Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Murcia, 4th Feb

Mogwai
Auditorio y C. Congresos Víctor Villegas (Sala Narciso Yepes)
Murcia, Spain
Weds 4th Feb 2009

Tickets: http://www.auditoriomurcia.org/index.php?/auditorio/venta

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

No UK tour?

Stuart's post on the forum this afternoon appears to confirm that Mogwai will not be touring the UK to promote 'The Hawk Is Howling':

Q:" Any plans for more home shows this year?"
A: "None as yet other than a few festivals in the summer. SB"

Disappointing to say the least. Raises some interesting questions, more of which when/if this is confirmed.

Update: "We're only booking shows up until the summer at the moment." Thanks Stuart. Here's hoping for an autumn 2009 UK tour then.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Clark Taylor

Can anyone put me in touch with Clark Taylor, who set up the Arab Strap fansite Discoboys and then went on to run the official Arab Strap website until the band split in 2006? Please get in touch if you can help.

Friday, December 26, 2008

European supports

Chris Brokaw will be playing a solo set as support to Mogwai at the five shows between 9th and 14th Feb 2009 (Bologna, Milan, Strasbourg, Orléans and Reims), in addition to the already-confirmed Errors.

http://www.myspace.com/thechrisbrokawrockband

Thanks Markus.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Kuala Lumpur confirmed

Mogwai live in Malaysia
21st Jan 2009 - 8pm
Tuborg Stage, Hall 5, KL Convention Centre
Kuala Lumpur

Ticket details: Soundscape Records

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

2008 round-up

Dominic, Martin and Stuart were kind enough to answer a few end-of-2008 questions for Brightlight!

Favourite music

D: Highlights of the year for me were Ten Stones by Woven Hand, Carried To Dust by Calexico, and Obzen by Meshuggah. It's been a slow year for me discovering new music so i've had plenty of time to re-listen to some gems I've not heard for a few years such as Valentino by Long Fin Killie, Sultans of Sentiment by The Van Pelt, One Sock Missing By The Grifters, and Spasm Smash by Trumans Water.

M: I really liked the new Nick Cave album and also the Neon Neon record.

S: Some might find this slightly vomit inducing but i genuinely think that Remember Remember is my favourite record this year.

Favourite films/books/comics/other art

D: I honestly think that the Dark Knight was the only new film I saw this year, so that wins by default. It's been a bumper year for comics though and by far my favorite new title is I Kill Giants by Joe Kelly and JM Ken Niimura.

M: Dom and Stuart have been getting me into comics this year which is something I thought I'd never do. I've been reading Watchmen which is tremendous and have read Batman Year 1 and Killing Joke. I thought they were alright, not great. I've just bought From Hell which I'm going to save for the plane journey to Japan in January.
I also really loved the Steve McQueen film, Hunger. I've not seen something that stunningly brutal in a long time, if at all.

S: My favourite film was Hunger and my favourite book (actually a comic) was The Walking Dead.

Favourite shows by other bands

D: I saw Lightning Bolt for the first time at ATP New York. It was a fucking riot, I felt like I was fifteen again. The Night Marchers at the Captains Rest in Glasgow was a great show. The frontman John Reis was really drunk and coming out with some of the finest onstage patter I've heard for a while. I also saw Stars Of The Lid for the first time at Stereo in Glasgow. Stuart and Martin were there too but their memories of it may be a bit hazy due to Celtic winning the league that night. They were definitely the worse for wear.

M: Dom and I went to see Converge in a really small club in Glasgow which was pretty breathtaking, I think that was definitely my favourite show although I've seen some great gigs by MIA, Dizzee Rascal and Nick Cave.

S: Leonard Cohen at Edinburgh Castle was fantastic.

Favourite Mogwai show

D: We played a lot of fun shows this year but some of the most memorable shows were the New York ATP and also the two London shows (Queen Elizabeth Hall and Hammersmith Apollo).

M: Strangely, it was the one at ATP NY when my pacemaker broke through my chest Alien-style.

S: ATP New York was a great show.

Most memorable moment of the year

D: My most memorable moment without a doubt would be Barry telling me (whilst I was supping a post-gig shandy) that Martin's pacemaker was making a bid for freedom. Surreal stuff.

M: When my pacemaker broke through my chest Alien-style.

S: Celtic winning the league on the last day tied with Obama winning the US election.

What do you want for Christmas?

D: I'd like some free time to play my Xbox.

M: A PS3.

S: Something nice.

Worst-ever Christmas present

D: My girlfriend's dad gave me a particularly shocking selection pack of Y-fronts a couple of years ago. I'm pretty good at pretending to be pleased with naff presents but that was tough.

M: Presents are always nice.

S: My mum got me the Rangers annual a few years ago for a laugh.

Records/films etc you're looking forward to in 2009

D: I'm looking forward to new albums from Converge and the Twilight Sad. The latter were playing new tunes when we were playing shows together last month and they were sounding great.

M: Can't think of anything at this moment. All Rock Action releases, naturally.

S: I heard that Richard James is putting a record out next year which I'm sure will be great. I'm very excited to see the new David Fincher and Darren Aronofsky films which are both out soon.

Plans for 2009 - Mogwai, Rock Action, whatever else

D: The first half of the year has us touring pretty solidly. We'll probably be playing a bunch of festivals in the summer and then I'm guessing we'll start writing the next record.

M: To stay out of hospital.
I'm actually quite looking forward to the prospect of releasing our own records on Rock Action although I realise it's going to be a lot of hard work. For those folk who like Part Chimp, I think you'll be pleased at what those guys are going to be releasing next year, the new album is amazing.

S: The fantastic Part Chimp record will be out early-ish 2009. Mogwai will be touring up until next autumn and with any luck we'll manage to do some recordings in the middle of touring.

Thanks gents


Further reading in similar vein can be found the Matablog:

Stuart Braithwaite, Mogwai

1 Hunger, the amazing debut film by (the English) Steve McQueen
2 Remember Remember by Remember Remember lp (apologies for Rock Action nepotism)
3 The Dark Knight film
4 Bon Iver album album
5 Kick Ass comic by Mark Millar
6 Celtic winning the league on the last day of the season
7 Neon Neon lp
8 The Earth album
9 The Shellac album
10 Waltz with Bashir film

Barry Burns, Mogwai

1. Promo of Scottish band De Rosa’s new album called Prevention on Chemikal Underground Records. If I like it, it’s bound to sell literally hundreds, of downloads.
2. Gladly having to cut short a tour in the spastic fuckhole that is America, thank fuck for drummers with serious heart issues.
3. The credit brunch, it’s what’s for dinner.
4. Russia’s return to groupthink idiocy.
5. The end to the win-able dual wars on terror and drugs, finally! The streets are dry.
6. A rediscovery of the band called Crystallized Movements (you know, from the past)
7. Christopher Hitchens and (nearly) everything he says. Especially about Diana, our dead princess. A great orator.
8. The re-emergence of the non-mild winter in Glasgow. It’s fucking baltic here again and quite rightly, that’s why I bought an unfashionable North Face coat. Last year, wearing that jacket, I temporarily looked like a long haired mutt hanging out a warm Ford.
9. That new president guy you got that isn’t a primate’s skinbag rash.
10. The late discovery of both The Wire and The Sopranos. Don’t even try to tell me they’re shite, over here we’re stuck with EastEnders, the omnipresent Michael Caine and a stupid non-biased, un-entertaining and factual media which is apparently the envy of the world. But they don’t tell you that on TV.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Remember Remember Q+A



