MOGWAI - Classic or Dud?

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Just picked up the new album from Mogwai, ROCK ACTION. Anyone hear it?

My verdict? (like any of you care): ROCK ACTION as a title (despite having the innate coolness of being named after Stooges drummer, Scotty Asheton's nick name) is a woefull misnomer.

Mogwai are one of those bands that I honestly *REALLY WANNA LIKE*, but it just never seems to happen. I love what I read about them, I like their austere aesthetic, they're Scottish, but this is the second album of theirs I've shelled out ambitiously for (the first being COME ON DIE YOUNG) and again I'm left largely cold & clammy.

Track number five, "You Don't Know Jesus," is suitably "rockin'," but don't come to me saying it's all forward-thinking, cutting-edge, "post-rock," because it's nothing those much maligned-shoegazers in Ride weren't doing ten years ago (and they were tagged with the epithet "retro").

Perhaps I need to be more patient and let it grow on me. Or not.

What are your thoughts about them?

alex in nyc, Monday, 23 April 2001 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

No sir, I don't like 'em.

, Monday, 23 April 2001 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

I came late to the Mogwai party, and I quite like them, but probably not in the same way that the fawners do. The new one isn't grabbing me as much as Come on Die Young, but it will probably grow on me like that one did. I can see the Mogwai/Ride connection, but it's a bit tenuous. The point of early Ride was the wall of sound, and Mogwai is more stripped back, to the point of generally not including vocals (the inclusion of so much singing on this one is probably going to keep it down, in my mind, but we'll see). I don't think the point of Mogwai is really about ROCKING, and the title is really tongue-in- cheek, from what I can tell. It's more about atmosphere. I think Come on Die Young and the 1999 EP leading off with "Stanley Kubrick" are my faves so far.

Sean Carruthers, Monday, 23 April 2001 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

I too would really want to like them but from what i have heard, they're pretty formulaic and even more pretentious than there post- rock peers... although i did hear the beginning of a mary-anne hobbs (ugh!) dj session with (and i quote MAH) "THE MIGHHTTTTYYY MOGWAI" and it was so fucking cool... i think they'd have a few more ideas than making every rotten track they do softsoftsoftsoftBLOODYLOUDsoftsoftsoftsoftBLOODYLOUD! it does get boring after a while - i think i'll stick to Godspeed and Sigur Ros before buying anything by them.

dog latin, Monday, 23 April 2001 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

I bought 'Young Team' as an aid to infiltrating a bunch of posho indie kids a few years back, and (once again) tried to like it, but...oh sod it, they're just rubbish, aren't they? Possibly the ultimate "I don't like them." "That's because you don't understaaaaaand..." "But there's nothing to understand!" band.

DG, Monday, 23 April 2001 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

I find Young Team as good as Loveless, which sez lots. I picked up on Mogwai back with the release of Ten Rapid, which is admittedly sort of spotty, but Summer was/is a great track. Also, I find their choice of remixers very tasteful. CODY grew on me, but was always a bit on the morose end, while I find Young Team to be a big head rush. I've been quite looking forward to Rock Action, and must go pick it up. So, uh, classic. I mark them as the best of the "second wave" of post- rock (i.e. the post-Chicago/Louisville scene).

Sterling Clover, Monday, 23 April 2001 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

I like Young Team a lot, that's a really solid record If you like the sound rush, you have to like "Mogwai Fear Satan." Speaking of which, I love both the Kevin Shields and Surgeon remixes on Kicking a Dead Pig. That's definitely the best "rock band remixed" album I've heard, I think (I have the beautiful vinyl which as both the regular remixes and the extra "Fear Satan" remixes.) But CODY just did not grow on me at all, no matter how hard I tried, and I eventually sold it. I just cannot extract any meaning out of that record, it's so slow undynamic, w/ no new sounds, and they're such misers with the melodies. I know a lot of smart people love CODY, but I can't hear it. Which means I have little interest in the new one, though I'm keeping one ear out.

