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Damon & Naomi promo (photo by Macioce) - 1992

This beauty only recently came into my collection - sent to me by Andrew (along with lots of other gems, thanks Andrew!). The photo is by Macioce (who has recently started posting his wonderful photos on Instagram).

Taken in 1992 in the shoot for the More Sad Hits album cover, this photo isn’t the one that appeared on the back of the album - Macioce posted another out-take from the session over here.


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Window notice from Galaxie 500's first UK show (photo: Bob Stanley)
Window notice from Galaxie 500's first UK show (photo: Bob Stanley)

I, and it seems two thirds of the band, had long considered Galaxie 500’s first UK show to have been at the ICA in London on the 26th September 1989. In Black Postcards Dean Wareham wrote:

Our first English gig was at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, a show sponsored by Time Out London. A big stage. Lots of people.

He then goes on to mention the secret gig in a pub in Tulse Hill - at some point that had arrived in my database on the 28th September but Dean does say it was a Saturday night and the 28th was a Thursday - so something was clearly amiss.

This evening Bob Stanley (of Saint Etienne) tweeted:

Galaxie 500 fans! I know their first UK show was on Sep 23 1989 at a pub called the White Hart, somewhere in London - but does anyone know where the White Hart was/is?

This opened the can of worms:

  • The date suggests it was before the ICA show and therefore the bands first UK appearance.
  • I finally had a name for the pub - and could furnish @rocking_bob with a location - Tulse Hill.

There certainly was (and still is) a White Hart in Tulse Hill so things were coming together - but Damon replied

That was after the ICA though, I think? I think I remember the ICA being the first London show - anyway I remember being very jet-lagged and disoriented there!

At which point Bob posted the above window notice

I took this out of the window before the show and felt quite brave. Glad I did it.

Which seemed to unequivocally confirm that the show was indeed on Saturday 23rd September and was therefore Galaxie 500’s first show.

Damon consulted with the third band member who seemed to have clearer memories:

Earlier I asked Naomi if ICA was first and she said, “wasn’t there a warm-up gig?” - so at least there’s one vague corroboration from the band!

So finally, I have a venue a correct date for the secret gig.

23rd September 1989 - Galaxie 500 - The White Hart, Tulse Hill, London, UK

Galaxie 500 at The ICA
Galaxie 500 at The ICA three days later

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Last night in Los Angeles Dean & Britta played a short surprise set as part of Guy Blakeslee’s The Butterfly Cabinet. They were joined by Galaxie 500’s legendary producer Kramer for a couple of Galaxie 500 numbers.

Here’s a video of them playing Blue Thunder and Hearing voices:

Dean, Britta and Kramer - Blue Thunder / Hearing Voices
Poster for The Butterfly Cabinet
Poster for The Butterfly Cabinet

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Galaxie 500 box set - unopened

In September 1996 Rykodisc released this gorgeous four CD box set containing all three Galaxie 500 albums and a bonus of Uncollected tracks.

I had all the albums already, obviously, but I needed this. I ordered a copy from the US - not being convinced that any copies would make it to the UK. But… there were delays… rumours that Ryko had underestimated demand and weeks later and still no sign of my box set.

Then, wandering around the Virgin Megastore on Oxford Street I spotted a copy. Pricey - but the risk of not owning one at all seemed higher, so I bought it. Took it home, played it to death.

My box set from the US arrived a few days later - the PO hung onto it until I paid them VAT and a Post Office release fee - so… that’s why I have a copy still in its shrink wrap.


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The CFR - Hedbant
The CFR - Hedbant

Luna guitarist Sean Eden is working with a new outfit called The CFR (The Council on Foreigh Relations) along with Christy Davis and David Voight (formerly of The Weeds of Eden).

The band have just released their first music on Bandcamp. Hedbant is an album of mostly improvised rock that’s well worth checking out.

It’s available to stream for free, or buy for cheap - and is well worth doing either - or both.

Sean tweeted…

So sit tight for more!

