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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 full-length Planet of Ice arrived 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. Voids, the group's much-anticipated sixth studio album, dropped in 2017. ~ Laurel Greenidge
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  1.   Song
  2.   Pachuca Sunrise
  3.   Hooray
  4.   Hey! Is That a Ninja Up There?
  5.   Knights
  6.   My Time
  7.   Fine + Two Pts.
  8.   Throwin' Shapes
  9.   Drilling
  10.   Invisible
  11.   When We Escape
  12.   Last Kiss
  13.   Absinthe Party at the Fly Honey Warehouse
  14.   Animal Backwards
  15.   Spritz Spritz
  16.   Women We Haven't Met Yet
  17.   Drilling [P.O. S Redo]
  18.   Ice Monster
  19.   Silver
  20.   Lemurs, Man, Lemurs
  21.   Lighthouse
  22.   Tame Beasts
  23.   Let's Play Clowns
  24.   Monkey Knife Fight
  25.   Get Me Naked 2: the Electric Boogaloo
  26.   Michio's Death Drive
  27.   Memphis & 53rd
  28.   Summer Angel
  29.   Steel and Blood
  30.   Booyah Achieved
  31.   Secret Country
  32.   Hey, Wanna Throw Up?
  33.   This and a Surgin' Movie [Iqu 06 Mix]
  34.   Intro
  35.   Fulfill the Dream [Old Italy Remix Tyondai Braxton]
  36.   The Fix
  37.   Hey Wanna Throw Up? Get Me Naked
  38.   Call the Cops
  39.   Cold Company
  40.   Diamond Lightning
  41.   Dayglow Vista Rd.
  42.   Pachuca Sunrise [Alias Remix]
  43.   Burying Luck
  44.   The Game Needed Me
  45.   I Lost All My Money At The Cock Fights
  46.   Potato Juice & Liquid Bread