About Temple of the Moon Publishing
Temple of the Moon Publishing is the publishing company for the music of Michael Ely and Spider Taylor.
Michael Ely and Spider Taylor have been living together as an openly gay couple since 1971, and have been making music together for almost that long. Throughout the 1970's, Spider played lead guitar in a variety of Los Angeles and Orange County hard rock, glam, psychedelic and funk bands. During these years he and Michael began collaborating as songwriters.
In 1978, Michael and Spider joined their first band together, The Tracers, an art-school punk rock band. Spider played second guitar and Michael sang back-up. In 1979, they recorded a single with The Tracers entitled "My My Girl"/"Itchy Bugs."
Later that year they left The Tracers to found the hardcore punk band Hey Taxi and released a single entitled "I Hate Dogs"/"War is Hell"/"Queen Bee". This single has since become a camp classic, exchanging hands for tidy sums of money on eBay.
In 1981, they founded the controversial retro glam, psychedelic alternative band Red Wedding, L.A.'s first known openly gay band. Red Wedding performed at all of the top L.A. and San Diego clubs, sharing the stage with a variety of unsigned and established bands and performers including Killing Joke, The Romantics, Psi Com (pre-Jane's Addiction), Red Hot Chili Peppers, X, Romeo Void, The Bangs (pre-Bangles), Fibonaccis, Party Boys, Bow Wow Wow, and Nina Hagen. They released two EPs before disbanding in 1985.
In 1986, Michael and Spider founded the hardcore alternative band "Glass" and recorded an unreleased EP entitled "Dancing with the Apes,", but by 1987, they had grown weary of L.A. and the music industry, moved to Tucson, and disappeared from music for 16 years.
In 2003, the musical itch returned and Michael and Spider began recording as soundscape artists Smoke & Mirrors, signing with the newly-formed indie label Aural Fixation Records. Their first release, 2003's "The Perfume of Creosote" (a collection of 23 soundscapes inspired by the Sonoran Desert) caught the ear of David Burrows, a TV/film producer, who asked them to record a campy cover of "Happy Trails" for the documentary "Walking with Freedom" which unofficially screened at Sundance in 2005.
Smoke & Mirrors went on to release "Deities" (a double-disc collection of 22 soundscapes based on Hindu gods and goddesses) in 2004 and "White Roses Painted Red" (a collection of 23 soundscapes based on Alice in Wonderland characters) in 2005. All three CDs received rave reviews as well as indie radio airplay all across the States and in Europe.
In 2006, Michael and Spider abandoned the name Smoke & Mirrors in favor of their own names "Michael and Spider" and began work on a CD collection of lush and exotic soundscapes entitled "Iridescent Garden," which was released this year.