Mogwai keep doing even MORE stuff like touring North America (like the good stouthearted, stifflipped North American lads they freakin’ WISH they were!)

Mogwai keep doing even MORE stuff like touring North America (like the good stouthearted, stifflipped North American lads they freakin' WISH they were!)

Remember last week when I was all like: Mogwai keep making new albums and touring like the good stouthearted, stifflipped British lads they are? And I told you about their new album, Rave Tapes, coming out in January and some tour dates in Europe and all that junk?

And then I felt all stupid when you guys pointed out that they were, sorta, you know, technically Scottish and not British???

Well, now it turns out that we were BOTH wrong! Yeah. Seriously. Mogwai have just taken to the internet to announce that they’re actually… North American. Yup. No kidding. I’m sure of it. I just read all this stuff that their PR people sent me about all the time they plan on spending in the US and Canada and stuff next spring after their European tour is finished. They’re even celebrating their homecoming by playing a bunch of shows that tickets go on sale for this weekend. What’s more American than that? Case closed. I’m going home for the day.

For real, though, there’s no reason to even double-check that shit. Besides, none of this bullshit happens ‘til next year anyway, so there’s plenty of time to suss it all out… IF I’m mistaken… which I’M FUCKING NOT.

Old-as-shit European tour dates:

11.28.13 - Cambridge, UK - Junction
12.01.13 - Camber Sands, UK - All Tomorrow’s Parties “End of Era”
01.22.14 - Newcastle, UK - Mill Volvo Tyne Theatre
01.24.14 - London, UK - Royal Festival Hall
01.25.14 - London, UK - Royal Festival Hall
01.27.14 - Manchester, UK - Bridgewater Hall
01.28.14 - Glasgow, UK - Royal Concert Hall
01.30.14 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
02.01.14 - Brussels, Belgium - Ancienne Belgique
02.02.14 - Brussels, Belgium - Ancienne Belgique
02.03.14 - Paris, France - Olympia
02.04.14 - Frankfurt, Germany - Batschkapp
02.05.14 - Munich, Germany - Backstage Werk
02.06.14 - Berlin, Germany - Temperdrome
03.23.14 - Gotherburgh, Sweden - Konserthuset
03.24.14 - Stockholm, Sweden - Cirkus
03.25.14 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Koncertsalen
03.26.14 - Hamburg, Germany - Grosse Freiheit
03.27.14 - Zurich, Germany - Volkshaus
03.29.14 - Nimes, Italy - Paloma
03.30.14 - Bologna, Italy - Estragon
03.31.14 - Milan, Italy - Alcatraz
04.01.14 - Karlsruhe, Germany - Substage
04.02.14 - Cologne, Germany - E-Werk
04.03.14 - Lille, France - Aeronef

New and sensational North American tour dates:

04.21.14 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theatre
04.22.14 - El Paso, TX - Tricky Falls
04.23.14 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater
04.24.14 - Austin, TX - Emo’s
04.25.14 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s
04.26.14 - Raton Rouge, LA - Varsity Theatre
04.27.14 - New Orleans, LA - Civic Theatre
04.29.14 - Miami, FL - Grand Central
04.30.14 - Tampa, FL - The Ritz Ybor
05.01.14 - Orlando, FL - The Beacham Theatre
05.03.14 - Nashville, TN - Exit In
05.06.14 - Charlotte, NC - Amos’ Southend
05.07.14 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
05.08.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
05.09.14 - New York, NY - Terminal 5
05.10.14 - Boston, MA - House of Blues
05.11.14 - Montreal, QC - Metropolis
05.13.14 - Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall
05.14.14 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues
05.15.14 - Detroit, MI - St. Andrews Hall
05.16.14 - Chicago, IL - The Vic Theatre
05.17.14 - Des Moines, IA - Wooly’s
05.18.14 - Minneapolis, MN - First Ave
05.20.14 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
05.21.14 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Depot
05.24.14 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
05.25.14 - Vancouver, BC - Vogue Theatre

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Pussy Riot’s Nadya Tolokonnikova missing after prison transfer following hunger strike

For today’s Depressing News and Sobering Reminders that Music People in Other Parts of the World Pay a Heavy Price for Things Many of Us Take for Granted, jailed Pussy Riot member Nadya Tolokonnikova has gone missing following a jail transfer. One of two members of the Russian punk rock band to receive jail time after a performance in a Moscow church protesting Vladimir Putin (which garnered the women a two-year prison sentence for “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred”), Tolokonnikova had recently grabbed headlines around the world once again for her hunger strike to bring awareness of the desperate conditions where she was imprisoned.

