Thursday, December 17, 2009

An Eventful Day



Three years ago today, Arab Strap played their last-ever show in Tokyo.

Over the last year or so, I've seen a marked resurgence of interest in the band. Back in 2008, I asked Aidan and Malcolm if they minded my adding an Arab Strap section to Brightlight, to bring together touring and discography info. I've finally got round to doing something about it:

http://www.youngteam.co.uk/arabstrap/

The gigography is up, to be followed by a discography in the next few days. This is going to be a decidedly Web 1:0 affair. I've no intention of running a news service or reunion campaign.

Contributions very much welcomed, particularly for the gigography for 2004-2006.
Please also get in touch if you have live/session recordings of the band - lossless trades welcomed.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Stuart's picks for 2009

From the Matablog:

Stuart Braithwaite, Mogwai

1 Four Tet/Burial – Moth (12″)
2 Raekwon – OBFCL2 lp
3 Bill Callahan – Sometimes I wish we were an Eagle lp
4 Fuck Buttons – Tarot Sport lp
5 Batman and Robin – comic
6 Twilight Sad – Forget the night ahead lp
7 Missisipi Records – ENTIRE OUTPUT!!!!!!!!!!
8 Arkham Asylum – PS3 game
9 Sunn – Monoliths and Dimensions lp
10 Lil Wayne – No Ceilings mixtape

I wouldn't bother reading the rest of the article unless you're particularly interested in coffee, cakes, meat or people moaning about their contacts with law enforcement agencies.

Matador and your booking agents - please note - Birmingham, UK now boasts TWO decent venues (the Hare & Hounds in Kings Heath, and the recently-opened Academy) - maybe you'd like to send some of your bands our way for a change. There are over a million of us, after all.

Monday, December 7, 2009

New shirts and Christmas savings



Three new Mogwai t-shirts designed by Aidan Moffat on sale now. Also Xmas offer of 10% off orders over £40.
http://mogwai.sandbag.uk.com

Special Moves mastering

Mogwai's forthcoming live album 'Special Moves (live in Brooklyn)' is being mastered today by Kenny MacLeod.

The album was recorded at Mogwai's three night stand at the Music Hall Of Williamsburg in April 2009. The shows were also filmed for the 'Burning' live film.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Vote Aitchy!

http://dearscotland.com/2009/12/02/vote-for-scotlands-greatest-ever-bassist/

Dominic's currently leading.

Artzine 2009



http://www.youngteam.co.uk/brightlight/eng/artzine2009.php

Thanks to our five contributors for their hard work. Feverish consideration of the entries has taken place this week, and the forum moderators (Christian, Neil and myself) have chosen Rik Rawling as the lucky recipient of the main prize. Everyone's a winner though - contributors, please can I have your postal addresses.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Artzine 2 - deadline TOMORROW



One final reminder - the Artzine competition (that's a photo of the first prize above) closes tomorrow (30th Nov).

http://brightlight-youngteam.blogspot.com/2009/09/competition-time-again.html

Thursday, November 26, 2009

The Skinny's 'Scottish Albums of the Decade'

Barry's written a piece on De Rosa's (excellent) 'Prevention':
http://www.theskinny.co.uk/article/97756-scottish-albums-of-the-decade-15-de-rosa---prevention

The rest of this list should be worth a look, given that they've already included Uncle John & Whitelock's 'There Is Nothing Else', one of my personal favourites of the last decade.

Update: 'Happy Songs For Happy People' at no.14, http://www.theskinny.co.uk/article/98098-scottish-albums-of-the-decade-14-mogwai---happy-songs-for-happy-people

Arab Strap's 'The Red Thread' at no.12. Some good picks so far.

Update 2: 'Mr. Beast' at no.10
http://www.theskinny.co.uk/article/97803-scottish-albums-of-the-decade-10-mogwai---mr-beast

ATP film on DVD - the perfect Christmas present



So the ATP movie, featuring Mogwai, is out now on DVD.

The press response so far has been great, if you're curious you can check the archive here:
http://www.ourtrueintent.com/pressarchive/

Also, news of the film can be found here:
http://www.ourtrueintent.com/
http://www.facebook.com/ATPFilm
http://www.myspace.com/atpfilm

..................................................................................................................

ALL TOMORROW'S PARTIES movie, featuring Mogwai, out now!

All Tomorrow’s Parties is a kaleidoscopic journey into the parallel musical universe of cult music festival, and Mogwai feature alongside Belle And Sebastian / Grizzly Bear / Sonic Youth / Battles / Portishead / Daniel Johnston / Grinderman / Lightning Bolt / David Cross / Animal Collective / The Boredoms / Akron/Family / Slint / the Yeah Yeah Yeahs / the Gossip / Iggy and the Stooges / Shellac / Patti Smith and many others

Order the DVD now from http://www.warpfilmstore.com/ [£17.99 inc shipping]

EXTRAS include:

- 40 page full colour booklet, including 10 years of ATP artwork and programme introductions, and slipcase packaging.
- over 50 minutes of full length performances
- commentary from ATP promoters Barry Hogan and Deborah Kee Higgins

- the DVD is also a key that can be used to unlock exclusive bonus content online, including Vincent Moon's footage from ATP New York (also featuring Mogwai), more full length performances and lots more

Here are some of the latest reviews...

CRITICS PICK, "Part concert film, part rebel manifesto." - LA Weekly

"Visually dazzling......" - Variety

**** "A kaleidoscopic good times montage" - Time Out

**** "Ten years of the art-rock weekender, stylishly summarised in an avant-garde but hugely enjoyable rock-doc. Hair-raising, the excitement is palpable, you’ll be champing at the bit." - Mojo

**** "Always beautiful and never boring...the perfect birthday present for a great festival...a gift that keeps on giving." - Uncut
As previously noted, there are a number of cheaper buying options.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Friend at 46



After last week's '66th Best Album Of The Noughties' for 'The Hawk Is Howling', nme.com has 'Friend Of The Night' as the 46th Best Track Of The Noughties.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Glasgow PodcART - episode 39

Episode 39: PodcART Young Team

11.18.2009 | Podcast

Welcome to a very special podcast for us and we are sure for many other people. For many of us involved in PodcART we have been Mogwai fans since the band started. This week we are lucky enough to have Stuart Braithwaite from the band guesting with us. He joins Sean, Halina, Ally, Nicola and Louise for the usual innuendo filled banter, music chat and an idea of what is happening next with Mogwai.

We have to say an enormous thank you to Stuart for joining us. It is certainly a milestone since the beginning and he lived up to being a an interesting and highly amusing gent.
http://www.glasgowpodcart.com/?p=2411

Update: the podcast is 93 mins long, music tracklist on the Glasgow PodcART link above. Main items of Mogwai 'news':

'Burning' is likely to be screened at the Glasgow Film Festival [18th - 28th Feb 2010]

Current plan for 2010 is writing new songs (spring), recording (summer), mixing (autumn) for a tentative release in spring 2011. They're actively avoiding taking bookings for live shows in 2010.

There's some stuff about pedals.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Hawk at 66



In a rare lapse of good taste, nme.com has 'The Hawk is Howling' at no.66 in 'The Top 100 Greatest Albums Of The Decade'

Not quite sure how they managed to miss 'Happy Songs For Happy People' or 'Zidane', but at least Mogwai get some recognition.

Easy criticism maybe, but apparently the best 20 albums of the last decade were all made by white people, only two of them by women.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Stuart Braithwaite on Dear Scotland

The Dear Scotland blog has a new interview with Stuart Braithwaite.
http://dearscotland.com/2009/11/06/interview-with-stuart-braithwaite-of-mogwai

Stuart's also nominated in their 'Scotland's Greatest Ever Guitarist' poll - get voting! He's second at the moment on 20%, behind Stuart Adamson (The Skids, Big Country)
http://dearscotland.com/2009/11/04/vote-for-scotland%e2%80%99s-greatest-ever-guitarist/

Thursday, November 5, 2009

ATP film - DVD release announced



Following our buyers guide, the official release date for the 'All Tomorrow's Parties' has been announced as 9th November (for direct sales from Warp Films) and 16th November elsewhere.

