Friday, February 10th, 2006

Dial: Revenge

For a mostly instrumental band, Scottish noiseniks Mogwai never seem to be at a loss for a quote. Here, they talk to Artrocker and offer their thoughts on such weighty topics as Arcade fire (“they’re good”), and religious fundamentalism (“not a big fan of it”) and those deserving of a beheading (“the Queen of England”). They’ve also gotten into the entertaining habit of reviewing their reviews, like this one from FHM and another from NME (both links point to Drowned In Sound). Funny chaps, those Mogwai fellows.

They’re receiving press in advance of their new album, Mr Beast, which is out March 7. The first official MP3 from the record was just released, and is linked below. It sounds like a move back to the quiet/loud/quiet/loud dynamic of their earlier works, but without abandoning the melodicism that they discovered on the last couple records. In other words, it sounds damn good. You can stream a couple more tracks from Mr Beast on their MySpace page, and if you want to go back in time a bit, there’s a lot of worthwhile stuff on audio page. BBC Collective also has a page dedicated to the band, including some live performance videos. The band is embarking on a US tour next month that will include a date at SxSW.

MP3: Mogwai – “Folk Death 95”

Also Scottish news, Arab Strap will be at Lee’s Palace on April 21 4. They’re supporting their new record Last Romance, which will be out later this month.

Early 90s purveyors of sounds both swirly and dancey Chapterhouse are betting that this shoegaze revival thing is for real, and will be rereleasing their debut album Whirlpool later this year complete with the mandatory bonus tracks and whatnot. Whirlpool was a terrific record that combined the more shimmery moments of Ride with some of the ass-shaking rhythms of the Madchester scene, but the follow-up Blood Music was pretty different in style and didn’t do much for me. I can’t quantify exactly HOW it was different because I don’t remember – I sold my copy long ago. But I don’t think I miss it. And I know nothing of their final album, Rownderbowt. Like I didn’t even realize it existed until, um, a few minutes ago. But yeah, Whirlpool. Good stuff. Long out of print, but coming back soon.

And speaking of Ride, Bradley’s Almanac continues his winning streak of great live mp3s with a digitized bootleg show from Australia, circa 1992. Nice stuff, and their best period.

Rob Dickinson is turning up in the oddest places, like in session for AT&T’s Blue Room playing three songs from Fresh Wine For The Horses. For those of us in Toronto without invites to the Blue Room (is that like the Champagne Room?), we can catch Rob live at Lee’s Palace on March 7. Via Torr.

JAM! talks to Supergrass, who were in town a few nights ago for a show at the Guvernment. For The Records was there.

So the final four episodes of Arrested Development air tonight at 8PM, something you may not have known because, true to form, Fox doesn’t seem to have bothered telling anyone. And as a final, fitting “fuck you” to the show, they’re airing the last two hours – probably ever – opposite the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics. What’s the matter, Fox, couldn’t find a way to get them on opposite the Super Bowl? That certainly would have been far more keeping in line with the respect they gave the show over the past three years.

Quick question for, oh, anyone. Say I’ve got a power bar full of North American (120V) doodads – some grounded, some not – that I am bring to, say, a hotel in Amsterdam. What do I need to get to make sure that everything gets juice and doesn’t blow up? I’ve seen adapters without transformers (which I don’t undertand at all) or ungrounded adapter/transformer things, but nothing that seems obviously like what I need to get. Can anyone point me in the right direction?

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By : Frank Yang at 9:01 am
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  1. Sean says:

    You need round-prong adapter(s) with transformers for any device that isn’t cleared for 200+V. (All contemporary Apple devices, f’rinstance, are cleared for 120-240V, so you only need a plug adapter [ie, no transformer required].)

  2. Ryan Waddell says:

    My camera charger, laptop, and external hard drive are all rated at 120-240V, so I can use an adapter with no transformer. If you just want to keep everything plugged into the powerbar (much easier) then get a transformer with a round-prong adapter as Sean says. Add up the wattage values on all your adapters (if they don’t list wattage, you can calculate it using voltage and amps here: http://www.electronics2000….). The only reason I say to do this is because transformers are rated for different max wattage values. I’m guessing you’d be fine with, like, a 100W transformer though.

  3. PJ says:

    Funny…I thought Jamie Lidell was at Lee’s on the 21st…I’ve got tix already…

  4. Frank says:

    PJ – I’ll check that again, it was listed in Lees’ NOW ad yesterday. I think I got the date right, but my head’s been a bit of a mess lately, I could very well have misread.

    Ryan/Sean – thanks, I think most of my stuff is rated for 120-240, so that’s probably not an issue. My only real concern is the laptop, which has a grounded plug. Am I safe just plugging into a 2-prong adapter and ignoring the ground?

  5. Sean says:


  6. angryrobot says:

    Funny you should mention that Chapterhouse reissue — I just saw it listed on last night. I’m definitely not complaining about this ongoing shoegaze mini-revival.

  7. Jerad says:

    It’s really amazing how blatantly Fox is just washing their hands of Arrested Development. The show has such a rabid, although I guess not widespread enough, following that I would have hoped they’d at least give the show a proper decent funeral instead of just dumping it in a ditch like they are.

  8. jeremy K says:

    Fox are the masters of mishandeling shows.

    They started Wonderfalls (which was pretty good) mid season to little fanfare on Friday nights at 9:30pm. They debuted with episode #3, which had no explanation of what the show was about, then canned it after airing three episodes.

    Arrested Development will most likey just go to Showtime in the states, however what it means for us Canucks I don’t know.

  9. Eugene says:

    The JAM! link for Supergrass is not working. Can you check it?


  10. jennifer says:

    Arab Strap will be at Lee’s on April 4th.

  11. Frank says:

    Supergrass link should be fixed.

  12. Mike says:

    Thought you might be interested… the Rotate This website is now showing they are selling Neko tickets for April 2nd at the Music Hall. $34. Who knew…?

  13. tufnel says:

    that supposed third chapterhouse album rownderbout is just a collection of songs and rarities. Alot of disc 2 is what would have been the 3rd album…but nothing came to pass. BTW, there is a great cover of spacemen3 on disk 2.

  14. Taylor says:

    i’ve heard the showtime deal is falling through. if it did work out it would be on iTunes, but things don’t look hopeful. Totally agree on that super bowl comment. hilarious.

  15. James says:

    I used to play Chapterhouse on my college radio show back in 1992. I smackfooed the Shoegaze onto the ears of one of Western Michigan’s best Christian liberal arts colleges. I’m sure the lives of four or five people were changed. Good times…