Friday, December 20, 2013

Stuart Braithwaite solo show - 19th December 2013

Stuart played at the Union Chapel in London last night (Thurs 19th Dec 2013) supporting James Yorkston. The set included at least six Mogwai songs and a couple of cover versions.

Most (all?) of Stuart's set is on YouTube, filmed close in by the same uploader and with decent audio quality.


What Are They Doing In Heaven Today:

Blues Hour:

Pale Blue Eyes:

Take Me Somewhere Nice:

Hound Of Winter:

Devil Rides:


Thanks brash

Friday, December 13, 2013

Seoul - 16th Feb 2014

Mogwai + Daughter

Uniqlo Ax Hall
South Korea

Sunday 16th Feb 2014


Monday, December 9, 2013

Maximo Park - 'Leave This Island' - Mogwai remix


Maximo Park have announced details of their new single, 'Leave This Island'.

The song is taken from the band's fifth album 'Too Much Information', which is released on February 3. It is the follow-up to their 2012 LP 'The National Health'.

Recorded in Sunderland with the band's keyboardist Lukas Wooller and Field Music’s Brewis brothers 'Leave This Island’ will be available on 12” vinyl and digitally, complete with exclusive B-side 'A Vague Implication', a Mogwai remix of 'Leave This Island' and a mix of 'Brain Cells' from The Invisible's Dave Okumu.

Dingle - 7th Dec - video

Mogwai were scheduled to play for an hour at Other Voices 2013 in Dingle, Ireland on Saturday, but it appears that overrunning previous acts kept their stage time down to 35 minutes.

heard about you last night
the lord is out of control
blues hour
master card
how to be a werewolf

The show was streamed live on The Guardian website, and they've posted a follow-up video:

Edinburgh - 8th March 2014

+ The Pastels
+ Remember Remember

Usher Hall

Saturday 8th March 2014

Tickets on sale 13th December 2013, 9am:

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Dingle - 7th Dec - live stream

Tonight's Mogwai show in Dingle can be streamed live via the Guardian website:

Mogwai are due on stage at 10pm

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Atlanta - 2nd May 2014

One extra show for Mogwai's 2014 US tour:

Center Stage
Atlanta GA

2nd May 2014

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Rave Tapes - Japanese bonus tracks

cdjapan lists two bonus tracks on the Japanese CD edition of 'Rave Tapes:

Bad Magician 3
Die 1 Dislike!

These are the two extra tracks to be found on the 12" in the box set.

Thanks 'anonymous'

Monday, December 2, 2013

The Lord Is Out Of Control video

Here is the new video from Mogwai, taken from their new album 'Rave Tapes', released 20th Jan 2014 on Rock Action and 21st Jan 2014 on Sub Pop.

Filmed and Directed by Antony Crook
Styling: Glenn Kitson
Editor: Keith Mottram
Local production : Stani Franklin
Camera assistant : Chris Franklin
Colourist: James Tillett. the moving picture company

Made with the help of
Anne Bunker, Charlie Peshkin, Mari Kari, Lee Kari

Filmed in Hawaii

iTunes pre-order - received The Lord Is Out Of Control as an instant free download.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Ben and Finlay - 2013 auction

Mogwai have contributed to auctions to benefit autistic twins Ben and Finlay on several occasions in the past. The 2013 auction, which starts today (1st Dec) and runs for 12 days, has three Mogwai-related lots.

Item 29
Two Tickets for Mogwai at ‘Celtic Connections’, 1930 hours on 28 January 2014 at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall – thank you Stuart Braithwaite

Item 30
A signed Mogwai poster – thank you Stuart Braithwaite

Item 31
A signed vinyl test pressing of the new Mogwai album, ‘Rave Tapes’ – thank you Stuart Braithwaite

Friday, November 29, 2013

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Singapore - 22nd February 2014

Widely reported - Mogwai play Singapore's Fort Canning Park, alongside The National, on 22nd Feb 2014, another Hostess Club event.

Cambridge setlist - 28th November

First listing from the forum (thanks sim72):

Friend Of The Night
Rano Pano
White Noise
How To Be A Werewolf
I'm Jim Morrison, I'm Dead
Like Herod
Mexican Grand Prix
Hunted By A Freak
Mogwai Fear Satan

If that's correct, six tracks from Rave Tapes were debuted tonight.

Manila - 13th Feb 2014

A third Hostess Club event, 'Febfest 2014', takes place in Manila on 13th Feb 2014, with Mogwai playing alongside Warpaint.

Further info:

Mogwai's first show in the Phillipines.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Les Revenants/The Returned - Series 1 DVD

Les Revenants/The Returned - Series 1 DVD
Available from all good DVD retailers (and Amazon)

An ideal Christmas gift for a Mogwai fan?

Friday, November 22, 2013

UK and European tour supports

We're pleased to announce the supports for our UK/EU dates in January & February, details below:

22 - Newcastle - Aidan Moffat (
24 - London - Koreless (
25 - London - Clinic (
27 - Manchester - MUGSTAR (
28 - Glasgow - RM Hubbert (
30 - Amsterdam - Forest Swords (

1 - Brussels - Forest Swords
2 - Brussels - Mugstar
3 - Paris - Forest Swords
4 - Frankfurt - Forest Swords
5 - Munich - Forest Swords
6 - Berlin - Forest Swords

Taipei - 19th February 2014

Following the announcement of Mogwai's appearance at the Hostess Club Weekender in Tokyo [15th/16th February 2014], a related event is taking place in Taipei, Taiwan. Mogwai are listed to appear on 19th February 2014.

