Catching up: Dean Wareham

Entertainment for another train journey

The last couple of of weeks have been a bit hectic in the outside world – travelling up and down the country, I’ve spent so much time in trains – so AHFoW has been a little neglected so this is by way of catching up with some of the bits and pieces I may have missed:

Filter has a splendid little little interview where Dean introduces himself:

Filter: THE FUNNIEST THING A JOURNALIST EVER WROTE ABOUT US
Dean: That I sing like Kermit the Frog.
Filter: WHEN THE JOURNALISTS GOT IT RIGHT
Dean: That I have “impressively voluminous hair.

The Vinyl District has an Q&A interview with Dean, where he drops a hint about an upcoming release (the italics below are mine):

But I am going to do a live cassette from England. I guess I could do it on 8-track. The cassette is just a retro object that comes with a download code. I have 12 tracks down, 4 of which will be given away to people who buy the new album from my website. The UK label wants to do the cassette.

… it also has this lovely exchange…

TVD: I know this is an impossible question, and that’s why I’m asking it. Does Dean Wareham have a favorite Dean Wareham song?
DW: Wow. I don’t know. I really like the first single I ever released, “Tugboat.” It’s all been downhill from there.

… and this little tease…

A Luna reunion isn’t out of question. That could happen. A Galaxie 500 reunion isn’t going to happen. That would be too weird

Delusions of Adequacy reviewed Dean’s solo album:

Whilst the front-end and middle of the collection may take some repeat spins to fully earn affection, the two six minute epics that conclude proceedings are unquestionable gems from the first airing.

Tulip Frenzy gets excited by Dean’s “re-emergence”:

Both his prior bands, Galaxie 500 and Luna, have cult followings, and interestingly they don’t completely overlap — those who adored the prior don’t necessarily love the latter, and vice versa. We loved both, and not fully satisfied with the first couple of post-Luna Dean & Britta albums, it was a welcome development in late autumn 2013 when Wareham released a really excellent “mini album” entitled Emancipated Hearts. This past week he released Dean Wareham, his first real solo album, and in and of itself it is worthy of celebration. Combined with Emancipated Hearts it may justify a reevaluation of Wareham, and the critical appraisal that he’s due.

Rock on Philly has a short Q&A with Dean where he drops a hint at an intriguing future project:

I am planning an album of cowboy songs with my friend Cheval Sombre. He has released a couple of folky albums that I really like

Dean & Britta played a short notice warm up gig for their forthcoming tour at Harvard & Stone in LA

Photo by Jim James (lifted from fb and used without permission – hope he doesn’t mind)

The very splendid The Vacant Lots are supporting Dean on a few upcoming dates

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2 thoughts on “Catching up: Dean Wareham

  1. Journalists & Critics Don’t Really Get Dean: This from of all place The New Yorker Magazine of all places …

    “The man at the wheel of Galaxie 500 in the eighties went on to form Luna, a New york quartet that crafted a dreamy kind of music so unabashedly derivative that it was both disposable and eternal. Like many before him and many since, Wareham was inspired by The Velvet Underground, Luna opened for VU on its reunion tour, in 1993, and it’s likely that Wareham will play a few of the legendary band’s tunes here, with his new group, which includes, Britta Phillips, Anthony LaMarca, and Jason Quever. Quever produced Wareham’s latest EP, Emancipated Hearts, and will open the evening leading his own outfit, Papercuts, in an acoustic set.”

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    Really? Please tell me who was not inspired by The Velvet Underground? And as to disposable [?], eternal or otherwise, is akin saying that Miro is derivative because he was influenced by Picasso. Of course he was, but that in no way suggests that I could ever forget one of Miro’s paintings, yet alone take him for granted. Dean has influenced every shoegazer and neo-psychedelic band to rise since the breakup of Galaxie 500 … Luna invented Dream Pop, influenced jangle-rock, have some of the best sonically inspired guitar solos ever to grace a PA System, all while dispensing witty and intelligent lyrics that will playfully circle in your head forever.

    At this point I’ll opt for dropping Dean’s new album onto my turntable, while perusing my coffee-table book on the art of Joan Miro, rather than beating my head against the wall.

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