Sunday, October 31, 2010

Rik Rawling 'The Silence'

Many of our readers may remember that Rik Rawling was the winner of Brightlight's Artzine 2009 competition. Rik's winning entry, a painting titled 'I'm Jim Morrison, I'm Dead' can be found further down this post, and the other entries can be found here:

Rik has now compiled his Mogwai-inspired artwork as a paperback book titled 'The Silence'. It's on sale via the Lulu publishing website for £7:

Some notes from Rik:
I've finally published the series of Mogwai paintings I did 2008-9 in book form. Title: The Silence. The book is full-colour, 32 pages, wraparound cover (using burnt Bible found in the ashes of a bonfire) and I can attest to the production values being very high.

I've also published another book, a 20-year retorspective of my work preceding (and some just after) the Mogwai paintings that proved to be such a major turning point for me. Details here.

Now the tracklist for 'Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will' has been released, I'll be doing a second shorter series of paintings to coincide with its release.

Artzine 2009 was a joint Brightlight/unofficial Mogwai Forum presentation.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

North American ticket pre-sale

Pre-sale tickets for Mogwai's North American shows in April and May 2011 are available here:

Stuart at Supersonic last weekend

In between DJing and introducing the Burning screening, Stuart was interviewed by The Quietus at last weekend's Supersonic Festival

Stuart Braithwaite of Mogwai was our very special guest, hear him talk about the Festival, Mogwai's new LP, and his terrible fear of sponges.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Remember Remember to support Mogwai in Scotland

The new Remember Remember ep 'RR Scorpii' is released by Rock Action on 1st November. Find a free mp3 of 'Get Good' from the ep on

Remember Remember have been confirmed to support Mogwai at the five Scottish shows in January 2011.

On the subject of those Scottish dates, a number of the major ticketing websites have been overloaded with eager Take That fans today, resulting in server crashes etc. In particular, this seems to have affected the ever-impressive Seetickets, seemingly the only stockist for the Season Tickets for all five Scottish dates?

Update: the other three tracks from 'RR Scorpii' were broadcast on Subcity Radio's 'She Said' show this evening:

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Further notes on today's tour dates

I stand to be corrected on any of this...

Earlier today, Mogwai announced a five-date tour of Scotland for January 2011, amongst a mountain of European, Japanese and North American dates. Full details here.

Since Mogwai last played Aberdeen, in August 1998, they've only played two Scottish headline shows outside Glasgow and Edinburgh - Rothesay (April 2001) and Inverness (May 2008). It appears highly likely that the January 2011 shows are Mogwai's first visits to Stirling, Paisley and Perth? Here's hoping a few folks dive on those Season Tickets.

Mogwai are breaking further new ground in amongst the 70 dates already announced for 2011 - first visits to Galway, Bournemouth, Nice, Gothenburg and Albuquerque.

Mogwai - 2011 tour dates

Mogwai will be bringing their awesome live show to a venue near you early next year, with shows across Scotland, Ireland, the UK, Europe, the US and Japan.

The band will begin their ‘world tour’ with a 5 show stint in their native Scotland before heading out to Japan, Ireland, UK, Europe and US. The band will play a one off show in Tokyo, Japan on February 2nd 2011 (more details to follow)

There will be a limited number of Mogwai Season Tickets allowing fans admittance to all 5 Scottish shows in January 2011 for a total cost of £65. More details on

Tickets for the new dates and Season Tickets go on sale Friday 29th October 2010 at 9am.

Tickets for the UK shows are available from
Brightlight would recommend you use this link instead of being fleeced for excessive booking and transaction fees, then offered shockingly poor customer service by Seetickets.


26 Jan: Tolbooth, Stirling ( / 01786 274000)
27 Jan: Paisley Town Hall ( 887 1010)
28 Jan: Perth Theatre, Perth ( 01738 621 031)
29 Jan: The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen (
30 Jan: Grand Ole Opry, Glasgow ( 0871 220 0260)
2 Feb: Tokyo, Japan (More details to follow)
13 Feb: Mandela Hall, Belfast ( 0844 847 2455)
14 Feb: The Live Lounge, Galway ( 0818 719 300)
15 Feb: Olympia Theatre, Dublin ( 0818 719 300)
17 Feb: Bournemouth O2 Academy ( 477 2000)
18 Feb: Cardiff University ( / 02920 230130)
19 Feb: Bristol O2 Academy ( / 0870 4444400)
20 Feb: Leeds O2 Academy ( / 0844 477 2000)
21 Feb: Edinburgh Picture House ( / 0871 220 0260)
23 Feb: The Regal, Oxford (
24 Feb: Birmingham Institute ( 264 3333, 477 1000, / 0843 221 0100)
25 Feb: Brixton O2 Academy London ( 0870 264 3333, 0207 734 8932, 0844 477 1000)
26 Feb: Manchester Academy ( / 0870 264 3333, / 0844 888 9991)
27 Feb: The Sage Gateshead ( 443 4661)


