Stereogum’s 100 Favorite Songs Of 2019

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Stereogum's 90 Favorite Songs Of 2019Within the macro tradition that is year-end list season, we at Stereogum have carved out our own micro tradition: Every December, instead of publishing a staff list of the year’s best tracks, we present a bunch of personally selected top-10 lists from our staffers and contributors. So although our rundown of 2019’s bestMore »

Album Of The Week: Moon Duo Stars Are The Light

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Moon-Duo-Stars-Are-The-LightMoon Duo have always just sounded so cool. Theirs was a nihilistic, nocturnal brand of psychedelia: mechanistic krautrock rhythms, guitars overdriven into furiously combusting engines, a detached delivery that alternated between slithering and swaggering. Ripley Johnson and Sanae Yamada might’ve been influenced by the occult, but it sounded as if were writing the soundtrack to … More »

Moon Duo – “Eternal Shore”

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Moon DuoSince the release of Moon Duo’s Occult Architecture Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 back in 2017, the Portland band’s Sanae Yamada has released a solo album under the name Vive La Void. But now she’s back making music with Wooden Shjips guitarist Ripley Johnson, and their new Moon Duo … More »

Moon Duo – “Lost Heads”

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Moon-DuoHere’s something that we, as a society, don’t discuss often enough: Moon Duo fucking rule. The Portland-based team of Wooden Shjips guitarist Ripley Johnson and Vive La Void mastermind Sanae Yamada have been making beautifully spaced-out music for the past decade, and they’re getting ready to follow up the twin 2017 albums OccultMore »

Moon Duo to release the celestial Stars Are the Light on Sacred Bones, followed by earthbound dates

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Despite nosy neighbors and nosier family members constantly cramping our stylez, we prefer to be solitary creatures. Working with another has its own stresses and complications. Partnership can be a pain in the ass, but imagine having to ply your trade together on the moon. Now that would be a pain in the ass-and-a-half!

We’ve come to expect the unexpected from the magickal Moon Duo, so if anyone could conjointly crank out blissful jams in temperatures ranging from 260 degrees F to -280 degrees F, it would be heavenly bodies Ripley Johnson and Sanae Yamada. After umpteen releases and light years spent together, these two have the working-together thing down pat. The duo will be resting on terra firma for at least the next six months, as they’ve announced details of a new album and a bunch of North American tour dates.

Stars Are the Light is the band’s seventh full-length, and it will be released September 27 on our planet through Sacred Bones. With impeccable production by Sonic Boom (Spaceman 3, Spectrum, E.A.R.), Stars Are the Light marks a change in direction for the band, as heard on the truly celestial title track from the album below (is anyone else getting a very strong and very great late-80s/early-90s UK baggy/shoegazey vibe from this?).

Pre-orders can be found here and here. Don’t forget to scan the new North American dates and the already-announced European shows below too.


Stars Are the Light tracklist:

01. Flying
02. Stars Are the Light
03. Fall in Your Love
04. The World and The Sun
05. Lost Heads
06. Eternal Shore
07. Eye 2 Eye
80. Fever Night

Moon Duo tour dates:

10.17.19 – Ghent, Belgium – Videodroom
10.18.19 – Krakow, Poland – Malopolski Garden of the Arts
10.20.19 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso Noord
10.21.19 – Berlin, Germany – Volksbuhne
10.23.19 – Zurich, Switzerland – Bogen F
10.24.19 – Vevey, Switzerland – Rocking Chair
10.26.19 – Angers, FR – Le Chabada
10.28.19 – London, UK – EartH
10.29.19 – Manchester, UK – Dancehouse
10.30.19 – Liverpool, UK – Invisible Wind Factory
10.31.19 – Glasgow, UK – BAAD
11.01.19 – Birmingham, UK – The Crossing
11.02.19 – Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club
11.04.19 – Brighton, UK – St. Bartholomew’s Church
11.05.19 – Paris, France – Petit Bain
11.09.19 – Utrecht, Neytherlands – Le Guess Who?
11.12.19 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
11.13.19 – Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts
11.14.19 – Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel
11.15.19 – Kingston, NY – BSP (Raven Sings the Blues Anniversary Party)
11.16.19 – Montreal, QC – SAT
11.18.19 – Toronto, ON – Longboat Hall
11.19.19 – Detroit, MI – MOCAD
11.20.19 – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall
11.22.19 – Los Angeles, CA – Lodge Room
11.25.19 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
11.26.19 – Seattle, WA – Neumos Stage @ Capitol Hill Block Party
11.27.19 – Vancouver, BC – New Hollywood Theatre

Moon Duo – “Stars Are The Light”

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Back in 2017, Portland space-rockers Moon Duo released two albums, Occult Architecture Vol. 1 and Vol. 2. Moon Duo half Sanae Yamada has since shared a self-titled solo album under the name Vive La Void. Ripley Johnson released a Wooden Shjips album last year, which … More »

Vive La Void – “Red Rider” Video

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I’ve always thought of way-out space-rockers Moon Duo as a Wooden Shjips side project, since Ripley Johnson, one half of Moon Duo, also plays in that band. But now Moon Duo, who only just released a new single, have spun off their own side project. Sanae Yamada, that duo’s other half, has recorded a … More »