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Now Spinning: Nostalgic

Posted on February 10 2017



Every now and again, I need a little hit of nostalgia to set me right. If anything, 2017 has us all feeling very unsettled and music is sometimes an easy (though brief) escape to take a break from the news. In the last few months I've been cataloging a selection of albums with a Nostalgic panel-- call it a self-care selection for when I need a boost. 

For me, Modest Mouse easily takes me back to easier, sentimental place. My pick for a Nostalgic album is Good News For People Who Love Bad News.

 

Modest Mouse, Good News For People Who Love Bad News (2004)

Modest Mouse's fourth studio album came out in 2004, released by Epic Records. I purchased the 2 LP album new at Amoeba in San Francisco last year. The single "Float on" is of course a great track, but "The Good Times are Killing Me" is a close second for me. Although I love many of the songs on this album, I am not sure I love because of the music or because of the memories I associate with this album-- but it doesn't really matter. This pick is just for me, I listen it to it loud, and I listen to it alone. This album was well-liked and reviewed when it was released, and was nominated for Best Alternative Album at the Grammies, but damn, does this album just feel good. In 2004 I was in college in Seattle at The University of Washington, where between classes and studies, I saw tons of great live music by my favorite bands at the time like Death Cab for Cutie, The Postal Service, Broken Social Scene, Feist, Modest Mouse and others. I have got some feelings about this period of my life and Modest Mouse will always sound like those ever so slightly carefree and energetic college years to me.

 

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