The album, Luck or Magic, was begun back in 2012 with producer Scott Hardkiss but was held up after he passed away but was finished last year with producer Eric Broucek and features Dean Wareham on six of the tracks.
As well as vinyl and CDs Britta's Pledge Music store is offering the chance to buy other Dean & Britta rarities, such as the recent Great Pop Supplement single, as well as posters, or a handwritten lyric sheet.
In 1993 Damon & Naomi were invited by Wayne Rogers and Kate Biggar of Crystalized Movements to be part of their new project Magic Hour, over the course of the next four years the band released three tremendous albums of psychedelic rock/folk music before going their separate ways after playing at the first Terrastock Festival in 1997.
When the CD was mastered I asked the mastering engineer to add and subtract some tiny spaces in the blanks to make sure that it's eleven tracks and exactly, to the tenth of a second, the length of Pink Moon.
... pressing delays meant that my vinyl copy never arrived until March!
Also in February the members of Luna got together in Los Angeles for a social event - it was also announced that the first reunion show would happen at The Echo in Los Angeles on the 13th April - tickets sold out almost instantly. It seems folk were ready for the reunion...
In March Dean dropped a hint that Luna's first five albums will be getting released in a vinyl box set... we're still waiting.
... and so on to 2016, which will finally see the release of teh Captured Tracks vinyl box set, more Luna dates in the US (and hopefully back to Europe - that's a hint for them and not stated with any knowledge). No word yet on Damon & Naomi's plans but I'm sure they'll be keeping busy.
Thanks for joining me on an eventful 2015 - hopefully 2016 will be as good!
Thanks to everyone who voted in the A Head Full of Wishes survey. Here's a summary of the results.
It was a good turnout with the number of voters reaching three figures and while the usual suspects topped most of the charts it's always nice to see how things change further down. We had voters from a wide range of countries including Lebanon (actually there's almost always a vote from there!), Mexico and South Africa.
"Live '69" was my favorite record for quiet Friday afternoons with my girlfriend (OK, we also listened to Gloria Gaynor and the Bee Gees and "Just the Way You Are" by Billy Joel). My girlfriend was two years older than me, had hung out at Studio 54, and had actually met Lou Reed at Max's Kansas City. This confused me, because in my ignorance I didn't understand why she would have been in Kansas at all.
There is a lot of music here. Highlights include a rousing and never-before-heard version of "Sweet Jane" at its original slow tempo, with Reed a singing couple of alternate verses that he later abandoned; the seldom-played "Venus in Furs"; three beautiful takes of "Some Kinda Love" and three of "Over You," one of them markedly slower. As a band you are always searching for the perfect tempo but this illustrates that there is more than one way to play the song well.
Exposed: Songs for Unseen Andy Warhol Films which premiered in October 2014 will be touring Europe in May 2016.
The show was produced by The Andy Warhol Museum and curated by Dean Wareham and, as well as Dean, features Tom Verlaine (Television), Martin Rev (Suicide), Eleanor Friedberger (The Fiery Furnaces) and Bradford Cox (Deerhunter).
Due to overwhelming demand, we have decided to open up EARLY pre-orders for the Luna Long Players Box Set. Typically, we wait until we have more concrete arrival dates for a collection such as this, but some of you seem to be a bit worried that you won't have an opportunity to own this, which we understand.
With that being said, this Box Set's target date to arrive is Feb/March. It will ship as soon as it arrives in our warehouse. This is an early pre-order and, if you have reservations, we ask you to hold off. We will be updating all pre-order customers bi-weekly (or every two weeks) on progress. People who pre-order will be sent messages with photos and more. International customers, this Box Set is HEAVY. We recommend finding an international courier service for reduced shipping rates.