Thursday, January 30, 2014

Further Rave Tapes success

Mogwai have topped this week's Official Record Store Chart with their new album 'Rave Tapes'.

The album beat off competition from Warpaint and Bruce Springsteen to land the top spot.

Launched as part of Record Store Day, the Official Record Store Chart reflects sales in the UK's independent record shops. The chart is made up of sales of albums from around 100 independent record retailers who participate in Record Store Day UK.

Official Record Store Chart (November 24)

1. Mogwai – 'Rave Tapes'
2. Warpaint – 'Warpaint'
3. Bruce Springsteen – 'High Hopes'
4. Blitz Kids – 'The Good Youth'
5. Damien Jurado – 'Brothers And Sisters Of The Eternal Sun'
6. East India Youth – 'Total Strife Forever'
7. Arctic Monkeys - 'AM'
8. London Grammar - 'If You Wait'
9. John Grant – 'Pale Green Ghosts'
10. Thee Silver Mt Zion Memorial Orchestra – 'Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light On Everything'

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Best Kept Secret Festival - 21st June 2014

Mogwai play Best Kept Secret Festival in Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands on 21st June 2014. The line-up for the weekend includes Pixies, Belle & Sebastian, Chvrches, Nils Frahm (and Babyshambles, but we can't have everything).

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Primavera Sound - 31st May 2014

Perhaps the least surprising Mogwai announcement so far this year - they're playing Primavera Sound in Barcelona. The festival runs from 29th - 31st May 2014. Mogwai play 31st May.

Manchester poster - on sale now

Alex T. Frazer's poster for last night's Mogwai show in Manchester in on sale now via Richard Goodall Gallery and later via the artist's Etsy shop:

Manchester setlist here

Monday, January 27, 2014

Mogwai Whisky - ROCKACT81W - on sale tomorrow

To celebrate the release of Rave Tapes this week we're pleased to be able to announce in association with The Good Spirits Co. the launch of ROCKACT81W - our special bottling of a single cask 9yr old Glenallachie (57.1ABV).

Limited to 324 numbered bottles only, ROCKACT81W is priced at £55 and will be available from 10am on 28 January via The Good Spirits Company 23 Bath Street, Glasgow.

We'll be signing bottles on the 28th at the Good Spirits Co around 1pm ahead of the Royal Concert Hall show that evening.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Number 10 in the charts!

Rave Tapes entered the UK album chart at no.10 this week - Mogwai's first top ten record!


Congratulations to all concerned. Long overdue.

Your poem set to music by Mogwai?

From The Westmorland Gazette:
BUDDING poets in Cumbria have been asked to pen an ode to lift the lost village of Mardale Green from the bed of Haweswater and win the chance of a lifetime to have their work set to music by rock royalty Mogwai. The competition has been launched by CultureNL, a charity that runs North Lanarkshire Libraries, which has invited libraries in Cumbria and Gwnedd in Wales to take part in the event that centres on the theme of drowned villages - something common to all three areas.

Open until February 24, all entrants must be aged 14 or over and library members in one of the three regions. Entries can be emailed or handed in to libraries.

The best poem will be put to music by cult Scottish band Mogwai, which provided the much-acclaimed soundtrack for the recent Channel 4 drama The Returned - a ghost story based around a reservoir which had been created by drowning the local valley village.

The judging panel is Scotland’s national poet, Liz Lochhead and Nicky Wire, bassist in Manic Street Preachers. There is also to be a third regional judge representing Cumbria.

Mogwai's Stuart Braithwaite said: “The drowned village poetry competition really appealed to us on many levels. I think that inspiring people to write poetry is wonderful and the opportunity to accompany it with my music was too good to pass by. I also feel that supporting libraries is absolutely essential. They are vital for our communities and have to be cherished and protected.”
Further info:

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Marc Riley session - BBC 6Music - 23rd Jan 2014

Mogwai were live in the studio for BBC 6Music's Marc Riley show this evening. Listen again here:

The Mogwai sets starts around 18:30 with a brief interview - seems a Juno 60 synthesizer was mislaid after the Newcastle show last night (setlist for that show here - thanks Andrew).

