Posted in MP3 | music | tour dates on October 12, 2009

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Moonbabies - We're Layabouts (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Moonbabies - Sun A.M. (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Moonbabies - War on Sound (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Moonbabies - Take Me to the Ballroom (MP3)


I almost fell off my chair when I found out Malmö, Sweden's Moonbabies were coming to New York for CMJ, playing two shows: the Norwood Club on Thursday, October 22 and at Crash Mansion on Friday, October 23 (not to be confused with Moondoggies who are also playing CMJ). These are the first U.S. shows Moonbabies have played since their 2000 debut, June and Novas. I became aware of them after seeing the gorgeous video for their 2002 single "Over My Head" which later turned up on 2004's stellar The Orange Billboard, one of that year's most underrated albums. It typifies Moonbabies' sound, which mixes classic pop sensibilities (and Frick and Johanssen's lovely harmonies) with dips into electronics and shoegazer-ish dreaminess. If you liked the Notwist's Neon Golden from around the same time, definitely check out The Orange Billboard.

All their records are good, though Moonbabies are not the most prolific band in the world. Since then, we've gotten an EP, War on Sound, in 2005 (the title track to which was also on the second Grey's Anatomy soundtrack) and then a third album, At the Ballroom, in 2007. There are MP3s from each of their records so far at the top of this post. At the end of last year, Ola and Carina moved to Berlin to work on Moonbabies' fourth album. Hopefully we'll get to hear some of those still-gestating songs live when they play next week.

Videos and a flyer are below...


"Take Me to the Ballroom" live in Holland 2008

"OVer My Head"

"War on Sound"

"Take Me to the Ballroom"



Comments (10)

This is so epic and unexpected.

Posted by Fanghorse | October 12, 2009 7:33 PM

Oh wait, nevermind...I don't have a CMJ badge. FML, I've wanted to see them since 2003. Maybe in 2018 then.

Posted by fanghorse | October 12, 2009 7:50 PM

you don't need a CMJ badge to go to CMJ shows. You just pay at the door.

Posted by brooklynvegan | October 12, 2009 7:54 PM

do they always wear the wings for their live shows?

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2009 8:23 PM

tix info / website for the 22nd ?

Posted by anon | October 13, 2009 4:05 AM

Think it's doable to see Moonbabies at Norwood, then hop on the L to see Broadcast in Brooklyn?

Thinking about logistics and what not.

Posted by Anonymous | October 13, 2009 5:44 AM


Broadcast is the day before.

Posted by Anonymous | October 13, 2009 5:48 AM

The article is very professionally written. I enjoy reading every day

Posted by lv | October 18, 2009 8:45 AM

Think it's doable to see Moonbabies at Norwood, then hop on the L to see Broadcast in Brooklyn?

Thinking about logistics and what not.

---Unless you have a badge, the Norwood show is list only I believe.

Posted by Anonymous | October 21, 2009 5:02 PM

Hold on and go

Posted by cheap clothes online | March 1, 2010 3:21 PM

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