Moby Moby
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Moby Moby
Richard Melville Hall, known by his stage name Moby, is an American musician, DJ, and photographer. He is well known for his sample-based electronic music, vegan lifestyle, and support of animal rights. Moby has sold over 20 million albums worldwide. Allmusic considers him "one of the most important dance music figures of the early '90s, helping bring the music to a mainstream audience both in the UK and in America".
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Your Favorite Book Characters Are As Real As You Feel They Are
Huffington Post - 11 days
For readers who really dive into a book, it can be difficult to accept that the characters within are mere constructs of ink on paper. Perhaps you’ve heard Jane Austen’s wry omniscient voice narrating the events of your life for days after you turned the last page of Pride and Prejudice (guilty!). Perhaps you have to remind yourself that Hermione Granger isn’t real and can never offer you personalized study tips. These fictional people seem real ― don’t they? A new study performed by The Guardian and researchers from Durham University suggests that they are, in a way. The study found that, for 19 percent of readers surveyed, “the voices of fictional characters stayed with them even when they weren’t reading.” This included readers having thoughts in the voice of specific characters, experiencing narration of their life by a character, or simply having their own thoughts influenced by the tone or perspective of a character.  To be clear, the study did ...
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<em>Moby Dick</em> at South Coast Repertory
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Photo by ​Debora Robinson/SCR. Founded in 1988 in Chicago by a group of Northwestern graduates, the Lookingglass Theatre is known for its innovative ensemble theater productions. In its adaptation of Herman Melville's sprawling novel, Moby Dick, the company has tackled the monumental challenge of translating an epic work into a couple of hours of stage time. For the most part, the effort is successful, largely due to the skillful adaptation by director David Catlin, who manages to hit the key points of the story and also weave in the major thematic elements of Melville's opus. In his role as director, Catlin underlines the religious themes not only with key passages from the work, but also by using a chorus of three women to emphasize a divine, otherworldly tone. Many of the theatrical techniques in this production are likely to be familiar to regular theater goers, including the use of billowing fabric to connote waves on the sea, or the circus-like acrobatics that i ...
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Trump Plan To Cut NEH And NEA Diminishes Us All
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The searing novel by Alice Walker that transformed your sense of the social world, the ancient flint arrowhead that transported your understanding of time, the tempestuous Hudson River School painting that showed you the divine in nature, are all extravagances unworthy of the support we call "public." Beauty - the ideas that convey it, the objects that carry it, the words that harness it - is out in the era of Donald Trump. Or at least, this is the insinuation of the President's team when they threaten to place the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts on the chopping block. In this surreal version of America-The-Great, the quest for the truth of us and for the best in us through our national letters and arts is deemed unworthy of recognition. But as the trenchant writer Audre Lorde has professed, "poetry is not a luxury." Recent psychological studies have borne this revelation out, finding that reading books (and perhaps especially novels) streng ...
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L.A. theater openings, Jan. 22-29: 'Moby Dick' and more
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This week: A lively adaptation of “Moby Dick” sails into South Coast Rep. Plus, a new drama about the inner workings of the brain, and the conclusion of Arlene Hutton’s “Nibroc Trilogy.” God Bliss (In the Name of Semelah) This new work from Eko Nugroho’s shadow-theater ensemble Wayang Bocor tells...
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Obama Reveals How The Power Of Fiction Was Important To His Presidency
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Reading fiction played a valuable role in his presidency, President Barack Obama said, both as a mental exercise and an escape to “someplace else.” In an interview with The New York Times, published Monday, Obama explained how he sought to balance the kind of fact-based reading he had to do as president. “[W]orking that very analytical side of the brain all the time sometimes meant you lost track of not just the poetry of fiction, but also the depth of fiction,” Obama said. “Fiction was useful as a reminder of the truths under the surface of what we argue about every day and was a way of seeing and hearing the voices, the multitudes of this country.” The president, who has listed Lauren Groff’s Fates and Furies and Herman Melville’s Moby Dick among his favorite books, also admitted “there’s been the occasion where I just want to get out of my own head.” “Sometimes you read fiction just because you want to be someplace else,” he said. Novels have explicitly helped shape ...
