“Girls go to college, to get more knowledge. Boys go to Jupiter, to get more stupider” sings Jacqueline Noire on Moonwood‘s latest slice of cosmic garage-punk, simply titled Jupiter. In the clip, animated by Jakob Rehlinger, Grimes sends Elon to the titular planet to eliminate some perceived alien threat and things don’t go well for the man-boy wonder. Then things get a bit weird.
Moonwood will be playing a set-long version of this song at the matinee release show for their new album Arrivals & Departures, from which the single is taken, at Toronto’s The Dupe Shop (1185 Bloor St. W,) on August 25th (doors 3pm, free, all ages).
Split Infinities ,Volume 13 of our split tapes series, features two improvised, mind-melting, long-form psychedelic and kosmische odysseys by Toronto-based cosmic rockers MOONWOOD and STARGOON on sides 25 and 26 respectively.
Order HERE. $6.00 CAD (+ regional shipping)
Toronto psychedelic space-rock jam band MOONWOOD have been playing as a quartet since 2013 (husband and wife team Jakob Rehlinger, guitar/synths, and Jacqueline Noire, vocals/synths, backed by Matthew Fava, bass, and Luca Capone, drums). Their live shows consist of a few songs with standard verse/chorus structures, but also at least one extended mind-expanding and face-melting improvised jam. Though they’ve released some of these instrumental freak-outs on live mixtapes, “Cosmic Ghosts” is their first attempt to capture one of these singular experiences in the studio. Nine months pregnant with their baby, Jacqueline’s water actually broke while recording her overdubs for the track. Once her synth parts were duly completed, they called the midwife.
Named after an imaginary paint colour created by a neural network (it’s the same banal beige featured on the cassette’s J-card), STARGOON began as a collaboration between ambient droner Heraclitus Akimbo (aka sound archivist at the Mechanical Forest Sound blog, Joe Strutt) and Moonwood drummer, Luca Capone (who also records sound-collages as Radio Samson di Maria). On this 20-minute track, cobbled together from an hour’s worth of improvisations, they’re joined by Moonwood guitarist Jakob Rehlinger on bass who also recorded the session. Like the name STARGOON itself, “Bylfgoam Glosd” is taken from Janelle Shane’s AI’s list of paint names.
Out now! Desert Ghosts by Toronto psychedelic space-rockers MOONWOOD.
“Like Moon Duo hopped up on pure wormwood extract, the Toronto-based improv space-rock outfit known as Moonwood have plucked another full-length jewel from the ether. Drawing on a cornucopia of worldly throwback psychedelic influences from the Middle East, Asia and Germany, Desert Ghosts is a relentless assault on your psyche, bound to blow your consciousness out the back of your skull and into a kaleidoscope of interdimensional possibilities. …. The first half of Desert Ghosts is noted as ‘Earthbound desert rock,’ a voyage through the deserts of the American West with fuzz rock and cosmic surf grounded by motorik rhythms, and the second half is a Trans Arrakis Express suite, signifying the arrival on the fictional desert planet from Frank Herbert’s famed 1965 sci-fi novel Dune. The change in sound is audible; the first half propelled by frontman Jakob Rehlinger’s incendiary guitar and Luca Capone’s impertinent drums, while the second half is more meditative and mystical, featuring more of bassist Matt Fava’s violin. Both sides are united by filtered synth drones and Jacqueline Noire’s mesmerizing vocals.” ~ Exclaim!
Transparent purple vinyl, first 150 copies come with limited edition 12×16 risographed print.
LP: $17.99 CAD (plus regional shipping rates) | Digital: $7.99
Listen and purchase HERE or in the player below.
Released November 5th 2015 in partnership with Pleasence Records.
REVEREND MOON: Coyote Gospels // C44 + 20 page hymn book, etc // $13 (plus shipping)
Limited to 25 copies. High-bias C44 cassette tape. 20 page 5×8 perfect-bound lyric book. 1-inch “coyote pyramid” insignia pin and 3x illustrated lyric cards in linen bag. 1 full colour fold-out poster of cougars riding on the backs of bears (which is awesome).
Also available as Digital Download ($5) or Cassette + DL ($7 plus shipping).
Release date: August 11, 2014 (tip to the wise: pre-orders are getting shipped immediately)
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The REVEREND MOON is Jakob Rehlinger of Toronto-based psychedelic space-rock band Moonwood as well as founder of the Arachnidiscs Recordings label. Over the past 20 years the good Reverend has laboured steadily at Coyote Gospels, an album of 13 testaments of ersatz-praise and upside-down faith. The song cycle was born in the manger of university poetry workshops beginning in 1994. It grew into an awkward adolescence at the dawn of the millennium when Rehlinger suffered a nervous breakdown and was paid for his trouble in what he called several “dark prophecies” in the form of visions. These hallucinatory cosmic messages from beyond are recounted in the songs “A Message for You”, “Black Sun Rising” and “Old Graves” — wherein animals reclaim the Earth from humans. Since 2007 Rehlinger has been polishing these heretical-hymns and pseudo-psalms over several demo versions before setting out to record them in earnest beginning on the Easter weekend of 2012.
FILE UNDER: Satanic verses, southern gothic, alt-folk, bluegrass, junk-blues, gospel
SIMILAR(ish?) ARTISTS: Jon Spencer, Captain Beefheart, Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash (on helium).
In preparation for their numerous live shows this week, Moonwood spent the weekend (Sept. 28-29, 2013) rehearsing. Out of that, 128.5 minutes of music got recorded. They captured a few slow-burning versions of their current improvised arrangements for “Trans Lunar Express” and “Trans Martian Express” as well as an in-progress piece with the working title “Surf The Casbah“. Also a completely new, completely improvised, probably never to be played again, 20-minute post-punk tinged tune called “I Went Walking“. Patience rewards with deep droning freak-out culminations.
Available for stream and purchase at Bandcamp.
A new short film featuring tracks from the Nick Kuepfer/Khôra split tape and the Silent Land Time Machine/Moonwood split tape. Shot and edited on an iPhone. I recommend not doing that.
Video track list:
Nick Kuepfer: “Grackles”
Silent Land Time Machine: “the contours of perfect distance”
Tapes available HERE.