Further info at the promoter's website:

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Rave Tapes - Sub Pop pre-order (and likely future ep)

The Sub Pop pre-order for Mogwai's 'Rave Tapes' box set is up:

That's a pretty-looking thing.

The Sub Pop boxset has its own catalogue number [SP1079] and the write-up states "The deluxe edition box set will be housed in a hardcover box case featuring unique-to-this-package artwork, and will be limited to only 500 copies. Which is to say, it’s not going to last long!"

And more from Stuart on the forum:
We have some more songs which we'll be releasing as an ep at some point. There aren't any plans for singles from the album at the moment though that could change if we get any great remixes.

Rave Tapes bonus 7" - update

Stuart has confirmed via the forum that the 'Rave Tapes' boxset 7", the Sub Pop bonus 7" and the Rock Action indies-only bonus 7" all contain one song only - 'Tell Everybody That I Love Them '.

The boxset 7" will have an etched b-side, unlike the other two pressings.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Barry interviewed on Rave Tapes

Well worth reading, some interesting comment on the new album.

"I have a feeling that 7 straight weeks in the USA is really going to take its toll on us" - the currently-announced North American tour runs for five weeks, which suggests a substantial extension is yet to be announced.

'Rave Tapes' format tracklisting update

Boxset tracklists:
Heavy pressed die cut LP/CD/cassette

Heard About You Last Night
Simon Ferocious
Hexon Bogon
Master Card
Blues Hour
No Medicine For Regret
The Lord Is Out Of Control

Exclusive heavy pressed 12" coloured vinyl (pink):
A - Bad Magician 3 (3:32)
B - Die 1 Dislike! (5:26)

1 sided heavy pressed etched 7"
A - Tell Everybody That I Love Them (4:28)

Printed download card for high quality download of all tracks contained in box


The Sub Pop pre-order states "You’ll also receive a bonus 7" with two extra songs with your pre-order of Rave Tapes", so this is a different 7" to that included in the boxset.
It's not currently clear whether the Sub Pop bonus 7" has the same tracklist as the 7" included with the UK/European indies-only vinyl.

Update - Stuart has confirmed that the bonus 7" will have the same tracklist across all formats.

To muddy the water still further, the Japanese CD [Hostess Entertainment HSE-30324] will have bonus tracks - some pre-orders suggest two additional tracks. Again, it's not yet known whether these bonus tracks are duplicated in the boxset or other formats.

This could get very, very expensive....

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Dingle - 6th to 8th December 2013

Other Voices Series 12

December 6th, 7th and 8th 2013 will see Other Voices head to Dingle for it’s 12th year. The recording of the world-renowned music television event will take place in St. James’ Church, Dingle.

In keeping with a musical tradition nurtured in Dingle over eleven years, Other Voices will showcase the most influential voices in contemporary music – established artists and bands from across the globe performing alongside the ever burgeoning wave of emerging talent. Old friends will return and new friendships will be forged. Some of those returning to the fold will be DAVID GRAY, and IMRO Other Room alum LISA O’NEILL will be joining us on the main stage. We are also excited to be joined by Scottish post-rockers, MOGWAI. The full line-up for Other Voices will be unveiled in the coming weeks.

Once again Other Voices will be providing a TV and online platform for new and emerging acts in the IMRO Other Room. Anyone who wishes to apply for a slot to perfrom the IMRO Other Room can do so by visting the Open Call section on

Other Voices Dingle will again feature the hugely popular Other Voices Music Trail, with a stellar line-up of musical offerings in a number of venues across the weekend. All Other Voices Music Trail events are free and will take place before and after the live gigs in St. James’. Familiar names will perform alongside emerging Irish artists and no doubt there will be a few very special guests along the way! This year also sees the return of Banter, a salon style series of discussion and debate with Irish Times Music Journalist, Jim Carroll (

As always, tickets for the main Church recordings will be very limited but don’t let that put you off coming down to Dingle for the weekend. You will not be disappointed by the huge range of other gigs, talks and festivities we have in store for Other Voices 12. Also, for those who don’t make it into the church, the live action will be streamed in bars around the town as well as online.

The capacity for Mogwai's show is 80. Date tbc. All tickets are given away. Links to ticket sources will be posted on

Thanks Helen and Fergus

Monday, November 11, 2013

What Are They Doing In Heaven Today promo

This turned up on ebay at the end of last week - promo CD, seemingly for a proposed physical and digital single release of the Les Revenants track 'What Are They Doing In Heaven?' earlier this year.


1. What Are They Doing In Heaven Today?
2. Wizard Motor

Mogwai releases new single What Are They Doing In Heaven Today? through Rock Action Records. Mogwai are Stuart Braithwaite, Dominic Aitchison, Martin Bullock, John Cummings and Barry Burns, formed in Glasgow in 1995. New track What Are You Doing In Heaven Today? is a cover version of a Washington Phillips song by Braithwaite and is released with b-side Wizard Motor. Both tracks are taken from the band’s newest project, the soundtrack of the French TV series Les Revenants. The series is adapted from the eponymously titled, Robin Campillo-directed 2004 film, and the series unfolds in an isolated French mountain town where the locals are troubled after children who were tragically killed in a bus crash appear to come back to life, unaware that they’d died. The soundtrack to Les Revenant is set for release on 25/02.

