Sunday, July 31, 2011

Mogwai back in Australia in November?

*Unconfirmed at this stage*

Apparently Stuart said Mogwai would be back in Australia in November from the stage at Splendour In The Grass on Friday.

Rumour has it they're playing the touring Harvest Festival

Saturday November 12 - Harvest Presents “The Gathering”, Melbourne, Werribee Park
Sunday November 13 - Harvest, Sydney, Parramatta Park
Saturday November 19 - Harvest, Brisbane, Botanical Gardens

This ties in perfectly with Mogwai's announced autumn schedule, and hopefully there will be some side shows between the Sydney and Brisbane dates - maybe even a visit to New Zealand?!

Whilst I'm here - can anyone confirm the setlist for Splendour In The Grass? There are two wildly different lists around at present.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Mogwai "Get To France"

Listen here:
(The embed option doesn't seem to be working for some reason)

Earth Division EP release info:
Europe - 12th September, Rock Action Records [rockact61cd]
North America - 13th September, Sub Pop [SP966]
Japan - 21st September, Hostess [HSE30277]

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Japanese tour - November 2011


23rd Nov - Big Cat, Osaka, Japan
24th Nov - Club Quattro, Nagoya, Japan [more info]
25th Nov - Zepp, Tokyo, Japan

Tickets go on sale 20th August.

The publication of these dates marks a significant milestone for Mogwai. The sum total of the completed and scheduled tour dates for 2011 now surpasses 2006, meaning that 2011 will be Mogwai's heaviest touring year to date. There are likely to be further autumn tour dates announced in the next few weeks.

Not bad for a band 17 years into their career.

Update: this run of dates may also include Mogwai's first-ever show in Bangkok, Thailand. Further details tbc.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Stuart at Montreux Jazz

Mogwai from montreuxjazzfestival on Vimeo.

iTunes Festival - 23rd July

Mogwai play the iTunes Festival 2011 at London's Roundhouse venue next Saturday (23rd July) with support from Errors.

The ticket competitions for this show appear to have closed now so presumably most/all of the lucky winners have been notified.

The show can be watched live, and for a limited time afterwards, on iPhone or iPad by downloading an app from the Apple store:

Several of the artists who've already performed at the festival have exclusive 'iTunes Live - London 2011' eps available from iTunes.

White Light/Black Rain

Mogwai's musical appearances in TV shows and films are so numerous now that I don't usually bother reporting them unless they're something out of the ordinary. This is a pretty substantial one I've obviously missed when it was released in 2007 - thanks Matt.

I finally got around to watching the very sobering and disturbing documentary White Light Black Rain and was very surprised to hear Mogwai tracks sprinkled throughout. I went to the site to see if you had it listed already, but couldn't find it. Here's a video still of all the songs they used from the credits.

ICASEA benefit for Japan

"Benefit Compilation For Japan" is dedicated to the victims and survivors of the March 11th Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, and to those affected by the ongoing nuclear crisis.

All proceeds from the sale of this compilation will be donated to assist in the rebuilding of peoples lives and the recovery of the devastated areas. The proceeds will be split between the Japanese Red Cross Earthquake Relief Fund and the special accounts set up by the regional governments of the affected areas for the acceptance of monetary donations."

Mogwai's contribution is 'Mexican GP edit', which is presumably the same recording mentioned here.
It can be bought as a single track here:

Remember Remember 'The Quickening'

Based in Glasgow, Scotland, Remember Remember return with their second album, The Quickening on 26th September on Rock Action Records.

Recorded in early 2011 at Chem 19 Studios, Scotland against a background of tumultuous global events, The Quickening sees Remember Remember return with the same seven piece group heard on last year’s “RR Scorpii” EP – Graeme J.D. Ronald, Andy Brown, James Swinburne, Joanne Murtagh, Joseph Quimby, Steven Kane and Tommy Stuart – further embellished on the second full length by the nylon string guitar talents of R.M. Hubbert and a full string quartet.