The forum is running a Q&A with Remember Remember. Want to know what Graeme eats for breakfast? Or the identity of his childhood nemesis? Get asking!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Singapore and Kuala Lumpur

Now confirmed:

23rd Jan 2009
Esplande, Singapore
http://www.esplanade.com/index.jsp

Still unconfirmed, but being reported by numerous Malaysian blogs - a Mogwai show in Kuala Lumpur on either 20th or 21st Jan 2009. Apparently the promoters are Soundscape Records, so presuambly confirmed details will be published on their site shortly.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Stage Blood



From Chris Summerlin (Lords, Last Of The Real Hardmen, a hundred other bands, Diskant writer, ace graphic designer):

Doing a new band called Stage Blood, it's our first show next week. The band has Dominic from Mogwai on bass. The gig is at Stereo in Glasgow on Dec 12th. It's basically a new band by 1/2 of the permanently-on-hiatus Eska with Dominic and myself. Heavy on the volume, light on the rehearsals (for me anyway as I live 100s of miles away).
www.myspace.com/stagebloodtheband

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Taiwan, 16th Jan

Mogwai return to The Wall Live House, Taipei, Taiwan on 16th Jan 2009.

update:
18th Jan 2009
Hitec Auditorium, Hong Kong
http://www.hitec.com.hk

update2 (unconfirmed)
23rd Jan 2009
Esplande, Singapore
http://www.esplanade.com/index.jsp

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Rollerskate


Mogwai Teaser from Bruce Bales on Vimeo.

The second trailer for the new Deft/WCF productions video due out in early 2009. The video will feature bladers from Iowa, Illinois, and Nebraska. Highlighting the video will be: Bruce Bales, Caleb Smith, Josh Goodell, Codee Jennings, Logan Clark, Andrew Hall, Josh Hudson, Josh Mauer, Josh Wordel, Josh Elsbecker, Steve Lerner, Ryan Miller, Corey Buller, and more.
I hope this means something to someone...

Update: In response to a couple of enquiries - the soundtrack to this clip is the Government Commissions recording of 'Stop Coming To My House'.

DJing in London

Eat Your Own Ears presents:
ERRORS (LIVE), MOGWAI DJS, DJ SKURGE (UR), TIM EXILE (LIVE), DOMINO RECORDS DJS, EYOE DJS PLUS SPECIAL GUESTS
AKA: 'Bleep.com Does... New Labels' - Compilation Launch Party:
Hudson Mohawke, Marc Mac (4 Hero), Lone, 2Tall, Paul White vs Bullion, Virgil Howe, Bleep DJ Soundsystem, Alex Chase, Wireblock x Lucky Me DJs
The End & AKA - Friday 12 December
18 West Central Street, London WC1A 1JJ 020 7419 9199
info@endclub.com
www.endclub.com

Tickets available from Ticketweb

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Spanish dates confirmed

06.02.2009
Madrid, Joy Eslava
MOGWAI
ERRORS

07.02.2009
San Sebastián, KURSAAL
MOGWAI
ERRORS

http://www.gamerco.com/iguapop/index.cfm?fuseaction=gira&id_gira=465

Sunday, November 16, 2008

European tour support

From mogwai.co.uk:

Errors are going to coming to play with us in France, Spain and Italy next year which is exciting.
There are some sizeable gaps in the tour schedule at the moment, so hopefully more dates to be announced?

On a side note, worth repeating that the Remember Remember album is out tomorrow, as is James Orr Complex's 'Com Favo'.

update: Support at the Greek shows (20th and 21st Feb) comes from Misuse
http://www.myspace.com/misuseband
Thanks Aggeliki.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Nantes, 31st Jan 2009

This looks like the final piece in the jigsaw of Mogwai's French tour in Jan/Feb:

31st Jan 2009
L'Olympic, Nantes, France
http://www.olympic.asso.fr/

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Hobnox

*removed at Barry's request*

Remember Remember CD and shirt bundle



Following on from our previous report, Remember Remember CD and shirt bundles are now available from the Rock Action shop:

http://www.resonancemusicstore.com/rockaction/clothing/ca5b8f78-02e4-102c-bac5-001d09f1418c/Remember%20Remember%20Bundle.html

http://www.myspace.com/rememberremember
Rock Action Records

Face Culture interview



More here:
http://www.faceculture.nl/artist.php?id=643

Tokyo, 10th Jan 2009

Mogwai have added a second Tokyo show:

Mogwai + Remember Remember
Liquidroom, Ebisu, Tōkyō
10 Jan 2009
http://smash-jpn.com/band/2009/01_mogwai/index.php

update:
and a show in Lisbon:
5th Feb 2009
Aula Magna, Lisbon, Portugal

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Australian tour, March 2009

3rd March 2009 - Brisbane - The Tivoli
http://www.thetivoli.net.au
4th March 2009 - Sydney - Enmore Theatre
http://www.enmoretheatre.com.au
5th March 2009 - Melbourne - The Forum Theatre
http://www.marrinertheatres.com.au/venue_forum.jsp
7th March 2009 - Meredith - Golden Plains Festival
http://2009.goldenplains.com.au
8th March 2009 - Perth International Arts Festival - Beck’s Music Box
http://www.perthfestival.com.au/becksmusicbox/mogwai/

Perth is already on sale. Tickets for the Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Meredith shows on sale 21st November.

update:
Venue confirmed for the Madrid show on 6th Feb 2009 - La Riviera

Monday, November 10, 2008

Toulouse

Mogwai
Le Bikini, Toulouse, France
1st Feb 2009
http://www.lebikini.com/ficheSpectacle.php?idSpectacle=5601

Looks like a lengthy European tour through Jan/Feb 2009 then.

Surely there's a proper UK tour (i.e. not just London, Manchester and a show in Scotland, like the last two UK 'tours') to be announced for next year? We haven't had one since March 2006!

Friday, November 7, 2008

Rock Action shop

The Rock Action Records online shop has had an overhaul.

Forthcoming releases from James Orr Complex and Remember Remember are up for pre-order (both released 17th November) along with the new releases from DeSalvo and Envy's 'Transofvista' DVD is also available. There's a few more label and band T-shirts available too.
Thanks Craig.

http://www.resonancemusicstore.com/rockaction

Primavera Club 08

Mogwai take on DJ duties at the Apolo, Barcelona on Fri 12th Dec, as part of the Estrella Damm Primavera Club Festival
http://www.primaverasound.com/index.php?sec=cartell&pos=artista&idioma=en&artista=303

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Remember Remember



The (fantastic) debut album from Remember Remember is released digitally on Weds 5th November, and physically on Mon 17th November, by Rock Action Records.

Album and T-shirt bundles available via the new Rock Action online shop in the very near future.

