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: post mortem and supplemental

I started the originals series on 31st January 2013 so it took me one year and eight months to get through them all… here’s a few stats
Covered by Galaxie 500 : 12
Covered by Luna : 21
Covered by Damon & Naomi[1] : 24
Covered by Dean & Britta : 17
Covered by Dean Wareham[2] : 15

Most covered songwriters
Jonathan Richman : 4
Lou Reed : 4 (solo and with the VU – plus a bonus coming down this very page)
John Lennon : 3 (2 solo tracks and one of The Beatles’ covers)[3]
Lee Hazelwood : 3

See all posts in the Originals series over here.

I generally stuck to tracks that had received an official release, although a few stray ineligible ones slipped through. Here are a couple that didn’t but could have:

MP3: Luna – Walk on The Wild Side (originally by Lou Reed)

MP3: Damon & Naomi – Shine a Light (originally by The Rolling Stones)

Footnotes

1: Including Magic Hour

2: Including Cagney and Lacee. Not including the covers on Emancipated Hearts or Dean Wareham as both were released after I started the series.

3: Technically John Lennon also gets a credit on Cheese and Onions

Dean Wareham on the Luna reunion


Dean has given an interview to Rolling Stone about next years Luna dates, the first the band will have played since they split in 2005:

At a certain point, it gets hard having to hold it together,” he says of the group’s breakup. “I feel that this can be fun [because] it’s not going to take over our lives completely again. After 10 years away, you can recharge your friendship. After years and years in a band, it puts a strain on your friendships, because you’re not just friends; you’re in business together. You remember why you all like each other.”

As for what the group will play at those gigs, Wareham says the group’s recent reunion jam found them playing a career-spanning selection of songs. Among them were “Anesthesia” from Lunapark (1992), “Friendly Advice” from Bewitched (1994), “23 Minutes to Brussels” from Penthouse (1995) and “Tracy I Love You” from Pup Tent (1997). The group will have its first practice sometime next year, when it will decide the final set list for the Spanish tour, though it will likely include songs from all of their albums.

He also drops a hint that the first five Luna albums may be getting a release on vinyl:

Although Wareham does not want to give specifics, he says he’s been in talks to license the first five Luna records for vinyl release, though the deal has so far proven complex. “I’ll believe it when the papers are signed,” he says. He also says compilations of songs from the band’s vaults could also be a possibility, but that, too, is a complicated situation since the group doesn’t own the records.

Read more on Rolling Stone’s website.

Luna reunion confirmed: Spanish tour in April with US dates to follow

Flyer for Luna's tour of Spain in 2015
Flyer for Luna’s tour of Spain in 2015

Luna have now confirmed that they are reunitiung for a tour of Spain in April 2015, and Dean confirmed on Twitter that there would be “a few US dates” later in the year.

Confirmed dates are as follows:

  • 17th April 2015 – Gijón Sound Festival, Gijón
  • 18th April 2015 – Escenario Santander, Santander
  • 20th April 2015 – Teatro Lara, Madrid
  • 21st April 2015 – Aulario la Bomba, Cádiz
  • 22nd April 2015 – La Rambleta, Valencia
  • 23rd April 2015 – Bikini, Barcelona
  • 24th April 2015 – Centro de Las Armas, Zaragoza
  • 25th April 2015 – Intxaurrondo, San Sebastián

See also:
Brooklynvegan
Tinymixtapes

Ten years of Luna near reunions

Lee, Britta, Dean and Sean – Los Angeles 2014

A Luna reunion isn’t out of question. That could happen. A Galaxie 500 reunion isn’t going to happen. That would be too weird. It’s been so long.
Dean Wareham – The Vinyl District, March 2014

Sean, Justin and Stan in NYC in 2014

Dean and Britta with Sean in Chicago IL in 2010

Dean & Britta with Sean Eden (Luna) at Shine A Light festival 7-21-12

Dean and Britta with Sean in Wantagh NY in 2012 – full show in NYCTaper

Dean and Britta with Lee in Los Angeles in 2010

Justin, Dean and Lee in LA in 2014

No pics or video of this one but Sean joined Dean & Britta for 23 Minutes in NYC in 2008, Sean said:-

It was definitely a slightly emotional and strange moment for me and for Dean and Britta….! We hadn’t decided we were going to play anything until late that afternoon. no rehearsal or soundcheck for it.