This week Luna kicked off the next US leg of their ongoing 'reunion' (when does it stop being that?) and to coincide WFUV have broadcast the session that the band recorded when they were in NYC on the last leg back in November.
The set included the first public outing of their cover of Sweetness by Yes.
When you break up with someone you have to convince yourself that it’s really intolerable and really awful. That’s what you must convince yourself of in order to leave—you’re building that story in your mind—so it’s like watching myself do that. Looking back, maybe we should have just taken a break.
I finally got the nerve to talk to Dean after the show at LA2 in October 1997. He was really nice, he signed my ticket, and I must have given him my phone number because a few days later I got home from work to find a message from him on my answerphone. Obviously not being there to take the call was the best thing that could have happened, we were both spared an awkward conversation and I have kept that recording of Dean Wareham ringing me up. It’s one of my favourite bits of memorabilia!
The first time I was brave enough to talk to Naomi about Galaxie 500 was after their Terrastock London performance in 1999, and even then I left most of the talking to another fan who didn’t have the anxieties I had. But over the years things became much more relaxed
Luna aren't playing a sahow this New Year's Eve so there'll be no chance to hear their rendition of their traditional New Year's cover of Rock Your Baby - Luckily, as ever, AHFoW can come to the rescue:
I've never had an egg nog. To me Egg Nog is primarily a Luna tune, and secondarily some strange unknown seasonal beverage. This year I decided to make an egg nog! You can catch most of my egg-nogging as an Instagram story for the next 24 hours! Or just stay here, look at a couple of photos and listen to the aforementioned Luna gem.
I made half the quantity, because there's only three of us, and one of us (me) almost never drinks! And Felicity's recipe had a lot of booze in it - a mix of rum and madeira. Also lots of cream, lots of sugar … and of course eggs.
It's dead easy to make and is a beautiful, thick, creamy concoction and one ladleful has me feeling quite light-headed. Hazel's done her best to get through some but there's still a jug of it in the fridge!
Thanks as ever to everyone who voted in another A Head Full of Wishes survey (that's 22 years of them!) - once again not too many surprises. I have been in touch with the two draw winners so if you haven't heard from me … you'll have to try again next year!
Where are we and how old are we?
We're all getting older!
For fave Galaxie 500 album On Fire tops the poll even more convincingly than usual with 52% of the vote (compared with 44% in 2016). Tugboat and Fourth of July tie for top track
Penthouse, of course, topped the fave Luna album poll, with Bewitched second and Lunapark moving above Rendezvous.23 Minutes in Brussels is top track but Friendly Advice is putting up a valiant fight in second place.
When I was growing up I shared a room with my brother. Every Christmas morning he'd wake up before me and, after he'd re-organised our stockings to ensure that he got all the good stuff, he'd stand by the window, wake me up, and convince me that it had been snowing. Being the foolish, gullible little brother, and being in a half-conscious state, I’d believe him - even when I knew it wasn’t true I’d convince myself to believe him.
The dream of going to bed on a clear Christmas Eve and waking on Christmas morning to find the world covered in a fresh blanket of snow is one I’ve had every year for as long as I can remember. Sadly, being London, while I’ve been dreaming of a white Christmas I’ve been invariably delivered a wet one. Maybe this time…
Here’s Damon & Naomi’s cover of Irving Berlin’s Christmas classic
And here’s Galaxie 500’s snow day specials
Listen The Snow is Falling…
Listen The Snow is Falling (live in Copenhagen)…
And here's Sean Eden's Snow Drive from Tell Me Do You Miss Me…