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Mogwai @ Roundhouse, London 6/25/15

Last night, Mogwai played the Roundhouse for the second time in as many nights so we could celebrate their 20th year with them.

Mogwai live is a genuinely physical experience. They're one of those bands that, on seeing them live, you'll never listen to the records in the same way ever again. A career-spanning, 90 minute set followed the band's quiet/loud/quiet/loud/LOUD song structure giving the entire experience the same ebb and flow of one of their career-defining songs. Calm moments in 'Stanley Kubrick' and 'I Know You Are But What Am I?' are played against full-out assaults of 'Batcat', 'Christmas Steps' and 20 minute encore closer 'My Father My King'. [The 405]

Scottish post-rock giants Mogwai are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year, and part of that celebration includes the band curating a series of ATP shows at London's Roundhouse. The first two were headlined by Mogwai themselves last week, and we've got pictures of night 2 (6/25). That one had Forest Swords and Sacred Paws on the bill too, but we missed the openers unfortunately. Remaining shows include Godspeed You! Black Emperor on Tuesday (6/30) and The Jesus and Mary Chain performing Psychocandy on July 5.

Also in celebration of the anniversary, they're releasing the career-spanning compilation, Central Belters. The band writes:

Today, we announce the release of Central Belters, a set of career highlights and rarities, available to buy in a limited edition 3xCD or 6xLP box set via Rock Action Records from 9 October. Tracks on the collection span our 20 year career taking in highlights from our debut long-player Mogwai Young Team (1997) all the way through to last year's Rave Tapes.
You can check out the tracklist, the new video for "Helicon 1" (via Noisey), and more pictures from the London show, below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Color Therapy

Ambient/electronic Dallas musician Color Therapy is releasing his debut album, Mr. Wolf Is Dead, next week (3/24) (pre-order), and while you may not be familiar with Color Therapy, there's a good chance you know some of the album's guests, The Album Leaf, Ulrich Schnauss, Helios and Hammock. if you like those artists, you'll probably dig this too. The album's full of chilled-out late-night jams that structurally recall post-rock but sound more like Tycho, the Drive soundtrack, or an instrumental M83. A full stream of the album premieres below.

Album track "Screw Eyes" was recently remixed by Dntel, and Color Therapy himself remixed Mogwai's "Heard About You Last Night." You can stream both of those below too.

Speaking of The Album Leaf, they're playing some shows this year including a free NYC show on April 18 at Brooklyn Night Bazaar with The Tablets and Han Demo. All of their dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Color Therapy streaming album ft. Ulrich Schnauss, Hammock and The Album Leaf (who are touring)"

by Bill Pearis

photo: Told Slant @ Studio at Webster Hall (more by Mimi Hong)
told slant

The Film Society of Lincoln Center's 'Sound and Vision' festival is keeping busy the rest of the year with a monthly called "Staring at Sound" that mixes film and live music. Tonight (2/19) at the Film Center Amphitheatre is the February edition and features the Brooklyn music collective The Epoch, which includes bands Eskimeaux, Bellows, Told Slant, Small Wonder, and Sharpless. The "entire collective" will be there tonight to "perform live and present visual works in various forms." Tickets are available.

In other FSLC news, Friday (2/20) at the Walter Reade Theatre, they're showing Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films, a documentary about the studio that, in the late '70s and early '80s, gave us such classics as Breakin', Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo, The Apple, The Last American Virgin, American Ninja, Over the Top, the many Death Wish films and more. (The film also focuses on Cannon's infamous studio heads, Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus.) The screening includes a Q&A featuring the director, The Apple star Catherine Mary Stewart, and others, and there's a cocktail party beforehand. Tickets are still available. Trailer for the film is below.

Meanwhile over at MoMA on Tuesday (2/24) they're screening a new music-related Scottish documentary, Tomorrow Is Always Too Long which is from director Phil Collins (not the Genesis singer) and features original songs by Cate Le Bon:

Over the last year Collins has been meeting people in maternity hospitals, schools, community groups, and social clubs for the elderly, asking them to sing songs, make predictions for the future, debate the status of freedom in today's society, guide us through the city's most famous prison, and dance like there's no tomorrow. These sequences are framed through an imaginary public-access network, one which, high on bad attitude and with just a hint of mayhem, makes an appeal to the epic pleasures of channel surfing and the potential for low-budget television to reinvent itself through its viewers and their take on life as we somehow still live it.
In addition to Cate Le Bon's songs, the film also features music from Mogwai's Barry Burns, electronic act Golden Teacher, and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Tickets are on sale now.

