Posts Tagged ‘mogwai’
All Tomorrow’s Parties 2nd Round Announcement
Dead Meadow, The Reels, Psarandonis, Bill Callahan, Dirty Three performing Ocean Songs, Small Knives, The Holy Sea, Hunter Dienna, Passenger of Shit, and more to be announced. No Drones yet, but give it time, since they are playing the next two festivals I’m about to talk about.
Big Day Out 2nd Round Announcement
Serj Tankian, Dropkick Murphys, Black Kids, Hot Chip, Lupe Fiasco, Holy Ghost!, Z-Trip, Died Pretty, The Vines, Infusion, Children Collide, Pee Wee Ferris, Sparkadia, The Getaway Plan, Little Red, Mammal, Mercy Arms, Ajax, Andee Frost, The Drones.
Golden Plains Festival 1st Announcement
MOGWAI, TONY ALLEN, GARY NUMAN, BLACK MOUNTAIN, OF MONTREAL, THE DRONES, THE CHURCH, DAN DEACON, BRANT BJORK AND THE BROS, OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW, JIM WHITE AND JOHN DOE, QUINTRON AND MISS PUSSYCAT, THE BLACK SEEDS, LULUC, YOU AM I
So basically The Drones are a bunch of festival sluts. I’m ok with it though since I saw them at Stonefest on Saturday and they were FUCKING AMAZING!
As instrumentals go, it’s very easy for an artist/band to create something that is boring, vapid, and meandering off to nowhere. Much like music journalism.
On occasion, a band can make an instrumental album that is a soundtrack to the best movie you’ll never see. Two albums this year (Nine Inch Nails’ Ghosts I-IV; Unkle’s End Titles… Stories for Film) have so far tried to do this, and failed somewhat in that task, whilst not being terrible albums by any means.
Mogwai’s The Hawk is Howling is that amazing non-existent-movie soundtrack. The album transitions seamlessly from mellow piano-based tracks, through to the epic hard rock of second track Batcat, right through to the mellow and blissed out Thankyou Space Expert. The standout track for me though is The Sun Smells Too Loud, which is the kind of song I’d like playing in the background if I had to re-graduate high school on a warm Summer day whilst also dealing with unrequited schoolyard love before I leave for overseas forever. Uh, so I guess it has a kind of ambivalence to it.
The second best track on the album is also the closing track The Precipice, which menacingly crescendos to the albums climax, finally dying off ever so quickly into feedback for a few seconds before just stopping. The words you are looking for are: Fucking. Epic.
It’s mid-October, so the words ‘Album of the Year’ start bouncing around for all new releases that you listen to. Is this it? No. Top 5, maybe, Top 10, most likely. I’ve already got a good idea what’s going in at the top spot on my list, and I can assure you that it isn’t what you’ve got going in at number one, and if it is, we should totally make out.
Mogwai – The Hawk is Howling gets a resounding 86 mysterious song titles out of 100.
Also, it looks like WordPress has a poll feature now, so without further ado…
Holy shit! It’s totally blissful music. Download that now before I download your face with my fist.
I’m sorry, that was harsh, can we still be friends? A bit of thanks go to these guys for the headsup. Probably one of the raddest blogs out there when it comes to cool tunes. I can only hope to somewhat emulate what they do… Click on the Mogwai photo for the Flickr photostream I psuedo stole it off…
Speaking of flickr, I uploaded some more artsy shots. The unfortunate side effect of no good gigs in the last month and no organisation willing to get me on the door anymore has resulted in no gig shooting for Simon. I’ll be there with a camera and all that for Snowman and others though. I can’t vouch for quality.
If only I had myspace unblocked at work, I’d try and post up a whole bunch of amazing new bands I’d find on there… Sucks already.
Oh, I was checking our referrals and some fixed gear bike forum in New York keeps clicking on our blog. I don’t know what link was posted because all I get when I click on them is a sign in page, but hey! I really want a fixed gear bike, that shit is so cool. Fuck lowriders, fuck bmx’s, gimme gimme fixed wheels and get rid of those brakes! Yeah! Seriously, I’d buy one of these, but I don’t have $2000, however I do have a $20 revolve special and I’m gonna work that sucker into a singlespeed. Faded fluro orange baby! Woo!
Whilst staying up late and watching Rage on Friday night I saw this video from The BPA, which it turns out is Norman Cook aka Fatboy Slim and the totally awesome David Byrne from Talking Heads. After initially being disappointed, the video turned out to be quite clever. Technically, it is safe for work, but probably best if your boss doesn’t catch you watching that.
Fuck Glastonbury, I wish I’d have gone to this. It was a possibility too, but no. I’d have rathered to save up and buy my bass instead. Stupid stupid stupid.