In other words, mapping ourselves via headphones or GPS can lead to disorientation. Without analog clues to guide location, the world becomes an Alice-in-Wonderland-like place where signs pointing north nonetheless lead south, and sounds come from the left or right but never straight ahead.
To my ears, the bass boosting of Beats and of home theater systems designed to mimic reality for movies and games doesn’t translate to a “real” experience of music. But my idea of real is based on the experience of physical instruments, acoustic and electric. And perhaps the reality of music itself has undergone a change.
Live, the songs opened up in ways that the studio versions deliberately held back. In music with such a restricted palette, small variations loomed larger: when “Bewitched” began with Mr. Wareham playing alone, when Ms. Phillips’s bass leapt out with a switch to distortion in “Friendly Advice,” when the whole band floated into a psychedelic haze in “Pup Tent,” when crescendos swelled and suddenly dropped away.
At first, Mr. Wareham and Mr. Eden confined their lead guitar parts to terse little hooks; then they improvised more to reveal their distinct touches, jittery and insistent from Mr. Wareham and curvy and long-lined from Mr. Eden. Luna toured Spain and Portugal earlier this year and its members are listening to one another closely, clearly savoring their reunion.
We have sold out two nights at the beautiful Teatro Lara. After the show we go out for drinks with friends from Switzerland, and others who have traveled from Chicago and Los Angeles and Boston, including “City Kitty Nate” — so named because he comes to shows and calls out for “City Kitty.”
“Yes,” says Sean from the stage, “you have come all the way from Boston, but we are still not going to play that song.”
In Porto we play the spectacular Casa Da Musica, designed by Rem Koolhas. He has thought of everything, except, one stage-hand says, a bathroom backstage. On this sleepy Sunday night we are treated to a home-cooked feijoada, gin and tonic, red wine, 70-year-old port.
Dean has alluded to this in recent interviews but the official announcement has arrived for the upcoming box set of Luna vinyl. The box, Long Players 92-99 will be released by Captured Tracks and will contain Luna’s first five albums, a disc of rarities and a book containing photos, an oral histroy and an interview with Dean Wareham.
There is no official release date as yet but the Captured Tracks website suggests “Fall/Winter 2015″ – better start saving your pennies.
Damon & Naomi are playing their last scheduled performance of ‘Fortune’ at The Bell House in Brooklyn, NY – the show also features Elisa Ambrogio (Magik Markers) and Tanya Donelly (Throwing Muses, Belly).