SIGUR RÓS INNI
the definitive live experience. out november 7th 2011.inni
The new sigur ros live film and double album, will be released november 7th. It is now available to pre-order in 5 different formats, including a special edition exclusive to this site, on the sigur-ros.co.uk frontpage.
‘inni’ is either the first-ever sigur rós live album, or second live film (and follow up to 2007′s acclaimed iceland tour film heima). in fact, it is both: a 75-minute film and 105-minute double live album of the band captured in full flow at the close of their last tour in november 2008, here housed within one single fat package.
filmed at alexandra palace over two nights by director vincent morisset (arcade fire’s ‘miroir noir’), the movie ‘inni’ could best be described as the anti-’heima’. whereas that film took a band about whom the world knew little, and placed them in the cultural, social and geographical context of their homeland, (with winning and humanising results); the new film strips away everything save the raw performance of the four musicians themselves. where ‘heima’ was widescreen and open, ‘inni’ is close and single focussed.
this is intentional. for while ‘heima’ was successful at “explaining” sigur rós, it was less so at conveying what it feels like to actually watch sigur rós play. that is the job of ‘inni’. in order to accomplish this goal, morisset has taken his time and employed a number of different analogue post-production techniques to create an emotional understanding of being in the room with the band and going ‘inside’ the music. (“inni” literally means “inside”).
unlike many concerts, watching sigur rós is seldom a communal experience; it is instead intensely personal. by almost entirely removing awareness of the crowd and any sense of place, morisset brings you closer than ever to the players, using multiple camera angles to reveal in sometimes minute close up the concentration and effort involved in delivering such a powerful rock show.
originally filmed on hd digital, ‘inni’ was first transferred to 16mm film and then projected and re-filmed once, sometimes through glass and other objects to give a strong impressionistic look, a feat accomplished with the help of godspeed you! black emperor visual collaborator karl lemieux. the film was then meticulously pieced together by ‘heima’ editor nick fenton, who chose to break up the flow with unexplained archive footage, including interview and concert material from before the band’s exposure to the wider world at the tail end of the last century.
it’s worth mentioning also that the film has only one song in common with ‘heima’ (the closing ‘popplagið’) and that it draws for the most part on the darker end of the band’s material. the double live album by contrast, covers the entire sigur rós spectrum over its hour-and-three-quarters, the songs played in the same order as on the night. mixed by sigur rós house engineer birgir jon birgisson, ‘inni’, the live album, stands as the definitive sigur rós live recording.
the performance captures the band playing as a stripped down four-piece for the first time since they were joined by string section amiina at the start of the decade. this fundamental ‘boiling down’ makes ‘inni’ a more forceful and primal proposition, much at odds with the popular misconception of the band as purveyors of instant emotional heft for film-makers in need.
the album features 15 tracks, with songs taken from all five sigur rós studio albums. there is also the bonus of an unreleased studio track in the form of ‘lúppulagið’, which is used both over the credits of the film and as the final non-live track on the album. the dvd/blu-ray, meanwhile, also includes four extra songs from the night.
Mercury Rev Announce Reissue of Their Seminal Album Deserter’s Songs on May 16 via Co-Op Music
“…thoroughly, hauntingly beautiful…”– The A.V. Club
“Deserter’s Songs, feels like a watershed, the point where their heady mix of
orchestral pop, roots rock, psychedelia, prog, choral, and chamber music finally crystallizes into something special and damn near ineffable… let’s just call Deserter’s Songs the art-rock album of the year.” – Entertainment Weekly
“A modern classic.” – NME
On May 16, Mercury Rev will return with a deluxe double CD reissue of their classic 1998 album, Deserter’s Songs via Co-Op Music. The release comes complete with a 13-track bonus disc of demos, b-sides, rarities and outtakes. And In honor of the album’s re-release, Mercury Rev have made their classic song “Opus 40” available for free download.
Mogwai New Video,
Album Out Now via Sub Pop!
“Every band should mature like the Mogwai lads: still inventive,
still challenging themselves and still insanely loud.” – Rolling Stone
Check Out The Video for
“Mexican Grand Prix” HERE!
