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I guess it will come as little surprise to anyone to hear that Dean Wareham’s shows in the UK in April won’t be happening. All the dates have been moved to January/February 2021 and tickets bought for the original shows will still be valid for the new ones.

The new dates are as follows:

22nd January 2021 The Classic Grand, Glasgow, UK
Dean Wareham Dean Wareham plays Galaxie 500
23rd January 2021 The Liquid Room, Edinburgh, UK
Dean Wareham Dean Wareham plays Galaxie 500
24th January 2021 The Cluny, Newscastle, UK
Dean Wareham Dean Wareham plays Galaxie 500
25th January 2021 Manchester Academy 3, Manchester, UK
Dean Wareham Dean Wareham plays Galaxie 500
26th January 2021 Brudenell Social Club, Leeds, UK
Dean Wareham Dean Wareham plays Galaxie 500
28th January 2021 Islington Assembly Hall, London, UK
Dean Wareham Dean Wareham plays Galaxie 500
29th January 2021 Concorde 2, Brighton, UK
Dean Wareham Dean Wareham plays Galaxie 500
30th January 2021 Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, UK
Dean Wareham Dean Wareham plays Galaxie 500
31st January 2021 Fiddlers Club, Bristol, UK
Dean Wareham Dean Wareham plays Galaxie 500
1st February 2021 Waterfront, Norwich, UK
Dean Wareham Dean Wareham plays Galaxie 500

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This Friday (midnight to midnight PST) excellent music download service Bandcamp are waiving their revenue share so everything you spend goes to the artist. If you can, spend. It’s going to be a rough few months for a lot of artists who rely on getting out to make their money …

To raise even more awareness around the pandemic’s impact on musicians everywhere, we’re waiving our revenue share on sales this Friday, March 20 (from midnight to midnight Pacific Time), and rallying the Bandcamp community to put much needed money directly into artists’ pockets.

For many artists, a single day of boosted sales can mean the difference between being able to pay rent or not. Still, we consider this just a starting point. Musicians will continue to feel the effects of lost touring income for many months to come, so we’re also sharing some ideas below on how fans can support the artists they love and how artists can give fans new, creative ways to provide support.

You can fill the gaps in your AHFoW related collection here:

There is so much great music on Bandcamp from wonderful artists who aren’t related and you can try before you buy - so head over and help out if you can.

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Dean Wareham’s shows in Paris, The Hague, Cologne, Berlin and Copenhagen have all been cancelled because of the current Coronavirus pandemic and the restrictions imposed on travel.

Currently (14 March) the UK dates have not yet been cancelled - but… watch this space.

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Because of the current Coronavirus pandemic the organisers of Record Store Day have decided to postpone the event until 20th June, this means the double LP vinyl release of Galaxie 500’s live album Copenhagen will not happen until then.

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Galaxie 500 - Copenhagen
Galaxie 500 - Copenhagen

Galaxie 500’s live album Copenhagen will be getting its first ever vnyl release as part of Record Store Day 2020.

The record will be a 2LP set with three sides of music and the fourth an etching by tattoo artist Matt Crcoker which will also be available as a T-shirt.

Galaxie 500 - RSD 2020 T-shirt
Galaxie 500 - RSD 2020 T-shirt

Damon leaked a clue on Twitter a couple of weeks back with a pic of a test pressing

Galaxie 500 - Copenhagen vinyl test pressing
Galaxie 500 - Copenhagen vinyl test pressing

And then in the RSD lists appearing in various places, most notably on Reddit this little nugget crept in…

Galaxie 500 - Copenhagen - 2LP/etching (202020 Records)

At just under an hour the show would be too long for one LP, so I suspect the etching is filling up the space on the fourth side.

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Luna - The Underworld, 27th February 1992 (advert)
Luna - The Underworld, 27th February 1992 (advert)

OK, I’ve shared this plenty of times before, but what’s the harm in sharing it again - it’s a good memory!

In 1991 Galaxie 500 split. I was heartbroken, and a little baffled. I had no idea of the ins and outs - I only became aware of the true sadness of the split many years later - but the brief Melody Maker news item was sad enough and hinted that things were not amicable.

A month or so later Damon & Naomi released the Pierre Etoile 12” and some time after that Dean’s Anesthesia 12” arrived - and both started to put my mind at ease. While Galaxie 500 were no more - all three still had something special to offer.

