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OMG more modest mouse!!

Oh sweet mother of hell! Modest Mouse is coming out with its sixth full length album. They have released three songs off of “Strangers to Ourselves” online, reminding us what cool bastards they are. You can check them out on Spotify or by clicking here. The full album will be released on March 3rd, you can preorder it here.

I am including the video to “Coyotes” in this post; the song has something new about it, while still tipping its hat to what has made the band’s sound so recognizable. You still get Isaac Brock’s twangy lyricism and bouncy, nautical tone. But, there’s something about the song that just doesn’t seem familiar. The message behind “Coyotes” is a beautiful and poignant commentary on Man’s (primarily American humans) impact on nature and our complete disregard for those who can’t speak for themselves and the planet that we share with them. I’ve heard that the video itself, which is cute as hell, is based on a true story that took place somewhere in the Pacific Northwest. There is a kind of etherial distance in the way the song progresses, and the depressing self introspection that nearly everything Isaac Brock makes is front and center for the entirety of the three and a half minute lullaby. “Mankind’s behaving like serial killers…” drop mic. The album (as far as we know so far) holds on to the things that made “We Were Dead Before the Ship even Sank” in a pretty big way.


The feels are strong in this song, but this doesn’t seem to be the overall tone of the album. Modest Mouse is great at mixing things up and giving you as much to smile about and sing along to as it does give you things that make you stare longingly at the ground and think about what your life. Lampshades on Fire is a wickedly fun song, it really reminds me of March into the Sea and really could fit somewhere on that album like I’ve alluded to– but, it is very much it’s own song. The latest song that has been released from the album onto the interwebs is “The Best Room” which is still even more unique.


Here’s to the album dropping and soaking it all in!


surreal self portrait 1

It’s been a h-while

It’s been a while since I had time to sit (stand) down (up) and do some painting– which is very unfortunate. Times they are a’changing though. I did some work on something that I started a h-while ago, it’s gestating still but soon it will emerge from the gnarly womb of being a work in progress and emerge into the world as something that I can throw up on a wall someday.

dueling portrait


I call it “A Dueling Portrait of Age” it’s all kinds of mixtures. There are a few kinds of paint up on there, two seperate ideas brought together into one painting, and with inspiration being drawn from very disparate artists throughout times hopefully sometime soon it can crisp itself up and do what I want it to. Right?

… yeah, me neither.



Get your daily fix of the man in black, my babies.



buscemi idol 2 illustration


I was recently turned onto the majestic qualities that are inherent in the musical beauty that is Metsatoll.


…this post is under construction.



A lady for you to look at.


I whipped out this illustration tonight, partially inspired by the work of Egon Schiele and his ladies as well as a few comics that I am in the process of ingesting.


Also, I found (again) a neat little mash up of appropriated stuff that I put together with some Tobacco musics.




beard day man


I didn’t know this, but there is a “World Beard Day” now and it’s September 6th. This is going up over a week post because… reasons.

Mark it on your calendars and grow out those facial folicals bcause next year things are going to get hairy.

bronson shark


I can’t stop listening to Action Bronson this week. Working in an office– feeding the hungry — nothing keeps a man motivated like Bronsolino. He’s been a grown man since he “had a baby dick.” POET.

You have an assignment for this week, listen to one song a day.

Be a better person.

Make your mother proud.



Have a great week, my babies.

1. The Heart    2.Gumologist    3.The Elizabethan Era elizabethan heart gumologist


Every day, your heart beats about 100,000 times, sending 2,000 gallons of blood surging through your body. 

A gumologist is somebody who tastes gums for companies like Trident and such, they are connoisseurs of deciphering the subtles flavor differences between different “real food” derivatives.

The Elizabethan Era took place between 1558 – 1603, during this time period Queen Elizabeth I separated the whole of England from the Catholic church which gave her absolute power over both church and state.


This week, while I didn’t have any time for making things!, I started listening to FIDLAR while working at a desk job. It’s great music for a relaxing 9-hour day trying to feed the world! Here’s a great music video for a great song. Nick Offerman is a GAWD.  

Holla atcha boy!

1. Liver   2. Scientist  3. Renaissance Period

liver scientist



Apart from your skin, the liver is the largest organ in your body.

A scientist, in a broad sense, is one engaging in a systematic activity to acquire knowledge. In a more restricted sense, a scientist may refer to an individual who uses the scientific method. One Walter White is a prolific scientist of lore and legend. 

The Renaissance was a “rebirth” of knowledge, following the medieval era. It was a time between the 14th and 16th centuries where science, art, philosophy and other modes of learning and expression exploded in the face of the human consciousness.



Now, watch this video and check out other stuff by this guy– it’s pretty good, yo.

My newest series of ILLUSTRATIONS will be spewed forth periodically onto the face of the fat president. I will be asking friends, family, ghouls and strangers to give me:

1.) a body part, either internal or external

2.) a time period (ie. the middle ages)

3.) a profession (ie. prostitute or priest)

… the rest is super simple.



1. Kidney 2.Barbarian 3.Medieval Era

kindey bean barbarian


The  kidney(s) filter(s) about 50 gallons of blood through their 140 miles of tube(s).

“Barbarian” is neither a profession, or an ethnicity. In the medieval era, the established church/governing entity deemed most fringe cultures as “barbarous.”

The medieval era lives on the timeline of human existence between the fifth and fifteenth centuries.


Here’s a great song by Tobacco, it’s called “Stretch Your Face.” Enjoy this… because.



Tom Vek, Luck Review

This doesn't have a lot to do with the album in any way, but here's an illustration I did of Tom Vek on a chicken -- hitting it with "drumsticks." Get it?!

This doesn’t have a lot to do with the album in any way, but here’s an illustration I did of Tom Vek on a chicken — hitting it with “drumsticks.” Get it?!

Tom Vek’s newest album Luck starts with a haunting tone and quickly transitions into an excited elegance and smart-poppy feel. It’s an album bound to surprise you after the first song. Vek’s punchy-smooth vocals are laid over a “Fever Ray” style background that sets the stage in the most peculiar way for the rest of the album, much of which lacks any semblance to the eerie background music in this opening track.

When listening to an album for the first time, it’s fun to think of it as a perfectly performed concert for the blind. This opening track would be performed in the dark and everyone in the audience would be losing their minds—though, if the entirety of the audience was blind I guess the whole concert would be performed in the dark. Needless to say, it’s an interesting and smart choice for an opener. The next song feels a lot more poppy, its lyrics are easy to digest and there is that very British feeling about it that my inner hipster gets all excited about.

The songs blend nicely together somehow, though they’re all so different. From the opener to the meat of the album the wavelength of tonal atmosphere is a nice steady up and down. “Ton of Bricks” and “You’ll Stay” live in the meat of the album and are fun and simple lyrics that, even if you feel bad, you feel good about it.

The whole thing ends on a good note with “Let’s Pray” which, much like the opener makes you feel kinda strange inside.

Here’s an example of his simply smart lyrics, taken from “Pushing Your Luck.”

   “You’re not answering the door

    Ladders are piling up

    All over the floor

    You have every answer

    But no one’s asking the questions

    Youre just feeling cold

    Expecting someone else to turn up the heat

     I bring you flowers for your daily allowance

     For getting through another day

     But it won’t last forever

    So you better think how not to suck!

     You’re pushing your luck.”

The whole album is fun and smart and a really easy listen.

Smooth as butter, sharp like whiskey on the rocks.

And the ruling is…

3.25 buscemi

3.25 out of 4 BUSCEMIS!

Here’s the video he put out for “You’ll Stay.”