6 Mar: Mousonturm, Frankfurt, Germany
7 Mar: Backstage, Munich, Germany
8 Mar: WUK, Vienna, Austria (
9 Mar: Estragon, Bologna, Italy (
10 Mar: Alcatraz, Milan, Italy (
11 Mar: Rote Fabrik, Zurich, Switzerland (
13 Mar: Den Atelier, Luxemborg (
14 Mar: Stollwerck, Cologne, Germany
15 Mar: Paradiso, Amsterdam, Holland (
17 Mar: Trianon, Paris, France
18 Mar: Aeronef, Lille, France
19 Mar: La Laiterie, Strasbourg, France
20 Mar: Transbordeur, Lyon, France
21 Mar: Theatre Lino Ventura, Nice, France
22 Mar: Le Bikini, Toulouse, France
24 Mar: Rockschool Barbey, Bordeaux, France
25 Mar: BBC, Caen, France
26 Mar: AB, Brussels, Belgium (
28 Mar: Gruenspan, Hamburg, Germany
29 Mar: Postbahnhof, Berlin, Germany
30 Mar: Vega, Copenhagen, Denmark
31 Mar: Voxhall, Aarhus, Denmark
1 Apr: Tradgarn, Gothenburg, Sweden
2 Apr: Rockefeller, Oslo, Norway (
3 Apr: Debaser Medis, Stockholm, Sweden
5 Apr: Tavastia, Helsinki, Finland (


19 Apr: 9.30 Club, Washington DC
20 Apr: Starlight Ballroom, Philadelphia
21 Apr: Webster Hall, New York
22 Apr: Webster Hall, New York
23 Apr: Paradise Rock Club, Boston
25 Apr: Olympia Theater, Montreal
26 Apr: Phoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto
27 Apr: Mr. Smalls Theatre, Pittsburgh
28 Apr: St. Andrews Hall, Detroit
29 Apr: Metro, Chicago
30 Apr: Slowdown, Omaha
2 May: Bluebird Theater, Denver
3 May: In The Venue, Salt Lake City
5 May: Wonder Ballroom, Portland
6 May: Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver
7 May: Showbox at the Market, Seattle
9 May: Regency Ballroom, San Francisco
10 May: Mayan Theater, Los Angeles
11 May: Belly Up Tavern, Solana Beach
13 May: Sunshine Theatre, Albuquerque
15 May: Granada Theatre, Dallas
16 May: Stubbs Waller Creek, Austin
17 May: Warehouse Live, Houston
19 May: Workplay Theater, Birmingham
20 May: Center Stage, Atlanta

'Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will'

‘Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will’
Label: Rock Action Records
Release Date: 14th February 2011 (15th February 2011 US Release)

Mogwai are set to push the boundaries of where art meets rock even further into the abyss with the announcement that their new album, ‘Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will’ will be released on 14th February 2011 on the band’s very own Rock Action Records.

‘Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will’, the band’s seventh album, was recorded over the summer at Chem 19 Studios, in Hamilton and mixed at The Castle Of Doom. ‘Hardcore’ is produced by Mogwai confidante Paul Savage (the man behind Mogwai’s exceptional 1997 ‘Mogwai Young Team’ album) and is the logical follow up to the band’s 2008’s magnum opus ‘The Hawk Is Howling’ and showcases Mogwai’s relentless devotion to duty and refusal to compromise sonically with it’s sheer brutally and distinctive subtle beauty.

The album will be released on February 15 2011 in the US where Mogwai have recently signed to the illustrious Sub Pop label for North America.


