MOONWOOD ‘Desert Ghosts’



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.

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REVEREND MOON: Coyote Gospels Cassette + Book


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)



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).

Moonwood: Trans Metro Express


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.

VIDEO: Nick Kuepfer, Khora, SLTM, Moonwood


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”
Khôra: “Foris”

Silent Land Time Machine: “the contours of perfect distance”
Moonwood: “Introlude”

Tapes available HERE.

Announcements January 2013


A couple digital releases. BABEL’s new EP Heurter is available as PWYC on Bandcamp leading up to its physical release.

MOONWOOD put up a new rehearsal session on their Soundcloud.

It was recorded on Christmas Even in preparation for a Dec 28th show in Montreal and Jan 3rd in Toronto (captured by Mechanical Forest Sound).

A similar set will be recreated  on Sat, Jan 26 @Placebo Space (2877 Lake Shore Blvd W., Toronto).

MOONWOOD (cosmic-tribal psych-rock)
BLACK WALLS (sweet doom balladeer)
LORDE AWESOME (Toronto’s krautful dead)
End of night jam?

More details to follow.

Split Tape 13/14: Silent Land Time Machine / Moonwood




C44 // edition of 50 // pro-duped // DL code // full-colour insert // special custom poly sleeve packaging – $6 plus regional shipping


Track listing: Many Many Happy Returns / The Contours Of Perfect Distance.

They say everything’s bigger in Texas. That includes the mind-expanding tones coming out of out of Silent Land Time Machine’s epic looped violin compositions that weave and drone like tumbleweeds on crack’d black asphalt. Good sounds from bad lands. “Many Many Happy Returns” recorded LIVE at Marigold Studios (R.I.P.) in London, ON “The Contours Of Perfect Distance” recorded LIVE at Le Cagibi, in Montréal, QC, with additional amenities provided by Khôra & Nick Kuepfer.

BIO: SLTM; an inadvertent aural accumulator; a fractured signal; a concerted, compassionate memory resistor; the IN/OUT of an organic circuit experiencing itself for the first time; a starry-eyed-bliss-transformer; nerves attaching, detaching, strengthening, and severing; aimed at the clearing of neural circuitry with the frequency of white wind.

Side 14 — MOONWOOD, Soul Oaks

Track listing: Introlude / Drone #3 / Cardamom #2 / November /Cardamom #1 / Woodpecker

Moonwood guitarist, Jakob Rehlinger, works through six electric and acoustic solo guitar improvisations trying to get somewhere in the Easts (Far- and Middle-) while remaining rooted in the Americas. Lyrical, soaring airs played over dark, oily drones. Recorded direct to 2-track live in Moonwood’s rehearsal studio between Nov 2011 and May 2012.

BIO: Moonwood is the psych-improv project of Toronto (ON) guitarist Jakob Rehlinger, often joined by Jacqueline Noire on percussion, vocals and woodwinds. Solo or as a duo, Moonwood’s music is informed by (while not necessarily adhering to the traditions of) Tibetan funeral chants, krautrock, Balinese gamelan, classic psychedelic rock, traditional Japanese and South Asian music, dub, free-jazz and the usual grab-bag of avant-folk styles

Preview of Silent Land Time Machine/Moonwood split tape


Here’s some visuals of sides 13 & 14 of the ongoing split tape series. This volume features Silent Land Time Machine from TX, Amurkah and Moonwood from Tranna, Canada. It’s going to have it’s launch in Toronto at 10pm on October 17th at the Tranzac. Also will be available at our table at Canzine 2012 the following Sunday. Web store release shortly there after.

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And you can hear to audio samples below.


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