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Moby: I'll DJ at inauguration under one condition
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Moby Will Perform At Trump's Inauguration Under One Condition
Forbes - about 2 months
Moby is known for his veganism, animal rights activism and electronic music, none of which seem to align with Trump’s overall political agenda.
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Discovering In Parenthesis
Huffington Post - 2 months
A traveling fellowship had brought me after college to London. My roommate there, a young civil servant, son of a Cambridge don, and a reader of Persian literature in the original, suggested that I start paying attention to a British artist called David Jones, author of a long poem with the title of In Parenthesis. Despite having attended a good university in the U.S., I'd never even heard of Jones. Was this recommendation an act of aesthetic chauvinism? Okay, so T.S. Eliot had called In Parenthesis "a work of genius." But Eliot was the book's acquiring editor at Faber. W.H. Auden had written that David Jones had given us "probably the finest long poem written in English in this century." But like the author Auden had grown up English (and was still living there). Perhaps, I wondered, he was somehow prejudiced in the poet's favor? Ezra Pound was neither the publisher nor a Brit. Pound had concluded: "it is one of the most important poems of our time." He called it "a masterpiece." ...
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How To Win Those Pesky Book Challenges
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Worried about not having enough time to read? Feel that a book challenge is going to get you reading just like an exotic Good Morning America diet will finally make you lose that stubborn belly fat? Book challenges are everywhere at the end of the year, as threatening as holiday dinner with in-laws you don't even like getting texts from. Pick a random blogger and you can find more than a handful, including the ever-popular Goodreads Reading Challenge. Melanie Jo Moore wrote a funny blog about failing that one. She only read 13 books of 36. Sad, right? But life, you know, it kind of intervened. Well, there's a secret to winning the Goodreads Challenge or any of them: Don't waste your time. The whole idea is flawed. Why should you set yourself up for failure like so many other people do? They think a book challenge will make them better readers, people, dog owners, parents, citizens, whatever -- and they end up feeling miserable. If you need this kind of motivation does tha ...
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Prologue
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Guess classic novels like Moby Dick from their actual one-star Amazon reviews. Then, see if you can tell the difference between a Choose Your Own Adventure book and a Weekly World News headline.
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These Stars Are Telling You You One Last Time 'Holy S**t, You've Got To Vote'
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With just four days until the election, some stars got together to tell American citizens to f**king vote.  Rachel Bloom, creator and star of “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” leads the call in “HOLY S**T (You’ve Got To Vote),” a music video for Funny or Die starring other celebs including Elizabeth Banks, Moby, Naya Rivera, Amber Rose, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Jane Lynch.  Yes, there are expletives. Yes, they call Donald Trump an orange, talking STD. But they’re trying to get a point across.   If you're on the fence about voting, um, don't be? https://t.co/Ew7oZD7Uus — Rachel Bloom (@Racheldoesstuff) November 4, 2016 A vulgar truly passionate obscene plea to please #Vote @racheldoesstuff @thelittleidiot @janemarielynch @mradamscott pic.twitter.com/rB0UBl533h — Elizabeth Banks (@ElizabethBanks) November 4, 2016 type=type=RelatedArticlesblockTitle=Related... + articlesList=581b3ea7e4b08f9841ad8d5a,5812708de4b0390e69cf2cc4 -- This fee ...
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When Media Accept Misogyny We All Lose
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Donald Trump in a 2004 interview with Howard Stern: I'm sitting having dinner and O.J. came up to me -- I was sitting with very important people, big bankers, and Nicole came over, and she started screaming at him, "get over to the table!"... So, he decided obviously to kill her... That was before 'The Apprentice' so she didn't give a damn about me. Now I'm the biggest star on television, she'll kiss my ass. In 1997, The Prodigy released a song called 'Smack My Bitch Up', and I was horrified. The Prodigy were old friends, but I did a radio interview after the song was released and asked the simple question, "how can you play a song that glorifies misogyny and abuse?" I was told by radio DJ's to "relax, lighten up." And then a few weeks after 'Smack My Bitch Up' was released, I visited my friend in the hospital. She'd been pushed down a flight of stairs by her abusive boyfriend and received multiple skull fractures. Then a few years later, I started hearing an Eminem so ...
