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Dean Wareham has f Galaxie 500’s On Fire - so here, is the whole album as performed around Europe during July with Britta on bass, Derek See on guitar and Roger Brogan on drums…

He hasn’t been playing it in the right order so … I have fixed that for him!

Side 1 track 1 - Blue Thunder

Islington Assembly Hall, London - 22nd July

Blue Thunder

Side 1 track 2 - Tell Me

M.Ou.Co, Porto - 9th July
No individual video for Tell me so this link should jump you to the right spot in this video from Porto

Side 1 track 3 - Snowstorm

The Cluny, Newcastle - 28th July

Snowstorm

Side 1 track 4 - Strange

La Nau, Barcelona - 14th July

Strange

Side 1 track 5 - When Will You Come Home

Oran Mor, Glasgow - 30th July

When Will You Come Home

Side 2 track 1 - Decomposing Trees

Islington Assembly Hall, London - 22nd July

Decomposing Trees

Side 2 track 2 - Another Day

The Cluny, Newcastle - 28th July (soundcheck)

Another Day

Side 2 track 3 - Leave The Planet

La Lata de Bombillas, Zaragoza - 15th July

Leave The Planet

Side 2 track 4 - Plastic Bird

Oran Mor, Glasgow - 30th July

Plastic Bird

Side 2 track 5 - Isn’t it a Pity (George Harrison)

Loco Club, Valencia - 13th July

Isn't it a Pity

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Dean Warheam at The Brudenell Social Club in 2015
Dean Warheam at The Brudenell Social Club in 2015

Shockingly it seems like an age since I did a birthday post for Dean so … here’s one hastily thrown together…

In 2015 Dean’s birthday was spent in Leeds on the Luna reunion tour - the show was particularly great - and mid set Britta announced Dean’s birthday …

Luna - Speedbumps / birthday banter / Tracy I Love You

You can dig around my previous birthday greetings for more pics, videos and audios…

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Dean Wareham at The Islington Assembly Hall
Dean Wareham at The Islington Assembly Hall

So, those dates that were due in April 2020 finally happened, such a long wait. The last time I saw Dean in the flesh was outside Debaser in Stockholm in September 2018 - pretty sure I said “hope to see you soon” as I walked away, because I almost always do. Instead it was the longest gap in DW related shows since I first saw him with Galaxie 500 in Subterania in 1990.

When the tour was first announced there was no new album to pitch so it was sold as Dean Wareham plays Galaxie 500’s On Fire but he’s since released the fabulous I Have Nothing To Say To The Mayor of LA and so was also including a few tracks from that in the sets.

London

Dean Wareham at The Islington Assembly Hall
Dean Wareham at The Islington Assembly Hall

There was a big crowd in London, people kept telling me it had sold out … but I didn’t believe them, but, if it wasn’t sold out it was pretty damn close - certainly the biggest crowd I’ve seen Dean Wareham play in front of (except I guess maybe ULU with Galaxie 500).

Opened with a few new tracks, played On Fire (not in order) and encored with covers of Scott Walker’s Duchess and Joy Division’s Ceremony - they were then hauled out for a second encore - Fourth of July.

Worthing

Dean Wareham at St Paul's Chapel, Worthing
Dean Wareham at St Paul's Chapel, Worthing

The venue was a chapel that had been repurposed as an arts venue and it too was a very well attended show. I dragged my dad along for his second Dean show (after one in Brighton a few years back).

Again opened with some tracks from the new album, On Fire (not in order), encore of Victory Garden and a blindingly good Don’t Let Our Youth Go To Waste. No second encore … we should have tried harder - although it would have been hard to follow that as a set closer!

Newcastle

Dean Wareham during soundcheck in Newcastle
Dean Wareham during soundcheck in Newcastle

So Dean and band arrive in my new hometown (OK near my new hometown they played The Cluny in Newcastle rather than coming to Whitley Bay). I managed to invite myself for the soundcheck - actually arrived a bit early for that … in time for getting T-shirts ready for the merch table!

This time they opened with Galaxie 500’s Flowers before playing a few new tracks, then On Fire (not in order - Dean pointed this out and that “it didn’t say ‘in order’ on the tickets). Encore was Duchess and, by request, Tugboat. No second encore.

I took a few videos at the show and soundcheck - the mic on the camera really struggled so they don’t sound so great - but … still great!

Notes and summary

Dean’s band for this tour was Britta (of course) on bass, Roger Brogan on drums and Derek See on guitar - and they were both remarkably tight and beautifully relaxed - all three shows (and I’ll assume the rest of the tour) were amazing and they seemed to be having a blast - even after so long on the road.

Derek and Roger released a splendid album, Landslide Eyes, as The Gentle Cycle earlier in the year that’s well worth throwing some pennies at.

It was lovely, as always, to meet-up with other fans/friends - particularly in London seeing some people I haven’t seen since I moved to the North East.

Thanks to everyone who made this tour happen - after multiple posponements it really was beginning to feel like it might never happen - but somehow they pulled it off. I guess the downside to that is that there’s no Dean Wareham (or Dean & Britta, or Luna) show to look forward to. But … hopefully they make it back here soon.

I can’t wait to do it all again!

Finally … a gorgeous poster from a show I wasn’t at … but kind of fixed by Dean when he signed it:

Poster for the Bristol show
Poster for the Bristol show

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Seville (Photo: Roger Brogan, Instagram)
Seville (Photo: Roger Brogan, Instagram)

After such a long wait Dean Wareham is finally about to kick off his European tour in Seville. The tour was first scheduled for April 2020 and after a couple of postponements it looks like it’s finally happening…

Dean will be playing a mix of Galaxie 500 tracks and material from his fab new album and will be backed by Britta on bass, Derek See on guitar and Roger Brogan on drums.

I’d suggest Derek and Roger’s Instagram are good places to see how the tour’s going!

Here’s a list of all the dates… get out and catch

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
10th July 2022 Radar Estudios, Vigo, Spain
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
15th July 2022 La Lata De Bombillas, Zaragoza, Spain
Dean Wareham Dean Wareham plays Galaxie 500
19th July 2022 Petit Bain, Paris, France
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
26th July 2022 Rebellion, Manchester, 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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Damon Krukowski - The New Analog
Damon Krukowski - The New Analog

Damon Krukowski is the first guest on the new podcast Devalued whose remit is to “talk about art and money and how creative people are navigating the ever changing landscape to make a living for their work” which is bread and butter to Damon.

In this debut Devalued episode, Krukowski discusses all of these topics and how artists empowerment is truly a political issue that goes well beyond the imbalance of Spotify payments. His experience with both the indie and major label industries spans decades and his insights are invaluable.

He is of course always well worth a listen - so check it out.

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Dean Wareham appears on the latest issue of the Sound Opinions podcast where he picks Five albums that shaped him … anyone who’s listened to Dean over the years could porbably guess five out of five…

Always cool to hear him talk music!

Check out the interview on the Sound Opinions website.

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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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