This evening in Los Angeles Luna will play their first concert in 10 years. The last line up of the band featuring Dean Wareham, Sean Eden, Lee Wall and Britta Phillips are playing a show at The Echo before heading off for a tour of Spain and Portugal.
The band also have shows scheduled in the UK in the summer and will be playing the US in the autumn.
If you’re lucky enough to be going along tonight feel free to post tweets, pictures and videos so that we can all enjoy the show by proxy!
Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips are guests for a lengthy interview on episode 6 of The Little Squares Culture Crush podcast – covering the Luna reunion, the state of the music industry, social media and the tightness of trousers.
On Thursday I took the day off work to see Damon and Naomi’s lunchtime show at Rough Trade East in London, this was the third and final show of a short UK tour. The shows are in support of their new album Fortune, which was released in February and is the soundtrack to Naomi’s short film of the same name that received its premiere on their last UK tour back in May of last year.
We arrived shortly before the start, the small area in front of the stage had filled up quite nicely by the time the duo took to the stage. They opened with a couple of covers – Tim Buckley’s Song to the Siren and Yoko Ono’s Listen The Snow is Falling. Damon then introduced the main event – a performance of Fortune – Damon pointed out that the fact that the album is the same length as Pink Moon is no coincidence, and so were to be treated to eleven tracks and 28’22” of music.
The film is hypnotic, almost a collection of moving photographs with a story that Damon suggested we may need to build ourselves. The album is beautiful, and works perfectly well without the film, but seeing it accompanying the pictures is certainly special – although maybe standing at the back of a record shop isn’t the perfect venue – although it worked better than you might think.
The film finished, the show was over. A nice chat with Naomi afterwards and then headed out into daylight to grab a coffee.
As another Noah Baumbach movie is hitting cinemas this weekend here’s a related Luna obscurity. Dean first worked with Noah Baumbach on his 1997 film Mr Jealousy and has been involved in some capacity or another with most of his subsequent work.
Actually it’s not that obscure because you can pick up Mr. Jealousy: Music From The Motion Picture Soundtrack from Amazon for peanuts.