Continue reading "The Epoch bands playing at 'Staring at Sound' film event at Lincoln Center tonight ++ other music movie screenings"

Tigers Jaw
Photo: Tigers Jaw at MHOW in June (more by Mimi Hong)

As discussed, The Menzingers have an upcoming tour with Taking Back Sunday that includes night 1 of TBS' holiday shows at NJ's Starland Ballroom (12/27), NYC's Best Buy Theater on 3/18 and Long Island's Paramount on 3/24. Starland is sold out but tickets for the other two are still available.

Before those shows, the Scranton natives will headline their own holiday show in their old hometown (they live in Philly now) with an all-Scranton lineup of Tigers Jaw, Captain We're Sinking (The Menzingers' literal "brother band"), Okay Paddy (reunion), The SW!MS (reunion), Three Man Cannon (ex-Tigers Jaw), Petal (ft. mems of Tigers Jaw), Esta Coda and The Red Barons. The show takes place December 20. Tickets are on sale now and all proceeds benefit youth arts programs in Scranton. Updated Menzingers dates and show flyer below.

The Menzingers were also featured, along with Mineral, Touche Amore, Into It. Over It. and others, in AltPress' recently-completed Fest documentary. You can watch all three parts here, here and here.

In other news, Ben Walsh of Tigers Jaw, who released the excellent Charmer earlier this year, was nice enough to give us a list of his favorite albums of 2014. It features Scranton holiday show-mates The Menzingers and Three Man Cannon, as well as other things like Stephen Malkmus and Ryan Adams. Find out who else made Ben's list below.

Continue reading "Tigers Jaw told us their favorite LPs of 2014, playing Scranton holiday show w/ The Menzingers (who are ft. in new Fest doc)"

drowned in sound

UK music site Drowned in Sound is kinda the British equivalent of Pitchfork, albeit with a very strong community aspect to it. They just published their 50 Favourite Albums of 2014 list and while it contains many of the LPs we've been seeing on a lot of these lists, it's a distinctly not-American point of view. Well, at least their #1. Check out the whole list below...

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We're just over a month away from 2015 and those UK year-end lists keep pouring in. Now British music mag Uncut has posted their 75 Best Albums of 2014. Looks like their winner is becoming a popular choice for #1, and the rest of their top 10 is split between real-deal veterans (Leonard Cohen [falling just a tad from his 2012 #1 spot], Robert Plant) and rising newcomers (FKA twigs). Elsewhere the list has a lot of the indie-related albums that keep popping up, a good deal of folk/country, more veteran appearances, and a certain opinionated UK duo who have appeared on every UK list we've seen so far and make their US debut this week.

Check out the full list below...

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Q Mag

Rough Trade were the first out of the gate with year-end lists but now long-running UK monthly music mag Q has just published their end-of-the-year issue (with cover star Ed Sheeran) which includes their Top 50 LPs of 2014. The War on Drugs' Lost in the Dream comes in at #1. Have you made your list yet? Check out the rest of Q's favorite albums of 2014 below...

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by Johnny Zachman


Pitchfork Paris began yesterday (10/30) in the Grande Halle de la Villette, a slaughterhouse-turned-cultural center in the city's 19th arrondissement. The festival featured two stages at opposite ends of the venue, with acts performing in immediate succession on alternate sides of the room.

Montreal's four-piece art-punk band Ought kicked off the night, injecting the already sizable crowd with good energy off the bat. Lead singer Tim Beeler channeled David Byrne, David Bowie, and most especially Jonathan Richman in his performance - which was spoken almost as often as it was sung - and the band's combination of keyboardist Matt May on Nord Electro 3 and the rhythm section's tight, dynamic and often repetitive grooves made for a refreshing take on punk.