Warp Films have a number of options:
DVD (PAL) + free A2 poster + free shipping (£17.99)
DVD (NTSC) + free A2 poster + free shipping (£17.99)
DVD (PAL) + photography book (£39.99)

A reminder that HMV and Amazon have considerably cheaper options:

amazon.co.uk - DVD £13.19 inc free delivery.

hmv.com - DVD £12.99 inc free delivery.

Update: from Warp.net:
DVD extras include a 40 page full colour booklet including 10 years of ATP artwork, promoters commentary and almost an hour of full length performance cuts. The DVD can also be used to unlock exclusive bonus content online.

The exclusive online content includes 'From Ghosts' film premiered on Pitchfork a few weeks back.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Burning #2

From mogwai.co.uk:

Hello folks. The world premiere of our live film from our Brooklyn shows this year by Vincent Moon and Nathanaël Le Scouarnec premieres at the Copenhagen Documentary festival on the 13th of this month (November). I'm also going to be djing afterwards. The film has a working title of Burning and will be released together with our first live album recorded at the same concerts called Special Moves on Rock Action Records. Keep checking in for tracklist information and other news about the project.Oh, there's also now an official Mogwai twiter which is twitter.com/mogwaiband. Cheers! Stuart

Further info/tickets:
http://www.cphdox.dk/d/a2.lasso?tt=f&s=2009124&ser=1031&e=1

'Burning' lasts 50 minutes and is paired with 'Adelia, I Want To Love', the Vincent Moon/Teresa Eggers film from the DVD accompanying 'The Hawk Is Howling'.

Seems the world premiere isn't 13th November - there's an earlier screening on 7th November, according to the link above.

Update: http://pitchfork.com/news/37025-mogwai-live-movie-and-album-due/

Monday, November 2, 2009

"What's air?"

Rock Action Records recording artistes Errors release their second album in February 2010.

Live dates in Glasgow (25th Feb) and London (4th March):
http://www.myspace.com/weareerrors

Update: Errors - 'Come Down With Me'. New album due for release 15th February 2010 on CD, Ltd edition Gatefold Vinyl and digital download.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Artzine 2 - 30th November



A reminder:

How fast time flies. This year the unofficial Mogwai forum celebrates its 5th birthday. How to mark the occasion? Thanks to the generosity of Craig at Rock Action, a competition!

Back in 1998, the ever-readable Diskant asked members of the Mogwai fan community to contribute to the Mogwai Artzine, a celebration of the already widely-felt love for the band. The original Artzine is still online: http://www.diskant.net/mogwai/

We felt it was time for a re-run. Submissions can be in the form of visual art, writing, photograhy, audio or video. We're open to other suggestions.

Have a look at the work submitted for the original Artzine. Marceline's introduction sums up what we're after:

"The idea for this project came to me early 1998 when I was reading a lot of fanzines with great writing about Mogwai and people would write telling me what they thought of the album or of seeing them live. I loved reading stuff and thinking, 'that's exactly how I feel', so I asked a few people to write something or do some art about how Mogwai makes them feel.

In this way, this fanzine should strike a chord with anyone who loves any music, not just Mogwai. It's more about how we turn to music, rely on music, express our emotions through music. It just seems more obvious with Mogwai because the only way to describe them is by delving into your heart."

The plan is to create a permanent archive of the work submitted for the Mogwai Artzine 2009 on Brightlight

Submitting work - part of the point of the competition is to encourage contributors to use the forum. So you'll need to join to participate in the competition. When you've done so (or if you're already a member), you'll find full instructions on the forum. http://ithica45.proboards.com

We (the forum moderators) would like to see your work first. We're hoping to get some amazing submissions. We appreciate that someone submitting, say, video may want to share this online because they're dead pleased with their work. We're also aware that there's a chance that the first submission may be so blindingly amazing that it will discourage other participants, and we want as many people to contribute as possible. So please get in touch with us first (via the forum, of course) and we'll discuss the publication of your work further.

Deadline - 30th November. We're hoping to pick a winner and get their prize out to them by Christmas.

Questions - you know the answer to this. Yep, via the forum please.

Oh, the prize? See that photo above? A box containing:

Envy - Transfovista DVD
Errors - Pump 7"
Desalvo 7"
Errors - "It's Not Something..." vinyl LP
Envy - 'Abyssal' 12"
James Orr Complex 'Chori's Bundle' vinyl LP
Kling Klang 'Superposition' 12"
Random Number 'The Fact That I Did' 12"
Part Chimp 'Chart Pimp' vinyl LP
v/a - 'Everything Is Nice' double vinyl on Matador
Todd/Part Chimp/Lords/Hey Colossus split 10"
Mogwai - 'Hawk Is Howling' double vinyl
Mogwai - 'Zidane' double vinyl
Mogwai - Travels In Constants CDep

PLUS a t-shirt and hoodie to be added once we have the winner's size.
AND a pair of the cloth patches produced to promote Mogwai's 'Mr Beast'
album.
AND a pair of Brightlight badges.

Jesus, we spoil you.

Thanks Craig, you rock.

Update: a number of submissions already received.

Further prizes (thanks again to Craig@RA) - second and third prize of a Mogwai - Travels in Constants ep and a pair of Brightlight badges.

'Burning' live in Copenhagen

Vincent Moon's Mogwai live film (working title 'Burning'), recorded in Brooklyn in April, is premiered in Copenhagen on 13th November.

Tickets

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

ATP DVD - buyer's guide



Considering the 'All Tomorrow's Parties' film is supposed to be released on Monday (2nd November), there's a surprising lack of pre-orders around at the moment.

The film's own website http://ourtrueintent.com states 'pre-orders available soon' but has nothing for sale. Bleep.com, the retail arm of Warp Films, has nothing listed either.

Likewise play.com, Norman Records and various other retailers, both digital and physical.

The only two I've found so far:

amazon.co.uk - DVD £13.19 inc free delivery. Release date is listed as 9th November.

hmv.com - DVD £12.99 inc free delivery. Release date is listed as 2nd November.

Worth checking the hmv.com listing for an unexpected bonus - apparently the film stars Robson Green and Jerome Flynn!

Further suggestions welcome.

If anyone from ATP sees this, please can you let me have a decent packshot for the DVD.

Update - from Jamie at ATP:
There have been some delays. Keep an eye on http://ourtrueintent.com as thats where ordering info will be first.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Hats don't say 'miaow'

Stuart has selected the films for October's Monorail Film Club at the Glasgow Film Theatre.

American Movie (15)
Sunday 25 October
7.00pm

A tribute to a beer-guzzling Mid-western filmmaker and indie spirit this documentary is an ambitious, wildly funny chronicle by Chris Smith that celebrates the do-or-die lifestyle of redneck auteur Mark Borchardt.

The film is preceded by short film Heavy Metal Jr by Chris Waitt (24 minutes)

Selected and introduced by Stuart Braithwaite from Mogwai.

"I chose the films because of the juxtaposition; guys getting into music at a young age with everything in front of them, and a guy making a film that is in a position most people would have walked away from years earlier. Both documentaries are pretty touching and occasionally very funny."
Further info, tickets: gft.org.uk

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Zaragoza radio broadcast?

A Babelfish translation of http://blogs.rtve.es/180grados/2009/10/10/jueves-viernes-y-fiz suggests that at least part of Mogwai's set at FIZ.09 in Zaragoza (9th October) may have been radio-broadcast? If anyone has any further info, please get in touch.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Introspective in Leeds



Back in April, we reported on director Aram Garriga's 'Introspective' documentary [2007].