Her family reported the musician missing after being transferred from a Mordovian prison nearly two weeks ago, with the hunger strike considered a prime factor in the disappearance. Tolokonnikova’s husband Petya Verzilov told Lord of the Listicles and Apparent Sometimes Receiver of Actual News Buzzfeed that his wife had presumably been removed by Muscovite authorities in an attempt to “cut her off from the outside world.” It might feel like lazy internet activism, but hey, you know, sometimes signing something from Amnesty International really works.

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Panda Bear curates Lisbon’s Green Ray music festival, scores a “big get” by booking Panda Bear

It’s happened: Panda Bear has finally hit the big time. After years of being in a fairly popular band, releasing fairly popular solo records, and collaborating with fairly popular electronic artists, Panda Bear (or Noah Lennox to the superfans/regular people) is getting a shot at curating a music festival in Lisbon, Portugal. Like the old saying goes, you’re garbage until you get to curate a music festival in the city in which you live; now start curating or get the the hell out of my office. As Pitchfork reports, Noah Lennox is no longer garbage, because Noah Lennox is curating the Green Ray festival, taking place on December 13 at Lux Frágil.

So who’d he get? Sit down. Panda Bear’s major score, his big get for Green Ray, is a little fellow by the name of Panda Bear. Not bad for your first (?) attempt at curating a festival in Lisbon, Portugal. Beyond that coup, the festival will also feature the likes of Actress, Niagara, bEEdEEgEE (Gang Gang Dance’s Brian DeGraw), and Eric Copeland. Furthermore: DJ sets! Many first-time curators of music festivals in Portugal make the mistake of not booking any DJ sets. This is not a mistake Lennox has made, as he’s booked DeGraw, Gala Drop, Marcellus Pittman, and Ron Morelli.

Tickets are available here. The site is in Portuguese, proving that the festival is, in fact, in Portugal.

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Gary War and Purple Pilgrims take a break from headlining Space Arena shows to release split LP on Upset the Rhythm

Across the solar system, on a planet ruled by giant cats where it’s always Halloween, Gary War and Purple Pilgrims are huge, galactic superstars. Miley Cyrus is nothing. There is no Nancy Grace. Schoolchildren are required to learn entire pages of dialogue from Tarkovsky’s Solaris, and sure it’s just a lot of silence and pensive yearning looks aimed at SPACE, but still. Kids know it. It is from deep within this alternate wonderland that Upset the Rhythm releases records, and from whose mythical forge the upcoming Gary War/Purple Pilgrims split LP was birthed.

The UK-based label’s release is available as a silver or black vinyl record or digital release (whatever tickles yer fancy) come November 4. You get four tracks from Gary War and three from Purple Pilgrims, but one is called “Druidical Dreamer,” which counts for at least seven because it talks about druids and how awesome they were. Yankee dude Gary War has previously crafted records for Sacred Bones and Captured Tracks (as well as Spectrum Spools for his most-recent release) and this is Hong Kong via New Zealand sisterly duo Purple Pilgrims’ first label release since a private press debut that only Volcanic Tongue heard, apparently. Both groups are in the middle of touring Europe, with a few dates to go.

Gary War/Purple Pilgrims split LP tracklisting:

01. Gary War, “Alone at the Box”
02. Gary War, “Wasted Place”
03. Gary War, “Can’t Breathe”
04. Gary War, “Silver Beams”
05. Purple Pilgrims, “Druidical Dreamer”
06. Purple Pilgrims, “Skin Sight”
07. Purple Pilgrims, “Earthly Heaven / Joon”

Joint tour dates:

11.07.13 - Rotterdam, Netherlands - Roodka Pje
11.08.13 - Hamburg, Germany - Kraniche
11.09.13 - Berlin, Germany - Team Titanic
11.10.13 - Vienna, Austria - Rhiz
11.11.13 - Prague, Czech Republic - Pilot Club
11.13.13 - Utrecht, Netherlands - DB’s
11.16.13 - London, UK - Shacklewell Arms

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Bill Callahan will tour the US and Europe, we can agree this is true

Bill Callahan is going on a tour of America this fall. He will travel by car or bus or van, but we can’t really know, can we? Can’t really know, not unless we ask.