How To Dress Well performed next, also as a four-piece. "It's nice to be back in the barn" remarked singer and songwriter Tom Krell, before saying hello to his mentor Beck, who was watching the show via live stream. The band performed many of the highlights from this year's excellent album "What Is This Heart?" while a series of muted, abstract visuals were projected behind them. I was impressed by the band's ability to recreate the album's sounds in a live atmosphere. On stage, Krell performed with two microphones - one dry and the other soaked in full reverb - between which he would modulate throughout the show, sometimes mid-phrase. Krell was backed by a drummer and two multi-instrumentalists covering violin, maracas, guitar, vocals and keys. Krell gave props to Ought for their excellent performance and also expressed his excitement to see The War On Drugs later in the night, who are his current favorite band.

The Notwist brought a packed stage including two xylophone players to the party. Compared with other times I had seen the band, I was impressed by how quickly they moved away from their songs and into heavier psychedelic territory, executing multiple movements of noise-based chaos that each felt earned and not excessive. Markus Acher's relaxed voice contrasted nicely with the more dissonant, anticipatory mood of the music, and the festival's extensive lighting rigs played especially well into The Notwist's swirling experimental soundscapes.

The War on Drugs

The War On Drugs performed "Burning," "Eyes To The Wind," "An Ocean In Between The Waves," "Under The Pressure," "In Reverse" and "Red Eyes" to the most palpably energetic crowd of the night. The band was as tight as the last time I saw them (in June at Williamsburg Park), and I was happy to see so many young Frenchmen jumping up and down to Adam Granduciel's guitar solos and singing along to the "Woo!"s from the album. Even within the 45 minute format, the band still took their time with the instrumental sections, extending multiple guitar solos well beyond the album's length, including an exceptional version of "Red Eyes" to end the set.

Mogwai's performance began with remarkable force. The Glasgow natives played to the biggest crowd of the night, sending their dynamic waves of emotional post-rock slamming down on the audience's ears. The band played with excellent restraint: quiet instrumental passages were pursued for minutes at a time; louder peaks were continued well past their originally-perceived climax. I was surprised by how much louder Mogwai's set felt than everyone else's - not in amplitude but in thickness. The band had a confidence in them that flowed into their music, setting a dark, almost terrifying mood within the room.

Jon Hopkins carried the mood from dark to hypnotic, delivering his tastefully emotional electronic compositions along with projections whose concepts included an alternating series of solid colors and the "Collider" music video. Hopkins was very active within his setup - which added to the energy of the performance - and a constant stream of red lights flashed around the room to enhance the ambience. The crowd reacted well to Hopkins' cinematic soundscapes, with relatively subtle shifts in the music drawing various cheers.

James Blake closed the night with performances of "Retrograde," "The Wilhem Scream," "Limit To Your Love," and an arresting show-closing rendition of the entirely loop-based "Measurements." Blake's voice was in stellar form, modulating between multiple octaves and singing over his loops with remarkable ease. I'm always impressed by how much Blake adapts his sets to fit the mood of the room, and last night's late show was rightfully less song-based and more reliant on the ambient, with a healthy dose of songs (including one new one) mixed in.

It was an excellent first day for Pitchfork Paris. The sound was spot-on for all of the artists, and I especially enjoy festivals when only one artist performs at a given time so that there is no sound bleed between stages.

Belle & Sebastian, St. Vincent and more play today's portion of the festival, and we'll be back with coverage of that too. If you're not at the fest, stream it live HERE. Today's stream begins at 1:30 PM EST with Perfect Pussy.

UPDATE: Day 2 and Day 3 reviews are up.

A few more pictures from yesterday below...

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Belle & Sebastian at Pitchfork Chicago 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Pitchfork Paris begins this Thursday (10/30) and continues through Saturday (11/1), but if you won't be in Paris for it you can still stream many of its sets from the comfort of your own home. (Buy some croissants and it will be just like you were there!) You can watch sets from Belle and Sebastian, St. Vincent, Mogwai, Four Tet, Future Islands, tUnE-yArDs, Foxygen, the Notwist, Ought, Son Lux, Perfect Pussy, Jungle, D.D Dumbo, Kwamie Liv and possibly more TBA, in the video player below.

Stay tuned for Thursday, meanwhile check out the fest's schedule and a teaser video below...

