The annual Indietracks comp has just been released

Indietracks release a compilation album of acts appearing at the festival every year and this year’s has just been released. For a couple of quid you can have an amazing 56 track album (!!) which not only includes Dean Wareham’s splendid Everly Brothers cover Living Too Close to the Ground, but in amongst the shedload of other brilliant music you’ll find Joann Gruesome’s also splendid cover of Galaxie 500′s Tugboat. Now how is that not amazing value.

Also it’ll make you want to go to Indietracks, and astonishingly I believe there are still tickets available.

Join me there!

Friday recycling: Fourth of July = Galaxie 500 day

Galaxie 500 gets radio play on:
Days when it snows
The Fourth of July
Today is the latter of those so here’s some Galaxie 500 to help you celebrate the Fourth of July

MP3: Galaxie 500 – Fourth of July (live at The Kennel Club in 1990)

MP3: Luna – Fourth of July (live in San Francisco in 1994)

MP3: Dean & Britta – Fourth of July (live in NYC in 2008)

Here’s the official video…

… and of course, here’s what the kids made of the video (“the lyrics was… discombobulated”)

… they liked it better than they liked Sonic Youth (“I would suggest to them… try out a different singer for once”)!

MP3: Clare’s Club – Fourth of July Still Plays in My Heart

The Empire State Building is no bigger than a nickel
A dog ignoring “poem” written on a dog biscuit

I believe some of you might celebrate with fireworks, which I guess makes you an even bigger fan than me. Have a happy and safe Galaxie 500 day.

Originals: Threw it Away by Angel Corpus Christi (covered by Dean and Britta)

Angel Corpus Christi posing with posters
Angel Corpus Christi
Photo by Howard Thompson and used without permission

Threw it Away was from Angel Corpus Christi’s lovely White Courtesy Phone LP in 1994
MP3: Angel Corpus Christi – Threw it Away

Dean & Britta’s cover was released on their debut album L’Avventura in 2003.
MP3: Dean & Britta – Threw it Away

Dean Wareham with Angel Corpus Christi and Suicide’s Alan Vega
Photo by Howard Thompson and used without permission


Here’s Angel’s fab cover of Luna’s I Want Everything
MP3: Angel Corpus Christi – I Want Everything

Full Indietracks Festival schedule announced

Indietracks Festival has just announced the full schedule for this year’s festival. Dean Wareham will be headlining the indoor stage on the Saturday evening.

A few other things a quick skim has noticed…
Joanna Gruesome will be on the indoor stage right before Dean which gives the exciting prospect of two Tugboats in 90 minutes!

Watoo Watoo are playing in the church on Sunday afternoon.

The whole festival will be amazing, but Saturday looks absolutely exhausting!

Here’s Dean the last time he played a UK festival, Truck in 2011.

The shuttle to Indietracks

Originals: Thank You For Sending Me an Angel by Talking Heads (covered by Luna)

Talking Heads - Take Me To The River - D - 1978

Thank You For Sending Me an Angel first appeared on Talking Heads’ second album More Songs About Buildings and Food in 1978

Here’s a splendid live version from that year

It also turned up in the film (and on the album) of Stop Making Sense in 1984, and a country version turned up on the 2005 resissue.

Luna’s cover was first released on their Bonnie and Clyde single on Beggars Banquet in 1995 and later on their EP on No.6.

Here’s a live version from San Francisco in February 1994
MP3: Luna – Thank You For Sending Me an Angel (live in San Francisco, Februaru 1994)

See all the posts in the “Originals” series