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Luna in San Francisco (photo: Frank Silvestry)
Luna in San Francisco (photo: Frank Silvestry)

What impressed me most, both before and after the shows, was how much all of the members of Luna were into this event, realizing how special it was, not so much to relive or recapture the past, but to move these albums into the present, with the wisdom and pleasure that only time and distance can bring to something, infusing the albums with a greater sense of purpose.

Anyone who's managed to see Luna live have already heard a Penthouse show, or at least heard most of the album, so the real treats were hearing Bewitched and Rendezvous, with nearly a third of the songs never having been played live before. Of course it's easy to fall into the construct that this is a Dean Wareham band, yet seeing Luna live, especially playing these albums, it's quite impossible not to realize what everyone brings to the table, and how lacking this material would be had it not been of each member and their visions for the songs.

Lee on his no-nonsense kit
Lee on his no-nonsense kit

Most evident when hearing Luna live is the ridiculously brilliant job Lee Wall does on drums, sitting there behind a small no-nonsense kit that fits him like a glove, carrying the band forward and holding them in check while enhancing their style when they stretch out … truly a under appreciated chair in most bands. Then there's Sean, whose fiery guitar along with his songs Broken Chair, and Still At Home [my personal atmospheric "Free Bird"] garnished astounding applause with his flawless playing and stage presentation.

At times Sean and Dean seemed to be delightfully dueling, feeding each other lines, and having those lines answered with a sense of complexity and passion. And then there was the ever present sonic perfectionist Britta Phillips who's bass laced and complemented each note the others played with a warm solid bottom, along with a fundamental rhythm; all while dancing on the tips of her toes. And of course there was Dean, with his vocals carrying more weight than he did years ago, yet this new voice weaves in and out of his lyrics with precision and grace, breathing life and a sense of importance into these tracks.

Of course there where three major surprises … the first being the trumpet playing of Kelly Kyle on the number Bewitched, creating a very haunting and unexpected bewitching atmosphere that added a smoky layer. Then there was the liquid light-show, the likes I've not seen since the heady nights of the psychedelic 60's, morphing into and around the music, immersing Luna into a pastel wash of colour and form that took everyone's breath away. And finally there were the multiple encores, especially the final song of the three nights, 23 Minutes In Brussels, where Luna pulled out all of the stops, playing like this was the last time they were ever gonna have a good set of strings on their guitars, and simply brought the house to its knees.

The Chapel is one of the finest venues you'll ever find when it comes to live intimate shows, holding a mere 500, which includes the floor and balcony, and boasting a super sound system that leaves nothing to be desired.

Kelly Kyle trumpet solo on Bewitched
Luna (photo: Bill Van Der Ende
Luna (photo: Bill Van Der Ende

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Luna in San Francisco (photo Harrison Price)
Luna in San Francisco (photo Harrison Price)

From Thursday to Saturday last week Luna played a three night residency as The Chapel in San Francisco, playing a different album each night… here's a quick round-up of those shows. Lots of friends of AHFoW were at the show so hopefully someone will give the site a first person insight (hint).

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Luna playing Penthouse in Brooklyn (Photo: Joakim)
Luna playing Penthouse in Brooklyn (Photo: Joakim)

We woke up, heard some music from the room next door. And kind of recognized it. This is not bad we said to each other, and we kept listening. It's coming from the room next door. It's Luna. It's Mike playing his recording from the day before. We laughed and I texted him to turn it up.

Chinatown is not that expensive like many other areas on Manhattan. We stayed at the hotel that we always stay at nowadays when we are in New York. The rooms are really nice, not dirty or claustrophobic at all. A little noisy since Manhattan Bridge runs above the hotel, but we don't mind. Mike is scared of Chinatown and prefers to stay in other areas, he is not that into Chinese food either. But he decided to stay with us because it's more fun that way. And he keeps saying that if we are happy, he is happy. He can always get a burger, he says. But there are not many burgers even in Chinatown. Anyway, we stepped out on the busy streets and went for a walk and ended up having Mexican food in Lower East Side. Just like we always do when in town. Mike swapped his beans for rice. I didn't swap anything.

