Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Les Revenants - picture disc update

Back in October, the initial announcement of Mogwai's involvement with Les Revenants included the following snippet:
We're looking at doing a very limited France-only picture disc EP release in December to co-incide with the series.
This is the 10" ep which will now be released on 28th January, but not as a picture disc:
The pressing plant couldn’t deliver in time. Just doing it as a normal release now.
Thanks Stuart.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Les Revenants - release dates and artwork

From http://www.facebook.com/mogwai:
You might have heard us mention over the past few months that we've been in the studio. We've been working on music for the brand new show on Canal+ 'Les Revenants'. The first episode airs tonight at 20:55.

We're pleased to announce that we'll be releasing music from the show early next year. We'll have a strictly limited 10" (2000 only worldwide) out on January 28th and a full OST album released 25th February on CD, LP and Digital Download via Rock Action Records. You can see artwork for the 10" below.

You can find out more about the show here: http://lesrevenants.canalplus.fr/

The Quietus has an interview with John about the Les Revenants project:

Sunday, November 25, 2012

CONFINED (to the past?)


Adam Dix / Andre Kruysen / Alex Haw/atmos / Blue Curry
Darren Harvey-Regan / Jan Maarten Voskuil / Kite & Laslett / Mogwai
Mikey Please / Ross Jones / Russell Hill / Sinta Tantra
22nd November from 6pm. ONE NIGHT ONLY.

Location: NEST, De Constant Rebecqueplein 20b, 2518 RA Den Haag, NETHERLANDS

A guest curated project by William Lunn.

Further details here: http://www.sumarrialunn.com/Exhibitions/NEST.html

Artist / architect duo Kite and Laslett will present 'Enclosure' with music by Mogwai - a sound and light installation that creates a sense of physical boundaries via the oral and visual senses. Glaswegian musicians Mogwai are well known for creating incredible 'walls of sound' but also for tapping into emotional experiences such as the passing of time or nostalgia, with music that contains no discernible vocals.

Thanks to Mark Smith for emailing with the info, saving me hours of fruitless trawling through Twitter.

Further trawling on http://www.kiteandlaslett.com/:

E N C L O S U R E - Double CD Release
Privately released by Kite & Laslett, on sale for £10 at IN SITU - Genius Loci and by email request.

The last three tracks from this CD are on http://soundcloud.com/kiteandlaslett and don't sound, to me, like they're anything to do with Mogwai.

The concept of the installation is the design of an immersive sound and light installation. E N C L O S U R E consists of four suspended pyramidal volumes, arranged concentrically around the central node of the exhibition space. Each volume serves to emit sound and light towards the centre in a manner in which inner and outer spatial areas are defined and separated. Standing at the node, the participants are blinded by light, thus focusing their perception towards sound. The projected sounds pass from one volume to the next, creating a dissonant and ever evolving sound field. Standing in the path of the moving sounds a kinaesthetic sensation of sound is passed through the human body. The piece will be the only source of lighting in the space providing a dramatic ambience.In addition to the installation itself, this special event includes live sound mixing, guest musical performance and audience participation.

All of which suggests that Enclosure is an entirely live experience and that the contributing music artists change every time it's shown?

Educated guesswork suggests that previously-released Mogwai music was used when Enclosure was shown in Den Haag on Thursday. Further info very much welcome, from anyone involved in the project or anyone who was there.

Mogwai - forthcoming releases

Mogwai have been working on the soundtrack for French TV series Les Revenants, and this is now completed, mastered and due for release early in 2013.

Apparently Happy Songs For Happy People is being reissued soon although it's not known at this stage whether this is a full-on 'extra track and a tacky badge' job or just a vinyl re-press.

Any further info on either of these very welcome.

PIAS are reissuing some back catalogue on vinyl and download to mark their 30th anniversary:



Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Ian Rankin's favourite albums

The always-excellent Quietus has a Baker's Dozen feature with Ian Rankin today.


Mogwai's 'Ten Rapid' is in there amongst many other goodies.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

A Wrenched Virile Lore released tomorrow


Mogwai release 'A Wrenched Virile Lore', a remix album featuring songs from their 2011 outing 'Hardcore Will Never Die But You Will'. Rock Action will release the album on vinyl, CD and digitally on 19th November. The vinyl includes a download code. [ROCKACT72]

North American release via Sub Pop follows on 23rd November (limited-edition, coloured vinyl LP) and 4th December (CD and digital) [SP1033]

Mogwai's 'A Wrenched Virile Lore' tracklisting

George Square Thatcher Death Party (Justin K Broadrick Reshape)
Rano Pano (Klad Hest – Mogwai is My Dick RMX)
White Noise (EVP Mix by Cyclob)
How To Be A Werewolf (Xander Harris Remix)
Letters To The Metro (Zombi Remix)
Mexican Grand Prix (Reworked by RM Hubbert)
Rano Pano (Tim Hecker Remix)
San Pedro (The Soft Moon Remix)
Too Raging To Cheers (Umberto Remix)
La Mort Blanche (Robert Hampson Remix)


This is only my second post here in a month. Mogwai aren't usually this inactive? If I've missed something, it may well be due to finding it impossible to keep up with the various Mogwai Twitter accounts now the RSS feeds have been removed. If there's anything I really should have reported, please feel free to let me know!