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This One’s for the Dancer & This One’s for the Dancer’s Bouquet
2016
My Best Human Face
2014
City Wrecker
2013
Julia With Blue Jeans On
2013
Julia With Blue Jeans On
2012
Heartbreaking Bravery (with Siinai)
2011
Organ Music Not Vibraphone Like I'd Hoped
2010
Dreamland EP: Marimba and S**t-Drums
Moonface Dec 10, 2018
Solo piano tours are in the works! (The 1st ever as "Spencer Krug") I don't know the exact dates and cities yet, but basically it'll be this: - early May: north america w coast - late May/early June: EU - late June: north america eastern So keep yr ears peeled!
Moonface Dec 05, 2018
If you're around Dublin this weekend check out this little fest celebrating the 10th birthday of YOUNG HEARTS RUN FREE! They raise $ to help those in need around the city. I've done a couple shows with them; real sweethearts.
Moonface Nov 09, 2018
Last year I contributed a story to a project called Stories for Ways & Means - a book of collaborations between musicians & visual artists - benefiting Room to Read, Pencils of Promise, 826, and War Child. Now they're developing an audiobook. Check it out.
Moonface Nov 08, 2018
A couple people were asking about a post of the lyrics, so... MINOTAUR FORGIVING PASIPHAE You were feeling strange He had no name He had four legs You had one wing You had no candles in your window You had been walking in the fog He had been eating from your manger He had no name You were feeling strange You were the first explorer He had four strong legs You had a broken wing You were a slowly closing door You were an instrument of vengeance A fang in a mouth He had no name But you were not totally out of your mind You still had the venom within you To go find your friend the inventor And maybe he loved you or he loved your eyes He still had the venom within him To help you step into his woodwork You were feeling strange He came out of the sea He had a new kind of crown You had a haunted mind You had no one to grab your wrist You had no sense of shame He was a siren He had no name Tell me Tell me Were you really in a spell You were feeling strange You had a haunted heart He had an animal heart You had a broken wing You were a slowly opening dark red rose He was an instrument of pain A fang in a mouth He had no name If you were not already lost at sea You must have been drawn to the sadness Like a ship going west And did you not once anticipate me Or were you a rat in a maze Making a rat in a maze You were a slowly closing door But you were not totally out of your mind You still had the venom within you To go find your friend the inventor You were a slowly opening rose And maybe he loved you or he loved your eyes You still had the venom within you To strap yourself into the woodwork But I forgive you Tell me Tell me Were you really in a spell THE CAVE You try and you try and you try to get away But hatred's wrapped like a tentacle round your leg It drags you deeper down the cave You try and you try and you try to get away When all the colors run together Surround yourself with golden hearts The devil's cheek is next to your when you look down The devil's teeth are in your heart You try and you try and you try to get away But hatred's wrapped like a tentacle round your leg And it drags and it drags and it drags you deeper down the cave You try and you try and you try to get away A sadness hanging grey like a mist beside the bed A milky blue hand in the first light of the day You count one dream about the ballerina and You count one dream about the ballerina's bouquet You try and you try and you try to get away But hatred's wrapped like a tentacle round your leg It drags you deeper and deeper down the cave You try and try and you try to get away And the raindrops run into rivers down the hill And the monster grows yet another pair of legs saying This one's for the dancer and this one's for the dancer's bouquet This one's for the dancer and this one's for the dancer's bouquet MINOTAUR FORGIVING KNOSSOS I have accepted it I'm disconnected I am a monster in a maze and in a way I'll live forever I have accepted it I am connected My ugly head is like a mushroom on a tree of knotted muscle I have accepted it I am two halves of two hearts One was on a hook while the other one just watched And then they named me They called me Asterion But they were fools for naming me anything at all I have accepted it I'm disconnected I am the body that you bury in the ground I have accepted it I am connected I am alive in the ground like a bug You'll never know me None of you will ever see my face No matter how much we long to face the unknown And that's okay Yeah that’s okay I have taught myself to dance alone I hear your parties and your music in the evening I hear your laughter and your singing creeping over the walls So I taught myself to dance alone I am the star of these infinite halls I am the owner of my lone owl feather And that is all And while I