Remember Remember have moved their base of operations into the playroom of a disused primary school in Glasgow’s South Side, and while The Quickening is still a playful, colourful record, a lot of the toys have gone and the music dives deeper into darker, psychedelic territories hinted at on “RR Scorpii”; Pagan waltzes, apocalyptic Egyptian surf and Middle Eastern modes mingle with sombre pianos and bleak string interludes, concluding, however, with a duo of songs – ‘One Happier’ and ‘John Candy’ – both bittersweet and stratospheric , creating an ending made of pure, bright light.

The Quickening is their first album since the 2008 self-titled debut. In the interim, Ronald has helped on various projects at Green Door Studios including one where Glaswegian songwriters teamed up with musicians from the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Ronald eventually wrote a piece for string quartet and tuned percussion leading to him contributing string arrangements on Happy Particles’ debut album and ultimately giving him the confidence to include string arrangements on The Quickening. The addition of the string quartet weaves hypnotic musical tapestries, evoking a Pagan Ceremony on ‘Ocean Potion’ or a foggy celtic seascape on ‘Scottish Widows’.

Remember Remember‘s musical journey, which began as one guy on stage with a loopstation and a bag of toys, now finds them here with The Quickening, a powerful and exciting listen that promises live experiences just as thrilling.


1 // White Castle

2 // Ocean Potion

3 // Scottish Widows

4 // Hey Zeus

5 // Unclean Powers

6 // A Larger Demon

7 // One Happier

8 // John Candy



24 // GLASGOW, Stereo – Album launch show


Graeme J.D. Ronald – Piano, Guitar, Bass, Guzheng, Sampled Flutes, Glockenspiel, Vibraphone, Xylophone, Loops, Synthesizer, Handclaps. Andy Brown – The Drums. James Swinburne – Saxophones, Clarinet, Flute, Sampled Flutes, Guzheng, Wurlitzer, Handclaps. Joanne Murtagh – Glockenspiel, Vibraphone, Percussion. Joseph L. Quimby – Guitar. Steven Kane – Guitar. Tommy Stuart – Synthesizers


R.M. Hubbert – Spanish Guitar. Stacey Sievewright – Cello. Joan Sweeney – Violins. Michael Marshall – Viola

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Missing setlists

Thanks to the efforts of a considerable number of contributors, the Mogwai gigography holds more info than anyone could possibly need.

But there's always room for more. If anyone attended these shows and can provide or clarify setlist details, please get in touch. Setlist photos are always useful, even if they're part-sideways images of Barry's keyboard list (see here)

30th June - Fusion Festival, Lärz
19th May - Workplay Theatre, Birmingham AL

3rd July - Festival Beauregard, Hérouville Saint Clair

5th September - Sugar, Victoria BC
30th August - Debeschaving Festival, Utrecht
6th August - øya Festival, Oslo
13th July - Ilosaarirock Festival, Joensuu
28th June - Sled Island Festival, Calgary

23rd June - Hurricane Festival, Scheeßel

As you can see from this list, festival setlists are particularly difficult to find. Any help much appreciated.
Then I'll start REALLY testing your memories with 2006 and earlier.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

US tour support

Support at Mogwai's rescheduled US dates in September/October comes from The Soft Moon

The Philadelphia show (28th September) has been moved to Union Transfer, a new venue opening in September. Tickets already purchased for the Starlight Ballroom will be honoured for this show.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Saarbrücken - 5th November



5th November 2011

This is an addition to the German dates announced a couple of weeks ago.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Friday, July 8, 2011

Mogwai "Earth Division" ep - 12th September

Having thus far enjoyed a monumental year, with a sold out world tour and the release of the superb and critically acclaimed 7th studio album, Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will, Mogwai are ready to embark upon another chapter. The band are set to release their Earth Division EP, which carries four brand new tracks, highlighting a creative departure from the band’s trademark cinematic mantra of pulverizing, scorched guitar riffage, into a more recontextualised domain of hazy electronic distortion, accompanied by spiky wafts of violins, violas, cellos and double bass and jagged keys.

