Modest MouseThe Lonesome Crowded West

Label:Up Records (5) – UP44, Up Records (5) – UP 044
2 x Vinyl, LP, Album
Style:Alternative Rock, Indie Rock


A1Teeth Like God's Shoeshine6:51
A2Heart Cooks Brain4:02
A3Convenient Parking4:08
A4Baby Blue Sedan4:03
B1Jesus Christ Was An Only Child2:36
B2Doin' The Cockroach4:18
B3Cowboy Dan6:14
B4Trailer Trash5:48
C1Out Of Gas2:29
C2Long Distance Drunk3:41
C3Shit Luck2:22
C4Truckers Atlas10:56
D1Polar Opposites3:28
D2Bankrupt On Selling2:51
D3Lounge (Closing Time)7:03
D4Styrofoam Boots / It's All Nice On Ice, Alright6:52

Companies, etc.



Issued in two separate LP sleeves. Features a vinyl bonus track and slightly reordered tracklist.

The catalog number is written as "UP44" on both jackets' spines.
Label A has the second track mislabeled as "Convenient Parking Lot."

Recorded at Moon Music, except A1, B2, and B3 recorded at Avast and John & Stu's.

© 1997 Ugly Casanova (ASCAP)
©℗ 1997 Up Records

The following incorrect tracklist appears on both the outer jackets and inner sleeves:
A1 - Teeth Like God's Shoeshine
A2 - Heart Cooks Brain
A3 - Convenient Parking
A4 - Baby Blue Sedan
B1 - Doin' The Cockroach
B2 - Cowboy Dan
B3 - Trailer Trash
B4 - Jesus Christ Was An Only Child
C1 - Out Of Gas
C2 - Long Distance Drunk
C3 - Shit Luck
C4 - Truckers Atlas
D1 - Polar Opposites
D2 - Lounge (Closing Time)
D3 - Bankrupt On Selling
D4 - Styrofoam Boots / It's All Nice On Ice, Alright

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 7 96818-0044-1 4
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout): UP.044-A 1800.1(2) SAE MASTERING
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout): UP.044-B 1800.2(2)
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C runout): UP.044-C 1800.3(2)
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D runout): UP.044-D 1800.4(2)

Other Versions (5 of 17)

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
The Lonesome Crowded West (CD, HDCD, Album)Up Records (5)up44US1997
New Submission
The Lonesome Crowded West (2×LP, Test Pressing)Up Records (5)UP 044US1997
New Submission
The Lonesome Crowded West (CD, Album, Promo)Up Records (5)UPCDPRO 044US1997
New Submission
The Lonesome Crowded West (CD, Album, Nimbus Pressing)Up Records (5), Up Records (5)UP44, UP 044US1997
Recently Edited
The Lonesome Crowded West (CD, Album)Matadorole 330-2Europe1998


  • NorthLittleRawk's avatar
    The outstanding quality of this press is immediately apparent on the first note.
    • tristant19's avatar
      Edited one year ago
      TLDR: Up pressing > VMP > Glacial Pace

      I had the reissue from 2014, and ordered the VMP version as soon as it was announced. However, I found the VMP similar in mastering to the Glacial Pace version but with more refined bass, which makes sense since it was mastered at the same place and from (I would assume) the same copy of tape. Decided to order the original Up pressing to make sure I could pick the best version, and I'm glad I did. Definitely superior to reissues, there's better vocal clarity and detail, as well as punch. The VMP has more bass, but it's a bit boomy and not quite as punchy. VMP definitely has the better packaging though, and of course is a much better value.
      • DeadwaxDude's avatar
        Edited 5 years ago
        I'd be very interested to hear an original... considering its a DMM from RTI
        • classicmyth's avatar
          Edited 6 years ago
          I will also agree that the original version sounds much better than the repress, this applies to all of the MM records that I have heard. Owned the original version of the Fruit That Ate Itself and Sad Sappy Sucker and have never heard a repressed version so I can't comment there. The repressing sounds distorted as well, original does not (applies to all of the records that I have heard.)
          • carscars's avatar
            I spent a big chunk of my tax refund on a sealed copy of this (original pressing) and I wanted to say it sounds infinitely better than the reissue. It's still the same lofi album, but the pressing is soft and spacious. I find the reissue gives me a headache in headphones. Worth the $.
            • zapbrannigan200's avatar
              anyone else have a 'Buffalo' MM print come with their UP44? it's on a newspaper print paper ..
              • instatone's avatar
                Anyone interested in parting with LP2? I have first record not second.
                • doubdan's avatar
                  Anybody notice that the spine of the records has catalog number UP44 and the vinyls list UP 044? Is this consistent with the original pressings?
                  • nreno419's avatar
                    Just got a sealed copy of this, wondering if anyone has seen any sealed copies in the last few years? Hefty price tag but worth it.



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