Entries tagged with: Mogwai
by Bill Pearis
"It is what it is." I must've heard that phrase 30 times during SXSW -- be it in reference to alloted set times, equipment, sound or the free food at whatever day party I was at. You have to, as Diamond Dave once said, roll with the punches to get to what's real. Or at least have a good time.
So this year for this year's fest in Austin, I attempted to be as stress free as possible. I mostly avoided anything that would be a pain to get into, be it the hyper-hyped (James Blake, Odd Future), already popular (Strokes, Kanye), or overly hip (Fader Fort, PureVolume House). Which is probably why this was probably the most fun SXSW I've attended yet, with almost no dud bands seen.
I flew into San Antonio this year, where friends picked me up and we then drove down to Austin with a pit stop on the way for lunch, which got us to the Convention Center around 2pm to pick up our badges. First stop: The Palm Door to catch Austin locals Ringo Deathstarr whose album Colour Trip is one of my favorites of 2011 so far. I call a lot of things shoegaze, but these three have the classic '90s sound -- including Kevin Shields' glide guitar style -- down pat. Some seriously catchy songwriting keeps it out of pastiche territory. They are good and loud on the Palm Door patio, my first of many Lone Star tallboys of the week in hand, and it's a great start to the fest.
From there I headed over to Emo's for the first of BrooklynVegan's many day parties. Got there just in time to see the tail end of Mr Heavenly's set. I stuck around for Surfer Blood who I expected to play a bunch of new material but instead gave us an enjoyable hits-packed set from their first album.
Guides and sched.org were scrutinized over dinner, as the evening was planned out. First stop was to Beauty Bar for the Moshi Moshi party, specifically to see electronic duo Beat Connection who sound like they're from Sweden but are actually from Seattle. Not a lot of stage presence (two dudes behind keyboards, one of whom looks like John Daly from Freaks & Geeks) but they sound great and it's already a dance party in Beauty Bar at 8PM.
We next stopped by the Oklahoma showcase happening at Friends. Stillwater's Colourmusic lay down some awesome Can-style prog, made extra heavy with two bassists. Flaming Lips, early-'90s psych influence casts a shadow on them too. Some crazed (drunk) superfan from their hometown jumps on stage, takes off his shirt and joins the band on the mic, making for the best picture I took all week. Easily one of my favorite performances of SXSW 2011. Their album, My ____ is Pink, is out next month on Memphis Industries and is very good.
While there, a woman comes up to me and asks if I was at SXSW the previous year. I answered yes, to which she then says "Remember me? I was dressed as a hippie rooster and danced all around you." Nope, sorry lady, don't remember that. And I think I would.
Leaving my friends, I hit Maggie Mae's to catch Glaswegian electronic outfit Errors, part of the Creative Scotland showcase. I was a big fan of their first album and had been wanting to see them ever since. Kinda like the Scottish version of Ratatat, their instrumental electro-rock translates well to the stage. Worth the wait. You can see Errors all over the U.S next month on tour with Mogwai (whose label, Rock Action, they're signed to.) Tour dates, two nights at Webster Hall included, are at the bottom of this post.
Looking back over things, Wednesday was maybe the best day for me overall. Next was London's Mazes who make superior '90s style indie rock. (Not to be confused with 1900s offshoot Mazes who have since changed their name I think.) The obvious comparison is Yuck, but it's less GBV/Sebadoh and more Pavement/Number One Cup. Also like Yuck, they're not the most energetic band I've ever seen but they sound great.
I close out the night at Red Eyed Fly. Sky Larkin have been telling me to go see fellow Leeds band Pulled Apart by Horses for nearly three years, warning me I might not want to get too close. I now understand why... they are an explosion on stage, bouncing off the walls, bounding into the crowd, climbing trellises, singing on the bar and other wild behavior. No puking, thankfully, which I hear has happened on occasion. Kinetic and spastic as they are, Pulled Apart by Horses' music -- thrashy, mathy, riffy, shouty -- is not really my cup of tea.
Pete & the Pirates were supposed to be on at 1AM but things were running very late. I'd been up since 3:30AM -- my flight had left at 5:45am -- so when it hit 1:30, I opted for a much-needed full night of sleep. Slightly disappointed but I'd see P&P later in the week anyhow...it is what it is.
