Ripley Johnson of Wooden Shjips/Moon Duo (more by Abby Braden)
Ripley Johnson

Wooden Shjips will be at ATP NY this weekend (hand-picked by Jim Jarmusch). That's followed by a show at MHOW on 9/6 (tickets) and then more dates north and west as far as Chicago, but then Ripley Johnson of the psychedelic left coast crew will start heading back east for a different string of dates with his other project, Moon Duo. The band will team up with Crystal Stilts and Messages (mems of Psychic Ills) for a show on 9/17 at Knitting Factory. Tickets are on sale.

Crystal Stilts recently played Bowery with Dean Wareham but have otherwise laid relatively low. Members of the band recently completed a new collaborative LP with David Feck of the UK's Comet Gain under the moniker Cinema Red & Blue. You may remember they played here back in September...

"Cinema Red and Blue is a Comet Gain side project featuring frontman David Feck, as well as that band's Anne Laure and Hoffner Burns. They're actually in town to record their album at Gary Olson's Marlborough Studios in Brooklyn and decided to play a show while here. I ran into Feck at a show on Monday and he told me that the album is about half covers and to expect the same from the live show. He rattled off a bunch of the songs they're covering but the only one I remember now is a Julian Cope song from his 1989 album Skellington. The band will be augmented live by former Comet Gain / current Soft City member Phil Sutton, plus JB, Andy and Kyle from Crystal Stilts. I have to imagine Gary Olson will contribute trumpet to at least one song. This should be fun." [Bill]

That self-titled LP is due 9/28 via What's Your Rupture, and features the Vic Godard cover "Same Mistakes" which can download above. Finest Kiss adds that, "the makeshift band also employs the services of Amy Linton, Hamish Kilgour and [as Bill predicted] Gary Olson."

Wooden Shjips released Vol 2 earlier this year, a compilation of rare singles available via Holy Mountain. Moon Duo was recently featured on the Woodist comp Welcome Home / Diggin' The Universe.

Messages (the band featuring members of Psychic Ills) also have another show in the near future, supporting Excepter and Up Died Sound on 10/27 at Coco66.

All tour dates and some video is below....

Wooden Shjips, "Outta My Head"

Moon Duo @ l'Heliogàbal, Barcelona 30 July 2010

Crystal Stilts - Departure

Moon Duo

Sep 5 2010 ATP New York curated by Jim Jarmusch Monticello, New York , US
Sep 6 2010 Music Hall of Williamsburg Brooklyn, NY
Sep 7 2010 Johnny Brenda's Philadelphia, PA
Sep 8 2010 Ottobar Baltimore, MD
Sep 9 2010 CDRHQ columbus, OHIO
Sep 10 2010 Boomslang w/ Rhys Chatham, Glass Candy, Rangda, Akron/Family Lexington, Kentucky , US
Sep 11 2010 Empty Bottle Chicago, IL
Dec 2 2010 WOODEN SHJIPS (Holy Mountain/USA) @ El Sol Madrid, Madrid, SPAIN
Dec 7 2010 The Garage London, UNITED KINGDOM

Sep 14 2010 Strange Matter Richmond, VA
Sep 15 2010 Golden West Baltimore, MD
Sep 16 2010 Kung Fu Necktie Philadelphia, PA
Sep 17 2010 KNITTING FACTORY BROOKLYN, NY w/ Crystal Stilts
Sep 21 2010 Flywheel Arts Center Easthampton, MA
Sep 22 2010 Temple Sound & Stage Jamaica Plain, MA
Sep 23 2010 AS220 Providence, RI
Sep 27 2010 Jumbo's Bar Detroit, Michigan
Sep 30 2010 Next Big Nashville Nashville, TN
Oct 1 2010 Louisville, KY
Dec 7 2010 The Garage London, London, UNITED KINGDOM

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