Pre-orders:
http://www.normanrecords.com/records/103521
http://www.play.com/Music/CD/4-/7870869/Remember-Remember/Product.html
http://hmv.com/hmvweb/displayProductDetails.do?ctx=280;-1;-1;-1;-1&sku=897820
http://www.roughtrade.com/site/shop_detail.lasso?search_type=sku&sku=307541

update:
And some digital links:
http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewArtist?id=292866951
http://www.7digital.com/stores/productDetail.aspx?shop=734&pid=324879

Golden Plains

Months after rumours started to circulate, the first confirmed date for Mogwai's 2009 Australian tour has surfaced:

Golden Plains Festival
Meredith Supernatural Amphitheatre
Meredith, Victoria, Australia
March 7th - 9th

http://2009.goldenplains.com.au/whos-playing/

Presumably more to follow.

update:
Beck's Music Box
Perth, WA, Australia
8th March 2009
http://www.perthfestival.com.au/becksmusicbox/mogwai/

Sunday, November 2, 2008

More 2009 tour dates

Announced at the end of last week:
14th Feb 2009 - La Cartonnerie, Reims, France

Unconfirmed rumours:
6 Feb. '09 Madrid (Spain)
7 Feb. '09 San Sebastian (Spain)

These last two look credible, as Mogwai play Malaga on 2nd Feb

update:
20th Feb - Mylos, Thessaloniki, Greece
21st Feb - Gagarin 205, Athens, Greece

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Philadelphia, 19th September 2008

'summer':


'hunted by a freak':


stuart interviewed by joe:

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Mojo, December 2008



an excellent mogwai feature in the december 2008 edition of
mojo. predictably enough, written by keith cameron. if the guy's not already writing a book on mogwai, he should be.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Stuart on Subcity Radio

From Allan Smith:

Stuart recently appeared on She Said, a show presented by me and a mate on Glasgow Uni's internet based radio station. I think it went pretty well and he brought a fine selection of music along!
The 18th Oct show is on 'listen again' here:
http://www.subcity.org/shows/shesaid/0f384/

Well worth a listen - an exclusive first play of 'Trad' from Part Chimp's recently-completed album 'Thriller', and a track from the (fantastic) forthcoming Remember Remember album (out on 5th November), for starters.

Thanks Allan.

London afterparty - official statement

From mogwai.co.uk:

We were extremely upset to find out the circumstances around our after party in London on Friday night. From what we hear there was a problem with entry to the venue which meant that some people who had bought tickets as well as many of our guests weren't able to get in. Our involvement in the event only extended to playing some records and choosing some of the other djs and performers. We had no hand whatsoever in the organization and promotion of the event. We encourage all those who couldn't get in to get in touch with the promoter Brand New Fiction for refunds with your full name and a copy of your confirmation email. The email address is info@brandnewfiction.co.uk

I've also had a mail today from Brand New Fiction, asking for people to contact them directly.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

London show successful, afterparty shambolic


plasticpancake on flickr

Reports on last night's Mogwai show in London are, understandably, very favourable.

The 'Mogwai Presents A Party Under The Arches' afterparty appears to have been a shambles, however - either massively oversold (in which case refunds are due?) or just plain incompetence.

From nme.com:

Asked as to why fans had to queue for so long to enter the aftershow party, Dominic Aitchison added: "That's pretty bad. We're sorry about that. It's not been very well organised, but the band really didn't have much involvement besides helping putting on the DJs."

Aloha Hawaii interview

'He still owes me a fiver'
In search of a world exclusive, FIONA SHEPHERD takes MOGWAI'S STUART BRAITHWAITE and former Arab Strap frontman Aidan Moffat down the pub
http://thescotsman.scotsman.com/features/39He-still-owes-me-a.4625727.jp
I suppose if you play enough wrong notes, anything becomes jazz.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Mogwai drawn live!



Drawings are the new photos.
Artist/illustrator Jenny Soep completed these at Mogwai's show in Edinburgh on Tuesday.
http://www.jennysoep.blogspot.com/

AERANewsMagazine interview



thanks joe.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Italy in February

from http://www.ticketone.it/:

mogwai
09/02/08 Bologna - Estragon
10/02/08 Milano - Rolling Stone

thanks enzo.

Tour single

We previously reported that a 2-track tour single was on sale at the US dates in September.

Tracklist:
'Colours Move' (Shibuya Drunk remix by Mogwai)
'Mogwai Fear Satan' (Fuck Buttons cover)

2-track CD single for the US tour, 10" vinyl for the uk shows in October.
Unfortunately the vinyl pressing is not happening. The CD single will be on sale from the merch stand at the UK (and presumably European) dates over the next few weeks, starting tonight in Edinburgh.

Thanks Craig.

Uncensored Interview



the first in a series of short interviews with stuart. the rest can be found here:
http://www.uncensoredinterview.com/artists/423-Mogwai

Saturday, October 11, 2008

UK tour - 10 days

there still seems to be some uncertainty surrounding the forthcoming uk and european shows, following martin's ill-health after the atp-ny show last month.

the shows ARE going ahead, and martin will be drumming.

"Ticket sales for the UK shows have been going great."
thanks stuart.

don't forget this:

Friday, October 10, 2008

Psychskull



"Presumptious I may be, but I thought you might be interested in some Mogwai-related posts I added to my blog recently:

http://psychskull.wordpress.com/2008/10/08/government-recommissions/

is me predicting future Mogwai song titles via vintage Penguin paperbacks

http://psychskull.wordpress.com/2008/10/09/mogwai-remixed/

is me redesigning almost the entire Mogwai back-catalogue in the style of Penguin paperbacks

http://psychskull.wordpress.com/2008/09/19/friend-of-the-night/

is my original redesign of the 'Friend of the Night' cover.

http://psychskull.wordpress.com/2008/10/04/i-know-you-are-but-what-am-i/

is the first in a series of paintings I'm doing based on Mogwai song titles. More will follow, including 'Like Herod', 'You Don't Know Jesus', and 'Stop Coming To My House'. I'm planning to have completed a dozen by Xmas, with the plan to publish them as a 'book' early in the New Year - though the last part is dependent upon £££. Anyone wanting to buy the originals can do so via the site."
thanks rik. did ep+6 really come out on Tuff Gong?

Sunday, October 5, 2008

2009 touring

the previously-reported mogwai show at la laiterie, strasbourg has been moved from 27th jan to 12th feb. thanks markus.

this change of date gives further credibility to the long-standing rumour of an australian tour early next year - after the japanese dates (11th - 14th jan)?

a show at teatro cervantes, malaga, spain (2nd feb) has been widely reported but is not yet confirmed.
update - the malaga show is now confirmed.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Mogwai DJ in Barrow

22nd nov 2008
the canteen arts centre, barrow-in-furness, cumbria

mogwai (dj set)
spokes (live)
plus further support

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Desalvo - 29th September (and other Rock Action action)



desalvo's 'mood poisoner' album is released on 29th september.
http://www.myspace.com/desalvoland
http://www.rock-action.co.uk

envy's 'transfovista' dvd will be in the shops on october 6th, as will errors 'pump' 7". errors are on tour around the uk from the start of october.

james orr complex's 'com favo' album follows on 27th october, and the debut remember remember album hits the shops on 5th november.

more details on these and associated live performances in craig's post on the forum

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Saga Mogwai

all five parts of magicrpm!'s video interview with stuart are now online:

http://www.magicrpm.com/artistes/mogwai/videos

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Barry on teaching

Before he joined Mogwai, Barry Burns was a music teacher. He's put together some thoughts on his time in the profession for The Quietus. It's a fascinating read.

http://www.thequietus.com/articles/mogwai-s-barry-burns-on-teaching-why-failing-in-the-classroom-brough-forth-the-rock

thanks luke.

Monday, September 22, 2008

UK/European shows NOT cancelled

pitchfork's news story suggesting that mogwai's uk and european shows have been cancelled appears to be inaccurate.

from mogwai.co.uk/

US/Canada dates cancelled
We are sad to announce that we have had to cancel our remaining American and Canadian shows due to ill health. Our other dates in Europe and Japan will be going ahead as planned. We will re-schedule the shows in 2009.

