air time to Bill!
I used to love to cover this song after I wore myself out playing the piano for too many hours.{#Sleep}
Among its numerous unexpected side effects, this tune kicks my butt to go to the gym club this morning.
Hats off to Modest Mouse for the April 30th performance at The Anthem in DC.  I had not listened closely since the early 00s, so wasn't entirely sure what to expect... but was entirely energized by the music and performance that night!  (Only issue was a wish that mix had been different during an early spell where Mr. Brock's comments were difficult to hear.)
 unclehud wrote:

The wobbly guitar tone seems to emphasize the drunkenness feel doesn't it?  Whaddaya think: whammy bar, or handling the playback reel on the tape drive?  (C'mon, they might have used magnetic tape in 2000.)

 
not exactly a whammy bar but some kind of floating tremelo is how they do it live if this video is any indication.  https://youtu.be/QYMeIlFvHn0?t=1m18s
"Early, early in the morning
It pulls all on down my sore feet
I wanna go back to sleep"

I identify with this line every dang day.
 unclehud wrote:

The wobbly guitar tone seems to emphasize the drunkenness feel doesn't it?  Whaddaya think: whammy bar, or handling the playback reel on the tape drive?  (C'mon, they might have used magnetic tape in 2000.)

 
Any kid with a free or inexpensive DAW (digital audio workstation) program could have made that effect, even before 2000.
And it sounds like one did.

The effect is IMO far overdone, and is far from the biggest weakness displayed.

To each their own, but I had a hard time not dipping below a 3. Ho-hum at best for me. {#Snooty}
Great band.


             Issaquah's own. 
 
It's something special. Everytime Modest Mouse is on air, the music definitely falls out of the tapestry. {#Music}
MORE MOUSE!
Everyone in my trailer park thinks the instruments are tuned perfectly for this song!

 
This is by far the best song ive heard by this band....10
 MojoJojo wrote:
Is there another kind?  (edit: in response to "drunk folk music" comment.)
 
The wobbly guitar tone seems to emphasize the drunkenness feel doesn't it?  Whaddaya think: whammy bar, or handling the playback reel on the tape drive?  (C'mon, they might have used magnetic tape in 2000.)
{#Yes}
 Photo-John wrote:
I'm all for imperfection and try to encourage and leave room for it in my own art. But this song gives me a headache and therefore any art that it might hold will not get my attention.
 
If someone were capable of writing a relatively quiet song which literally "gives you a headache", then that "art" would seem to be getting your attention.
 ambrebalte wrote:
May I come?
 

I am in a church now...  you are welcome anytime...  I hope you are having fun right this minute...

this song is excellent...  love it...
 
 michaelgmitchell wrote:
Drunk folk music.
 
Is there another kind?
Trying hard to be my usual judgemental, dick self but this stupid pop song is elevating my mood above that. Just like 1964 cruising in my best friend's Impala listening to Martha and the Vandellas- the situation becomes un-mope-able. 
Great stuff!
 (former member) wrote:


Everybody in my hotel room loves this song...
  May I come?




Everybody in my hotel room loves this song...
Money Mouth
This emotocon may not make sense.  It is because I am crippled at the moment.  I have no means to express myself.   I am bereft of graphics.  I am a dumb mute.  I love this song BTW.   

Bill,  Where are the emotocons??? 

(after the upgrade to RP 2.0 there were hardly any emotocons available.  Hopefully by the time you read this, this issue has been remedied) 
 Photo-John wrote:
I'm all for imperfection and try to encourage and leave room for it in my own art.

My art is the embodiment of imperfection.  But it's fabulous therapy and my children enjoy it.
 Carl wrote:
Specifically, their pitch is wavering like a phonograph record that is off-center.
 
... or a warped spool on a reel-to-reel multi-track machine.

I think that's the point. Perfection in imperfection as said before. It's your willingness to embrace the possibility of music in the absurd that is the question
 michaelgmitchell wrote:
Yes, this might be the worst I've heard on RP in three years. Even worse than the Dengue Fever idiots.
 
NOTHING, I repeat, NOTHING is worse than Dengue Fever.



incredible...

 
 michaelgmitchell wrote:
Drunk folk music.
 

Is there a problem with that? {#Lol}
Yes, this might be the worst I've heard on RP in three years. Even worse than the Dengue Fever idiots.
 jkhandy wrote:

the ego loves order. stick everything into a little box and put a label on it.  step out of ego and you can start to see the perfection within imperfection.

 

I'm all for imperfection and try to encourage and leave room for it in my own art. But this song gives me a headache and therefore any art that it might hold will not get my attention.
Drunk folk music.
 bam23 wrote:
There is simply something about the sound of this piece that irritates my nervous system. Not just the singing or the wavering pitch, but the totality. Some songs are so unusual sounding that I marvel that a group of musicians thought them up. Others, this is an example, cause me to wonder whatever led to this end result. And why?
 

Word. Must mute.


We be dancing...  love it...

