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Dean Wareham shop
Dean Wareham shop

Sonic Cathedral will be selling off the remaining copies of their Singles Club releases during the day tomorrow, including the last copies of Luna’s contribution.

The 7” single of Something In The Air was released in June as the fifth release of the excellent series, and there are just 283 copies anywhere in the world and 200 of those are already in the hands of subscribers so there ae very few left.

On Tuesday 10th December each hour from 1pm until 10pm (GMT) one release will be put on sale at the Sonic Cathedral shop - Luna’s single will be available from 5pm.

You can only order one copy and anyone trying to order more will end up with none.

So, set your alarms and head off to the Sonic Cathedral shop to grab this gem!

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Time to vote in the #ahfow survey.
It's survey time

It’s that time of year again - the AHFoW survey has been running annually since 1995 - back then you only had to decide which of three Luna albums was your fave, and your Damon & Naomi choice was between just two! Things are a bit more complicated now ~ so get your thinking caps on!

Vote in the 2019 survey

There’ll be a couple of entries drawn from the e-hat that’ll get a little bit of something - one from the US and one from somewhere else in the world.

If the form is a problem feel free to send in your vote in an email answering as many or as few of the following questions as takes your fancy:

  • Country
  • Age (feel free to ignore or be as vague as you like!)
  • Fave Galaxie 500 album
  • 3 fave Galaxie 500 songs
  • Fave Luna album
  • 3 fave Luna songs
  • Fave Damon & Naomi album
  • 3 fave Damon & Naomi songs
  • Fave Dean & Britta album
  • 3 fave Dean & Britta songs songs
  • Fave Dean album
  • 3 fave Dean songs

Also let me know if you want your name to be in the hat for a prize.

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Most items in Dean Wareham’s online shop are discounted until midnight on Monday, including Luna and Galaxie 500 T-shirts, CDs and vinyl.

Dean Wareham shop
Dean Wareham shop

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On Fire | 30 - deluxe package

On Fire | 30 ~ a tribute to Galaxie 500

On Fire 30 book cover
On Fire | 30 book cover

You can buy now on Bandcamp

All purchases include unlimited streaming of On Fire | 30 via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

BUY On Fire | 30

On Fire | 30 is a tribute album and book celebrating the 30th anniversary of Galaxie 500’s masterpiece On Fire and is now available to buy as either:

  • A deluxe package including a 28 page book, a CD, plus postcards and badges - limited to 250 copies - less than 80 left now!
  • A standard CD in a beautiful card package (plus a postcard while stocks last!)
  • Digital download

You can order now over at Bandcamp - physical orders will be posted out within a day or two and come with instant access to a download (and unlimited streaming on Bandcamp).

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Terrascopaedia #13 (photo: The Ptolemaic Press)
Terrascopaedia #13 (photo: The Ptolemaic Press)

The latest edition of the gorgeous letterpress music magazine Terrascopaedia is now available to order and includes an interview with the members of Galaxie 500 (by A Head Full of Wishes).

Terrascopaedia is descended from the Ptolemaic Terrascope which during its run from 1988 until its closure in the early 2000s was a great supporter of the band. Terracopaedia however is a much different beast - a beautiful and lovingly crafted hand-printed and hand-constructed - magazine.

Published November 2019, the 13th issue features interviews with Garcia Peoples, The Rose City Band and Galaxie 500 plus reviews of new and upcoming releases of a Terrascopic nature.

125 copies produced. Each copy is entirely hand made from cover to cover, typeset in 12pt Caslon Old Face type, letter by letter and word by word. It’s lovingly printed in full colour on unbleached, hand cut 7” square paper on a fully restored 1926 vintage, 10cwt Arab Foolscap Folio treadle press.

As the run is so small, and sells out fast, I’d suggest not hanging around if you want a copy - you can order one from the Ptolemaic Press website for £9 incl postage to the UK, £10 to the EU, or £12 anywhere else.

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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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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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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!

On Fire | 30

A 30th anniversary celebration of Galaxie 500's masterpiece

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