Moyer performing in 2012
|Origin||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA|
|Genres||Post-punk, indie rock, funk rock, soul rock, post-hardcore|
|Instruments||Vocals, Bass, Guitar, Drums|
|Labels||Dischord, DeSoto, Mud Memory, Touch and Go, Resin, Lovitt Records, Sockets Records|
Justin Moyer (born 1977) is an American musician and journalist. He has been a member of many Washington, D.C.-based bands on Dischord Records, including El Guapo, Supersystem, Antelope, and E.D. Sedgwick. He writes for The Washington Post and The Washington City Paper.
Moyer formed El Guapo with Rafael Cohen, now a member of !!!, at Wesleyan University in 1996, when Moyer and Cohen were juniors. After recording for Resin, Mud Memory, Dischord, and Touch and Go Records, the band broke up in 2006.
Moyer formed Antelope with Bee Elvy and Mike Andre in 2001. After releasing an eponymous EP produced by Trans Am's Phil Manley as well as a single and full-length produced by Ian MacKaye, the band broke up in 2008.
In 2006, Moyer declared the defunct New Jersey group S-Process, also known as SPRCSS, his favorite band in a blog post and called for the band to reform. Partially in response to this plea, SPRCSS, which had recorded for French Kiss Records, reformed in 2007 with Moyer playing guitar. After founding drummer Daneil Mazone quit the band in 2011, the band, fronted by founding guitarist Bob Doto, played additional shows with TJ Lipple on drums, and a final show at Fort Reno Park with Moyer on drums. Later that year, the band digitally self-released two EPs produced by Moyer and Ian MacKaye.
Moyer formed Edie Sedgwick with Ryan Hicks (formerly of Bloomington, Ind.'s Panoply Academy Glee Club) in 1999. The duo, who wrote songs about celebrities, took its name from Andy Warhol superstar Edie Sedgwick. Moyer played bass; Hicks played drums. After releasing "First Reflections," an LP, on Moyer's Mud Memory Records and recording another, the band went on hiatus in 2001 when Moyer was diagnosed with epilepsy.
In 2004, Moyer relaunched Edie Sedgwick as a solo act, performing in drag accompanied only by an iPod. He released the LP "Her Love is Real But She Is Not," a well-reviewed electroclash effort recorded primarily in his bedroom, on Desoto Records in 2005. "I always found it strange that every musician I met would spend so much time engrossed by visual media and then write a song about class struggle or Rwandan genocide," Moyer said in 2008. "I'm more interested in making my art about Molly Ringwald or Martin Sheen than exploring these so-called weighty topics which, for better and worse, are alien to me."
After releasing "Things Are Getting Sinister and Sinisterer," an LP, on Dischord in 2008, Moyer again reformatted the band—he no longer performs in drag, and performs exclusively with women. Subsequent tours and videos to support 2011's LP "Love Gets Lovelier Every Day" have showcased this version of the band, now called "E.D. Sedgwick" instead of "Edie Sedgwick." "We Wear White," Sedgwick's most recent LP, was released in November 2012.
|Release date||Album name||Group name||Record label|
|1997||Untitled 7"||El Guapo||Red Skies at Night Records|
|1998||The Burden of History||El Guapo||Resin Records|
|1999||The Phenomenon of Renewal||El Guapo||Resin Records|
|2000||The Geography of Dissolution||El Guapo||Mud Memory Records|
|2001||super/system||El Guapo||Dischord Records|
|2001||First Reflections||Edie Sedgwick||Dischord Records/Mud Memory Records|
|2002||Fake French||El Guapo||Dischord Records|
|2003||Begin Live Transmission||El Guapo||Dischord Records|
|2003||s/t||Antelope||Dischord Records/Bug Records|
|2004||Crowns/The Flock||Antelope||Dischord Records|
|2005||Always Never Again||Supersystem||Touch and Go Records|
|2005||Her Love is Real But She is Not||Edie Sedgwick||Desoto Records|
|2005||Born Into the World/Defcon||Supersystem||Touch and Go Records|
|2005||Miracle||Supersystem||Touch and Go Records|
|2006||A Million Microphones||Supersystem||Touch and Go Records|
|2008||Things are Getting Sinister and Sinisterer||Edie Sedgwick||Dischord Records|
|2011||Love Gets Lovelier Every Day||Edie Sedgwick||Dischord Records|
|2011||Songs for Isadora||Edie Sedgwick and A.K.||Sockets Records|
|2012||We Wear White||E.D. Sedgwick||Dischord Records|
|2012||Heat Wave 12"||E.D. Sedgwick||Dischord Records/Mud Memory Records|
|2014||s/t 7"||Puff Pieces||Lovitt Records|
|2016||Bland in D.C.||Puff Pieces||Lovitt Records|
|2017||Born 2 Die 7"||Puff Pieces||Lovitt Records|
Moyer, a former private investigator, is a long-time freelancer for The Washington City Paper, where he covered the 2008 election, and blogs about books and life as a touring musician. Since 2008, he has written for The Washington Post, where he reviews books and writes about poker and city politics.
