Monday, August 30, 2010

Mogwai - Glasgow 29th August - setlist and photos

Thanks to James Good for the setlist.

Photos by Alex Woodward @ Crimson Glow Photography.

Mogwai's first show of 2010 took place at Stereo in Glasgow last night (Sunday 29th August), with all proceeds going to Lanarkshire Cancer Trust and to aid the victims of the floods in Pakistan.

The show saw the live debut of two new songs, listed on the setlist as 'Werewolf' and 'Sludger'. Youtube video of the latter at the end of this post. Apparently the first of these is actually titled 'How to Be a Werewolf'. Stuart introduced 'Sludger' as 'Rano Pano'.

Mogwai's longest UK show for at least two years culminated in a 30-minute 'My Father My King'. The second half of the set was notable for how little time Barry spent playing keyboards, instead treating the adoring throng to long periods of ear-torturing guitar noise whilst leaning casually against a pillar.

The show's speedy sellout meant that the posters produced by Tom Konx-Om-Pax were not needed, and they were given away at the end of the show.

Mogwai's second (and final?) 2010 show, at the Metamo Festival in Japan (4th September), should be well worth seeing.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

'Special Moves' update (27th August)

Download 'Mogwai Fear Satan' for free:


FACT mix 179: Mogwai
This Friday’s FACT mix is the work of Scottish post-rock legends Mogwai.

Formed in Glasgow in 1995, Mogwai this week released their first live package, taking in a concert recording, Special Moves and a DVD companion, Burning. It marks fourteen years of existence for the band, whose early albums Young Team and Come On Die Young represent some of the most influential music of the era – taking the long-form instrumentals of Louisville’s Slint, and injecting them with a very human, and very British melancholy and sense of humour, looking to their peers Arab Strap as well as the likes of The Cure and Fugazi for inspiration. Later in the decade, Mogwai would work with Andrew Weatherall, Alec Empire, The Manic Street Preachers and more.

The noughties would see Mogwai continue to hone their sound, reaching new peaks with tracks like ‘Glasgow Mega Snake’ and ‘Auto Rock’, while also moving into soundtracking, working with Clint Mansell on Darren Aronofsky’s The Fountain and most notably, providing the score for Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait, the film study of French football legend Zinedine Zidane.

Mogwai’s FACT mix was made by long-term member Barry Burns, and features The Fall, Fad Gadget, Tuxedomoon and more – you can read an interview with him about the mix and recent Mogwai goings on over the page. Special Moves / Burning is out now.

Clark – Absence
Jeunesse d’Ivoire – A Gift of Tears
Tuxedomoon – What Use
Fad Gadget – Arch of the Aorta
B-52s – Dirty Back Road
Deux – Game and Performance
New Order – Video 586
Severed Heads – Dead Eyes Opened
Fever Ray – Dry and Dusty
Snowy Red – Baby Tonight
Sardine – Stuck on You
Pere Ubu – Heart of Darkness
Can – Oh Yeah
The Fall – I Am Damo Suzuki

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

'Come On Die Young' reissue - spring 2011

As you may have noticed, Mogwai have been pretty damn busy of late. Writing and recording a new album, promoting the 'Special Moves/Burning' package, collaborating with Douglas Gordon and Alan Moore, remixing various folks, not to mention the exemplary autumn 2010 release schedule for Rock Action.

In the midst of all this, there was talk of Chemikal Underground doing a full reissue package for 'Come On Die Young', in similar vein to 2008's 'Mogwai Young Team' Deluxe Edition.

The 'Come On Die Young' project is still in the pipeline, but for completely understandable reasons has been pushed back to spring 2011, presumably some time after the new album is released (for our less avid readers, the new album is currently scheduled for release in February 2011).

You might want to leave space on the shelf next to the 'Young Team' and 'Special Moves' boxsets. Unless you're the sort of person who doesn't file their records alphabetically by artist, in which case you're a weirdo and I don't want you reading my blog.

Thanks Stuart.

'Special Moves' update (25th August)

Streams of the 11-track CD version of 'Special Moves':

Barry interview:

Drowned In Sound
Onion AV Club
Time Out NY
Simon Varwell

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

'Burning' podcasts on Soundcloud

Stuart was interviewed by Eddie Pearson for a series of three itunes-exclusive podcasts discussing Mogwai's 'Special Moves' live album and 'Burning' live film.

