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Dean & Britta - Massachusetts / Air
Dean & Britta - Massachusetts / Air

Dean Wareham gave a 50 second sneak preview of a new Dean & Britta lathe-cut single on his Instagram yesterday. The single will be live versions of The Bee Gees Massachusetts and The Incredbible String Band’s Air, both recorded during one of their live stream concerts.

It’s another clear, square, plastic disc - more details when I get them - watch this space.


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Dean & Britta livestream 27th July 2020

Dean & Britta will be playing another live concert from their living room sofa on Saturday 25th July, this time at a more convenient time for their European fans!

Britta and I have scheduled our next live show – Saturday July 25 at noon Pacific, 3pm EDT, that’s 8pm in the UK and 9pm in Europe. This time we will play a set heavier on Galaxie 500 songs. Hope to see you there!

The show will be at 12 noon PDT (3pm EDT, 8pm BST) and will again be streamed using the VEEPS platform and will be continue to be available after the live event until 2nd August.

Tickets are $11.50 you can also buy a “patron” bundle for $23.00.

Dean & Britta livestream 27th July 2020


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This is recycled from my Everything’s Swriling last year - but 30 years seems a bit more significant than 29 so I’m reposting here … it’s a bit personal but … this is my blog

So… at, I’d guess about 22:30 on 27th June 1990 this happened (38 minutes and 22 seconds in):

Galaxie 500 - Subterania - 1990-06-27

… this pretty much changed the course of my life … as follows:

1990: I was working in the film stores at the BBC - not a great job but the pay wasn’t too bad (with some overtime) and enabled me to get out and see gigs. I’d already been there six years (apart from a 18 months as a film projectionist) so it was looking like I was stuck there.

22:30 1990-06-27 - Galaxie 500 returned to the stage for an encore after a brilliant main set - they were joined by Kramer and played Ceremony, followed by Don’t Let Our Youth Go To Waste. I was mesmerised.

1994: I’d been messing around with the internet from pretty early on and towards the end of 1994 I acquired some free web space. But what to do? So I taught myself how to code for the web and built a Galaxie 500 web page, because I still remembered that feeling from four years before. I was now a webmaster!

I’d now been working in film stores ten years … it was definitely looking like I was stuck there.

1995: I set up a mailing list for Galaxie 500 (and Luna and Damon & Naomi) fans.

1999: I’d managed to get a job working on a European digitisation project, I shared an office with BBC I&A’s first media managers who were then asked to help work on developing an intranet site for BBC Information & Archives - Research Central - I found myself roped in as the only person who had any experience developing for the web (becuase of Galaxie 500). I ended up doing quite a lot of the work on it. At some point it became my full time job.

Research Gateway in 2005

Research Central changed over the years, it became research.gateway, and then Research Gateway - the job changed, the site changed - as people learned the web they needed less help and more tools - we gave them that.

200?: Actually I’m not sure exactly when, the powers that be decided that my skills (because of Galaxie 500) would be put to better use not as part of the archives but as part of the wider BBC intranet. Lots of people thought this was a good thing - but … taking me away from archives wasn’t good at all. Unfortunately over the following few years a variety of managers came and went and none of them had a clue what to do with us.

2013: After too many years of doing nothing and not getting anywhere I happened upon an advert for a job as the Webmaster at The National Archives. I applied for, and got, the job because of, you know… Galaxie 500. I was back in an archive. Home.

2020: 30 years on and I still get a buzz thinking about that show, 26 years on… still a webmaster.

Ticket for Galaxie 500 at The Subterania (sadly... not mine)
Ticket for Galaxie 500 at The Subterania (sadly... not mine)
Naomi at The Subterania (vidcap)
Naomi at The Subterania (vidcap)

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Dean & Britta, The Carnival is Over (Piaptk, 2020)
Dean & Britta, The Carnival is Over (Piaptk, 2020)

Dean Wareham has written a piece for Möistworks blog about the making of Dean & Britta’s beautiful cover of The Seekers’ The Carnival is Over that was released a couple of weeks back both digitally and as a limited one-sided lathe-cut single.

