Friday, June 06, 2008

Mogwai's New Album Cover Features an Image Which Would Give Stephen Colbert a Massive Boner (Also: New Album and Tour Info)

Apropos of Scottish Post-Rockers Mogwai's newly announced LP, the title of which is The Hawk is Howling, the cover art of said album features...the American eagle. Which, as you know, is an eagle and not a hawk.

But while the image above certainly is effective at combining majesty and menace, will Mogwai listeners find it as beautiful and awe-inspiring as Steagle Cobeagle the Eagle? Furthermore, what kind of music would Colbeagle be into? I'd imagine that Steagle would go more for the patriotic songcraft of Toby Keith or John Mellencamp rather than the atmospheric, textural brand of crescendo-rock for which the post-rock progenitors are known. Still, that bird up there is a thing of patriotic boner-inducement, no?

What's even more boner-inducing (and, yes, I count girl-boners as well) is the fact Howling features guest vocals from psychedelic-rock legend and 13th Floor Elevator rider Roky Erikson. Which can only mean one thing: Post-rock plus Psych-rock = The Hawk is Howling will sound really good when you're shredding your tax-forms and smoking hashish. I'm looking at you, Willie Nelson.

In more awesome news, the band announced a tour supporting Howling with P4K-approved Fuck Buttons. Mogwai and FB will be playing together in MPLS on the 27th of September. The rest of the dates are below:

3-Portland, OR @ Music Fest NW (Mogwai headlining ; also appearing Del The Funkee Homosapien, Steel Pole Bathtub, Polvo, Jaguar Love and many more)
4-Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo
5-Victoria, BC @ Element
6-Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
8-San Francisco, CA @ The Grand Ballroom
9-Los Angeles, CA @ Wiltern Theatre
10-Tucson, AZ @ The Rialto
12-Austin, TX @ Stubb’s
13-Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater
15-Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
16-Richmond, VA @ The National
17-Washington DC @ 9:30 Club
18-New York, NY @ Terminal 5
19-Philadelphia, PA @ Starlight Ballroom
21-Monticello, NY @ ATP Festival
22-Boston, MA @ Wilbur Theatre
23-Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
24-Toronto, ON @ Kool Haus
25-Pontiac, MI @ The Crofoot
26-Chicago, IL @ Congress Theater
27-Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue

The Hawk is Howling is out on September 23.

Mogwai MySpace Page
Fuck Buttons MySpace Page

(Jonathan Graef)

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