know I’m not the brightest fire I’ll never really understand why You never sing any songs for me You never bang on the door There once was two different kinds of shadow Dancing in a trance by the sea And one was in disguise Disguised as the other They were attempting some kind of harmony I was born into this We were all born You were born like a pearl We were all born From wall to wall to wall I am the star of these infinite halls And while I know I’m not the brightest fire I'll never really understand why You never sing any songs for me You never sing any songs for me And while I know I’m not your only monster I'll never really understand why You never sing any songs about me You never sing any songs about me You never sing any songs about me You never bang on the door I have accepted it And I forgive you I am this monster in this maze and in this way I'll forever You'll never know me None of you will ever see my face No matter how much we long to face the unknown And that's okay Yeah that’s okay We were all born You were born like a pearl We were all born HEARTBREAKING BRAVERY II Heartbreaking Bravery Exists When you were next to the wild animals I was the baby still on the tit And now I want your sex But I am not the fox With bloodstained lips Standing over the kill Oh but babe I'm afraid You are the kill Heartbreaking bravery Exists When you run with the razor sharp When you run with the silver quick When you see names of angels On the back of your eyelids That look like they were carved In a fit of violence By those you call Exclusively yours And when you call Exclusively angels To your windowsill Oh then babe I'm afraid You are the kill I've got the blood And the cause to bleed Because I've got the blood But not the bloodlust you need LAST NIGHT Last night I was twenty one Climbing willow trees On a firelit shore Last night I was thirty four I wrote a song for you I sang it everywhere I could Last night Last night We wore peacock green and peacock blue Last night Last night I was on the edge I was with everyone As we fell toward the sun MINOTAUR FORGIVING MINOS I stopped looking for the way out years ago It's like chasing a ghost Like the smell of cooked meat I sometimes catch through the stone I stopped looking for the way out years ago There is a hole in the ceiling I have memorized the corner Where I can see the sky And I go there sometimes to watch whatever floats around I stopped looking for the way out years ago That sadistic inventor That sadistic inventor That sadistic inventor did a fantastic job I know what birds are I know what clouds are I know the colour of blue And the colour of blood But that sadistic inventor did a fantastic job All innocent innocent innocent all I hear the kids singing on the far side of the wall “His Highness King Minos couldn’t kill the white bull So the sea god hit the bell and the Queen hit the stall” And I guess you know the rest and don’t think about me at all Except for every nine years sending fourteen souls All seven of the boys and all seven of the girls All innocent innocent innocent all And I hate to hear their screams And I hate to see myself through their full moon eyes And I hate that I forgive you But I do I just don't know why That sadistic inventor That sadistic inventor That sadistic inventor did a fantastic job I know what birds are I know what clouds are I know the colour of blue And the colour of blood And that sadistic inventor did a fantastic job That sadistic inventor That sadistic inventor That sadistic inventor That sadistic inventor That sadistic inventor did a fantastic job I know what birds are I know what clouds are But I will never know why You couldn’t kill the bull And that sadistic inventor Did a fantastic job I stopped looking for the way out years ago It's like chasing a ghost AIDAN’S EAR All we talked about was overcoming fear When we were piercing Aidan's ear We danced around like little deer All we had to do was push the needle clear All we listened to was history and air That's just the internet my dear Seems like infinity is here All these singers with nowhere to disappear All we talked about was overcoming fear When we were piercing Aidan's ear The ugly head of doubt had reared A perfect sky had become clouded and unclear It seemed cliche with Twin Peaks up on the screen We never talked about the pain Just held some cork to catch the pin And discovered nothing new about Old Lynch We never talked about the pain Just held some cork to catch the pin And held out a drop of Aidan’s blood Like a ruby on a wand Like a ruby on a wand MINOTAUR FORGIVING THESEUS Theseus You’re just a hitman The son of an earthquake maker A bare-chested businessman You are the hound that takes a piss Upon the ground where he stands and says “I claim this land And I claim this tiny sea” You’re just a hitman You killed the clubber with his club You kicked your brother off the cliff You said “I’ll never wash the feet of another" You wrestled