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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.   Throwin' Shapes
  8.   Fine + Two Pts.
  9.   Drilling
  10.   When We Escape
  11.   Invisible
  12.   Last Kiss
  13.   Absinthe Party at the Fly Honey Warehouse
  14.   Women We Haven't Met Yet
  15.   Spritz Spritz
  16.   Animal Backwards
  17.   Ice Monster
  18.   Get Me Naked 2: the Electric Boogaloo
  19.   Lemurs, Man, Lemurs
  20.   Lighthouse
  21.   Tame Beasts
  22.   Silver
  23.   Drilling [P.O. S Redo]
  24.   Monkey Knife Fight
  25.   Let's Play Clowns
  26.   Memphis & 53rd
  27.   Steel and Blood
  28.   Summer Angel
  29.   Michio's Death Drive
  30.   Pantsuit...Ugghhh
  31.   What About the Boat?
  32.   The Lucky Ones
  33.   Invented Memory
  34.   Listing
  35.   Your Private Sky
  36.   Excuses
  37.   Burying Luck
  38.   Double Vision Quest
  39.   Dr. L'Ling
  40.   The Game Needed Me
  41.   Pony Up!
  42.   You're Some Sort of Big, Fat, Smart-Bug, Aren't You?
  43.   Hey, Wanna Throw Up?
  44.   Erase
  45.   Dayglow Vista Rd.
  46.   Surf-N-Turf
  47.   The Thief
  48.   Walk on Air
  49.   Houston, We Have Uh-Oh
  50.   Cat Calls & Ill Means
  51.   Broken China
  52.   Into the Mirror
  53.   Fulfill the Dream [Old Italy Remix Tyondai Braxton]
  54.   Diamond Lightning
  55.   Intro
  56.   Lotus
  57.   Damn Bugs Whacked Him, Johnny
  58.   You Kill Bugs Good, Man
  59.   Electric Rainbow
  60.   Lies and Eyes
  61.   South Side Life