This evening in Los Angeles Luna will play their first concert in 10 years. The last line up of the band featuring Dean Wareham, Sean Eden, Lee Wall and Britta Phillips are playing a show at The Echo before heading off for a tour of Spain and Portugal.
The band also have shows scheduled in the UK in the summer and will be playing the US in the autumn.
If you’re lucky enough to be going along tonight feel free to post tweets, pictures and videos so that we can all enjoy the show by proxy!
On Thursday I took the day off work to see Damon and Naomi’s lunchtime show at Rough Trade East in London, this was the third and final show of a short UK tour. The shows are in support of their new album Fortune, which was released in February and is the soundtrack to Naomi’s short film of the same name that received its premiere on their last UK tour back in May of last year.
We arrived shortly before the start, the small area in front of the stage had filled up quite nicely by the time the duo took to the stage. They opened with a couple of covers – Tim Buckley’s Song to the Siren and Yoko Ono’s Listen The Snow is Falling. Damon then introduced the main event – a performance of Fortune – Damon pointed out that the fact that the album is the same length as Pink Moon is no coincidence, and so were to be treated to eleven tracks and 28’22” of music.
The film is hypnotic, almost a collection of moving photographs with a story that Damon suggested we may need to build ourselves. The album is beautiful, and works perfectly well without the film, but seeing it accompanying the pictures is certainly special – although maybe standing at the back of a record shop isn’t the perfect venue – although it worked better than you might think.
The film finished, the show was over. A nice chat with Naomi afterwards and then headed out into daylight to grab a coffee.
Noah Baumbach’s latest movie While We’re Young opens in US cinemas this weekend, and like most Noah Baumbach movies before it, you should be keeping an eye out for Dean Wareham – apparently playing a shaman. You can watch the trailer here:
I don’t have any pics of Dean’s appearance yet so you’ll have to make do with a screencap from another Baumbach movie:
… and a song from an even earlier Baumbach movie:
MP3: Jealous Guy by Luna from Mr Jealousy
… and sit tight for Baumbach’s next movie Mistress America that has a Dean & Britta soundtrack
Damon has written an interesting article for Pitchfork suggesting that plagiarists should have the same rights, and responsibilites as artists who cover tracks. The article comes in the wake of the Thicke/Pharrell “Blurred Lines” suit and includes a history of mechanical rights and suggests that a similar arrangemnemnt should be put in place for “borrowing”.
Why not return to the Solomon-like wisdom of the 1909 Copyright Act, and extend its concept of compulsory licensing to digital copying? Let anyone make use of existing intellectual property as an aspect of their own work, so long as they pay a statutory royalty to the owner. Thicke and Williams might then borrow from Gaye at a statutory borrower’s rate, just as they could have covered Gaye at the statutory rate for mechanical reproduction.
The article also includes a potted history of mechanical rights for those of us a little baffled by it all:
The manufacturers of piano rolls maintained that they did not need to pay composers for copyright, because they were not in fact making “copies” of sheet music. The piano rolls were not readable by humans—they could only function as a part of the complete player piano, for which they already owned all patents. Piano rolls were not “music,” as it was understood at the time, but a mechanical part of the machines that played them.