A few more pictures, video of Colourmusic's performance, and those Errors tourdates (with Mogwai) are below.
Shepard Fairey is also DJing the event on Sunday
ATP Asbury Park ("I'll Be Your Mirror") has released the second wave of artist announcements including many of Portishead's choices for the bill! We already knew about Jeff Mangum, Bonnie Prince Billy, Shellac, Chavez and more. New additions include, not surprisingly, Portishead-related acts Anika and Beak> (and this time Anika will be performing live and not just DJing). There's also now a rare reunion of The Pop Group, an Ultramagnetic MC's reunion (WITH Kool Keith), Silver Qluster (Simeon of Silver Apples and Hans-Joachim Roedelius of Cluster/Harmonia), Thee Siliver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra, Mogwai, Earth, The Horrors and more. The full list is below.
More details, a bigger Shepard Fairey-designed poster, and the full schedule below...
Drive By Truckers @ Terminal 5 in 2008 (more by Chris La Putt)
today in NYC
* Sweet @ Ella Lounge
* The Moon Show @ Royal Oak
* Slavic Soul Party @ Barbes
* The Civil Wars @ Joe's Pub
* Jenny Scheinman @ Barbes
* Hayes Carll @ Housing Works
* John Forte @ Highline Ballroom
* Rich Aucoin residency @ Pianos
* Smokey Robinson @ the Apollo
* The Love Hangover @ Littlefield
* Odd Future @ Santos Party House
* Tell All Your Friends! @ Lolita Bar
* Braids, Geotic, Shigeto @ Glasslands
* MillionYoung, ANR @ Mercury Lounge
* Drive-By Truckers @ Bowery Ballroom
* Funky Meters, Gary Clark Jr. @ Brooklyn Bowl
* The Godfathers, The Sights, Frosting @ Maxwell's
* Matt Bauder, Michael Attias Collective @ Zebulon
* Chica Vas, Nihiti, We Loyal, Hard Nips @ Cameo Gallery
* Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson, Buke and Gass @ The Stone
* Wild Nothing, Abe Vigoda, Fergus & Geronimo @ 285 Kent Ave
* Jeffrey Lewis, Peter Stampfel, Lail Arad, John Kessel @ Shea Stadium
* Adam Arcuragi & The Lupine Chorale Society, Mia Riddle @ Mercury Lounge
* Gross Relations, Rottweiler The Best, Sarin McHugh and The Everymen @ Bruar Falls
* Larkin Grimm, Nina Violet, Damon Moon & The Whispering Drifters, The Runaway Suns @ Union Pool
* Win Win, Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip), Lizzi Bougatsos (Gang Gang Dance), Brian DeGraw (DJ Set) @ Santos Party House
Tonight's free "Moon Show" at Royal Oak features comedy by Adira Amram and the Experience, Dave Hill, Team Submarine, Stephanie Fagan, and Nat Towsen
Tonight's free "Sweet" at Ella Lounge has Seth Herzog and Eugene Mirman and others.
Mogwai has a new video for "Mexican Grand Prix" which you can watch below...
Mogwai at MHOW (more by Tim Griffin)
Mogwai will follow-up their recent live LP/DVD with some live dates, a slew of them in support of their sublimely titled new LP Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will. The release is due on Feb 15th 2010 via their new US label Sub Pop, and is surrounded by dates in the EU, Japan, and the US including two nights at Webster Hall on April 21st and 22nd, 2011. Ticket info is forthcoming. Full tour dates and new LP tracklisting are below...
"When Mogwai asked me to shoot a live film with them, it was supposed to happen in Japan. Finally, it had to be in Brooklyn, at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, over 3 nights. Yeah, a bit less exciting, but hey it wasn't really the point. The point was: how to film Mogwai? How to take up the challenge of filming, not only a band on stage (i already expressed many times my lack of interest for the exercice), but MOGWAI!?Mogwai releases their new live DVD document Burning and LP Special Moves TODAY in DVD, downloadable video, CD, and LP packages (order them). For those of you who enjoy your film-going experience en masse, the band is screening the film at multiple outlets over the coming months including the newly added 9/11 showing at the Met, and TONIGHT (8/24) at Music Hall of Williamsburg (tickets).