Continue reading "Pitchfork Paris is this week, streaming sets from St. Vincent, Belle & Sebastian, tUnE-yArDs, Four Tet, Future Islands, more"

photos by Chris Graham and Rae Graham

Outkast / Foals / Chance the Rapper / crowd
Sasquatch Festival 2014 - Day 1
Sasquatch Festival 2014 - Day 1
Sasquatch Festival 2014 - Day 1
Sasquatch Festival 2014 - Day 1

Playing essentially the same set they've begun taking across America, the version with "Hey Ya!" in the middle instead of left for desert, there were no hints of the awkwardness some saw in the hip-hop duo's Coachella performance in April: just urgency. While both men are no doubt happy to collect their headlining cheddar, on Saturday night, their performance was about legacy. They appeared within a cube with black-and-white projections of the American flag, evoking their "Stankonia" cover art, and their banter guided the crowd between songs as the set pivoted from hits to deep cuts, remembering the days they rehearsed rap verses around the kitchen table and crowing over OutKast's eternal coolness before "So Fresh, So Clean." [The Oregonian]
Washington state music festival Sasquatch went down this past weekend (its only weekend) for three days packed with loads of bands. We just posted pictures of Yelle from day 1 (5/23), and we've got way more pictures from the first day in this post, including shots of Outkast, Die Antwoord, Rudimental, Mogwai, Damien Jurado, Phantogram, Foals, Phosphorescent, Chance the Rapper, De La Soul, Eugene Mirman, Rhett Miller (of the Old 97's) and so many more.

White Sea (Morgan Kibby of M83) also played that day and just announced a NYC show.

More day 1 pictures below...

Continue reading "Sasquatch 2014 day 1 pics (Outkast, Mogwai, Foals, De La Soul, Chance the Rapper, Phosphorescent & many more)"

photos by P Squared Photography

"I may have done a bit of hearing damage but it was well worth it!" - Drea Still

"Mogwai. So loud. So good." - Ron Richards

"This is what purgatory sounds like
#mogwai 5.9.14 #crying @ Terminal 5" - John Vallarelli

"Mogwai tore up terminal 5 on Friday night.
So good live. #facemeltingsound" - Amit Nerurkar


As my friend David and I were being hurled around the mosh pit at the Terminal 5 show of legendary post-rock ensemble Mogwai, I thought back to how earlier that day I had assured my mom that there wouldn't be any moshing. "Mom," I said, "Mogwai's music is too ambient to mosh to." Post-rock is an ambient genre, that's true; it's ethereal and sedate. However, it can often get pretty heavy, and Mogwai totally proved that on Friday, May 9. [Scene Point Blank]
Post rock giants Mogwai brought their tour with Majeure to NYC for a big show at Terminal 5 this past Friday (5/9). They included a handful of tracks from their new album, Rave Tapes, but reached back for old favorites like "Mogwai Fear Satan," "Ex-Cowboy," and others too. Pictures of the show (including one of the setlist) are in this post.

Mogwai also just made a video for "Simon Ferocious" from Rave Tapes, and added more dates to their tour. Watch the new video, with the updated list of dates, and more pictures and a couple videos from Terminal 5, below...

Continue reading "Mogwai played Terminal 5 w/ Majeure (pics, video, setlist), made a new video, expanded tour (updated dates)"

Majeure at Le Poisson Rouge in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)

Majeure, the synthy film-score-meets-krautrock side project of Zombi drummer A.E. Paterra, have been supporting post rock veterans Mogwai on their current North American tour since April. That tour brings them to NYC for a show at Terminal 5 TONIGHT (5/9) and wraps up in Vancouver later this month. Tickets for tonight's show are still available. All remaining dates are listed below.

Mogwai's tour is in support of their new album Rave Tapes. They've also got their own line of scotch, and if you missed it, read our recent interview with them.

Majeure last released the Romance Language EP in 2013. Stream the title track, with the updated list of dates, below...

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England's Glastonbury Festival is pretty much the forefather to all crazy worldwide "20,000 people standing in a field" festivals we have today. The 2014 edition goes down June 27 - 29 in Pilton, UK and the lineup was just announced. It includes Arcade Fire, Jack White, Dolly Parton (!), Elbow, Disclosure, Bryan Ferry, Massive Attack, Pixies, M.I.A., Dexys Midnight Runners, Kasabian, Lily Allen and loads more. The festival's already sold-out. A few more acts -- including one more headliner -- is still to be announced but lineup as it stands is below...