The film has a very rare UK screening in Leeds on 5th November 2009, as part of the Leeds International Film Festival.
A spellbinding music documentary exploring ‘post-rock’, the term coined by the influential Wire magazine to describe a diverse set of groundbreaking artists who emerged in the 1990s, hitherto defying all categorization. Featuring great live footage of bands like Mogwai, Tortoise, Low and Mouse on Mars and interviews with underground music icons like Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth, Ira Kaplan of Yo la Tengo and Jason Pierce of Spiritualized, Introspective creates a fascinating overview of alternative music in the last 20 years.
Ticket details etc: http://www.leedsfilm.com/films.aspx?id=657

Thursday, October 8, 2009

'2 Rights' on Gigwise

Mogwai's '2 Rights Make 1 Wrong' has been chosen as the 13th Best Song Of The Noughties by gigwise.com
http://www.gigwise.com/photos/52794/13/The-50-Greatest-Songs-of-the-2000s

Mogwai's darker loud/quiet moments like 'Xmas Steps' and 'Like Herod', this nine minute epic is a more sanguine affair yet just as rewarding. The shining highlight of the Scottish post-rock outfit's weakest album, 'Rock Action', the word beautiful truly doesn't do '2 Rights Make 1 Wrong' justice. A myriad of instruments and heavily distorted vocals build to a euphoric crescendo, before the pressure is released and solitary chants and trumpets close. Quite possibly their finest hour.

Eels at no.1? Who'd have guessed that?

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Stuart on BBC 6Music

Stuart was interviewed by BBC 6Music 'Music News' yesterday:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/6music/news/20090928_mogwai.shtml

Monday, September 28, 2009

ATP film on tour



Mogwai on the big screen!

Warp Films and ATP have programmed a unique UK cinematic/live tour of the documentary ALL TOMORROW’S PARTIES screening together with a live concert from Brooklyn based art-rockers Les Savy Fav plus a DJ set by ATP founder Barry Hogan, from 23 October 2009, prior to the DVD release on 2 November 2009.

Condensing 800 hours of footage from 200 contributors including fans and musicians that have attended recent festivals, All Tomorrow's Parties is the result of a project to document the legendary cult music festival from it’s beginnings. With key contributions from co-director Jonathan Caouette (Tarnation) and cinematographer Vincent Moon (The Take Away Shows, Arcade Fire) and featuring amongst others: Belle And Sebastian, Grizzly Bear, Sonic Youth, Battles, Portishead, Daniel Johnston, Grinderman, David Cross, Animal Collective, The Boredoms, Mogwai, Slint, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Gossip, GZA, Seasick Steve, Iggy and the Stooges, F**k Buttons, Shellac, Patti Smith John Cooper Clark and Jah Shaka.

The film’s been described as “a rousing, kaleidoscopic celebration of the seaside indie-rock festival” (Time Out), and together with Les Savy Fav’s jaw dropping stage antics, audiences will experience what happens when experimental film and music collide in these one off special events. The ‘one night only’ theatrical tour, with Les Savy Fav, will visit Manchester, Glasgow, Leeds and London from Oct 23 – 28, with special events also taking place in Brighton, Bristol and Hull.

UK LIVE/THEATRICAL TOUR:

Fri Oct 23 – Manchester Deaf Institute
Sat Oct 24 – Glasgow ABC 2
Mon Oct 26 – London Forum
Tue Oct 27 – Leeds TJ’s Woodhouse Club

For more info and for tickets visit: http://www.ourtrueintent.com/
Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-QV10TDphQ
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ATPFilm

Friday, September 25, 2009

Invada Invasion - ebay auction



From malawieducationsprojectnews.blogspot.com:

Invada Invasion eBay Auction
Malawi Education Project has teamed up with the crew behind this Saturdays Invada Invasion at the Colston Hall, Bristol, to host one of the most enviable online music auctions Ebay has ever seen, with all money raised going directly to the charity. The auction goes live at midnight on Saturday 26th during the event, and has prizes donated from every act performing, as well as exclusive signed box sets from Portishead, as well as Geoff Barrows new band, BEAK>...

Some of the prizes included in the auction are;

* A Big Muff Pi effects pedal, owned and (ab)used by members of Mogwai. The pedal has been signed by all members of Mogwai.

* A copy of Portisheads 'Third' album box set. This includes the double 12" album, a 7" copy of debut single Machine Gun, a 'P' USB containing the entire album in digital format, as well as footage by John Minton, director of the 'Machine Gun' video. There is also a print from Nick Uffs video for 'We Carry On'. The box set has been signed by all of Portishead.

* There will be signed merchandise from every act performing at the Invada Invasion event, including Fuck Buttons, Zu, Gonga, Team Brick, Joe Volk, Crippled Black Phoenix, Thought Forms and many more.

* Julian Cope, the legendary musician, author, antiquary, musicologist, poet and good friend of Invada, has been kind enough to donate some signed albums for your listening pleasure.

* As a special bonus, Geoff Barrow has donated a limited edition box set from his new band BEAK>. This Box will include the full length CD album, presented in a dvd style case with a bonus CD /EP disc of 4 new tracks NOT featured on the album. As well as this there will be a 12" Vinyl EP with another 2 tracks also not featured on the album. There is also a BEAK> T shirt, and badge included. The box set will be signed by all members of BEAK>.


We would like to give a massive thanks to Geoff Barrow, Fat Paul, Redg, Mogwai and Portishead and all the bands who have generously donated prizes to this auction.

Please Note:

The Auction will be going live at midnight on Saturday 26th, so check back to this website on Sunday 27th for links to the URLs on Ebay
malawieducationsprojectnews.blogspot.com

Threads

From mogwai.co.uk:

Hello people. I thought i'd stick something up here to assure you all that we haven't perished. We're heading to Bristol imminently for the Invada Invasion show tomorrow which will be our second last show for some time (Zaragoza is the last). While we won't be playing shows we won't be idle as we have lots of stuff to do. We're making some music for a spoken word record by my favourite comic writer of all time. We're recording a verison of Ghostrider by Suicide for a single on Blast First. We're finishing our end of the live in Brooklyn film and record, which is looking like having its premiere in November. We're also going to write and record a new album. Thanks to everyone who's came to see us play since we released The Hawk Is Howling by the way! Its been a blast. Cheers! Stuart. ps Go and buy Thriller by Part Chimp!! Its awesome!!


Part Chimp were great in Birmingham last night. Further UK and European dates:
http://www.partchimp.com/

Unconfirmed stage times for Invada Invasion suggest that Mogwai will be on stage at 10.15pm.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Stage Blood shows

Stage Blood have three forthcoming shows with Dananananaykroyd and Dinosaur Pile-Up:

29th Oct - Academy 3, Manchester
30th Oct - Brudenell Social, Leeds
1st Nov - Oran Mor, Glasgow

www.myspace.com/stagebloodtheband

Monday, September 21, 2009

Part Chimp 'Thriller' out today



Part Chimp 'Thriller'
ROCKACT45

Released 21st September 2009

http://www.partchimp.com/
http://www.rock-action.co.uk/

UK tour started last Friday:
http://www.partchimp.com/gigs.html
In addition to the dates listed, there's a show at the Rainbow, Digbeth, Birmingham on Thurs 24th Sept
http://www.wegottickets.com/event/58764

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Competition time AGAIN!



How fast time flies. This year the unofficial Mogwai forum celebrates its 5th birthday. How to mark the occasion? Thanks to the generosity of Craig at Rock Action, a competition!

[Part Chimp's 'Thriller' album is released via Rock Action on 21st September. It rocks. UK and European tour dates: http://www.partchimp.com/gigs.html]

Back in 1998, the ever-readable Diskant asked members of the Mogwai fan community to contribute to the Mogwai Artzine, a celebration of the already widely-felt love for the band. The original Artzine is still online: http://www.diskant.net/mogwai/

I wonder whether Chris Summerlin had the vaguest idea he'd end up playing in a band with the subject of his piece. Chris has gone on to do some amazing poster and sleeve art [http://www.honeyisfunny.com/]. And whatever happened to Jon Jordan? Easy Pieces was a beautiful zine, every issue a work of art.

