Saturday, April 30, 2011

Detroit - 28th April review

Thanks to Bear for the setlist and lengthy review of Thursday's show in Detroit:

Fan reviews used to be submitted to Brightlight on a regular basis, but it seems folks are posting their thoughts elsewhere nowadays (in 140 characters or less?). Anything sent in gets used, so please feel free to drop me an email:

Friday, April 29, 2011

Two more summer festival dates

Neapolis Festival
Saturday 9th July 2011

Ypsigrock Festival
7th August 2011

Update: Mogwai's website has finally been updated this afternoon with details on previously-confirmed festival appearances. So we now have dates for:

Splendour In The Grass - 29th July
Fujirock - 31st July
Flow Festival - 14th August
Electric Picnic - 4th September

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Toronto poster

Three colour silkscreen poster by Doublenaut, edition of 100, on sale at last night's show and via the Doublenaut store

Regular readers will know I'm a big fan of these screened posters. Let's hope this North American tour turns up a few goodies, there were plenty in 2008 and 2009.

Anyone seen any for other 2011 shows? Any ideas on which poster artists are involved in the Mogwai tour series this time?

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Toronto support - Old World Vulture

In the absence of Errors, Mogwai will be supported by Old World Vulture in Toronto tonight.
Thanks James

USA Out Of Vietnam supported at Montreal's Mr Beast-fest last night.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Postponed US shows - new dates

US rescheduled dates - September/October

The arrangements for the rescheduled shows for the dates we had to postpone on the US tour are as follows:

September 26-27 New York, NY Webster Hall
April 21 tickets will be honored for the September 26 show and April 22 tickets will be honored for the September 27 show.

September 28 Philadelphia, PA Starlight Ballroom
September 29 Washington, DC 9:30 Club

October 1 Boston, MA House of Blues
All tickets previously purchased for the Paradise show will be honored for the House of Blues show.

Sunday, April 24, 2011


All being well, Mogwai's North American tour should finally start in Montreal tomorrow night (Monday 25th April)

For entirely positive family reasons, Martin Bulloch is unable to join the band for this tour. His place behind the drumkit will be taken by James Hamilton of Errors. Those of you who've been lucky enough to see Errors play live will know that James is a fantastic drummer.

Unfortunately, Errors won't be supporting Mogwai at the Montreal and Toronto shows this week. Reason unknown at present, and they haven't indicated that they won't be playing in Vancouver so presumably it's not an issue with Canadian visas. Anyone know who is supporting in their place?

Friday, April 22, 2011

Washington DC - 29th September

Mogwai's show in Washington DC, due to have taken place last Tuesday, has been rescheduled to 29th September, accoridng to the venue's website:

Thanks Josh

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Rock 'n Coke - 17th July

Mogwai play Rock 'n Coke 2011 at Hezarfen Havaalanı near Istanbul, Turkey on 17th July 2011

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Mogwai - Hoxton 9th Feb - video

Fantastic stuff - make sure to find time to watch these. Interview snippets with Stuart and Barry in the first part, plus four full song performances (Mexican Grand Prix, Ithica, How To Be A Werewolf, My Father My King)!/view/meet-mogwai

I can't embed all of them here because they auto-play, meaning all five of them running at the same time.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

US tour - first five dates postponed

It is with great regret that we must inform you that due to an unforeseen delay in their visa processing, Mogwai must postpone the following shows:

April 19 Washington, DC 9:30 Club

April 20 Philadelphia, PA Starlight Ballroom

April 21 New York, NY Webster Hall

April 22 New York, NY Webster Hall

April 23 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club

All shows will be rescheduled to TBA dates in October. The new dates will be announced shortly. All tickets will be honored. Refunds are available at point of purchase.

We're sorry for any disappointment or inconvenience caused, however this is entirely out with our control.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Mexican Grand Prix promo

There's been a noticeable lack of physical promo copies of 'Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will' or its associated singles. The only one I've come across so far is pictured above.

1 Mexican Grand Prix [5:15]
2 Mexican Grand Prix (Radio Edit) [4:11]

Rock Action ROCKACT54P
Body-printed CDr, black and white printed card insert
Track credited to Mogwai/Sutherland

The 'missing minute' has been shaved off by removing a few seconds of beats from the start, fading out 20 seconds more quickly at the end, and by the removal of a couple of sections (totalling approx 35 seconds) from the main body of the track.

Anything else interesting around?

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Splendour In The Grass - 29th to 31st July

Mogwai play Splendour In The Grass in Woodford, Queensland, Australia over the weekend of 29th to 31st July 2011.

This is the band's only confirmed Australian show of 2011. Mogwai also play Fuji Rock Festival in Japan the same weekend.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Montreux - 13th July

Mogwai play Montreux Jazz Festival on 13th July 2011, alongside Black Dub (with Daniel Lanois, Brian Blade & Trixie Whitley) and Lamb.

Miles Davis Hall


Thanks Chris

'How To Be A Werewolf' on NPR

'How To Be A Werewolf' was Song Of the Day on NPR yesterday.

After Special Moves, a 2010 live album showcasing its best material, Mogwai is ditching the nostalgia and moving on to a new sound. The Glasgow band is often touted for the cinematic dynamics and slow-building instrumentation of its early albums, but recent releases have been more outspoken than ponderous. The new Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will might be Mogwai's most straightforward album yet, getting down to the basics of what makes this a rock band.

"How to Be a Werewolf" welcomes the listener with looped hums, but it's not long before heavy drums bring tempo into the equation. Atmospheric hums swell in the background against warm bass, as the song builds into a hypnotic drone of repetitive guitar phrases. Soon, a wall of distortion brings the music to a voluminous plateau while a piercing solo tears through the noise. At this point, Mogwai begins to feed on its own energy: The music's meticulous start has transitioned into a full-on jam session.

Mogwai doesn't milk the moments between these highs and lows, but the group's signature peaks and valleys are still here. They're just more concise.

Friday, April 8, 2011

St Deluxe 'After The Fire' released 16th April

Back in June 2008, we reported that Stuart had produced St Deluxe's 'After The Fire'

The recording is finally released on 16th April (which conveniently happens to be Record Store Day) on 10" vinyl only, with inner cover made from a record shop brown bag with an illustrated screen printed cover.


Dream Machine Records [DMR001]

SAT 16TH - in-stores around LONDON

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Flow Festival - 12th to 14th August

Mogwai are confirmed to play Flow Festival in Helsinki, Finland. The festival takes place from 12th-14th August.

Mogwai play either 13th or 14th, as they're at Route du Rock in St Malo, France on 12th August. Given the distance from St Malo to Helsinki, 14th August looks the more likely date.