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Arcade

A wee bit later than planned but here's a quick summary of what happened in the world of AHFoW during 2016 (I've missed out plenty so feel free to poke around the site for loads of words, pictures, videos and audios!

January

Magic Hour - the band that Damon & Naomi were in with Kate and Wayne of Crytsalized Movements/Twisted Village put their entire catalogue on Bandcamp including a new collection of non album tracks - Magic Monents.

February

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The vinyl release of Dean & Britta's 13 Most Beautiful is now available to pre-order from the Wouldn't Waste Records website.

The record will cost €23.99 plus €15 postage (to Europe AND the US) and is due to be shipped on the 20th February.</p?

The album will be released as a double LP with the tracks on three sides and the fourth side blank, and will be limited to 500 numbered copies.

13 Most Beautiful
13 Most Beautiful

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What is your favourite album?
What is your favourite album?

Thanks to everyone who filled in this year's survey and sorry for only just getting around to popping up the results. Winners of the draw have been notified and should be receiving goodies soon.

80 responses were received from nineteen countries.

Survey responses - countries
Survey responses - countries

Galaxie 500

On Fire once again topped the favourite Galaxie 500 album while This Is Our Music pinches second place from Today. Favourite track was Tugboat, with Fourth of July and Blue Thunder close behind.

Survey responses - Galaxie 500 album
Survey responses - Galaxie 500 album

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Eavesdropper

Way back at the turn of the century while the internet was just a toddler video was a rare treat Spin.com had a series of videos shot very lo-fi and barely produced. Rainer Maria decided to have a shot at Galaxie 500's Hearing Voices for them.

That anyone should choose a Galaxie 500 cover was a treat and being able to see them doing it was a joy. Even if it was a tiny Flash video stream it was still a joy.

Rainer Maria - Hearing Voices

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Luna in Brooklyn (Photo: Joakim)
Luna in Brooklyn (Photo: Joakim)

If you want to listen to the show while reading Joakim's post head over to NYCTaper who have it to stream/download

On the other hand, I forgot the hard drive, I went back alone to get it. No matter how much I like Ulrika and Mike, there's not much more that beats walking around in New York by yourself, in the night. Stopping whenever you like, talking to strangers, writing this, just be yourself, not even your best friends or even your partner makes you feel like that. I'm a loner. Maybe I left it behind on purpose.

I stepped into a bakery, there were a lot of asian people working in there. Everything was in white. I took a photo before they chased me out of there. I am so lost. In Chinatown. So lost. I was so lost, in Chinatown.

I like watching Britta play the Malibu bass lines, Dean is shaking his head in rhythm, Britta is jumping up and down, on her tippy toes.

I'm in a hotel room in northern Sweden. By myself. Watching Luna from Brooklyn earlier this year. We are here to visit my grandmother, she doesn't know who I am any more. My mother died five years ago, it was a windy night, she died on her way to her work. It was just next to a blackberry bush I used to pass on my way to school, on my way back I stopped to pick a few berries, and I even made a blackberry jam once. My father lit a candle a whole year on that spot. She was born in spring.

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[Scrapbook containing photographs of H. D., Kenneth Mapherson, Bryher, and others with various clippings, Classical architecture, sculpture, etc.]

I was almost certainly going to include Las Ligas Menores, there are a couple of clips on YouTube of them covering Strange - a charming, if a little rough, live version, and an acoustic cover.

But then, three posts into this series I got an email from bandcamp notifying me of Ni una canción a new release by Las Ligas Menores. The three track release is "un simple adelanto de nuestro segundo LP" and the third track was called Fotos. I popped my headphones on at work and played it but got called away before I reached track three.

A few hours later I came across the page still waiting patiently in my browser to be finished and the word Galaxie in the album's description caught my eye. Why hadn't I noticed it before?

Fotos is, of course, a cover of Galaxie 500's Pictures - and a lovely Spanish language take on it.

Head over to Bandcamp and buy a copy - it's lovely!

Here they are performing it live a couple of days ago in Santiago, Chile.

Las Ligas Menores - Fotos (live)

… and here are the two versions of Strange:

Las Ligas Menores - Strange
Las Ligas Menores - Strange (acoustic)

So … just six songs into this series and already two bands from Argentina!

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