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Let's Just Put The Damn Product Placement in the Movie Titles
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Let's Just Put The Damn Product Placement in the Movie Titles Moby Dick's Sporting Goods Close Encounters of the Third Kindle Forever 21 Jumpstreet The 40 Year Old Virgin Atlantic Malcolm Xon/Mobile A Room with a View of a Waffle House Honey, I Shrunk the Keds Three Men and A Baby Gap The Lord of the Burger King Onion Rings Olive Garden State Good Will Bargain Hunting at Target Fight Club Sandwiches ½ Price at Subway One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest Flying Southwest Airlines Se7en/Eleven Saving Private Ryan and Big Bucks at Walmart Days of Mondavi Wine and Roses A Clockwork Orange Julius Full Metal Jacket and Pants from Men's Warehouse The Treasure Island Hotel and Casino of the Sierra Madre Gone with the Windex Mutiny on the Bounty Paper Towels -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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Watch Rory Gilmore Geek Out With Michelle Obama In 'Gilmore Girls' Teaser
Huffington Post - 8 months
Where the Obamas lead, Rory Gilmore will follow. When "Gilmore Girls" aired what was originally intended to be its series finale in 2007, Rory bid Stars Hollow adieu to follow Barack Obama on the campaign trail as a political reporter.  Nine years later, Obama is seated comfortably in the Oval Office, "Gilmore Girls" has been resurrected by Netflix for a four-part revival series and Rory is getting some face time with none other than First Lady Michelle Obama.  Ahead of the fall premiere date for "Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life," Alexis Bledel in character as Rory paid a visit to the White House to counsel the first lady on some light *cough* reading. Lending a hand to Obama's Let Girls Learn initiative, which aims to ensure the educational success of girls around the world, Rory goes full-tilt Chilton-style overachiever.  “I wasn’t sure about what mood you’d be in, so I brought all of Shakespeare ‘cause you can’t go wrong with the Bar ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Moby
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    On September 24th 2016 Moby announced the release of an album titled 'These Systems Are Failing', released under the name Moby & Void Pacific Choir.
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    It will be released on 14 October 2016 under the name Moby & The Void Pacific Choir.
    More Details Hide Details The first official single of the new album "Are You Lost In The World Like Me?" was included in the announcement. Earlier that year a first track "Don't Leave Me" of the then still unnamed new album was made available at the same time as the announcement of the circle v festival – a vegan festival created by Moby taking place on October 23 in Los Angeles, which is to feature his only live performance of 2016. Moby contributed two songs to the score of Michael Mann's film Heat: a cover version of the Joy Division song "New Dawn Fades," and the original composition "God Moving Over the Face of the Waters." The filmmakers of The Bourne Identity used Moby's song "Extreme Ways" to play over the credits of all the Bourne films. Moby explained in a 2012 interview, after rerecording the song for the fourth film, that the producers of the franchise sought a different musical work for the second film, but "simply ran out of time", after which they accepted "Extreme Ways" as the accidental theme song for the entire series.
    In September 2016 Moby announced a new album named "These Systems Are Failing".
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    Moby released an autobiography entitled Porcelain: A Memoir in May 2016.
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  • 2015
    Moby created a vegan restaurant named Little Pine in Los Angeles that opened for business on November 20, 2015.
    More Details Hide Details Moby personally runs the restaurant. In an interview with Psychology Today, Moby admitted that when he was 19, he tried LSD and began suffering from panic attacks. He says that he no longer experiences them as frequently as he used to, but occasionally he will "have too much caffeine, be stressed out about work and be in a relationship that's not going well, and it will happen again." He is very open about this in an attempt to help fans who suffer from similar panic disorders. When asked about drugs in 2001, Moby responded: "I'm sort of a libertarian. People should be able to do what they want. I ultimately defer the wisdom to an adult to make their own choices. If someone wants to do drugs, I think it's their own business and not the business of the state." Moby stated in 2011: "It's one of the lowest depths of misery to be completely destroyed and hung over in an airport at 8am in the morning after a long rough night." He was a heavy drinker for many years and a user of drugs—which he confirmed in an April 2014 live conference appearance—and then adopted sobriety, which he confirmed in an April 2014 live appearance in Los Angeles, U.S.