and beat the king You amputated the amputator You stuck the pig And I heard you're coming for me now You’re just a hitman And Ariadne With your famous ball of string You fell in love When he rose out of the sea With your father’s famous ring Well isn't that something But what did I ever do to you And what did I ever do to him And what have I ever done To anyone So come on in! You can see what I've done with the place You can walk on the bones of the innocent And the weak Theseus I wish there was more light I wish the there was less blood I wish you could see the look of relief on my face Theseus And some will say you used your blade And some will say you used your speed Either way you're going to win Theseus You're just a hitman You're just a hitman You're just a hitman But I forgive you SAD SUOMENLINNA It’s the longest day of the year It’s the oddest way to dissolve into a sea of tears But deep in the cave of that fortress on the island You’ll find me crying Sad Suomenlinna They call me Sad Suomenlinna You wonder why I chose not to dance To wander childishly through the dawn? You’ve got to pay for some of the good times You’ve got to cry for every song Is there really magic in the mist? Is there something beautifully tragic I have missed? I feel terrible my love I have ruined another party I feel terrible my love I have ruined another year Sad Suomenlinna They call me Sad Suomenlinna You wonder why I chose not to dance To wander childishly through the dawn? You’ve got to pay for some of the good times You’ve got to cry for every song You’ve got to pay for some of the good times You’ve got to cry for every song Lover lover Come sing for me Lover lover I’ve earned my lullaby inside a cave MINOTAUR FORGIVING DAEDALUS You made a labyrinth When you could’ve just made a heavy door And then put it on the mouth of a cave And put me in there I think you’re crazy You made a labyrinth When you could’ve just built a wooden cage And then put me in the middle like a babe Into a basket Down the river You made a labyrinth When you could’ve just dug a wide hole And then put me in the hole like a treasure And rolled it over With a wider rock You made a labyrinth Because mother heard the sound of the surf And what she found when she looked was irresistible A golden apple You made the wooden cow You made a labyrinth Because I was born and they decided I was bad I had branches where I shouldn’t have had them And so they asked you To be a rodeo clown You made a labyrinth And you drew it all out in the sand So we could all see you using your muscles I think you’re arrogant I think you’re brilliant You made a labyrinth So you could run up to the king with a masterpiece And you could run up to the queen with a masterpiece All you had to do was fold the dirty rags You made a labyrinth You made a labyrinth You made a labyrinth When you could’ve just made a heavy door But I forgive you You made a labyrinth But I forgive you With divinity breathing down your neck And your own famous name to live up to Daedalus the greatest inventor And in the end they will lock you up as well You and your son in some tower The two-headed monster The one who can lift the veil You made a labyrinth You’ll make the wax wings And they will melt off your son before he falls into the sea And then In Sicily You’ll convince a black ant to pull a thread through a seashell And your wits will leap out at the costume king Like they were leaping straight back into shackles You nearly got yourself caught Just to show an old man How savvy you are with your puzzles You made a labyrinth You made a labyrinth You made a labyrinth When you could’ve just made a heavy door OKAY TO DO THIS Do you remember when The sound designer said to me I just want to be High all the time And I said to them I just want to be Thinking how everything’s perfectly wrong While playing arpeggios ever so quietly A couple boys with voices Somewhere in the landscape The pushcart poet gave them their choices Politics or romance Now everything is perfect And everything is wrong And everything’s apparently written in stone as they cry out like zombies With their opposite answers Do you remember when We said “Maybe this is dead This music we have made This room that we have filled with beasts Shouting at each other's faces” Oh fuck another word Fuck another bluebird Everything is perfectly wrong Fuck another sacrificial song laid out like a snake getting eaten by our children in the sun Desperate sadness for no reason will overcome sometimes When everything is perfect and Everything is wrong And then everything is coming up sunshine You'll be fine You'll be fine Alongside the love of an actual life Along for the ride of an actual lifetime So please take me dancing in Mexico City Where desperate sadness for no reason overcomes me And everything is perfect and perfectly wrong And then desperate sadness for no reason moves along It is good to move on Have many lives and Shed your skin and