Eddie's kindly uploaded these to Soundcloud so non-itunes users can hear them:

"Worth noting that the sound quality isn't great. Stuart's cordless phone made him sound like he was down a well. That and the fact it all had to be done in 2 hours meant that the production values are pretty low."

'Burning' excerpts

Vincent Moon has posted some further comment on 'Burning' and four video excerpts on his blog:

Monday, August 23, 2010

New album recording progress

Dominic on Twitter:

FUCKING YES!! I have finished recording all my parts for the record. So I'm off home to have a celebratory whiskey and play Battlefield BC2.

Stuart on
"We've done like eight songs, but we're starting with the drums and the bass and stuff, so I haven't done that much," admits Braithwaite, who'd been outside playing badminton with Cummings before talking to, while their other bandmates worked inside the studio. "But I'm really happy with how it's sounding."

"I know some of the songs are faster than they were before, but we've got 21 songs so maybe we'll lose one and we'll add one of the slow ones," he says of the music. "It's hard to tell."

'Burning' screenings in Scotland this week

In addition to the ongoing programme of 'Burning' screenings across North America (full details on Mogwai's Facebook Events page), the film will be shown three times in Scotland this week:

Weds 25th August - Glasgow Film Theatre [9pm]

Thurs 26th August - Filmhouse, Edinburgh [3.15pm and 8.15pm]

'Special Moves' out today - reviews and interview

Mogwai's live album + film Special Moves/Burning is released TODAY - August 23rd in UK & Europe and August 24th in North America.

Barry interview:

Stuart interview:

Winnipeg Sun

Thanks Thom. Links to further reviews appreciated!

Update: has an exclusive 4-minute video trailer for 'burning', essentially fragments of the film cut to 'mogwai fear satan', and a brief interview with stuart.

Mogwai - Glasgow 29th August *sold out*

Tickets for next Sunday's Mogwai show in Glasgow went on sale at 11am this morning, and had sold out online by 11.10am. Over-the-counter tickets have also sold out.

Brightlight understands that the show is intended as a warm-up for Mogwai's headline set at the Metamo Festival in Japan (4th September), and as such is likely to be a full 90-minute set. Here's hoping!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Mogwai - Glasgow, 29th August 2010

Mogwai + Moon Unit
Stereo, Glasgow
August 29th 2010, 8pm

Tickets on sale tomorrow (Monday):
and at Monorail, Glasgow 11am tomorrow.

Tickets are £10 and proceeds will be going to Lanarkshire Cancer Trust and aid to the victims of the floods in Pakistan.

Mogwai and Noj DJs at after show at Nice N Sleazy, Glasgow.

Friday, August 20, 2010

'Burning' DVD bonus

Mogwai - Mogwai Fear Satan from La Blogotheque on Vimeo.

Mogwai's live album + film Special Moves/Burning is released on August 23rd in UK & Europe and August 24th in North America.

Seems the DVD includes an additional 12-minute bonus feature: 'Mogwai Fear Satan: Live At Reims', presumably the film above. This was previously posted on La Blogotheque in early 2009 and shot at La Cartonnerie, Reims on 14th Feb 2009.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Luke Sutherland at Chem19

Luke Sutherland joined Mogwai at Chem19 studios today, to record violin parts for the new Mogwai album.

I stand to be corrected on this, but I'm pretty sure this is Luke's first contribution to a Mogwai album since 'Happy Songs For Happy People'? Hopefully this means he'll also be appearing at Mogwai live shows in 2011.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

'Special Moves' stream, free 'Two Rights' download

Mogwai's live album + film Special Moves/Burning is released on August 23rd in UK & Europe and August 24th in North America.

The whole album is being streamed by as their 'Album Of The Week'

The Quietus have 'Two Rights Make One Wrong' as a free download.

Monday, August 16, 2010

The Twilight Sad 'The Wrong Car' ep


The Twilight Sad follow their incredible ‘Forget The Night Ahead’ album with a new EP that leads with two brand new songs – ‘The Wrong Car’ and ‘Throw Yourself In The Water Again’ - from the original album sessions, and two remixes from friends Mogwai - who tackle recent single, ‘The Room’ - and Errors, who give album opener ‘Reflection Of The Television’ a distinct makeover. The latter were returning the favour after Twilight Sad’s Andy MacFarlane mixed their track ‘Bridge Or Cloud’ down to an economical glitch earlier in the year.

Track List:
The Wrong Car
Throw Yourself In The Water Again
The Room (Mogwai Remix)
Reflection Of The Television (Errors Remix)

Released 27th September on 12" and download. Pre-order at the link above.