    The followed the release of two singles from Moby & The Void Pacific Choir in 2015, 'Almost Loved' & 'The Light Is Clear In My Eyes'.
    More Details Hide Details Starting in around 2001, Moby launched a series of co-owned business ventures, with the two most prominent being the "Little Idiot Collective"—a New York City, U.S. bricks-and-mortar clothing store, comics store, and animation studio that sold the work of an "illustrators collective"—and a small restaurant and tea shop called Teany. Teany was cofounded in 2002 with his ex-girlfriend Kelly Tisdale. In a November 2006 interview, at which time he had removed himself from any previous business projects: About five years ago, I tried to make my life as complicated as possible. So I started this restaurant, and I started this Little Idiot illustrators’ collective, and I started a bottled beverage company, and I bought this piece of property upstate. And suddenly I had this very complicated life, and I realized that all the complications that filled my life weren’t making me happy. So I spent the last year basically trying to get rid of everything.
    On October 16, 2015, Jean Michel Jarre released his compilation album "Electronica 1: The Time Machine", which included the track "Suns have gone" co-produced by Jarre and Moby.
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    He also participated in the 2015 evening supporting the work of the David Lynch Foundation that took the stage at the Theatre at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles on April 1, 2015.
    More Details Hide Details The evening, entitled "The Music of David Lynch," launched the DLF’s tenth anniversary celebrations, and helped to raise funds to teach Transcendental Meditation (TM) to 1,000 at-risk youth in Los Angeles. Performing artists included Angelo Badalamenti, Chrysta Bell, Donovan, Duran Duran, Jim James, Julee Cruise, Karen O, Kinny Landrum, Lykke Li, Rebekah Del Rio, Rob Mathes, Sky Ferreira, Tennis, Twin Peaks, Wayne Coyne and Steven Drozd of the Flaming Lips, and Zola Jesus. On June 20, 2009, Moby posted on his blog in response to the RIAA's decision to sue Minnesota suburban mother Jammie Thomas-Rasset for $2,000,000 for illegally downloading music from Kazaa. He called this "utter nonsense" and asserted that "the RIAA needs to be disbanded." Many of Moby's albums include essays that he has written himself in the inlay card. Everything Is Wrong had essays on over-consumption ("We use toxic chlorine bleach to keep our underpants white") and U.S. religious leaders ("Why doesn't the Christian right go out and spread mercy, compassion and selflessness?"), and End of Everything discussed being a vegan ("Could you look an animal in the eyes and say to it, 'My appetite is more important than your suffering'?"). In "Animal Rights" Moby discussed the granting of basic rights in western society, and called for readers to grant such basic rights to homosexuals and animals. ("a long time ago only kings had rights. then rights were extended to property-owning white men. then all men. then women. then children. then the mentally retarded. now we're agonizing over the extension of basic rights to homosexuals and animals.")
  • 2014
    In 2014, Moby made the big room house track "Delay" with Lucky Date.
    More Details Hide Details The song was released by Spinnin Records.
  • 2013
    In 2013, Moby was responsible for the soundtrack of the documentary The Crash Reel, who tells the story of snowboarder Kevin Pearce.
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    He then returned to Los Angeles to perform three shows at the Fonda Theatre on October 3–5 to promote the album, which would be his only "full live shows" for 2013 and 2014.
    More Details Hide Details Moby stated that the reason for doing little to no touring for this album was that "when I go on tour I sit around a lot (cars, airports, hotels, etc), and when I sit around I can't spend my time making music. And pretty much all I want to do in life is stay home and make music. So, thus: a 3 date world tour." He conceded that he might return to world touring in the future.
    For Record Store Day 2013, Moby released a 7-inch record called The Lonely Night which featured former Screaming Trees vocalist Mark Lanegan.
