Entries tagged with: Luna
by Bill Pearis
San Francisco's Slowness make hypnotic dreampop that incorporates drone, pulsing basslines, gliding guitar textures and lovely harmonies into their sound. You can play spot the influence, but they've carved out their own corner of the ether. The band's debut album, How to Keep from Falling off a Mountain, came out last year and was produced by Monte Vallier (Weekend, Soft Moon, Wax Idols) and features contributions from Luna guitarist Sean Eden. It's well worth taking for a test drive and you can stream the whole thing below.
Slowness will be heading to the East Coast later this month for what appears to be a one-off NYC show at Union Hall on January 24. Similarly hazy bands Luff and Fixtures are also on the bill and advance tickets are on sale.
Luna called it quits about ten years ago, with their final show being at Bowery Ballroom in February 2005. Since then, Dean Wareham has since released records with his wife (and Luna bassist) Britta Phillips as well as solo ones. Lately, though, there have been Luna reunion rumors floating around... and were confirmed today by Wareham via Twitter, replying to a few fans inquiries. There will be a Spanish tour in 2015:
10 years since the last Luna show; we are planning a short Spanish tour for April 2015— Dean Wareham (@WarehamDean) October 28, 2014
After the Spanish tour, Wareham said Luna will also play the US, including NYC:
@unclegrambo later in the year will play a few US dates— Dean Wareham (@WarehamDean) October 28, 2014
Stay tuned for details on US shows, but flyer for the Spanish tour is below...
Following last year's Emancipated Hearts mini-LP, Dean Wareham will release his first-ever proper solo album on March 11. The self-titled album was produced by Jim James of My Morning Jacket, and recorded at Jim's place in Louisville, Kentucky with Britta Phillips on bass, Anthony LaMarca on drums and pedal steel, and Jim James on keys and guitars. Check out "Holding Pattern" below.
Starting with a visit to the Big Ears Festival in Knoxville, TN, Dean will be on tour this spring playing songs off his new LP plus favorites from throughout the rest of his long career (Luna, Galaxie 500, Dean & Britta). Those dates include NYC at Bowery Ballroom on April 5. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (2/7) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (2/5) at noon. All dates are listed below.
photos by Kurt Christensen
Dean & Britta, The War on Drugs and Wormburner played the Shine a Light Music Festival at Mulcahy's in Wantaugh, NY on July 21. Presented by The Tommy Brull Foundation the festival supports Camp Anchor, a year-round recreation program dedicated to children and adults with special needs who reside within the Town of Hempstead. (More info about it is in this Newsday article.) The show was notable as a mini Luna reunion with guitarist Sean Eden joining Dean & Britta on-stage. (That band played their last show at Bowery Ballroom in 2005.) Their set included such Luna favorites as "Tiger Lily," "23 Minutes over Brussels," and "Moon Palace." A video of the band playing "Tiger Lily" is below. NYC Taper was there too and you can download the entire Dean & Britta (and Sean) set over his way.
Dean says he's done with doing Galaxie 500 shows (at least in NYC)... is it too soon for a real Luna reunion? More pictures of all three bands and the video of "Tiger Lily" are below.
DOWNLOAD: Damon & Naomi - E.T.A. (MP3)
Galaxie 500 (Damon, Naomi & Dean)
The Zipper Factory is an intimate theatre (converted from, yes, a Zipper Factory) and everyone gets a seat. On this night we are going to concentrate on songs by Galaxie 500. Opening act is El May (featuring the sometime Luna keyboard player Lara Meyerratken).In related news, Damon & Naomi's 1992 album "More Sad Hits" was recently reissued. The CD is out now. The vinyl is out September 1st. Download track one above.
Dean & Britta are playing The Zipper Factory in NYC tonight (July 24) and again on August 21 and again on September 20th. They're also playing that benefit show coming up at Bowery Ballroom with Nada Surf. All dates below...
Black Postcards: A Rock & Roll Romance
In his grumpy but informative memoir, Wareham, the lead guitarist and vocalist for seminal independent rock bands Galaxie 500 and Luna, recounts the highs and lows of his life as a musician. While Wareham's narrative voice is not particularly warm, he is refreshingly frank (though quite defensive) about the personal conflicts that broke up Galaxie 500, as well as about his later, somewhat more conventional rock and roll antics, which included drug use and infidelity. For most readers, the heart of the book will come in the first hundred odd pages, which focus on the financially difficult but artistically fruitful run of Galaxie 500, featuring Damon Krukowski and Naomi Yang, in the late 1980s and early '90s. The stories of nights spent on the floors of college radio station managers and recording classic albums in three days are the stuff of do-it-yourself legend, and at its best, the book serves as a clear narrative of the travails of independent musicians in the days before mp3s and Pitchfork Media (which gets a snarky shout-out). Wareham gets a lot of mileage out of frustration with booking agents, band mates and radio stations, and over the course of the book, one gets a prevailing sense of how truly difficult it can be for some great musicians to break through the mass media wall. [Publisher's Weekly - Amazon.com]Dean Warehem makes a free promotional book tour stop at Union Hall in Brooklyn tonight (March 18). All dates and stuff below....
* Eamon Hamilton of British Sea Power performs solo tonight (saturday March 1st) at Galapagos w/ Titus Andronicus (and Crystal Stilts)
* Matthew Friedberger of Fiery Furnaces and Doug Gillard of Guided by Voices perform solo sets at Don Pedro's tonight w/ Times New Viking
* Dean & Britta of Luna are playing Bowery Ballroom tonight w/ Keren Ann
* Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth is playing Webster Hall tonight w/ Roky Erickson
* members of Arcade Fire are playing a free show in Ohio soon.
Keren Ann is da bomb - I always get excited when she announces dates. This time the excitement is compounded by the fact that she's teaming up with ex-Luna in the form of Dean & Britta for a tour that includes two NYC dates. Tickets go on sale Friday at noon for a show on February 29th at Bowery Ballroom, and one the next day at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets are also on sale for the Dean & Britta's New Years show at Maxwell's.
In related news, Dean & Britta teamed up with Sonic Boom to record some Christmas songs. More details at Chimney Rocks Records. The Sound of Musique has an MP3 of Keren covering "Hallelujah". More tour dates below....
"Cinnamon Girl" is an all-women Neil Young tribute CD that's coming out in February for charity. Tracklist below....
DOWNLOAD: Dean & Britta - Word You Used to Say (MP3)
Dean & Britta (Luna peeps) have one U.S. show scheduled this week before they leave for a short tour of Europe. The show I'm talking about is Saturday June 2, 2007 at Luna Lounge (Luna at Luna) in Brooklyn, NYC w/ My Robot Friend.
Tickets are still on sale - AND, the kind peeps at Dean & Britta headquarters were kind enough to hook us up with - not two - not four - not five even, BUT SIX pairs of free tickets to give away to this show, BUT THAT'S NOT ALL - I also have six D&B CD's (pictured) to give out to six lucky unlucky people who can't make it to the show, but still want to win something.
TO WIN, e-mail BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM (subject: Luna), and answer this: Dean and Britta wrote a song about a section of Brooklyn for a film that starred someone who was also in Dumb and Dumber. What section of Brooklyn is the song about? TWELVE WINNERS will be picked at random and contacted. Include your first and last name for guestlist if you want the tickets. Say if you just want the CD. Your email will not be shared or abused.
Dean & Britta videos & tour dates, below.....
A collection of break ups, as reported all over the place...
Luna will play our final shows at the Bowery Ballroom
(not to be confused with the end of the other Luna)
And those getting back together...