In celebration of the release of Mogwai’s seventh full-length (and fantastically titled) album, Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will, which comes out today in the U.S. via Sub Pop, be sure to check out their new video for “Mexican Grand Prix.” The video was directed by Danny McConnell, and filmed in the band’s native city of Glasgow.
It highlights the beauty of the city’s urban landscape, and many of its native Glaswegians. “Mexican Grand Prix” was also released as a limited edition 7” via the band’s label, Rock Action, on February 7th. The b-side of the single features the track “Slight Domestic.”
Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will was recorded last summer at Chem 19 Studios in Hamilton and mixed at The Castle Of Doom. Hardcore… was produced by Mogwai confidante Paul Savage (the man behind Mogwai’s exceptional 1997 album, Mogwai Young Team). There will also be a limited edition version of the album, which includes a bonus CD featuring a 26 minute long piece called “The Singing Mountain.”
The band will be bringing their awesome live show across the globe, bringing their intense live show to Japan, Ireland, UK, Europe and North America. Pre-sale tickets for the bands US tour are available now via www.mogwai.co.uk
North American Tour Dates
4.19 Washington, DC: 9:30 Club
4.20 Philadelphia, PA: Starlight Ballroom
4.21 New York, NY: Webster Hall
4.22 New York, NY: Webster Hall
4.23 Boston, MA: Paradise Rock Club
4.25 Montreal, Quebec: Olympia Theater
4.26 Toronto, Ontario: Phoenix Concert Theatre
4.27 Pittsburgh, PA: Mr. Smalls Theatre
4.28 Detroit, MI: St. Andrews Hall
4.29 Chicago, IL: Metro
4.30 Omaha, NE: Slowdown
5.02 Denver, CO: Bluebird Theater
5.03 Salt Lake City, UT: In the Venue
5.05 Portland, OR: Wonder Ballroom
5.06 Vancouver, British Columbia: Commodore Ballroom
5.07 Seattle, WA: Showbox at the Market
5.09 San Francisco, CA: Regency Ballroom
5.10 Los Angeles, CA: Mayan Theater
5.11 Solana Beach, CA: Belly Up Tavern
5.13 Albuquerque, NM: Sunshine Theatre
5.15 Dallas, TX: Granada Theatre
5.16 Austin, TX: Stubbs Waller Creek
5.17 Houston, TX: Warehouse Live
5.19 Birmingham, AL: Workplay Theater
5.20 Atlanta, GA: Center Stage
Mogwai Premieres New Track,
“San Pedro,” Available FREE Here!
Album Out February 15, 2011
via Sub Pop Records
Mogwai premiered “San Pedro,” another stellar track from the amazingly titled new album, Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will , which is set to be released on February 15, 2011 on Sub Pop Records in North America, and through the band’s very own label in the UK, Rock Action Records.
The track “Rano Pano” from the upcoming album will also be released as a 7” single on January 18th via Sub Pop, with the non-album track “Hasenheide” as the B-side. And if you pre-order the album on SubPop.com you get a pair of earplugs, and for anyone that has been to a Mogwai gig knows, this is the perfect accompaniment gift! Rock Action will release “Mexican Grand Prix” as a single on February 7th, along with the non-album b-side “Slight Domestic.”
Fore More check HERE
Mogwai Unveil Cover Art & New Track For
Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will
Pitchfork Premieres FREE MP3
Of “Rano Pano” Off The Album
Mogwai is set to push the boundaries of where art meets rock even further into the abyss with the announcement that their new album, Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will will be released on February 15th, 2011 on Sub Pop Records in North America and the band’s very own label, Rock Action Records in the UK. The band is now giving away “Rano Pano” from the upcoming album and it will be released as a 7” single on January 18 via Sub Pop, with the non-album track “Hasenheide” as the B-side.
Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will, the band’s seventh album, was recorded over the summer at Chem 19 Studios, in Hamilton and mixed at The Castle Of Doom. Hardcore… is produced by Mogwai confidante Paul Savage (the man behind Mogwai’s exceptional 1997 Mogwai Young Team album).“We hadn’t recorded with Paul since Mogwai Young Team (in 1997). Not for any particular reason but I think in the years since, both us and Paul have grown quite a bit and it seemed timely to work with him again. We’re massive fans of work he’s done with The Twilight Sad and Phantom Band.”