Mark, Monday, 23 April 2001 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Godly and glorious and I don't care what anyone thinks. I wear my _Blur: Are Shite_ shirt with pride. So yah boo. Now I haven't heard the new album yet, but I wait patiently. I unfortunately missed the recent tour, but them's life etc.

Also, I casually wish flaming death on anyone who ever again compares the *TENDENTIOUSLY BORING AND OBVIOUS MOTHERFUCKERS* in Godspeed You Fucking Black Emperor to Mogwai ever again, or at least sentence them to listening to the Swans' "I Was a Prisoner In Your Skull" and realizing where GYBE got their schtik from, right down to the found- sound man-on-street sample. They're at least starting to have two moods instead of one, but still. Sigur Ros I'll let live because they sound like they appreciate the shoegaze.

Back in September 1999, I had the chance to see GYBE and Mogwai at two separate shows the same week. Mogwai had this little thing called 'dynamics,' which among other things meant, say, not playing the same damn song over and over again and again, including the encores. Now guess how quickly I feel asleep at the GYBE show -- standing ten feet from the stage, I should note. Labradford blew them off the stage while playing at one/one-hundreth of the volume level.

As it is, Labradford excepted, the likes of Timbaland create more dramatic and unique work than all of these bands, but I know where my allegiances lie nonetheless...

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 24 April 2001 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Just bought Tortoise "Standards": very nice if you're on the post- rock tip!

dog latin, Tuesday, 24 April 2001 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Um, Ned, didn't you say, earlier on when telling this story of yours, that you had been up all night before the show? If so I think it's a bit disengenuous of you to pass over that fact...

Josh, Tuesday, 24 April 2001 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

mogwai have made some very good records (helicon, young team) and have also been superb live (duchess of york, leeds, 1998 springs to mind). but its over. they seemed to want to turn away from what they did best, a laudable plan certainly, but they didn't really seem to know what to do instead. floundering now

gareth, Wednesday, 25 April 2001 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

*thinks* Man, was I? Maybe I was. Gosh, I can't recall. Okay then - - if I was, GYBE accelerated the process. ;-)

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 26 April 2001 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

If they're "floundering" now then I hope I'm doing as well once I'm past my "peak". I am quite pleased by Rock Action. Not as much as by the previous albums, but then I've only had it for a day. So, classic.

I don't understand how people could say that the early singles were their best, as many seem to say.

Josh, Thursday, 26 April 2001 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Josh, you silly goose, a band's early material is always better! It's, like, an immutable law if you're a cool music person!

In all seriousness, I'm forming theories on this in my own head, and also incorporating my "whichever album you heard first is the one you'll treasure" theory. Consider Mogwai (a good choice considering the thread): I love love love Come on Die Young, but it's obvious to me that most Mogwai fans that have been there from the beginning prefer Young Team as an album. Is Young Team necessarily better? I don't know, and I'm not convince. I much prefer CODY because it was my entry point (although I heard Kicking a Dead Pig first, I discount it because it was not what I was expecting at the time, and it just slid off my mind like an egg off of T-Fal).

I think Mogwai is a victim of their own success with a certain group. Young Team was obviously a great record, and it set up unreasonable expectations for the followup, thus the fact that many people don't really like CODY all that much. And also thus, many people don't think Rock Action measures up. I personally like Rock Action just fine the more that I listen to it, even with the vocals. Over the past two years, there have been a host of albums that I thought were just not up to snuff, because the previous releases set such high expectations: David Sylvian's last one. The last Godspeed (sorry, Ned). The new Nick Cave (and the jury's still out). And now this one.

Sean Carruthers, Thursday, 26 April 2001 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

But you see, even though I have slight inclinations toward saying I prefer Young Team more, really I have a hard time choosing between it and Come On Die Young. They have different characters.

Josh, Thursday, 26 April 2001 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Oh - and I think the vocals help make Rock Action as good as it is. The Gruff Rhys track is fantastic.

