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'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.