Can Week – Day 3: Alan Warner on Record Collecting in the Scottish Highlands

To celebrate the upcoming release of our 101st 33 1/3 on Tago Mago by Alan Warner, we bring you the third installment of Can week – – an excerpt from the book about Warner’s young adulthood in the Scottish highlands.  I first came across Alan Warner’s writing in a short novel called Morvern Callar. Its protagonist is a Scottish woman who experiences something so traumatic that she becomes like a ghost, moving through her shitty existence just trying to survive. Meanwhile, Alan tells us exactly what she’s listening to. She’s always got a tape in…

Can Week – Day 2: Schloss Nörvenich

To celebrate the upcoming release of our 101st 33 1/3 on Tago Mago by Alan Warner, we bring you the second installment of Can week – – a quick look at the group’s unconventional recording studio in Schloss Norvenich. Schloss Nörvenich is an imposing sandstone castle located in the relatively isolated Noervenich municipality in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Originally built as a castle and moat strategically positioned along an old Roman military road, the structure has a history that stretches as far back as the 12th century. As the result of…

Can Week – Day 1: Alan Warner on Tago Mago

To celebrate the upcoming release of our 101st 33 1/3 on Tago Mago by Alan Warner, we bring you the first installment of Can week! Here’s Alan talking a bit about himself, the book, the album, and the correct pronunciation of  Tago Mago. I am a Scottish novelist, hypochondriac and nervous flyer. I revert to fine wines as often as possible but can’t afford them, though I could send you a list. I saw a UFO last week and a shooting star last night. There’s a difference. This is a…

The 33 1/3 Author Q&A: Alan Warner

In our continued quest to profile authors of forthcoming 33 1/3 titles here on the blog–so you can get to know them, their writing, and what kind of twisted soul chooses to think about just one album for months at a time–we bring you celebrated Scottish author Alan Warner, author of our forthcoming 33 1/3 on Can’s Tago Mago. Alan Warner is the author of six novels: the acclaimed Morvern Callar (1995), winner of a Somerset Maugham Award; These Demented Lands (1997), winner of the Encore Award; The Sopranos (1998),…