Happy birthday Naomi Yang (2014)

Naomi Yang

Happy birthday to Naomi! Have a lovely day.

Lets celebrate with some folk music…
Listen to the awesome Magic Hour cover of Sally Free and Easy
MP3: Damon & Naomi – Sally Free and Easy

Here are Damon & Naomi performing their folk ballad Cruel Queen from Within These Walls

Damon Krukowski ponders going back to mono

Damon has written a very interesting op-ed piece for Pitchfork on the history of stereo recording and why mono is better (at least in the summer months).

Pitchfork: Damon Krukowski – Back to mono

When Brian Wilson was told by Capitol that they wanted to produce a stereo mix of Pet Sounds, he raised an objection unrelated to his own hearing. “Brian explains that he always wanted his records to be in mono so that he would be in control of the listening experience,” the liner notes to that egregious stereo mix confess. “With mono, the listener hears it exactly with the balance that the producer intended. With stereo, however, the listener can change the mix, just by the turn of a balance knob or speaker placement.”

… it sort of explains why I particularly love these…
A couple of my mono LPs by The Beatles

Dean Wareham’s Indietracks set available to download on Dimeadozen

Dean Wareham live...
Dean Wareham’s wonderful set at this year’s Indietracks festival is now being seeded on bittorrent site Dimeadozen.

Dimeadozen: Dean Wareham – Indietracks Festival, Derbyshire, 26th July 2014

Dean Wareham
Indietracks Festival
Engine Shed Stage (indoors)
Midland Railway Centre
Swanwick Junction
26th July 2014

Lineage: Sound Pros SP-CMC-8 cardioid mics>Sound Pros Battery Box>Sony PCM-M10 (line-in, 24 bit, 44.1kHz)
Transfer: Sony PCM-M10> usb > wav > Soundforge 9.0 (Selective hard limiting, Normalise,
Fade-in/fade-out, 16 bit 44.1kHz)>CD Wave (Track splits)>FLAC>mp3tagv2.55a (Tag Flacs)

1.Emancipated Hearts
2.When Will You Come Home
3.The Dancer Disappears
4.Holding Pattern
6.Love Is Not
7.Decomposing Trees
9.Blue Thunder
10.Babes In The Wood
12.Fourth Of July

Recorded at barrier next to right hand stack. This was another great performance by Dean Wareham and band, very pleased how the recording has come out.

While you’re there you may as well grab the Joanna Gruesome set in which Dean guested on Tugboat…

Dimeadozen: Joanna Gruesome – Indietracks Festival, Derbyshire, 26th July 2014

Dean Wareham performs with Big Star Third

Dean Wareham is one of the guest performers at the Los Angeles presentation of a live performance of the classic Big Star albums Third and #1 Record at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre. The event is a benefit for the Autism Think Tank and will take place on September 27.

The show, Big Star Third, has been playing at various venues over the last couple of years with different guest performers at each venue joining the core band featuring Big Star original member, Jody Stephens, and a chamber orchestra. Among the other guests are Aimee Mann, Jason Schwartzman and Sarabeth Tucek.

Tickets and details here.

Here’s Jody Stephens singing Blue Moon

Naomi Yang’s ‘Fortune’ to play at Pop Montreal in September

Naomi Yang’s lovely silent film ‘Fortune’ is showing in Montreal in September as part of the Pop Montreal International Music Festival. The film, with a live accompaniment of eleven new songs by Damon & Naomi, will be screened at Film BOX (Quartiers POP) on the 19th September.

Damon & Naomi performing ‘Fortune’ in London in May