    More Details Hide Details An accompanying video was created by Colin Rich, of which Moby stated: "I’m really excited to have an experimental music video from this great video artist, and I feel like the slow, rich, and languorous desert visuals fit the song perfectly." The track was subsequently released as a download with remixes by Photek, Gregor Tresher, Freescha and Moby himself. In July, Moby announced that he would be releasing a new studio album entitled Innocents. The album had been written and recorded in the previous 18 months and was due for release in October. The album was recorded in Moby's apartment and features a number of guest vocalists, in keeping with earlier releases such as Play, 18 and Wait For Me. As with Destroyed, the photographs comprising the album's artwork were all shot by Moby. The first official single from the album is titled A Case for Shame while the previously released track The Lonely Night will also appear on Innocents. The album was produced by Grammy-winner Mark 'Spike' Stent. It was later revealed in August that The Perfect Life, which features Wayne Coyne, would be the next single, after a casting call for a music video was announced, calling "for obese Speedo-sporting bikers, nude rollerskating ghosts, and an S&M gimp proficient in rhythmic gymnastics"
    Between February and August 2013, Moby performed both acoustic and DJ sets at the Wanderlust Festival, which hosted events in Hawaii, Vermont, California and Colorado in the United States, and also in Canada and Chile internationally.
    More Details Hide Details He added a single Asia performance date at the 1 World Music Festival in Singapore. Moby also performed two 75-minute DJ sets at the prestigious Coachella festival in April which featured a unique visual collaboration with NASA, with various images from space projected onto screens during the performance. Moby followed-up with another DJ set at the Movement Detroit festival in May.
  • 2012
    On April 30, 2012 Moby released Destroyed Remixed, a limited edition 2CD collection of remixes of songs from the 2011 studio album, Destroyed.
    More Details Hide Details The release included three new exclusive remixes by David Lynch, Holy Ghost!, and System Divine, and also featured a brand new 30 minute ambient track by Moby called 'All Sides Gone'. Compiled and mixed by Moby, Destroyed Remixed was described as 'an eclectic mix of some the most exciting and interesting artists and DJ's in contemporary music'.
  • 2011
    On February 15, 2011, Moby announced the release of his new album, Destroyed.
    More Details Hide Details It was released on May 16, 2011. A photography book with the same name was also released around the time of the album. "Musically", he said, "it's very melodic and atmospheric and electronic, and if i had to sum it up i would describe it as: 'broken down melodic electronic music for empty cities at 2 a.m'." The album cover, which was released with the new information, was taken in LaGuardia Airport. It is a picture of a sign that reads 'destroyed', part of the longer phrase "All unclaimed baggage will be destroyed." The album consists of 15 tracks, one of them previously featured on the compilation A Night in NYC, titled "Rockets". Along with the album's announcement came the release of the EP Be the One, which contains 3 of the tracks from Destroyed The EP was released for free for those who signed up for Moby's mailing list. For the next single, Moby put a poll on his website for fans to choose which single should be released next, and it came to be "Lie Down in Darkness".
  • 2010
    In January 2010, Moby announced that he was to begin working on his next record.
    More Details Hide Details He said "the mood for this record will be more acoustic and less electronic than before".
    On May 3, 2010, Moby released the title track from the album, "Wait for Me", as a single.
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    In March 2010, Moby made his debut as an author when Gristle: From Factory Farms to Food Safety (Thinking Twice About the Meat We Eat), a collection of essays from people in the food industry, was published.
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    On February 22, 2010, Moby announced a UGC competition with Genero.TV asking his fans to create a videoclip, that will be serviced worldwide as the official videoclip for his upcoming single "Wait for Me", the last single from the album.
    More Details Hide Details On April 19, Moby chose the winning videoclip out of 500 entries, "based on its creativity, production value, concept, and humor". The chosen videoclip, written and directed by Nimrod Shapira from Israel, portrays the story of a girl who decides to invite Moby into her life. She attempts to do so by using a book called How to Summon Moby Guide for Dummies, putting herself through 10 bizarre and comical steps (each is a tribute to a different Moby videoclip). The single was released on May 4, 2010.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2009
    Moby headlined the Australian 2009 Falls Festival, as well as the other Sunset Sounds festivals.
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    On April 14, 2009, Moby confirmed that the album would be released on June 30.