Who ever saw Mogwai? a band you would feel more than see - i spent most of their shows eyes closed. How to add images to their sounds, and why?
I asked old pal Nathanael Le Scouarnec to work with me on this. He did most of the edit on the film, and i have to say it's a mindblowing work. The combination of its edit skills and a cherished b/w aesthetic, makes Burning, a 50 minutes experience hopefully reaching towards abstraction at some point. Ah but, it's a film you have to see on a BIG screen with a BIG sound, deal?" - [Vincent Moon, Burning's director]
Want to go to MHOW tonight? We have two pairs of tickets available for giveaway. Details on how to win, with videos and UK tour dates, below...
Owl City fans (by Chris Lynch)
Absolute Punk: I also read online that when you are a fan of Botch, that seems a little different especially for the music that you make. What kind of role do you feel a heavy band like them play on your music? Do you think you will ever try out heavier music or are you going to stick to the softer stuff for now?In related news, Mogwai live DVD will screen in the venue where it was filmed (and other places)
Adam "Owl City" Young: I used to play drums in a heavy band called Isle, largely influence by stuff like Botch, Pelican, Neurosis, Isis. Even though bands like that are generally on the opposite side of the spectrum from the music I put out, I think the thing that inspires me still comes though -- the idea of becoming completely lost in the sound. The idea that imagery can be merely suggestive but not so subjective as to tell you how or what to think. It's far more about what the music says to you rather than somebody telling you how to feel. That's really interesting to me...
...Absolute Punk: You also have listed Mogwai as a musical influence, which shows that you are into a wide array of musical tastes. Do you feel like people overlook that based on your music output?
Adam "Owl City" Young: It's funny how a lot of people might assume a given artist only listens to the kind of music he/she creates. That certainly may be the case for some, but for me, it's nearly the opposite. I have a hard time truly enjoying anything I hear on pop radio, or even pop music in general. It's always been tough for me to draw any kind of inspiration from "conventional" music so to speak. Blame it on the stuff I listened to in high school, but for some reason bands like Mogwai or Rachel's or Telefon Tel Aviv are just way more interesting. They payoff is greater. Their songs hold a mystique that three and a half minute radio singles, in my opinion, often tend to lack. Therein was an exciting challenge when I began creating music for Owl City. It was pop music. I'd never made pop music before, I didn't even listen to it, but I wanted to create it because it was new.
Absolute Punk: You also have a tour coming up with Maroon 5 in about a week, and then John Mayer after that. How excited are you for that?
Adam "Owl City" Young: It'll be new territory and I'm excited to see how touring works at that level. I don't know much about either band but I'm looking forward to the tour to say the least.
Las Vegas Weekly: As far as additions to the lineup ...Tickets go on sale at noon for the Guided By Voices show happening at Terminal 5 (with Blitzen Trapper).
Matador's Gerard Cosloy: We will be announcing, I would say at a minimum, three more bands. I would say they are not necessarily going to be the biggest bands in label history. They're gonna be bands tied more to the label's old days. Actually, in one case, someone very, very new as well. They're not gonna be headliners, let's put it that way
So no Boards of Canada, I assume?
That's correct, yes.
A lot of people are asking about Mogwai.
No, they have other stuff they're doing overseas at that time, which is unfortunate. We would have loved to have had them be part of this.
And Interpol has dates in Europe.
Yeah, that's correct.
Mission of Burma is also a no-go, correct?
Yeah, we did ask Burma and Roger [Miller] unfortunately has Alloy Orchestra commitments that weekend.
Rolling Stone reported Liz Phair as confirmed ...
Yeah, that I will neither confirm nor deny (laughs).
How tough was it getting Guided By Voices to reunite, especially with that lineup?
We just kept asking. We just kept asking. And I think ultimately Bob decided it would be fun.
Doug Gillard plays Bruar Falls tonight.
Mogwai at Music Hall of Williamsburg (more by Ryan Muir)
Mogwai's first live album [Special Moves] will be released on Rock Action Records this spring.. alongside the live film Burning. The formats will be CD and DVD and limited deluxe triple vinyl box set which will also include the dvd of Burning, set lists and a poster. [Burning]... comprises footage shot over three nights at sold-out shows in Brooklyn on April 27th (pics), 28th (pics) and 29th, 2009 at the Music Hall Of Williamsburg.And now the circle is complete, as Mogwai will also screen Burning at Music Hall of Williamsburg on August 24th. Tickets are $5 and on sale Wed 6/16 at noon.