Continue reading "Glastonbury 2014 line-up announced: Arcade Fire, Disclosure, Bryan Ferry, Jack White, Dolly Parton, Elbow, Dexys & more"

by Jonathan Dick

Mogwai's Barry Burns @ Bonnaroo (more by Dana 'Distortion' Yavin)

Having released their eighth full length last month with Rave Tapes, Glasgow's post-rock kings, Mogwai, have time and again shown themselves to be a band unhindered by demand or anticipation. Theirs is a kind of creative elasticity that's allowed them to move comfortably both within and without of any particular sound with which they might be associated. From soundtracks to punk to post-rock minimalism (to scotch), Mogwai's sound has continually and thankfully been difficult to corner, and it's a characteristic that continues to guide its five members well into what will soon be the twentieth anniversary for the band. BrooklynVegan reached out to Barry Burns (guitar, bass, keyboards, vocals) of Mogwai to talk about Rave Tapes, the band's influences, and what the secret to band longevity is.

BV: You guys have a story that goes back to 1991. In the twenty-three years since that time how have you seen yourselves evolve both personally and artistically? What's the journey been like for you guys, and what have you learned along the way?

Barry: Actually only since 1995 but that's still a long time to be doing this for a job. I joined in '98 for the 2nd album and we've really kind of grown up together, spending terrifying amounts of our time on buses, planes and stages. We've learned how to "be in a band" and we're still learning new things since self-releasing our music a few years back, there's been a lot of trial and error. On the whole, the experience has been incredible, from watching the entire record industry crumble to getting to play very unusual places around the planet and then being asked to score soundtracks for films or TV. We're lucky, but we work hard too.

continued below...

Continue reading "an interview w/ Mogwai's Barry Burns (on the band's longevity, new 'Rave Tapes', soundtracks & more)"


Sasquatch! Music Festival is returning for two weekends in 2014 to The Gorge in Quincy, Washington, and the lineups (which are different both weekends) have just been announced. The May lineup (5/23 - 5/25, aka Memorial Day Weekend) includes Outkast, The National, Queens of the Stone Age, M.I.A., Haim, Neko Case, Foals, Cut Copy, Violent Femmes, Elbow, Mogwai, Tyler the Creator, Chance the Rapper, Rudimental, Phantogram, tUnE-yArDs, First Aid Kit, Rodriguez, AlunaGeorge, Panda Bear, Phosphorescent, Bob Mould, Washed Out, Austra, Parquet Courts, Deafheaven, Big Freedia, Liars, Waxahatchee, Tacocat, Princess (feat. Maya Rudolph), Bridget Everett, Eric Andre and more.

The July lineup (7/4 - 7/6, aka Independence Day Weekend) includes Soundgarden, Kraftwerk, New Order, Frank Ocean, Royksopp + Robyn, Neutral Milk Hotel, Spoon, Broken Bells, Tegan & Sara, Local Natives, Gogol Bordello, Rhye, Black Angels, Deltron 3030, The Horrors, Junip, The Notwist, Kurt Vile, Talib Kweli, of Montreal, Action Bronson, Punch Brothers, Sharon Van Etten, Casey Veggies, RL Grime, Fuck Buttons, Courtney Barnett, Cloud Nothings, Foxygen, Palma Violets, Mikal Cronin, Mac DeMarco, Jon Hopkins, Gold Panda, Majical Cloudz, Duke Dumont, Oneohtrix Point Never, Death, Black Prairie, Latryx, Metz, John Grant, Reigning Sound, Young & Sick, Chad VanGaalen, Mutual Benefit, Helms Alee, Demetri Martin, Eugene Mirman, Kurt Braunohler, John Hodgman and more. There will also be fireworks for the 4th of July.

Tickets (including a 2-weekend pass option) go on sale Saturday at 10 AM.

Full lineups for both weekends below...

