Some Things You Might Not Know About Moby

Insipid electronic musician Moby is the subject of a long “Home & Garden” piece in yesterday’s New York Times, in which he shows off his massive abode in the Hollywood Hills. The house is named “Wolf’s Lair,” dates from the 1920s, and is very airy and glassy, with mid-century modern furnishings and light Scandinavian wood. Moby bought it last year for $4 million. If you’re looking for a kind of poignant portrait of a lonely, not necessarily very charismatic celebrity, look no further. Some takeaways:

* There are women who agree to date Moby! “‘I had a date, which ended up making out under the view of the Hollywood sign, but nothing too crazy,’ says Moby, who is so slight as to be almost as much of a caricature as the drawing on his gray T-shirt.” * Moby simply cannot handle hangovers. “It didn’t used to be that way when I was in my 20s. I could stay up till 7 being drunk, and the hangover lasted for two hours. In my 40s, the hangovers lasted for days, and they were debilitating and soul-destroying. I simply had to stop.” * Moby’s real name is Richard Melville-Hall and he’s a descendant of Herman Melville. Which I guess explains the stage name? * In 2005, he bought four floors of a building on the Upper West Side for $4.5 million, got lonely, and sold it. * In 2003, he bought a 9,000 square foot “weird degenerate country house” in Westchester. He put a disco in it and basically just used it to throw parties. * It took finding a group of strangers smoking crack in his bathroom for Moby to realize that inviting regulars from Mars Bar back to his apartment was a bad idea.

Other than that, not much to report. Moby is apparently exactly how one would imagine him to be if one were to devote time to such thought experiments. His new album, Destroyed, is coming out month. The Times article’s author describes it as having an “echoing, futuristic loneliness.” Much like Moby himself? Aw. Here’s to Moby finding a nice girl to eat vegan and listen to deep cuts from Play with him in his enormous L.A. mansion.

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