Special Moves is currently up for preorder in digital, CD/DVD, and deluxe formats.
Album tracklisting and a trailer for the film, and all places it is screening, below...
"After a soggy Friday and sunny Saturday, the thunderstorms returned for the third and last day of All Points West, this time resulting in major delays and canceled sets for the festival held at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, NJ. But after the rain cleared and mercifully stayed away, organizers hustled to get the schedule back on track, culminating in a dazzler of a headlining set by British rockers Coldplay.As you may have heard, Coldplay's Sunday night set included covers of Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" and Beastie Boys' "Fight For Your Right". Jay-Z covered "No Sleep Till Brooklyn on Friday.
Sunday's line-up, scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m. in the comedy tent and 2 p.m. on the music stages, was pushed back several hours due to severe storms that hit the area midday. Fans who arrived early were turned away at the gates, and it wasn't until just before 4 p.m. that ticket holders were invited to line up at the festival entrance for an even longer wait for admission. Comedians Todd Barry, Christian Finnegan and Janeane Garofalo, originally slated for 45-minute sets at the Queen of the Valley tent, were rushed through with 10 minutes each to make way for the musical acts that followed them. "I might do a tour of entirely rained-out festivals," said Barry, "it's big money for not a lot of work at all."
Some sets were canceled altogether--indie rockers Steel Train and New Jersey punk band the Gaslight Anthem, scheduled to take the main Blue Comet stage in the afternoon, were scrapped to allow later bands to perform at their scheduled times." [Billboard]
MGMT played against Coldplay on Sunday, and Echo and The Bunnymen instead opened for Coldplay on the main stage (with Courtney Love watching in the wings). Akron/Family, Silversun Pickups, Mogwai, Lykke Li, Elbow, the Black Keys, and others also played sets on the shortened, very wet day. More pictures, and the two Coldplay cover videos, and some setlists, below....
photos by Tim Griffin
"that group up front was obnoxious. the girl tried to dance with me during 2 Rights, when I politely declined she took it upon herself to aggressively plough into me every chance she could. I loved the equally annoyed reaction the surrounding folks gave her and her male friend when they started air guitaring and swaying into everyone around them. A cute girl with curly hair gave the guy a seeeerious toss. Then their douchebag friend joined in and maxed out the annoyance...... If you want to get wasted at concerts, go for it, but recognize that not everyone is and that a three person mosh pit might ruin a bit the show for those around you. I really hope that they were so hungover that they lost their jobs the next day or were mugged on their way home.Mogwai complete their three night run at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn tonight (4/29). We caught them on night one, and last night (4/28) too...
and so what if frat guys like mogwai. I always thought it was hard to peg people for being mogwai fans....You can fit any sort of stereotype and get down to mogwai, just don't be pricks about it. I really hated those three, such buzz kills....anyway, that show was amazing, tonight was too.... can't wait for tomorrow.
Props for Mogwai giving us three shows" [Carter]
photos by Ryan Muir
DOWNLOAD: Mogwai - The Sun Smells Too Loud (MP3)
"Mogwai were seriously great. Only disappointments were a truncated "2 Wrongs" and a bizarrely chatty batch of non-fans in the back of the room. "LIke Herod" was a HUGE highlight but there wasn't a wasted moment, really. The room suited their dynamics brilliantly. Can't wait for the next two nights, though I imagine fans will be shushing more aggressively, so plan to do your chitchat in the bar." [Anonymous]Mogwai played their first of three shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn last night (4/27). More pictures, including one of Mogwai's setlist, below...
by Black Bubblegum
Mogwai @ ATP (more by Zach Dilgard)
Mogwai kick off their three-night stay at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn tonight (4/27-4/29). If you see video cameras, it's because the sold out shows are being documented for an upcoming film by independent flimmaker Vincent Moon of La Blogotheque Take Away Show fame.
If you miss the shows, you can also catch the band when they are back in the NYC-area over the summer to play All Points West. Their upcoming tour plans also include a lot more North American shows and a ton of European festival dates including T In The Park, Field Day, and the Oxegen Festival with the reunited Blur, Kings of Leon, Nine Inch Nails, Jane's Addiction, The Killers, and many many others.