Earth Division discretely demonstrates another side of Mogwai’s stratospheric level of brilliance with its ever-rotating, hypnotic soundtracks that drift dreamy into force, while adsorbing into the paranormal.

Earth Division is a collaboration of barded guitar distortion and haunting piano, which might offer the listener something different, but it still carries the band’s hallmarks.

Earth Division EP tracklisting//
1. Get To France.
2. Hound Of Winter.
3. Drunk And Crazy.
4. Does This Always Happen?

Earth Division will be released on CD, download and 12″

Mogwai are: Dominic Aitchison, Stuart Braithwaite, Martin Bulloch, Barry Burns and John Cummings.

Mogwai are headlining at this month’s iTunes Festival, at the Roundhouse,London on 23rd July and they will also be appearing at the End Of The Road Festival on 3rd September, which sold out in record time.

"Earth Division" EP will be available on CD, 12" and Digital Download on September 12th on Rock Action and 13th September on Sub Pop for North America.

Update - Stuart played 'Hound Of Winter' at his solo show in London on Jan 22nd 2011

Spanish shows in October


25/10: Bilbao, Kafe Antzokia
26/10: Madrid, Palacio Vistalegre – Sala San Miguel
27/10: Zaragoza, Sala Oasis
28/10: Barcelona, Casino l’Aliança del Poblenou

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Greek shows in October

Mogwai play a couple of shows in Greece in late October:

Fri 21st Oct - Fuzz Club, Athens

Sat 22nd Oct - Block 33, Thessaloniki

Sunday, July 3, 2011

I T U N E S M O G W A I - win tickets!

The iTunes Festival 2011 kicked off last Friday (1st July) at London's Roundhouse venue.

As previously reported, Mogwai headline the festival on Saturday 23rd July, with support from Errors.

Thanks to Craig at Rock Action and Holly at iTunes, Brightlight is lucky enough to have ten (yes, ten!) pairs of tickets to give away for the show.

Update - all gone, thanks for all the entries, winners notified shortly.

Update 2 - all winners notified, and everyone else who was in the first forty entries. The last of the ten pairs of tickets went around 10.30am. Approx 160 entries in all - thanks everyone!

A - the first person wins a pair of tickets
E - the fifth person wins a pair of tickets
G - the seventh person wins a pair of tickets
I - the ninth person wins a pair of tickets
M - the thirteenth person wins a pair of tickets
N - the fourteenth person wins a pair of tickets
O - the fifteenth person wins a pair of tickets
S - the nineteenth person wins a pair of tickets
T - the twentieth person wins a pair of tickets
U - the twenty-first person wins a pair of tickets

Multiple entries will be disqualified!
You'll need to provide a mobile phone number, which will be passed on to iTunes/Apple solely for administration purposes in connection with this event.

This post will be updated when all the tickets have gone. Good luck!

Apple (UK) Terms & Conditions:
1. Prizes will be distributed to UK residents over the age of 14 only.
2. Prizes are not for resale, and are not redeemable in whole or in part for cash.
3. Winners will be required to attend the Venue, with photo ID, on the day of the Event, in order to claim their Prizes. Doors open at a time to be communicated to the winner upon delivery of the tickets. Any winners who do not arrive by the designated time will not be guaranteed entry.
4. The Event may be filmed, so winners may be recorded and filmed, and have their voices and likenesses used in recordings and films for commercial purposes on a worldwide royalty free basis.
5. The management reserve the right to refuse admission to the Venue.
6. We will not be liable in the event that the advertised artist or the Event itself is cancelled.
7. Winners must comply with all rules and regulations of the Venue. Failure to do so may result in forfeiture of the Prize.
8. Acceptance of these restrictions is a condition of entry.