Fairly Orbital Heavy, But there's Good News From Glen Hansard, Dandy Warhols and Spiritualized

Orbital has been a favorite of mine ever since I found electronic dance music.  I loved Duran Duran when I was a kid because of my older sister.  Then my brother introduced me to the Smiths and Stone Roses.  He and I found electronic music together in the mid-90's (we argue about it to this day, he bought Prodigy after seeing the video for Poison, I bought the Orb after seeing them on the cover of NME for UFOrb).

In 1996, there was no Glastonbury so several of the electronic acts came out to the US to support the new "electronica" movement.  I went for the Orb but soon discovered Orbital, Underworld and the Chemical Brothers.  Orbital was the big breakout act for me because of Organic and I've seen then a dozen times.  One of the highlights of my life was getting to see them at Glastonbury in 1999, a truely amazing experience. 


More tours, and I miss Failure.

Nada Surf do "Enjoy the Silence".  All this reminds me of is Failure's version and after that I went on a huge google adventure trying to see what the bands are doing at the moment.  It also reminded me of the last versions of the touring Lollapalooza.  Tool were headlining and Failure were also on the bill.  Do to someone backing out, Failure opened up the main stage and then 4 or 5 hours later they headlined the second stage.  First and last time I have ever seen the same band play twice on the same day.


Short One Today: Elbow, Banksy, BAD, Arcade Fire, Radiohead, Mogwai, PJ Harvey

Mostly Arcade Fire and Radiohead news, since those are some big stories for this week.  


Still Playing Catch Up. Another Summary of the Last Couple of Weeks

Apparently I'm still not back on track but managed to go through my leads and pick out some interesting stories.  So if you've been AWOL like me for the last couple of weeks then this should help you get caught up, read on!



Mogwai Makes a Live Film

Mogwai's Burning will be screening in England later this month.  It's a live film that has been directed by Vincent Moon and Nathanaël Le Scouarnec.  Vincent Moon has directed videos for R.E.M. and made the National documentary, A Skin, A Night.  The duo together have directed a live movie for Arcade Fire as well.  So Mogwai are in capable hands.  Check out the seizure inducing trailer below, make sure you turn it up!


Mogwai, The Hawk Is Howling

Thank goodness someone's still doing this stuff. - Source

Mogwai Premieres New Video

Enjoy 'Batcat' below. Download a fabulous Mogwai selection at bottom of post.MP3: Mogwai - The Sun Smells Too Loud - Source

New Mogwai - "The Sun Smells Too Loud"

Mogwai, those veteran Glaswegian purveyors of loud/soft/loud/soft instrumentals, are back with their sixth studio album The Hawk Is Howling, the follow-up to 2006's Mr. Beast. I've only been listening to the record for 24 hours, but track five, the 7-minute "The Sun Smells Too Loud," is without a doubt Hawk's catchy, shimmery, slightly nostalgic pop piece. Really, the majority of the 10 tracks have a downcast, melancholic, or at least darker bent, which makes it a curious first taste. (By the way, best song titles go to chilly opener "I'm Jim Morrison, I'm Dead" and moody, cinematic soft-to-loud scorcher "I Love You, I'm Going To Blow Up Your School.") - Source

Mogwai Debuts New Tune In London

Enjoy their performance of 'Batcat' at Queen Elizabeth Hall below.  - Source

Download - Mogwai "Yes! I Am A Long Way From Home"

Listen up fans of Mogwai: On May 26 the band will have a special deluxe edition reissue of their 1997 debut, Young Team, via Chemikal Underground. The sonically enhanced album will be available in a double - Source