01 White Noise
02 Mexican Grand Prix
03 Rano Pano
04 Death Rays
05 San Pedro
06 Letters to the Metro
07 George Square Thatcher Death Party
08 How to Be a Werewolf
09 Too Raging to Cheers
10 You're Lionel Richie

There will also be a Limited Edition version of the album, which includes a bonus CD featuring a 26 minute long piece called ‘The Singing Mountain’ recorded for Douglas Gordon and Olaf Nicolai’s ‘Monument for Forgotten Future’ installation in Essen, Germany.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Further European tour dates

Two more Mogwai shows for March 2011:

19.03.11 Strasbourg, La Laiterie [Tickets]
20.03.11 Lyon, Transbordeur

Thanks Jean-Paul.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Mogwai in Europe - March 2011

Backstage, München, Germany
7 Mar 2011

WUK, Wien, Austria
8 Mar 2011

Presumably part of a wider European tour?


06.03.11 – Frankfurt, Mousonturm
07.03.11 – München, Backstage
08.03.11 – (AT) Wien, WuK
11.03.11 – (CH) Zürich, Rote Fabrik
14.03.11 – Köln, Stollwerck
28.03.11 – Hamburg, Grünspan
29.03.11 – Berlin, Postbahnhof

Apparently the dates were published on the PIAS website but have since been removed. Mogwai's deal with PIAS has ended, but they are still distributing Mogwai's records in Europe.

Thanks Markus.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Mogcast 9

Mogwai and the Rock Action team are back agin this month and heaven forbid, its Barry and John in the driving seats! Mogcast 9 features slightly tipsy Mogwai members John Cummings and Barry Burns in a celebratory mood, coming in to record the podcast mere minutes after totally finishing mixing Mogwai seventh album. Music this time around includes Fad Gadget (pictured), Robbie Basho, Jaill and Umberto but no Paul Weller at all…

And by the way, Mogwai hit the road in February playing dates throughout the UK. The magnificent Factory Floor support them in Ireland whilst Twilight Sad see the band through England and Scotland. DJ support from Konx-om-Pax at all the uK tour dates. Can Hardly wait.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

'Burning' in Paris

Mogwai's 'Burning' live film screenings in Paris:

Elysees Biarritz Theatre
Paris, France

10th November 2010
7pm and 9pm

Hosted by Stuart Braithwaite (Mogwai) and Nat Le Scouarnec (director). Q&A after the screening.

DiS 'Glasgow Day'

Drowned in Sound have run a series of articles on the Glasgow music scene today. Of particular interest:

Glasgow Day: Chemikal Underground

A Decade Of Glasgow Bands

Monday, October 18, 2010

New album mastering

Mogwai's new album, due for release on 14th February 2011, has been mastered by Greg Calbi in New York today.

Calbi has previously mastered 'Mr Beast', 'Zidane' and 'Rock Action' according to his profile

Friday, October 15, 2010

Regina (Mogwai remix)

Pitchfork have a free mp3 download of Stuart's remix of Finnish avant-pop band Regina

In related news, Stuart posted on Twitter this afternoon that he's remixing Superchunk tribute band Yuck.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

New album - 14th Feb 2011

From a close friend of the band:
so, the new mogwai album will be out on valentine's day? I've always thought they were a bunch of romantic guys....

From Stuart:
hi kiko. i've got a few cats over here. could you please let them out of the bag for me please? :)

Presumably release date is February 15th in North America.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

February 2011 UK tour support

The Twilight Sad are opening for us on our February tour of England and Scotland. Factory Floor are opening at the shows in Ireland. Konx-Om-Pax will be DJing at all the dates. See youse there! Mogwai

In further good news, Stuart's confirmed that the new album is finished.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Irish shows in February 2011


Mandela Hall
Belfast, ND Sun 13/02/11

Radisson Hotel
Galway, IE Mon 14/02/11

Olympia Theatre
Dublin, IE Tue 15/02/11

Support at all Irish shows from Factory Floor.

Tickets on sale Thurs 7th October 2010.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Strings to their bow - recording and DJing

Mogwai were back at Chem19 in Blantyre yesterday, recording strings with Paul Leonard Morgan.

Stuart seems to be DJing a couple of nights a week at the moment. A couple of notable forthcoming engagements:

24th October - Supersonic Festival, Birmingham
Stuart's also picked a few favourites from the line-up:

31st December - ATP's New Year show in London
Sonic Youth/Shellac/The Pop Group/Factory Floor