Whilst we're doing Rock Action...

In addition to Mogwai's 'Special Moves', Envy's 'Recitation', Errors 'Celebrity Come Down With Me' and the vinyl edition of Part Chimp's 'Thriller', Rock Action has another couple of autumn 2010 releases:

rockact51cd - Afrirampo - WE ARE UCHU NO KO
rockact52 - Remember Remember - RR Scorpii (Ltd heavy pressed 12" featuring brand new tracks recorded this summer)

Gimme a label with a better forthcoming release schedule. OK, don't, it's impossible.

Envy album 'Recitation' - 22nd September


Envy has completed their new album "Recitation". It will go on sale on September 22nd in Japan and Europe, and October 12th in the US. It is also confirmed to be released soon after in Taiwan, Korea, Malaysia, etc. We have spent a lot of time making this, turned out pretty good. 12 tracks all together. Hoping everyone enjoys it as much as we did making it. We will be touring the US in September and Japan in November. Planning on going to Asia and Europe in 2011 as well. Hope you guys enjoy the new album and make it out to our shows.

We have finally confirmed our US tour, haven't been to the states since 2006! We'll be performing both new and old songs. Looking forward to seeing you all in Septemeber!!

09/25/10 Baltimore, MD @ The Ottobar
09/26/10 Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
09/28/10 Allston, MA @ Harper's Ferry
09/29/10 Providence, RI @ Jerky's Live Music Hall
09/30/10 New York, NY @ Santos Party House
10/01/10 New Haven, CT @ Lily's Pad at Toad's Place
10/02/10 Toronto, ON @ Sneaky Dee's
10/04/10 Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Place
10/05/10 Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theater
10/06/10 Cleveland Heights, OH @ Grog Shop
10/07/10 Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
10/08/10 Chicago, IL @ Reggie's Rock Club
10/09/10 Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock
10/10/10 Lawrence, KS @ Jackpot Music Hall
10/12/10 Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
10/13/10 Ogden, UT @ The Basement
10/15/10 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
10/16/10 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
10/18/10 San Francisco, CA @ Cafe Du Nord
10/19/10 Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
10/20/10 West Hollywood, CA @ Troubadour
10/22/10 San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
10/23/10 Mesa, AZ @ The Underground
10/25/10 Denton, TX @ Rubber Gloves
10/26/10 Austin, TX @ Emo's Alternative Lounging

rockact53cd - Envy - Recitation (available on CD, heavy-pressed 2 x LP, download)

Part Chimp tour and release(s?)

Part Chimp's 'Thriller' album, originally released on CD by Rock Action in September 2009, is to get a limited vinyl release this autumn. The band are heading out for a European tour through September, dates here. Hopefully UK dates to follow?

Also very pleasing to hear that Part Chimp have been in the studio recording new songs recently.

'Burning' screenings update

Stuart was interviewed about Mogwai's concert film 'Burning' a couple of weeks back:

Update: and here -

There have been a number of changes to the list of forthcoming North American screenings. The schedule below is taken from Mogwai's Facebook events page

Aug 21 - Orlando, FL @ Park Ave CD's - 2916 Corrine Drive
Aug 23 - Seattle, WA @ Northwest Film Forum
Aug 23 - Dallas, TX @ Good Records - 1808 Lower Greenville Ave
Aug 24 - Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Aug 24 - Vancouver, BC @ Pacific Cinematheque
Aug 26 - Cambridge, MA @ Brattle Theater Tickets
Aug 26 - Lawrence, KS @ Liberty Hall
Aug 28 - Long Beach, CA @ Art Theatre of Long Beach
Aug 29 - Chicago, IL @ Smart Bar
Sept 2 - Pontiac, MI @ The Crofoot

Sept 4 - San Francisco @ Roxie Theater

Sept 10 - Portland, OR @ Bagdad Theater

Sept 10 – New York, NY @ Metropolitan Museum of Art
Sept 12 - Los Angeles @ Echoplex

Sept 14 - Toronto, ON @ The Drake Underground (2 showings)

Sept 23 - Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
Oct 3 - Montreal, QC @ Sherbrooke Pavilion

New album recording sessions

Now into their third week, recording sessions for Mogwai's seventh studio album commenced at Chem19 Studios in Blantyre (near Glasgow) on Monday 2nd August, with Paul Savage at the controls. The album will be mixed at Castle Of Doom in October. Apparently 10 weeks of studio time has been booked over the next few months. The album is currently scheduled for release in February 2011.