Update - seem the seller has a ready supply, it's already been relisted

Friday, November 8, 2013

Mogwai vs Kanye West

(via Consequence Of Sound)
Kanye West is (for those just emerging from under their rocks) one of the most vocal and progressive talents in modern rap. Mogwai is a Scottish-based quintet known for their lengthy, heavily distorted brand of instrumental post-rock. Now, those two dichotomous worlds come together at last thanks to a new mash-up from Chicago production duo The Hood Internet (who know a thing or two about the ways of the mash-up.)

“Tu Ne Peux Rien Me Dire” pairs West’s “Can’t Tell Me Nothing” vocals with an unnamed Mogwai piano-and-drum piece. The resulting track is like a musical Reese’s cup, with West’s boisterous rhymes given a sheen of darkness while the brooding instrumentation sounds more playful underneath West’s rampant charisma.

Mogwai's tracks is The Huts (thanks einzack)

Monday, November 4, 2013

North American tour - April/May 2014


NORTH AMERICAN TOUR: Following the announcement of their new studio album 'Rave Tapes' and the preview track 'Remurdered' last week (which you can hear via the link below), Mogwai have announced an extensive North American tour for April/May 2014.

Tour dates are listed below, on-sale details and ticket links to follow:


21 April - Sunshine Theatre, Albuquerque, NM

22 April - Tricky Falls, El Paso, TX

23 April - Granada Theater, Dallas, TX

24 April - Emo's, Austin, TX

25 April - Fitzgerald's, Houston, TX

26 April - Varsity Theatre, Baton Rouge, LA

27 April - Civic Theatre New Orleans, LA

29 April - Grand Central, Miami, FL

30 April - The Ritz Ybor, Tampa, FL


1 May - The Beacham Theatre, Orlando FL

3 May - Exit In, Nashville TN

6 May - Amos' Southend, Charlotte NC

7 May - 9:30 Club, Washington, DC

8 May - Union Transfer, Philadelphia, PA

9 May - Terminal 5, New York, NY

10 May - House of Blues, Boston, MA

11 May - Metropolis, Montreal, QC

13 May - Danforth Music Hall, Toronto, ON

14 May - House of Blues, Cleveland, OH

15 May - St. Andrews Hall, Detroit, MI

16 May - The Vic Theatre. Chicago, IL

17 May - Wooly's, Des Moines, IA

18 May - First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN

20 May - Ogden Theatre, Denver, CO

21 May - The Depot, Salt Lake City, UT

24 May - Roseland Theatre, Portland, OR

25 May - Vogue Theatre Vancouver, BC

A noticeable lack of Californian shows. Coincidentally, Coachella takes place just before the start of the tour.

Sasquatch takes places around the end of the tour.

And how about Atlanta's Shaky Knees Festival for that gap in early May?

Friday, November 1, 2013

Five men in a boat

Mogwai have confirmed that they've been added to the line-up for the Hostess Club Weekender at Tokyo's Studio Coast venue [Feb 15/16, 2013]

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

'Rave Tapes' pre-orders and indies-only LP + 7" [UK and Europe]
Boxset / CD [rockact80cd] / LP [rockact80lp] / digital

Sub Pop [North America]
CD / LP (coloured vinyl Loser Edition, includes bonus 7")

Piccadilly Records
Boxset [rockact80d] / CD [rockact80cd] / LP [rockact80lp] / LP + 7" [rockact80lpx]

Rise Records
Boxset [rockact80d] / CD [rockact80cd] / LP [rockact80lp] / LP + 7" [rockact80lpx]

Boxset [rockact80d] / CD [rockact80cd] / LP [rockact80lp] / LP + 7" [rockact80lpx]

Norman Records
Boxset [rockact80d] / CD [rockact80cd] / LP [rockact80lp] / LP + 7" [rockact80lpx]

The tracklistings for the various bonus formats have not yet been published.
The boxset on sale via Sandbag includes a t-shirt. Presumably this won't form part of the boxsets being sold via stores.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Further 2014 Mogwai tour dates

An updated list published on today:

We had previously announced some shows for early next year including the dates at the Royal Festival Hall in London and the Royal Concert Hall show in Glasgow. However we're pleased to announce some additional UK and EU shows running through January, February, March and April next year.
Tickets go on sale at 9am on Wednesday (30th October) except Newcastle which goes on sale at 10am Wednesday.
22 - Mill Volvo Tyne Theatre, Newcastle
24 - Royal Festival Hall, London - SOLD OUT
25 - Royal Festival Hall, London
27 - Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
28 - Celtic Connections @ Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow
30 - Paradiso, Amsterdam

1 - Ancienne Belgique, Brussels - SOLD OUT
2 - Ancienne Belgique, Brussels
3 - Olympia, Paris
4 - Batschkapp, Frankfurt
5 - Backstage Werk, Munich
6 - Tempodrom, Berlin

23 - Konserthuset, Gothenburg
24 - Cirkus, Stockholm
25 - Koncertsalen, Copenhagen
26 - Grosse Freiheit, Hamburg
27 - Volkshaus, Zurich
29 - Paloma, Nimes
30 - Estragon, Bologna
31 - Alcatraz, Milan

01 - Substage, Karlsruhe
02 - E-Werk, Cologne
03 - Aeronef, Lille

and Mogwai's first shows in Africa to come...

