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Dean Wareham - Luna Demos
Dean Wareham - Luna Demos

After the split of Galaxie 500 in 1991 Dean Wareham recorded a number of demos at Wharton Tiers' Fun City Studios in New York City and for the first time these tracks have been collected together for a limited edition vinyl only release.

The tracks were accompanied by drummer Jimmy Chambers (Mercury Rev) and, on I Can't Wait by Hamish Kilgour of the Clean. Later versions of the songs appear on Luna's Lunapark album.

Some of the tracks have seen the light of day on various releases over the years but now for the first time they have been collected together for a vinyl release on Lux Records. Also included is the version of Smile that Dean recorded with Kramer for the compilation album What Else Do You Do?.

The album will be limited 600 numbered copies - 200 on clear vinyl and 400 on black vinyl and will be available from Captured Tracks in the US; Norman Records in the UK and from Lux Records in Portugal. Currently only Norman seem to have the record available for pre-order.

Luna Demos will be released on 3rd September at Luna's show in Coimbra, Portugal.

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Dean Wareham vs. Cheval Sombre
Dean Wareham vs. Cheval Sombre

Dean Wareham and Cheval Sombre (Christopher Porpora) have released details of their long awaited collaboration LP of cowboy songs - the album will be released on Double Feature records in October and is now available to order in a variety of formats and bundles on Dean Wareham's website.

Dean Wareham Vs. Cheval Sombre [is] a collection of western dreampop I made with my friend Chris (aka Cheval Sombre). Chris and I took turns on lead vocals, Jason Quever produced at Palmetto Recording here in L.A. I play the electric guitars, backed by Britta Phillips, Anthony LaMarca, Jason Quever and Will Halsey. Some of these songs (e.g. "Wandering Star") are from old Hollywood movies, others are by songwriters like Bob Dylan and Stephen Merritt.

Tracklisting

  • The Bend in the River (Marty Robbins)
  • Tomorrow is a Long Time (Bob Dylan)
  • Mountains of the Moon (Michael Holland)
  • If I Could Only Fly (D. M. Fuller)
  • Wayfaring Stranger (traditional)
  • Alberta (traditional)
  • Wand’rin’ Star (Alan J. Lerner / Frederick Loewe)
  • Greensboro Woman (Townes Van Zandt)
  • My Rifle, My Pony and Me (Webster / Levene / Tiomkin)
  • Grand Canyon (Stephin Merritt)
Dean Wareham vs. Cheval Sombre (photo: Luz Gallardo)
Dean Wareham vs. Cheval Sombre (photo: Luz Gallardo)

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I had a blast putting the 30th birthday Galaxie 500 fanzine together. The best bit was when @naomivision posted this pic of it with 'that bass'. Thanks so much Naomi!! #galaxie500 #everythingsswirling #fanzine #thatbass
the first Galaxie 500 fanzine (photo: Naomi)

In a few months Galaxie 500's Today will be 30 years old &endash; I thought it might be nice to do a follow-up to the fanzine - although I'd like this one to be less about memories and reminiscences and more of a creative art project.

I was thinking of nine "pieces" titled for, and/or inspired by, each of the tracks - and by pieces I was thinking...

  • painting/drawing/print
  • photography
  • fiction
  • poetry
  • comics
  • something else I haven't thought of

There may also be an audio supplement - most likely as a limited run cassette release.

The plan is for something hand-made in a very small run - I haven't figured out _exactly_ what "hand-made" means - but I hope to have a beautiful "artifact" at the end of this.

If you'd like to be involved drop me a line via any of the usual channels and let me know what you're thinking and what song you'd like to work with. There'll be no payment (because I expect it'll lose money) but each contibutor will obviously get a copy, and my undying thanks & appreciation!

Of course you can all recite the track listing of Today - but in case you need a reminder...

  • Flowers reserved
  • Pictures
  • Parking Lot
  • Don't Let Our Youth Go to Waste
  • Temperature's Rising
  • Oblivious
  • It's Getting Late
  • Instrumental
  • Tugboat

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Luna in London (Photo: Joakim Bengtsson)
Luna in London (Photo: Joakim Bengtsson)

It's looking like Luna's tour of Europe is now pretty close to being finalised. The tour will be bookended by dates in Spain and will also take in shows in France, the UK, Germany, Denmark and Sweden.

Here are all the dates so far announced - I'll update this post if they squeeze any shows into the few free days that are left in the schedule.

30th August 2018 Claustre de Sant Domingo, Pollença, Mallorca, Spain
31st August 2018 Auditoria Parque Fofó, Murcia, Spain
1st September 2018 Terraza Malabar Del Veles E Vents, Valencia, Spain
3rd September 2018 Salao Brazil, Coimbra, Portugal
5th September 2018 Petit Bain, Paris, France
6th September 2018 Academy Islington, London, UK
7th September 2018 Thekla, Bristol, UK
9th September 2018 Nachtasyl, Hamburg, Germany
10th September 2018 Atlas, Aarhus, Denmark
11th September 2018 Loppen, Copenhagen, Denmark
12th September 2018 Debaser, Stockholm, Sweden
14th September 2018 Kafe Antzokia, Bilbao, Spain
15th September 2018 Get Mad!, Madrid, Spain

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Luna - Lunafied (proposed sleeve)
Luna - Lunafied (proposed sleeve)

The Run Out Groove Records poll last month found Luna's Lunafied coming out as the (no doubt comfortable) winners (well done everyone). The shop is now taking pre-orders for the double vinyl release.