Josh, Thursday, 26 April 2001 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

three years pass...
I hadn't listened to Young Team in probably a year and a half before this morning, but this album remains an utter masterpiece of mood and tension, a collection of muted, fucked-up, drifting-to-sleep emotions. There's an unbelievable implied depth (sonic? emotional?) to the songs, something that's really hard to get at from merely describing the sound or the methodology of the record. I like to think that there's a certain place in the world -- maybe some pocket of air a few hundred feet in the air over the ocean -- where the theme from "Tracy" plays endlessly. Is anyone else still listening to Young Team?

Clarke B. (Clarke B.), Sunday, 9 May 2004 14:44 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Not too recently...but not for lack of love (I still like my weird conflation of the two Slint albums as Tweezerland).

Ned Raggett (Ned), Sunday, 9 May 2004 14:49 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Utter toss. I don't want my pop stars to look like that troll-like little wretch. I remember he wrote did a piece for NME and signed of "Stuart Braithwaite, HND". HAHAHAHAHA! HNfuckingD. What was the point of putting that after your name you knobass? I have sooo much dislike for them. And as for, "I've studied music so I can prove Blur are shite", well whoopeefuckingdoo Mr HND, I've studied English and the correct spelling would be Blur: Is Shite.

Fucking knob. No wonder you don't chart.

CRW (CRW), Sunday, 9 May 2004 14:59 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Even though I am a big Slint fan, I loved (and still love) that entry, Ned. And somehow I knew that the first follow-up post would be from you!

x-post -- Calum, "Blur: Are Shite" implies that not only the band but the individual members of the band are shite, which is far more effective than your proposed alternative. And since when have Mogwai given a fuck about being pop stars? It's a non-issue.

Clarke B. (Clarke B.), Sunday, 9 May 2004 15:02 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

do they feed you dumb food in calum-land as well as half-arsed, badly concieved britpop? calum:shite.

doomie x, Sunday, 9 May 2004 15:17 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

'Hunted By A Freak' is as poppy as it gets ;)

stevem (blueski), Sunday, 9 May 2004 15:26 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Weird old ILM thread.

Mark (MarkR), Sunday, 9 May 2004 15:43 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

You got that right, Mark. I like Alex's tentativeness, his polite way of carefully hedging his disdain ("Perhaps I should be more patient...") -- so quaint!

Clarke B. (Clarke B.), Sunday, 9 May 2004 15:50 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Keep in mind I think that was only five, six days after he first joined the board!

Ned Raggett (Ned), Sunday, 9 May 2004 15:57 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I like 'em.

latebloomer (latebloomer), Sunday, 9 May 2004 23:44 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Re the original question - Rock Action is their finest moment I reckon.

Tim Finney (Tim Finney), Monday, 10 May 2004 00:40 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I like Alex's tentativeness, his polite way of carefully hedging his disdain ("Perhaps I should be more patient...") -- so quaint!

I still post like that!

@d@ml (nordicskilla), Monday, 10 May 2004 00:45 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Heh, so do I, Skillz, but it's certainly a far cry from nu-Alex in NYC!

Tim, what does it for you with Rock Action? I think it's a fantastic record, but it doesn't give me the glazed eyes quite like Young Team or parts of Ten Rapid. It's more consistent, maybe, but less intense. The slower, prettier tracks on Rock Action have a deliberateness, a literalness about them, whereas early "ballads" like "Tracy" or "Helicon 2" are gauzier, dreamier, more enveloping. That's just me.

Clarke B. (Clarke B.), Monday, 10 May 2004 00:57 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

No, old-Alex in NYC was like that too, I think he was just trying to be respectful to Mogwai because they weren't in the pabulum category.

I'll answer your question a bit later Clarke when I've thought about it more.