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Today is Luna’s former drummer Stanley Demeski’s birthday, so today’s artefact is a photo of Stan with his practice pad that Dean sent me a few months back. Stanley Demeski of Luna

Stanley drove into town, and we jammed together in the basement of Byron’s apartment… We played “Slash Your Tires” one of the songs we had been playing with Byron. All of a sudden we sounded ten times better. We were no longer an underpowered train, struggling to climb a hill. Stanley was like a judicious metronome, a machine.
Dean Wareham in Black Postcards

Every afternoon Stanley pulled out his practice pad, a special brown rubberized pad that strapped around his leg, so that he could run through his exercises with his drumsticks, exercises he said were necessary for him to stay in that metronomic shape.

This became a fun item for the rest of us to bitch about. Sometimes the pad came out in the dressing room. Other days it was in the van itself. But he never failed to do the exercises. Rat-a-tat-tat, a-rat-a-tat-tat. Rat-a-tat-tat, a-rat-a-tat-tat. Rat-a-tat-tat, a-rat-a-tat-tat.
Dean Wareham in Black Postcards

Here’s Stan with Luna playing California (All The Way) on MTV

Luna - California (All The Way) (MTV, 1994)

And here’s Stan with The Feelies playing Egyptian Reggae in a hotel room

The Feelies - Egyptian Reggae

Have a great day Stan!


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TEAC C60 cassette

Another bonus artefact this week as it’s Dean Wareham’s birthday, so today’s artefact is this rather innocuous, cheap C60 cassette.

After years of resisting I finally got the nerve up to speak to Dean after their show at The Astoria in October 1997. Dean crouched at the edge of the stage and chatted, signed my ticket. I don’t really remember giving him my number, but I must have done because a few days later he called me from Brussels!

Luckily, I wasn’t in - which means that instead of awkward conversation and something transient, and fading into the mists of time (maybe it was a dream!?), what I have is this TEAC C60 cassette with a message from Dean on it…

Andy, this is Dean Wareham from Luna calling I’m in Brussels… erm, you’re not there I’ll try you another time…

Audio: Andy, this is Dean Wareham from Luna...

Source: Dean Wareham - Answerphone message, October 1997

My mind was of course blown which is why I still have a TEAC C60 cassette in the AHFoW archives!

I don’t think he did ever try another time, or if he did he didn’t leave a message.

Happy birthday Dean!

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An excellent audience audio recording of Dean Wareham’s recent show in San Francisco is currently available on bittorrent site Dimeadozen.

The show included the whole of Galaxie 500’s masterpiece On Fire (which is 30 years old this year) as well as an encore of that included a track from Dean’s recent album of cowboy songs (Dean Wareham vs. Cheval Sombre) and one track from Galaxie 500’s This Is Our Music.

Grab it while you can.

Dean Wareham (performs Galaxie 500 “On Fire”) - 2019-07-25 - The Chapel - San Francisco, CA (44/16)

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Dean Wareham at Indietracks - setlist - 2014

So, this time five years ago I was at the always wonderful Indietracks Festival held at a heritage railway in Derbyshire. This was my second Indietracks and I had tickets long before it was announced that Dean would be playing. In January I had hinted to Nat of Sonic Cathedral that Dean ought to play Indietracks and his appearance was announced in March so I like to imagine that I was partially responsible for it!

Dean’s band for the tour was Britta, Roger Brogan on drums and Raymond Richards on guitar. At the end of the wonderful set Raymond grabbed his setlist and headed to the front of the stage and handed it to me - I believe he got some grief from another fan for his trouble - he got my eternal gratitude.

Tonight I’ll be at my seventh consecutive Indietracks Festival - I keep hoping Dean will come back, the idea of seeing a nice low key Dean & Britta show in the Church is a dream I often have.

You can download the whole show here (flac) and read my gushing review of the day here

Dean Wareham, band, and delivery boy at Indietracks 2014


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You can now get Damon’s excellent Ways of Hearing series from Bandcamp for whatever you fancy paying (even if you fancy paying nothing) - the Bandcamp version is available in higher qaulity than the podcast versions - and given the beautiful sound-design of the show it’s well worth paying the a few pennies to hear it in all it’s glory!

The podcast is also available in book form but you have to pay for that - although it’s also a beautifully designed package so well worth the dollars!

Ways of Hearing
Ways of Hearing

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