In the article he discusses the original song and how their cover took a while to come together:

In 2008, in Jersey City, Britta and I attempted to record the song. We had gone into the studio to try a few covers, including the Cure’s “It’s Friday, I’m in Love.” We finished the Cure song but gave up on “Carnival”—it was probably in the wrong key for Britta’s voice. But when the pandemic hit and the world ground to a halt, the titled popped back into my head and I urged Britta to try singing it again. We opened the old ProTools files and discovered we had the percussion (by Anthony LaMarca), electric 12-string guitar, and a mellotron by Britta—all ready to go. Still, it took Britta more than a couple of attempts to figure out how to sing it. Sometimes when tackling a cover it takes time to get the original singer out of your head and deliver it in your own voice. Sometimes you have to admit that you and the song are not suited to each other at all. But not this time. Britta hit the loud, high notes and as Kramer pointed out, sang the song like she had lived it.

He also discusses making the video:

The video I made myself in iMovie, which is a first for me, but it seems we are all learning how to do things at home. I had some clips of Britta dancing (which I ran through a particular iPhone app) and another of Anthony LaMarca playing the drums at St Pancras Church, in London. Meanwhile, I had sent the song to a friend and fellow Seekers fan in Australia, who told me the song made him think of the final scene from Paths of Glory where Christiane Kubrick (the director’s wife!) sings to French soldiers who at first jeer and laugh at her, but are soon moved to tears. I tried the song against that clip and it was immediately very affecting.

The Carnival is Over (Dean Wareham, Möistworks June 2020)

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This Friday (19th June) Bandcamp will be donating 100% of their revenue share to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund so Friday would be a good day to fill some of those gaps in your collection and see some of that money going to a good cause.

The recent killings of George Floyd, Tony McDade, Sean Reed, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and the ongoing state-sanctioned violence against black people in the US and around the world are horrific tragedies. We stand with those rightfully demanding justice, equality, and change, and people of color everywhere who live with racism every single day, including many of our fellow employees and artists and fans in the Bandcamp community.
This Friday, Stand with Bandcamp to Support Racial Justice, Equality, and Change

If you’re wondering what you might like to but here are a few AHFoW related suggestions to add to your wishlist and buy on Friday!
I’ll add to this list if I think of anything else - feel free to contact me with suggestions

The entire Galaxie 500 catalogue is available digitally on Bandcamp

Not all of Luna’s catalogue but a few gems can be had

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Dean & Britta livestream
Dean & Britta livestream

Dean & Britta will be playing another live concert from their living room sofa on Saturday 27th June.

This time we are playing Luna songs exclusively. Sean & Lee can’t be there but will share in the proceeds.

The show will be at 6pm PDT (9pm EDT, 2am (Sunday) BST) and will again be streamed using the VEEPS platform and will be continue to be available after the live event until 6th July.

Tickets are $11.50 you can also buy a “patron” bundle for $23.00 or a (US only) concert/T-shirt bundle for $46.00 (all prices I’ve quoted include the 15% handling fee that VEEPS charge).

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Luna have put up for pre-order a new design T-shirt - if you want a shirt you must pre-order by 23rd of June:

With all Luna’s tour dates for 2020 being canceled, we have decided to make a limited edition version of the tour t-shirt that we had on our February 2020 dates. This “Moonphase” image was hand-drawn by Mollie Tuggle. This is strictly a pre-order. Orders will be taken till June 23, when the amounts will be finalized, then manufactured by our old friends Tannis Root in North Carolina, and will ship out about a week later.

The shirt will be avialbale in either grey or natural (or white as we used to call it?).

Luna 2020 T-shirt
Luna 2020 T-shirt

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Damon & Naomi have given a beautiful live version of Galaxie 500’s Another Day to this huge compilation released on bandcamp in aid of Black Visions Collective.

The track was recorded in Salford on their 2019 UK tour.

The 97 track compilation has been released by Rough Trade Publishing/Bank Robber Music:

Released exclusively on Bandcamp, this collection gathers unreleased tracks, live recordings, vintage cuts, demos, and previously released songs from some of the artists we work with. We put a call out for songs on May 30th and in less than a week this was the amazing response we got.

The album, Talk - Action = Zero, is pay what you want and the cause is good so … pay what you can!

A compilation benefitting Black Lives Matter - Talk - Action = Zero
A compilation benefitting Black Lives Matter - Talk - Action = Zero

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Dean & Britta livestream
Dean & Britta livestream

Dean & Britta have announced another living room concert for this Saturday evening.

The show will be at 6pm PDT (9pm EDT, 2am (Sunday) BST) and will be streamed using a new streaming platform, VEEPS.

Tickets are $11.50 including a fee.

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A collection of AHFoW related releases on Bandcamp

A collection of AHFoW related releases on Bandcamp
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On Fire | 30

A 30th anniversary celebration of Galaxie 500's masterpiece

On Fire 30 CD sleeve (design: John Conley)
Buy On Fire | 30

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