New song by The Moon Upstairs featured in Penny-Ante Book #3 Cd Compilation and interview with Ian MacKaye

The Moon Upstairs have contributed a brand new song called "Drag On, Drag On" to the new Penny-Ante Book #3 Cd compilation. Other artists on the compilation include Billy Childish, Robert Pollard, Chris Knox, The Chills, Jad Fair, Growing, Arrington De Dionyso, Bettina Koster, Phil Elverum, Crock (ft. Sam Coomes of Quasi & Spencer Seim of Hella), I'ntl Shades, and many more. Sharif also does a phone interview with Ian MacKaye for this edition.

Penny-Ante Book #2 is still avaiable and features artwork by Aaron Ebensperger and lyrics by Sharif Dumani of the Moon Upstairs.

For more info or to purchase a book go to: Penny-Ante

Japan w/ Silver Apples

Sharif recently got a chance to go to Japan to do sound for the Silver Apples show in Tokyo. Here's a shot of him cruisin' the streets with Simeon (the Apple) and at the Japanese psych label/store P.S.F. (Modern Music).

Sharif Dumani records collaboration by Silver Apples & Kawabata Makoto

Sharif recently recorded a collaboration between Silver Apples and Kawabata Makoto of Acid Mothers Temple at his Traveling Palace Studios. Here's a pic of him with either a few too many or that unsettling feeling of smelling to much meat!
The album will be out soon on gifted children records.
For more info: Gifted Children

Mark Chalecki and his mastering spaceship

Here's our buddy Mark Chalecki caught riding on his mastering spaceship. We like him easing back on the cosmic compression and shifting it into natural gear.

Suki Ewers contributes vocals on Moon Upstairs song

Our good friend Suki Ewers (Opal, Mazzy Star) contributed vocals on a song of ours called "2001-2009 and Pending" about our last administration and the wreckage we now have to climb out of. We would like to thank Suki for her wonderful vocals and being a part of this song. Check out Suki's music and go buy her album "Kind of Hazy" out on Mind Expansion! For more info: Suki Ewers


...Some friends help out

Our friends Daphne Chen and Richard Dodd contributed violin, viola, and cello on two songs. Here they are tracking at Kling Studios. We are forever grateful to them for their lovely work.

Here's a shot of (L to R) Nick Murray (John Webster Johns, Rose for Bohdan, etc.), our own Aaron Ebensperger, Craig Waters (The BellRays, Cody Chesnutt, etc.), and our very own Josh Mancell recording handrums and shakers at the Traveling Palace. Is that sweat coming out of those handrums? Or just tears from how good it sounded!

Josh Mancell on the new Black Sunday single

Josh Mancell collaborates on the new Black Sunday single...aka Memphis Queen Alicja Trout (River City Tanlines, Lost Sounds, Mouserocket, the Clears, Destruction Unit, The Fitts, Nervous Patterns and Contaminated Records). The 7" will feature the songs "Can't Keep My Hands Off You" b/w "Lights" and will be released this summer on Red Lounge/Disordered records. Josh adds guitar, synths, timpani, and vibraphone on "Can't Keep My Hands Off You". For more info: Black Sunday

Sharif Dumani on new Spindrift Record

Sharif Dumani contributes wurlitzer electric piano on the song "Colt's Crime" from west coast's pyschedelic spaghetti westerners Spindrift's new album entitled "The West". For more info: www.spindriftwest.com