Moon Colony Bloodbath

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Moon Colony Bloodbath
Moon Colony Bloodbath.jpg
EP by the Mountain Goats and John Vanderslice
Released 2009
Genre Rock, Folk rock
Length 18:55
Label Cadmean Dawn
Producer Chris Stamey

Moon Colony Bloodbath is an EP released by the Mountain Goats and John Vanderslice while on tour in 2009. It was recorded by John Darnielle and John Vanderslice, with a cover art collage by Michael Pajon. John Darnielle had this to say about its status as a concept album:

"Some of the songs have something to do with a loose rock opera/'concept album' idea about organ harvesting colonies on the moon and the employees thereof, who spent their off months living in secluded opulence in remote American locations. Concepts like this are actually more fun when you abandon them but leave their traces kicking around, so that’s what we did.”[1]

Bobby Beausoleil, who is serving a life sentence for murder and has association with the Manson Family, is the subject of lyrics on the track "Scorpio Rising". Bobby Beausoleil was also to be the star of the movie Lucifer Rising, the title of another song on the record.

The EP was initially produced in a limited vinyl run of 1000 and sold during their "Gone Primitive" tour. No plans for wider distribution have been announced.[2]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by John Darnielle and John Vanderslice.

Side A
No. Title Length
1. "Surrounded" 2:21
2. "Lucifer Rising" 2:48
3. "Satori In Denver" 2:35
Side B
No. Title Length
1. "Scorpio Rising" 2:30
2. "Sudden Oak Death" 3:16
3. "Columns Pillars Steps" 2:31
4. "Emerging" 2:54


Science fiction blog io9 listed Moon Colony Bloodbath as #88 in their list "100 Albums Every Science Fiction and Fantasy Fan Should Listen To."[3]

According to io9's Charlie Anders, Moon Colony Bloodbath is "well worth tracking down. It starts with a gorgeously melancholy song with the lyric 'Let me die surrounded by machines,' and ends with the singer left alive after the Satanic massacre on the Moon, wearing a suit that keeps him warm but starving. Totally intense, and as bleak as the Moon itself."[3]



  1. ^ "The Mountain Goats Release ‘Organ Harvesting Colonies’ EP". 2009-04-17. Retrieved 2012-03-02. 
  2. ^ "Vinyl Records « Side Spur Ramblings". 2009-03-25. Retrieved 2012-03-02. 
  3. ^ a b Charlie Jane Anders and Cyriaque Lamar (24 April 2012). "100 Albums Every Science Fiction and Fantasy Fan Should Listen To: 71-100". io9. Retrieved 2014-06-14.