'Rave Tapes' - it keeps coming...

Today's flood of information demands yet another post here, most likely not the last either.

'Remurdered' is available to download via a widget on Mogwai's website here:
(The website's had a make-over too)

We're pleased to finally be able to share the details of our new studio album with you. It's called Rave Tapes and is scheduled for release on 20th January via our own Rock Action Records label for the UK & EU, Sub Pop in North America, Hostess in Japan and Spunk Records in Australia.
Rave Tapes was recorded in our Castle of Doom studio in Glasgow this year and was produced by Paul Savage with whom we've worked on the Mogwai Young Team and Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will records.
The album will be available on CD, LP, Digital and Ltd edition box set (featuring the LP itself, an exclusive 12", a book of studio photography by iconic photographer Steve Gullick shot during the recording sessions, 3 x 12" x 12" art prints, a 7" and a CD version of the album).

'Rave Tapes' pre-order:
Digital £7.99 / CD £10 / vinyl £15 / box set £55

'Rave Tapes' press release

Sub Pop have released further info on the various formats for the new Mogwai album 'Rave Tapes', and their full press release.
(Sub Pop, you have a typo on your website which says the album was released 9 months ago - thanks Mark)


Rave Tapes is the eighth studio album by Mogwai and their second on Rock Action, the label they set up almost 18 years ago to issue their debut 7in single, Tuner/Lower. In between, the Scottish quintet have established themselves on the international stage through a prolific recorded output and a commitment to touring that few of their peers can match.

Clocking in at just under 50 minutes, the 10-track album is a lustrous collection mined from the same quarry as its predecessors, wreathed in painterly textures underpinned by increasingly electronic beats. The haunted strains of Deesh channel the slow-burning ecstasy of their 2006 song “Auto Rock” (a key presence in the denouement of Michael Mann’s film of Miami Vice that year) while the guitars on which Mogwai built their reputation remain, if for the most part less overtly belligerent this time round, as evidenced by the somnambulant opener “Heard About You Last Night” and the sonic scowl of “Hexon Bogon”. With Rave Tapes, Mogwai’s mastery of sound and space is firmly at its apex.

Created in summer 2013 in the band’s Castle Of Doom studio in Glasgow, the record marks the latest phase in the group’s increasingly substantial canon – since the dawn of this decade, Mogwai have released four full-length records, one live album, two EPs and three singles. Factor in a pancontinental live schedule in support of one of those albums, Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will, plus myriad festival appearances and you get a sense of how much of themselves the members of Mogwai invest in their work.

In the past year alone the band have broadened their reach with the soundtrack to the acclaimed Canal+ supernatural drama series Les Revenants (retitled The Returned when broadcast on Channel 4 in summer 2013, averaging 1.8m viewers a week across its eight episodes). As the show reached its climax on UK TV screens in July, Mogwai returned to the most conspicuous predecessor to Les Revenants in their catalogue, the 2007 soundtrack to Douglas Gordon and Philippe Pareno’s film Zidane: A 21st-century Portrait, in sell-out performances in Manchester, Glasgow and London’s Barbican, the band playing live while the film was projected above them.

Mogwai are Dominic Aitchison (bass), Stuart Braithwaite (guitar, vocals), Martin Bulloch (drums), Barry Burns (keyboard, computer, guitar) and John Cummings (guitar, computer). They formed in Glasgow in 1995 as a quartet, with Burns yet to come into the fold. After a succession of well-received releases and having developed a reputation for their fearsome live shows, Mogwai signed to Glasgow independent Chemikal Underground, with whom they released their debut long-player Mogwai Young Team (1997) and its follow-up, Come On Die Young (1999), recorded in upstate New York with Dave Fridmann (Mercury Rev, Flaming Lips) and the first Mogwai album to feature Burns.

At the turn of the millennium Mogwai left Chemikal Underground to sign with PIAS, in large part for its European network, and in 2001 released Rock Action, reaching No23 in the UK album chart. Again produced by Fridmann, the record found the group introducing more electronic tones to their palette, a broadening of scope furthered on Happy Songs For Happy People (2003), the album that saw the band making substantial progress in the US.

Aside from Government Commissions, 2005’s compilation of BBC radio sessions, almost three years would pass before Mogwai’s fifth studio full-length, Mr Beast (2006), saw the light of day. Co-produced by the band and Tony Doogan (the sole producer of Happy Songs), Mr Beast was described by the band’s then manager Alan McGee as “probably the best art rock album I’ve been involved with since [My Bloody Valentine’s] Loveless”. A year later, Mogwai released their soundtrack to Zidane: A 21st-century Portrait, and a further 12 months on came the release of the band’s first album away from PIAS and their first entirely self-produced long-player, The Hawk Is Howling (2008).

