New Damon and Naomi album ‘Fortune’ in February

Fortune by Damon & Naomi

Damon and Naomi’s next studio album will be released on 17th February next year and is the soundtrack to Naomi’s short film Fortune which premiered in May of this year. The album will feature eleven new tracks and will be available on LP, CD and as a digital download.

Tracklist:

I imagine that given Damon’s recent comments on Twitter with regards to streaming, it’ll be available to stream for free too!

You can still see the film of Fortune on Naomi’s Vimeo channel.

Fortune from Naomi Yang on Vimeo.

Originals: Femme Fatale by The Velvet Underground (covered by Damon and Naomi)

Betty Amann in de film Asphalt
Another one that slipped through the net (and another one that I missed in the Fs – I was obviously a bit careless back then).

Femme Fatale was written by Lou Reed when Andy Warhol asked him to write a song about Edie Sedgewick. The song was sung by Nico and was on their 1967 LP The Velvet Underground & Nico LP (and on the b-side of a Sunday Morning 7″).

Here’s Nico with Cale and Reed performing it in 1972

Damon and Naomi recorded the track with Ghost (at Ghosts suggestion) in the sessions for their album Damon & Naomi with Ghost however the track never got released until the 2012 reissue of the album when it appeared on a bonus 7″ single with some copies (the other side of the 7″ also got missed in this series – that’s coming next week!).

You can still buy copies of the LP with the 7″ single from Damon & Naomi’s shop.

I actually don’t have this track digitally so you’ll have to imagine how great it is… and it is at least that!

Watch Naomi Yang’s film ‘Fortune’ online, plus upcoming Brooklyn screening

Naomi Yang’s film ‘Fortune’ is now available to stream on Vimeo. The 30 minute film features a soundtrack of new Damon & Naomi songs accompanying the mysterious and dreamlike images of a man encountering the legacy of his recently deceased father.

Fortune from Naomi Yang on Vimeo.

The film is also getting a screening, with a live accompaniment from Damon and Naomi, at The Body Actualized Center, 143 Troutman St, Brooklyn, New York on 14th October.

Originals: Watashi no Hana by Kazuki Tomokawa (covered by Damon and Naomi)

Flower - watercolour and ink

Another one that slipped through the net…

Kazuki Tomokowa is, according to his short biog on Discogs, a “Prolific Japanese folk singer, songwriter, poet, essayist, actor, betting tipster and artist”. Here’s his original of Watashi no Hana (My Flower) – cursory Googling has provided precious little more about the song (in English).

Damon & Naomi performed the track live a number of times and released a live version (recorded in Tokyo in 2004) on the free 7″ single given away with the Drag City re-release of Damon & Naomi With Ghost.
MP3: Watashi no Hana (My Flower) – Damon & Naomi

Originals: Yoo Doo Right by CAN (covered by Damon and Naomi)


Yoo Doo Right was 20 minutes long when released on CAN’s Monster Movie LP in 1969, probably because 20 minutes was long enough for one side of a record. The song however had been edited down from a 6 hour live improvised concert held at Schloss Nörvenich, CAN’s castle in North Rhine-Westphalia.

Damon & Naomi’s live cover was recorded at TT The Bears in Cambridge, MA in April 1998 with Masaki Batoh and Michio Kurihara – this clocks in at a mere 6 minutes but is still pretty damned fantastic. It was released as a seven inch single of Grimsey Records with the cover of Dylan’s It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue on the flip.

MP3: Damon & Naomi & Batoh & Kurihara – Yoo Doo Right