 
There is simply something about the sound of this piece that irritates my nervous system. Not just the singing or the wavering pitch, but the totality. Some songs are so unusual sounding that I marvel that a group of musicians thought them up. Others, this is an example, cause me to wonder whatever led to this end result. And why?
 Carl wrote:
Specifically, their pitch is wavering like a phonograph record that is off-center.
 
... or a warped spool on a reel-to-reel multi-track machine.




 QueenLucia wrote:
Sounds like they're sea-sick.
 
Specifically, their pitch is wavering like a phonograph record that is off-center. That's weird for a digital track — unless it was digitized from a real record that wasn't centered.


 crockydile wrote:
A "tuning optional" song. {#No}
 
the ego loves order. stick everything into a little box and put a label on it.  step out of ego and you can start to see the perfection within imperfection.

8.....{#Dance}


This song is soooo heavy...  love it...

 
A "tuning optional" song. {#No}
8 —-> 9


This song is awesome...




I really dig this song...  it be soooo cooool...


 rdo wrote:


Second that.  {#Clap}
 

Yes, this song really is fantastic...


 romeotuma wrote:


Love it...
 

Second that.  {#Clap}


This really is a great song— great music, and lyrics as deep as a poem...  the video shows very old images of travel, which supplements the meaning of the lyrics about time passage...  this really is a special song...




Love it...


I don't. =(

I like. =)

Near the end, sounds like he's tuning a guitar though, cute.

 rajulkabir wrote:
Sounds like they're out of tune.
 

Sure does.

Brutal.
Ack!  Bitter.  Makes me cringe.  Creative, and unique, but still....
 toterola wrote:
I saw these guys with REM. Modest Mouse as a band: not bad. Their lead singer: sucks ass. Majorly.
 
Yeah, but his voice fits the chaotic sound of their band. I saw them on their last tour and they were great!

nice.


This is really a great song...