Over on the label's Facebook page they're having a secondary poll on vinyl colour - so feel free to head over there and pick a colour (I wouldn't want to sway the vote but seriously, don't choose C :) it looks like a spliiage)

Lunafied has until now only been available as a digital only release put out by Rhino in 2006 and, in a different form, as the bonus disc with the UK edition of Best of Luna. The Run Out Groove copy will include all the tracks from both versions in a double album.

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Luna - Lunafied (proposed sleeve)
Luna - Lunafied (proposed sleeve)

Run Out Groove Records has a monthly poll which allows us to choose an album that they will then press in a limited run. For May's vote they are throwing Luna's Lunafied into the ring. Head over to Run Out Groove to vote to get a double LP release of some of the finest covers ever recorded!

Lunafied has until now only been available as a digital only release put out by Rhino in 2006 and, in a different form, as the bonus disc with the UK edition of Best of Luna. The proposed Run Out Groove copy will include all the tracks from both versions in a double album. Now, that has to be worth your vote!

Vote for Lunafied

  • If voted to win, ROG will release this brand new collection that includes all cover songs, many of which have never been released on vinyl.
  • Includes many out of print and rare tracks originally released as singles outside the U.S., collected for the first time on a full length record.
  • Will be sourced from the original masters with lacquers cut at Sam Phillips Recording Studio
  • Would be pressed on 2-180g colored vinyl at Record Industry in the Netherlands and come in a deluxe gatefold tip-on Stoughton sleeve with original design by Frank Olinsky.
  • Each 2LP set would come numbered and strictly limited based on pre-orders
Spent a chunk of today sorting through and tidying up "the AHFoW archives" - came across this postcard from Dean that arrived with the Lunafied CDR. Link in the bio if you haven't yet voted for a vinyl pressing of the @luna_nyc covers album
Lunafied CDR that Dean sent me around the time of its digital release ~ you can view to get a vinyl release from @runoutgroovelps - link in profile

Vote for Lunafied

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Galaxie 500
Galaxie 500

Dean Wareham has written a Galaxie 500 centred introduction to Dream Pop for Pitchfork's The 30 Best Dream Pop Albums

Galaxie 500 were called a lot of things. New York magazine called us “plain soporific.” A VJ at MTV England told us we were “wimpy.” Later, we were dubbed “slowcore,” along with bands like Low and Codeine who played a lot slower (and in a more controlled fashion) than we did. “Proto-shoegaze” was another, but I know we were not shoegaze; those bands buried their vocals and the guitarists strummed chords through a whole slew of effects pedals or a multi-effects processor. […] Shoegaze bands are more of an assault, a wall of sound, while there is more empty space in dream pop—allowing more room for melody and counter-melody, whether on vocals, keyboards, or guitars.

In the article Galaxie 500's On Fire rolls in at No.4 and writer Jenn Pelly suggests that …

as in all great dream pop, these impressionistic elements congeal into a single atomic sound, as if the instruments have eclipsed one another, moving with the crawl of a cloud.

… and Today shows up at 16 and Quinn Moreland points out that…

No matter how high Damon Krukowski’s primal, jazz-inspired drums, Dean Wareham’s psychedelic guitar ramblings, and Naomi Yang’s robust basslines soar, their playing always returns to Earth. Their heads, however, stay in the clouds…

Damon tweeted that back in the day he simply thought of Galaxie 500 as "punk rock" and now aspires to get filed under 'acid folk'!

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Galaxie 500 merchandise
Galaxie 500 merchandise

Just added to Damon & Naomi's online store are some gems including a couple of very rare Galaxie 500 singles - but you'd better be quick because there aren't many!

Firstly the absolute gem of a single released on Caff Records featuring live versions of The Beatles' Rain and Don't Let Our Youth Go To Waste - there are just 10 copies of these beauties up for sale so grab one while you can!.

Oh, as if I could go a whole day without listening to Galaxie 500, that would be mad! #harkive #galaxie500 #rain #thebeatles

You can also grab one of only eight copies of Galaxie 500's split single with Straightjacket Fits - the single features Blue Thunder and Victory Garden.

Also added to the online store are some Eclipse T-shirts in new coloured designs - a beautiful "Antique Gold" one and a white one with a blue print.

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Luna takeover the @granadatheatre Instagram
Luna takeover the @granadatheatre Instagram

On Friday Luna are back on stage again for the first of four dates in bits of the US that missed out during January. They'll be playing at The Granada Theater in Dallas and the band arrived a day early and are Instagramming their rehearsals on the @granadatheater account.

They play in Austin on Friday before heading off to Dallas, Santa Fe and Boulder.

6th April 2018 3Ten ACL Live, Austin, TX, USA
7th April 2018 Granada Theater, Dallas, TX, USA
9th April 2018 The Bridge at Santa Fe Brewing, Santa Fe, NM, USA
10th April 2018 Fox Theatre, Boulder, CO, USA

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