Dean Wareham’s Luna demos on Bandcamp for Terry Tolkin

Dean Wareham: Luna Demos 1991
Dean Wareham: Luna Demos 1991

Dean Wareham has just released the recordings he made after leaving Galaxie 500 and before he formed Luna. All proceeds from the release are to help pay for the medical bills of Terry Tolkin:

Luna (at this early stage Dean Wareham) was signed to Elektra by A&R man Terry Tolkin who had previously worked at Rough Trade, Touch & Go and Caroline Records. Terry now lives in New Orleans and is gravely ill. He is fighting a rare and aggressive virus that has his doctors perplexed, and facing huge medical bills for hospital visits, thrice-weekly dialysis and prescription drug co-pays.

The tracks were recorded at Fun City in NYC in 1991 with the help of Jimmy Chambers of Mercury Rev, and Hamish Kilgore of The Clean. A couple of the tracks previously appeared on Terry’s No.6 records.

So for $7 (or more!) you can get a tasty slice of Luna’s history and help out Terry with his debilitating medical bills.
Buy Dean Wareham: Luna Demos 1991 on bandcamp.

If you prefer there is also a page on Go Fund Me to help out Terry:
Help Terry w/ Life-Sustaining Meds!

Luna reunion: Australia and New Zealand dates in September

Luna in Australia in 1998
Luna in Australia in 1998

Luna’s reunion makes it down-under in September with dates in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne in Australia and a date in Auckland in New Zealand.

Tickets go on sale on the 30th June – keep an eye on the Popfrenzy web site for ticket info.

Damon Krukowski’s extracurricular activities

Damon & Ben Chasny backing Elisa Ambrogio @invisiblemotor

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A few bits and pieces to catch up on what Damon has been doing when he’s not being part of Damon & Naomi.

Damon’s working on a non-fiction book – “The New Analog” which I guess has grown out of this Pitchfork piece from last year.

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.

He’s also written a piece recently for Pitchfork making “the case against subwoofers”:

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.

It’s definitely worth following Damon on Twitter for insightful commentary on all aspects of the music biz… and beyond

… and keeping an eye on his blog.

And for all this and more Damon has a new website – DadaDrummer.com.

Luna at the Northside Festival in Brooklyn – a quick round-up

Small child not enjoying #Luna. #music #northsidefestival
Not quite everyone was enjoying the show

First up you should head over to the fab NYCTaper where you can download the show and listen to it while you read through the rest of this post.

NYCTaper: Luna: June 11, 2015 McCarren Park (Northside Fest) – Flac/MP3/Streaming

… or click this and head over there later!

The New York Times has a review of the show:

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.

New York Times: Review: A Reunited Luna Plays Brooklyn’s Northside Festival

Cool Dad Music has some nice pictures from the show

NewBeats has a short review and some nice pictures from the show.

Clearly the band was still in peak form based on the performance, especially when Wareham and Eden traded both tasty lead and rhythm parts, not to mention some humorous, friendly banter like old times

Here’s the band playing Tiger Lily courtesy of michaelfgioia on YouTube

There are stacks of photos on Instagram… but you Instagram doesn’t make here are a couple

Last night @Northsidefestival

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Why don't we smile just like we used to? #Luna at #northsidefestival

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If anyone spots anything else please get in touch or leave a comment.