..and UK/European shows too?

from pitchfork:

Following Mogwai's set last night (September 21) at ATP New York, drummer Martin Bulloch was rushed to a nearby hospital due to complications stemming from his ongoing heart condition. Bulloch has since been discharged, but was urged by doctors to return home to Scotland to seek additional treatment.

This necessary change of plans, of course, means that Mogwai have been forced to cancel all of their forthcoming dates, including the remainder of their North American tour with Fuck Buttons and a spate of upcoming European dates they would have shared with the Twilight Sad.

A statement from the band notes plans to reschedule the shows for "early 2009."

North American cancellations - update

from martin bulloch:

I was taken into hospital last night almost immediately after the show at ATP. I've been having some problems with my pacemaker for the duration of the tour and it unfortunately culminated in me being sent to the emergency room. The doctors there initially thought i would have to have corrective surgery at a larger hospital nearer NYC but i have been given the all clear to travel home on the understanding that i go straight to my cardiologist on arrival back in Scotland.

To be honest, i'm really bummed about having to go home and feel for the folk who had bought tickets for our upcoming shows but i can honestly say it would be almost impossible for me to carry on at this point as my pacemaker has broken skin and the surrounding area has become infected.
thanks martin. the only sensible course of action then. best wishes for a speedy recovery.

just to restate then - this week's shows in boston, montreal, toronto, pontiac, chicago and minneapolis are cancelled, to be rescheduled in 2009.

Remaining North American dates cancelled?

from the crofoot website:

We regret to inform you that our MOGWAI show (Thurs 25th Sept) has been cancelled due to health reasons. We wish them a speedy recovery and look forward to hosting them when they return in 2009. Refunds at point of purchase.
seems the Boston show tonight (Mon 22nd Sept) has also been cancelled, as has Montreal tomorrow (Tues 23rd Sept). Tickets are still on sale for toronto, chicago and minneapolis, although this may change.

mogwai have very rarely cancelled shows in the past, and always due to serious illness. our best wishes for a speedy recovery to whoever is affected.

Saga Mogwai

french magazine MAGIC! has the first part of a video interview with stuart:

http://www.magicrpm.com/artistes/mogwai/videos/saga-mogwai-1-5

parts 2 to 5 will be published, one per day, this week.

thanks jean-paul.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

The Hawk Is Howling - 22nd September 2008



as if a reminder were needed...

'the hawk is howling' hit digital stores today (21st september) and the various physical formats are on sale tomorrow (uk/europe) or tuesday (north america).

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

The Hawk Is Howling on MySpace



You can hear our new album in full on our Myspace player. It's called 'The Hawk Is Howling' and is out September 22nd/23rd on Ltd CD/DVD, Double LP and a regular CD. Download from all the usual iTunes and suchlike as well.

You can visit our Myspace here:
myspace.com/mogwai

On you go then.
Love,
Mogwai

Monday, September 15, 2008

More YouTube



documentary filmed at ancienne belgique, brussels on 16th april 2006

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Stuart and Barry on Japanese TV

from a recent posting by stuart at mogwai.co.uk:

Barry and I have just come back from a three-day trip to Japan to do press for our soon to be released album "The Hawk Is Howling". Much thanks to the lovely people at Hostess Records who are putting the record out there for looking after us really well. The most memorable moment was probably our tv appearance where Barry and me had a competition with a guy in a wrestling mask and a Rangers top dribbling a football round some cones. Hopefully it will end up on youtube as it was very amusing.
myspace.com/hostessentertainment (via a very rough babelfish translation suggests that this televisual feast is due for broadcast either here:

http://www.spaceshowertv.com/transporter/ [weds 17th sept, 9pm]

or here:
http://www.bs-asahi.co.jp/usa/ [tues 23rd sept?]

Hawk DVD trailer



mogwai have a youtube channel:
http://www.youtube.com/user/mogwaiTV

Batcat animated video



animated video by Fernando Mena, part of the cd/dvd package for 'the hawk is howling'.

whilst we're on the subject of 'batcat', it's worth noting that a different mix of this track appears on the album to that released on the 'batcat' ep last week.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Strasbourg, Jan 27th

mogwai - la laiterie, strasbourg (27th jan)
tickets went on sale yesterday

hopefully an indicator of a wider european tour?

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Japanese tour dates

from http://smash-jpn.com:

"JAPAN TOUR 2009"
Special Guest : Remember Remember

- TOKYO -
1.11 (sun) Shinkiba STUDIO COAST

- NAGOYA -
1.13 (tue) Nagoya CLUB QUATTRO

- OSAKA -
1.14 (wed) Osaka BIG CAT

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Free agents



issue 16 of rock-a-rolla magazine has a substantial interview with stuart, including confirmation that 'the hawk is howling' marks the end of mogwai's deal with pias. future mogwai releases will come via rock action, presumably licensed outside the uk?

the magazine can be purchased from http://rock-a-rolla.com for £4 inc shipping (uk). overseas pricing on their website.

US tour update



(last night's los angeles setlist above)

thank you for all the reviews/setlists/photos from the six us tour dates so far this month. you'll find them here: gigography

keep 'em coming!

anyone with further info on the setlists for the shows at sled island, calgary (june), ilosaarirock (july), øya festival, oslo and debeschaving festival, utrecht(august) and last week's show in victoria, bc - please get in touch.

update: mogwai used the countdown clock music at the start of the set in san francisco. have they been doing this everywhere?

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Batcat and Aloha Hawaii out tomorrow

as if a reminder were needed....



'batcat' ep
8th september 2008
pias/wall of sound
cd: [WOS037CD]
12": [WOS037T]

in addition to the pre-orders we listed last week, there appear to be some decent digital deals around (digital sales started today). 7digital has the full ep for £0.99, for example. further links welcome.

also out tomorrow:



aloha hawaii [stuart braithwaite and aidan moffat]
'towns on the moon' b/w 'i've been bad for years and years'
10" vinyl only (no digital release)
ltd to 1000 copies
chemikal underground

single of the week at norman records:
It starts off amazingly with quite industrial beats and a mental little processed riff that morphs around until it's eventually complemented by some lovely string action. It's bright and sunny shit that totally lives up to the Hawaii thing. The closest comparison I can think of is that track off the new Mogwai LP that they put up for free download, 'The Sun Smells Too Loud'. It's got definite hints of the Lucky Pierre stuff but most of all I'm reminded of Black Dice. The track on the other side is called 'I've Been Bad for Years and Years' that's also got a bit of a grinding factory feel to the drums, like the lead track it's not hugely abrasive but it works a treat along with the droning synths and squeeling guitar solos.. It's making me think of stuff like Cluster and Guru Guru, a real Krautrock feel. Things get taken down notch about halfway through and we go out all floaty and content. To round off the package it's all packaged up in an ace little retro design too. Brilliant, best thing I've heard on Chemikal Underground in years!