Tim Finney (Tim Finney), Monday, 10 May 2004 03:09 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I'll be interested in Tim's answer, but to chime in roughly (I would listen to the album right now but I'm hearing a pretty good Labradford set here so anyway): I see Clarke's distinction readily, that sense of tripping out in the earlier stuff in terms of envelopment. But I think I'd also rank Rock Action at their best, in that there's some near undefinable sense of...I'm looking for the word, I hesitate to say 'epic melancholy,' though I'm willing to bet there's a good German word for it. I think the album's focus is its strength, I recall the band almost joking a bit about how Rock Action would be their radically different 'short song' album, but in respects by arranging it that way everything became more tightly wound, amplified, brought into sharper focus. It's also a sense where all the individual elements *work* so effectively, how everything adds to the mix and seems to emerge and cut out right when needed.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Monday, 10 May 2004 04:24 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

i think all of the Mogwai LPs are faulty, i really think they hit their strides in the EP format. nearly every one of their EPs is much more aimed for repeat listenings then the inferior full-lengths.

gygax! (gygax!), Monday, 10 May 2004 04:50 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Young Team, for the sake of example, is filled with a bunch of crap that's just fast-forward fodder strung between "Tracy", "Mogwai Fear Satan", "A Cheery Wave From Stranded Youngsters" etc.

gygax! (gygax!), Monday, 10 May 2004 04:52 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

you don't mean weltschmerz, do you, ned? it would be too strong a word to apply to mogwai.

alex in mainhattan (alex63), Monday, 10 May 2004 04:58 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I don't get what's interesting about this band. I don't like this band. That is all.

Debito (Debito), Monday, 10 May 2004 05:02 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

yeah, i know chiming in to say psshhh on a thread is k-lame, but, psshhh.*

*i know full well, tho, that druggy blissout longeur stuff is not my thing, and mogwai have been something i've meant to try to convince myself of, when i get around to it, on the strength of so much adulation from ppl i respect. see also: beta band (zzzz)

g--ff (gcannon), Monday, 10 May 2004 05:06 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Aside from the EP vs. LP camp, am I right in assuming that fans are generally divided into Young Team-or-bust and CODY+Rock Action? i.e. are there people who like all three (I'm unwilling to accept that it was Mogwai who recorded Happy Songs) of their albums?

Leeefuse 73 (Leee), Monday, 10 May 2004 05:18 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Good to know that I'm not the only one who likes Rock Action best.

jaymc (jaymc), Monday, 10 May 2004 05:21 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Also gygax! otm about how the albums all have flaws (except Rock Action!(which, if it actually has problems, at least their brevity masks 'em)).

Leeefuse 73 (Leee), Monday, 10 May 2004 05:22 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Young Team is maybe five really really good tracks and a bunch of totally ignorable filler. The next album was totally ignorable filler and immediately after that I stopped caring.

Alex in SF (Alex in SF), Monday, 10 May 2004 05:24 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

If "weltschmerz" means what I think it does (literally = world pain, but more poetically = world weary, with a hint of pathos) then I think the term is appropriate for "Rock Action".

Gygax's comments re: Young Team are completely otm. I've never understood the fawning over that record. Yes, there are intense moments on YT that can't be found on any of their other albums, but there's a load of filler too. Once I discovered live Mogwai bootlegs I discovered I didn't need YT to get my Mogwai Fear Satan fix anymore.

Barry Bruner (Barry Bruner), Monday, 10 May 2004 05:32 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Happy Songs is my favourite, which fucks your theory, Leeefuse! I thought Rock Action could have been magnificent when I first got it, but its appeal didn't hold for me. I'd have to go back and listen to everything again to see why.

Sick Nouthall (Nick Southall), Monday, 10 May 2004 05:55 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

one of the most boring bands i have ever seen live.

jack cole (jackcole), Monday, 10 May 2004 05:59 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Rock Action is the best purely for the six odd minutes of 2 Rights = 1 Wrong, especially for the comedown bit with the three-note banjo line and glitchy noises in the last couple of minutes.

Matt DC (Matt DC), Monday, 10 May 2004 08:25 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Ned actually nailed my answer - I guess "epic melancholy" just does it for me more than the trippy stuff. But I do have a longer answer in the works.

I never listen to CODY, incidentally. Love the EP in between CODY and Rock ActioN though.

