Entries tagged with: Luna
by Bill Pearis
Britta Phillips has made records with Luna and as one half of Dean & Britta, not to mention her early-'90s band The Belltower. (She was also the singing voice of Jem.) Here comes her first solo album, Luck Or Magic, which will be out April 29 via Double Feature Records. The record started as a collaboration with electronic producer Scott Hardkiss, who died in 2013. She shelved the project for a while but came back to it with help from producer Eric Broucek. The album is half covers (including The Cars' "Drive" and Dennis Wilson's "Fallin' In Love") and half Phillips originals. The first single is a gorgeous cover of Evie Sands' "One Fine Summer Morning" from 1969, and you can listen to that below.
Speaking of, Dean & Britta recorded the soundtrack to Noah Baumbach's 2015 film Mistress America, and released a 7" single last month with Britta covered Dylan's "Don't Think Twice" on one side, and they both tackle Paul and Paula's 1962 hit "Hey Paula." you can listen to the Dylan cover below as well.
When Galaxie 500 broke up in 1991, Dean Wareham signed to Elektra where his friend Terry Tolkin was doing A&R. He made a five-song demo with Mercury Rev's Jimmy Chambers and The Clean's Hamish Kilgour playing drums... all songs that would end up on the first Luna album, Lunapark. Over the weekend, Luna released the demos on their Bandcamp with the express purpose of helping out Tolkin who is very ill:
Luna (at this early stage Dean Wareham) was signed to Elektra by A&R man Terry Tolkin who had previously worked at Rough Trade, Touch & Go and Caroline Records. Terry now lives in New Orleans and is gravely ill. He is fighting a rare and aggressive virus that has his doctors perplexed, and facing huge medical bills for hospital visits, thrice-weekly dialysis and prescription drug co-pays.You can buy Luna Demos 1991 right now (or donate to his medical fund directly) and stream it below.
All profits from the sale of this digital EP on Bandcamp are being sent directly to Terry to help pay his bills. Price is $7 but you are free to donate more...
photos by P Squared Photography
Luna @ Northside Fest 6/11/2014
The reunited Luna played their first NYC show in 10 years on Thursday (6/11) in Williamsburg's McCarren Park, which also served to kick off the music portion of the 2015 Northside Festival. Their set began with the memorable bassline of "Slide" (the first song from their debut album, Lunapark) which started a parade of favorites that included "California (All the Way)," "Tiger Lily," "Lost in Space," "23 Minutes in Brussels" and "Chinatown." Their set also included an audience sing-a-long of "Happy Birthday" for bassist Britta Phillips and a closing cover of Beat Happening's "Indian Summer." Dean Wareham was in good spirits, pointing out buildings in the Manhattan skyline and friends in the crowd, and remarking on the muggy heat. It was indeed very hot but no complaints other than I personally could've stood to hear more songs ("Slash Your Tires," "Superfreaky Memories," "This Time Around" perhaps?) but there's always next time. Pictures and setlist are in this post.
The free show (no one was checking RSVPS, you could just walk in, by the way) was opened by the jammy instrumental act Chris Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band. Pics from their set, and more from Luna, below...
by Bill Pearis
Diane Coffee, aka Foxygen drummer Shaun Fleming, will release his new album, Everybody's A Good Dog, on September 4 via Western Vinyl. By the sound of first single "Everyday," he's aiming for 1973, squashing Bowie, Elton John, The Stones, Todd Rundgren and a giant bag of glitter into his theatrical worldview. You can stream that below.
You can catch Diane Coffee on tour this fall, on tour with Luna and then Of Montreal. That includes Luna's two sold-out shows at NYC's Bowery Ballroom (10/7 & 10/8), but he's not playing their 10/9 Music Hall of Williamsburg show (no word on who is yet). You can catch Diane Coffee in NYC before that, though, as he'll play Baby's All Right on September 15. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Luna, don't forget, play their first NYC show in 10 years tonight (6/11) in McCarren Park. All Diane Coffee tour dates are listed below...
Luna's five albums from the '90s will be collected in one vinyl box set titled Luna: Long Players (92-99). There is also a sixth disc of rarities as well a 12x12 book that includes an interview with director Noah Baumbach. (You may remember frontman Dean Wareham did the score for Baumbach's The Squid & the Whale.) The box set should be out in time for the holidays. As for how much it'll cost, that's still TBA but, for context, vinyl copies of their first album, 1992's Lunapark, regularly fetch well over $100 on Discogs. Details below.
Luna, meanwhile, Brooklyn's McCarren Park on Thursday (6/11), a free show as part of the 2015 Northside Fest. If you haven't already, you can still claim free tickets. They'll then be back as part of their fall tour for three shows in October. All dates are listed below.
Luna in Spain in April
Luna, the band Dean Wareham formed after the breakup of Galaxie 500, are reunited this year, and they've already toured Europe and played a single LA show. Now a lengthier North American tour has finally been announced, and it includes three NYC shows.
The band will hit Bowery Ballroom on October 7 & 8 and Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 9. The MHOW show is all ages. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday, May 15 at noon.
Updated dates, including UK summer shows too, are listed below...
by Bill Pearis
Damon & Naomi
Damon & Naomi released their new album Fortune in February which is another lovely record of hushed, folky pop. Fortune also serves as the soundtrack to a 30-minute silent film of the same name that was made by Naomi. You can watch the film and stream the album below.
They'll be heading to the UK for a few dates in April followed by an appearance at the Istanbul Film Festival where they'll perform a "cine-concert" soundtracking a screening of Fortune. Once back in the states, Damon & Naomi will play The Bell House on May 29 as part of the venue's "Boston in Brooklyn" series and the show is with Tanya Donelly (Belly, Throwing Muses) and Elisa Ambrogio (Magik Markers). Tickets are on sale. All dates are listed below.
There's also a "Boston in Brooklyn" event at The Bell House this Saturday (4/4) with The Sheila Divine, The Gravel Pit and Mean Creek. Tickets are on sale.
Luna in 2015
In related news, Damon & Naomi's old Galaxie 500 bandmate Dean Wareham is gearing up for Luna's first show in 10 years -- happening on LA on April 13 in Los Angeles -- followed by a tour of Spain. Since we last posted, the band have announced UK dates for August. We still await promised North American dates which should happen "later this year." All dates are listed below.
The reformed Luna are gearing up for their tour of Spain and have announced they'll play a warm-up show beforehand at Los Angeles' The Echo on April 13. That will be their first show in ten years. Tickets go on sale Thursday (2/12) at noon PDT.
Never fear, rest of the country. Frontman Dean Wareham assures us that there are "more to come in the fall." All dates are listed, along with a short Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders documentary that uses Luna's "22 Minutes Over Brussels," below...
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...