Monday, January 31, 2011

Aberdeen - 29th Jan 2011 - setlist


* Rano Pano
* Mexican Grand Prix
* Friend Of The Night
* White Noise
* Hunted By A Freak
* How To Be A Werewolf
* I'm Jim Morrison, I'm Dead
* New Paths to Helicon pt. 1
* George Square Thatcher Death Party
* San Pedro
* 2 Rights Make 1 Wrong
* Batcat


* Hasenheide
* My Father My King

Thanks Steve

Glasgow - 30th Jan 2011 - setlist

Photo by Jared Earle


* Rano Pano
* Mexican Grand Prix
* Killing All The Flies
* White Noise
* Christmas Steps
* Hasenheide
* Auto Rock
* Yes! I Am A Long Way From Home
* George Square Thatcher Death Party
* San Pedro
* Like Herod


* How To Be A Werewolf
* 2 Rights Make 1 Wrong
* Batcat

Mogwai have already played 29 different songs live in 2011.

Glasgow - 22nd December 2011

Mogwai are pleased to announce details of a Christmas headline show in Glasgow.

The band will play the Barrowlands on 22nd December 2011.

Tickets go on sale on Friday 4th Feb at 9am


hotline 0871 220 0260

plus usual outlets

Mogwai’s new album ‘Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will’ is released on 14th February via their own Rock Action label.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Aberdeen - 29th Jan 2011

Anyone seen a full setlist? Apparently 'My Father My King' got its first outing of 2011 as the encore.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Perth - 28th Jan 2011

Setlist from last night's Mogwai show in Perth:

* White Noise
* Mexican Grand Prix
* Killing All The Flies
* I'm Jim Morrison, I'm Dead
* How To Be A Werewolf
* Friend Of The Night
* Letters To The Metro
* You Don't Know Jesus
* George Square Thatcher Death Party
* Rano Pano
* New Paths to Helicon pt. 1
* You're Lionel Richie


* Cody
* Mogwai Fear Satan

Friday, January 28, 2011

Paisley - 27th Jan 2011

Setlist from last night's Mogwai show at Paisley Town Hall:

# white noise
# ithica 27ø9
# letters to the metro
# i know you are but what am i?
# mexican grand prix
# i'm jim morrison, i'm dead
# how to be a werewolf
# hunted by a freak
# rano pano
# yes! i am a long way from home
# san pedro
# like herod

# george square thatcher death party
# you don't know jesus
# batcat

Thanks Stuart.

Some great photos from the Stirling show (26th Jan) here:

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Competition - a winner already!

The competition set last weekend, to win a copy of Rik Rawling's book of paintings 'The Silence', has a winner already - Graham Burgess, who correctly picked five tracks that Mogwai would perform last night in Stirling, and also correctly predicted the opening track as 'White Noise'.

Thanks to everyone who entered. The absence of 'I'm Jim Morrison, I'm Dead' from the setlist seems to have been the biggest surprise.

Rik's most recently completed painting, 'I Know You Are But What Am I?' is here:

Stirling - 26th Jan 2011 - setlist

Photo by Alan Duncan.

Setlist for Mogwai's first show of the year

Tolbooth, Stirling - 26th Jan 2011

1 white noise
2 kids will be skeletons
3 mexican grand prix
4 rano pano
5 hunted
6 hasenheide
7 friend of the night
8 death rays
9 autorock
10 san pedro
11 helicon 1
12 lionel richie


Thanks Stuart.

Live debuts for 'white noise', 'mexican grand prix', 'hasenheide', 'death rays', 'san pedro' and 'you're lionel richie'

Nashville - 21st May

An extra show has been added to the end of Mogwai's April/May North American tour.

Mogwai + Errors

21st May 2011
Nashville, TN


Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Mogwai - BBC Radio 1 session

As noted below, Mogwai recorded a session for BBC Radio 1 on Monday (24th Jan).

The session is intended for broadcast on Rob Da Bank's show, which airs between 5am and 7am on Saturday morning.
There's nothing on the site to indicate a likely transmission date. If anyone sees a date published, please let me know.

A further two tracks were recorded "for whoever wants them" - thanks Stuart.


It's to be hoped Mr da Bank doesn't repeat his 2008 trick of turning off the session recording of 'Mogwai Fear Satan' halfway through.

Anyone else yearning for the days when Mogwai sessions were on Radio 1 in the evening?

Stirling - my kinda town

Mogwai's lengthy run of tour dates starts tonight (Weds 26th Jan) with a sold-out show in Stirling. The tour continues with four further Scottish shows. Japan, Ireland, UK, Europe, USA and Canada follow between now and May.

Stuart and Barry are DJ-ing in Glasgow tonight after the Stirling show. More info:

Posted yesterday on

BBC Radio 1 session yesterday. Last rehearsal today before the tour starts tomorrow. 5 gigs in Scotland and 2 in Japan in 9 days. Here we go.

Anyone know whose show the Radio 1 session was recorded for?