“San Pedro” is the furious sequel to “Glasgow Mega-Snake” from 2006′s Mr Beast, a driving, dueling guitar battle where the band hurtle through to thundering climax. “Letters to the Metro” is yet more quintessential Mogwai, sweetly melodic and oddly sentimental, where plaintive piano pokes and brushed drums set against loping, mournful guitar twangs: A thing of beauty.
Elsewhere, the twitchy, mechanized ghosts of Suicide and Neu! are evoked on songs like “Mexican Grand Prix” and “George Square Thatcher Death Party.” Mogwai have always excelled at the hypnotic but show an even greater range of textures here. “How to Be a Werewolf” is similarly textured, rolling, gliding and building before exploding forth with streaks of molten, stereoscopic guitar.
Closing track “You’re Lionel Ritchie” is a brooding monster that not only sends off into the night sated, but solidifies the veteran ceiling-dwelling soulster’s place in popular cultural history—as a footnote to Mogwai’s continued forward progress. “I saw Lionel Richie at Heathrow but I was still drunk from DJing in Barcelona,” Braithwaite admits. “That is what I said to his face. The rest of the band was incredibly amused.”
Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will tracklisting:
Mexican Grand Prix
Letters To The Metro
George Square Thatcher Death Party
How To Be A Werewolf
Too Raging To Cheers
You’re Lionel Richie
Mogwai are: Dominic Aitchison, Stuart Braithwaite, Martin Bulloch, Barry Burns and John Cummings.
There will also be a Limited Edition version of the album, which includes a bonus CD featuring a 26 minute long piece called ‘The Singing Mountain’ recorded for Douglas Gordon and Olaf Nicolai’s ‘Monument for Forgotten Future’ installation in Essen, Germany. The band will be bringing their awesome live show across the globe, kicking off their world tour with a 5 show stint in their native Scotland before heading out to Japan, Ireland, UK, Europe and US with one off shows in Tokyo, Japan on February 2nd 2011 with more details to follow. Pre sale tickets for the bands US tour are available via mogwai.co.uk. For more information on Mogwai please visit:
US DATES TOUR DATES
Apr 19: 9.30 Club, Washington DC
Apr 20: Starlight Ballroom, Philadelphia
Apr 21: Webster Hall, New York
Apr 22: Webster Hall, New York
Apr 23: Paradise Rock Club, Boston
Apr 25: Olympia Theater, Montreal
Apr 26: Phoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto
Apr 27: Mr. Smalls Theatre, Pittsburgh
Apr 28: St. Andrews Hall, Detroit
Apr 29: Metro, Chicago
Apr 30: Slowdown, Omaha
May 2: Bluebird Theater, Denver
May 3: In The Venue, Salt Lake City
May 5: Wonder Ballroom, Portland
May 6: Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver
May 7: Showbox at the Market, Seattle
May 9: Regency Ballroom, San Francisco
May 10: Mayan Theater, Los Angeles
May 11: Belly Up Tavern, Solana Beach
May 13: Sunshine Theatre, Albuquerque
May 15: Granada Theatre, Dallas
May 16: Stubbs Waller Creek, Austin
May 17: Warehouse Live, Houston
May 19: Workplay Theater, Birmingham
May 20: Center Stage, Atlanta
FACT mix 181 is a journey into austere electronic minimalism, steered by Pixel.
Pixel – real name Jon Egeskov – is a member of the esteemed Raster-Noton family, having released three albums on the label to date. He debuted in 2003 with The Display, following it with a collection of live studio recordings entitled Set Your Center Between Your Parts In Order To (2006). Pixel’s most recent offering is 2009′s The Drive, wherein he sets out to evoke an imaginary journey by car across the USA, via limber digital rhythm, the deep hiss and hum of guitar amplifiers, the churn and chatter of seemingly sentient micro-processors.
