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Moon Duo Vinyl, CD & tapes by Moon Duo at Norman Records

Moon Duo are the San Franciscan duo (erstwhile a trio, but we digress) of Sanae Yamada on keyboards and Ripley Johnson (also of Wooden Shjips) on guitars and vocals. The Moon Duo sound, although undeniably firmly psychedelic-rock, is distinctive -- t...read more »

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Moon Duo
Stars Are The Light

Moon Duo (I preferred them when they were a trio) go disco! One of the steadiest and most reliable bands in psych rock have discovered a new muse. As well as being influenced musically, they've also found inspiration in the liberatory qualities of the dancefloor. Produced by Mr. Sonic Boom so it's no less psychedelic than their past output. 

Wooden Shjips
Shjips in the Night: Live in San Francisco, June 8, 2018

Will they get some reshjt?! Do they ever shjleep?! Shjould we call an ambulanshj?! No, it’s fine actually. Wooden Shjips are right as(hj) rain and are releasing a new LP. It’s a recording of performance the band did in San Francisco on 8th June 2018 entitled - who’d have thought? - Shjips In The Night: Live in San Francisco, June 8, 2018. Even well into their second decade the band’s sativa-hazed psych-boogie remains remarkably robust. Shjomebody shjtop me.

Vive la Void
Vive la Void

Moon Duo keyboard player Sanae Yamada takes time out from the day job to lay down this solo LP under the name Vive la Void. The seven tracks of this eponymous album don’t stray too far from the MD blueprint while also incorporating more of a synthwave/darkwave influence. Lead single ‘Red Rider’ comes across like Grimes covering Goldfrapp’s ‘Strict Machine’. Your standard Sacred Bones fare then.

Moon Duo
Jukebox Babe / No Fun

This twelve-inch sees the Portland psychedelicists tackling a pair of proto-punk classics. Alan Vega’s Jukebox Babe stands as a tribute to the late Suicide singer. While this version retains the rockabilly skeleton of the track, it’s as if the song has been transplanted from Vega’s gritty New York habitat to the warm breezes of the West Coast. The Stooges’ No Fun also gets a more summery treatment, with evident trademarks of producer Sonic Boom. On standard black vinyl or limited-to-2000 white vinyl.

Moon Duo
Occult Architecture Vol. 2

Occult Architecture Vol. 2 was written and recorded in order to act as a bright counterpoint to the nighttime fuzz of the first volume: Moon Duo considers this to be the Yang to that records Yin. Separating their approaches in this way allows the band to create a focused and consistent mood here. It’s a particularly blissful version of Moon Duo’s psych sound. On Sacred Bones.

Moon Duo
Live In Ravenna

Before heading to Europe in the summer of 2013, Yamada and Johnson decided to change things up and for the first time ever, tried 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”. Despite shows every night during the most brutal stretch of summer, Yamada, Johnson and Jeffrey soon realized 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 18th 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.

Moon Duo
Occult Architecture Vol. 1

Part One of a two part record by Moon Duo, the motorik duo of Sanae Yamada and Wooden Shjips man Ripley Johnson. You know how this game works by now: drum machines grooving endlessly beneath a constantly shifting carpet of fuzzed-guitar. Yum! Occult Architecture Vol. 1 is the dark and wintery part of the pair. Out on Sacred Bones.
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Moon Duo
Shadow of the Sun

Get your bong in hand and enter the riff filled land with Moon Duo. Shadow of the Sun is the San Franciscans next trip into orbit. Filled with Ripley's fuzzed out driving riffs, Sanae's creepy organ drones and hypnotic rhythms from new addition John Jeffrey. It's ominous psychedelic rock which will inspire a spooky boogie. Out on vinyl LP and CD from Sacred Bones.

Moon Duo
Circles Remixed

Zoned repeato heroes Moon Duo originally released these remixes on a bonus disc in 2011. You only need glance at the stellar line-up of dudes lining up for Circles Remixed to see how it needed a wider release. Highlights here from Sun Araw, Sonic Boom and Umberto. Brought to vinyl by Souterrain Transmissions.
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Various (Mudhoney, Acid Mothers Temple, Moon Duo, White Hills, Mugstar)
In Search Of Hawkwind


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Various (Natural Snow Buildings. Moon Duo etc)
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