Monday, January 24, 2011

Vic Galloway session - final track

Mogwai were in session for BBC Radio Scotland's Vic Galloway show last Monday (17th Jan). A fourth track, 'How To Be A Werewolf', was recorded for broadcast at a later date, and it was included in tonight's show.

Listen again:
Scroll through to 1:28:25

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Competition time again

'The Silence', the book collecting all 21 paintings from Rik Rawling's Project Mogwai, was published in September 2010.

Rik has kindly given me a copy of the book to use as a competition prize.

In the absence of any flash of creative inspiration, the competition is a reprise of two previous poster giveaways.

Mogwai's Scottish tour starts with a sold-out show in Stirling on Wednesday (26th January).

*Name five songs you think will feature in Mogwai's set in Stirling.
*Tiebreaker - name the opening song.

Lists to by 5pm (UK) on Wednesday 26th January. I reserve the right to bring the deadline forward, or change the competition, if the setlist becomes obvious before Wednesday for whatever reason.

Bearing in mind what happened last time, please don't expect an immediate conclusion to the fun (for new readers, the last competition ended up rumbling on through two weeks of shows before a winner emerged).

Rik's recently started work on a second set of Mogwai-influenced paintings:
as well as his Mogwai sleeve art 'remixes':

Update: competition closed, thanks to those who've entered.

'Hardcore..' - Sub Pop pre-order

The first 500 pre-orderers of Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will will receive a set of earplugs in a limited edition Mogwai earplug case!

This Deluxe Version of the CD comes with a second disc featuring an epic 23 minute song not on the album. The download code that accompanies the LP includes that 23 minute track, though it’s not actually on the vinyl version.

Released: February 15, 2011

CD - $16
2XLP - $18

Pre-ordering gets you access to a stream of the whole album, I believe.

Sub Pop already seem to have sent more email, blogged more, ....advertised, I suppose it used to be called....'Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will' more widely than I can recall Matador doing for any of the Mogwai albums during Mogwai's time on that label.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Live update


We played our whole new album from start to finish at rehearsal today. A feat that deserves at the very least some biscuits. Or medals.

Presumably this means Mogwai are intending to play the entire album live this year, breaking further new ground - every Mogwai studio album includes tracks that were never played live at the time of release. The only studio album performed live in its entirety to date is Mogwai Young Team, at two shows in 2008.

Luke Sutherland is to join the band for their forthcoming tour dates, presumably reprising his previous appearances with the band on violin and guitar.

And finally, a reminder that Stuart plays one of his rare solo shows at the Shhh... Festival in London tomorrow (Saturday 22nd Jan). Stuart's scheduled for a 30 minute set from 8.30pm

Konx-om-Pax - Halo Ritual (with Stuart Braithwaite)

Konx-om-Pax - Halo Ritual (with Stuart Braithwaite and Laurel Halo) by All Tomorrows Parties

As part of their Soundcloud preview package for their forthcoming Mogwai/Twilight Sad shows, All Tomorrow's Parties have:

Mogwai - Rano Pano
Konx-om-Pax - Halo Ritual (with Stuart Braithwaite and Laurel Halo)

plus one further Konx-om-Pax track, two Twilight Sad tracks and a Remember Remember track.

The Konx-om-Pax tracks are downloadable.

Remember Remember - Get Good by All Tomorrows Parties

Rano Pano 7" in Mogwai's online store


"Rano Pano"

7" and download
Sub Pop [SP918]

A small quantity have just been made available via Mogwai's online store:

There's also a pre-order for the "Mexican Grand Prix" 7" (due 7th Feb):

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

'Hardcore...' vinyl - Insound preorder

Pre-order Mogwai's 'Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will' on vinyl from Insound and receive a free poster

Rano Pano video

Mogwai - Rano Pano from Mogwai on Vimeo.

Posted 24 hours late so you don't have to endure that crappy Adele advertisement.

'Rano Pano' was released as a single yesterday.

7" and download

Monday, January 17, 2011

This Is Happening NOW

Mogwai are live in session NOW on Vic Galloway's BBC Radio Scotland show
Monday 17th January 2011 (8pm - 10pm)

Live tracks:
Letters To The Metro
Rano Pano

Apparently they're recording How To Be A Werewolf for broadcast at a later date.

Update: 'listen again' is up now for the next 7 days:

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Never lost in translation: Mogwai in Japan

Great interview with Mogwai whilst they were in Japan in September 2010. Unusual in that it includes contributions from the whole band, and the interviewer obviously knows the band's music well.

Mogwai live on Radio Scotland - 17th Jan 2011

A reminder - Mogwai are live in session on Vic Galloway's BBC Radio Scotland show on Monday 17th January 2011 (8pm - 10pm).

If anyone makes a great-quality recording of this and wants to get in touch, feel free.

The programme will be re-broadcast on Friday 21st Jan at 10pm, according to Vic's website.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Mogcast #12

Happy new year and welcome to the first Mogcast of 2011. Listen to me stutter and stammer my through an hours worth of excellent dirges. I hope you enjoy it.