I saw these guys with REM. Modest Mouse as a band: not bad. Their lead singer: sucks ass. Majorly. :skull:
Love me some Mouse! :biggrin:
EssexTex wrote:
Gravity's a lucky guy!
Not when he's leaning on a menopausal 56 year old career secretary!
OldFrenchie wrote:
:stop: Gravity rides heavily on the breasts of most of the women in my office.
Gravity's a lucky guy!
:stop: Gravity rides heavily on the breasts of most of the women in my office.
The Moon & Antarctica IS their best, I think, but partly because the production is better than some of the older stuff. Also because it's a cohesive concept album. Still, there are so many great songs on CD's like Lonesome Crowded West, Building Nothing out of Something, and Long Drive with Nothing to Think About. Love to hear Bankrupt on Selling or Heart Cooks Brain on RP. I think Brock has inspired a generation of musicians to value creativity and cleverness in lyric writing. He's probably helped sell a few Bukowski books, too.
rajulkabir wrote:
Yuck. Sounds like they're out of tune.
Sounds like they're sea-sick. :puke:
Great song. Great album.
Thought I was hearing Rusted Root. I like this as well!
Bill, yer my Jesus. Praise you Bill, praise you
Yuck. Sounds like they're out of tune. Really grates on the ears; I always have to turn the speakers way down until it's over.
Tolerable, as far as MM goes with me.
K, I had to check. This progression of songs is on my regular playlist; I thought I'd shut off radio paradise for a second. Impressive!
Hm...was just listening to Good News for People Who Like Bad News when I thought I\'d flip over to RP to see what\'s playin\'. Guess what? It was Modest Mouse.
phillips wrote:
that is too bad. MM is a great band - AMAZING live shows. listen to some other stuff so you don't equate them to advertising!
Yep! Ugly Casanova worth a listen too!
chocodog wrote:
I just heard this great album of bluegrass versions of Modest Mouse tunes. It's called "Pickin' on Modest Mouse" by a band named Iron Horse. A bit of a novelty item ... but pretty cool. Anyone else heard this?
Hmmm...Might be a better fit than some other cover approaches...for example, I got all excited and bought the Sun Kil Moon release of MM (entitled "Tiny Cities"). Although I'm not 'against' covers, especially those that try a new instrumental approach, I was disappointed by much of the CD. I imagined it would be helpful for a listener who can't make out Brock's lyrics, but I found the overall effect to be less moving than MM.
Yah Police! Sting is much better with his friends.
YES! :clap:
Isaac is a lyrical geniuses! For people who care about songwriting MM is the best! After reading some of the comments below I'd say you need to spend some time with the music and really listen to truly appreciate it.
First listen...ok. On the fence here.
I still never seen that commercial with this. It does make me sad though. Oh well....Nothing will stop me from listening to Modest Mouse though.
Sounds a little like Jose Gonzales/Zero 7 but a little more random.
hippiechick wrote:
I like this song, but unfortunately my intro to it was through a car commercial. Thus, it is no longer a song, but a commercial jingle.
Excellent reason to Kill Your Television!
Thanks for the Modest Mouse, RP. Saw them in Chico and was stunned by the coarseness of their live performance, but their albums have a very unique sound that I really dig.
hippiechick wrote:
I like this song, but unfortunately my intro to it was through a car commercial. Thus, it is no longer a song, but a commercial jingle.
that is too bad. MM is a great band - AMAZING live shows. listen to some other stuff so you don't equate them to advertising!
cyrano wrote:
i like this. sounds like a laid-back lindsay buckingham. i've heard their 'hit' on kroq (LA), but wasn't too compelled by it. based on this tune, i might check out more of their stuff.
I'm not sure about that, I thought I was hearing built to spill at first.
chocodog wrote:
I just heard this great album of bluegrass versions of Modest Mouse tunes. It's called "Pickin' on Modest Mouse" by a band named Iron Horse. A bit of a novelty item ... but pretty cool. Anyone else heard this?
Bluegrass and Modest Mouse????? Got to be interesting.
I just heard this great album of bluegrass versions of Modest Mouse tunes. It's called "Pickin' on Modest Mouse" by a band named Iron Horse. A bit of a novelty item ... but pretty cool. Anyone else heard this?
Oh! Nice! I miss Modest Mouse... it's been too long. Thanks again RP
What should I say? MM... Much More! Always an experience!
Janssen wrote:
I couldn't agree more. I actually like this.
Every album before their newest one is downright amazing and creative. This album is great from beginning to end.
I like this song, but unfortunately my intro to it was through a car commercial. Thus, it is no longer a song, but a commercial jingle.
Love it. Sounds casual and unique.
Can't get past the fact that I usually prefer musicianship and vocal talent, and am not really finding any with MM.
One of my fave MM songs, after "Polar Opposites".
ndanger666 wrote:
This song sounds like a "feminine products" jingle.
I was thinking more along the lines of a Volkswagen or Target commercial.
This is weird... very good, but rather strange. :think:
Baby_M wrote:
This is a world away from "Float On." Much, much better.
I couldn't agree more. I actually like this.
cyrano wrote:
i like this. sounds like a laid-back lindsay buckingham. i've heard their 'hit' on kroq (LA), but wasn't too compelled by it. based on this tune, i might check out more of their stuff.
"a laidback Lindsey Buckingham"....that is food for thought.
This song sounds like a "feminine products" jingle.
No...........just..no
mucho excellento!
No wonder they're modest. Nothing too braggable going on here.
i like this. sounds like a laid-back lindsay buckingham. i've heard their 'hit' on kroq (LA), but wasn't too compelled by it. based on this tune, i might check out more of their stuff.
I like the way the song lilts with its melody. MM just sneeks up on you, you don't expect to like the songs, then you just do.
:cool:
Wimpy. Really, really wimpy.
If you like this, try Ugly Casanova....Singer-songwriter Isaac Brock's influence is heard. Great Band!!
This is a world away from "Float On." Much, much better.
Mangoman wrote:
...I've found, most often, that when people truly like something, they can offer a specific reason why.
When it's art, that isn't necessarily the case. Modest Mouse sounds good to my ears. Is that specific enough? ...Anyway, this is my favorite MM album. Nice stuff.
Darlington wrote:
Same for me. I've listened to that disc a bunch. Still can't decide if I like them enough to dig further in their catalogue.
Sometimes a lack of talent can be easily mistaken for music that is "different." I've often noticed in reviews of Modest Mouse in the press, that critics are quick to heap on the praise, but they write in generalities. I can't remember reading anything specific about exactly what it was they liked. I remember one noting that the guitar was mixed in a particular M.M song in a way that reminded him of how Mick Jones' frequently mixed his guitar. So, I guess he thought the song was good because the guitar's sound made him think of the Clash? I've also seen small blocks of lyrics quoted, presented by themselves, out of context, as if their very existence within the reviewer's article is evidence enough of greatness. So, we read how the "Bullfrog's eye-fire can't be quenched, by my waning interest in existing," but no explanation is offered why this was significant to the reviewer. I've found, most often, that when people truly like something, they can offer a specific reason why.
I saw them in New York last week. This was the only song they didn't play. This was used in a TV commercial and I guess they sold the complete rights away.
Awesome. A 9. Also check A Perfect Disguise from the same album.
It is very funny for me to hear you play modest mouse. Back in 1996, I took my daughter and friends to a Beck concert. MM opened for him. The girls met and became friends with the MM guys. Boy am I old. They have stayed in touch ever since. Now they made it big.
gntlemanartist wrote:
These guys are a wonderfully ambiguous grey area for me. I can't decide whether I like them or not. I even bought their album Good News for People Who Like Bad News and I'm still not sure. I'll say this for them, they certaily are unique, nothing else sounds like them.
Same for me. I've listened to that disc a bunch. Still can't decide if I like them enough to dig further in their catalogue.
These guys are a wonderfully ambiguous grey area for me. I can't decide whether I like them or not. I even bought their album Good News for People Who Like Bad News and I'm still not sure. I'll say this for them, they certaily are unique, nothing else sounds like them.
Good News is a very good album, but Moon & Antarctica is still their best, imho. treeeeemendous!
ahhhh. what would we do with out car commercials?
Did NOT know this was them....nice! An 8.
I feel like having a Sunday back road ride playing this song.
please play this