I was at work yesterday afternoon counting down the seconds to Dean Wareham’s first London show for two and a half years when an email arrived …
might not make it to London today. Our train has been sitting on the tracks for 2 hours and we are just outside Manchester.
This was followed by flurries of tweets and email and Facebook posts as good folk tried to work out how to get the band to London, ultimately the best advice was probably sit tight and eventually the train started moving.
The band arrived late, but arrived, and with a later start than scheduled, Jason Quever of Papercuts rushed though a short and sweet support set, joined for the last couple of songs by Britta and (drummer) Anthony.
Dean arrived onstage with Britta, Anthony and Jason making up the band and opened with Love Is Colder Than Death and followed it with a very wonderful set of new and old, the old including Galaxie 500s Tell Me, When Will You Come Home, and of course Tugboat & Luna’s Moon Palace and Lost in Space.
Encore was a sensational Don’t Let Our Youth Go to Waste and Ceremony.
A splendid end to a gig that almost didn’t happen.
Stacks more pictures here
This post has been written on my phone I’ll jazz it up at the weekend just wanted to get the thoughts down.
OK, this is slap-dash research so don’t take it as gospel… Listen The Snow is Falling was first released as the b-side of John & Yoko’s Happy Xmas (War Is Over) in the US in December 1971, it got it’s first UK release on the flip of Yoko’s Mind Train in January 1971, and then as the b-side of Happy Xmas (War Is Over) in December 1972.
Listen The Snow Is Falling
My cursory scouring of YouTube suggests there is only one recording, although the version released on the CD reissue of The Wedding Album contained an intro not released on the singles.
Galaxie 500 recorded it for their final album This Is Our Music
There’s an awesome live version on Copenhagen
I’m happy that Dean & Britta have played this live – and a search of YouTube will find plenty of videos of that – but Galaxie 500′s version is frankly untouchable so it alone is sharing this page with Yoko. Don’t even try and suggest that this isn’t one of the three best cover versions ever recorded – because you’d be wrong!
The latest issue of ESOPUS Magazine is dedicated to “personal and institutional archives”, it consists of a beautiful collection of booklets each dedicated to reproductions from someone’s (or some institution’s) archive, all are rather lovely but of interest to us is the one called…
GOOD ON PAPER: Early drafts of Galaxy 500 Lyrics by Dean Wareham
The cover of Esopus 20′s Dean Wareham booklet
Ignoring the annoyance of getting the band’s name on the front cover (although it’s hard to ignore!!) the book is a lovely little peek into Galaxie 500′s beginnings, containing scans of handwritten pages from Dean’s lyrics notebook.
Can’t See More (aka Temperature’s Rising)
Here’s an early draft of Fourth of July, coupled with an even earlier draft of Luna’s Crazy People.
Fourth of July vs Crazy People
The magazine is very lovely and for a Galaxie 500 fan a treasure, their web site has a few scans and an online store where you can buy a copy for just $20 for folk in the UK I got my copy from Newsstand.
I wish I was a chimp
Hot on the heels of Dean Wareham‘s first solo release since 1992 (Emancipated Hearts released last month) comes the news that a full solo album will be released om Double Feature and Sonic Cathedral in March. The album was recorded with My Morning Jacket’s Jim James at his studio in Louisville last winter. The album will be self titled and will contains nine tracks. More details, tracklisting and pre-order information as soon as I have it.
Photo: Luz Gullardo
You wait 20 years for a Dean Wareham album and then two come along at once
Dean Warheam played a show in Brooklyn on Friday, with Britta (obv) and Sean Eden (as a special guest), as well as Jason Quever of Papercuts. A few bits and pieces have popped up online:
MudBoy on Flickr has a shed-load of photos, and a few short videos online:
michaelfgioia on YouTube has a couple of videos:
Ride Into The Sun:
Lost in Space: