Modest Mouse Stops Gaps, Saves Music (maybe)

Ubi sunt, Modest Mouse? Where are your stark desert landscapes and your pointed laments of loneliness? Who stole away the caustic screams? What happened to Cowboy Dan? On your latest EP, No One's First and You're Next, you say? Oh, indeed.

For the Modest Mouse fan who is wondering what happened to the woolier Isaac Brock et al. of the band's earlier records, check out the 2009 eight-song EP that features tracks that were left off of their last two releases, Good News for People Who Love Bad News and We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank. Consider "Satellite Skin," whose chugging guitars and fitful Brock vocals would have landed it perfectly on the second half of The Moon & Antarctica, or "The Whale Song," an isolationist, mostly-instrumental song that eventually breaks into the near chaos you'll recognize from This is a Long Drive for Someone with Nothing to Think About. Check out the video for "The Whale Song" here. For a taste of the penultimate track, do not miss the video for "King Rat", directed by the late Heath Ledger.