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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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  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.   Spritz Spritz
  15.   Michio's Death Drive
  16.   Animal Backwards
  17.   Memphis And 53rd
  18.   Steel and Blood
  19.   Fulfill the Dream [Old Italy Remix Tyondai Braxton]
  20.   Lies and Eyes
  21.   Untitled
  22.   Memphis + 53rd [Fog Remix]
  23.   Intro
  24.   Andy Wolff
  25.   Monkey Knife Fight
  26.   Booyah Achieved
  27.   Patiently Waiting
  28.   Lemurs, Man, Lemurs
  29.   Surf-N-Turf
  30.   Walk on Air
  31.   Zeros
  32.   Get Me Naked 2: the Electric Boogaloo
  33.   The Thief
  34.   Fooled by the Night
  35.   Excuses
  36.   Dr. L'Ling
  37.   This Ain't a Surfin' Movie
  38.   The Pig War
  39.   Houston, We Have Uh-Oh
  40.   You're Some Sort of Big, Fat, Smart-Bug, Aren't You?
  41.   Let's Play Guitar In A Five Guitar Band
  42.   We Are Not A Football Team
  43.   Thanks For The Killer Game Of Criscor Twister
  44.   Pantsuit...Ugghhh
  45.   Hey Wanna Throw Up? Get Me Naked
  46.   The Lucky Ones
  47.   Cat Calls & Ill Means
  48.   Rave
  49.   Lonely Gun
  50.   Empty Party Rooms
  51.   Heaven Is a Ghost Town
  52.   Toska
  53.   Diamond Lightning
  54.   South Side Life
  55.   Your Private Sky
  56.   Secret Country
  57.   Into the Mirror
  58.   Michio's Death Drive [Michio A.K.A. Monostereo Remix]
  59.   The Game Needed Me [The Oktopus Remix]
  60.   Hooray [Dark Baby Remix]
  61.   This and a Surgin' Movie [Iqu 06 Mix]
  62.   Drilling [P.O. S Redo]
  63.   The Pig War [O. Hunter Remix]
  64.   Ice Monster
  65.   Burying Luck
  66.   Lotus
  67.   Double Vision Quest
  68.   Part 2
  69.   White Mystery