- Chea, Steven. "!!! (Chk Chk Chk) brings dance party to Harlow's". Sacramento Press. Retrieved 1 May 2012.
- Interview with El Guapo (1998), Wesleyan Music Journal. By Kim Wetzel. Issue 5, Article 4. May 1999. Retrieved 11 August 2012.
- Senior Honors Theses in Music, 1952–2012, Wesleyan University Music Department. 1998, Justin Moyer. Retrieved 11 August 2012.
- Kanin, Mike. "Play It Er, Again". Washington City Paper. Retrieved 1 May 2012.
- "Supersystem break up,". Brooklyn Vegan. Retrieved 2 May 2012.
- "Dischord Records Antelope band page". Dischord Records. Retrieved 1 May 2012.
- "Paging the Late, Great Philly Band SPRCSS". Philebrity. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 15 May 2012.
- Shepherd, Julianne. "SPRCSS: MNML". Pitchfork. Retrieved 15 May 2012.
- "SPRCSS @ Fort Reno 2011 #4". YouTube. Retrieved 15 May 2012.
- Little, Ryan. "SPRCSS Releases Two (Two!) New EPs". Washington City Paper. Retrieved 15 May 2012. Cite error: Invalid
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- Boldman, Gina. "The Panoply Academy Glee Club,". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2 May 2012.
- "Edie Sedgwick band page". Dischord Records. Retrieved 2 May 2012.
- "Mud Memory Records Edie Sedgwick page". Mud Memory. Retrieved 6 May 2012.
- Moyer, Justin (19 June 2012). "Why John Bryson and John Roberts should talk about their seizures". The Washington Post. Retrieved 19 June 2012.
- Raposa, David. "Edie Sedgwick: Her Love is Real...But She is Not,". Pitchforkmedia.com. Retrieved 1 May 2012.
- "Desoto Records Edie Sedgwick page". Desoto Records. Retrieved 6 May 2012.
- Mackey, Robbie. "Edie Sedgwick is dead, but empty celebrity is alive and well,". indyweek.com. Retrieved 1 May 2012.
- "Edie Sedgwick: Things are getting sinister and sinisterer,". DOA.
- "E.D. Sedgwick 'Silver Bullets,'". Youtube. Retrieved 6 May 2012.
- "Dischord Records".
- Schweitzer, Ally. ""One Track Mind: Puff Pieces, 'New Nazis'"". Washington Citypaper. Retrieved 22 April 2014.
- Moyer, Justin. "Whitey, P.I.". Washington City Paper. Retrieved 2 May 2012.
- Moyer, Justin. "The Battle for the Mid-Atlantic,". Washington City Paper. Retrieved 2 May 2012.
- Moyer, Justin. "Five Books I'd Read,". Washington City Paper. Retrieved 2 May 2012.
- Moyer, Justin. "Heat Wave: Edie Sedgwick Goes to SXSW,". The Washington City Paper. Retrieved 2 May 2012.
- Moyer, Justin (4 August 2009). "Book Review: Michael Jackson,". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2 May 2012.
- Moyer, Justin (18 July 2010). "Poker at Charles Town and Greenbrier,". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2 May 2012.
- Moyer, Justin. "If fewer kids are in foster care,". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2 May 2012.
- Moyer, Justin (31 August 2009). "Names and Faces,". The Washington Post. Retrieved 1 May 2012.
- Beaujon, Andrew. "Hatred of Justin Moyer briefly distracts right-wing blogosphere,". Washington City Paper. Retrieved 1 May 2012.
- Moyer, Justin. ""The Beatles: Let them be"". The Washington Post. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
- Moyer, Justin. ""From Gandhi to MLK, history’s giants have become marketing tools"". The Washington Post. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
- Moyer, Justin. ""All that jazz isn't all that great"". The Washington Post. The Washington Post. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
- Richards, Chris. "All what jazz? Or: How to declare something dead without listening to it". The Washington Post. The Washington Post. Retrieved 13 August 2014.