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Moon Duo Announce Tour Dates

After the release of 2012’s Circles LP, Moon Duo’s Sanae Yamada and Ripley Johnson relocated the band for the second time since its 2009 formation in San Francisco, this time from Blue River, Colorado to Portland, Oregon. Though the band had been initially conceived as an experiment in maximal sonic possibilities with minimal personnel and they had always toured as a duo, before heading to Europe in the summer of 2013, Yamada and Johnson decided to change things up and for the first time ever, try adding a drummer. That drummer ended up being John Jeffrey who was hired sight unseen after meeting Moon Duo’s manager in Berlin.

As it happened, Jeffrey joined the band just in time for a tour that “was defined by sweltering heat,” as described by Yamada. Despite shows every night during the most brutal stretch of summer, Yamada, Johnson and Jeffrey soon realised Moon Duo as a three-piece was gelling through the hot and hazy weather and having a drummer in the mix added a dynamism and flexibility they had never experienced before on stage. They decided to document this new incarnation of the band and asked engineer Mattia Coletti to record the Italian leg of the tour.

Live in Ravenna, due out as a limited, one-time vinyl pressing of 2,000 and digital only on August 18 on Sacred Bones, is the result of one of those nights of recording. It does an incredible job of capturing the emerging sound of Moon Duo as a three-piece. “Ravenna was memorable for a number of reasons, the most prominent being the really very intense heat and the setting — Hanabi has an outdoor stage on the beach, the Adriatic Sea only meters away,” Yamada explains. “The show that night, and the recording of it, sort of encapsulates everything that was happening at the time – the heat wave, the journey and the shift in the energy and composition of the band.”

After soaking in the Moon Duo three-piece live vibes, catch the trio all over North America with The Horrors, the UK and beyond on the dates below:

Tue. Aug. 29 – Asheville, NC @ The Mothlight [Transfigurations II]
Mon. Sep.1 – Hebden Bridge, UK @ Trades Club
Tue. Sep. 2 – Sheffield, UK @ The Harley
Wed. Sep. 3 – Aberdeen, UK @ The Tunnel
Thu. Sep. 4 – Edinburgh, UK @ The Caves
Fri. Sep. 5 – Vlieland, NL @ Into The Great Wide Open Festival
Sun. Sep. 7 – Moscow, RU @ Teatr
Wed. Sep. 10 – Thessaloniki, GR @ Eightball Club
Thu. Sep. 11 – Athens, GR @ An Club
Sat. Sep. 13 – Valada, PO @ Reverence Festival
Mon. Sep. 15 – Tilburg, NL @ Incubate Festival
Thu. Sep. 18 – Cardiff UK @ Club Ifor Bach
Fri. Sep. 19 – London UK @ Queen Elizabeth Hall
Sun. Sep. 21 – Brussels, BL @ AB with Goat
Mon. Oct. 13 – San Diego, CA @ Belly Up
Tue. Oct. 14 – Santa Ana, CA @ Observatory *
Wed. Oct. 15 – Los Angeles, CA @ Mayan Theater *
Thu. Oct. 16 – San Francisco, CA @ Fillmore *
Sat. Oct. 18 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre *
Sun. Oct. 19 – Vancouver, BC @ The Rickshaw Theatre *
Mon. Oct. 20 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre *
Wed. Oct. 22 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Bar Deluxe *
Thu. Oct. 23 – Boulder, CO @ Fox Theater *
Fri. Oct. 24 – Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room *
Sat. Oct. 25 – Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line *
Mon. Oct. 27 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall *
Tue. Oct. 28 – Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick *
Thu. Oct 30 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House *
Fri. Oct. 31 – Montreal, QC @ Corona Theatre *
Sat. Nov. 1 – Boston, MA @ Paradise *
Sun. Nov. 2 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer *
Wed. Nov. 4 – New York, NY @ Stage 48 *
Thu. Nov. 5 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg *
Fri. Nov. 6 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat *
Sun. Nov. 8 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse *
Mon. Nov. 10 – Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s *
Tue. Nov. 11 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues *
Wed. Nov. 12 – Austin, TX @ Parish *

* with The Horrors

 

 

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Moon Duo Release Remix Version of Circles

Following the success of last year’s remix 12” of their album Mazes, the hypnotic-psychedelic duo of Ripley Johnson (Wooden Shjips) and Sanae Yamada AKA Moon Duo celebrate Record Store Day 2013 with a 12” of remixes from their new album ‘Circles’. They have also announced a number of UK gigs and festival dates.

Moon Duo Circles Remixed

Circles Remixed artwork

Featuring remixes by Tom Furse (The Horrors), Life Coach (Phil Manly of Trans Am), Eric Copeland (Black Dice) and more, Circles Remixed will be available for Record Store Day on April 20 through Souterrain Transmissions.

Take a listen to the White Rainbow remix of Trails here.

You can catch Moon Duo live on the following dates:

JULY
9th Sweden, Stockholm, Fargfabriken, What We Do Is Secret Festival
10th Sweden, Goteborg, Tradgarn, What We Do Is Secret Festival
11th Norway, Oslo, Revolver
12th Sweden, Gagnef, Skankaloss Festival
13th Denmark, Copenhagen, Bakken.
14th Netherlands, Amsterdam, Paradiso
15th Netherlands, Nijmegen, De Affaire Festival:
17th UK, London, The Dome
19th France, Paris, City Sounds Festival.
21st UK Latitude festival.
24th Germany, Munich, Kranhalle @ Feierwerk.
25th Switzerland, Dudingen, Bad Bonn:
27th France, West Rock Festival

AUGUST
2nd Belgium, Liege, Micro Festival:
3rd Luxembourg Exit 07:
6th Italia, Ravenna Hanna Bi
15th France, Route Du Rock Festival
16th UK, Greenman Festival
17th UK, Manchester, Deaf Institute
18th UK, Skipton, Beacons Festival
19th UK, Newcastle, The Cluny
20th UK, Brighton, The Haunt

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