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Minus the Bear

With catchy song titles like "Hey, Wanna Throw Up? Get Me Naked," "Monkey!!! Knife!!! Fight!!!," and "Lemurs, Man, Lemurs," it's hard not to be at least a little bit curious about this Seattle-based quintet. Featuring members of Botch, Kill Sadie, and Sharks Keep Moving, Minus the Bear emerged on Seattle's music scene in 2001 with the release of their six-song EP This Is What I Know About Being Gigantic. The band comprised guitarist Dave Knudson, vocalist/guitarist Jake Snider, drummer Erin Tate, and bassist Cory Murchy. Though the bandmembers entered the studio before they ever played a show, they toured aggressively in support of the EP, then returned to the studio to record 2002's Highly Refined Pirates, their first full-length album. Both the EP and LP were released by Seattle-based Suicide Squeeze Records. Though the song titles may lead one to believe that they're a novelty act, Minus the Bear provide polished, shrewdly arranged songs. Finger-tapped guitar riffs mixed with catchy melodies and unexpected time changes keep listeners interested and entertained. Minus the Bear issued two EPs in 2004: Bands Like It When You Yell "Yar!" at Them on Suicide Squeeze and They Make Beer Commercials Like This on Arena Rock. Their next full-length, the self-produced Menos el Oso (Spanish for Minus the Bear), appeared in August 2005; the remix album Interpretaciones del Oso followed in early 2007. The band released the full-length Planet of Ice later that year. In 2009 the band went into the studio with My Morning Jacket producer Joe Chiccarelli, and the following year released the album Omni through Dangerbird Records. Their fifth album, Infinity Overhead, followed on the label in 2012. Two years later Minus the Bear returned with Lost Loves, a B-sides and rarities collection featuring songs culled from the recording sessions of their previous three studio albums. ~ Laurel Greenidge
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  1.   Song
  2.   Pachuca Sunrise
  3.   Hey! Is That a Ninja Up There?
  4.   Fine + Two Pts.
  5.   Hooray
  6.   Knights
  7.   My Time
  8.   Throwin' Shapes
  9.   Women We Haven't Met Yet
  10.   When We Escape
  11.   Drilling
  12.   Steel and Blood
  13.   Absinthe Party at the Fly Honey Warehouse
  14.   Summer Angel
  15.   Spritz Spritz
  16.   Animal Backwards
  17.   Michio's Death Drive
  18.   Memphis And 53rd
  19.   You're Some Sort of Big, Fat, Smart-Bug, Aren't You?
  20.   Andy Wolff
  21.   Into the Mirror
  22.   Excuses
  23.   Intro
  24.   The Fix
  25.   Dayglow Vista Rd.
  26.   Hooray [Dark Baby Remix]
  27.   Hey Wanna Throw Up? Get Me Naked
  28.   Pachuca Sunrise [Alias Remix]
  29.   Thanks For The Killer Game Of Criscor Twister
  30.   The Lucky Ones
  31.   Broken China
  32.   Walk on Air
  33.   Empty Party Rooms
  34.   Heaven Is a Ghost Town