Tim Finney (Tim Finney), Monday, 10 May 2004 11:13 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

i.e. are there people who like all three (I'm unwilling to accept that it was Mogwai who recorded Happy Songs) of their albums

That would be me! And the new one too, though I don't listen to it anywhere as much.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Monday, 10 May 2004 11:59 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I can't remember the last time i was more underwhelmed by an album than I was by Rock Action. It was like listening to an unfinished sketch of an idea of an album. Like rehearsal tapes that were recorded really well. So, it is a memorable album in that sense. But I haven't listened to it since I bought it years ago. I'll listen again and see if I've changed my mind any. Stranger things have happened!

scott seward (scott seward), Monday, 10 May 2004 12:16 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

And I generally have nothing against that kinda stuff of course. Even stuff with a lack of ideas/creativity. Cool guitar noise on its own is usually enough for me. I still listen to listless Bowery Electric and Magnog albums.

scott seward (scott seward), Monday, 10 May 2004 12:22 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Now see, I was in fact listening to Magnog last week...

Ned Raggett (Ned), Monday, 10 May 2004 13:06 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I think fuck the curfew is their strongest release, but after that, I'd take Happy Songs and Rock Action over the other two albums easily. The songs on each are more distinct.

kyle (akmonday), Monday, 10 May 2004 13:23 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Cum on the young - they predicted that whole pedo scandal.

StanM, Tuesday, 15 July 2014 19:10 (three years ago) Permalink

They're doing a Reddit AMA on 22 July, FYI.

Call the Doctorb, the B is for Brownstein (Leee), Tuesday, 15 July 2014 19:17 (three years ago) Permalink

that sounds dirty now

StanM, Tuesday, 15 July 2014 19:31 (three years ago) Permalink

Didn't the band at some point dismiss CODY?

Call the Doctorb, the B is for Brownstein (Leee), Tuesday, 22 July 2014 19:41 (three years ago) Permalink

I didn't know they did, specifically, no? I believe they prefer their later more fine-tuned and subtle material over the rougher earlier albums in general, though.

StanM, Tuesday, 22 July 2014 20:47 (three years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Rock Action was their best record. It was the record most like an actual band trying to make a record people would love with songs, themes, lyrics, melodies and ideas. It's a record I can still enjoy to this day, and it's the only Mogwai record that contains none of the elements they're actually known for (guitar freakouts, the dubious masculinity of their late "metal" period, soundtracks, boring drumming). Dave Fridmann on the mix? Must be a good thing then.

Some great lyrics on Rock Action: What would you do / If you saw spaceships over Glasgow / Would you feel that / Every aircraft, every camera / Was a wish that / Wasn't granted. (Not sure if that's how it really goes.)

fields of salmon, Wednesday, 8 October 2014 02:20 (two years ago) Permalink

Actually a lot of it sounds like the music for Minecraft now. Enduring legacy!

fields of salmon, Wednesday, 8 October 2014 02:34 (two years ago) Permalink

I agree that Rock Action is the best Mogwai album - it's very controlled and methodical in a way they unfortunately never really tried out again.

Simon H., Wednesday, 8 October 2014 04:26 (two years ago) Permalink

EP+6, tho not technically an album, is preferable to any of their full lengths.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Wednesday, 8 October 2014 04:30 (two years ago) Permalink

That one's great too.

fields of salmon, Wednesday, 8 October 2014 13:13 (two years ago) Permalink

Hang on a minute. I think I'm risking doing a disservice to Mr Beast, which I'm listening to now for the first time since the days following its release. By 2006, the year this album came out, I was becoming a fucking anti-rock weirdo but, as always, I dutifully download whatever the newest Mogwai was at the time and listen to it once or twice. I remember giving this one a "hrmph, I guess that's sort of okay, why do they have to do all that guitar metal stuff."

Something I've learned at age 35 that I didn't know at 30 or 25 or 20 is that if someone's œuvre—not just music, btw—appears monotonous and repetitive to you as a young person, well, let's say that when you get old you will probably end up viewing slow, iterative improvement as more artistically rewarding than you used to. In fact, you may come to appreciate someone's career primarily based on its stylistic continuity and those same subtle adjustments made to a single set of musical building blocks.

