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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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Minus the Bear

  1.   Song
  2.   Pachuca Sunrise
  3.   Hey! Is That a Ninja Up There?
  4.   Hooray
  5.   Fine + Two Pts.
  6.   Knights
  7.   My Time
  8.   Throwin' Shapes
  9.   Women We Haven't Met Yet
  10.   Drilling
  11.   When We Escape
  12.   Steel and Blood
  13.   Absinthe Party at the Fly Honey Warehouse
  14.   Animal Backwards
  15.   Memphis And 53rd
  16.   Michio's Death Drive
  17.   Summer Angel
  18.   Spritz Spritz
  19.   Hey, Wanna Throw Up?
  20.   Pony Up!
  21.   The Game Needed Me [The Oktopus Remix]
  22.   Intro
  23.   Double Vision Quest
  24.   This Ain't a Surfin' Movie
  25.   Monkey Knife Fight
  26.   Lonely Gun
  27.   Fooled by the Night
  28.   Fulfill the Dream
  29.   Into the Mirror
  30.   Pachuca Sunrise [Alias Remix]
  31.   Ice Monster
  32.   The Pig War
  33.   Let's Play Clowns
  34.   This and a Surgin' Movie [Iqu 06 Mix]
  35.   Dr. L'Ling
  36.   Toska
  37.   Lemurs, Man, Lemurs
  38.   The Lucky Ones
  39.   Cat Calls & Ill Means
  40.   Electric Rainbow
  41.   Rave
  42.   Zeros
  43.   Heaven Is a Ghost Town
  44.   Listing
  45.   Your Private Sky
  46.   Get Me Naked 2: the Electric Boogaloo
  47.   Secret Country
  48.   Hold Me Down
  49.   Drilling [P.O. S Redo]
  50.   White Mystery
  51.   The Game Needed Me
  52.   El Torrente
  53.   Houston, We Have Uh-Oh
  54.   I'm Totally Not Down with Rob's Alien
  55.   Drop It Like It's Hot
  56.   Andy Wolff
  57.   I Lost All My Money At The Cock Fights
  58.   Damn Bugs Whacked Him, Johnny
  59.   You Kill Bugs Good, Man
  60.   Thanks For The Killer Game Of Criscor Twister
  61.   Potato Juice & Liquid Bread
  62.   Just Kickin’ It Like a Wild Donkey
  63.   Part 2
  64.   Pantsuit...Ugghhh
  65.   Surf-N-Turf
  66.   Cold Company
  67.   Empty Party Rooms