    More Details Hide Details I recorded the album here in my studio on the lower east side (although 'studio' always seems like an overly grand word for a bunch of equipment set up in a small bedroom). In the past I've worked in large and small studios, but for this record I wanted to record everything at home by myself", Moby said on his journal. "I started working on the album about a year ago, and the creative impetus behind the record was hearing a David Lynch speech at BAFTA, in the UK. David was talking about creativity, and to paraphrase, about how creativity in and of itself, and without market pressures, is fine and good. It seems as if too often an artist's, musician's or writer's creative output is judged by how well it accommodates the marketplace, and how much market share it commands and how much money it generates. In making this record I wanted to focus on making something that I loved, without really being concerned about how it might be received by the marketplace. As a result it's a quieter and more melodic and more mournful and more personal record than some of the records I've made in the past.
  • 2008
    In a November 2008 interview with SuicideGirls, Moby spoke about the follow-up album to Last Night: "I want to make a really emotional, beautiful record.
    More Details Hide Details I don't know if I will succeed, but my goal is to make something very personal, very melodic, very beautiful."
  • 2007
    From 2007 to 2008 he ran a series of New York club events titled "Degenerates".
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    In 2007, Moby also started a rock band, The Little Death with his friends Laura Dawn, Daron Murphy, and Aaron A. Brooks.
    More Details Hide Details The Little Death released an album in 2010. In 2008, Moby released Last Night, an eclectic album of electronic dance music inspired by a night out in his New York neighborhood (the Lower East Side). The singles from Last Night include "Alice", "Disco Lies", "I Love to Move in Here", and "Ooh Yeah". The album was recorded in Moby's home studio in Manhattan, New York and features a number of guest vocalists, including Wendy Starland, MC Grandmaster Caz (one of the writers of "Rapper's Delight"), Sylvia from the band Kudu, British MC Aynzli, and the Nigerian 419 Squad.
  • 2006
    In 2006, he accepted an offer to score the soundtrack for Richard Kelly's 2007 movie Southland Tales, because he was a fan of Kelly's previous film, Donnie Darko.
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  • 2005
    In 2005, Moby released Hotel under the label Pacha.
    More Details Hide Details Instead of his relying on samples for vocals, all of the vocals and instruments were performed live in the studio, by Moby and vocalist Laura Dawn. Hotel spawned two of Moby's biggest European hits, "Lift Me Up" and "Slipping Away", both of which were number 1 European singles. In the UK, ITV used a specially remixed version of "Lift Me Up" as its Formula 1 coverage theme music.
  • 2003
    In 2003, Moby headlined the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury.
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  • 2002
    In 2002 Moby released the follow-up to Play, 18, which earned gold and platinum awards in over 30 countries, and sold more than four million copies.
    More Details Hide Details Moby toured extensively for both Play and 18, playing well over 500 shows in the course of four years. He founded the Area:One Festival in 2001, a popular touring festival that features an eclectic range of musical genres. The Area:One tour featured Outkast, New Order, Incubus, Nelly Furtado, Paul Oakenfold, and Moby himself. Area2 tour (2002) featured David Bowie, Moby, Blue Man Group, Busta Rhymes, and Carl Cox. In the next few years, Moby co-wrote "Is It Any Wonder" with Sophie Ellis-Bextor, remixed the Beastie Boys, David Bowie, Nas and Metallica, produced and co-wrote the track "Early Mornin'" for Britney Spears' fourth studio album In the Zone, and collaborated with Public Enemy on "Make Love, Fuck War", which was released prior to the 2004 U.S. presidential election. Moby also had his song "Extreme Ways" used in the Bourne movies.
    Produced by Moby and Jeff Rogers (Swell), the DVD was nominated for a 2002 Grammy award.
    More Details Hide Details The DVD included various sections: "Live on TV", most of the music videos from the album (excluding "South Side" with Gwen Stefani), "Give An Idiot a Camcorder" (Moby was given a camcorder and the tape was later edited by Tara Bethune-Lea man), and an 88-minute "Mega Mix" of all the remixes created for the album. The "Mega Mix" was accompanied by visuals created in Toronto at Crush, led by director Kathi Prosser.
  • 2001
    In July 2001, Moby: PlaytheDVD was released.
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  • 2000
    In 2000, Moby contributed his song "Flower" to the intro of the Nicolas Cage remake of Gone in 60 Seconds.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1999
    In 1999, Moby released the album Play.
