So on to Friday, managed to not make the mailing list pub meet-up (again) but fairly certain I’d have been on my own if I had! Arrived at the church with my son at 7:30 and took up position behind the seats, same place as last night, so Britta is, once again obscured in any photos I tool – mind you I’d forgotten my camera so I only took a few pictures with my phone and they all look a bit rubbish!
Jason Quever of Papercuts opened with a much more relaxed set than the night before, he took longer to tune between songs. The first half of the set was on an acoustic guitar before he was joined (again) by Britta and Anthony and things stepped up a gear.
Dean was again accompanied by Britta, Anthony and Jason and the set was similar to the previous evening, just more relaxed and perhaps a little rockier, the new songs sounded great live, and it’s always a treat to hear the old one. Encore tonight was Ride Into the Sun followed by a barnstorming Don’t Let Our Youth Go to Waste. The crowd should have been baying for a second encore but they gave up too soon and left just me clapping alone as they headed into the cold for trains and tubes home.
Nice to meet a mailing list member, just the one tonight, and while we were chatting Britta came over and invited us backstage. Backstage for priests is called the vestry, so we stood amongst bibles and crucifixes and pictures of the pope, with Dean and Britta and Sonic Boom! I had a beer because in such illustrious company I felt the need to do something with my hands. After some chat, getting Dean to sign my Esopus 20 lyric book, and taking a couple of photos for some Spanish fans, the party moved outside for ciggies and Adam and I made our excuses and left.
Highs: The show, the after show
Lows: That I never took some snaps backstage
Oh, the whole of last night’s show is already on YouTube, here’s a couple, but look at Andunemir‘s profile for the rest.
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.
Nice to meet some friends and fans… Robert, Alex, Richard, Paul and anyone else I said hello to, and thanks to Nat Sonic Cathedral.
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
When I first put my database together a cursory bit of research didn’t reveal anything useful about the track “The Last Goodbye” – the sleeve told me it was by “Robbins” but I knew nothing more, so it went into my database as being “written by Robbins, originally by unknown” – in the 20 odd years since then Google got better and YouTube got made and it turns out that the song isn’t called “The Last Goodbye” at all but “The Beginning of Goodbye” although to be honest I know precious little more about the song.
This video on YouTube suggests it was recorded in 1971 but not released until much later…