Almost every building block on Mr Beast has a 1:1 parallel with something on Rock Action, but in every case it's a significant upgrade. Mogwai albums are like Apple's desktop operating system upgrades. Sometimes you're disappointed there's not really any new "features," but as a grownup you end up appreciating the bug fixes more than the features anyway.

Plus as a 35 year old I'm much, much more into sludgy metal guitar than I was ten years ago ;-)

fields of salmon, Monday, 20 October 2014 23:20 (two years ago) Permalink

congrats on doing your absolute damnedest to spin "mogwai's albums have sucked progressively harder since 2003" into a positive.

call all destroyer, Tuesday, 21 October 2014 00:17 (two years ago) Permalink

Actually doing my damnedest to spin "my life since 2003" into a positive. But also discovering a weird kind of Mogwai album bias among people of a similar age along the way. And actually I think Mogwai's doing just fine, thank you very much.

fields of salmon, Tuesday, 21 October 2014 01:28 (two years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...
eleven months pass...

3CD compilation

StanM, Wednesday, 21 October 2015 16:04 (one year ago) Permalink

Huh. Hadn't heard about that at all!

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 21 October 2015 16:09 (one year ago) Permalink

haha, cracking name

you too could be called a 'Star' by the Compliance Unit (jim in glasgow), Wednesday, 21 October 2015 16:10 (one year ago) Permalink

(mogwai are from Glasgow and environs in Scotland's "central belt". "belter" is a thing which is of high quality)

you too could be called a 'Star' by the Compliance Unit (jim in glasgow), Wednesday, 21 October 2015 16:11 (one year ago) Permalink

That looks pretty good but the gulf in quality between the material on the first CD and the others is pretty big.

Matt DC, Wednesday, 21 October 2015 16:13 (one year ago) Permalink

Surprised they left 'Like Herod' off though.

Matt DC, Wednesday, 21 October 2015 16:15 (one year ago) Permalink

Music For A Forgotten Future, Like Herod (BBC versh), Fear Satan and Ex Cowboy = CD4

twunty fifteen (imago), Wednesday, 21 October 2015 16:21 (one year ago) Permalink

xp I've always used "belter" to describe an object or action that is good, e.g. "Brain Easton's recent goal against Aberdeen for St Johnstone was a belter!", or to describe a person who may otherwise be considered a bit of a radge, bam, walloper or haver.

michaellambert, Wednesday, 21 October 2015 19:35 (one year ago) Permalink

your first definition is the one I was going for as well.

you too could be called a 'Star' by the Compliance Unit (jim in glasgow), Wednesday, 21 October 2015 19:54 (one year ago) Permalink

It's a great album title whichever definition you go with.

michaellambert, Wednesday, 21 October 2015 20:06 (one year ago) Permalink


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michaellambert, Wednesday, 21 October 2015 20:42 (one year ago) Permalink

Well, that didn't work. Not that it was an essential contribution.

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Reece Johnson's belter after 4 mins the difference.

8:34 PM - 21 Oct 2015

michaellambert, Wednesday, 21 October 2015 20:43 (one year ago) Permalink

who is this compilation designed for though?

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Thursday, 22 October 2015 08:50 (one year ago) Permalink

Who are any compilations designed for?

as verbose and purple as a Peter Ustinov made of plums (James Morrison), Thursday, 22 October 2015 08:56 (one year ago) Permalink

Music For A Forgotten Future, Like Herod (BBC versh), Fear Satan and Ex Cowboy = CD4

Fear Satan is on CD1.

Matt DC, Thursday, 22 October 2015 09:02 (one year ago) Permalink

Mogwai are one of those bands that I honestly *REALLY WANNA LIKE*, but it just never seems to happen.

I feel a bit like this.

the joke should be over once the kid is eaten. (chap), Thursday, 22 October 2015 09:26 (one year ago) Permalink

Fear Satan is on CD1.

― Matt DC, Thursday, October 22, 2015 9:02 AM (40 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

good, i only threw it on to pad the length out

twunty fifteen (imago), Thursday, 22 October 2015 09:44 (one year ago) Permalink

five months pass...