Bill Callahan will also go on a tour of Europe this coming winter, the winter of 2014. He will take a plane, then a car or bus or van, then probably another plane, and on. Once again, we can’t really know. Can’t know unless we ask.

A Donald Sutherland interview plays on the radio. “Enough about my acting career,” he says. “Bill Callahan will be playing dates with Mick Turner, Judson Claiborne, and The Howling Hex.” Long shot of Bill’s face.

Sometimes Bill Callahan goes to a bar that I occasionally visit. At least, that’s what they say. I’ve never seen him. Hrmm.

Bill Callahan dates:

11.08-09.13 - Austin, TX - Fun Fun Fun Fest
11.12.13 - Phoenix, AZ - Rhythm Room *
11.13.13 - Pioneertown, CA - Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace *
11.14.13 - Los Angeles, CA - Japan American Theatre *
11.15.13 - Santa Barbara, CA - Soho Restaurant & Music Club *
11.16.13 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall *
11.17.13 - San Francisoc, CA - The Chapel *
11.19.13 - Portland, OR - Aladdin Theater *
11.20.13 - Seattle, WA - Neumo’s *
11.22.13 - Boise, ID - Neurolux &
11.23.13 - Salt Lake City, UT - The State Room &
11.25.13 - Denver, CO - Oriental Theater ^
01.31.14 - Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, UK - The Sage Gateshead
02.01.14 - Glasgow, UK - Celtic Connections Festival (ABC)
02.02.14 - Dublin, Ireland - Olympia Theatre
02.03.14 - Manchester, UK - The Ritz
02.05.14 - Leeds, UK - Irish Centre
02.06.14 - Bristol, UK - St. Georges
02.07-08.14 - London, UK - Royal Festival Hall
02.09.14 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Vega
02.10.14 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
02.11.14 - Brussels, Belgium - AB Ancienne
02.12.14 - Paris, France - La Cigale
02.14.14 - Cologne, Germany - Kulturkirche
02.15.14 - Berlin, Germany - Heimathafen
02.16.14 - Munich, Germany - Freiheiz
02.17.14 - St. Gallen, Switzerland - Palace
02.18.14 - Bologna, Italy - Teatro Antoniano
02.19.14 - Lyon, France - L’Epicerie Moderne
02.21.14 - Valladolid, Spain - Teatro Cervantes
02.22.14 - Lisbon, Portugal - Cinema São Jorge
02.23.14 - Porto, Portugal - Casa de Música
02.24.14 - Madrid, Spain - Teatro Nuevo Apolo
02.25.14 - San Sebastian, Spain - Sala de Cámara Kursaal
02.26.14 - Barcelona, Spain - Teatre BARTS

* Mick Turner
& Judson Claiborne
^ The Howling Hex

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Bill Orcutt releases 13x7-inch limited edition box set of A History of Every One sessions; you’ll never guess how many songs there are!

As you might’ve guessed prior to this announcement, a “history of every one” apparently requires more than just a full-length album to get the job done, regardless of how unsurprisingly erratic and worthwhile a particular full-length might be. Try as Wikipedia and Steven Hawking and the NSA might to collude and eventually establish a comprehensive database containing all the world’s knowledge, as well as embarrassing information about every individual on the planet, they’ve somehow neglected to explore the avenue of the limited-edition 7-inch, which, though few will publicly acknowledge, has the mystical capacity to breathe superfluous but powerful life into any given project and/or subject! Earlier this year I had a 7-inch made of my laptop fan revving up. Subsequent to playback, my ‘S’ key now allows the production of salamanders, promptly expelled from my disc drive. Why? I don’t know. I don’t know.

Not so much superfluous as just a thing people probably wouldn’t mind listening to, Bill Orcutt has a limited-edition 7-inch box set out now, entitled Twenty Five Songs. On the “supplementing a project” front, it’s certainly worth pointing out that said collection of 7-inches contains an “early/alternate” version of A History of Every One, as the 25 tracks spread out over 13 records are essentially of that album’s recording sessions. A reemphasis on the limited: Twenty Five Songs comes in an edition of 70, all of which may well have been nabbed at the time of this article’s publication. How unfortunate if that is the case. You too could have had salamanders. And noisy guitar-playing.

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