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Luna - Friends (dir: Matthew Buzzell)
Luna - Friends (dir: Matthew Buzzell)

Luna's cover of The Velvet Underground's Friends (well, Doug Yule's Friends) from Luna's album of covers, A Sentimental Education, has a lovely new video directed by Matthew Buzzell (of Psychobabble and Tell Me Do You Miss Me fame)

Director Matthew Buzzell re-magines indie rock luminaries Luna as a high school band in "Friends," the second single from Luna's recently released album, "A Sentimental Education," from Double Feature Records.

LUNA "Friends" from Matthew Buzzell on Vimeo.

Luna - Friends (dir: Matthew Buzzell)
Luna - Friends (dir: Matthew Buzzell)

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Damon & Naomi - Everything quieter Than Everything Else

Damon & Naomi are heading to Japan for a few dates in November playing with Michio Kurihara and with support from Ghost's Masaki Batoh.

The shows are supporting the recent Japanese CD release of a live album Everything Quieter than Everything Else. The album is made up from two shows in Japan in 2005 and 2008.

12 October 2017 The Root Cellar, Greenfield, MA, USA
6 November 2017 Namba Bears, Osaka, Japan
7 November 2017 Jittoku, Kyoto, Japan
10 November 2017 Shibuya - 7th Floor, Tokyo, Japan
11 November 2017 Tokorozawa - Mojo, Saitama, Japan

It's also worth checking out Damon & Naomi's website which has had another polish.

Damon & Naomi - Japan, November 2017

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A Strange Fascination - Joakim Bengtsson & Ulrika Lovén

Over the last couple of years A Head Full of Wishes has been lucky (and honoured) to have had the opportunity to publish a lot of Joakim Bengtsson's diairies as he and Ulrika followed Luna around the world. Now he ane Ulrika have collected all their writings (many of which haven't been published here!) into a beautiful book - A Strange Fascination: Luna live 2015 - 2017.

'A Strange Fascination' is a book about when Luna reunited in 2015. It's a collection of travel diaries from the 29 concerts we have been to during 2015–2017. The book contains previously published and unpublished texts and many pictures of the band and their fans. It will be released in September 2017 and will be limited to 350 copies.

The book is 340 pages with lots of photos and is available to order now for either $15 if you're able to get it from them in person at one of the shows they're attending in the coming months or $25 including postage anywhere in the world.

All the information is available on the book webpage - and you can also follow on Facebook and Instagram.

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Luna - California Blue / Rock Yr Baby
Luna - California Blue / Rock Yr Baby

Feral Child Records will be shortly releasing two Luna 7" singles. The first is a cover of Roy Orbison's California Blue and the second is a split single with Cheval Sombre and is a cover of The Velvet Underground's Lonesome Cowboy Bill.

Feral Child appear to be a little shy of the Internet so the best place to watch for news of these releases is the Great Pop Supplement Facebook page.

they don't really "do" the internet, they are a quiet couple who live off the land so to speak. They bake bread, eat lebanese food and keep goats, a donkey and some chickens but always wanted to release some records. They are conducting an experiment whereby you can sell out entire runs of records without having a website or indulging in any social media. fair play to them i say!

The b-side of California Blue is Luna's New Year's Eve favourite, George McRae's Rock Yr Baby.

Both singles will be limnited to 500 copies.

Luna / Cheval Sombre - Lonesome Cowboy Bill
Luna / Cheval Sombre - Lonesome Cowboy Bill

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Everything's Swirling - a Galaxie 500 fanzine

The second run of the fanzine is now available to order. This is limited to 50 copies (so there'll have been 150 copies altogether (OK… 151 to be accurate/honest!)) - when these are gone there'll be no more so grab them while you can!

The 32 page booklet includes articles, photographs, art and memorabilia created by fans from around the world. It comes with a numbered, hand-printed, and hand-stamped sleeve, and will include a badge (button) and a high quality photograph of the band in either London in 1989 or Frankfurt in 1990.