Sing But I could use a spirit that just hangs out on my shoulder Just to whisper in my ear that it's okay to just get older Yeah it's okay to do this Yeah it's okay to do this Yeah it's okay to do this This way DREAMSONG Sometimes I think that dying will be like waking from a dream But I lose track of what’s real life when there’s no one around that needs me On the floor at five AM I can’t remember where I am With all the feelings I was dreaming still as real as this new setting Like the dream is just a play still going on in the next room You come awake to realize that the door is locked behind you And all you’ve done is leave your place because the dawn was beckoning Now the play continues on whether or not you get back in Yeah you’re standing in the great hall of reality again It makes me think that dying will be like waking from a dream It makes me think that dying will be like waking from a dream It makes me think that dying will be like waking from a dream The problem with your dreams is that they’re often about love In a futuristic wasteland where she saves you from yourself In this last one I’m depressed in some post-apocalypse And I cannot leave the bed unless the order leaves her lips And the walls are full of holes through which I watch her come and go And her love is manifested in the way she keeps her clothes on She gets underneath the covers and says “Everything is golden” Then touches me just to reassure me that I still have my moments While the sunlight through the skylight makes the room look saturated I wonder Does she really want to touch me or just want to make me happy Does she really want to touch me or just want to make me happy Does she really want to touch me or just want to make me happy And the walls are full of holes through which I watch her come and go And her love is manifested in the way she keeps her clothes on And she holds me to the way that she believes that I can be Oh because she believes in happiness and she believes in me She believes that love is not a secret that we keep But a ship we are all watching slowly sink into the sea And even though it only ever happens in our heads I’d say most things that we love they happen mostly in our heads And though she believes in happiness and she believes in me I believe in happiness but I don’t believe my dreams I believe in happiness but I don’t believe my dreams And this was all a dream my darling This was all a dream I said This was all a dream my darling This was all a dream I believe in happiness but I don’t believe my dreams I believe in happiness but I don’t believe my dreams I believe that love is not a secret that we keep But a ship we are all watching slowly sink into the sea And the play continues on whether you get back in or not As real as any room you’ve just departed for another And that makes me think that dying will be like waking from a dream I said it makes me think that dying will be like waking from a dream I said it makes me think that dying will be like waking from a dream I said it makes me think that dying will be like waking from a dream I said it makes me think that dying will be like waking from a dream I said it makes me think that dying will be like waking from a dream HATER - (written by Chad Jones, aka Frankie Sparo) I came here just to curse this city Just another wasteland You were far too pretty for I scowled at the mountain I spit at the shore I sulked at some parties It couldn’t bore me more Made a couple of friends They scattered like dropped diamonds Called me a hater Because I hated everything but you Maybe you weren’t born With that necessary scorn Like one hundred million souls All screaming “Die” But only one cruel beauty Who nothing ever compared to Could be the creator Of a hater such as I MINOTAUR FORGIVING THE WHITE BULL I sometimes wonder If you were breathing underwater Or if you simply came to exist the instant your twin hooks broke the air Like the claw of crab Coming out of the water The constellation of Cancer gone crazy Next comes your massive skull Wide and white and rippled like a seabed Little hills rolling down to black oblivious eyes An empty turtle shell on the sand beside an empty turtle shell on the sand Hiding nothing knowing nothing Not understanding that there’s anything to understand They say that he sent you But what does that mean? Did he point to the door with his pitchfork while you slept like a dog at his feet? Did you walk for days upon the Mediterranean floor Your hooves kicking up sand in slow explosions And getting shipwrecks caught in your horns? Or did you bubble up from the brine Piling up like wet clay Taking form like a tumour Taking your first breath then taking notice of the day? Next comes your massive skull Wide and white and rippled like a seabed Little hills rolling down to black oblivious eyes An empty turtle shell on the sand beside an empty turtle shell on the sand Hiding nothing knowing nothing Not understanding that there’s