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Luna - Lunapark
Luna - Lunapark

Luna’s debut album, Lunapark, is going to get a limited deluxe release through Run Out Groove records after coming out top in last month’s poll

Lunapark has previously only been released on vinyl on Australian label Summershine in 1993, and as part of the Captured Tracks Luna box set in 2015, and should the Run Out Groove release come to pass will include “previously unreleased pre-Elektra demos” and “never-before-seen photos”.

I can’t believe it has been thirty years since we recorded Lunapark! It was a revelation to hear these bonus tracks, especially long-lost demos that we made with Dave Fridmann at Toxic Shock studios in Manhattan. And I’m glad to get the ultra-rare 7” “Egg Nog” included here; we recorded that Christmas single shortly after finishing the album and it’s one of my very favorite Luna tracks. Dean Wareham

The Lunapark Deluxe Edition will be available to pre-order until May 31, and a limited number will be available in transparent blue and transparent green vinyl which can be purchased exclusively from Run O)ut Groove while stocks last.

Head over to the Run Our Grooves website to pre-order

Note that this is a pre-order and you probably won’t get your paws on the finished article until January 2023!

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Luna - Lunapark (Summershine, 1993)
Luna - Lunapark (Summershine, 1993)

Luna’s debut album, Lunapark, is in the running for a deluxe vinyl re-issue from Run Out Groove Records.

Each month Run Out Groove hold a poll of three albums for a potential release and this month sees Luna’s debut running off against country legend George Jones and Swedish prog-metal band Opeth.

Lunapark has previously only been released on vinyl on Australian label Summershine in 1993, and as part of the Captured Tracks Luna box set in 2015, and should the Run Out Groove release come to pass will include “previously unreleased pre-Elektra demos” and “never-before-seen photos”.

Head over to the Run Our Grooves website to vote - voting closes on the 11th April - so get your vote in now!

In a previous poll Lunafied got the deluxe reissue treatment and was a rather beautiful thing so … get voting.

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Luna - live Rendezvous
Luna - live Rendezvous

Luna have released a live recording of their full Rendezvous show recorded in San Francisco in January 2017.

This is the last of three albums released over three months of Bandcamp Fridays and includes the band playing the full Rendezvous album plus a bonus Fuzzy Wuzzy.

As with the previous releases the album has been mixed by Lee Wall at his studio in Austin, Texas - and sounds brilliant.

You can checkout and then buy ‘Live Rendezvous’ over on Bandcamp now.

And if you missed it last month you can still buy ‘Live Bewitched’ and ‘Live Bewitched’ over on Bandcamp too.

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Luna - live Penthouse
Luna - live Penthouse

Luna have just made available a fantastic live recording of their Penthouse show at The Chapel in San Francisco from January 2017

This is the second of three albums released over three months of Bandcamp Fridays and includes the band playing the full Penthouse album plus a bonus of Tracy I Love You - that had originally been recorded during the Penthouse sessions but never made it onto the record.

As with Bewitched last month the album has been mixed by Lee Wall at his studio in Austin, Texas - and sounds every bit as good as you can imagine.

The final release in this series will Rendezvous on 1st April.

You can checkout and then buy ‘Live Penthouse’ over on Bandcamp now.

And if you missed it last month you can still buy ‘Live Bewitched’ over on Bandcamp too.

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Some fantastic video footage has just turned up on YouTube of Damon & Naomi’s performance with Tom Rapp at the first Terrastock festival in Providence in April 1997.

Damon & Naomi with Tom Rapp at Terrastock I in 1997

It opens with a lovely clip of Damon & Naomi perfoming The New Historicism from their second album The Wondrous World of Damon & Naomi.

Damon & Naomi at Terrastock 1997
Damon & Naomi at Terrastock 1997

This is then followed by them being joined by the late, great Tom Rapp for their wonderful cover of Bob Dylan’s I Shall Be Released.

What an absolute joy to see this!

Video-filmed & shared by Dennis Bouffard. Transferred & uploaded by Greg Dalton-Kay (gkswiss). uploaded to YouTube Jan 29, 2022. A BIG “thank you” to both Dennis Bouffard AND Phil McMullen!