Japanese Hawk



'the hawk is howling' is released in japan on 17th september by hostess [HSE30201]. as with previous japanese editions of mogwai albums, a number of bonus tracks are included:

Dracula Family (from the rock action 2008 sampler)
Stupid Prick Gets Chased By The Polis And Loses His Slut Girlfriend (from the 'batcat' ep)
Devil Rides (from the 'batcat' ep)

Saturday, September 6, 2008

PIAS - a strange beast

apologies for this, but i am out of options.

in the last couple of days, brightlight has been pleased to receive two 'thank you' messages from THE WEB SHERIFF on behalf of mogwai's label pias.

we have long tried to 'do the right thing' - not posting downloads (or links to downloads) for any of mogwai's official releases at any point in our ten-year history, for example. we (and i'm including tom and iain here as well) have worked tirelessly to promote mogwai's various activities, and the band have been unstinting in offering their support in various ways.

you'd think that, under the circumstances, we might have attracted some degree of interest and involvement from pias, given that mogwai have been signed to the label (or their offshoot wall of sound) since 2000. and, during nic shanks' tenure at the label around the release of 'mr beast', you'd be right. beyond that, they have been fucking useless. at the time of writing, i have been repeatedly attempting to get someone at pias (or bad moon pr) to answer emails since the end of last year. i have not had a single reply.

i am not interested in hearing from the WEB SHERIFF again. but some contact from pias or bad moon would be most welcome.

Crippled Black Phoenix update

as we reported previously, crippled black phoenix started work on two albums back in 2007. justin greaves posted the following on the band's myspace blog earlier this week:

OK

There is a plan, whether or not we'll stick to it is anyones guess, but for now here's the pitch...

Both albums "The Resurrectionists" and "Night Raider" will be released together in or around December as a limited box set which will also include a vinyl version, a book of sorts and maybe some other limited artwork type stuff....This release will be in advance of the "regular" version which will be out early January. The length of time this album has taken has been a little frustrating but at least there's some light now, this is one reason there has been a few previews posted on the profile player.

The full tracklist for the two albums is as follows (some songs we have been playing live over the last year!)...

THE RESURRECTIONISTS
Burnt Reynolds
Rise Up And Fight
Whissendine
Crossing The Bar
200 Tons Of Bad Luck
Please Do Not Stay Here
Song For The Loved
A Hymn For A Lost Soul
444
Littlestep
Human Nature Dictates The Downfall Of Humans

NIGHT RAIDER
Time Of Ye Life/Born For Nothing/Paranoid Arm Of Narcoliptic Empire
Wendigo
Bat Stack
Along Where The Wind Blows
Onward Ever Downwards
A Lack Of Common Sense
Trust No One
I Am Free, Today I Perished

....proof of actual work being done!

There may well be a video done for the song "Rise Up And Fight" but i'll believe it when i see it!

We also intend to be touring later in the year and early next, the first thing looks like it will be a few UK dates with the great band Manatees. There's some other plans too...maybe i shouldn't say anything just yet...don't want to curse it!

So anyway, just a bit of something if yer interested.....there may be another preview if ye lucky.......go on.....pick a tune, y'never know, i might feel generous.
further details to follow as they emerge.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Hawk pre-order - exclusive t-shirt



from mogwai.co.uk

We're pleased to announce we're running a special offer for those pre-ordering 'The Hawk Is Howling' from our online store. People buying the album on ANY format (take your pick of regular CD, Vinyl or the ltd. CD/DVD format) from the online shop can get hold of an exclusive t-shirt and the 'Batcat' EP at a discount.
http://www.resonancemusicstore.com/mogwai/index.html

US tour underway

most of wednesday's mogwai show in portland has appeared on youtube. setlist details and links can be found in the gigography

apparently a mogwai/fuck buttons split single has been produced for the tour - more info welcome.

if anyone's in a position to pick up a copy for me, i'd greatly appreciate it.

update:
Tracklist:
'Colours Move' (Shibuya Drunk remix by Mogwai)
'Mogwai Fear Satan' (Fuck Buttons cover)

2-track CD single for the US tour, 10" vinyl for the uk shows in October.
Thanks Stuart.

as the tour progresses, reviews/setlists/photos are most welcome.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Mogwai do art and advertising

stolen wholesale from the forum (thanks kahlo):

A Mogwai track is to be used as the soundtrack of an art installation in Bucharest for the Urban Art festival on September 20th. The track Friend of the Night will be used while images are projected 84 metres high onto the Romanian Parliament - Europe's largest building.

From: http://www.alexboyd.co.uk

Scottish post rock heroes Mogwai have kindly let me use one of their tracks "Friend of the night" as the soundtrack for the upcoming projection show in Bucharest.

The track is taken from their 2006 album "Mr Beast", which is among one of my favourites, and was what I was mainly listening to when I took many of the photos from the "Sonnets from Scotland" series.

Many thanks to Barry Burns for giving permission to use the track.
Here is the mock up of one of the pieces:

http://flickr.com/photos/alexboydphotography/2817780358/

and whilst we're on the theme of other people using mogwai's music, many of you will already have seen the nike commercial 'a dream deferred', featuring 'i know you are but what am i?', first aired during the beijing olympics last month.

The Hawk Is Howling reviews and pre-orders



thequietus
(apparently barry's written an article for thequietus titled 'failing at teaching'. link to follow when it's published)
slant magazine

links to any further reviews welcome.

cheapest uk pre-order for the cd/dvd package:
hmv (£8.99 inc shipping)

links to further pre-orders welcome.

update: play.com (£8.95 inc shipping). thanks 'twinmaker'.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Mansell/Aronofsky OSTs live

clint mansell has announced that he will be performing excerpts from his soundtracks for darren aronofsky's movies at a special show in ghent, belgium on 16th october. further info:
http://www.filmfestival.be/

should be a pretty amazing show. before the rumours start, brightlight can confirm that mogwai will not be involved.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Batcat ep pre-orders



'batcat' ep
8th september 2008
pias/wall of sound
cd: [WOS037CD]
12": [WOS037T]

tracklist:
batcat
stupid prick gets chased by the polis and loses his slut girlfriend
devil rides

cd single and 12” limited to 1500 of each format; this will strictly be a one-off pressing

cd: norman records (£3.79 plus shipping)
cd: hmv (£2.99 inc shipping)

12": norman records (£3.79 plus shipping)
12": hmv (£4.99 inc shipping)

further links welcome, particularly outside the uk.

update:
12": matador ($8 plus shipping)

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Aloha Hawaii pre-order



the first aloha hawaii single, 'towns on the moon', is available to pre-order from chemikal underground. ltd to 1000 copies, release date 8th september, no digital formats.

10" vinyl £6 plus shipping
10" vinyl/t-shirt pack £15 plus shipping

the t-shirt was designed by aidan moffat.

Aloha Hawaii is the result of at least a decade of (often drunken) planning that has finally come to some form of fruition: to record any kind of sounds that please our four ears whenever we have the time, inspiration and enthusiasm. There is no game-plan, no style, no genre; anything that makes us smile will make it onto our records, which will take the form of sporadic, vinyl-only singles to be released on any record label willing to accommodate us over the next year or two.

The first label to support our efforts will be our good friends, Chemikal Underground, who release the 10" single Towns On The Moon b/w I've Been Bad For Years And Years on September 8th 2008. There will be no digital formats whatsoever. This could be a statement about the cheapening of an art-form in a world of disposable download culture or it could simply mean that we're interminably old-fashioned and hopelessly out of date. We also reserve the right to change our minds.