Continue reading "Sasquatch! 2014 lineups announced (Outkast, Neutral Milk Hotel, Kraftwerk, New Order, QOTSA, The National, Frank Ocean, tUnE-yArDs, Deltron 3030 & WAY more)"


One of the coolest festivals in the world, Barcelona's Primavera Sound will hold its 2014 edition from May 29 - 31. Arcade Fire, Pixies and Neutral Milk Hotel were announced as headliners a while back but the fest announced it's headliners today via an online short film. They've outdone themselves this year, as the three day event includes a reunited Slowdive (!), Godspeed You! Black Emperor, The National, Television, Slint, Foals, Warpaint, St. Vincent, Majical Cloudz, Kendrick Lamar, The National, Metronomy, Queens of the Stone Age, Disclosure, CHVRCHES, Darkside, Julia Holter, Cloud Nothings , and more.

Full line-up below and tickets are on sale now.

Continue reading "Primavera Sound 2014 line-up: Slowdive, Arcade Fire, NMH, Kendrick Lamar, Disclosure, QOTSA, and more"

by Wyatt Marshall


As we've mentioned, Scotland's Mogwai released their eighth album, Rave Tapes, earlier this week, and it was also just announced that the Scottish post-rock greats will be playing Coachella this year. That's big news from the Mogwai camp, but they're not done yet -- Mogwai's channeling their heritage and putting out a limited edition Scotch, RockAct81w, named for the next available slot in the Rock Action catalogue. RockAct81w is being produced at the Glenallachie Distillery, which is in Speyside, so expect something with a lighter profile, possibly grassy or sweet. Only 324 bottles are being made, and it will be available on January 28 for £55.

In other booze-related news, big stuff out of South Florida today as Justin Bieber was arrested in Miami this morning and charged with drunken driving, resisting arrest and driving without a valid license when police saw Biebs street racing in a residential area of Miami Beach. Bieber was in a tasteful yellow (banana?) Lamborghini, his opponent a red Ferrari. They were doing 55-60mph in a 30. Despite a litany of legal woes, this is Bieber's first arrest.

Some details from CNN, quoting Miami Police Chief Raymond Martinez:

The officer pulled Bieber's car over, but the singer was "was not cooperating with the officer's instructions," Martinez said.

"At first, he was a little belligerent, using some choice words questioning why he was being stopped and why the officer was even questioning him," he said.

"When he opened up the window and confronted Mr. Bieber, he smelled a strong odor of alcoholic beverage," Martinez said. The officer believed "Bieber may have been impaired."

Bieber failed his sobriety test. Martinez told reporters that Bieber "made some statements that he had consumed some alcohol, and that he had been smoking marijuana and consumed some prescription medication." According to the arrest report, when pulled over, Bieber asked "Why did you stop me?" and when the arresting officer asked Bieber to exit the vehicle, Bieber asked "Why the fuck are you doing this?" You can read the whole report, with a lot more "What the fuck"s and an "I ain't got no fucking weapons" over at Gawker and video of the arrest is below (via TMZ)

CNN notes that two SUVs blocked the road so Bieber could race, bringing to mind a potential Bieber Fast and Furious casting. South Florida police are also investigating a report that police officers escorted Bieber's caravan between strip clubs in Miami over the weekend without authorization. Back in LA, LA police executed a felony search warrant on Bieber's house, seizing Bieber's iPhone and security camera system in an investigation into who threw eggs at Bieber's neighbor's house. Somehow, the eggs did $20k in damage.

Read about more of Bieber's legal troubles over at CNN, including the one where a neighbor accused Bieber of spitting in his face.

Continue reading "Mogwai gets own line of scotch; Justin Bieber gets DUI arrest"

by Doug Moore


Scottish post-rock masters Mogwai are releasing their eighth album, Rave Tapes, on January 21. They're streaming the album on The Guardian today; you can also listen below.

First impressions -- including my own -- have been pretty positive so far. I'm generally predisposed towards Mogwai's noisier, more strident material, but Rave Tapes makes the most of their patient side. Though they've always had an electronic component, it's really on display here; digital tones fill out airy compositions that drift more often than they swell or crescendo. The sampled discourse on rock'n'roll subliminal messaging on "Repelish" is an especially endearing touch: "Satan. Gotta live for Satan. Master Satan."