His mix for FACT includes four original Pixel tracks, with the rest of the tracklist made up largely of contributions from other Raster-Noton artists - Alva Noto (Carsten Nicolai), Ryuichi Sakamoto, Cyclo (Nicolai & Ryoji Ikeda) and Frank Bretschneider, the latter with no less than six untitled pieces. There’s also room for ‘Twenty’ by Labradford, whose psychogeographic post-rock and ambient meanderings in the 1990s no doubt acted as a formative influence on the young Egeskov.
Pixel will be performing live at the Alpha-ville festival in London on September 17-18. He joins an international line-up of audio-visual innovators and up-and-coming talent, including Actress, Subeena, Bola, Scanner and The Boats. Find out more here.
Download: FACT mix 181 – Pixel
(Available for three weeks)
1. Pixel – Sinus
2. Pixel – +40° 11 35.63 -112° 52 31.90
3. Pixel – Both
4. Alva Noto – m08
5. Cyclo – C3
6. Pixel – Matrix
7. Ryuichi Sakamoto & Alva Noto – Duoon
8. Labraford – Twenty
9. Frank Bretschneider – Untitled
10. Frank Bretschneider – Untitled
11. Frank Bretschneider – Untitled
12. Frank Bretschneider – Untitled
13. Frank Bretschneider – Untitled
14. Frank Bretschneider – Untitled
This Friday’s FACT mix is the work of Scottish post-rock legends Mogwai.
Formed in Falkirk in 1995, Mogwai this week released their first live package, taking in a concert recording, Special Moves and a DVD companion, Burning. It marks fourteen years of existence for the band, whose early albums Young Team and Come On Die Young represent some of the most influential music of the era – taking the long-form instrumentals of Louisville’s Slint, and injecting them with a very human, and very British melancholy and sense of humour, looking to their peers Arab Strap as well as the likes of The Cure and Fugazi for inspiration. Later in the decade, Mogwai would work with Andrew Weatherall, Alec Empire, The Manic Street Preachers and more.
The noughties would see Mogwai continue to hone their sound, reaching new peaks with tracks like ‘Glasgow Mega Snake’ and ‘Auto Rock’, while also moving into soundtracking, working with Clint Mansell on Darren Aronofsky’s The Fountain and most notably, providing the score for Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait, the film study of French football legend Zinedine Zidane.
Mogwai’s FACT mix was made by long-term member Barry Burns, and features The Fall, Fad Gadget, Tuxedomoon and more – you can read an interview with him about the mix and recent Mogwai goings on over the page. Special Moves / Burning is out now.
Download: FACT mix 179 – Mogwai
(Available for three weeks)
Clark – Absence
Jeunesse d’Ivoire – A Gift of Tears
Tuxedomoon – What Use
Fad Gadget – Arch of the Aorta
B-52s – Dirty Back Road
Deux – Game and Performance
New Order – Video 586
Severed Heads – Dead Eyes Opened
Fever Ray – Dry and Dusty
Snowy Red – Baby Tonight
Sardine – Stuck on You
Pere Ubu – Heart of Darkness
Can – Oh Yeah
The Fall – I Am Damo Suzuki
Many thx to Fact for this podcast!!!
More News about Mogwai at EMN:
Mogwai’s Burning/Special Moves Out Today, New Video Clip & Public Screenings!
Ben Page – Keyboards
Tom Page – Drums
Written by Ben Page and Tom Page
Produced by Kieran Hebden
Recorded by Mark Rankin at Miloco studios, London 17th April 2010
About by Kieran Hebden aka Four Tet
Rocketnumbernine toured the UK with me earlier this year and they were playing this track every night. Each night the performances were getting more and more intense and blowing mine and the crowds minds. By the end of the tour I knew we had to go into the studio and get a great recording made of Matthew and Toby. We recorded all analogue to get the sound right and if you buy this on vinyl you will have a recording that has never touched a computer, which I think is the way it needs to be done sometimes. I’ve done a remix for the b-side… more of a club version.
I discovered Rocketnumbernine through Steve Reid who was great friends with the drummer from the band, Tom Page, and you can hear Steve’s influence and spirit in this music without doubt. Steve passed away just a couple of weeks before we made this recording and we have dedicated it to his memory.