Moby Helps Inaugurate L.A.’s New Mayor, Announces New Album Details

Craig Rosen
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Moby's been a busy fellow lately. Back in February, he headlined a fundraiser with Will Ferrell and Jimmy Kimmel for Eric Garcetti, who was running for mayor of Los Angeles. Garcetti won the election in May; and Sunday night, Moby was back onstage supporting Garcetti, this time playing an acoustic version of "We Are All Made of Stars" — with four back-up singers — on the steps of L.A. City Hall at the new mayor's inauguration.

Here's a clip shot at Moby's soundcheck:

After the performance, Moby introduced Garcetti, calling him "the coolest man in the history of Los Angeles" — and that may be the case. Back at the February fundraiser, Garcetti joined Moby onstage, playing keyboards, in a performance of "This Goodbye." If Garcetti's political star continues to rise, maybe someday he'll grace the stage with President Obama on vocals and former President Bill Clinton on sax.

Meanwhile, Moby also announced the details of his upcoming album on Monday. It features a whole slew of collaborators, but not Garcetti. The album, titled Innnocents, is due on Oct. 1 and features collaborations with Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips, Mark Lanegan of Screaming Trees/Queens of the Stone Age fame, Damien Jurado, Skylar Grey, Inyang Bassey, Cold Specks, and more.

While Moby's offered fans a taste of the album in the above video clips, a playlist he posted on Spotify, titled "Moby's Album Inspirations," may be more revealing. It features tracks by Suicide, Marianne Faithfull, James Blake, Mark Langegan, Schoolly D, Aerosmith, Massive Attack, Magazine, the Gun Club, and more. Check it out:

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