Supporting the band on a large chunk of that North American trek are fellow Scots The Twilight Sad. TWS recently completed mixing of their upcoming LP (due "sometime this summer"), as evidenced by the following tweet: "lassssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssst day of mixing today, then wrestlemania." Who knew that the sensitive Scots enjoyed watching a man's head smash into a turnbuckle? In California, Mogwai also play three shows with Dead Meadow.
Stu from Mogwai has a twitter account of his own, and he plans to post setlists and "loads of pointless drivel" from the road. In addition, those interested in the culinary adventures of Mogwai can follow John Cummings's tweets here.
Dominic of Mogwai's other pastime, Crippled Black Phoenix, recently played Mercury Lounge on 4/12 while on tour with Brooklyn's Ghastly City Sleep. GCS has only one additional date on their calendar, May 10th in Philadelphia with the mighty Gods & Queens.
All Mogwai tour dates and a recent La Blogoteque live video of Mogwai from Reims is below...
Following last year's inaugural event, festival producers began work immediately on resolving concerns expressed by fans in attendance. They have worked closely with their partners at NJ Transit to improve light-rail service and capacity. As an added value for 2009, festival goers who choose to travel to the site utilizing the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail line can ride for free throughout the weekend with their ALL POINTS WEST festival ticket. Additionally, based on the popularity of the ferry as a mode of transportation from lower Manhattan to Liberty State Park, the frequency and size of the ferryboats will increase at a reduced price for festival attendees.... The producers have also worked with their partners at Liberty State Park to improve the fan experience in the beer gardens. This year's areas will be larger, have shorter lines, and feature shade tents, views of the stages and food concessions...The second annual ALL POINTS WEST MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL returns to Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey Friday, July 31, Saturday, August 1 and Sunday, August 2. Like last year, bands will play on three stages, except "the Queen of the Valley stage has been changed to a Coachella-like tent creating an environment that will showcase comedy, DJs, electronic acts and bands."
More details on the items above will be posted at the apwfestival.com. The entire lineup (it's good!) and ticket info, below...
Tickets are on Friends and Family presale (@ 10 AM) for the May 16th Leonard Cohen show at Radio City Music Hall.
I think the password is JARKKO. There is also a 2nd presale at the same link that starts 24 hour later. The password for one of them might also be thisisnottherealone, but then again that last one spells out "This is not the real one", so it might mean what it says. If you know it, feel free to post in the comments. A second show is not on sale at all yet.
Tickets are still on sale for the show The Decemberists are playing at Radio City. Tickets go on sale (@ 10 AM) for the show The Decemberists are playing with Andrew Bird at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD.
I've never heard a bad review of a Lez Zeppelin show. That's probably related to the reason the Led Zeppelin cover band is headlining a venue as big as Webster Hall on on May 14th. Tickets are on sale.
by Black Bubblegum
Dominic of Mogwai & Crippled Black Phoenix (more by Zach Dilgard)
Mogwai have announced a new set of North American dates, including THREE nights at Music Hall of Williamsburg! Kaaaaa-ching! Still riding high off of 2008's The Hawk Is Howling, the last time Mogwai played our fair city (NYC) was at the much larger Terminal Five, right before they headed upstate to play ATP with My Bloody Valentine. The remainder of that tour was cancelled due to the illness of drummer Martin Bulloch.
Dominic Aitchison of Mogwai also plays with Crippled Black Phoenix, who have scheduled a date of their own in NYC... at Mercury Lounge on April 12th. Tickets are still available. Crippled Black Phoenix's tour wraps up two days before Mogwai's trek kicks off. All North American dates are with Ascent of Everest.
All tour dates for both bands are below (Thx Jason!)...
by Black Bubblegum
DOWNLOAD: Crippled Black Phoenix - "Rise Up And Fight" (MP3)
Crippled Black Phoenix, featuring Dominic of Mogwai and Justin Greaves of ex-Electric Wizard/Iron Monkey fame, have announced some tentative tour dates including a confirmed date at Mercury Lounge on 4/12 with Ascent Of Everest. Tickets are on sale.