The band’s appetite for greater control was not, however, limited to the studio. Having used Rock Action largely as a platform for releases by such artists as Envy, Errors and Part Chimp, in 2010 Mogwai made the decision to issue their own records on the label as well, beginning with Special Moves, the audio counterpart to the live film Burning, both of which featured Mogwai performing in Brooklyn on their 2008-09 US tour. That same year, Mogwai and Matador ended their long relationship and the band signed to Sub Pop ahead of the 2011 release of Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will, an expansive, confident set which entered the UK album chart at No25 and spawned three singles. (The recording sessions also yielded the four-track EP Earth Division, the band’s 10th such release.) A year later the album A Wrenched Virile Lore, featuring remixes of songs from Hardcore… by an eclectic array of artists including Justin Broadrick, Tim Hecker and Xander Harris, was released, providing listeners with an entirely new set of perspectives from which to view Mogwai’s increasingly adroit creations.

Having barely had time to draw breath, the ever-restless band members kicked off 2013 with the release of the Les Revenants EP and parent album to keep fans occupied while writing sessions for Rave Tapes took place in Glasgow and Berlin, where Burns moved some years ago with his wife Rachel, an artist. Displaying a work ethic to shame bands of all ages and stripes, Mogwai entered their Castle Of Doom studio in the wake of summer’s live Zidane shows and began making the victorious, beatific tracks that comprise Rave Tapes. The release of the album will signal the beginning of a frantic year of live activity, including the group’s maiden foray into Africa. Fasten your seatbelts.


Rave Tapes will be released on CD, LP and DL on January 20, 2014, on Rock Action (UK and Europe) and Sub Pop (North America).

Rave Tapes was recorded at Mogwai’s Castle Of Doom studio in Glasgow, Scotland, with Paul Savage, who also worked with the band on Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will.

Rave Tapes tracklisting – Heard About You Last Night/ Simon Ferocious/ Remurdered/ Hexon Bogon/ Repelish/ Master Card/ Deesh/ Blues Hour/ No Medicine For Regret/ The Lord Is Out Of Control.

(Sean Guthrie)

Rave Tapes will also be available as a deluxe, limited-edition LP box set, which will be available to pre-order very soon! If you would like information on this as it becomes available, email us at and let us know you’re interested! We’ll email you when it’s available for pre-order.

—> Customers who pre-order the LP version will receive the limited “Loser Edition” colored vinyl.
—> You’ll also receive a bonus 7" with two extra songs with your pre-order of Rave Tapes.

All pre-order exclusives and extras are on a first come, first served basis and once they’re gone, they’re gone. Order now to secure all limited-edition items!

Also please know that if you pre-order this record, your order will not ship until the week of or before January 21st. This applies to everything in your order – NONE of it will ship until the week of or before January 21st. So, if you’d like to order more than just this Mogwai CD/LP, it would be best to place separate orders if you’re the type who wants what you ordered, and you want it NOW! Thanks!

MP3 download included with all vinyl releases

Released: January 21, 2014

Remurdered on Soundcloud

'Rave Tapes' art and tracklist

Rave Tapes is the new full-length album from Mogwai.

Released: January 21, 2014 [North America][SP1070]

Heard About You Last Night
Simon Ferocious
Hexon Bogon
Master Card
Blues Hour
No Medicine For Regret
The Lord Is Out Of Control

Pre-order on vinyl or CD at the link above.

'Rave Tapes' - 20th January 2014

Mogwai's new album 'Rave Tapes' will be released on 20th Jan 2014.
Rock Action Records [rockact80cd]

First play of new track 'Remurdered' on Lauren Laverne's BBC 6Music show this morning - sounds great.

The Cambridge show (28th November 2013) is sold out.

News! Today!

Mogwai took to Twitter and Facebook on Friday to let us know that we can expect "lots of news" on Monday (today, 28th October)

Lauren Laverne will have new Mogwai music in her BBC 6Music show, which starts at 10am (just over an hour from now)
Update - new tracks is called 'Remurdered'

As will Vic Galloway, on his BBC Radio Scotland Show (8pm)

Another tweet on Friday mentioned a new Mogwai video, shot at the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii. Wonder whether we'll get to see that today?
More info here:

Monday, October 7, 2013

Saturday, October 5, 2013

New Mogwai album and Stuart support set
Our album is finished
And is being mastered this week at Abbey Road:

Stuart Braithwaite supports James Yorkston at London's Union Chapel on 19th December 2013.
Tickets and further info:

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

London - 25th January 2014

New date: Due to exceptional demand we've now added a second date at the Royal Festival Hall in London on Saturday 25th January.

Ticket details as follows: Thursday 12th 10am (Members), Friday 13th 10am (General sale).

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Glasgow - 28th Jan 2014

Mogwai play Glasgow's Royal Concert Hall on 28th January 2014, as part of Celtic Connections.

Tickets available here, in person from the Concert Hall box office or by phoning 0141 353 8000.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Mogwai - Jan/Feb 2014 European tour dates

Mogwai have announced a short European tour for early 2014, debuting tracks from the album they're currently recording at the Castle Of Doom in Glasgow.

Jan 2014
24 - London, Royal Festival Hall [Tickets][Tickets]
30 - Amsterdam, Paradiso [Tickets]

Feb 2014
01 - Brussels, Ancienne Belgique [Tickets]
03 - Paris, Olympia [Tickets]
04 - Frankfurt, Batschkapp [Tickets]
05 - Munich, Backstage-Werk [Tickets]
06 - Berlin, Tempodrom [Tickets]

Tickets for the Paris show go on sale tomorrow (Monday 19th August) at 9am.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Monday, July 29, 2013

Zidane shows - roundup

The gigography has been updated with details on Mogwai's four recent 'Zidane' shows. These dates marked the live debut for a substantial number of tracks, as well as the re-appearance on the setlist of 'Secret Pint' after a four-year absence.

