Thursday, June 12, 2008

Mogwai @ Stubbs 9.12.08

Set your fucking calendars ladies and gentleman because Mogwai are coming to town and if you don't plan on going you are going to miss out on the most crushing live band in the world. I first saw Mogwai at La Zona Rosa in 2001 when I was just shy of 18 years old and my ears have never stopped ringing. Seeing Jeff Buckley perform in a Brooklyn church at age 11 started me on this whole music thing, but seeing Mogwai at 18 absolutely shook me. I didn't quite understand what I had seen or exactly how to articulate the way the music made me feel, but I knew that I loved it and I have never looked back. Since that first time seeing them, I have only had a handful of opportunities to see Mogwai live again, but each time I am there and each time they are amazing. As an added incentive, you don't need one but it's nice anyway, Fuck Buttons will be opening the show. I have seen this UK based electronic/noise/casiosandloopersandshit duo twice in the last few months (once at SXSW and once opening for Caribou at Emos) and have been very impressed both times. Can you tell that I'm excited about this one? The show is at Stubbs outdoors which will make this show unique for me having previously only seen the band in dark poorly ventilated rooms. Tix are $18 plus fees and go on sale this Saturday June 14th via Frontgate Tickets.

Mogwai - Like Herod (live)

Buy the new Young Team remaster here

Fuck Buttons - Sweet Love For Planet Earth

Buy Street Horrrsing here

In other Mogwai news, they are set to release a new EP shortly followed by a new LP later this summer. The Batcat EP, which features contributions from Roky Erickson of The 13th Floor Elevators is out on September 9th (digital and vinyl only for us in the US) and then a few weeks later the big daddy, Mogwai's new LP The Hawk Is Howling comes out on September 23rd. Both are due via Matador Records.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Frightened Rabbit/French Kicks show at Mohawk on Thursday 6.5.08

The band behind one of my favorite releases of the year, The Midnight Organ Fight, is set to play the Mohawk this coming Thursday. The band I speak of is Selkirk, Scotland's Frightened Rabbit. The trembling Leporidaes were last spotted by yours truly playing some exceptional shows during SXSW. While their recorded music takes pains to show some restraint, their live show really allows the songs to breath and quiver a bit. I really can't recommend the show more. Also be sure to stick around to check out New York's French Kicks who are headlining the show. I've seen them a time or two before and have always enjoyed their sets. They've got a new album out that, sadly, I haven't heard in it's entirety yet, but I'm going to try to get my hands on it before Thursday comes around.

Frightened Rabbit - The Modern Leper

Buy The Midnight Organ Fight here

French Kicks - Abandon

Buy Swimming here

Buy tickets to the show here.

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