Crippled Black Phoenix are scheduled to drop 200 Tons of Bad Luck on Invada Records in April 14th. 200 Tons of Bad Luck is "a single album version comprising of a collection of songs" from a pair of so-far import only albums, The Resurrectionists and Night Raider. No details on the release date of those two records as of yet.
All dates below...
by Black Bubblegum
2009 will see three LP releases for Crippled Black Phoenix. The Resurrectionists and Night Raider will be only be available as imports (much like their 2006 release, A Love Of Shared Disasters) by Invada Records (a label owned by Portishead's Geoff Barrow). In the US, Cargo Records is releasing 200 Tons Of Bad Luck, "a single album version comprising of a collection of songs from both [previously named new] albums". That will drop in "March-ish" of 2009.
CBP was originally conceived as a project between Dominic Aitchison (Mogwai) and Justin Greaves, who has done time in many great heavy bands including Electric Wizard, Iron Monkey, and Teeth Of Lions Rule The Divine (with sunn o))) members Stephen O'Malley & Greg Anderson and current Cathedral frontman Lee Dorrian). The band has taken many shapes and colors since inception, but currently count Joe Volk (Gonga), Kostas Panagiotou and Charlotte Nicholls as the other members.
Don't let that pedigree fool you though, the band definitely leans alot more in the Godspeed You Black Emperor! direction, as you may be able to tell from "Rise Up And Fight" (downloadable above). Check it out, and look out for news of a US Tour as soon as we have full details.
Mickey Factz playing w/ the Cool Kids during CMJ (more by Leia Jospe)
today in NYC
* Army Navy @ Union Hall
* Trap Them @ Union Pool
* Jay-Z & Lil Wayne @ Izod center
* The Roots @ Roseland Ballroom
* Born Ruffians @ Sound Fix Records
* The Legendary Pink Dots @ Knitting Factory
* Donny Goines & Mickey Factz @ Knitting Factory
* Chief, Samuel, The Postelles & FrankPollis @ Santos House Party
* Born Ruffians & Plants and Animals @ The Bell House
William Reid of The Jesus and Mary Chain was born today in 1958.
Halloween is soon.
Joe from Breakfast at Sulimay's interviewed Mogwai guitarist Stuart Braithwaite. Video below...
DOWNLOAD: Fuck Buttons - Colours Move (Mogwai remix) (MP3)
by Black Bubblegum, photo by Zach Dilgard
Fuck Buttons, aka Andrew Hung and Benjamin John Power, may only have one LP to their name, but it's a doozy. Recorded by John Cummings (Mogwai) & Tim Cedar (Part Chimp) and mastered by Shellac-ian madman/producer extraordinaire Bob Weston, Street Horrsing managed to impress both critics and fans alike with a unique combination of post-rock dynamics, power-electronics, and tribalism viewed through the lens of highly evolved pop. The success of Street Horrsing lead the band to land opening slots with Caribou, Deerhunter, Stars Of The Lid, Liars (at McCarren Pool), and most recently, a US tour with Mogwai which landed the band at ATP New York.
It's been striking me every night since we started (3 days ago) how beautiful a pairing it is, with Mogwai and ourselves. Those guys are constantly putting a smile on my face as i watch them every night. Their music is so internal but their volumous dynamic pounds that feeling ferociously. Stephen whom we traveled with previously on the Caribou tour, has been doing their sound and making them sound otherwordly. John (from Mogwai) has been doing our sound and from the sounds of it, he's been making us sound great (Thank you John). The comradery on this tour so far has been excellent in fact, and i'm enjoying the evolution of the relationships. Apart from Barry Burns. He's constantly trying to bully us or belittle us, telling us that we should get proper keyboards and how he can play piano and flute and guitar and anything made by God's hands and then asking what we can play... Just kidding, he can't playing anything...It was at ATP that we caught up with Fuck Buttons for a few minutes to ask them about their thoughts on the festival and some of their plans for the future...
Hope everyone is well back home.
photos by Zach Dilgard, words by Black Bubblegum
After a great (and late) Saturday-night, morning (3pm) bloomed with Robin Guthrie (co-founder of Cocteau Twins) and his shimmering ambient soundscapes in the main room. Backlit by projections of fractals and waves, it was the perfect way to ease into Sunday. Le Volume Courbe and Wounded Knees (both opening for MBV tonight at Roseland) had already played on stage two, but sadly, I missed them.
