All the last (and next) members of Luna were at a birthday get-together in Los Angeles at the weekend – here are a couple of pictures – thank Randy for taking the pics, and letting me know about them.
Luna’s reunion tour of Spain (and Portugal) is just a couple of months away, check out the dates over here.
Back in 2006 the third release on Damon & Naomi’s 20-20-20 label was International Sad Hits, Volume 1, a compilation of singer-songwriters whose “music has never left their national or linguistic cultures”, since then the duo have been working on getting volume 2 released with the help of Spanish musician Ibon Errazkin. Volume 2 was to have covered the music of the Iberian peninsula but sadly rights issues have meant that after protracted attempts to get a release Damon & Naomi have opted to put out the album as a YouTube playlist.
You can find out all about the album (actually albums) and listen to it (them) over on the new 20-20-20 website.
International Sad Hits, Volume Two: The Iberian Peninsula
Dean Wareham’s UK label, Sonic Cathedral, currently has a sale on with some discounted Dean Wareham releases:
Look out also for some other fab bargains from the likes of Gulp, Lorelle Meets the Obsolete and Neil Halstead.
Damon & Naomi’s new album Fortune is now available to buy digitally, or to pre-order on CD or LP for release on the 16th February. You can also buy the album digitally and listen to the whole thing on their bandcamp page.
- Buy the album as a download from Damon & Naomi’s bandcamp page.
- Pre-order the album on CD or LP from the shiny new 20-20-20 web page.
Actually, while you’re at the new 20-20-20 page you could take the opportunity to fill your boots with plenty more including Galaxie 500 LPs, CDs, books and T-shirts, plus Damon & Naomi CDs and vinyl.
The album has received a lovely review in UK magazine UNCUT where the album is described as being
… full of jewel-like songs, minimally arranged, for maximum emotional resonance
Damon & Naomi’s […] melodies seem to arrive through cascades of notes, shivering through complex skeins of acoustic guitar, keyboards, bass and drum [and] is a perfect fit for soundtracking
The album is the soundtrack to Naomi’s short film Fortune which the duo screened with live accompaniment a few times last year. You can watch the whole film on naomivision.com (and below):
A decade on from composing duties on “The Squid and the Whale,” the duo of Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips return here with a memorable original score steeped in ’80s-style New Wave synth pop.
Influenced by ’80s coming of age movies, “Mistress America” also boasts a sublimely gauzy and pulsing synthesizer score by ex-Luna members Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips (they provided some music for “The Squid In The Whale” and Wareham’s cameo is almost as funny as his brief turn in “While We’re Young”)
Indiewire – The Playlist: Sundance Review: Noah Baumbach’s ‘Mistress America’ Starring Lola Kirke & Greta Gerwig
… and as has Dean’s appearance in the film:
The film is also bursting with hilarious side characters such as Tracy’s lit class chums, a pregnant tax lawyer/book club member and musician Dean Wareham dressed and coiffed to look like the best “Connecticut rich guy” from central casting I’ve ever seen put to film.
There’s a couple of pics of Dean & Britta on the red carpet at the premiere:
Composers Dean Wareham (L) and Britta Phillips attend the ‘Mistress America’ Premiere
Dean & Britta mentioned on Twitter that there will be a soundtrack album:
— Dean & Britta (@deanandbritta) January 25, 2015