We felt it was time for a re-run. Submissions can be in the form of visual art, writing, photograhy, audio or video. We're open to other suggestions.

Have a look at the work submitted for the original Artzine. Marceline's introduction sums up what we're after:

"The idea for this project came to me early 1998 when I was reading a lot of fanzines with great writing about Mogwai and people would write telling me what they thought of the album or of seeing them live. I loved reading stuff and thinking, 'that's exactly how I feel', so I asked a few people to write something or do some art about how Mogwai makes them feel.

In this way, this fanzine should strike a chord with anyone who loves any music, not just Mogwai. It's more about how we turn to music, rely on music, express our emotions through music. It just seems more obvious with Mogwai because the only way to describe them is by delving into your heart."

The plan is to create a permanent archive of the work submitted for the Mogwai Artzine 2009 on Brightlight

Submitting work - part of the point of the competition is to encourage contributors to use the forum. So you'll need to join to participate in the competition. When you've done so (or if you're already a member), you'll find full instructions on the forum. http://ithica45.proboards.com

We (the forum moderators) would like to see your work first. We're hoping to get some amazing submissions. We appreciate that someone submitting, say, video may want to share this online because they're dead pleased with their work. We're also aware that there's a chance that the first submission may be so blindingly amazing that it will discourage other participants, and we want as many people to contribute as possible. So please get in touch with us first (via the forum, of course) and we'll discuss the publication of your work further.

Deadline - 30th November. We're hoping to pick a winner and get their prize out to them by Christmas.

Questions - you know the answer to this. Yep, via the forum please.

Oh, the prize? See that photo above? A box containing:

Envy - Transfovista DVD
Errors - Pump 7"
Desalvo 7"
Errors - "It's Not Something..." vinyl LP
Envy - 'Abyssal' 12"
James Orr Complex 'Chori's Bundle' vinyl LP
Kling Klang 'Superposition' 12"
Random Number 'The Fact That I Did' 12"
Part Chimp 'Chart Pimp' vinyl LP
v/a - 'Everything Is Nice' double vinyl on Matador
Todd/Part Chimp/Lords/Hey Colossus split 10"
Mogwai - 'Hawk Is Howling' double vinyl
Mogwai - 'Zidane' double vinyl
Mogwai - Travels In Constants CDep

PLUS a t-shirt and hoodie to be added once we have the winner's size.
AND a pair of the cloth patches produced to promote Mogwai's 'Mr Beast'
album.
AND a pair of Brightlight badges.

Jesus, we spoil you.

Thanks Craig, you rock.

Crippled Black Phoenix UK tour

A few days late on this - Crippled Black Phoenix have added a UK tour supporting New Model Army to their schedule.

November
25th - CAMBRIDGE - The Junction
26th - BRIGHTON - 02 Academy
27th - BIRMINGHAM - Academy 2
28th - MANCHESTER - Academy 2
29th - GLASGOW - The Cathouse
30th - GATESHEAD - The Sage

There's a London date on Monday (14th September), a couple of shows in Greece and two further UK dates this month, then an ever-expanding European tour through late October and November.

Thanks to Markus for the heads-up.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

From Ghosts



From http://ourtrueintent.com/?p=302

Vincent Moon is currently finishing the edit of From Ghosts, a film shot at last years My Bloody Valentine curated New York ATP. These clips are an amazing reminder of an incredible festival, that one Pitchfork reporter called “the most enjoyable festival experience I’ve ever had”.

Exclusive clips from this forthcoming new short, are showing for one week only on Pitchfork TV. This 35 minute short will be released alongside our feature doc ALL TOMORROW’S PARTIES this Autumn.

The clip above includes an excerpt from Mogwai's performance of 'Mogwai Fear Satan' at the ATP-NY festival.

The 'All Tomorrow's Parties' documentary includes Mogwai's performance of 'Sinewave' from the ATP 'Director's Cut' festival, held at Camber Sands in 2004.

Update: the video has gone because Pitchfork TV took it down.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Brooklyn DVD - January?

From http://twitter.com/plasmatron - Stuart on the release date for the Brooklyn DVD:

We're hoping for January but i'll put all the info up as soon as its confirmed. Cheers!. SB

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Cody (CaVa version)

Added to the music player at http://www.myspace.com/mogwai:

Cody (CaVa version)

A finished version of the song, recorded in Glasgow, prior to the sessions for 'Come On Die Young' with Dave Fridmann at Tarbox Road Studios.

Hopefully this is the first indicator of what's likely to appear as extra content on the long-mooted reissue of 'Come On Die Young'.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Mogwai - new online store

http://mogwai.sandbag.uk.com/
or click the 'Shop' link at mogwai.co.uk

North American merchandise store:
http://merchlackey.com/mogwai/
Vastly larger array of items of clothing for sale here

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Crippled Black Phoenix hit the road

The Crippled Black Phoenix show at Invada Invasion (Colston Hall, Bristol, 26th September) will be a collaboration w/Emerald Ensemble Orchestra.

In addition, Crippled Black Phoenix have a number of other September shows lined up:

12th - UK, Leeds, Rio's The Venue
13th - UK, Edinburgh, Counter Culture Festival @ GRV (headlining 2nd night)
14th - UK, London, Dingwalls
18th - GR, Thessaloniki, Principal
19th - GR, Athens, Kyttaro
26th - UK, Bristol, Colston Hall (Collaboration w/Emerald Ensemble Orchestra @ Invada Invasion)

Keep an eye out for what's shaping up to be an extensive European tour through October and November.

As seasoned Crippled Black Phoenix watchers will know, Dominic was unable to join the band for their North American tour earlier this year. Mogwai's recent extensive touring means that Dominic will be playing at some, but not all, of the forthcoming Crippled Black Phoenix shows.

"I'm in for the Edinburgh and London shows as well as Bristol but i'll not be making the Greece dates.

Cheers
Dominic"

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

ATPNO?

From the forum:

You not doing the atp's then?

Unfortunately not. SB

Meaning that the Invada Invasion (Colston Hall, Bristol, 26th September) may well be Mogwai's last UK show of 2009?

Ticket sales appear to be going well. The Colston Hall website has none available at the time of writing. Try Bristol Ticket Shop instead.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Soulsavers remix update



Thanks to Graham for his comments following our earlier report on Mogwai's remix of the Soulsavers track 'Death Bells'

To recap - it was suggested that the remix might appear on the bonus CD accompanying Soulsavers 'Broken' album when purchased from Rough Trade.

Just skimmed through the bonus cd (irritatingly one 32 minute track and no track listing) - sounds like remixes by Soulsavers, not the other way around. So no sign of the Mogwai mix.

Enquiry to Rough Trade shop got this response - "All I know is that it's a mix from a radio show they did. Sorry I can't be more help". Still a great sounding album though.
Maybe there are no plans for the track to be released beyond the free download?

Monday, August 17, 2009

Major to relative minor + delayed guitar = girls crying

New Stuart interview: toocooltodie.com

Soulsavers remix



From http://www.state.ie/mogwai-remixes-soulsavers/:

Soulsavers‘ forthcoming third LP Broken is dominated by the voice of Mark Lanegan ahead of other collaborators Jason Pierce, Mike Patton, and Richard Hawley. The original of ‘Death Bells’ features the standard and brutally effective Lanegan scowl surrounded in howls of feedback and guitar noise so it’s hard to imagine exactly what Mogwai would do on the remix.

It turns out the Scots have replaced the original feedback with their own and added some bleepy echo. The track now shudders into a crystallised treble-heavy wall of noise. Nice work.

Click the link above to listen, or download from this blog:
http://blahblahblahscience.com/

The remix was completed by John Cummings. If anyone has info on a physical/digital release for this remix, please let me know. Soulsavers website is a MySpace page and therefore an information-free zone.

