[subtitle: Von Trapper Keeper is old and slow.]
Am I the last person to hear about this? Johnny Marr, guitar genius of the Smiths, wrote and recorded with Modest Mouse on their forthcoming album and has signed on to tour with them as well? Smiths + Modest Mouse? Holy crap. That's huge. And I'm like 6.5 months late hearing about it and 3 weeks past the mainstream music media. The VTK is officially past its musical appreciation prime (as if that wasn't clear to me at the TV On The Radio + Yeah Yeah Yeah's free show at Government Center a few weeks back - I looked more like the average pedophile prowling the premises than the average music fan). Anyways, it's very exciting news to the VTK since the Smiths and Modest Mouse are two of my favorite bands of all time. Yet you have to wonder what Marr and Modest Mouse will sound like together. Both pioneered pretty unique guitar sounds (Marr for sure, MM, in my non-guitar-playing opinion anyways). On paper it's an indie guitar rock dream, but how will they mesh in reality? More importantly, are they both over the hill in terms of musical relevance? MM last album was a far cry from their late 90's stuff and Marr is 89 years old. We'll see. They've certainly earned the benefit of the doubt.
This Isaac Brock (MM) quote from a lame publication which I refuse to credit since they said that this was Modest Mouse's second album:
"He made a cautious commitment to write and record with us, and then the tighter we got, he was like, 'okay, let's tour too,'. Then he was pretty much a member of the band - not pretty much. He's a full blown member of the band. It's really fuckin' nice."