Dean Wareham at Indietracks

Dean Wareham at Indietracks 2014

We loaded the car and headed off for day two of Indietracks, this time heading to the main entrance of the site so that we could deliver Dean’s guitar, rug and a box of merchandise. This was duly stashed in a small railway building come bookshop that was to be Dean Wareham HQ for the day, and Hazel and I headed out into the sweltering heat to mill gently around the loveliest of all festivals.

A ride on a miniature train, a box full of gorgeous curry, and a couple of bands watched we bumped into Dean and band settling into their room and chatted briefly before heading heading off for more music. We had positioned ourselves in the tin church to see Laura J Martin, but the heat drove me out after a couple of songs, Hazel was made of hardier stuff. Outside I met Dean again and Michael and Pascale of Watoo Watoo (who are playing the festival on Sunday).

More band watching, more eating, some looking at owls and parrots, and some beer (for Hazel and as we’re heading off to the main stage to see Spook School we bump into Dean (again) heading to the indoor stage and discover that he’ll be doing a short guest spot singing “that song” with Joanna Gruesome. We watched a couple of Spook School songs and then Hazel headed off to see Nat Johnson in the church and I headed to the shed to see Joanna Gruesome.

Dean Wareham with Joanna Gruesome at Indietracks
Dean Wareham with Joanna Gruesome

Joanna Gruesome’s set was riddled with technical hitches and by the time these were fixed they were looking a little less full of Indietracks-spirit, although they still stormed through a lively set as best they could. Dean joined them to sing a verse of Tugboat which was splendid, although the band performance lacked a little of the vibrancy that there performances usually have. Maybe because of the technical problems or maybe because of the guest star’s unrehearsed appearance.

Dean and band were scheduled on stage after Joanna Gruesome, so after a bit of fresh air I positioned myself at the front of the stage and watched them set up and sound-check.
One last picture before I crawl off to bed. Dean Wareham at @indietracks
Dean’s set was splendid, it opened with Emancipated Hearts and then worked through a wonderful, Galaxie 500 heavy set in the sweltering heat of the Indietracks engine shed… “might be the hottest show I’ve played… and I’ve been around” speculated Dean.

Wrapping up the set with a sparkling Tugboat (best version of the day!) and a storming Fourth of July, the crowd in the shed, that had filled up nicely for the show, were completely blown away. No encore, I think the fantastic finish and the incredible heat made for the perfect end and a relieved and invigorated audience filed out into the cool breeze.

Dean Wareham at Indietracks 2014
Dean Wareham at Indietracks 2014
Dean Wareham at Indietracks 2014
Dean Wareham at Indietracks 2014
Dean Wareham at Indietracks 2014

Originals: Victory Garden by Red Krayola (covered by Galaxie 500)

Victory Gardens!
Just a quickie to-day as I’ve posted a couple of times about Victory Garden before:
Mp3: Victory Garden – Enough or Adolf
Friday recycling: Victory Garden
Originally by Red Krayola on their second LP “God Bless the Red Krayola and All Who Sail With It” in 1968

Galaxie 500 released it on the b-side of their Blue Thunder single, and it has more recently been on the CD reissues of On Fire.

MP3: Galaxie 500 – Victory Garden (live in The Netherlands, 1989)

Originals: Translucent Carriages by Pearls Before Swine (covered by Damon and Naomi)

Pearls Before Swine – One Nation Underground (1967 ESP Disk) 1980 Adelphi Records reissue w/Balaklava

Translucent Carriages was recorded for Pearls Before Swine’s second album Balaklava in 1968.

Damon & Naomi’s cover version was first released on the Magic Eye Singles Pearls Before Swine tribute album “For The Dead in Space” in 1997 and subseuqntly turned up on the following years Playback Simgers.

MP3: Damon & Naomi – Translucent Carriages

You can read a bit more about my encounters with Pearls Before Swine’s Tom Rapp here. Tom has also previously turned up in the Originals series covering Bob Dylan’s I Shall Be Released with Damon & Naomi at 1997′s first Terrastock festival.

Bonus: Here’s a track I didn’t include in the Originals series because it didn’t really fit.

MP3: Tom Rapp – After The Goldrush (originally by Neil Young, produced by Damon and with Naomi on backing vocals)

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The annual Indietracks comp has just been released

Indietracks release a compilation album of acts appearing at the festival every year and this year’s has just been released. For a couple of quid you can have an amazing 56 track album (!!) which not only includes Dean Wareham’s splendid Everly Brothers cover Living Too Close to the Ground, but in amongst the shedload of other brilliant music you’ll find Joann Gruesome’s also splendid cover of Galaxie 500′s Tugboat. Now how is that not amazing value.

Also it’ll make you want to go to Indietracks, and astonishingly I believe there are still tickets available.

Join me there!

Originals: Time by Nancy Sinatra (covered by Cagney & Lacee)

Wekker voor anti-conceptiepil / Alarm clock for birth control pills
I’m taking a guess that Dean Wareham most likely came to Time by Nancy Sinatra’s version… I know I did. All my (admittedly rather slack) research has revealed that Time songwriter Michael Merchant wrote Time. And that’s about it. A few folk recorded in 1966, including…
Time – Nancy Sinatra (1966)

Time – Cher (1966)

Time – Carol Deene (1967)

Time – Glen Campbell (1969)

Dean Wareham’s side project Cagney and Lacee recorded the sonmg for a single on Terry Tolkin’s No.6 Records in 1995
MP3: Time – Cagney and Lacee (1995)

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