Update: The remix was first given away as a download by the German music magazine Visions.

According to the Mark Lanegan fansite onewhiskey.com (where would we be without fan sites?), the remix is also included on Rough Trade's exclusive 'Broken' bonus CD, available here:
http://www.roughtrade.com/site/shop_detail.lasso?search_type=sku&sku=315847

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Part Chimp tour dates



Part Chimp 'Thriller'
ROCKACT45

Released 21st September 2009

http://www.partchimp.com/
http://www.rock-action.co.uk/

UK tour dates in September, European tour dates in October:
http://www.partchimp.com/gigs.html

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Monday, August 3, 2009

Invada Invasion - further info

Following our report that Mogwai will be joining the line-up for the Invada Invasion at Bristol's Colston Hall on 26th Sept, some further info from the official press release:

INVADA INVASION
Curated by Geoff Barrow
Colston Hall, Bristol, 26th September 2009

MOGWAI ANNOUNCED AS INVADA INVASION HEADLINERS

Scottish sonic noise architects MOGWAI have been announced as the perfect headliners for Invada Invasion held in Bristol on 26 September. Invada – the label run by Portishead’s Geoff Barrow – stages a one-day takeover of Bristol’s newly re-launched Colston Hall. In Barrow’s words: “The lunatics are taking over the asylum…. There’s going to be lots of amazing noise and interesting things to stare at,” says Barrow, who promises to make the event “like a mini festival.”

Named the Invada Invasion, the event will see Invada storming each of the venue’s three performance spaces with a winning line-up culled from the label's own roster and some like-minded individuals. Representing Invada are Malakai, Joe Volk, Team Brick, Rosie Red Rash, Fuzz Against Junk, Gonga and Thought Forms plus a very special, one-off collaboration between neo-prog heroes Crippled Black Phoenix and Bristol string section The Emerald Ensemble with arrangements by Ben Salisbury and Elizabeth Purnell. Salisbury has also contributed orchestral arrangements for Joe Volk.

Representing the label’s friends are local boys done good and all-round noise terrorists Fuck Buttons, who last played for Barrow at the Portishead-curated All Tomorrow’s Parties festival in 2007. Adding to the eclectic bill are Italian giants Zu and Zun Zun Egui with more acts to be announced. DJs for the evening include Invada DJs and Grumpyman.

In addition to the live performances there’ll be a high visual element to proceedings with special projections for the main hall acts by AV artist John Minton. The arty aspects will centre around a specially commissioned exhibition presented by Friend & Co, the Bristol-based underground art gallery and creative platform founded by Barrow and Tom Friend. The showcase will feature the work of Mr Jago, Byroglyphics, China Mike, Acerone, Mudwig, Asbestos, Paris, Eco, 45RPM and more TBA.

The poster for the event is styled on an old British wrestling poster, a nod to Colston Hall’s hosting of wrestling meets in its former incarnation. “I always wanted to go to the wrestling as a kid because I would see the posters around Bristol,” says Barrow. “I never made it… but I did see Cameo there in 1984.”

The Invada Invasion is the climax of a full week of events celebrating the £20m relaunch of the 142-year-old foyer. Including a jazz fest, a comedy gala, ‘Nature's Great Events’ narrated by Sir David Attenborough ‘and a special orchestral performance from Roni Size, but Invada’s promises to be the most raucous of all.


Sounds like it should be quite a night. We're awaiting confirmation, but this does appear to be a one-off show for Mogwai, rather than part of a UK tour.

All Points West

I know Mogwai Fear Satan is great, but...



Anyone attend? Setlist? Reviews? Photos?

Bristol - 26th September

INVADA INVASION now to feature MOGWAI !!!

Geoff Barrow is very happy to announce in addition to the already strong line-up for his Colston Hall event, MOGWAI have just been announced to headline the main room.
Geoff and the rest of us here at Invada are absolutely ecstatic with this coup, and we hope that people will really make an effort to come to this huge show.

The line up is simply amazing and features Invada bands such as Gonga, Rosie Red Rash, Thought Forms, Fuzz Against Junk, Malakai + special one "one off" collaboration sets from Crippled Black Phoenix, Team Brick and Joe Volk performing with "The Emerald Orchestra".

Geoff has also invited Italian supreme avant jazz math rockers ZU, All Tomorrow Parties melodic drone merchants The Fuck Buttons, and Bristol Tropical Prog Funk band Zun Zun Egui
The event is on the 26th September and tickets for this event can be purchased on-line from http://www.colstonhall.org/boxoffice/whatson/Event903 or in person from the Colston Hall box office or the Bristol Ticket shop both in Bristol.

alternatively email invadarecords@live.co.uk for further information

Hopefully this will be part of a UK tour?

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Field Day stage times



The official stage times for this Saturday's Field Day have just been published:

http://drownedinsound.com/news/4137489-programmes-get-your-field-day-festival-stage-times-here

Field Day
Victoria Park
Hackney London, E9

Saturday 1st August 2009
11.30am - 10.30pm

Mogwai are scheduled for a 90 min headline set, 9pm - 10.30pm

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Chemikal Podsketch 7

Always entertaining, the newly-uploaded Chemikal Underground Podsketch (#7) comes with a couple of great stories (Martin Bulloch's attempts at social interaction with Low, and the MC5 playing a gig in a convent) and the very welcome news that Chemikal Underground have signed the immensely talented Adrian Crowley.

If you're new to these podcasts, I'd heartily recommend giving #5 a spin for some great acoustic tracks from Martin Henry of De Rosa (RIP)

Chemikal Underground

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Ghostrider

From http://www.blastfirstpetite.com/:

MOGWAI
'Ghostrider'
PTYT 028
RECORDING NOW.
Release Date September 2009

Mogwai covering Suicide's 'Ghostrider'.
Part of a series of 10" vinyl releases. In keeping with the rest of the series, it appears that Mogwai will feature only on the a-side of the record.

More info to follow.

Thanks Nick and Stuart.

The Final Five

Mogwai debuted six tracks from 'The Hawk Is Howling' in Glasgow on 26th April 2008, and have been playing live in support of the album ever since. The final five shows for a while take place between 1st August and 8th August.

1st August
Field Day, Victoria Park, London, UK
Field Day
Mogwai play a 90 minute headline set

2nd August
All Points West, Jersey City NJ, USA
All Points West
Mogwai play the 'Bullet' stage, 19:05 - 19:55

3rd August
9.30 Club, Washington DC, USA
9.30 Club
Mogwai headline, support from Chris Brokaw

7th August
Summersonic, Tokyo, Japan
Summersonic
Mogwai play the Sonic Stage, 19:20

8th August
Summersonic, Osaka, Japan
Summersonic
Mogwai play the Sonic Stage, 18:40

Saturday, July 25, 2009

"Trulli helping earthquake victims"

Toyota's Italian driver Jarno Trulli visits the area around L'Aquila, which was devastated by an earthquake in April 2009.

Video here (UK only):
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/motorsport/formula_one/8168789.stm
Soundtracked by 'Christmas Steps' and 'Helicon 1'

Thanks M.D.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Field Day - 1st August



Less than two weeks before Mogwai's only English summer festival show of 2009.

Field Day
Victoria Park,
Hackney London, E9

Saturday 1st August 2009
11.30am - 10.30pm

Mogwai are scheduled for a 90 min headline set.

There's some other folks playing too, amongst them Errors and Malcolm Middleton. Check the Field Day website for a full list.

Reports from Madstock, which took place in Victoria Park last weekend, suggest that the sound and organisation issues which dogged the last two Field Day events should have been sorted.

Get your tickets booked - you KNOW it makes sense. What could be more fun than being down the front after a few beers, singing along to 'Mogwai Fear Satan'? Or pulling some crazy shapes to the dance-tastic '2 Rights Make 1 Wrong'?

