Originals: Watashi no Hana by Kazuki Tomokawa

Flower - watercolour and ink

Another one that slipped through the net…

Kazuki Tomokowa is, according to his short biog on Discogs, a “Prolific Japanese folk singer, songwriter, poet, essayist, actor, betting tipster and artist”. Here’s his original of Watashi no Hana (My Flower) – cursory Googling has provided precious little more about the song (in English).

Damon & Naomi performed the track live a number of times and released a live version (recorded in Tokyo in 2004) on the free 7″ single given away with the Drag City re-release of Damon & Naomi With Ghost.
MP3: Watashi no Hana (My Flower) – Damon & Naomi

Originals: Yoo Doo Right by CAN (covered by Damon and Naomi)


Yoo Doo Right was 20 minutes long when released on CAN’s Monster Movie LP in 1969, probably because 20 minutes was long enough for one side of a record. The song however had been edited down from a 6 hour live improvised concert held at Schloss Nörvenich, CAN’s castle in North Rhine-Westphalia.

Damon & Naomi’s live cover was recorded at TT The Bears in Cambridge, MA in April 1998 with Masaki Batoh and Michio Kurihara – this clocks in at a mere 6 minutes but is still pretty damned fantastic. It was released as a seven inch single of Grimsey Records with the cover of Dylan’s It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue on the flip.

MP3: Damon & Naomi & Batoh & Kurihara – Yoo Doo Right

See Naomi Yang’s ‘Fortune’ in Cambridge, MA on 2nd October

Naomi’s silent film, Fortune, is getting a screening at Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University in Cambridge, MA on the 2nd October. The screening is at 7pm and is free and the film is accompanied by a live performance of the soundtrack by Damon & Naomi that features eleven new D&N tracks.

Screening details on Facebook.

If you’re in the neighbourhood it’d be silly to miss out!

Naomi x2 - Fortune
Damon & Naomi performing Fortune in London in May

Originals: The World’s Strongest Man by Scott Walker (covered by Damon and Naomi)

Motion picture scene (1916)
The World’s Strongest Man was written by Scott Walker and released in 1969 on host legendary LP Scott 4.

Damon & Naomi’s cover first appeared in 2009 on the Scott Walker tribute album 30th Century Man that was released to coincide with the release of the film of the same name. The track subsequently turned up on the flip of the Walking Backwards single on Great Pop Supplement.

MP3: Damon and Naomi – The World’s Strongest Man

Happy birthday Naomi Yang (2014)

Naomi Yang

Happy birthday to Naomi! Have a lovely day.

Lets celebrate with some folk music…
Listen to the awesome Magic Hour cover of Sally Free and Easy
MP3: Damon & Naomi – Sally Free and Easy

Here are Damon & Naomi performing their folk ballad Cruel Queen from Within These Walls