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Music, All Shook Down 5 Bands Named After Movie Characters

5 Bands Named After Movie Characters

In a somewhat bizarre turn of events, David Lynch and Duran Duran have collaborated on a movie together. The film will comprise of the '80s Brit legends performing live in Los Angeles, paired with images of Lynch's interpretations of…
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Music, All Shook Down Mogwai Achieves Wordless Transcendence at Regency Ballroom, 4/18/14

Mogwai Achieves Wordless Transcendence at Regency Ballroom, 4/18/14

By ANDY SCHNEIDER Mogwai Majeure Friday, April 18, 2014 The Regency Ballroom Better than: Whatever use you had in mind for those frequencies your hearing just lost. "For the record, we are not Neo-Nazis" The thought was far from our…
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Music, All Shook Down Why It Matters If S.F. Loses Its Musicians

Why It Matters If S.F. Loses Its Musicians

From the latest SF Weekly: Tour of Venice: As we debate the struggles of musicians and artists in San Francisco, one question frequently arises: Why does it matter if many of them leave for the East Bay? They'll still be…
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Music, All Shook Down <i>Occupy This Album</i> Is as Massive and Inconsistent as Occupy Itself

Occupy This Album Is as Massive and Inconsistent as Occupy Itself

Remember all the hand-wringing last year over the so-called disappearance of protest music? As the Occupy movement hit its peak, capturing the attention of the country, commentators and older musicians were accusing contemporary artists of failing to grapple with the…
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Dig the New Mogwai Album, Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will, and a New Video Today

Scottish post-rock/#BASED progenitors Mogwai release album number seven today, Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will. It's less what you'd call a return to form than a spirited condensation of their roomy, moody noise epics; as they've done before, most…
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Music, All Shook Down Was Mogwai Based Before Lil B Was Based?

Was Mogwai Based Before Lil B Was Based?

Scotland's dignified linear noise factory Mogwai has released the tracklisting for its forthcoming seventh studio album, which you may have mistaken for a David Shrigley print hanging in the punk rock section at the coolest record store you've never…
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Music, All Shook Down New Mogwai Concert Video 'Burning' Streams Today at Noon

New Mogwai Concert Video 'Burning' Streams Today at Noon

If you've never seen a Mogwai concert before, here's your chance to learn what post-rock devotees, European festivalgoers, unsuspecting upstairs neighbors and barefoot deaf people alike have learned over the years: Mogwai concerts are incredibly loud. Vincent Moon and Nathanaël…
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Music, All Shook Down

A 2010 Playlist for Outer Space (Update on Carl Sagan's '77 List)

New York's Vulture blog recently posted a link to the music Carl Sagan helped provide for robotic probes Voyager 1 and 2 back in the early days of space exploration. According to Lapham's Quarterly, Sagan was part of a curatorial…
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Music, Hear This Mogwai

Mogwai

Despite stylistic differences, Glasgow's Mogwai and Los Angeles' Dead Meadow both make music that lends itself to mind-altering substances. Since 1996, Mogwai has been crafting epic instrumental soundscapes with songs that stretch well beyond five minutes. The band stacks atmospheric…
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Music, Hear This Mogging for the Camera

Mogging for the Camera

Many have heard guitar-heavy instrumental band Mogwai without knowing it. By the time the Scots had released their soaring 2006 album Mr. Beast, their tunes had repeatedly blasted through CSI: Miami and wafted through Sex and the City. With their…
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Music, Going Off

Going Off

For a while there, if you wanted to bathe your ears in some truly orgasmic instrumental post-rock, you couldn't do much better than Scotland's Mogwai. Take its epic, 16-minute "Mogwai Fear Satan," for example. The opening guitar line repeats portentously,…
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Music, Under the Influence

Under the Influence

Barry Burns, a keyboardist and guitarist for Scotland's Mogwai, is downright jubilant. "We've been in Rotterdam, so people have been bringing me joints all day," he announces in a brogue thickened by giddiness. When asked if his smoke intake will…
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Music, Reviewed Birdmonster

Birdmonster

Most rock bands will open an album with a blustery, attention-grabbing tune that to an extent sets the tone for what lies ahead. But San Francisco's Birdmonster is refreshingly atypical, instead choosing to baffle listeners' potential expectations at every turn,…
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Music, Reviewed Kinski

Kinski

With unprecedented candor for a music critic, I'm going to admit that I don't know much about the kind of music Kinski plays. Those of you well versed in the language of space rock, post-rock, whatever, are undoubtedly already aware…
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Music, Reviewed Boom Bip

Boom Bip

Buying a remix CD is like buying a newer model of the car you already have, only now it can morph into six other autos, ones that you've always wondered about. So instead of merely driving Boom Bip's 2002 model,…
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Music, Holy Grails

Holy Grails

I remember the exact moment that I first heard Tortoise's Millions Now Living Will Never Die. It was a spring night, 1996, and some friends and I were speeding up the 405 freeway in Southern California, desperate to get to…
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Music, Of Noise and Nuance

Of Noise and Nuance

These days, Stuart Braithwaite refuses to call Blur "shite." Despite prodding, he just won't do it. "I don't think I could be bothered slightin' people," says the guitarist and de facto frontman for the Glaswegian five-piece Mogwai, speaking from a…
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Music, Reviewed Aereogramme

Aereogramme

The chunky bass line that opens Aereogramme's Sleep and Release is nothing less than a short fuse. When it sizzles into the rest of the song's parts -- the combustible guitars, the pounding drums, the wrung-out vocal wail -- the…
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Music, The Jim Yoshii Pile-Up

The Jim Yoshii Pile-Up

Initially, the Jim Yoshii Pile-Up's first long-player, It's Winter Here, seems like ideal background music for a date. The album starts with a lush, swooning number, "Jetzt Mit Iodine," and follows with several sway-inducing ballads wrought with tragically romantic ruminations.…
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