I'm really loving the new LP, the re-recorded soundtrack to the Atomic film. It sounds like some of the EP+ 6 tunes with quieter guitars and horns. I like it a lot. I'm surprised there isn't more talk about it.

kraudive, Thursday, 14 April 2016 23:53 (one year ago) Permalink

I absolutely love the new Atomic album too. It's has some really beautiful moments and I'm surprised at quite how well it works as a stand-alone listen. I think you're right in saying it sounds quite like that older period at points. I'd have to go back and check the specific songs, but Are You A Dancer? and Tzar remind me of the No Education = No Future EP, I think.

I got tickets yesterday to see them perform this alongside the film at Edinburgh International Festival in August.

NWOFHM! Overlord (krakow), Sunday, 17 April 2016 12:13 (one year ago) Permalink

It's easily the best album they've released in over a decade.

Matt DC, Sunday, 17 April 2016 12:41 (one year ago) Permalink

four months pass...

For what it's worth, I listened to Atomic a couple of times right after the Orlando massacre, and heard some of it on the radio since, and it's always seemed somber but alert, all that good shit.

dow, Friday, 9 September 2016 23:05 (ten months ago) Permalink

six months pass...

Who's up in this? I'm shitfaced and want to put in a Migwau record. I have them all up until 2007 you choose

fields of salmon, Monday, 3 April 2017 23:43 (three months ago) Permalink

Rock Action still my favorite.

...and DON'T *bleeep* IT UP! (Leee), Tuesday, 4 April 2017 00:12 (three months ago) Permalink

me too

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Tuesday, 4 April 2017 00:41 (three months ago) Permalink

Toss up between Happy Songs for Happy People and Young Team for me.

Mr. Snrub, Tuesday, 4 April 2017 01:55 (three months ago) Permalink

that one from like, 2010 is pretty decent

global tetrahedron, Tuesday, 4 April 2017 02:35 (three months ago) Permalink

a metalhead friend acquaintance went to go see them live and whined after that they were 'way too loud' which i kind of loved tbh

global tetrahedron, Tuesday, 4 April 2017 02:35 (three months ago) Permalink

I'd probably have plumped for the Govt Commissions album.

The shard-borne beetle with his drowsy hums (Chinaski), Tuesday, 4 April 2017 08:10 (three months ago) Permalink

Anyone heard Burns work with Kangding Ray's Daniel Letelier as SUMS yet? An EP is due soon.

willem, Tuesday, 4 April 2017 09:25 (three months ago) Permalink

Rock Action for me too. But yet to hear a recording of Two Rights that comes anywhere close to how it sounds live.

stet, Tuesday, 4 April 2017 10:38 (three months ago) Permalink

I guess I need to see them live again. I've probably seen them do that one at least once but those moments are lost in time like tears in the fucking rain.

ledge, Tuesday, 4 April 2017 12:11 (three months ago) Permalink

I have a boot somewhere in which the lads mix in a Martin Luther King speech over 2 Rights.

...and DON'T *bleeep* IT UP! (Leee), Tuesday, 4 April 2017 13:34 (three months ago) Permalink

not an album but EP+6 for me

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Tuesday, 4 April 2017 14:41 (three months ago) Permalink

rock action as an album is quite good

then come on die young

there was a time when young team was my fave tho but i grew out of it (tracy still great track)

i n f i n i t y (∞), Tuesday, 4 April 2017 17:13 (three months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Details of the new album 'Every Country's Son' were announced this morning, out 1st September 2017. First track "Coolverine" sounds solid, if not immediately earth shattering.

Tracklisting: Coolverine, Party In The Dark, Brain Sweeties, Crossing The Road Material, aka 47, 20 Size, 1000 Foot Face, Don't Believe The Fife, Battered At A Scramble, Old Poisons, Every Country's Sun

I'm still very excited. Produced by Dave Fridmann, talk of at least one "pop" song, plus it's apparently a long album, so there should be an epic or two.

brain (krakow), Sunday, 14 May 2017 09:45 (two months ago) Permalink

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