Dean Wareham performs with Big Star Third

Dean Wareham is one of the guest performers at the Los Angeles presentation of a live performance of the classic Big Star albums Third and #1 Record at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre. The event is a benefit for the Autism Think Tank and will take place on September 27.

The show, Big Star Third, has been playing at various venues over the last couple of years with different guest performers at each venue joining the core band featuring Big Star original member, Jody Stephens, and a chamber orchestra. Among the other guests are Aimee Mann, Jason Schwartzman and Sarabeth Tucek.

Tickets and details here.

Here’s Jody Stephens singing Blue Moon

Originals: White Horses by Jacky (covered by Dean and Britta)

Radio Times scan lifted from this White Horses site

White Horses was written by Michael Carr and Ben Nisbett for the UK import of Yugoslavian/German TV show Ferien in Lipizza, it was credited to “Jacky”, who is actually Jackie Lee. The theme song was so successful that it was apparently dubbed back onto non-English versions of the show.

Dean & Britta covered the song on their second album, Back Numbers, in 2007.

Later that year Sonic Cathedral Records released a seven inch single with a Sonic Boom remix of the track and a “version Française”
MP3: Dean & Britta – White Horses (version Française)

The single has sold out but you can get the Sonic Boom remix on Cathedral Classics Vol 1 for a couple of quid – which is quite the bargain!

Here’s a live version recorded for the World Cafe in 2007
MP3: Dean & Britta – White Horses (live on WXPN, 8th March 2007)

The song has been covered by a hatful of cool folk, most of whom you can find in this post on Everything’s Swirling.

Originals: Whispering Pines by The Band (covered by Damon and Naomi)

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Whispering Pines was written by The Band’s Richard Manuel (with Robbie Robertson) and released on their second album (The Band) in 1969:

Damon & Naomi’s cover was released on their second album The Wondrous World of Damon & Naomi in 1995. This is the version that appeared on The Bootleg Edition a couple of years back:

Originals: While My Guitar Gently Weeps by The Beatles (covered by Damon and Naomi)

Rutherford Chang: We Buy White Albums
George Harrison’s While My Guitar Gently Weeps was originally released by The Beatles on The Beatles (aka The White Album) in 1968

There’s an early demo version on Anthology 3

Rolling Stone reckoned it was the 10th greatest Beatles song Ian MacDonald in the brilliant Revolution in the Head, wasn’t particularly taken with the track (but then he wasn’t often impressed with George’s songs):

… as a whole the track exudes a browbeating self importance that quickly becomes tiresome [...]. While My Guitar Gently Weeps enshrines, in its plodding sequence, rocks typical overstatement and slow rate of harmonic change. The energetic topicality of pop is here supplanted by a dull grandiosity predictive of the simplified stadium music of the Seventies and Eighties.

Damon and Naomi’s version was released on their fifth album The Earth is Blue in 2005 and includes the slightly different lyrics from the Anthology version .

Naomi Yang’s ‘Fortune’ to play at Pop Montreal in September


Naomi Yang’s lovely silent film ‘Fortune’ is showing in Montreal in September as part of the Pop Montreal International Music Festival. The film, with a live accompaniment of eleven new songs by Damon & Naomi, will be screened at Film BOX (Quartiers POP) on the 19th September.

Damon & Naomi performing ‘Fortune’ in London in May