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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.   Hooray
  4.   Hey! Is That a Ninja Up There?
  5.   Knights
  6.   My Time
  7.   Throwin' Shapes
  8.   Fine + Two Pts.
  9.   Drilling
  10.   When We Escape
  11.   Animal Backwards
  12.   Women We Haven't Met Yet
  13.   Absinthe Party at the Fly Honey Warehouse
  14.   Spritz Spritz
  15.   Lemurs, Man, Lemurs
  16.   Let's Play Clowns
  17.   Get Me Naked 2: the Electric Boogaloo
  18.   Drilling [P.O. S Redo]
  19.   Monkey Knife Fight
  20.   Ice Monster
  21.   Michio's Death Drive
  22.   Summer Angel
  23.   Steel and Blood
  24.   Memphis And 53rd
  25.   Lonely Gun
  26.   Lotus
  27.   Hey Wanna Throw Up? Get Me Naked
  28.   Electric Rainbow
  29.   Secret Country
  30.   Into the Mirror
  31.   I'm Totally Not Down with Rob's Alien
  32.   Drop It Like It's Hot
  33.   Damn Bugs Whacked Him, Johnny
  34.   Pantsuit...Ugghhh
  35.   Untitled
  36.   Just Kickin’ It Like a Wild Donkey
  37.   The Lucky Ones
  38.   Invented Memory
  39.   Broken China
  40.   Walk on Air
  41.   Cold Company
  42.   Zeros
  43.   Empty Party Rooms
  44.   Listing
  45.   Toska
  46.   Hold Me Down
  47.   Excuses
  48.   Dayglow Vista Rd.
  49.   El Torrente [J. Clark Remix]
  50.   The Game Needed Me [The Oktopus Remix]
  51.   Fulfill the Dream [Old Italy Remix Tyondai Braxton]
  52.   Burying Luck
  53.   Dr. L'Ling
  54.   The Game Needed Me
  55.   This Ain't a Surfin' Movie
  56.   The Pig War
  57.   The Fix
  58.   Houston, We Have Uh-Oh
  59.   Pony Up!
  60.   Let's Play Guitar In A Five Guitar Band
  61.   Hey, Wanna Throw Up?
  62.   Thanks For The Killer Game Of Criscor Twister
  63.   Fulfill the Dream
  64.   Part 2
  65.   Intro
  66.   Surf-N-Turf
  67.   Heaven Is a Ghost Town