As the site was gradually indexed by the popular search engines circa 1997 a strange thing started happening-- I began to receive emails from other Modest Mouse fans, friends, agents, photographers, etc. They would send me lyrics, photos, news, recordings. And I, still with time to kill, expanded the site to include these new and fantastic additions from those who knew the band and lived in places where they could actually see them perform. And I learned more about the music and found more to like in it. Years later I would still discover new details among the songs on This Is A Long Drive... and future recordings that continued spark my sense of excitement for the music.
So in the end this site achieved its original intention of educating me about a band that I liked and introducing me to new music many times over. Shit, I'm sure some piece of useless information about Modest Mouse is now taking up space in my brain that should've gone towards book-larnin'. But now it's time to quit. As I've gradually taken on more projects, bands, jobs, etc this site became a chore, pushed off to the side, updated only when I had a rare free afternoon or evening that I felt like working on it. I still like Modest Mouse, I'm just not compelled by their music in the way I once was. I've met some truly amazing people through this website, some of whom became close friends. And I'm glad that I could contribute in even a small way to a community of people linked by their appreciation of music.
I'd like to apologize to everyone who has submitted content or emailed me in the last two years, and I didn't have time to write you back (unless of course you were a dick about it). Thanks for writing and thanks for your patience. I am leaving much of the content online for the time being for your personal use only. As always, please don't use any of this site's content for commercial purposes or in any sort of rights-violatin' way.
I also wish to extend a super-duper big thank you to Rob and the entire Knerd.com crew for hosting this site since 1999-ish.
I really really want to thank everyone who has visited this site or ever contributed anything to it. You're the people who made it what it is/was, and were the impetous behind its continuity and growth for more than seven years. And if you're actually reading this far, thanks for your attention span.
Thanks also to Up Records, K Records, SubPop, Suicide Squeeze Records, Hit Or Miss Records, anyone who generously mailed me bootlegs or other stuff, all of the people who kept it interesting/amusing by writing me crazy fucking quasi-stalker emails about how you wanted Eric Judy's phone number, and of course Modest Mouse and Ugly Casanova.