Some great photos from the Glasgow show:
Crimson Glow Photography

Some Glasgow photos taken from an elevated position:

And from the London show:

Recent interviews:

Les Revenants TV spot

In case you missed it, here's the 'Les Revenants' TV spot that aired during the series finale of 'The Returned' on Channel 4 last night. Thanks to Gruff Rhys for doing the voiceover.

Buy the soundtrack:

Recent interviews:

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Cambridge - 28th November

Mogwai play an ATP warm-up show at The Junction, Cambridge on 28th November 2013

Tickets and further info:

Spacelab Weekend: Mogwai Interview
Stuart Braithwaite talks about playing music at unbelievable volume levels to the point that he started to lose hearing (and not recognize his own music playing in a bar), what Glasgow is like, and how he thinks music fans have moved beyond being told what to like and scenes to fit into.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Mogwai - Zidane in Glasgow - 21st July

Performing live to Zidane, A 21st Century Portrait

Sunday 21st July 2013

220 Broomielaw
G2 8JP

[NB - Ticketweb has the start time as 6pm?]

A film directed by Douglas Gordon and Philippe Parreno 

Produced by Sigurjon Sighvatsson, Anna Lena Vaney and Victorien Vaney

Anna Lena films / Palomar Pictures / Love Streams Agnès b. / Arte Cinema

One of the most beguiling portrayals of an individual in recent cinematic history, Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait is a football film like no other. Using 17 cameras, the film tracks the legendary French midfielder Zinédine Zidane throughout a 2005 Spanish league match at Madrid’s imposing Bernabéu Stadium — on and off the ball, in the thick of the action and on its periphery. The result, from directors Douglas Gordon and Philippe Parreno, is a dramatic, hypnotic and deeply beautiful depiction of one of the world’s finest footballers performing on one of the sport’s grandest stages. The film’s soundtrack was composed by Mogwai — and for the first time, the band will be performing it live alongside the movie in a series of three UK concerts beginning with the World Premiere of the event at Manchester International Festival ‘13. The Glasgow quintet have built a deserved reputation for the fearsome intensity of their live shows, and this show at the incredible new concert site 220 Broomielaw offers a rare chance to see them in action in a very unique setting.

 Film courtesy of Anna Lena films / Palomar Pictures.
 Commissioned by Manchester International Festival and produced in Glasgow by 220 in association with SWG3 & Synergy Concerts.
Also available from / Tickets Scotland / Ripping Records / 08444 77 1000

Friday, June 14, 2013

Twitter RSS feeds R.I.P

Twitter have turned off their support for RSS feeds in the last few days. This means I have no way of keeping up with the various Mogwai-related Twitter accounts - there are workarounds, but I don't have time to set those up at present.

If you use Twitter and have time to keep up with Mogwai on there, I'd recommend doing so as that's where they currently announce most of their activities. The rest of us will have to make do with the sporadic website updates, and hope that Facebook don't turn off their RSS feeds in the near future.

It's likely that this blog will be updated even less frequently than it has been recently, until I get time to work out a convenient way to get this info to come to me rather than having to hunt for it.

I'm seriously considering whether Brightlight needs a news function any more. When Tom started the site in 1998, there was a definite 'gap in the market' - there was an active exchange of information about the band on email groups but no website to back this up. Obviously the situation now is entirely different, as is my domestic and work situation, and it's been increasingly noticeable that Brightlight is not breaking news in the way we once did.

Temporary hiatus or longer break? We'll see.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Concert to Save the Sighthill Stone Circle

[Poster by David Shrigley]

Concert to Save the Sighthill Stone Circle

27th July 2013

Platform, Glasgow

Tickets - £6
Bus from Mono at 1630 returning at 2300 - £4
Doors 1700

Tickets available from Monorail, Tickets Scotland and Platform

Featuring Stuart Braithwaite, Aidan Moffat, Eugene Kelly, Emma Pollock, Remember Remember, RM Hubbert, Adele Bethel (DJ) and Very Special Guests.

Interviews with Stuart regarding the show and the Sighthill Stone Circle:

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Les Revenants/The Returned on Channel 4

The Returned (Les Revenants) starts on Sunday 9th June, 9pm on Channel 4 in the UK.

Stuart was recently interviewed about the commissioning, writing and recording of Mogwai's score for the TV show:

Interview with Dominic:

Stuart on Zidane
Have you played any of the Zidane tracks live before?

Yeah, we've played Black Spider, which is the main theme, and 7:25. But we're going to have to relearn the rest. Which I'm really looking forward to actually, because some of them are very sprawled out and vague and not the kind of thing we'd normally play at a concert.

Are you tempted to embellish them with classic Mogwai crescendos?

Well, it's quite loud already. The film ends with 15 minutes of noise when Zidane gets sent off. It's actually pretty brutal.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Mogwai on BBC4 - Sunday 19th May 2013

Nearly 18 years after forming, Mogwai make their BBC TV debut.

