HearYa session alum, The Moondoggies have announced the follow up to their excellent 2nd album – Tidelands. The new album is Adios I’m a Ghost and will be out on August 13th via Sub Pop offshoot Hardly Art. I love these guys. There I said it. And these two new tracks are doing nothing to slow that down. Red Eye is below and you can hear Midnight Owl at American Songwriter. Here is the lowdown on the new album that includes one new Moondoggie for a grand total of five. Now the Moondoggies can play full court now so look for them on the court this fall when they tour with Rose Windows.

Adiós I’m a Ghost, as a title and explanation of a theme, combines levity with ideas that are no laughing matter. “Adiós I’m a Ghost was, like our [band] name, a combination of a joke and serious ideas. I heard the phrase on a Phil Hendrie podcast…and it grew into something else for me; being able to have life after death. Because we live and die million times in the big span of being around. We transition. And the Moondoggies lived and died and lived again, but not so absolutely…we just shifted away, shed our old skin and now we’re…” Murphy drifts off. “ I hope” he says, “this album relays our want to have no form.”

To shift shapes, much less become shapeless, the Moondoggies had to change: their line-up, the way they communicated, recorded, and wrote. They would have to push beyond the public pigeonhole of being a bearded band from Seattle singing in harmony to give the breadth of their influences a space in the spotlight. For Adiós I’m a Ghost they drew from a diverse list of musical influences from Pink Floyd to Blonde Redhead, Mississippi John Hurt to Nirvana.


Y’all are in for a real treat when this album is released on October 12th. I won’t say more until we write a proper review, but their harmonies will sound luscious in a HearYa Live Session during their Chicago visit.  I’ve seen the band thrice (in San Francisco, Austin, and Atlanta) and they deliver the goods. If you’re a fan of alt-country, Seattle’s Moondoggies are a no-brainer.

Listen to this and tell me what you think:

The Moondoggies – It’s a Shame, It’s a Pity

And check out their mini-documentary:

Tour Dates:

9.06.10 , Seattle WA at Bumbershoot
10.27.10 , New York, NY at Mercury Lounge
11.10. 10 , Chicago, IL at Schubas
11.11.10 , Minneapolis MN at First Ave*
11.12.10 , Madison WI at Majestic Theater*
11.13.10 , Milwaukee WI at Turner Hall*
11.14.10 , Ames IA at the Maintenance Shop*
11.15.10 , Denver CO at Hi Dive*
11.16.10 , Salt Lake City at the State Room*
11.20.10 , San Francisco CA at the Independent*
11.21.10 , Santa Barbara CA at Soho*
11.26.10 , Los Angeles CA at El Rey Theatre*
11.27.10 , San Diego CA at the Casbah*

*w/ Dawes


Seattle’s Moondoggies have wrapped up their new album, Tidelands, due out in September via Hardly Art. They’ve also released a limited EP of the tracks that didn’t make the cut for the full length. You can buy it at their shows or via Hardly Art’s store. Here’s a track from the EP. Catch them on tour with Blitzen Trapper.

The Moondoggies – Fly Mama, Fly

We were able to hear some new material from these guys at SxSW and I expect this album to be spectacular. Here’s a great video session from Yours Truly, featuring the lead off song from the upcoming LP called “It’s a Shame, It’s a Pity.” The harmonies are heartbreaking and jaw dropping.

Here’s a track their previous album, Don’t Be A Stranger:

The Moondoggies – Changes

Tour dates:

05.20.10 – Seattle, WA – Neumos %
06.02.10 – Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory Concert House #
06.03.10 – Missoula, MT – The Palace #
06.04.10 – Bozeman, MT – The Filling Station #
06.06.10 – Fargo, ND – The Aquarium #
06.07.10 – Omaha, NE – Slowdown #
06.09.10 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse #
06.10.10 – Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo #
06.13.10 – Charlotte, NC – Casbah at Tremont Music Hall #
06.14.10 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club #
06.15.10 – Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero Theatre #
06.16.10 – New York, NY – Webster Hall #
06.18.10 – Lancaster, PA – Chameleon Club #
06.19.10 – Pittsburgh, PA – Diesel Club #
06.20.10 – Newport, KY – The Southgate House #
06.21.10 – St. Louis, MO – Off Broadway #
06.22.10 – Kansas City, MO – Record Bar #
06.24.10 – Aspen, CO – Belly Up Aspen #
06.25.10 – Denver, CO – Hi Dive
06.26.10 – Telluride, CO – Telluride Wine Festival #
06.27.10 – Albuquerque, NM – Low Spirits
06.28.10 – Tempe, AZ – The Clubhouse #
06.29.10 – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre #
07.02.10 – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios
07.10.10 – Winnipeg, MB – Winnipeg Folk Festival
07.11.10 – Winnipeg, MB – Winnipeg Folk Festival

% – w/ Grand Hallway, Magic Mtn
# – w/ Blitzen Trapper