You can order your copy of the fanzine over here

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I'm just sorting out a second run of 50 copies of the Galaxie 500 30th birthday fanzine - Everything's Swirling. It'll take me a little while to pull everything together but if you'd like me to let you know as soon as I put the ordering link online drop me an email.

You can find out more about the fanzine over here.

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Luna - Fire in Cairo
Luna - Fire in Cairo

The new video for Luna's cover of The Cure's Fire in Cairo has just dropped!

Luna - Fire in Cairo

The video features Rose McGowan and was (mostly) shot during the special show Luna performed at Gold Diggers in Hollywood last month.

Fire in Cairo is one 10 covers on Luna's upcoming album A Sentimental Education to be released next month alongside an EP of instrumental originals. Head over to their Pledgemusic page to order your copy.

Dean Wareham of Luna in the video for Fire in Cairo
Dean Wareham of Luna in the video for Fire in Cairo

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On the 29th August 1987 Galaxie 500 played their first ever show in a flat in New York City. Everything's Swirling is a limited edition fanzine to celebrate the 30th anniversary of this event.

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The 32 page booklet is limited to 100 copies and includes articles, photographs, art and memorabilia by fans from all over the world. It will come with a numbered, hand printed, and hand-stamped sleeve, and will include a badge (button) and a high quality photograph of the band in either London in 1989 or Frankfurt in 1990 (most 15cm x 10cm but a few random issues will have larger 21cm x 14cm photos)

Ordering information

Orders will be limited to one copy per person, prices are in UK£ so that I can keep track of sales, and will cost (including postage):

  • UK: £5
  • EU: £7 (currently €7.67)
  • Rest of the world (incl US): £8 (currently US$10.31 or AUS$13)

Google should be able to tell you how much that will be in your local currency.

Sorry it's a wee bit pricier than I'd have liked but postage and not making too much of a loss were mitigating factors!

The fanzine is now all sold out - thanks so much to everyone who bought one - I am utterly overwhelmed! Most have been posted out and the rest will be on their way on Monday - please feel free to say nice things and Tweet of Instagram pictures of you reading and thumbs-upping when they arrive (and wear those badges with pride)!

Sorry if you missed out - you'll just have to be extra quick on the button in ten years time for the 40th anniversary fanzine!

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Luna will be playing an intimate show at their rehearsal studios in Los Angeles on the eve of their tour of Spain. Tickets for the event are only available through the Pledgemusic campaign for their upcoming releases.

Saturday September 30 we will rehearse all day at Swing House, and at 8pm open the doors to play an intimate Luna gig, followed by a Q & A and a meet-and-greet with the band.

Tickets for the show are $85 and include a Pledgemusic access pass which gives you full quality downloads of their new album A Sentimental Education and A Place of Greater Safety the accompanying instrumentals EP. You will also get a Luna tote bag.

Class head over to Luna's Pledgemusic page to get your tickets to see Luna live at The Swing House in Los Angeles!

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Luna - A Sentimental Education (Photo: Luz Gallardo)
Luna - A Sentimental Education (Photo: Luz Gallardo)

If you haven't been watching closely (or haven't "pledged") you might have missed things happening on Luna's Pledgemusic. If you've not pledged this is what you can get in addition to an album for as little as a tenner!

A non album track to download! Luna covered a Monochrome Set obscurity. Inside Your Heart is…

a very early song by London's Monochrome Set — possibly when they were called the B-Sides and featured one Stuart Goddard (Adam Ant) on bass guitar.

There is also some video of Luna in the studio recording the song.

… and a goat!

A lovely shaky video of Justing joining Luna on stage in Wellington, plus some soundcheck footage in Auckland. And a goat. On a roof. Obviously.

Video of Dean listening to the album and EP test pressings

Another Luna "Stoner Jam" to download

Okay, so there are only a handful of these and they're pretty loose and sloppy but, hey… that's what a stoner jam is all about… exploratory noodling… and this one has a nice little germ of an idea in the middle and gives you an idea of how stuff happens.

… and posters, cymbals, and socks!

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