Aloha Hawaii is Stuart Braithwaite and Aidan Moffat

Mogwai vs Zane Lowe

following the rob da bank session last monday, mogwai make a further bbc radio 1 appearance on wednesday (27th august), as session guests on zane lowe's show (7pm - 9pm).
http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/zanelowe/

the rob da bank show consisted of session recordings of 'batcat', 'i'm jim morrison, i'm dead', 'the precipice' and 'mogwai fear satan' plus interview and record picks from stuart and dominic.
listen again (*today only*): http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/robdabank/

update: apparently zane lowe is repeating two of the tracks already broadcast by rob da bank.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Mogwai on Rob Da Bank - update

as we reported previously, mogwai are scheduled to be in session on rob da bank's bbc radio 1 show on monday 18th august (midnight to 2am i.e. the early hours of monday morning). the session was recorded on wednesday (13th august), and a band interview was also recorded this week.

the show's website contains no further information on this at the moment.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/robdabank/

apparently part of the session will be broadcast on zane lowe's bbc radio 1 show (mon - thurs, 7pm to 9pm). precise details on this are hard to find at present, and http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/zanelowe/ makes no mention of a mogwai session, despite having been updated with info on next week's programmes. it's likely that the zane lowe tracks will be different to those broadcast by rob da bank, although this is, again, unconfirmed.

it'll be interesting to hear whether zane lowe can curb his inane prattling for long enough to let his audience hear the mogwai session.

Mogwai to record OST for Luke Sutherland?

from teletext.co.uk/planetsound

Mogwai are set to record a film soundtrack for a movie by their occasional violinist Luke Sutherland.

As well as playing violin for Mogwai, Sutherland has published three novels.

Stuart Braithwaite told PS: "Luke's asked us to do music for a film being made of one of his books, and we're into doing it. Sometimes you get asked to do an hour's worth of music in two weeks - it's the film industry's way."

McGee loves the Hawk, slates MBV

from alan mcgee's myspace blog:

MY BLOODY VALENTINE NOSTALGIC CABARET TOUR 2008

THE NEW MOGWAI ALBUM THE HAWK IS HOWLING VERSUS THE ''NOSTALGIC CABARET'' OF MBV LIVE IN 2008

Finally got time to listen to it and it's even better than the last two Mogwai albums which to me have both been wonderful.I'm Jim Morrison,I'm Dead/Danphe and the brain/Local Authority/Kings Meadow/Thank you space expert are all beautiful Mogwai music.Their is a beautiful irony that the ''nostalgic cabaret'' that is my bloody valentine are throwing at people in 2008 gets critical acclaim in the easily pleased UK press with MBV still playing the exact same set they did 20 years ago and the only trick Kevin Shields has anymore in 2008 is actual volume and double extra pa to numb you and zero new songs.

Hear the new Mogwai record it's beautiful. Mogwai are 2008. My bloody valentine were a joke signing in 1991. Maybe they got better..
interesting to note that nme's report makes no mention of mogwai at all.

presumably he's not managing mogwai anymore, if he's only just heard the album?

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Batcat video



as many of you will already be aware, the video for mogwai's forthcoming 'batcat' single appeared online on monday.

from http://blog.wired.com/music/2008/08/domenic-hailsto.html:
What is batcat, you ask? Aside from being the nickname for a US Army radar surveillance plane used during the Vietnam War, it's a scary looking creature that shows up during the end of the new Mogwai video for their song by the same name, from their upcoming album The Hawk Is Howling (September 23, Matador).

Batcat is a tightly coiled rager that's likely to be a live favorite, with huge, crunching chords going one way and perfectly shaped counterpoints surging back the other way.

The video's director Domenic Hailstone writes on his MySpace page, "I spent the first few years of my life making giant cardboard monsters and drawing. I then got seriously into computers but was somehow distracted into a career making rubber monsters". After working a number of jobs mostly within the film industry, he apparently decided to combine his loves of filmmaking and monsters to become a film director.

With some judicious camera work, Hailstone makes batcat the living centerpiece of a gentle tale of "boy meets world."


'batcat' is released on monday 8th september (uk/europe, pias) and 9th september (north america, matador).

Sunday, August 10, 2008

More European shows

fatcat (the twilight sad's label) have published a more complete listing for the mogwai/twilight sad european tour this autumn. shows in amsterdam, zagreb and prague are added to the dates already announced:

30 Oct - Melkweg, Amsterdam, Netherlands
13 Nov - Aquarius Club, Zagreb, Croatia
15 Nov - Archa Theatre, Prague, Czech Republic

More reissues

imperial records (japanese home to the recent 'mogwai young team' deluxe edition) are set to reissue 'mogwai young team', 'come on die young', 'kicking a dead pig' and 'ep + 6' on 24th september.

as far as is known at present, the reissues will have no new music. they will, however, appear on shm-cd:

The high quality SHM-CD (Super High Material CD) format features enhanced audio quality through the use of a special polycarbonate plastic. SHM-CDs feature improved transparency on the data side of the disc, allowing for more accurate reading of CD data by the CD player laser head. SHM-CD format CDs are fully compatible with standard CD players.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Off Festival on Trójka

it appears that mogwai's appearance at off festival in poland last night was radio-broadcast.

http://www.polskieradio.pl/trojka/aktualnosci/?id=61508 suggests that the concert will be rebroadcast tonight, just after midnight. recordings welcome - please get in touch. setlist info, reviews etc welcome too.

thanks markus.

Brightlight URLs

apologies for the deluge of site-related posting - hopefully we'll have some mogwai news to report soon.

if you've visited brightlight over the last few days, and used 'brightlight.youngteam.co.uk' (with or without any extension for individual pages on the site), you'll have noticed that everything defaults to the front page at present. this is the only (fingers crossed) remaining issue from the change of host. 'brightlight.youngteam.co.uk' will continue to work, but a fuller experience of the site can be had by using:
http://www.youngteam.co.uk/brightlight/

please update your bookmarks!

US tour poster



no idea whether this is an official poster.
more mogwai art by the same designer:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/lysterfiend/

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Hosting part 2

the move has been completed. the only issue i am aware of at present is that external links to individual pages and images don't work at present. i'm working on fixing this.

other than this linking issue, please get in touch if:
- the site doesn't work properly for you (details on browser and mac/pc would be helpful)
- you find any missing pages or images

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Hosting

brightlight! is moving house. hopefully this should be a pretty seamless process, but it's possible that the site may 'disappear' or emails may start bouncing briefly at some point over the next 72 hours. please persist!

once the move has been completed, please get in touch if you find any missing pages or images.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Well worth a read

John Williamson interviews Stuart Braithwaite, Glasgow Herald, Sat 2nd August 2008:

http://johncwilliamson.wordpress.com/2008/08/04/mogwai/

Rock Action update



desalvo's 'mood poisoner' album [rockact38] is released on 29th september.

tracklist:
  • brown flag
  • tonguescraper parts 1&2
  • ripper situation
  • latrine lizard
  • get black
  • oedipus rising
  • schindler's lift
  • questionable sport
  • spandoflage
  • cock swastika

    http://www.myspace.com/desalvoland
    http://www.rock-action.co.uk

    envy's 'transfovista' dvd [rockact39] should be in the shops on october 6th.

    further info on new releases from remember remember and part chimp to follow soon.

    torche undertake an extensive uk and european tour in september/october.

    errors have a run of uk dates scheduled through october, including support slots at mogwai's edinburgh, manchester and london shows (alongside fuck buttons).

    thanks craig.
  • Sunday, August 3, 2008

    Aloha Hawaii update



    some further info on the first aloha hawaii single from
    aidanmoffat.co.uk:

    The Aloha Hawaii 10” single will soon be available for pre-order from Chemikal Underground and will come with a special offer on a quite snazzy Aloha Hawaii t-shirt! Release date is yet to be confirmed but it’s looking like the 1st of September.
    check aidan's website for further info on his own very full release schedule.