anything to understand Why couldn’t you bow down Your coral coloured head And turn back to the sea Why couldn’t you bow down Your coral coloured head And turn back to the sea But you just put one hoof in front of the other And humped up the beach to the front of the palace Where they waited for an answer to their dances So I guess you are my father And I guess that she’s my mother So I guess I am a prince And I guess I am a bastard So I guess I am an outcast And I guess I am a monster And I guess I am a god Since a god was your maker And I guess that I forgive you Since at heart you’re just a creature And your massive skull Wide and white and rippled like a seabed Little hills rolling down to black oblivious eyes An empty turtle shell on the sand beside an empty turtle shell on the sand Hiding nothing knowing nothing Not understanding that there’s anything to understand An empty turtle shell on the sand beside an empty turtle shell on the sand Hiding nothing knowing nothing Not understanding that there’s anything to understand WALK THE CIRCLE IN THE OTHER DIRECTION The thought is eating at you Like a rat that eats the whole heart Walk the circle in the other direction Then Walk the circle in the other direction The thought is eating at you Like a rat that eats the whole heart And the room you thought was haunted Is just the room you're always in Walk the circle in the other direction Then Walk the circle in the other direction The thought is eating at you Like a rat that eats the whole heart Allow your universe to grow smaller and smaller Allow the lantern to burn low Always be trying to balance a fading dream on top of a newfound love And always be walking barefoot along the hollow Walk the circle in the other direction Then Walk the circle in the other direction We sit and stare at a grain of sand Then we want to touch the glass Then we reach out to touch the pearl Everyone is always on about the world And a hand draws a picture of a hand And that hand draws a picture of a hand And that hand draws a picture of a hand And that hand draws a picture of a hand The thought is eating at you Like a rat that eats the whole heart Wouldn’t it be wonderful to not have to turn to stone Maybe life is just painting On the wall In the dark In a house that we have chosen not to go to Oh be a bit of bark peeling hot off the arbutus Oh baby let your worries be that thing Then Walk the circle in the other direction Then Walk the circle in the other direction Then Walk the circle in the other direction Then Walk the circle in the other direction The thought is eating at you Like a rat that eats the whole heart MINOTAUR FORGIVING POSEIDON Why Poseidon I suppose you are the closest thing I happen to have To a beginning Why Poseidon I suppose there was no way to know what had to happen When you released my father In the form of a bull From the foam of the sea In the form of a bull From the foam of the sea In the form of a slick white bull From the slick white foam of the sea Why Poseidon I suppose you never chose for me to live this way So I forgive you As I would have forgiven you anyway But I have so many questions! Was his colour inspired by mother of pearl? Did you fashion his hide from pieces of coral? Did the horns come from skeletons of men that you swallowed in storms? Or did you just summon up the very first animal that swam into your skull? Oh why Poseidon Why a white bull Why? And why would you make him so lovely Then wonder why the sacrificer couldn’t draw back the blade Did you want him to break that promise he made So he would burn burn in his bathhouse grave This is what I have: Black mud Grey stone Walls Halls Corners Bones This is what you have: The entire colourful open sea This is what I do Sit Wait Murder Eat This is what you do You don’t let things be You don’t let questions just hang in the spray You make angels And they make monsters Was his colour inspired by mother of pearl? Did you fashion his hide from pieces of coral? Did the horns come from skeletons of men that you swallowed in storms? In the form of a bull From the foam of the sea In the form of a bull From the foam of the sea In the form of a slick white bull From the slick white foam of the sea Why Poseidon Why Poseidon I suppose there was no way to know what had to happen
Moonface Nov 05, 2018
out now
Moonface Nov 02, 2018
So, it's release day. I'm a little late to the party, but there's not much more to say anyway. Thanks to everyone here for the support, and for putting up with all this shameless self promotion. Here's one last bit, from producer extraordinaire Jace Lasek: https://www.facebook.com/213246761488/posts/10156711336396489/
Moonface Nov 02, 2018
"The revelation of the album is Roberts... With Smith providing a steady backbone of rhythmic might" It's true! Thanks again to Matana Roberts, Ches Smith, and Michael Bigelow for humouring me on this one. Your ideas and skills were the kisses that brought these songs to life.
