Happy birthday to Jonathan Richman

Jonathan Richman en Montevideo

His voice sounds like he has a cold. He sings like he’s singing each line for the first time — the phrasing is striking, you feel like you are standing with him as a particular thought occurs.

Happy birthday to the wonderful Jonathan Richman whose shadow looms large over A Head Full of Wishes, more of that down the page – but first here’s a lovely clip of the great man himself – Joanthan Richman and The Modern Lovers – I’m Just Beginning to Live

Have a great day Jojo. I love your chimes… they reel and they rock.

MP3: Galaxie 500 – Back in Your Life (Jonathan Richman cover – live at The Middle East, Cambridge, MA – 19th March 1988)

MP3: Galaxie 500 – Don’t Let Our Youth Go to Waste (Jonathan Richman cover – live at Subteranea, London – 13th December 1989)

Dean & Britta

Originals: Back in Your Life by Jonathan Richman (covered by Galaxie 500)
Originals: Fly Into The Mystery by Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers (covered by Luna)
Originals: Don’t Let Our Youth Go to Waste by Jonathan Richman (covered by Galaxie 500)
Originals: Dance With Me by The Modern Lovers (covered by Luna)

Video: Damon & Naomi playing The North Light in London

The North Light

Rough Trade have posted a very lovely clip of Damon & Naomi performing The North Light from their recent performance at London’s Rough Trade East. Sadly the video has embedding disabled so you’ll have to head over to Vimeo to see it – it is very well worth the click though.

Video: Damon & Naomi – The North Light live at Rough Trade East – 9th April 2015

You can see a few of my pictures from the show on Flickr.

Naomi Yang

Quick round-up of the second half of Luna’s reunion tour of Spain and Portugal

Luna performing 23 Minutes in Brussels at Casa da Musica in Porto
So here’s a quick round-up of the second half of Luna’s tour of Span and Portugal, I posted the first half last week.

24th April 2015: Luna – Centro de Las Armas, Zaragoza


25th April 2015: Luna – Intxaurrondo, San Sebastián


26th April 2015: Luna – Casa Da Musica, Porto, Portugal

Obviously Porto has been well covered elsewhere on AHFoW

28th April 2015: Luna – Aulario la Bomba, Cádiz

In Cadiz, Luna were reunited with their missing gear

Reunited. ⭐️ #LunaReunion #Cadiz

A photo posted by Luna (@luna_nyc) on

29th April 2015: Luna – Las Chocheras del Puerto, Huelva

30th April 2015: Luna – Planta Baja, Granada

#Luna lunera en #Granada #PlantaBaja #los90hanvuelto

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1st May 2015: Luna – SOS Festival, Murcia, Spain

Snippet of 23 Minutes in Brussels last night. Full vid uploading to Luna fb page now.

A video posted by Luna (@luna_nyc) on

2nd May 2015: Luna – Insomni, Girona

LUNA live from Girona 2/05/2015

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… and it was all over – and ready to start again in the UK in the summer and US in the autumn. Sit tight!

Quick round-up of the first half of Luna’s reunion tour of Spain

Well, I’m all packed and ready to head off to Portugal in the morning so before I go I’ll throw together a quick and dirty round-up of the first part of Luna’s reunion tour.

17th April 2015: Luna – Gijon Sound Festival, Gijon

Luna playing Pup Tent


18th April 2015: Luna – Escenario Santander, Santander

Night 2. #lunareunion

19th April 2015: Luna – Teatre de Lloseta, Lloseta, Mallorca


20th April 2015: Luna – Teatro Lara, Madrid

Luna live...

21st April 2015: Luna – Teatro Lara, Madrid

Luna! Post-show last night in Madrid

A photo posted by Luna (@luna_nyc) on


22nd April 2015: Luna – La Cambra, Valencia


23rd April 2015: Luna – Bikini, Barcelona


Video: Dean Wareham at KEXP

Last month, while in Seattle, Dean Wareham played a live session for KEXP. The complete session is now on YouTube for your enjoyment, plus there are a stack of photos from the session on Flickr.

Video: Dean Wareham – The Dancer Disappears (live on KEXP)

Video: Dean Wareham – Holding Pattern (live on KEXP)

Video: Dean Wareham – Happy and Free (live on KEXP)

Video: Dean Wareham – Ceremony (Joy Division cover – live on KEXP)

Photos: Dean Wareham at KEXP on Flickr