Modest Mouse – Baron Von Bullshit Rides Again

It’s a live album!

I don’t get it. Even if I did, of course, I’d be far too preoccupied with my sexual difficulties of late to really care.

I don’t get it. Even if I did, of course, I’d be far too preoccupied with my financial insolvency to care.

I don’t get it. Even if I did, of course, I’d be far too preoccupied with my appearance (stomach fat in particular) to care.

I don’t get it. Why release this album? They’ve done way better live shows! They even have better live bootlegs (see “Atlanta Opening” above)! It’s only forty minutes and ten songs long for some reason!

Seriously, it’s mostly the same songs as “Atlanta Opening,” but shorter. One from “GNFPWLBN”, four from “TMAN”, three from “BNFS”, and two from “TLCW.” Oh boy, Isaac sounds like he has a headcold and slurs half his words. “Third Planet” and “Wild Pack of Family Dogs” are hurt by the apparent lack of available acoustic guitars. A lot of the rest sound sloppy. It’s nice that they extended “I Came As A Rat” and “Doin’ The Cockraoch,” really it is, but they hardly need it. I’m just not sure what the point is. This sounds like a pretty half-assed show to select for their semi-official release of live material. You’re never going to listen to it in place of their studio albums, or more than once or twice for curiosity.

I don’t get it. Even if I did, of course, live albums are rarely worth the internets I download them on.

4/10

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