The second segment starts around 46:30, the third segment starts around 1:06:00

Songs played - Heard About You Last Night, The Lord Is Out Of Control, Remurdered

It's highly likely that a fourth track will have been recorded for broadcast on Gideon Coe's show later this evening:

Update - the fourth track was Master Card.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

CCA Glasgow - 20th Jan 2014 - setlist

Mogwai played their first show of 2014 at Glasgow's CCA last night. The first nine tracks were radio-broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland and can be heard here:

Mogwai played on after the radio broadcast finished. This final segment of the show included live debuts for No Medicine For Regret Simon Ferocious and Deesh, as well as the first airing of Take Me Somewhere Nice since 2006.

Full setlist here:

Thanks Andy and Kenny.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Rave Tapes streams and ordering info

Mogwai have a new album out on Monday 20th January, via Rock Action. It's called Rave Tapes.

It's out on Tuesday 21st January in North America, via Sub Pop.

UK - listen to the whole album here, and read Stuart's introduction:

Germany - listen here:

Belgium/France - listen here:

Japan - listen here:
The Japanese edition was released by Hostess Records on 15th Jan 2014 and includes two bonus tracks, Bad Magician 3 and Die 1 Dislike!, both of which are included on the Rave Tapes box set.

Rave Tapes has already been released in Australia:

The Rave Tapes box set includes the album on cassette. A limited number of these cassettes will also be on sale from the merch stand at Mogwai's forthcoming shows.

The box set is sold out via Mogwai's online store, but CD/LP/download can be purchased here:

The box set will be available via physical record stores from Monday 20th Jan. Rave Tapes is also released on LP (inc download) / CD / download. There's a UK-indies-only LP including a one-track bonus 7" ('Tell Everyone That I Love Them') - again, this track is included in the box set.

Mogwai have published a list of some online retailers who are selling the box set:
As noted, this is not an exhaustive list.

In North America, the album and box set can be ordered from Sub Pop

Signed copies of the album will be available from Monorail Records in Glasgow.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Blues Hour - Koreless remix

Koreless supports Mogwai in London on 24th Jan, and he's just remixed 'Blues Hour', from Mogwai's new album 'Rave Tapes'.

The remix can be streamed here:

Marc Riley session, BBC 6Music - 23rd Jan

In addition to Mogwai's previously-announced live show for BBC Radio Scotland (Monday 20th January), the band will also be in session for BBC 6Music's Marc Riley on Thursday 23rd January.

Rave Tapes reviews, interviews etc

What with 'Rave Tapes' being released next week, there's a raft of press around at present. Numerous links can be found on the Rave Tapes thread on the forum.

Thanks to Marco for the link to this Italian interview with Stuart:

Mogwai announce further North American tour dates


Following on from the announcement that we're playing Coachella this Spring, we're delighted to announce the addition of the following dates to the North American tour and that Majeure will be supporting on all North American dates.

11 - Hard Rock Live, Las Vegas, NV
12 - Coachella, Indio - SOLD OUT
15 - Belly Up Tavern, Solana Beach, CA
17 - Ace of Spades, Sacramento
18 - Regency Ballroom, San Francisco
19 - Coachella, Indio - SOLD OUT
This is in addition to the extensive North American tour already announced. Full 2014 tour dates here or here

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Stuart interviewed for The Sunday Herald

Summer 2014 plans:
Mogwai will embark on the festival circuit before writing music for series two of The Returned ahead of more touring in the autumn.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Glasgow - 20th Jan 2014



Monday 20th January 2014

Tickets: [available Monday 13th January 9am]

This show has limited capacity and will be broadcast live by Vic Galloway on BBC Radio Scotland.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Coachella - 12th and 19th April 2014

Mogwai are amongst the artists playing Coachella 2014, listed to perform on Saturday 12th April and Saturday 19th April.

The first of these dates is a full week before the US tour kicks off, so presumably further shows will be announced between 12th April and 19th April.