You can preorder it here and stream it in full, along with a track stream and the video for "The Lord is Out of Control," below...

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by Doug Moore

Rave Tapes

You may recall that long-running Scottish post-rockers Mogwai announced last week that they've got a new album, Rave Tapes, on the way. Today, the band announced that they'll be touring North America in support of that album in April and May of 2014. The six-week tour will start in New Mexico and swing across the South before looping up the East Coast and back west; it'll hit NYC at Terminal 5 on May 9. Tickets will go on sale this Friday (11/8) at noon.

Well before their North American dates, Mogwai will be at the final ATP UK (11/29-12/1). All dates are listed, along with that new track stream, below...

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by Doug Moore

Mogwai at Webster Hall, 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)

Scotland's Mogwai have been around for almost twenty years now; they've got seven studio albums, 11 EPs, and two soundtracks under their belt. That's a long track record. Still, it remains surprisingly tough to predict what they're going to do next. Like the cinematic critter they're named for, Mogwai are changelings. Though their work with a recurring palette of sounds, that palette is broad enough that they still have the capacity to occasionally surprise.

Mogwai have revealed the details for their upcoming eighth album, Rave Tapes, and have released the first taste from it, "Remurdered." It's a bit of a curveball, albeit not a dramatic one. Earlier this year, Mogwai recorded some score music for the French zombie show Les Revenants. Ironically, "Remurdered" sounds more like the score to a '70s horror flick than the Les Revenants material. It's a tense, synth-driven instrumental that reminds me of a beefed-up John Carpenter score, though the raunchy synthetic bass in its second half is more dance-friendly than Carpenter's tinny tones ever were.

Stream "Remurdered" and check out the LP cover art and track listing below; make sure to catch Mogwai at ATP UK (11/29-12/1) if you're going.

Continue reading "Mogwai announce new album, 'Rave Tapes' (stream a track)"


Post-hardcore-leaning post-rock legends Slint haven't performed live in six years, but that will change this year when they play ATP End of An Era Part 2 at Pontins Holiday Camp in Camber Sands, UK. The festival runs from November 29 to December 1, and is being billed as the "last ever" UK Holiday Camp.

As mentioned, this year's festival is being co-curated by Loop, who are also performing, along with Mogwai, The Pop Group, Fennesz, Goat, Superchunk, Comets On Fire, Om, Girls Against Boys, Michael Rother (presents the music of Neu! and Harmonia), Ty Segall, Dirty Beaches, Hookworms, Balam Acab and more. Tickets for the fest are on sale now.

Updated lineup, flyer, and a Slint video below...

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The XX at T5, Aug. 2012 (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
The xx

Hot Water Music @ Bamboozle 2012 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Hot Water Music

