Desert Ghosts LP released!

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Out now! Desert Ghosts!

“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!

Released November 5th 2015 in partnership with Pleasence Records.

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.

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Desert Ghosts LP pre-order

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Pre-orders are now open for Toronto psychedelic space-rockers MOONWOOD‘s Desert Ghosts!

Transparent purple vinyl, first 150 copies come with limited edition 12×16 risographed print. Listen to a couple samples and pre-order HERE or in the player below.

Releases November 5th 2015 on Arachnidiscs Recordings partnered with Pleasence Records.

Release show in Toronto at Ratio on November 6th—Facebook event.

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Ratio live recording and NXNE questionaire

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On May 29th we played an improvised (and untitled) set of droney space rock. In rehearsal it was intentionally a fairly mellow affair, but we managed to rough things up a bit at the show. Jacqueline Noire belts it out good and proper around the 12 minute mark. It was, of course, captured by Joe Strutt of Mechanical Forest Sound (who presented the show).


With our June 17th NXNE showcase coming up at the Smiling Buddha (961 College Street), We also answered “5 Simple Questions” for The Spill Magazine.

1. What’s your favourite thing about a festival like NXNE?

Well, it’s a chance for our live set to be reviewed by music journalists who wouldn’t ever review our show, if they’d come at all. When we played CMW we got slagged by a reviewer based on the hat I was wearing. That never would have happened otherwise. I felt like that was the kind of treatment Morrissey would get from NME in the 80s so I was pretty excited about that. Like we’d hit the big time.

2. What should we expect from your live show?

We’re an improvisational psychedelic space-rock band so a lot of psychedelic effects and jamming. Some nice drawn-out space drones. A pretty mind-expanding experience. The venue has a tiny stage so we won’t be moving around much. Actually I’d be shocked if any of us move at all. We can probably be mistaken for corpses. But corpses who haven’t been dead very long. No rotting flesh or anything so sensational. So it’s best to just close your eyes and take the trip. Smell the colours, taste the sound. Laying down on the floor is a good option but I’d recommend bringing a blanket or yoga mat.

3. Tell us something we probably don’t know about your band.

I think people don’t realize how improvised most of our set is. Jacqueline Noire makes up the words as she goes. What’s sung at one gig or rehearsal probably isn’t at the next. The same goes for the music. We have grooves or riffs that are the basis of our “songs” but they’re ever-evolving creatures. We have a couple that are fairly solidified now, but more than half the set is made up on the spot. Since we’re playing rock and we’re not a jazz combo, I think people don’t realize how much it’s on the fly.

4. If you could write the soundtrack for any existing film (from any decade) which film would you choose and what would the songs sound like?

I rather fancy the idea of doing a soundtrack for Pink Floyd’s Live At Pompeii. It would sound like early Pink Floyd but more spacey and more psychedelic. Maybe like a combination of Hawkwind and early-70’s Miles Davis.

5. Would you rather open for Neil Young or Bruce Springsteen, and why?

I’m afraid to say, it’d have to be whichever one pays better. Because I can’t see either audience taking to us. Maybe Neil would have more old hippies in the crowd who’d be into improvised psychedelic space-rock. We might be able to pull in 10 or 15 per cent of his audience and I’d think we could only get maybe 1% of Springsteen’s. On the other hand, Bruce didn’t come up with the Pono. I’m not sure I could be diplomatic about the Pono to Neil’s face. Now, if a time machine were involved, and we we opening for one of them in 1972, then definitely Neil Young.

MMMMM and NXNE

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Presented by Mechanical Forest SoundMoonwood, Manticore & Mirrors in May @ Ratio (283 College)

When Joe Strutt of MFS (and the Track Could Bend concert series) wrote “You could slot this (and not just alphabetically!) between Manticore and Moonwood”, Jakob said that would make for a pretty good show. After some badgering, he and Zach from Mirrors made Joe actually put it on. Moonwood will be performing a new, extended drone-kraut piece. Plus there’s planned to be a special all-hands-on-deck collaborative grand finale! MMMMMusic.

