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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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Minus the Bear

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    Popularity
  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.   Drilling
  11.   When We Escape
  12.   Absinthe Party at the Fly Honey Warehouse
  13.   Summer Angel
  14.   Michio's Death Drive
  15.   Animal Backwards
  16.   Spritz Spritz
  17.   Memphis And 53rd
  18.   Steel and Blood
  19.   Your Private Sky
  20.   Excuses
  21.   Booyah Achieved
  22.   Let's Play Guitar In A Five Guitar Band
  23.   The Lucky Ones
  24.   Zeros
  25.   Empty Party Rooms
  26.   Listing
  27.   Get Me Naked 2: the Electric Boogaloo
  28.   The Thief
  29.   Into the Mirror
  30.   Hold Me Down
  31.   Dayglow Vista Rd.
  32.   Double Vision Quest
  33.   This Ain't a Surfin' Movie
  34.   The Pig War
  35.   Let's Play Clowns
  36.   Drop It Like It's Hot
  37.   Lemurs, Man, Lemurs
  38.   Invented Memory
  39.   Cat Calls & Ill Means
  40.   Patiently Waiting
  41.   Broken China
  42.   Surf-N-Turf
  43.   Walk on Air
  44.   Cold Company
  45.   Lonely Gun
  46.   Heaven Is a Ghost Town
  47.   Toska
  48.   Diamond Lightning
  49.   Lies and Eyes
  50.   South Side Life
  51.   Secret Country
  52.   Fooled by the Night
  53.   Michio's Death Drive [Michio A.K.A. Monostereo Remix]
  54.   The Game Needed Me [The Oktopus Remix]
  55.   Hooray [Dark Baby Remix]
  56.   This and a Surgin' Movie [Iqu 06 Mix]
  57.   Fulfill the Dream [Old Italy Remix Tyondai Braxton]
  58.   Memphis + 53rd [Fog Remix]
  59.   The Pig War [O. Hunter Remix]
  60.   Ice Monster
  61.   Lotus
  62.   Part 2
  63.   Dr. L'Ling
  64.   White Mystery
  65.   The Game Needed Me
  66.   Fulfill the Dream
  67.   El Torrente
  68.   Houston, We Have Uh-Oh
  69.   Pony Up!
  70.   You're Some Sort of Big, Fat, Smart-Bug, Aren't You?