Apr 022014

Facing the rails

Ride Into the Sun never made it onto any of The Velvet Underground’s official releases until, I believe, their posthumous Another View compilation was released in 1986, the version on that was an istrumental version recorded in 1969, an earlier version, with vocals, had turned up on the 1993 Australian box set, and an out-take from the Loaded sessions made it onto the Peel Slowly and See box set. There are also live versions kicking around, notably on the Quine Tapes.

I’m not going to try and work out what we have here… and when it was recorded because I haven’t listened that closely and it’s a can of worms I’m not ready to open (anyone is welcome to correct my guesses!)…

Instrumental (I think this is the 1969 version from Another View)

Vocal (This is the Loaded out-take)

Head this way for lots more Ride Into the Sun!

Apr 012014

Photo: Norman Gholson Von Holtzendorff 1990

With the recent releases of Dean Wareham’s Emancipated Hearts and the more recent Dean Wareham you’d be forgiven for thinking that this was the first ever solo releases by Dean… this is a little thrown together post to prove otherwise:

Here’s what I believe was Dean’s debut solo outing on the Shimmy Disc compilation What Else Do You Do? released in 1990. It’s an early, acoustic version of Smile which got it’s full band release on Luna’s debut LP Lunapark a couple of years later.

MP3: Dean Wareham – Smile

In 1991 Dean released a solo electric guitar piece called West Broadway on the No6/Glitterhouse compilation Guitarrorists

MP3: Dean Wareham – West Broadway

Also in 1991 Dean released a version of Beat Happening’s Indian Summer (later to become a regular in Luna’s set) on a promo 7″ single given away with Chemical Imbalance magazine.

MP3: Dean Wareham – Indian Summer

After Galaxie 500 split Dean was given some money to record some demos, these made an appearance on the Mint Records Anesthesia single as a solo release.

MP3: Dean Wareham – Anesthesia

MP3: Dean Wareham – I Can’t Wait

MP3: Dean Wareham – Tomato Poodle

In 2005 Dean recorded a solo version of Pink Floyd’s Hey You for the soundtrack of the Noah Baumbach film The Squid and The Whale

MP3: Dean Wareham – Hey You

… and then in 2014 Love is Colder than Death was released, the track was on Emancipated Hearts which Pitchfork described as “astonishingly, his debut solo release”

So Pitchfork, this post is to prove you wrong.

Mar 312014

Still from Naomi Yang’s ‘Fortune’ with Anabel Vázquez Rodríguez

Over on facebook this afternoon Damon & Naomi announced details of “Fortune” a short silent film directed by Naomi Yang. The film features Norman von Holtzendorff and Anabel Vázquez Rodríguez and will be presented with a live soundtrack of eleven new songs performed by the duo.

Synopsis:Norman’s father was a society portrait painter. After his father’s death, Norman faces the burden of inheriting his father’s life’s work. He struggles with conflicting feelings about a man who was a gifted artist, but a difficult and unsupportive father. In this emotional journey Norman reconnects with his own artistic nature, something that had not been possible while his father was alive – finally emerging from his father’s shadow, and the shadow of his grief.

Damon & Naomi are also looking for opportunities to stage the show:

Looking like a possible debut for our new silent film with live soundtrack in UK/Euro, mid-May – write us any ideas/offers! Time is short but let’s see what we can pull together.

Contact: al@damonandnaomi.com

Mar 262014

I know that a lot of what I say has been lifted off of men’s room walls

Random Rules was released on Silver Jews third album American Water in 1998. Silver Jews were a NYC band that was led by David Berman and featured Stephen Malkmus (of Pavement) and Chris Stroffolino.

Dean & Britta’s cover was the penultimate track on their 2003 album L’Avventura

MP3: Dean & Britta – Random Rules

Here’s an mp3 of them performing it at The Village Underground in NYC in 2003

MP3: Dean & Britta – Random Rules (live)

See all posts in the Originals series

Mar 242014

Dean & Britta guest on Piano Van man Chris Stroffolino’s 7″ single being released on Munster Records:

Stroffolino recorded these tracks with Sundance award-winning director Jeff Feuerzeig (“The Devil and Daniel Johnston”) handling the production. Here he is accompanied by Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips on the Alice Cooper version ‘I Never Cry’.

Here’s Dean & Britta performing Luna’s Lost in Space with Chris – this track isn’t on the single!