The band are doing a great job of documenting what they're up to, as noted by Drowned In Sound last week:

Forum member Jontosh has kindly created a Twitter list compiling all the bands accounts:

Mogwai's Facebook photo album


In amongst all the food chat, there has been the occasional snippet on musical progress.

Stuart (2nd August):
End of the 1st day back in the studio with Paul Savage since mixing Mogwai Young Team. Very happy.

mogwaiband (3rd August):
We recorded 3 songs today. Never been done before and probably never will again.

Dominic (3rd August):
Drums, bass and guitar for the first tune are now done. Moving on to John's now obligatory face melter. Working title "Batman"

Martin (6th August):
First studio injury! Pulled muscle in my arm. Should be fine by Monday. Rest of Friday off, hmmmmm..... what to do? I think I'll have a beer

Stuart (6th August):
"Speed, Weed and Meade" has just been mooted as a possible album title.

Stuart (12th August):
Barry should write a book on inappropriate studio behaviour

Stuart (13th August):
Massive pile of pedals from Dunlop/MXR/Way Huge arrived today. I fucking love my job. I got a mxr flanger, phaser, tremelo and a fuzzface.

Dominic (16th August):
Martin has just finished doing all his drums for the record. Lucky bastard.

Stuart (22nd Sept):
About to sing a really fucking depressing song you'll all be glad to hear i'm sure. Race against time to get miserable vocal recorded before leaving for the Celtic game.

Mogcast #7
This month we have a serious lack of guest action and its just little old me. Probably just as well as at the rate we’re going to end up having the waiters at our favourite eateries choosing records as we run out of musical friends. Hope you like it!
- Stuart Braithwaite

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Live mp3 download of the week #6

Yes! I Am A Long Way From Home

Fireside Bowl, Chicago IL
25th May 2002

Last week's offering was a recording of 'Batcat' from 2008.

'Burning' podcast - part 1

Part one of new Mogwai podcast featuring Stuart discussing the making of the 'Burning' DVD:

Does anyone know if this is available anywhere other than itunes? It would be good to hear it.

'Burning' online for the next 24 hours


Thanks Markus

Update: it's gone.

'Special Moves/Burning' reviews

Mogwai's live album + film Special Moves/Burning is released on August 23rd in UK & Europe and August 24th in North America.


Feedback seems very positive amongst the reviews published so far. A small sample (I'll add to this list as more appear):
Norman Records

And a more negative view:

No doubt there are others around - please pass on links in the 'Comments' below.

Some music magazines tend not to post their reviews online (Mojo, Uncut for example). If anyone has time to transcribe these, I'd very much appreciate this.

Errors 'Celebrity Come Down With Me' ep

To coincide with their co-headline tour with The Twilight Sad, Errors are to release a limited 12″ of remixes from their latest album ‘Come Down With Me’. The 12″, which will includes remixes from the likes of Mogwai, Gold Panda, The Field to name a few, will be available during the tour and in a number of independent record shops.

A digital version of the LP will include an extra bonus remix from The Twilight Sad.

‘Germany’ (Wax Stag)
‘Sorry About Mess’ (Dam Mantle)
‘Beards’ (Moon Unit)
‘Bridge or Cloud’ (The Field)
‘Jolomo’ (Ceephax Acid Crew)
‘A Rumour In Africa’ (Gold Panda)
‘Supertribe’ (Mogwai)

Upcoming live dates//

14 // SKIPTON // Moor Music Festival
15 // LEICESTER // Summer Sundae Festival

9 // READING // South Street
10 // BOURNEMOUTH / Sixty Million Postcards
11 // ISLE OF WIGHT // Bestival
12 // SALISBURY // End of the Road festival
29 // ABERDEEN // The Lemon Tree – with The Twilight Sad
30 // DUNDEE // Doghouse – with The Twilight Sad

1 // STIRLING // Tolbooth – with The Twilight Sad
4 // NEWCASTLE // Cluny – with The Twilight Sad
5 // NOTTINGHAM // Stealth – with The Twilight Sad
6 // MANCHESTER // Deaf Institute – with The Twilight Sad
7 // LONDON // XOYO – with The Twilight Sad
9 // BRIGHTON // Audio – with The Twilight Sad
10 // BRISTOL // Fleece – with The Twilight Sad
11 // LEEDS // Cockpit – with The Twilight Sad
12 // EDINBURGH // Liquid Room – with The Twilight Sad

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