On 27 February 1992 Luna played in London at the Underworld (a room in the basement of the World’s End pub in Camden). Ken, Stuart, Graham and myself went along. Arriving with a little trepidation, unsure of what Dean had to offer, and unsure if folk would turn out to see whatever it was.

Now, not many shows stick in my head as clearly as this one - this is what I remember of the evening:

  • One of the support bands (Winterset) had Gina Morris, journalist and one-time Stereolab member, guest on a track. They also distributed free 7” singles - not their own, but some they’d obviously picked up in bulk in a second-hand shop somewhere. After an online reminiscence I was contacted by a member of Winterset - which was nice. You can hear lots of demos of them here and a bit more info here.
  • I had recently acquired a Sony Walkman Pro and this was the first show I taped with it - set-up all wrong, the recording was awful - except for the encore after I fiddled with the settings.
  • Grasshopper of Mercury Rev played guitar (this was before Sean joined the band)
  • Luna played Beat Happening’s Indian Summer - I was unaware that Dean had a little history with the song so it came as a pleasant surprise!
  • Two Galaxie 500 songs!
  • I left reassured that things looked like they were going to be just fine.

Here’s my recording of the show - far from perfect but … mine all the same. Also included is the Winterset track I recorded, the one with Gina Morris guesting.

And here’s Joe’s recording, far better, and with Joe yelling, unsuccessfully for Tugboat in the encore.

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Luna’s recent Penthouse show at The Independent in San Francisco is currntly being seeded on Bittorrent site Dimeadozen - you will need to be regsitered to download it.

Luna - 2020-02-08 - The Independent - San Francisco, CA (44/16)

Luna (plays “Penthouse”) 2020 February 08 The Independent, San Francisco, CA

Source: Sony PCM-M10 + Audio-Technica AT831b (x2)

Transfer: Sony PCM-M10 (48/24) –> Audacity (44.1/16) –> Trader’s Little Helper –> FLAC 8

Length: 01:36:24

01 - Intro
02 - Chinatown
03 - Sideshow by the Seashore
04 - Moon Palace
05 - Double Feature
06 - 23 Minutes in Brussels
07 - Lost In Space
08 - Rhythm King
09 - Kalamazoo
10 - Hedgehog
11 - Freakin’ and Peakin’
12 - Bonnie and Clyde
13 - California Blue
14 - Tracy I Love You
15 - Broken Chair
16 - Car Wash Hair
Encore 2
17 - Fuzzy Wuzzy
18 - Season of the Witch

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One of the gaps in Galaxie 500’s vinyl back-catalogue is about to get filled with a release of their splendid live album Copenhagen coming to an LP soon.

Damon just posted a sneaky peek at a test pressing on his Twitter

Galaxie 500 Copenhagen test pressing
Galaxie 500 Copenhagen test pressing
Listening to Galaxie 500 live in Copenhagen for first time in ages... slowcore/dreampop my ass. Anyway yup it’s a test pressing, more info soon. Bass is big! Naomi is a monster

Watch this space for more info.

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While @britta_phillips didn't make it onto the marquee or the poster she did make it onto the tickets, and like Cher and Madonna she only needs one name!

Luna finished their 2016 European tour on a boat in Paris and while the rest of the band headed home Dean and Britta (and Hazel and I) hung around for a couple of days as Britta was doing a solo show supporting Keren Ann at the legendary Olympia. Today’s artefacts are my comp tickets for the show.

I love that the tickets say Britta - only her first name is needed like Cher and Madonna!

It was an absolute treat seeing her and Dean performing a sweet set for a sizeable crowd in such a great venue.

I had actually already bought tickets for the show which is why my pics of Britta are from the comps in the stalls, and the pics of Keren Ann from the paid for seats in the circle!

e-tickets for Britta at L'Olympia 2016
eTickets for the show
Britta with her setlist before the show
Britta with her setlist before the show
Britta on stage at L'Olympia Paris, 2016

I thought I’d just go through some of the stuff I’ve acquired over the years and post about it here… how interesting the posts (and artefacts) are will undoubtedly vary!

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A 30th anniversary celebration of Galaxie 500's masterpiece

On Fire 30 CD sleeve (design: John Conley)
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