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Luna - Something in the Air (Sonic Cathedral, 2019)
Luna - Something in the Air (Sonic Cathedral, 2019)

Luna’s cover of Something in the Air is being released on 7” as part of the Sonic Cathedral singles club

The fifth release in the series will include the band’s excellent cover of the Thunderclap Newman classic with Sean on vocals, and two previously unreleased tracks on the b-side. The song was previously only available digitally as part of Luna’s crowdfunding campaign for A Sentimental Education but is now being released on beautiful blue moon vinyl in a lovely package.

The single will be released on 20th June and singles club subscribers also get a bonus gift - which, if previous releases are anything to go by, will be a gem.

Head over to Sonic Cathedral’s site to subscribe - some copies will reach shops but there will only be 300 copies, and 200 of those are reserved for subscribers so the safest way to ensure a copy will be to sign up for the club (and all four releases so far have been excellent). New subscribers will receive all four releases, the new Luna single and the remaining six records.

Luna - Something in the Air (Sonic Cathedral, 2019)
Luna - Something in the Air (Sonic Cathedral, 2019)

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“Thank you, thank you to the soundman ~ first time in New York”

Not much to say here I guess that isn’t up there in the title - Galaxie 500 played CBGBs, in NYC on this day in 1989 - two tracks from the show were released first on the super-rare OFFICIAL galaxie 500 BOOTLEG CASSINGLE in 1989…

OFFICIAL galaxie 500 BOOTLEG CASSINGLE
OFFICIAL galaxie 500 BOOTLEG CASSINGLE

(feel free to send me a copy if you have a spare one knocking around so I can put it in my ‘museum’ :) )

… and later as a seven inch single on Bob Stanley’s Caff label in 1990

Insert from Galaxie 500 - Rain (Caff, 1990)
Insert from Galaxie 500 - Rain (Caff, 1990)

The two tracks on both releases were covers of The Beatles’ Rain and Jonathan Richman’s Don’t Let Our Youth Go To Waste. When digital releases came around these were released for some reason as a single track, so for the price of one download from your online retailer of choice you get nearly 9 minutes of live Galaxie 500 perfection.

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Damon & Naomi have confirmed all the dates from a short UK tour at the beginning of June

The duo will be playing dates in London, York, Manchester and Glasgow and in London

3rd June 2019 The Crescent, York, UK
Damon & Naomi
4th June 2019 Rough Trade West, London, UK
Damon Krukowski Ways of Hearing
5th June 2019 The Victoria, London, UK
Damon & Naomi Ways of Hearing
6th June 2019 The Eagle Inn, Salford, UK
Damon & Naomi
8th June 2019 The Old Hairdressers, Glasgow, UK
Damon & Naomi

The two London shows will be as follows:

  • The show at Rough Trade West will be a Q&A with Damon about his excellent book-of-the-podcast Ways of Hearing.
  • The show at The Victoria is party of the Walthamstow Rock ‘n’ Roll Book Club and will feature a Q&A about Ways of Hearing followed by a Damon & Naomi live set
Damon Krukowski Ways of Hearing
Damon Krukowski Ways of Hearing

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Just came across this clip of Luna with Justin playing Friendly Advice in their rehearsal space in LA in 2015.

The video was made by Britta and originally shared as part of the band's Pledgemusic campaign for A Sentimental Education, but I've taken it upon myself to let it out of Pledgemusic gaol as it's a shame for it not to reach a wider audience... hopefully the band won't mind!

Luna - Friendly Advice (rehearsal with Justn Harwood, 2015)

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Audience
Audience

Come and join the new A Head Full of Wishes fan community on Slack

The latest in my ongoing and neverending attempts to get a fan community going outisde of Facebook is now online - I’ve decided to give the workplace collaboration app Slack a shot so please come and join us there.

Sign up is via invitiation only* so please shout in any of the following places if you want to join

Slack is a great tool for collaboration and community allowing discussion channels, private messaging, file and image uploads and could be perfect - what it’s currently lacking is you - please come and join us!

* This isn’t for any elitist reasons ~ it’s the way Slack works - you’re all welcome!

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A Sentimental Education metal stamper
A Sentimental Education metal stamper

Dean Wareham has loaded up his online shop with a stack of T-shirts and music.

It includes some hard to find items such as the Inside Your Heart animated Luna single and a signed test-pressing of Britta’s Luck or Magic

Extra special items include metal stampers for A Sentimental Education and some deluxe DVDs of 13 Most beautiful

Head over and fill your boots !

Luck or Magic test pressing signed by Britta
Luck or Magic test pressing signed by Britta
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#insideyourheart animated single by @luna_nyc

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Galaxie 500 - On Fire

On the 20th October 1989 Galaxie 500’s masterpiece On Fire hit the streets for the first time ~ which means that come October the album will be 30 years old!

This got me thinking that this really shouldn’t be allowed to slip by uncommemorated.

I’d like it to have a piece of created/creative art to represent each of the tracks on the original LP

But what qualifies as “art” is open to interpretation - but, in my mind there is…

  • pictures, prints, paintings, drawings, photography, words, essays, poetry, short stories
  • possibly also music - if it looks promising a side-order of cassette could be included - perhaps a track-by-track tribute album?

(I’d like to steer clear of reminiscence pieces as that got fairly well covered in the Everything’s Swirling fanzine a couple of years ago)

If you would like to be involved please give me a shout by using one of the many other ways I’m reachable ~ most are mentioned here!

Let me know if you have a track preference and what you could do.

I’m going to push this idea for a month and make a decision about whether to run with it in June.

If there’s enough interest then at the beginning of June I will set up a forum where we can discuss, debate, share ideas and inspire each other!

On Fire - Galaxie 500 cassette

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Dean Wareham - Mountains of the Moon
Dean Wareham - Mountains of the Moon

Dean Wareham has just shared a new video for Mountains of the Moon from the excellent Dean Wareham vs Cheval Sombre album.

The video was made by Judith Berndsen & Grayson Kent, with Britta Phillips.

Mountains of the Moon by Dean Wareham
Dean Wareham - Mountains of the Moon starring Judith Berndsen & Grayson Kent
Dean Wareham - Mountains of the Moon starring Judith Berndsen & Grayson Kent

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This great video of Luna playing 23 Minutes in Brussels at last month's Desert Stars festival has just been posted to YouTube and is well worth spending seven minutes with.

Luna - 23 Minutes in Brussels (March 2019)

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