BBC Review Show - BBC 4, Sunday 19th May 2013, 8pm

The show is usually repeated on BBC 2 a few days later.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Mogwai to close last-ever ATP holiday park festival
With All Tomorrows Parties confirming that their upcoming weekend events at Camber Sands in November and December will be their final outings, it’s now been confirmed that Mogwai will be the last band to ever play the holiday camp fests.

Speaking to BBC Radio 6 Music earlier today, organiser Barry Hogan said that it was a natural choice for the band who first curated an ATP festival to close the event.

The Glasgow post-rock outfit headlined and curated the first All Tomorrow’s Parties festival back in April 2000 and will now appear at the Loop leg, taking place between 29 November – 1 December. Tickets for that can be found here.

The first leg of the End of an Era series is to be headlined by Television, held from 22-24 November.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Stuart at Tectonics Festival, Glasgow last night

Stuart played live at Tectonics Glasgow last night (Saturday 11th May) with Aidan Moffat and Hildur Guðnadóttir.

Anyone seen any reviews, photos, video, audio?

Mogwai on Grammys playlist
Over the past two decades, a curious musical insurgency has raged on the outermost fringes of the international music scene. Dubbed "post-rock," this burgeoning movement was pioneered by ambitious bands who largely discarded vocals and traditional verse-chorus structures in favor of euphoria-inducing song cycles. Now, eccentric outliers such as Canada's Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Scotland's Mogwai, Iceland's Sigur Rós, and Chicago-based Tortoise are increasingly being recognized as rock visionaries.

Deafheaven - live video of Mogwai covers


Thanks Martin

Friday, May 3, 2013

New interviews

Stuart Braithwaite is the interviewee for The Scottish Independence Podcast 24

Martin Bulloch features in The Drummer's Journal Issue 3

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Zidane in London - 26th July

Performing live to Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait
A film directed by Douglas Gordon and Philippe Parreno and produced by Sigurjon Sighvatsson, Anna Lena Vaney and Victorien Vaney
Fri 26 Jul 2013 / 19:30, Barbican Hall
Tickets: £25 – 30

Tickets on sale to members now.
General sale starts Friday 26th April 10am.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Mogwai / Aidan Moffat & Bill Wells - RSD single stream

Rock Action have posted streaming audio of the two tracks from the Record Store Day 7" single.

Hopefully these tracks will be available to buy digitally at some point.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Stuart on Tectonics Glasgow

Stuart Braithwaite plays alongside Aidan Moffat and Icelandic cellist Hildur Guðnadóttir at Tectonics Glasgow on Saturday 11th May.
At the time of writing, these three artists have yet to be seen in the same room together. ‘There’s been some email exchanges and sharing of ideas,’ Braithwaite explains. ‘She’s a really great musician, so I’m excited about that.’ He remains uncertain as to exactly what shape their performance will take, but that’s all part of the fun. ‘It’s going to be at least partially improvised. At this stage I actually don’t have a clue what’s going to happen, which I find quite exciting.’

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Mogwai 1997-11-08 Paris - video

Thanks to einzack for mentioning this on the forum - it's a familiar live recording as the show was radio-broadcast, but I'd never seen TV footage until today.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Rock Action Records - Sampler 3

Rock Action release a freebie sampler CD for Record Store Day (20th April 2013)

Recent signings Sacred Paws are included, as are The Yummy Fur, for whom the best source of info seems to be this fansite:
They appear alongside Afrirampo, Blanck Mass, Envy, Errors, Mogwai, Part Chimp, Remember Remember and Umberto

Has anyone seen a tracklist?

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Mogwai - Edinburgh - 8th August 2013

Mogwai, Sheena Wellington, King Creosote, Alasdair Roberts, Kathryn Williams, James Yorkston, Ian Rankin - a special show in memory of Doogie Paul, one of Scotland’s finest bass players. Proceeds to charity.

Assembly Rooms

8th August 2013

Thanks indiewindy

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Record Store Day 7"

We're pleased to announce that we're doing a special one off 7" release for Record Store Day in the UK. It's a ltd. edition split 7" on white vinyl featuring a L.Pierre remix of Mogwai's 'Special N' from the Les Revenants album and a Mogwai remix of Bill Wells/ Aidan Moffat's 'The Copper Top' from their incredible 'Everything's Getting Older' album.

As it's for Record Store Day this is a one-off release, we won't be re-pressing it. Once it's sold out, that's it.

Also we're doing a wee Rock Action sampler for Record Store Day that we're giving away for freeeeee from your local record store (subject to availability etc).

The 7" single will be 500 copies only on coloured vinyl.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Mogcast 15

Listen online, stream and download Mogwai’s triumphant return to Radio Magnetic for a new series of the Mogwai Rock Action Mogcast.
After what seems like more than a year of touring the world, Mogwai’s Stuart Braithwaite and Barry Burns make a welcome return to the recently refurbished Radio Magnetic studio to start a new series of their much-loved Mogcast show.