    Saturday, August 2, 2008

    Mogwai on Rob Da Bank

    a mogwai special will be broadcast on rob da bank's bbc radio 1 show on monday 18th august (midnight to 2am i.e. the early hours of monday morning), promising 'new live session tracks and much more'.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/robdabank/

    and Then there were Eight (and a bit)



    avid Hawk-watchers will have already heard the sun smells too loud and six other new songs performed live in concert. to add 'danphe & the brain' to that list, visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/robdabank/, click on 'listen to the rob da bank show' (not the 'rob da bank and friends' link - you'll see what i mean when you get there) and pick up the show at around 1:19. be quick though - it'll disappear on monday (4th august).

    further Hawk action can be found at http://www.matadorrecords.com/store/index.php?catalog_id=315, where the pre-sale includes 30-second clips of every track on the album, as well as offering a $1 price reduction and a free poster.
    for those with some catching up to do, there's also a bundle containing mogwai's four matador albums (including 'the hawk is howling') and the poster for $36.

    and last but not least, we previously reported that initial copies of 'the hawk is howling' will include a bonus dvd. amazon.com's pre-order has the following snippet:
    Limited deluxe CD+DVD in gatefold digipak includes video for "Batcat", directed by Dominic Hailstone (Aphex Twin), plus the Vincent Moon (The National) short film about Mogwai, "Before It Sounds".
    and stuart added:
    The dvd with our album was filmed in Italy last weekend by the very nice Vincent Moon.
    Vincent Moon: http://www.blogotheque.net

    Thursday, July 24, 2008

    Groningen

    ticketmaster.nl has tickets on sale for a further mogwai european show:

    1st november - de oosterpoort, groningen, netherlands

    update: and another one - ticnet.se lists:

    3rd november - mejeriet, lund, sweden
    tickets on sale 29th july. thanks anders.

    Saturday, July 19, 2008

    MYT - Japanese bonus track, Fujirockers DVD

    the 'mogwai young team' remaster is released in japan on 23rd july by imperial records [TECI28485]. the tracklisting at hmv japan shows an additional tenth track on the second disc, 'like herod (jazz up)'. further info welcome.

    update: "it is an alternative mix that is so barely different that anyone paying 79p for it should feel robbed". thanks stuart.

    mogwai also appear on 'Fujirockers: The History Of The Fujirock Festival', a two-disc dvd set released in japan on 23rd july by whd entertainment. some further info can be found here:
    http://www.smash-uk.com/frf08/news.php?id=30
    and here:
    http://www.smash-uk.com/frf08/news_events.html#rockers
    it appears that the dvd is a documentary about the festival and it's history, rather than a live performance collection, so to what extent mogwai are featured is unknown.

    The Hawk Is Howling DVD, Japanese release details



    play.com has a pre-order for "The Hawk Is Howling (Deluxe Edition CD & DVD)". anyone seen any details on the dvd? thanks fergus.

    the album is released in japan on 17th september by hostess [HSE30201], and it appears that same cd/dvd package will be available. previous japanese editions of mogwai albums have included bonus material. it's not yet known if this will be the case with 'the hawk is howling'.

    Friday, July 18, 2008

    Further European dates, Toronto venue change

    just announced - shows in luxembourg, copenhagen and zurich, as well as confirmation on the vienna show (14th nov):
    forthcoming gigs
    or
    http://www.mogwai.co.uk/option,com_gigcal/Itemid,3/
    plenty of gaps in the schedule still, so presumably more dates to follow.

    the toronto show (24th sept) has been moved from koolhaus to phoenix concert theatre. thanks ben.

    MYT on DiS

    further coverage of this weekend's 'mogwai young team' shows in spain - a interview with stuart about the recording of the album, amongst other things:
    http://www.drownedinsound.com/articles/3677868

    Thursday, July 17, 2008

    MYT this weekend, Dresden in November



    last sunday's show at the ilosaarirock festival in finland included the first performances of 'katrien' and 'a cheery wave from stranded youngsters' for ten years. the details we have so far are here. please get in touch if you can complete the setlist. thanks jere.

    mogwai's next two live performances are the 'mogwai young team' sets at summercase in madrid and barcelona this weekend.

    one further confirmed european show (not an 'myt' show):
    11th nov - alter schlachthof, dresden, germany

    update: added details on five further german shows in october and november: forthcoming gigs, from pias germany

    Tuesday, July 15, 2008

    Fribourg (and Paris?)

    first confirmed mainland european date for the autumn:
    17th nov - fri-son, fribourg, switzerland

    rumours of a paris show (28th oct) have also appeared today - can anyone confirm this?

    update: the paris show was confirmed by barry in a recent interview. thanks francois.

    28th oct - le nouveau casino, paris

    update 2: the paris venue is le casino de paris (capacity 2,000) and not le nouveau casino (capacity 300). thanks christophe.

    last.fm has an unconfirmed vienna show:
    14th nov - wuk, vienna

    Sunday, July 6, 2008

    The Sun Smells on YouTube

    following the release of the first stage in mogwai's dancefloor crossover campaign last week, 'the sun smells too loud' now has a video:

    Thursday, July 3, 2008

    The Sun Smells Too Loud

    from http://www.matadorrecords.com/matablog/?p=1847:

    We’re pleased to unveil the first MP3 from the upcoming Mogwai LP/CD, ‘The Hawk Is Howling’ (out September 23) - “The Sun Smells Too Loud” is a fairly substantial hint that said album is gonna be a scalp-scorcher.

    Tuesday, July 1, 2008

    Canadian shows


    craftydeer.com

    a fair bit of positive comment on last night's toronto show already. can anyone help complete the setlist?

    very little comment around for the sled island show in calgary on saturday, beyond a suggestion that mogwai's set may have been shortened by overruns earlier in the day. any further comment, setlist etc much appreciated.

    update: toronto setlist sorted. calgary anyone?

    update 2:
    toronto review on chromewaves
    toronto photos on chromewaves
    thanks frank.

    Transmission cancelled

    having been on, then off, then on again, the transmission festival has finally been cancelled. due to be held in austria this weekend, the organisers have cited "lower than expected presales and budgetary concerns" as the reason for cancelling the festival at very short notice. full ticket refunds from point of purchase.

    Saturday, June 28, 2008

    Mexico City, 26th June



    photos from mogwai's show in mexico city last thursday:
    http://www.tono.tv/wordpress/?p=508

    soundcheck video:
    http://www.tono.tv/wordpress/?p=510

    press conference photos:
    http://www.tono.tv/wordpress/?p=509

    a number of reviews (in spanish) linked from last.fm:
    http://www.last.fm/event/636342

    more photos:
    http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=mogwai+mexico&d=posted-20080626-&ct=0

    but as yet no setlist. please get in touch if you can help with that one.

    update:
    thanks to toni for the setlist.

    read barry's tour diary:
    http://www.lifeboxset.com/?p=830

    Attic Lights remix on vinyl



    we reported a few weeks back that mogwai had completed one of the remixes for attic lights 'bring you down' single. the single is released in july, but a very limited 10" compiling the remixes from across the various formats has surfaced this week. this will be the only way to get the mogwai remix on vinyl, should that be your thing.

    buy the 10" from normans:
    http://www.normanrecords.com/records/100578
    other links welcome.