Friday, May 29th
EARLY SHOW! We do not mess around — this will start precisely on time.
Doors @ 7 / show @ 8 (show starting on the dot, no lies, no exceptions!)
$7

https://www.facebook.com/events/1425258951125279/

5nights

Arachnidiscs Recordings is opening up Wavelength‘s five night NXNE residency at the Smiling Buddha (961 College)

Moonwood will be playing a more song-oriented “rock” set for this show. Featuring new, unheard, tunes and a few fave raves from our long-awaited (still lost in pressing plant limbo) Desert Ghosts LP.

Wednesday June 17th

8:00 – Holiday Rambler
9:00 – Khôra
10:00 – Clara Engel
11:00 – Moonwood
12:00 – The Holy Gasp

Doors 7PM
Festival wristbands, badges or $10 walk-up
http://nxne.com/tickets/

https://www.facebook.com/events/479689272196926/

Jan 15th show with Clara Engel and Cetacea

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As the poster says: PWYC, Jan 15, 9pm, Johnny Jackson 587 College Street.

Long Winter

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Moonwood is playing in the Pleasence Records curated Conversation Room of Toronto’s Great Hall for Long Winter 3.3 on January 9th.

In other news, the test pressings for the long delayed Desert Ghosts LP have been approved and should be hitting the presses soon.

Next gig: 9/11 at The Painted Lady

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There’s a new curated concert series in town (Toronto, ON). Cinematic indie-rockers 5th Projekt are running ‘Second Thursdays’ at The Painted Lady (218 Ossington). The second Thursday we’re slated for is on 9/11. Heading the bill is fuzz-psychsters Norway.

FB event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/699670620105629

Next gig: Aug. 29 @ Ratio

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Toronto’s hottest new art-space RATIO is the venue for Arachnidiscs’ TOTENBAUM TRÄGER cassette release show. We’ll be supporting them along with fellow arachnids, The Knot and the free-jazz duo of Colin Fisher & Mike Gennaro.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/308218412682656

 

New Live Mixtape: HEXPERIENCE

LIVE MIXTAPE: 2012-2014. IMPROVISED SEGMENTS EXTRACTED FROM LIVE PERFORMANCES. DEEP, HEAVY, DRONE-INFUSED JAMS NEVER PLAYED BEFORE OR SINCE. ALL WOULD HAVE BEEN LOST TO TIME IF NOT FOR THE VIGILANT RECORDISTS. CAPTURED AT VARIOUS TORONTO PSYCH ZONES.

“Are you hexperienced? That’s the question everyone should ask themselves before commencing this 60 minute cassette by the Toronto based krautrock/psychedelic group Moonwood. Think of two jams, each half an hour long, which explores this mapless territory of drone-laden communal trippiness that just fluctuates slowly, rising slightly above the constant drones, like a hallucination of an improvised hippie jamming – a bit like Datashock’s Keine Oase in Sicht, with some great female worldess vocals added. This is the kind of psychedelia that doesn’t worship the amplifier or illustrate bucolic visions of nature. Instead we get the freeform, open-ended sonic tapestry that doesn’t really go anywhere, but in case of this tape we’re more content with the process of travelling itself than the destination.” ~ Weed Temple

“Having moved from a duo to a full band over the past year, this is a document of a transitional phase not yet captured in a proper album, so it serves an intriguing in-betweener. Perhaps it’s befitting, then, that it’s sonically at something of an in-between point, too, consisting mostly of semi-improvised mid-tempo jams that often link the more rambunctious material in the band’s sets. More of a bean-bag excursion than a skull melter, this might point where the band is heading after finding the off-ramp from the trans-anywhere express. Also: the tape comes in a very awesome shade of purple.”
~ Mechanical Forest Sound

SIDE 1 // 2014

PERSONNEL: JACQUELINE NOIRE / JAKOB REHLINGER / LUCA CAPONE / MATT FAVA

RECORDED BY JOE STRUTT:
FEAST IN THE EAST, FEBRUARY 1
COMFORT ZONE, APRIL 10
WAVELENGTH/CMW (THE GARRISON), MAY 7

RECORDED BY BRIAN SHIRK:
NATIONAL DRONE DAY (TRANZAC), MAY 10

SIDE 2 // 2012 – 2013 (THE DUO YEARS)