This typically eclectic selection takes in Arthur Russell, Nathan Fake, the Silver Jews and D’arcangelo and Antoni Maiovvi.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Earth Division sleeve rendition

"This is version earth division. Peeking Lion by GHD"
Thanks Ryan

Citybirches Photography Works

Citybirches Photography have published what looks to be a beautiful (and expensive) coffee table book of musicians on tour, including photos of Fleet Foxes, Bill Callahan, Sigur Ros, Mark Kozelek, R.E.M, Explosions In The Sky, Sonic Youth, Mogwai, Jose Gonzalez, The Shins, Codeine, Rivulets and many more. The book comes with a CD containing songs by artists in the book (but not Mogwai)

Thanks Paul

Friday, March 1, 2013

Zidane soundtrack - tickets still available, the official ticket seller for Manchester International Festival, still has approx 30 tickets per night for Mogwai's first live performances of the Zidane OST in Manchester (19th and 20th July 2013). If these shows are accesible to you and you haven't booked - why?? How can it be anything less than amazing?

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Record Store Day 7" teaser

From @plasmatron:
Sorting out a great wee 7” for record store day. #annoyingteasingtweet

RSD 2013 is Saturday 20th April

Zidane soundtrack - Manchester, 19th & 20th July

Mogwai perform their soundtrack to Zidane, A 21st Century Portrait live for the first time at Manchester International Festival.

Fri 19 JULY at 20:00
Sat 20 JULY at 20:00

Tickets £25 (no per ticket booking fee; transaction charge applies).
Concessions available.
Box Office: / Quaytickets +44 (0)844 375 2013

£12 tickets for Greater Manchester residents on a lower wage, available on a first come first served honesty basis.

Tickets on sale Friday 1st March, 10am

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Deafheaven - Brooklyn, 22nd Feb 2013

It was widely reported last October that Deafheaven were including versions of Mogwai's 'Punk Rock' and 'Cody' on a new 12" single.

Today, the ever-excellent nyctaper have posted a live recording of Deafheaven's show at Saint Vitus, Brooklyn, on 22nd Feb 2013, which includes both Mogwai covers.

Who needs labels? Mogwai's Stuart Braithwaite answers

Monday, February 25, 2013

Les Revenants - out today

Mogwai's 'Les Revenants' album is released today, 25th February 2013, on CD, heavy pressed LP and Digital Download

There's a buying guide on Mogwai's official website:

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Mogwai - BBC 6Music session - 20th Feb

Mogwai join Marc Riley for a session
The incredible Mogwai are in the studio for their very first 6 Music session!


-Wizard Motor
-The Huts
-Relative Hysteria

Further info on the full show can be found here:

Update - Mogwai also recorded 'This Messiah Needs Watching' for broadcast later the same evening on Gideon Coe's BBC 6Music show.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Mogwai - BBC 6Music session?

Mogwai are on BBC 6Music's Marc Riley show on Weds 20th February

It's not clear whether this is a new session or an archive broadcast.

Thanks Markus

Update: Dominic confirmed last night that Mogwai are rehearsing for a radio session.

Monday, February 4, 2013

The Guardian - beginner's guide to Mogwai

In the next week or so we'll be putting together a beginner's guide to Mogwai. What ONE track would you recommend to newcomers - and why?

Update - here's the finished article:

Friday, February 1, 2013

Les Revenants 10" oversold?

It seems that some outlets may have oversold Mogwai's 'Les Revenants' 10" ep on pre-order, and are now cancelling orders or informing customers that they're waiting to find out whether the ep will be re-pressed.

Here's the Boomkat response to a query regarding an unfulfilled order this week:
The 10" has been officially released but unfortunately we were
massively under shipped on this one. The item is currently out of
stock and I'm waiting to hear from our distributor whether it will be
repressed any time soon.

If you haven't received your pre-order, it might be worth chasing it up. As far as I'm aware at present, there are no plans to re-press the 10" vinyl ep.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Damo Suzuki Network at Incubate

Recorded on Friday September 14th, 2012 at Incubate festival, Tilburg, the Netherlands. This is the first out of three shows of Damo Suzuki's Network at Incubate 2012.

Damo Suzuki's Network on

Check for more info on the Incubate festival.
Incubate festival 2013 is on 16 to 22 September 2013.

Damo Suzuki
Stuart Braithwaite (Mogwai)
Barry Burns (Mogwai)
John Cummings (Mogwai
and many more

[via The Quietus]

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Les Revenants update and album pre-orders

German pre-order for the 10" vinyl ep:

Norman Records pre-order for the 10" vinyl ep:

Rough Trade have the 10" vinyl ep back up for sale, having previously sold out on pre-order:

Pre-orders for the Les Revenants album (due 25th Feb 2013):



CD or LP:

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Rock Action back catalogue vinyl sale

Great prices on six Rock Action vinyl releases, including all three Part Chimp albums for £7 each.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Les Revenants album art

From Mogwai's Facebook page:
We're pleased to be able to reveal the cover art for the full 'Les Revenants' soundtrack album. The record will be released 25th February via our Rock Action Records label. It'll be available on CD, heavy pressed LP and digital download.

1. Hungry Face
2. Jaguar
3. The Huts
4. Kill Jester
5. This Messiah Needs Watching
6. Whisky Time
7. Special N
8. Relative Hysteria
9. Fridge Magic
10. Portugal
11. Eagle Tax
12. Modern
13. What Are They Doing In Heaven Today?
14. Wizard Motor

Monday, January 7, 2013

Les Revenants ep pre-orders

Not surprising given the limited nature of the release - both Mogwai and Rough Trade pre-orders for the Les Revenants 10" are out of stock.

Here's the Piccadilly pre-order:

Further links welcome.

The Boomkat and Rise Records pre-orders have also sold out.