If you've contributed to Brightlight in the past, and you're attending this event, please get in touch (unless you've already done so by PM on the forum). And by 'get in touch', I don't mean leave an anonymous comment. There's an email address over there somewhere >>>>>>>>>

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Remember Remember on tour

Remember Remember set off on a British tour this weekend.

Sun, 19 Jul 2009 Matinee Show, The White Room, Sunderland
Tues, 21 Jul 2009 The Freebutt, Brighton supporting GROWING
Thurs, 23 Jul 2009 Brudenell Social Club, Leeds supporting GROWING, with
Quack Quack and Action Beat
Fri, 24 Jul 2009 Nice and Sleazy’s, Glasgow supporting GROWING with Nachtinsekten
Sat, 25 Jul 2009 Supersonic Festival, Birmingham
Sun, 26 Jul 2009 Cafe Oto, Dalston, London with Clorinde

http://www.myspace.com/rememberremember

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Zaragoza - 9th October

First Mogwai tour date for the autumn:

Festival Independiente de Zaragoza
FIZ.09
Viernes 9 y Sábado 10 de Octubre
Sala Multiusos (c/ Violante de Hungría)
Zaragoza, Spain
http://www.fizfestival.com/

Anyone know whether Mogwai are playing 9th or 10th?

Update: confirmed as 9th Oct

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Mogwai at T In The Park

The BBC have kindly posted 'Hunted By A Freak' and 'Mogwai Fear Satan' from Sunday's headline set on the King Tuts stage at T In The Park on the BBC website. Watch it here:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/tinthepark/2009/artist/mogwai/

'Mogwai Fear Satan' wasn't part of the original broadcast in the early hours of Monday morning, so its inclusion here is very welcome. The video posted on the BBC website is listed as 'Part 1' so hopefully the rest of the set may appear at some point?

Update: Part 2 up now - 'I'm Jim Morrison, I'm Dead' and 'Batcat'

Monday, July 13, 2009

Video interview with Barry

Barry was interviewed by STV at T In The Park this weekend:

http://video.stv.tv/?bcpid=1610699553&bctid=29231524001

Stuart on the current state of music journalism

As part of their 'Music Journalism R.I.P.?' series, Drowned In Sound asked Stuart for his thoughts. Read the article, and others from the series, here:

http://drownedinsound.com/...stuart-braithwaite

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Mogwai on BBC TV tonight

Stuart on Twitter:

We'll be making a rare appearance on BBC TV tonight from T in the Park.
Mogwai play last on the King Tuts stage.

BBC3 has coverage from 8pm - 10pm and from 10.45pm - 12.15am

Update: 'Hunted', 'I know you are', 'You don't know jesus', 'Jim Morrison' and 'Batcat' were TV-broadcast at around 2am on 13th July 2009 as part of BBC3's 'red button' coverage of the festival. Anyone record this? Sadly the broadcast does not appear to be archived on the BBC iplayer.

Friday, July 10, 2009

The One That Didn't Get Away?

Gilles Peterson played a new Arthur Baker white label on his 'Worldwide' show yesterday morning (9th July) - [tracklist]

Credited as Arthur Baker & Pharaoh Sanders- ‘Spirituality’ (White Label), the track apparently includes contributions from 'members of Mogwai' and is most likely drawn from the sessions for Baker's (shelved?) album 'The One That Got Away' in 1999.

Listen again (until 15th July):
http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/gillespeterson/
'Spirituality' starts around 43:20

Any further details gratefully received. A copy of the record would be even better!

Further details on Mogwai's work with Arthur Baker can be found here:
http://www.youngteam.co.uk/brightlight/eng/discog_collab.php

Thanks to Jack GG for posting this on the forum.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Rock Band

The campaign to get Mogwai into Rock Band continues - from Stuart:

Can everyone go to this link and say they want a Mogwai song in Rockband please?

http://www.rockband.com/request

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Festival Beauregard

Did any Brightlight readers attend Festival Beauregard in Hérouville Saint Clair, France last Friday (3rd July)? Mogwai's setlist, reviews, photos are proving very elusive. By contrast, Youtube has video of every song from Pete Doherty's set from the same night.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Mogwai at Rock Werchter - watch again?

For those reading this with a Belgian IP address, Mogwai's set at Rock Werchter yesterday was streamed live and appears to be archived.

http://rockwerchter.be/

Select 'Live & On Demand'
Select 'Saturday 4th'
Select the 'Pyramid Marquee' tab
and scroll through to 17:05

If anyone can provide a setlist (or even better, capture the stream), please get in touch.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Video interview with Barry



Barry was interviewed by Studio Brussel whilst at Rock Werchter earlier today.

Video here:
http://www.stubru.be/node/96303

Update: Barry was also interviewed by BRF
Video: http://brf.be/brf1/festival/rockwerchter/videos
Photos: http://brf.be/brf1/festival/rockwerchter/foto-samstag/mogwai

Thursday, July 2, 2009

New album - 2011

http://www.nu.nl/muziek/2033931/mogwai-neemt-zichzelf-niet-zo-serieus.html tells us, via Babelfish, that Mogwai have reserved the early part of 2010 to work on a new album, and that nothing has yet been written. Apparently a producer and a studio for the album recording sessions have already been chosen, but the producer hasn't been asked yet?! The album is projected for release in 2011.

Any wild guesses on the identity of the producer then? Stuart appears to imply it's someone who will have plenty of time on their hands in 2010 - Gordon Brown? Max Mosley?

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

DJing in Brussels

Barry and Stuart are DJ'ing at Café Maison du Peuple, Brussels on Saturday 4th July, following Mogwai's show at Rock Werchter earlier the same day.

Mogwai play the Pyramid Marquee at Rock Werchter (18:05 - 19:05), sandwiched between Regina Spektor, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Katy Perry and Grace Jones.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Thriller



Part Chimp 'Thriller'
ROCKACT45

Released 21st September 2009

Tracklist:

1. Trad
2. ffffff
3. Dirty Sun
4. Sweet T
5. Tomorrow Midnite
6. Today 2
7. Today 3
8. Super Moody
9. Star Piss

http://www.partchimp.com/
http://www.rock-action.co.uk/

It's a treat, this one. As usual.

Nike vs Lance Amstrong vs Auto Rock

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Edinburgh

Last night's 'secret' Mogwai show took place at the Picturehouse in Edinburgh, following the UK premiere of the 'All Tomorrow's Parties' film.

Setlist here: 2009 gigography. Thanks Andy.

If anyone has photos etc, please get in touch.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Mogwai play secret show

Stuart on Twitter last night:

We are playing a secret show next Wednesday.
Next Wednesday is 24th June.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

ATP film premiere and concert - 24th June



All Tomorrow's Parties - The Film has it's UK Premiere Next Wednesday June 24 in Edinburgh, presented by Future Cinema.

This special event will see the film brought to life with Edinburgh's Picturehouse transformed into a vintage holiday camp for the night, a surprise live set from a major Scottish band, midnight bingo with Warp and ATP give-aways, Belle and Sebastian DJs and much much more. The Scotsman chose it as their #1 Festival Highlight, so it's not to be missed!

Concert-only tickets:
www.futurecinema.co.uk

Combined tickets to the screening & concert:
www.edfilmfest.org.uk

Visit the website for screening info, trailers and more: http://www.ourtrueintentisallforyourdelight.com

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Porcupine Pie

Brief Rock Action update:

Errors remix of Manic Steet Preacher's 'All Is Vanity'
http://www.manicstreetpreachers.com/global/news/global/2009/06/15/remix_ep_out_now

Errors UK and European festival dates (July/August):
http://www.myspace.com/weareerrors

Remember Remember drive the full length of the UK twice in a week (tour dates in mid-July):
http://www.myspace.com/rememberremember

Thanks Craig.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Last Hope




Spunk Presents...'Last Hope'

A series of sixteen original short films compiled by Andrew Kidman (Glass Love/ Litmus) and Spunk Records.