Moonface Nov 01, 2018
Spencer Krug Knows His New Moonface Album Is Too Long (But It's Still Awesome)
Moonface Nov 01, 2018
Any or all of this is good if you're interested in Moonface's next album. Justin's a sweet guy and a great music writer.
Moonface Oct 25, 2018
Here's the 2nd single from my new LP coming out next week. Song's called "Minotaur Forgiving Knossos," and my favorite line in it happens almost right away: "I have accepted it, I am connected, my ugly head is like a mushroom on a tree of knotted muscle." https://youtu.be/fZ2X18xTXq8 The album, called "This One's for the Dancer & This One's for the Dancer's Bouquet," will be the last that I put out under the name Moonface. It's a doozy. You can order it here if you'd like: https://moonface.ffm.to/thisonesforthedancer And again, if you're interested, you can read my description of how the album came to life here: http://jagjaguwar.com/artist/moonface/
Moonface Oct 04, 2018
And finally, for anyone interested, and with time to burn, you can find my long-winded album description here: http://jagjaguwar.com/artist/moonface/
Moonface Oct 04, 2018
And here's a song from the album...
Moonface Oct 04, 2018
I guess it's officially announce day! My final album as Moonface - This One's for the Dancer & This One's for the Dancer's Bouquet - is out Nov 2nd. Get it here: https://moonface.ffm.to/thisonesforthedancer
Moonface Oct 04, 2018
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Moonface Oct 04, 2018
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Moonface Aug 07, 2018
This is the original demo for what eventually got reworked with rock band Siinai for the Heartbreaking Bravery LP. It's, uh... a little pitchy
Moonface Jul 19, 2018
I remember not including this on Organ Music because I didn't love the singing & lyrics. I stand by that criticism still, but now I think the music is kind of cool, and it's been long enough, right? Like it's not me anymore who did this anyway.
Moonface Jul 10, 2018
Some songs for Moonface's ORGAN MUSIC were written, ironically, on acoustic guitar. This is the original demo, circa 2009, for 'Return to the Violence...' A lot of these lyrics were ultimately changed. I'm not sure what I was on about. https://soundcloud.com/moonface-2/return-to-the-violence-acoustic-guitar-demo-circa-2009
Moonface Jul 05, 2018
I don't normally like to use this platform for politics, but this cause seems universally good. This is just about spreading the word. It's.. uh... about more than dolphins.
Moonface Jul 02, 2018
Apparently in 2008 I recorded 2 solo versions of this song. This is the version that didn't make the 7 inch. It's... angrier? Found it a few days ago. Mixed it last night on a laptop. Not the best sound quality but whatever there it is...
Moonface Mar 11, 2018
Run Through the Jungle. Don't know why we did this, but we did. Recently learned this song isn’t actually about the Vietnam War, but gun control, so it seems apt as ever to bring a new version into the world, however untamed. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Run_Through_the_Jungle
Moonface Mar 05, 2018
Another tune for soundcloud: LAPTOP #1 This is just the result of an experiment that took a strange turn, but I like it. Around 2014 I tried composing a song for piano using music software. I quickly lost the thread, one thing led to another, and, well… https://soundcloud.com/moonface-2/laptop-1-compositional-experiment-gone-sideways
Moonface Feb 26, 2018
Found on hard drive: ALL FIRES This must have been made for Organ Music then cut from the album. Can't remember why. Camilla from Sunset Rubdown is surprisingly doing backup vox. I honestly have no memory of recording this version. Is that funny or sad?
Moonface Feb 18, 2018
I'm going to start TRYING to upload more unreleased, old, forgotten, leftover Moonface material to this barren wasteland of a soundcloud acct here: https://soundcloud.com/moonface-2 Just put up a lost track from the MF&S Heartbreaking Bravery sessions called - for some reason - Rasputo
Moonface Feb 18, 2018
I was once a beautiful psychedelic pool boy, according to this incredible fan-art from 2009 - a lost relic recently recovered from the bottom of my old bandmate's closet. Big thanks (9 yrs later) to the artist Levi Dunford, for reminding me of those colorful old times.