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

It turns out 1989 was an amazing year for music. It was for me anyway my life was changed in so many ways that year. Galaxie 500’s On Fire was one of those ways. It entered my life on one side of a C90 cassette and hasn’t left my life since. In spring of 2019 I had an idea that something needed to be done to celebrate 30 years of that life-changing occurrence.

On Fire | 30 - limited edition art book
On Fire | 30 - limited edition art book

This is what came of that idea. An idea that started as a fanzine but with help and encouragement from friends has turned into a beautiful artefact. A 28 page book taking the songs from the album as inspiration for visual and textual art by some fantastic artists, and an amazing 14 track CD containing a cover of the whole of On Fire by some fantastic bands and musicians.

Today you can pre-order On Fire | 30 a tribute CD containing covers of all the tracks on On Fire (plus the tracks on the Blue Thunder EP).

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Just to reinforce yesterday’s On Fire love in the wake of On Fire | 30 tribute album, today’s artefact is actually six artefacts: some of my copies of Galaxie 500’s masterpiece. On Fire

The picture is actually already out of date because it’s missing the beautiful orange vinyl copy that was released earlier this year (plus another cassette copy I acquired at some point).

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The excellent (and astoundingly prolific) podcast Rockin’ The Suburbs has just put out a splendid episode where gues Nick Scalera sings the praises of Galaxie 500’s On Fire.

Galaxie 500 is, I think a timeless band, they are very rooted in music history, they’re very much acolytes of The Velvet Underground, especially the third album. They’re big music fans. Television’s another reference to their music, and it sounds a bit timeless.

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Luna - Tell Me Do You Miss Me live LP labels
Luna - Tell Me Do You Miss Me live LP labels

The remaining copies of the limited edition live LP that Luna sold on their recent US tour are now available online.

In the US you can head over to Luna’s online store to grab a copy and in Europe, Wouldn’t Waste Records have been selling them (although they may already be sold out).

A limited, numbered edition of 750 in a plain black sleeve this LP features live songs from different cities during the 2004-5 “farewell” tour, as featured in the Matthew-Buzzell-directed documentary Tell Me Do You Miss Me. Songs were recorded live to multi-track by Jason Raboin, and mixed by Ray Ketchem and Sean Eden. Attached to this email is the exciting (to me, anyway) 9-minute version of “Black Postcards” that appears on the album – this one recorded live at the Bowery Ballroom in 2005.

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Damon & Naomi with Ghost - Los Angeles 2000 (cassette)

I can’t remember when folk stopped sending me shows on cassette but suspect this was one of the last ones. It’s a good recording of a show at The Knitting Factory in Los Angeles on Hallowe’en 2000 - Damon tweeted about that show…

I’ve digitised the show and popped it up here to download

Damon & Naomi with Ghost at The Kintting Factory in Los Angeles, 2000

(it just occurred to me that I *always* put up recordings of New York City when I share a Damon & Naomi mp3 - not sorry - it’s beautiful - but I’ll try and share one of their other beautiful tracks next time! Bet I forget though!)

Anyway… Happy Hallowe’en!


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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Excellent Danish live show sharing site From The Basement is currently sharing Luna’s recent show from Brooklyn where they played the whole of their first album, Lunapark. The show also featured a guest appearance from Justin Harwood.

You can either grab the show in lossless FLACs from Dimeadozen or lossy mp3s direct from the site.

The site has also uploaded a bunch of great videos from the show to YouTube. Here’s I Can’t Wait…

Luna - I Can't Wait

… and here’s Bonnie and Clyde with Justin on bass.

Luna - Bonnie and Clyde

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Dean & Britta - L'Avventura UK press release (2003)

I’m actually not sure how this came into my possession. I do have a promo copy of L’Avventura but I think I got that from Dean and don’t remember getting a press release with it. Plus, it’s a UK presser and the scribbled out bits at the top seem to be a bbc.co.uk email address and a possibly a phone number/extension which I think makes it more unlikely that it came from Dean.

Maybe I was sent it by another fan - if so thanks.

Joining Dean and Britta on ‘L’Avventura’ is the great Tony Visconti, producer of some of the finest rock records ever made. Known for his amazing work with David Bowie and T.Rex, as well as Thin Lizzy, the Stranglers and the Moody Blues, Tony not only produced but also played additional guitar and keyboard on this record, and contributed to a number of sweeping string arrangements.

Back in 2003, when this video was released, my internet connection was not really up to scratch so I was never entirely sure if the jerkiness of it was the video struggling to get to me down my narrow pipes. Turns out it was intentional.

Dean & Britta - Night Nurse (2003, dir Stefano Giovannini)

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 at The Bowery Ballroom (photo: Ellen Qbertplaya)
Luna at The Bowery Ballroom (photo: Ellen Qbertplaya)

The always excellent NYCTaper has just posted a lovely recording of the last night of Luna’s tour at The Bowery Ballroom last weekend. The show featured the band performing the whole of Penthouse followed by a wonderful crawl through the bands past. Former bassist Justin Harwood guested for part of the show.

Sunday night at Bowery was a Penthouse night and the band’s first set was a meticulous performance of the album, with personal favorite “23 Minutes in Brussels” as my highlight. After a brief intermission, the band returned to play the bonus or hidden track of “Bonnie and Clyde”, followed by a neat set of favorites, oddities, and a couple of covers. The final encore was “IHOP”, the lead track from the Pup Tent album that is virtually never played live — it was a personal request from a band superfan who despite travelling all over the country and indeed internationally to see Luna had never experienced this song live. This tour was like that — tricks and treats for the superfans and just plain great music for the rest of us.

You can head over to NYCTaper and download the full show in lossless or lossy formats - or stream the show if you prefer.

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Some things take so long - but how do I explain

On Fire CD
On Fire CD

As the closing track on the On Fire album, this track fits in the neat tradition of well-chosen covers by the band. Today gave us Jonathan Richman’s Don’t Let Our Youth Go To Waste, while This Is Our Music offered up Yoko Ono’s Listen, the Snow Is Falling, as sung so well by Naomi. I for one, never imagined I would be sat listening to, and enjoying, Yoko Ono songs back in 1989.

The songs all seem to fall into the category of ‘cool songs you may not know, but should have a listen to’. I must confess, that although I was a fan of The Beatles music, I hadn’t really followed George Harrison’s solo career, so the Galaxie version was the first time I had encountered it. Even now, it remains the definitive version to me, despite, or maybe because of, it being a cover version.

The sleeve notes may credit Kramer’s overdub as ‘cheap organ’, but it adds perfect punctuation to the song, with Damon’s laid-back, almost sleepy drums bringing up the rear. Dean’s take on the words and the plaintive vocal melody are just right, and the song is pitched expertly into the quiet, melancholy area that Galaxie were to get so good at, and hone to a tee, particularly on their next long playing record.

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Dean Wareham - Isn't It a Pity (Malmo, 2010)

As On Fire approaches it’s 30th birthday I thought I’d post a series of posts of randomness about each of the tracks on the album - some from me and some from other fans.

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I managed to be away from a computer on the 30th anniversary of On Fire - which is why my Plastic Bird post is a little… half-arsed - but still - Plastic Bird!

Dean Wareham - Plastic Bird (Liquid Room, Tokyo, 2011)

Dean’s lyrics as published in Esopus 11:

Esopus 11 (Plastic Bird)


As On Fire approaches it’s 30th birthday I thought I’d post a series of posts of randomness about each of the tracks on the album - some from me and some from other fans.

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