Saturday, May 22, 2010
Modest Mouse - Tube Fruit, All Smiles, and Chocolate (rare early cassette release)
So, I stumbled upon this on 4chan of all places. The guy won it on an ebay auction for an unspoken amount of money (I'm guessing around $200) and he decided to upload it for everyone! It's, from what I understand, the FIRST demo tape Modest Mouse recorded. I believe less than 100 copies were made. It's very self-indulgent in sound - similar to Jeff Mangum's early tapes. Most songs are spastic 30 seconds of artistic leakage from the lead singers brain. Speaking of the lead singer; he's all I hear on the tape. Perhaps it was a solo thing? Anyway, I can't say I'm a huge Modest Mouse fan, if at all, but I'm one that can greatly appreciate hearing something so intimate like this.