Andrew Kidman chose six of his favourite surfing filmmakers to create short films that were inspired by the sea. The filmmakers include Albert Falzon (Morning Of The Earth), Jon Frank (Litmus), Monty Webber, Michelle Lockwood (Kids) and American underground surf filmmakers Patrick Trefz (Thread) and Richard Kenvin (Hydrodynamica). Kidman also provides four special cuts of his own.

The filmmakers created their short films to music selected by Aaron Curnow from some of the greatest independent contemporary artists; Smog, Sufjan Stevens, Mogwai, My Morning Jacket, Dirty Three, Holly Throsby, Vetiver, Bonnie Prince Billy and The Brown Birds From Windy Hill.

Initially the Last Hope DVD is being released with a bonus CD of the films soundtrack. Plus a 24 page booklet with thoughts, interviews and images from the filmmakers in some damn fancy one off packaging.
http://www.myspace.com/spunkrecords
http://www.litmus.com.au/ - Andrew Kidman's website

Released 3rd July.
Anyone know which Mogwai track is featured?
Anyone seen any clips from the films?

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

ATP Film premiere and concert - 24th June



Future Cinema & Warp X announce unique All Tomorrow’s Parties concert to follow UK Film Premiere at Edinburgh International Film Festival

Future Cinema and Warp X, in association with ATP, have released tickets to ‘The Night of Musical Delights’, a spectacular concert that will follow the UK Premiere screening of ALL TOMORROW’S PARTIES at the Edinburgh International Film Festival on June 24th.

The concert is part of a unique live cinema event presented by Future Cinema – the creative force behind Secret Cinema - which will see the Edinburgh Picturehouse transformed into a 1950s Holiday Camp for the screening. Audiences will see and hear the film brought to life through a fusion of music and performance, complete with midnight bingo, Northern Soul dancers and lovely legs competitions.

The concert will feature live music and DJ’s including Belle and Sebastian's Chris Geddes, and culminate in a very special headline set from a top-secret Scottish act.

ALL TOMORROW’S PARTIES is a kaleidoscopic journey into the parallel musical universe of the cult music festival of the same name. The film is a semi-found multi media bricolage shot by over two hundred filmmakers, fans and musicians over the festival’s recent history, with key contributions from co-director Jonathan Caouette (Tarnation) and cinematographer Vincent Moon (The Take Away Shows, Arcade Fire). The film is co-developed and financed by the Warp X partners, Film4, UKFC, EM Media and Screen Yorkshire.

Tickets to ‘The Night of Musical Delights’ are on sale now. More information is available at www.futurecinema.co.uk

Combined tickets to the screening & concert are also on sale and can be purchased through the Edinburgh International Film Festival Box Office.
www.edfilmfest.org.uk

Following its Edinburgh premiere, there will be a series of special events across the UK in September to tie-in with the September 21st DVD release of ALL TOMORROW’S PARTIES.

Visit the website for screening info, trailers and more: http://www.ourtrueintentisallforyourdelight.com

Mogwai in Malaysia on YouTube





Friday, May 29, 2009

Mogwai in Malaysia documentary

In its 'Weekend Watch' feature, Malaysia's New Straits Times newspaper mentions a TV documentary, to be broadcast this weekend, about Mogwai's first visit to the country in January.

8TV airs a new programme showcasing Mogwai, a rock band originating from Glasgow, Scotland.

Mogwai Wuz Hear is a half-hour rock-documentary on an all-access look at the band’s first ever trip to Kuala Lumpur in conjunction with its 2009 Asian Tour.
It airs on Sunday at 11pm.

http://www.8tv.com.my/
Looks like 8TV broadcasts and archives online. If anyone can find a schedule for Sunday, let me know - presumably the Mogwai documentary is part of a music series as I couldn't find it mentioned on the website.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Washington DC - 3rd August

From Ground Control Touring (Mogwai's US agent) - a second US date after the All Points West festival in New Jersey (2nd August).

Mogwai
3rd August 2009
Washington, DC
9:30 Club

http://www.930.com/

Mogwai have shows in London and Tokyo/Osaka either side of these dates, so the number of additional dates is likely to be very small.

Monday, May 25, 2009

10 Questions with Martin

http://www.martin-carr.com/uncategorized/10-questions-mogwai/

Stuart always comes across as being the public face of the ‘Gwai but in actual fact he is Dom’s bitch.

Well worth a read, as usual. Martin should do more interviews.

Thanks Stuart C.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Barry on Viva-Radio



From the Matablog:

While on their recent US tour, Mogwai’s Barry Burns had a chance to pop into a few places to flex his DJing muscles. He made it over to Viva-Radio’s Brooklyn studio on the day of the one of the band’s Music Hall show to record a DJ set and have a chat with Ted Shumaker. The results can be heard in all their glory next week.

Viva-Radio
Naked Fridays Pt. 27
Friday June 5th 4-5PM (Eastern Standard Time)
http://www.viva-radio.com/index.php?contributor=131

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Pedal-ing for Malawi



The Malawi Education Project will be holding a music themed ‘Silent Auction’ at The Croft, Bristol on Wednesday 27th May to raise us some much needed funds. Everyone who comes will be given their own secret number, which they then use to bid on the prizes dotted around the venue. Keep an eye on the prizes you’re interested in, mind. Otherwise someone might out bid you, and if they have, out bid them back, and hard at it.

Some of the prizes on offer here are really rather special in our humble opinion… And do remember inside of your brain that many of them can be bought at a steal, and some are simply not available to buy anywhere else EVER, so please come down and bring as many of your friends as possible, and get bidding after you have drunk enough alcohol to spend more money than you know you can really afford to, but for a good cause. Oh and get your friends to tell their friends too. Thanks.

There will be a small fee to GET IN.
http://www.malawieducationproject.com/

Mogwai have donated a signed Electro-Harmonix 'Mogwai Big Muff Pi' pedal for the auction. Only 100 of these were made, as promo items for the 'Rock Action' album in 2001.

A full list of prizes can be found on the forum

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Stuart video mixtape

http://www.toocooltodie.com/index.php?/tctd/mixtape/mogwai/

We tracked down Stuart Braithwaite in the middle of his North America tour to give us his top fifteen songs of the now. The latest Mogwai album ‘Hawk is Howling’ cements their status as a classic band (though they would laugh in your face if you said that, thus the genius of Mogwai, punk rock influenced by Stockhausen). But it is true. Mogwai is rock’n'roll magic. The favoured adjective when describing Mogwai is “cinematic”. Each track projects imaginary films into your head. And Hawk is Howling red beams some heavy Philip K Dick home movies into your head. Ace.

ATP film trailer



Details on screenings in Seattle and Los Angeles, as well as the UK premiere in Edinburgh on 24th June: http://ourtrueintent.com/

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Friday, May 8, 2009

Screenprinting posters for Los Angeles



From OMG! Posters:

Kevin Tong just posted a seriously epic and ultra-informative set of photos to his Flickr account. The set chronicles Tong’s process of printing his upcoming Mogwai poster. We are talking 74 pictures with meticulous notes. If you are at all interested in the screenprinting process, this link will interest you to no end. Also, you should probably start bugging Kevin about those test prints NOW, those should be pretty scarce.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/emo_force/sets/...

Thursday, May 7, 2009

ATP film - UK premiere 24th June

From http://ourtrueintent.com/:

Warp X is pleased to announce the UK premiere of All Tomorrow’s Parties at the Edinburgh International Film Festival screening on 24th and 25th June. All Tomorrow’s Parties is a kaleidoscopic journey into the parallel musical universe of the cult music festival of the same name.

All Tomorrow’s Parties is a DIY concert film featuring performances from an eclectic mix artists including: Battles, Sonic Youth, Belle And Sebastian, Patti Smith, Animal Collective, Grinderman, Iggy and the Stooges, Portishead, Mogwai, Slint, Grizzly Bear, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Gossip, Daniel Johnston and The Boredoms.