today in NYC
* Mic The Robot @ Barbes
* Victor Calderone @ Cielo
* Ed Askew Band @ Barbes
* Holly Williams @ Joe's Pub
* The Wailers @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Big Daddy Kane @ B.B King's
* Colbert Report Writers @ UCB
* Tom Odell, St. Claire @ Pianos
* Phosphorescent @ John Varvatos
* Caro Emerald @ Le Poisson Rouge
* The Growlers @ The Kniting Factory
* Biz Markie (DJ Set) @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Trey Anastasio @ The Capitol Theatre
* Snowmine, Faye, Dalton @ Glasslands
* HNNY, Jacques Renault @ The Woods
* Hardbodies, Ice Balloons @ Union Pool
* The xx, Austra @ Hammerstein Ballroom
* The Chapin Sisters @ Pete's Candy Store
* LEESSANG, Jung In @ Best Buy Theater
* Eddi Front, Gambles @ The Slipper Room
* Urban Cone, Ski Lodge @ Mercury Lounge
* Concrete TV 20th Anniversary @ Videology
* Puss N Boots, The Tall Pines @ The Bell House
* Zula, Tony Castles, Hooney Octo, Candide @ Pianos
* Corey Smith, Joe Robinson @ Bowery Ballroom
* Lil Kids, Tron & DVD, Charlie Sima @ Legion Bar
* Eastern Phoebes, My Plastic Sun @ The Rock Shop
* Mr. Dream, Yvette, Bueno, Advaeta @ Shea Stadium
* Money & King, Maude, Vox Pop @ The Grand Victory
* Tennessee Thomas, Alix Brown @ Tribeca Grand Hotel
* Matthew Shipp, William Parker, Joe Morris @ The Stone
* William Parker, Joe Morris, Gerald Cleaver @ The Stone
* Adam's Castle, Live Footage, Chimneys @ Cameo Gallery
* Antwon, Cities Aviv, Weekend Money @ Santos Party House
* DJ Jay Mcelfresh, Former Belle, James Iris @ Pianos (Upstairs)
* Y/Y, Alien Triology, What Model Citizens, Ravenous @ Muchmore's
* Great Caesar, Sean Wood, Floodwood @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Hot Water Music, La Dispute, The Menzingers @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Cold Fronts, Eastern Midwestern, Young Rapids, Adios Ghost @ Cake Shop
* Hirsute Pursuit , Boyd Rice, Non, Cult of Youth, House of Blondes @ Europa
* Great Thunder, Heaven's Gate, The Guts, Marvin Berry and The New Sound @ Death By Audio
* Wild Yaks, Unstoppable Death Machines, Habibi, Violent Bullshit, Ken South Rock @ 285 Kent
* Eola, Gem Trails, Katrina Stonehart, Zooey (Matt of Majical Cloudz), Jerry Paper @ Silent Barn
* Bertie Blackman, Matt Duke, You Sister's Canary, Caitlin Canty @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Plastic Flowers, Psychobuildings, Bright Future, Vaudeville, Nao Katafuchi (Superfortress) @ Bowry Electric

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Foals third album, Holy Fire, is due out next month. The band recently released the video to new single "My Number" which takes your standard performance clip and spins it just a hair. You can check it out below.

TRUST just released a new single, "Heaven," with a number of remixes from the likes of Cloudland and Sir Stephen Hips. You can stream the "Heaven" single package below.

Scottish post-rockers Mogwai have scored the soundtrack to French zombie serires Les Revenants. Check out one of their creepy compositions from it below.

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photos by Dominick Mastrangelo

Mogwai @ Webster Hall -- 6/14/2012

"There was an amazing quote from Andrew Eldritch from the Sisters of Mercy who said, "The best thing about never being cool is that you're never that uncool." No, I'd rather we go on with our music and people who like it, listen to it and the thought that people turn out because it's in some way relevant or trendy, is kind of depressin.' I'd rather people just, like, came and heard the music because they like it or because it kinda had some sort of emotional connection to them. I also think that when, say, like ten years ago or whenever it was, when lots of instrumental music was really trendy, people were sick of it! It got to the point where we'd bring our record and some people would be like "Oh, no. Not another one of these records!" It was like "Really?" But it's gotten to the comical point now where like I'll meet people in bands making completely different kinds of music and they'll be like "I used to be in a band that sounded like you." I'm like "Oh, god." [laughs]" [Stuart Braithwaite of Mogwai]
You already saw a set of pictures from the 6/15 show at Webster Hall, though without opener Balam Acab. Here's a set from the first of two Mogwai shows at the NYC venue, opener and Mogwai setlist included. They continue below...

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photos by Toby Tenenbaum

Mogwai at Webster Hall - 6/15/12

We're pleased to announce that we're in the middle of putting together a remix album, titled 'A Wrenched Virile Lore' it'll feature remixed versions of tracks from our 'Hardcore Will Never Die But You Will' so far we've got contributions from Tim Hecker, The Soft Moon, RM Hubbert, Robert Hampson, Zombi, Justin Broadrick, Xander Harris, Umberto and Cylob. The record will be available on CD, LP and Digital Download and we'll have more details on release dates soon.
Mogwai are offering a free download of the Xander Harris version of "How To Be A Werewolf" from their forthcoming remix album. Download that for the price of an email address.

Judging from the setlist from June 15th at Webster Hall, Mogwai did not enter into remix terrritory at their NYC shows, but stranger things have happened. The band played a two night stint at the venue (playing the first on June 14th) as part of a batch of North American dates that also saw them at Bonnaroo 2012. Pictures and the setlist from June 15th at Webster Hall (unfortunately none of opener Balam Acab) are below.

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