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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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The Digtial Human (BBC Radio 4)
The Digtial Human (BBC Radio 4)

Damon Krukowski will be guesting on today’s episode of the BBC Radio 4 show The Digital Human. The show “explore[s] life through the prism of technology”

Damon will be interviewed in the 100th episode of the show in an episode entitled The Analogue Human

To celebrate the 100th episode of The Digital Human Aleks Krotoski explores how digital and analogue technologies make us think differently.

The show is on a 16:30 BST on Monday 10th June and will be available online indefinitely after broadcast.

You can also subscribe to the podcast if that’s your preferred way of listening.

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Damon & Naomi

Damon & Naomi arrived in the UK after a short tour of Italy promoting the Italian translation of Damon’s The New Analog. Their first show was in York and this was followed by two London dates. The first, at Rough Trade West was just Damon, promoting the excellent Ways of Hearing book of the podcast. The second, hosted by the Walthamstow Rock N Roll Book Club, was another talk, followed by a Damon & Naomi set. I decided to go to both. Obviously.

Read on…

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Galaxie 500 - Copenhagen advance CD and press release

In March 1997 Damon & Naomi played at the 12 Bar Club on Denmark Street in London - it was the first time I’d seen Damon & Naomi since Galaxie 500 had split up, and therefore since A Head Full of Wishes had come into being (in 1994) - I got up the nerve to say “hi” to them between their two sets - “oh we’re afraid of you” said Damon . Damon mentioned the upcoming Copenhagen release (“I always liked that tape”), I don’t remember whether I’d already received this promo from Andrea at Rykodisc then.

Make sure you pay extra careful attention to the excellent crowd patter. Those crazy Danes!

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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Luna mission patch
Luna mission patch

Sonic Cathedral have just announced that the exclusive sibscribers-only bonus that will come with the Luna release in their singles club will be this fab NASA mission style patch.

The single is the band’s cover of Thunderclap Newman’s Something In The Air and will be released later this month.

The release will be celebrated with a Luna/Dean Wareham tribute night at the Social in London on the 20th June.

There are only 200 subscriptions available so if you want one head over to Sonic Cathedral and sign-up now.

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

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Dean Wareham has recorded some commentary on Galaxie 500’s masterpiece On Fire for Pandora

Galaxie 500 - On Fire

The streaming music service Pandora currently has a playlist where Dean chats about the making of On Fire. I think the playlist is for subscribers only but if you aren’t subscribed you can sign up for a free 60 day trial. Non-US users might need to find a way of preteending they’re from the US - but that’s not hard - and a PayPal account and GMail address and a Zip code are all fairly easy to come by :)

Dean Wareham on Galaxie 500’s On Fire playlist on Pandora

Snowstorm, one of our slowest songs… well, it’s really all about the… well it’s a great bassline, and the wah pedal, I was playing a wah-wah pedal because there happened to be one sitting at Kramer’s studio. I think it belonged to Sonic Youth who used to rehearse there. So the wah, and the bassline and the cymbal splashes… and lyrically it’s a song not so much about a snowstorm but how excited the local news people and the weather people get when a storm’s approcahing… they sort of go into a frenzy.

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To celebrate Luna’s contribution to the Sonic Cathedral singles club June 20th sees a tribute night at The Social in London

The night will feature special live performances of Luna and Dean Wareham classics, guest DJs and a rare screening of Matthew Buzzell’s fantastic farewell tour documentary Tell Me Do You Miss Me.

Tickets are £5 in advance or £6 on the door. Sonic Cathedral singles club subscribers get in for free.

Keep an eye on the Facebook page for more details.

Luna tribute night poster
Luna tribute night poster

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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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