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Blue swirl This Is Our Music

Galaxie 500's final album is getting a limited edition re-release exclusively through Newbury Comics.

Following on from the lovely orange vinyl On Fire released earlier in the year, 20|20|20 are releasing a blue swirl vinyl copy of Galaxie 500’s brilliant (and criminally under-appreciated) final album This Is Our Music. The album pressed from the 2009 remaster will be available exclusively through independent record shop Newbury Comics and is limited to 500 copies.

The record is available to order now and will be released on the 19th July.

Galaxie 500's ambitious final album, remastered for LP in 2009. The nine song set originally recorded in 1990 includes their cover of Yoko Ono's 'Listen, the Snow is Falling'.

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CDR / Luna and Lou Reed playing Ride Into The Sun

I can’t find the accompanying communication that came with this but my memory is that Dean Wareham asked me not to make public this recording’s provenance - but, given that he himself shared this recording on Soundcloud after Lou’s passing in 2013, I guess it’s OK for me to say that this CDR was sent to me by Dean back in 2004 specifically to put on A Head Full of Wishes.

That’s Dean’s handwriting on the CDR and it clearly says that it was live in Boston 1996 but this is the same recording as the one on Soundcloud that claims to be from the following night’s show in NYC. Unless Dean wants to clarify I’m going to assume he was right when he wrote it on the CDR!

I didn’t get too many exclusives for AHFoW so this was quite exciting - and was, for many years the most downloaded mp3 I ever shared and still periodically gets folk happening upon it.

You can download the recording over here in both mp3 and flac formats - or you can stream the Soundcloud version which has a few seconds before, and after the track you get to hear Lou thanking Dean and Luna.


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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13 Most Beautiful at The Carnegie Hall

Sneaking an extra artefact in this week as today is the 10th anniversary of the first UK performance of Dean & Britta’s splendid 13 Most Beautiful: Songs for Andy Warhol’s Screen Test that happened at the Carnegie Hall in Dunfermline, Scotland.

So, today’s artefact are our tickets from the fantastic show. You can read my gushings from ten years ago here.

There’s some very low-res video of some of the show on youtube - but the audio’s tolerable so nice to listen to, so I’ve converted them to mp3:


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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Letter from Naomi Yang - July 1997

Back in 1997, in the wake of the heartbreaking Ptolemaic Terrascope interview, I wrote a fan letter to Damon & Naomi. To be honest I can’t remember if this was a real letter or an email. In my head it was a real letter with a stamp and everything. But that maybe the romantic in me trying to convince myself that I’d written a proper, old fashioned fan letter.

For the sake of argument let’s assume that it was real.

This was, I’m fairly certain, the first fan letter I’d written to anyone. I had previously joined the Motorheadbangers fan club but don’t remember ever sending Lemmy a gushing letter.

The response I got was this lovely, and very real, letter from Naomi where she touches on the PT interview, and the first Terrastock festival.

There’s more beneath the envelope but… I need some secrets.

The last line read:

Congratulations on your new baby

That new baby graduated from university last month.


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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INT. WEST LONDON VICTORIAN TERRACE HOUSE - THURSDAY MORNING - BREAKFAST

INT. WEST LONDON VICTORIAN TERRACE HOUSE - THURSDAY MORNING - BREAKFAST

The dining table is a mess. ANDY, HAZEL and ADAM 
are sitting down to eat their porridge.
One cat is milling around, another is sitting on the table. 
The radio is playing faintly in the kitchen.

ANDY Wait! Is that Galaxie 500 on the radio?
listens intently
ANDY No. Shhh. It is, it's Galaxie 500. On the radio!
Andy looks out of the window
ANDY B-b-b-but, it's not snowing, why are Galaxie 500 on the radio?
Adam walks into the kitchen and turns up radio
ANDY Ohhh! (reddens with embarrassment)
Hazel and Adam roll their eyes and get on with breakfast Long, awkward pause
HAZEL Shouldn't you be going to work? (under her breath) Every flipping year!

Happy Galaxie 500 day - or whatever else you might choose to celebrate on this day.

Galaxie 500 - Fourth of July

Galaxie 500 - Fourth of July 12" single

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Wand'rin' Star - Dean Wareham (dir: Judith Berndsen / edited: Britta Phillips)
Wand'rin' Star - Dean Wareham vs Cheval Sombre (dir: Judith Berndsen / edited: Britta Phillips)

Dean Wareham has just released this video for his cover of the Lee Marvin classic Wand’rin’ Star from the excellent Dean Wareham vs Cheval Sombre album.

Dean Wareham - Wand'rin' Star

If you haven’t heard the Lee Marvin original you really should, it’s a masterpiece!

Lee Marvin - Wand'rin' Star

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Luna Romatica promo stickers

When Luna released Romantica Dean sent me a promo CD and a bunch of these stickers - one was inscribed For Adam love Dean - when Romantica came out Adam wasn’t even five so wasn’t getting his sticker. He still hasn’t got it.

One did find it’s way onto one of my record boxes but I still have three (including Adam’s) filed away.


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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Daniel Land

To celebrate the release of the sixth single in the Sonic Cathedral singles club the fab London indie put on a celebration of all things Luna and Dean at The Social on Thursday night. Sadly for reasons of geography no members of Luna could make an appearance so it was very much a fan driven endeavor - and Sonic Cathedral managed to put together a wonderful evening.

I arrived early with a box of CDs and singles as A Head Full of Wishes was acting as DJ for the evening - received a bit of training on the kit and started playing a few tracks while the rest of the room was working to get the evening going.

Read on…

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Note from Naomi with LP of Damon & Naomi's The Earth is Blue

My catalogue say that this note from Naomi came with my LP of The Earth is Blue - I don’t think I bought the LP when the record was first released in 2005 but I did order a copy in 2013 when the Wondrous World bootleg edition was released so I guess this note is from then. I suppose I ought to take better records!

Sometimes The Earth is Blue is my favourite Damon & Naomi record (although most of their albums have a turn in that spot).

You can buy the album for whatever you feel like paying (even if that’s nothing!) on Damon & Naomi’s bandcamp.

While My Guitar Gently Weeps - Damon & Naomi

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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Luan - Lunafied CDR (2006)

In 2006 Rhino decided to release a digital-only album of Luna’s covers. Lunafied arrived in the digital stores with an amazing camera obscura sleeve by Abelardo Morell - but it only existed as a digital release which seemed a shame.

I emailed Dean to find out if it was likely to get a physical release some time, sadly not but Dean burnt me a CDR and mailed it off to me…

Here you are Andy
“Lunafied” was coined by a fan in an
email, one of those “Ask Lee
he knows” things we used to do.
Your,
Dean

A different Lunafied did get a CD release as the second disc on the Beggars Banquet Best of Luna CD - but without the sleeve - although of course Best of Luna has a brilliant Adrian Tomine sleeve so I couldn’t really complain! BTW Dean I’d love a vinyl release of that so I can have some 12” artwork!_

It was a long time coming but 13 years on a fantastic double LP of Lunafied arrived via Run Out Groove Records. It had all the tracks from both the US (digital) and the UK (Best of Luna) Lunafieds - and it had a gorgeous, glossy 12” sleeve with Abelardo Morell’s artwork.

Dean’s shop has a few copies of the lovely double LP Lunafied for sale - grab one while you can!


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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