    More Details Hide Details The album had moderate sales after its release, but eventually went on to sell over ten million records worldwide a year later. Every song on the album was licensed internationally to various films, advertisements, and TV shows, as well as independent films and non-profit groups. Moby performed three times on Top of the Pops with singles from the album. Play mixes songs from Alan Lomax's 1993 Atlantic recording Sounds of the South: A Musical Journey From the Georgia Sea Islands to the Mississippi Delta. For the song "Natural Blues", Moby mixes "Trouble So Hard" performed by Vera Hall from the Alan Lomax Sounds of the South compilation.
  • 1997
    In 1997, he released I Like to Score, a collection of his music that had been used in movies.
    More Details Hide Details Among those tracks were an updated version of "The James Bond Theme" used for the James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies, and "New Dawn Fades" (a cover of Joy Division's original), which had appeared without vocals in Michael Mann's film Heat. Moby made a special guest appearance in an episode where Space Ghost is possessed by the Curse of Kintavé of the Ghost Planet Industries original television series Space Ghost Coast to Coast.
  • 1996
    Also in 1996, Moby contributed the song "Republican Party" to the AIDS benefit album Offbeat: A Red Hot Soundtrip produced by the Red Hot Organization.
    More Details Hide Details According to manager Eric Härle, the album almost ruined his career, because the new direction not only left audiences cold—with music media uninterested and his existing fan base largely alienated—but led to people being confused as to what kind of artist Moby really was. Härle has stated that Moby "managed to wipe out all of his early good work and we found ourselves struggling for even the slightest bit of recognition. He became a has-been in the eyes of a lot of people in the industry".
    Disillusioned by the lack of feedback he was receiving from the music media, who struggled to comprehend the artist's new electronic music and refused to take it very seriously, Moby decided to release a punk rock album, Animal Rights, in 1996.
    More Details Hide Details It included a cover version of Mission of Burma's "That's When I Reach for My Revolver" and was followed by a tour of Europe with the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Soundgarden. The single "Come on Baby" from Animal Rights was Moby's third Top of the Pops performance. It was notable for its very aggressive look and sound. Ironically, just as Moby decided to change direction, the electronic music he had moved away from started to gain recognition and popularity through artists like The Chemical Brothers and The Prodigy.
    Everything Is Wrong earned early critical praise (Spin magazine named it "Album of the Year") and some commercial success. He followed this up in early 1996 with the double album Everything Is Wrong—Mixed and Remixed.
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  • 1995
    He then released his first album on Mute Records (Elektra in North America), Everything Is Wrong, in 1995.
    More Details Hide Details Early copies in the UK and Germany came with a special bonus CD called Underwater. This was a 43-minute five-track instrumental ambient CD.
  • 1993
    In 1993, Moby signed with Mute Records (Elektra in North America) and released an EP titled Move.
    More Details Hide Details This became his second appearance on Top of the Pops.
  • 1991
    In 1991 and 1992 he remixed The B-52s, The Prodigy, Orbital, Pet Shop Boys, Erasure, Michael Jackson and Ten City.
    More Details Hide Details He also provided a rap for a Recoil track called Curse.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1989
    Later in the decade, he was a guitarist for the alternative rock group Ultra Vivid Scene and appeared in the video for their 1989 single "Mercy Seat".
    More Details Hide Details Moby's first live solo performance was witnessed by future longtime manager Eric Härle, who later described the occasion to HitQuarters by saying: "The music was amazing, but the show was riddled with technical mishaps. It left me very intrigued and impressed in a strange way." Moby released his first singles for Instinct under several different names, such as Barracuda, Brainstorm, and UHF. His first single was a commercial failure—a rap record with vocalist Jimmy Mack, titled Time's Up, featuring several remixes and stems for remixing. Very few copies were ever sold. His first single under the pseudonym 'Moby' was "Mobility", but it was his remix of Mobilitys b-side, "Go", that proved to be his first breakthrough. Go (Woodtick Mix), a progressive house track using the string line from "Laura Palmer's Theme" from the TV drama Twin Peaks, reached the UK top ten in October 1991 and earned him his first appearance on Top of the Pops. Some of his other singles in 1992 and 1993 were "Next Is the E", "Thousand" (with its 1,000 Beats Per Minute tempo), and "Voodoo Child".
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  • 1965
    Born on September 11, 1965.
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