PERSONNEL: JACQUELINE NOIRE / JAKOB REHLINGER

RECORDED BY SILENT LAND TIME MACHINE:
TRANZAC, OCTOBER 18, 2012

RECORDED BY AVERY STROK:
IN BEWTEEN SOUNDS (THE ONLY CAFÉ), JANUARY 3, 2013

RECORDED BY JOE STRUTT:
CROSSWIRES (HANDLEBAR), APRIL 14, 2013
961A COLLEGE, OCTOBER 5, 2013

RECORDED BY CAPONE/FAVA:
THE NIGHT SHIFT — CHRY 105.5FM
OCTOBER 4, 2013

MIXTAPE BRICOLAGE BY J. REHLINGER, 2014

Our CMW Hexperience

M4We accidentally played a Canadian Music Week showcase this week. That is to say the awesome people at Wavelength asked us to play their collaborative event with M For Montreal at the Garrison. Though we have an unofficial no CMW/NXNE (or any other showcase festival) policy in the band, we said yes. Of course. Why not? It’s just another show, right? It’s not like capital-M, capital-I Music Industry scouts actually go to these things to find new talent. And if they are, well, a psychedelic jam-band probably isn’t what the Industry is looking for. So no harm, no foul. We just kind of showed up and did our thing for the two or three friends we knew were down there with the 17 people in the audience.

Now, here’ something we didn’t consider about playing a CMW showcase. Apparently Moonwood normally isn’t on a bill which warrants a  music writers’ time but for CMW a bunch will show up and actually write about an opening band, which happened to be us. Most were positive, if not a little baffled.

Grey Owl Point

The eclectic lineup began with Toronto krautrock purveyors Moonwood. Now a four-piece, they brought nearly 40 minutes of jams split into two “songs.” Starting with a track the vocalist called “Olivia Chow for Mayor” (it’s not actually called that), it was a full-on assault of keys, electronic flourishes, guitars and drums. Vocals added a touch of mystique to the amorphous music, which could change from minimalist to brutal at the drop of a hat. Concluding with a song not called “Rob Ford Not For Mayor” the band started the night on a groovy note.

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CBC Music

The massive, psychedelic jam of Moonwood. It was a little hard to tell what Moonwood were doing at first, but watching them build their wall of noise until it threatened to overtake us all was pretty impressive.

Demo Magazine

Kicking off the night with a journey to the outskirts of the galaxy were Toronto space rock outfit Moonwood. Formed as a collaborative effort between Jakob Rehlinger and [Jacqueline Noire], the band’s krautrock-influenced catalogue was made all the stronger with the presence of a bassist and drummer, both of whom displayed an impressively high level of stamina as the band charged through a vast landscape of spiraling jams. The group’s performance served as a perfect accentuation of the tension one might expect to experience during the earliest moments of a show.

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Panic Manual

Starting things off were space rock/krautrock band Moonwood.  Formerly the solo project of Arachnidiscs‘ Jakob Rehlinger, the project has morphed into a full band devoted to bringing the Hawkwind-esque jams. Their set consisted of two songs, which for tonight at least, were entitled “Oliva Chow For Mayor” and “Rob Ford Not For Mayor.”  A fully satisfying set. 

Chart Attack were less impressed, giving our performance a “C” grade overall. Apparently, our GPA was brought down by Jakob’s hat.

Kewl Effects: B  In a less scattered or at least more self-contained format, Jakob Rehlinger’s hydra-head guitar would have shone. Ambition: A — Rather than stick with the propulsion of [Trans Martian Express], the band opted for two twenty-minute stretches in a set at least partially inspired by Toronto’s mayoral race (the second half was jokingly titled “Rob Ford Not For Mayor”). Energy: C+ — This was certainly the venue to try new things. But there was no easy entry point for the wandering, non-committal experimentation was easy to tune out of, and felt like they were trying to abruptly shove the audience into a trance state they hadn’t earned yet. Most, like me, were content to sit. Some chatted at the back or played on their phones. The atmosphere was one of patient tolerance. Hat: F — Green straw fedora. Took me right out of it. Final Grade: C.

For the record, the hat is not green (it’s grey), straw (it’s cotton) or a fedora (it’s a trilby). We did enjoy, however, the NME-style arbitrary slagging of our whole set based on Jakob’s hat. CMW is, after all, about the capital-M, capital-I Music Industry experience.