While Guthrie shined on, I scooted on over to stage deux and caught a few minutes of sunny pop by The Lilys (opener for MBV in NYC night two).
photos by Zach Dilgard, words by Black Bubblegum
"We are sad to announce that we have had to cancel our remaining American and Canadian shows due to ill health. Our other dates in Europe and Japan will be going ahead as planned. We will re-schedule the shows in 2009.Get well soon Martin. Did you rock too hard at ATP? It is quite possible.
I [Martin] was taken into hospital last night almost immediately after the show at ATP. I've been having some problems with my pacemaker for the duration of the tour and it unfortunately culminated in me being sent to the emergency room. The doctors there initially thought i would have to have corrective surgery at a larger hospital nearer NYC but i have been given the all clear to travel home on the understanding that i go straight to my cardiologist on arrival back in Scotland.
Tbh, i'm really bummed about having to go home and feel for the folk who had bought tickets for our upcoming shows but i can honestly say it would be almost impossible for me to carry on at this point as my pacemaker has broken skin and the surrounding area has become infected.
All Mogwai dates - cancelled and not-cancelled, and more ATP pics, below....
Mogwai @ Terminal 5, NYC - Sept 18, 2008 (soulblend)
"The pairing of venerable Scottish post-rockers Mogwai with Fuck Buttons, a knob-twiddling duo who weave subtle melodies through waves of tribal noise, is inspiring. Both groups make mostly instrumental soundscapes, but go about it in entirely different ways. Mogwai (pictured above) use traditional rock instruments; Fuck Buttons use Nintendo GameBoys, toy microphones, laptops, and whatever else seems to strike their fancy." [Washington City Paper]The Mogwai / Fuck Buttons tour hit Terminal Five in NYC last night (Sept 18). Fuck Buttons play ATP NY on Saturday. Mogwai play the same upstate festival on Sunday.
Built to Spill, Thurston Moore, Tortoise, Meat Puppets and Bardo Pond play the sold out affair at a country club, TONIGHT (Sept 19). They're all playing full albums. Thurston practiced on Wednesday night in his hometown.
Lilys also play ATP on Sunday. They played the opening show at The Bell House in Brooklyn last night.
The Mogwai-scored Zidane hits select theaters on October 24th.
by Black Bubblegum
DOWNLOAD: Mogwai - "The Sun Smells Too Loud" (MP3)
Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait, the film that Scotland's finest, Mogwai, soundtracked in 2006 will finally be released from October 24-30 in an "exclusive engagement" at both BAMcinématek in Brooklyn and Anthology Film Archives in Manhattan.
Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait is a visionary meditation on French soccer star Zinédine Zidane by internationally acclaimed visual artists Douglas Gordon and Philippe Parreno. Spectacular match footage of the midfielder--captured by 17 cameras supervised by cinematographer Darius Khondji during a Spanish Premier League game between Real Madrid and Villarreal on April 23, 2005--is transformed into an innovative film closer to visual art than sports documentary. The filmmakers set the athlete's reflections in text over 35mm, HD, and TV images, taken from various distances and perspectives, and blend stadium sound with a melancholy score by Scottish band Mogwai. The resulting 90-minute film (the length of a soccer game) is a rigorous experiment with cinematic space and time, and an arresting study of a sports icon.In case you don't know/don't remember, "sports icon" Zidane is the man who gave "footballer" Marco Materazzi a chest full of skull during the 2006 World Cup.
Mogwai released the soundtrack in 2006 with a couple tracks appearing on the (ugh) Miami Vice soundtrack. Don't let that deter you though... check out a few of those Mogwai tracks streaming at the Zidane website.
"The Sun Smells Too Loud", available for download above, is from Mogwai's upcoming record The Hawk is Howling (out Sept 22 on Matador). Check out the videos for "Batcat" & a trailer for a DVD which comes with the Limited Edition set of The Hawk Is Howling, as well as Hawk's cover art and track list (and all tour dates), below....
photos by Kyle Dean Reinford
Liars headlined the free show at McCarren Pool in Brooklyn this past Sunday (July 20, 2008). Fuck Buttons were one of the bands that opened the show (after playing the Pitchfork Festival in Chicago just one day earlier).