So.. an album track by 60s Japanese psych/folk/rock band, that ain’t gonna be on YouTube is it… and it wasn’t, but it is now.
Love was released on
The Jacks 1968 album Vacant World, I’ll pinch Wikipedia’s description of the band because I rather love how The Jacks pretty much cover everything …
Jacks played in a distinct musical style fused with ambient psychedelic, surf, folk and jazz. The group had a dark, introspective sound with an exploratory, improvisational edge and sometimes headed into moody instrumental excursions. The Jacks typically employed reverb, tremolo and subtle fuzz-guitar and also utilized the vibraphone, organ and wind instruments such as the flute.
Damon & Naomi recorded it in 2001 for their fake live album Live in San Sebastian – here they are performing it with members of Ghost, saxophonist Bhob Rainey and cellist Helene Espvall in Tokyo in 2008
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Christmas is coming the rich are getting fat, please put a penny in the indie rock band’s hat.
Damon & Naomi have just put on sale a lovely grey variant of the Galaxie 500 Eclipse T-shirt, available from their online store for $20 – the perfect gift for your Galaxie 500 loving friend…
As well as the usual sizes, they’re also making it available in “youth size 8″ so also perfect for your tiny Galaxie 500 loving friend (or a child).
Vote on the 2013 A Head Full of Wishes survey
OK… maybe not the last call, but the last post I’ll do on here about it. If you take the AHFoW survey this year you’ll be entered in a draw for this lot:
That copy of Dear Paulina on the right is positively the last one I’ll be giving away – if you don’t get one in the draw you’ll have to keep an eye on eBay and Discogs to get a copy from now on in.
Vote on the 2013 A Head Full of Wishes survey
Head over to the survey form and choose your favourite album and five favourite tracks by Galaxie 500, Luna, Damon & Naomi and Dean & Britta. Remember you only need to include your email address if you want to be entered in the draw (if you’ve already voted and forgot to include your email address, get in touch).
I’m jazzing up the results page – you can see how that’s going by checking out how last year’s survey went – please get in touch if anything looks wrong or screwy!
So on to Friday, managed to not make the mailing list pub meet-up (again) but fairly certain I’d have been on my own if I had! Arrived at the church with my son at 7:30 and took up position behind the seats, same place as last night, so Britta is, once again obscured in any photos I tool – mind you I’d forgotten my camera so I only took a few pictures with my phone and they all look a bit rubbish!
Jason Quever of Papercuts opened with a much more relaxed set than the night before, he took longer to tune between songs. The first half of the set was on an acoustic guitar before he was joined (again) by Britta and Anthony and things stepped up a gear.
Dean was again accompanied by Britta, Anthony and Jason and the set was similar to the previous evening, just more relaxed and perhaps a little rockier, the new songs sounded great live, and it’s always a treat to hear the old one. Encore tonight was Ride Into the Sun followed by a barnstorming Don’t Let Our Youth Go to Waste. The crowd should have been baying for a second encore but they gave up too soon and left just me clapping alone as they headed into the cold for trains and tubes home.
Nice to meet a mailing list member, just the one tonight, and while we were chatting Britta came over and invited us backstage. Backstage for priests is called the vestry, so we stood amongst bibles and crucifixes and pictures of the pope, with Dean and Britta and Sonic Boom! I had a beer because in such illustrious company I felt the need to do something with my hands. After some chat, getting Dean to sign my Esopus 20 lyric book, and taking a couple of photos for some Spanish fans, the party moved outside for ciggies and Adam and I made our excuses and left.
Highs: The show, the after show
Lows: That I never took some snaps backstage
Oh, the whole of last night’s show is already on YouTube, here’s a couple, but look at Andunemir‘s profile for the rest.
Wehn Will You Come Home
I was at work yesterday afternoon counting down the seconds to Dean Wareham’s first London show for two and a half years when an email arrived
might not make it to London today. Our train has been sitting on the tracks for 2 hours and we are just outside Manchester
This was followed by flurries of tweets and email and Facebook posts as good folk tried to work out how to get the band to London, ultimately the best advice was probably sit tight and eventually the train started moving.
The band arrived late, but arrived, and with a later start than scheduled, Jason Quever of Papercuts rushed though a short and sweet support set, joined for the last couple of songs by Britta and (drummer) Anthony.
Dean arrived onstage with Britta, Anthony and Jason making up the band and opened with Love Is Colder Than Death and followed it with a very wonderful set of new and old, the old including Galaxie 500s Tell Me, When Will You Come Home, and of course Tugboat & Luna’s Moon Palace and Lost in Space.
Encore was a sensational Don’t Let Our Youth Go to Waste and Ceremony.
A splendid end to a gig that almost didn’t happen.
Nice to meet some friends and fans… Robert, Alex, Richard, Paul and anyone else I said hello to, and thanks to Nat Sonic Cathedral.
Stacks more pictures here
This post has been written on my phone I’ll jazz it up at the weekend just wanted to get the thoughts down.