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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 Return To The UK For London Show and Festivals

The hypnotic-psych duo of Ripley Johnson (Wooden Shjips) and Sanae Yamada, Moon Duo, return to the UK next week for a London show and performance at Latitude’s i-Arena stage on Sunday. They also return for a string of dates around appearances at Green Man and Beacons Festivals next month.

To celebrate the news, they’re giving away a free download of High Over Blue, a 20-minute opus which was previously only available as an iTunes bonus track. You can download the track here.

Moon Duo

Moon Duo

Last year Moon Duo released their follow-up to the critically acclaimed Mazes with the equally stellar (but differently shaped), Circles – inspired by Ralph Waldo Emerson’s 1841 essay of the same name, on the symbol and nature of “the flying perfect.”

For record store day 2013 they released a 12” of remixes by Tom Furse (The Horrors), Life Coach (Phil Manly of Trans Am), Eric Copeland (Black Dice) and more.

You can catch Moon Duo live on the following dates:
13 Denmark, Copenhagen, Bakken.
14 Netherlands, Amsterdam, Paradiso
15 Netherlands, Nijmegen, De Affaire Festival
17 UK, London, The Dome
19 France, Paris, City Sounds Festival
21 UK Latitude festival
24 Germany, Munich, Kranhalle @ Feierwerk
25 Switzerland, Dudingen, Bad Bonn
27 France, West Rock Festival

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

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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:

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

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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Moon Duo – Ich Werde Sehen

Moon Duo are happy to announce the German translation of their single, I Can See. Ich Werde Sehen is available now through Souterrain Transmissions and can be bought from iTunes.

Moon Duo are Sanae Yamada and Ripley Johnson. In 2012 they released the follow up to their album Mazes. Circles has been praised by the likes of BBC, NPR and Pitchfork. Circles came about after the duo spent an isolated winter in the Rocky Mountains near their home in Blue River, Colorado, in the early months of 2012. All the songs were written and preliminary tracks were recorded there. All additional tracks were recorded at Lucky Cat Recordings in San Francisco with Phil Manley.

The inspiration for producing a German translation of their single I Can See came after the band spent some time in Berlin when they recorded some of their previous album Mazes there. Circles was also mixed in Kaiku Studios in Berlin. This all lead to Moon Duo deciding to produce the new German version of I Can See titled Ich Werde Sehen.

Ich Werde Sehen is exactly the same as I Can See apart from obviously it’s sung in German. This alone instantly renews the track and gives you a chance to learn some German as well. Not bad eh?

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Moon Duo – Horror Tour EP

Wooden Shjips’ Ripley Johnson and his partner Sanae Yamada return as the outfit, Moon Duo. But this time, things aren’t quite so normal…

Moon Duo Horror Tour EP

Moon Duo's Horror Tour EP

In time for Halloween, the dynamic duo are releasing their Horror Tour EP which contains spooky, disturbing yet classic rock guitar riffs and solos for those who miss the times of psychedelic music.

This EP reminds me of classic driving tunes without the cheesy vocals. It is purely dedicated to guitar solos and experimental sounds. It’s for hippies, to say the least.

Title track, Horror Tour, kicks things off with its pleasant introduction. However, with it being nearly seven minutes long it does become dull before the real mesmerising solos begin half way through. It is also the only track that’s not solely instrumental.

If you think seven minutes is long, you should listen to Sickener which stretches, amazingly, over ten minutes. The first half becomes tiresome but soon enough the experimental, distorting and eerie sounds come creeping in making it a track well worth a listen – just be open minded.

Moon Duo seem to be aware that long, experimental pieces aren’t everyone’s thing and they’ve chucked in two reasonably short tracks, Causing A Rainbow and Circle of Evocation Pt. 2, to balance it out.

Horror Tour EP is an interesting listen. It’s not necessarily everyone’s cup of tea but it definitely brings the idea of Halloween to life and would be perfect for any of those crazy, spooky parties you might be throwing.

Horror Tour EP will be released on October 31 on Souterrain Transmissions.

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