Ugly Casanova - Sharpen Your Teeth


#1

This is really one of the best albums of the last decade, Isaac Brock is a genius. Does anyone know of any albums similar to it? I can’t really think of anything comparable and neither can any of the other Modest Mouse fans I know. It’s so all over the place stylistically but somehow 100% cohesive with that melancholy undertone.


#2

A lovely album I’ve not heard in ages - thanks for the reminder.

One of the tragedies of Modest Mouse blowing up is they’ll never sound all lonely and lo-fi like this again, which was a big part of their charm for me.

Not similar in sound but perhaps in feel - Mountain Goats - All Hail West Texas?


#3

Another: Whiskeytown - Pneumonia.

Lovely lonely songs that are more wistful than sad. Jacksonville Skyline really reminds me of Hotcha Girls in that sense.


#4

Califone and Red Red Meat, obv. Brian Deck is as important to that record as Isaac Brock, equally deserving of lofty superlatives. and Tim Rutili’s in there, too.

search: ‘Bunny Gets Paid’, ‘There’s A Star Above The Manger Tonight’, ‘Jimmywine Majestic’ (Red Red Meat)

and ‘Roots & Crowns’, ‘Sometimes Good Weather Follows Bad People’, ‘Heron King Blues’, ‘Roomsound’ and ‘Quicksand/Cradlesnakes’ (Califone).


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I second ‘Bunny Gets Paid’


#9

Anyone remember UNPOC? They (he?) had a similar sort of sound. Maybe not as spare, but it certainly has the rattliness and the melancholy about it:


#10

Ramdomly Hotcha Girls come u[p in my spotify discover list yesterday so I gave Sharpen Your Teeth a listen for first time in ages.

I didn’t know there was a extended reissue last year or a soundtrack with James Mercer they’d done.


#11

Really mean to get / listen to this album (I heard there was a reissue on CD, but it’s not any easier to get a copy that’s not secondhand as far as I’ve just checked). Especially as I absolutely love that era of Modest Mouse. This track I absolutely love: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0pNvn0rbetI


#12

So much ^this for that second paragraph. I really liked MM’s last album, but I miss that ramshackle melancholy of their early stuff.


#13

All slightly different but stuff from 764-Hero, Radar Bros, Ral Partha Vogelbacher Bedhead and the second Van Pelt Album come to mind


#14

A huge thanks to everyone. It looks like I have a ton of great new music to sort through this weekend, I wasn’t expecting so many recommendations. And I had no idea about the reissue or soundtrack!