His voice sounds like he has a cold. He sings like he’s singing each line for the first time — the phrasing is striking, you feel like you are standing with him as a particular thought occurs.
Happy birthday to the wonderful Jonathan Richman whose shadow looms large over A Head Full of Wishes, more of that down the page – but first here’s a lovely clip of the great man himself – Joanthan Richman and The Modern Lovers – I’m Just Beginning to Live
Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips are guests for a lengthy interview on episode 6 of The Little Squares Culture Crush podcast – covering the Luna reunion, the state of the music industry, social media and the tightness of trousers.
As another Noah Baumbach movie is hitting cinemas this weekend here’s a related Luna obscurity. Dean first worked with Noah Baumbach on his 1997 film Mr Jealousy and has been involved in some capacity or another with most of his subsequent work.
Luna played their last show ten years ago tonight – here’s how it ended…
I kept asking myself, “How do you feel?” I should have felt sad, right? And I was sad, but also knew that I was ready for all this to be over. We played “Indian Summer” for the very last time, and I thought, we’re playing this for the last tim e. I had always enjoyed listening to Sean’s beautiful guitar solo, the way he bent certain notes on his Jazzmaster. Tonight I moved stage left, so I could hear it better. Then I counted down to the end, the two notes that go back and forth all through the song, and we were done playing that particular song…
… and launched into “23 Minutes in Brussels,” which builds to a pounding climax but then falls apart softly and slowly. We exited the stage, and it was a relief to be walking upstairs, knowing that we would not be back the very next night
Luna will be back, they’re playing a comeback show in Los Angeles in April (that apparently sold out in about seven minutes!) before heading off for a fortnight in Spain (and one night in Portugal – where you’ll find me), and then playing some more3 dates around the US (and hopefully elsewhere) during the summer and autumn.