The film is a semi-found bricolage made from Super8, camcorder and mobile phone footage contributed by over two hundred filmmakers, fans and musicians over the festival’s recent history, with key contributions from co-director Jonathan Caouette (Tarnation) and cinematographer Vincent Moon (The Take Away Shows, Arcade Fire).

Future Cinema, in association with Warp Films, ATP & Synergy, will present the premiere of All Tomorrows Parties as part of a unique live cinema event at the Edinburgh International Film Festival on June 24th. The film will be screened and brought to life in an immersive and 360 degree musical experience, including live performances from very special surprise guests. A straight cinema screening will also take place in Edinburgh on the following day.
Tickets on sale Friday 8th May, 12pm.

24th June (HMV Picturehouse, Edinburgh - live music and film event):
http://www.edfilmfest.org.uk/whats-on/2009/all-tomorrow-s-parties-music-event

25th June (Filmhouse 1, Edinburgh - film only):
http://www.edfilmfest.org.uk/whats-on/2009/all-tomorrows-parties

Field Day comments inaccurate

Stuart has confirmed that Field Day is Mogwai's only English festival appearance in 2009, but not necessarily Mogwai's only English show in 2009.

FD is our only English festival but we haven't even thought about our touring plans for the rest of the year. If the person who put that post up works for the festival then i sincerely hope he checked his facts out as i for one do not like being told what my band is doing by strangers. SB
So there at least some hope of a UK tour this year.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Sadly inevitable, let's hope it's not true

According to a post on the Drowned In Sound forum, Field Day Festival (London, 1st August) will be Mogwai's only English show in 2009.

If you're as pissed off about this as I am, please take the time to post a comment below. Seems very odd that The Hawk Is Howling doesn't merit a UK tour, and that there's been no UK tour since March 2006.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Mogwai/Fuck Buttons tour CD



The last few remaining copies of 2008's Mogwai/Fuck Buttons tour CD are available from http://www.resonancemusicstore.com/mogwai/

Thanks Ben

Monday, May 4, 2009

Les Ardentes - 9th July

Mogwai

Les Ardentes Festival
Liege
Belgium
Thursday 9th July

http://www.lesardentes.be/

Thanks Jean-Paul and David.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

US tour posters


(Doublenaut's poster for the Toronto show)

The posters commissioned for the current US dates are a pretty spectacular collection already, and we're barely halfway through the tour. I've added images to the gigography (if anyone's seen images for the Asheville show and the third Brooklyn date, please let me know). Gigposters and OMG Posters! have more.

Update - from Stuart:

There are 25 for sale each night so folk should come early if they
want one.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Call for Brooklyn audience recordings

From Stuart on the forum:

Guys, we are reasonably urgently looking for good audience recordings of the 3 Brooklyn shows. We need to hear the shows to decide which songs to mix for the dvd/cd and mixing every song from all 3 nights would take ages.

Please get in touch if you can help.

Update: Did anyone tape on Monday (27th)? The other two shows have been sourced.

Some further info on this project from Stuart:
The plan is to do a dvd/cd and probably an lp too. the tracklisting will almost definitely be different as the fim makers were pretty specific about what songs they wanted to use and i doubt we'd have the same choices.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Stuart on the radio

If you're speedy, Stuart is still playing records on East Village Radio
I'm listening as I type. Tracklist:
http://www.eastvillageradio.com/modules.php?name=evrshow&showid=136

Stuart's appearance on WNYU's 'New Afternoon Show' yesterday is archived on their website. Tracklist, listen again and download:
http://wnyu.org/2009-04-28_newafternoonshow

Stuart has also confirmed that this week's three Mogwai shows in Brooklyn are being filmed by Vincent Moon with a view to releasing a live DVD.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Competition - a winner at last!



The poster will be making the long journey to New Zealand after our winner correctly predicted that Mogwai would perform four tracks from The Hawk Is Howling at last night's show in Brooklyn.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Remember Remember 'The Dancing' 7"



REMEMBER REMEMBER
‘THE DANCING’ b/w 'IMAGINING THINGS (Findo Gask remix)'
Rock Action Records [ROCKACT46]
25th May 2009
Limited purple vinyl 7" and download

"a hypnotic musical atmosphere pitched somewhere between a
funeral and a magic show"
http://www.myspace.com/rememberremember
http://www.rockactionrecords.co.uk/

If anyone STILL hasn't picked up the Remember Remember album, make it a job for TODAY! Utterly fantastic and still getting regular play 6 months after I first heard it.

Introspective



In the Spanish music documentary Introspective, young director Aram Garriga traces the trail of post-rock, a term coined in the second half of the 1990s by the renowned music magazine The Wire. Thus, a new label was found for a musical genre which included all the bands that previously had been eluding every musical definition (and which therefore were considered as barely marketable). In addition to numerous live clips from bands such as Sonic Youth, Yo La Tengo, Mogwai and Mouse on Mars, this movie also features interviews with indie rock stars such as Thurston Moore, Ira Kaplan, Noel Gallagher, Stuart Braithwaite and many more.

Adam Garriga was born in Barcelona in 1979. He studied Audiovisual Communication and received a research fellowship at the University of Barcelona. He graduated with the award-winning short filmlet "The King is Dead" (2001). Since 2001, Garriga has been working as a cutter, screenplay writer and director. He has created numerous music and image videos. He also founded the production company theVisualSuspects in 2005."

Apparently the documentary was released in 2007. Wonder whether it's been released on DVD?

Thanks to Markus for translating the piece above from German.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Competition update again.



So this has rumbled on to Brooklyn. Unfortunately the first two tracks in last night's Mogwai show in Philadelphia foxed our two remaining plucky players again.

A fifth (sixth?) tie-breaker has been set:

*Predict how many tracks from The Hawk Is Howling will be played at the first Brooklyn show on Monday.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Linz - 31st May

Mogwai's previously-reported appearance at Linzfest in Linz, Austria is confirmed by the publication of the event poster:

http://www.linz.at/images/LINZF120_posterA2_2009.pdf

As Mogwai already have shows on 30th May and 1st June, their appearance at Linzfest must be on 31st May. The poster also confirms that this is a free event, part of Linz's programme as European Capital Of Culture 2009, and takes place in Donaupark.

Barry vs Laurent

From Asheville Citizen Times:

Q: What future projects are you currently working on?

Barry: I'm doing a remix for Laurent Garnier, which I'm very pleased with although it sounds nothing like Mogwai (a good thing in this instance) and we may have some unusual stuff coming up but, as always, it'll probably fall through. These things often do.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Matador vinyl masters lost

From The Quietus:

If tracking down a copy of your favourite album on vinyl wasn't hard enough, Matador Records have admitted that the bankruptcy of American pressing plant 33 1/3 has ensured a large portion of their vinyl back catalogue has been binned.

According to The Guardian, vinyl masters of albums by Mogwai, Yo La Tengo and Cat Power were lost when 33 1/3 went out of business in 2006.

"Nothing was recovered from 33 1/3," Matador’s director of production, Jesper Eklow, said. "We lost everything. The doors were locked due to the Chapter 11 bankruptcy".

Matador had planned on reissuing popular albums on high-quality vinyl, but the closure of 33 1/3 has seen the loss of "pretty much everything up to May 2006".

Competition - round 3



The closing track of the main set at last night's Mogwai show in Birmingham, AL was correctly predicted by two of our remaining three plucky players.

A third tie-breaker has been set:

*Name the songs to be played during the encore at tonight's show in Asheville.

I reckon we can make this last to Brooklyn at least.

On a side note - it seems that a couple of emails in connection with the competition didn't get through. If you've sent anything to rob-bl@youngteam.co.uk recently and haven't had a response, please try again as I'd like to find whether this is a one-off or a major issue.