Rocker Isaac Brock talks to EW about "Plan B" - The Oregon-based member of Modest Mouse reminisces about his buried building dreams

By Karen Valby
Updated June 11, 2004 at 04:00 AM EDT

Isaac Brock, 28, the Portland, Ore.-based singer of indie rock band Modest Mouse, has been making music since he was 14 years old. (And judging from the delirious reviews of the band’s new album, Good News for People Who Love Bad News, he’s in the right line of work.) Still, sometimes he likes to fantasize about a different kind of life…

”I’d like to buy a three-story brick building. On one floor, I’d build a studio. Then on another floor would be a CD store, but rather than do a make-everyone-happy CD store, where you try to carry the whole variety of what people want, I’ll just sell the 30 CDs I really think you should have: Neutral Milk Hotel, My Bloody Valentine, Roger Miller. And I’d definitely have some Dock Boggs, a country-blues guy from the ’20s and ’30s. Hank Williams senior. Maybe U2’s War. And if I could find one for myself, I’d sell the Harold and Maude soundtrack, too. On the third floor, I’d open up a junk shop/four-table restaurant. I’m an amazing cook. I’m better at that than making music, that’s for sure. I’d serve two things a day, one vegetarian, one non. I’d only serve lunch and dinner, no breakfast. I don’t wake up early, and I’m not going to lie to myself and say that I would.”