Naomi at Terrastock 1997
Naomi at Terrastock 1997

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Luna - live Bewitched
Luna - live Bewitched

Back in January 2017 Luna performed three sold out shows at The Chapel in San Francisco, each night playing a full album and over the next three Bandcamp Fridays the band will be releasing the recordings of these shows.

The Chapel is a great sounding room with its wooden walls, floors, and ceiling. We recorded these to multi-tracks; our own Lee Wall mixed the songs at his studio in Austin, Texas, and they really sound exciting to our ears.

The first release is today and is the Bewitched show, and it does indeed sound splendid and has the lovely added bonus of Kelly Kyle guesting on Bewitched (the track).

This will be followed by the Penthouse show on 4th March and Rendezvous on 1st April.

You can checkout and then buy ‘Live Bewitched’ over on Bandcamp now.

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Dean Wareham (Duchess video grab)
Dean Wareham (Duchess video grab)

As expected Dean Wareham’s dates in Spain that were scheduled for February have been rescheduled for July - plus a new date in Porto has been added.

Confirmed European dates so far:

7th July 2022 Sala X, Seville, Spain
Dean Wareham Dean Wareham plays Galaxie 500
8th July 2022 Edificio Constitucion 1812, Cadiz, Spain
Dean Wareham Dean Wareham plays Galaxie 500
9th July 2022 Mouca, Porto, Portugal
Dean Wareham Dean Wareham plays Galaxie 500
11th July 2022 Independance, Madrid, Spain
Dean Wareham Dean Wareham plays Galaxie 500
12th July 2022 Las Cigarreras, Alicante, Spain
Dean Wareham Dean Wareham plays Galaxie 500
13th July 2022 Loco, Valencia, Spain
Dean Wareham Dean Wareham plays Galaxie 500
14th July 2022 La Nau, Barcelona, Spain
Dean Wareham Dean Wareham plays Galaxie 500
21st July 2022 The Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, UK
Dean Wareham Dean Wareham plays Galaxie 500
22nd July 2022 Islington Assembly Hall, London, UK
Dean Wareham Dean Wareham plays Galaxie 500
23rd July 2022 The Venue, Worthing, UK
Dean Wareham Dean Wareham plays Galaxie 500
25th July 2022 The Fleece, Bristol, UK
Dean Wareham Dean Wareham plays Galaxie 500
27th July 2022 Brudenell Social Club, Leeds, UK
Dean Wareham Dean Wareham plays Galaxie 500
28th July 2022 The Cluny 2, Newcastle, UK
Dean Wareham Dean Wareham plays Galaxie 500
29th July 2022 The Liquid Room, Edinburgh, UK
Dean Wareham Dean Wareham plays Galaxie 500
30th July 2022 Oran Mor, Glasgow, UK
Dean Wareham Dean Wareham plays Galaxie 500

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Dean Wareham with Terry Tolkin (photo: Howard Thompson)
Dean Wareham with Terry Tolkin (photo: Howard Thompson)

Last week Terry Tolkin passed away. He was the A&R man who played a significant part in the begiining of Luna and signed them to Elektra when he was an A&R with the label.

Terry Tolkin has passed away this day in New Orleans, age 62. He was hospitalized a few weeks ago, has been dealing with sepsis and organ failure. His brother Daniel has been watching over him this week. Terry has been through a lot in recent years, I honestly think he is now in a better place. He was a key figure in my life, for Luna and many other musical artists he believed in. Dean Wareham (Instagram - 21st January 2021)

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Dean & Britta
Dean & Britta

Dean Wareham’s upcoming UK dates have been postponed again because of the ongoing pandemic.

The much rescheduled dates, originally scheduled for April 2020, have been cancelled and the tour will now take place in July.

Confirmed dated so far

  • 21st July 2022 - Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
  • 22nd July 2022 - Islington Assembly Hall, London
  • 23rd July 2022 - The Venue, Worthing
  • 25th July 2022 - The Fleece, Bristol
  • 27th July 2022 - Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
  • 28th July 2022 - The Cluny, Newcastle
  • 29th July 2022 - Liquid Room, Edinburgh
  • 30th July 2022 - Oran Mor, Glasgow

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