- Martin Bulloch

1. Grinderman – Mickey Mouse and the Goodbye Man
2. Dead Skeletons – He Who Fears Death Cannot Enjoy Life
3. Wooden Shjips – Old Lang Syne
4. Bardo Pond – Don’t Know About You
5. The Soft Moon – Breath The Fire
6. Umberto – Temple Room
7. Moon Unit – Too Many Blues
8. Pajo – Where Eagles Dare
9. Daughter – Our Queens (One Is Many, Many Are One)
10. Converge – On My Shield
11. Mudhoney – When Tomorrow Hits
12. Mogwai – You’re Lionel Ritchie

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Dialogue in 'You're Lionel Richie'

From Stefano Fasti, who's had an early listen to 'You're Lionel Richie' on YouTube:
I translated the Italian dialogue for you.

00:30 - a few words not in Italian and really not understandable...

00:46 - "Disse che l'aveva trovato: voleva uccidere il lupo. Ma il lupo non morì mai. Doveva mordersi nella sua pelle. perché stava pensando, disse la foresta, stava pensando un modo per farlo guarire quel povero leone"

In English:

"He(/she) said that he(/she) found him: he(/she) wanted to kill the wolf. But the wolf never died. He (the wolf) should bite his own skin... because he(/she) was thinking about, said the forest, he(/she) was thinking about a way to make him heal, that poor lion"

It seems clear to me that the speaker is surely not Italian, maybe French? But I can't be sure of his nationality. It's a very cryptic short tale and I haven't managed to find its author yet. I don't know if these are only excerpts from a longer story. The passage from the wolf to the lion is very strange and I can't understand the change of subject. Yes, very cryptic. Even if I am absolutely sure of the words spoken in Italian.

Thanks Stefano.
Maybe this is film dialogue? Anyone know?

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Vote Mexican Grand Prix!

Mogwai's 'Mexican Grand Prix' is included in the 'Rebel Playlist' on BBC 6Music's Steve Lamacq show this week. Vote here:

It only takes a second...

I'm sure most people will have already seen this - Sub Pop released another free mp3 download from 'Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will' yesterday. This time, it's 'San Pedro':

Monday, January 10, 2011

Mexican Grand Prix 7"

Completely missed this, not sure when it was announced:


We're pleased to be able to tell you that there will be a ltd edition 7" of Mexican Grand Prix taken from the new Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will album. The single will be available via Rock Action on February 7th and is backed with the b-side 'Slight Domestic'.

'Slight Domestic' is the second extra track on the Japanese version of 'Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will'. 'Hasenheide', the other extra track, appears on the b-side of the 'Rano Pano' single.

Mogwai - Hoxton, 9th Feb 2011 *already sold out*

Mogwai + Remember Remember

Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen

9th February 2011, 8.30pm

Tickets went on sale at 1pm and have already sold out.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Support changes


Due to a scheduling issue (our fault) Factory Floor aren't playing with us in Ireland now. RM Hubbert is doing it now.

Factory Floor's MySpace still has them listed as playing Belfast, however?

Red Snapper mix on Clash Music

We love what Mogwai do and this track is so epic...

Red Snapper DJ Mix Tracklisting

1. Aphex Twin - Radiator [Warp]
2. Horsepower - Damn It [Tempa]
3. Tony Allen - Pusherman [Fat/Planet Woo]
4. Space Walkers - The Invader [Link Wray Records]
5. Ma - Shake [Gravid Hands]
6. Blakroc - Why Can’t I Forget Him [V2/Co-Op]
7. Moist - Crows (Red Snapper Remix) [White]
8. Fog - Jamie xx Remix [Alpha Pup]
9. Mogwai – Scotland’s Shame [Wall Of Sound]
10. Red Snapper - Brickred (Dr Radius Dub) [Lo Recordings]
11. Ma - Dump [Gravid Hands]
12. Red Snapper - Spitalfields [Warp]

Thursday, January 6, 2011

North American support - Errors

A reliable source indicates that Errors will support Mogwai on their North American tour through April and May 2011.

Rehearsals for the tour started on Tuesday (4th January).

Monday, January 3, 2011

Stuart on 2010, Barry on 2000

From omgvinyl:

Stuart Braithwaite, the legendary guitarist for Mogwai, sent over his great list of favorites from 2010.

1. Brian McBride -The Effective Disconnect
2. Salem – King Night
3. Emeralds – Does It Look Like I’m Here?
4. Umberto – From The Grave
5. Daniel Higgs – Say God
6. LCD Soundsystem – This Is Happening
7. Walls – Walls
8. Zola Jeus – Stridulum II
9. These New Puritans – Hidden
10. The Soft Moon – The Soft Moon

Thanks to Ben Rowe for scanning in this article from this week's NME:

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Mogwai in Tokyo - 3rd Feb 2011

It appears that the previously-announced 'An Experience with MOGWAI' show in Tokyo (2nd Feb 2011) has sold out. Tickets for this show included an exclusive t-shirt (above) and a pre-ordered 'Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will' CD. has a second show listed for 3rd February 2011.

Thanks emicom.