    Thursday, June 26, 2008

    The Rock Project



    following our story last week about stuart's school band, further info about the tape has emerged.

    stuart appears twice, firstly in a band called 'stratospheric love hippies' performing 'psychedelic paradise', and then in 'psychocat' performing 'freedom'. the personnel appears to be the same for both bands - stuart braithwaite, craig wallace, david blacoe and william hamilton.

    the recording, production and mixing was done by strac recordings, a record company set up by strathaven academy secondary school in south lanarkshire, scotland. victoria, stuart's older sister , is amongst the recording engineers.

    thanks mark.

    Wednesday, June 25, 2008

    St Deluxe

    St Deluxe and Stuart from Mogwai

    from http://www.myspace.com/stdeluxe
    We've started recording our follow up album!! and we got the most excellent Stuart Braithwaite of Mogwai down to Riverside Recording Studios to produce the first track called 'After the Fire' it was really great to work with him and we'd like to thank him a lot for all his help!We'll be keeping this track under wraps for a wee while tho, but I'd say it's one of our best!!

    Thursday, June 19, 2008

    MYT widget



    us-only txttunes widget. apparently this doesn't work in the uk or europe. i'm not really sure what it does, but i can now officially 'embed a widget'. get me.
    thanks stewart.

    pitchfork's 9.2 review of the 'mogwai young team' reissue:
    http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/article/record_review/51156-young-team-2008-edition

    Remember Neale?



    photographer neale smith, whose work has graced a number of mogwai record sleeves, has just launched a new website. it's taken me 20 minutes to write this post as i kept getting distracted by his photos. some pretty amazing landscapes amongst the music photos and his other work. take a look!
    there's a load more on flickr too:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/nealesmithphotography

    completely unrelated (as far as i know, anyway):
    a live video of new track 'the swimming' by recent rock action signings remember remember can be found here:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/scotland/music/introducing_live/events/030608/index.shtml?media=rememberremember

    Wednesday, June 18, 2008

    afterthepostrock

    well-used home to fans of bands with unwieldy names, afterthepostrock.com has thrown up couple of interesting threads this week.

    firstly this, from 'babyloncher':

    A little pointless story to share with you all. I was at my parents house yesterday sorting through some old cds/records/cassettes, when i found a cassette tucked away which contained Stuart Braithwaite's (main man from Mogwai) first recorded output. Both my sisters (my eldest sister babysat him a couple of times!) and I went to school with Stuart you see, and the cassette was a school project containing 9 or 10 songs performed by various high school bands. It was called 'The Strathaven Academy Rock Project'. Lo and behold, one of the bands was Mr Braithwaite's. It was cool to suddenly find a giant of post-rock's first release, he would have been about 14 or 15 at the time!

    and stuart's been answering questions. key points - manchester academy is a crap place to hang out, promoters offering 20 quid and a pizza will probably not get a booking, further touring plans exist beyond those already announced (european shows in the autumn being very likely), a couple of glasgow restaurant recommendations, an expanded 'come on die young' may be in the works. and - surprise! - some stuff about pedals.

    I really like the Bon Iver album, the Neon Neon album, the new (leaked) Deerhunter album and The Goslings. The Goslings are mind blowing. SB

    > which mogwai album's sessions stand out as the most satisfying as far as capturing the music/feel/mood most accurately to the way you wanted them to sound?

    CODY and Happy Songs were both very close to how i imagined them sounding. There was a lot of playing live in those sessions which i feel is important. The My Father My King session had a great atmosphere which translated onto the recording too.

    > do you feel that your newest album is your "best" album?

    I don't know. its too new. I do like it a lot. SB

    > which song do you like performing live the most?

    I like playing songs that are very simple (Helicon 1, Mogwai Fear Satan, We're No Here etc) because i don't have to think about what to do next and i can just listen to what is going on and get immersed in the noise.

    Don't fancy yours much



    the picture says it all. thanks to
    exclaim.ca

    Saturday, June 14, 2008

    Tour update

    mogwai have been confirmed for the off festival in mysłowice, poland (8th-10th august). date tbc.

    a second toronto show is rumoured to be taking place at kool haus on 24th sept, following mogwai's appearance at the phoenix concert theatre on 30th june.

    the venue for the guadalajara show (24th june) has been changed to teatro estudio cavaret.

    fuck buttons support at the uk shows in october.

    Thursday, June 12, 2008

    The Hawk Is Howling tracklist



    from mogwai.co.uk:

    Our new album The Hawk Is Howling is released by PIAS/Wall Of Sound on September 22nd and Matador in America on September 23rd. It is just over 63 minutes long. It was recorded by Andy Miller at Chem 19 in February apart from one song which was recorded by Tony Doogan at Castle Of Doom last summer. It was mixed by Gareth Jones at Castle Of Doom in March and mastered at Abbey Road by Sean Magee in April. The songs on it are:

    1 I'm Jim Morrison, I'm dead
    2 Batcat
    3 Danphe and The Brain
    4 Local Authority
    5 The Sun Smells Too Loud
    6 Kings Meadow
    7 I Love you, I'm Going To Blow Up Your School
    8 Scotland’s Shame
    9 Thank You Space Expert
    10 The Precipice
    the track recorded in 2007 is 'the sun smells too loud'. thanks stuart.

    Tuesday, June 10, 2008

    Aloha Hawaii

    from chemikal underground:

    Aloha Hawaii - Coming Soon...

    Who the hell are Aloha Hawaii? Aidan Moffat and Stuart Braithwaite, that's who, and they've got a new project which we're delighted to be working with them on. As if they're not busy enough, Stuart and Aidan have conceived of Aloha Hawaii and will be releasing a sporadic series of strictly limited edition 7" vinyl singles which will eventually find their way on to an album at some point in the future.

    The first 7" will be 33rpm and will feature the following tracks:

    A: Towns On The Moon
    B: I've Been Bad For Years And Years

    Now, here's the thing: these singles will be available on Vinyl only and when we say vinyl only, we mean vinyl only. There will be no digital files available of these tracks or certainly any digital versions of these tracks you can get your hands on will not be sanctioned by Chemikal Underground. Stuart and Aidan wanted to release something that was purely for you vinyl junkies out there and we saw absolutely no earthly reason to stand in their way. The first Aloha Hawaii single will be available in late July/early August - final date to be confirmed (you can never tell until we get the test pressing approved etc.). Keep an eye out for future updates and of course, on our online shop where it will be on sale first...

    update:
    Of the 2 songs recorded so far as Aloha Hawaii one has loads of african sounding drums, mellotron and thumb piano and the other is in 5/4 and has noisy jazz saxophone played by James who plays in Remember Remember. I bought a toy amp for £1 at a car boot sale which i played electric guitar and bass through on both songs. SB

    Saturday, June 7, 2008

    Single and album sleeves



    matador's blog post about mogwai's us tour dates also includes the sleeve images for the 'batcat' ep and the 'hawk is howling' album.

    Friday, June 6, 2008

    North American tour dates

    The September run of US and Canadian shows has been announced, 20 shows in all:

    http://www.mogwai.co.uk/option,com_gigcal/Itemid,3/

    Thursday, June 5, 2008

    Portland

    mogwai play musicfest nw in portland, oregon. the festival runs from 3rd-6th september. the date of mogwai's appearance is tbc.