John Moen

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John Moen
The Decemberists at Yale, 28 April 2009 - 80.JPG
Moen after performing with The Decemberists
Background information
BornBrainerd, Minnesota
OriginPortland, Oregon
GenresIndie rock, folk rock, baroque pop
Occupation(s)Musician, producer
InstrumentsDrums, percussion, guitar, organ, banjo, melodica
Associated actsThe Decemberists, Black Prairie, Boston Spaceships, Elliott Smith, Heatmiser, Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, Dharma Bums, The Minus Five, Robert Pollard, Eyelids

John Moen is a musician and member of The Decemberists, Black Prairie, Boston Spaceships, Eyelids, and Perhapst. He sings, plays the drums, banjo, the melodica, occasionally the keyboard, and dances around with a floor tom.[citation needed] Moen has played the drums since he was 15 years old.[1]

Prior to joining The Decemberists, John played with over 20 bands including singer-songwriter Elliott Smith, The Jicks,[2] Cavemanish Boys, The Dharma Bums, The Minus 5 (sometimes) and the Maroons. More recently, John has been working with Decemberists side project Black Prairie, playing on their most recent album and performing live.

He was born in Brainerd, Minnesota and raised in Salem, Oregon. He has been an integral part of the music scene in and around Portland, Oregon since the 1980s. He has one daughter and has expressed interest in gardening and cooking. He is also a big fan of the Portland Trail Blazers NBA team.[3]

Moen's nicknames include Spydur, Hot Dog, Crazy Uncle John, Jack, Banjo, Dusty, Johnny Go Go Go, Hexxus, and Mighty Music Cotton Candy Man.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "The Decemberists". Retrieved 18 February 2010.
  2. ^ "Pollard's Still Got It". Retrieved 18 February 2010.
  3. ^ "Exclusive Interview: Perhapst". Yellow Bird Project. February 27, 2009. Archived from the original on 2015-04-28.

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