See Naomi Yang’s ‘Fortune’ in Cambridge, MA on 2nd October

Naomi’s silent film, Fortune, is getting a screening at Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University in Cambridge, MA on the 2nd October. The screening is at 7pm and is free and the film is accompanied by a live performance of the soundtrack by Damon & Naomi that features eleven new D&N tracks.

Screening details on Facebook.

If you’re in the neighbourhood it’d be silly to miss out!

Naomi x2 - Fortune
Damon & Naomi performing Fortune in London in May

Originals: The World’s Strongest Man by Scott Walker (covered by Damon and Naomi)

Motion picture scene (1916)
The World’s Strongest Man was written by Scott Walker and released in 1969 on host legendary LP Scott 4.

Damon & Naomi’s cover first appeared in 2009 on the Scott Walker tribute album 30th Century Man that was released to coincide with the release of the film of the same name. The track subsequently turned up on the flip of the Walking Backwards single on Great Pop Supplement.

MP3: Damon and Naomi – The World’s Strongest Man

Happy birthday Naomi Yang (2014)

Naomi Yang

Happy birthday to Naomi! Have a lovely day.

Lets celebrate with some folk music…
Listen to the awesome Magic Hour cover of Sally Free and Easy
MP3: Damon & Naomi – Sally Free and Easy

Here are Damon & Naomi performing their folk ballad Cruel Queen from Within These Walls

Originals: Who Am I by Country Joe and the Fish (covered by Damon and Naomi)

Who Am I was recorded by Country Joe and the Fish on their second album I Feel Like I’m Fixin’ to Die in 1967

Damon & Naomi’s cover was released on their second album The Wondrous World of Damon & Naomi in 1995:

MP3: Who Am I – Damon and Naomi

On the Galaxie 500 Mailing List many years ago, while discussing the song, Bob brought up an interesting point…
Bob:

this is a very nice version of the Country Joe and the Fish song. However, D&N leave off the final and most haunting/troubling verse of the song. Lyrics were definitely a sign of the times…ca 1967 or so….but the D&N version omits the punch line. I’ve thought of asking them why, but always forget whenever I have the chance to see them.

The verse in question…

And now my friend we meet again and
We shall see which one will bend
Under the strain of death’s golden eyes
Which one of us shall win the prize
To live and which one will die
‘Tis I, my friend, yes ’tis I
Shall kill to live again and again
To clutch the throat of sweet revenge
For life is here only for the taking.

Update:
… so I took advantage of Twitter and asked Damon about that last verse…

Damon Krukowski ponders going back to mono

Damon has written a very interesting op-ed piece for Pitchfork on the history of stereo recording and why mono is better (at least in the summer months).

Pitchfork: Damon Krukowski – Back to mono

When Brian Wilson was told by Capitol that they wanted to produce a stereo mix of Pet Sounds, he raised an objection unrelated to his own hearing. “Brian explains that he always wanted his records to be in mono so that he would be in control of the listening experience,” the liner notes to that egregious stereo mix confess. “With mono, the listener hears it exactly with the balance that the producer intended. With stereo, however, the listener can change the mix, just by the turn of a balance knob or speaker placement.”

… it sort of explains why I particularly love these…
A couple of my mono LPs by The Beatles