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

Luna have announced than an LP of songs recorded on their farewell tour of 2004/5 will be available to buy on their upcoming US tour.

The songs were recorded for the Matthew Buzzell documentary Tell Me Do You Miss Me and the release was described by the band on their Instagram as a ‘quasi-bootleg LP’.

The LP will be limited to 750 numbered copies and will be initially only available on their upcoming US tour - any left over at the end of the tour will be made available online.

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I’ve just come across a couple of podcasts with decent Galaxie 500 content that are worth checking out on your commute!

Album Infinitum is a discussion show where they dedicate a series of shows to work through an artists albums and just ramble on about them. At the end of August they started working through Galaxie 500’s all-too-short discography.

The hosts are charming and knowledgeable and it’s been enjoyable listen. Previous episodes have run through the discographies of Squeeze and Aimee Mann amongst others.

C86 Show is a long-running podcast where David Eastaugh interviews indie and rock luminaries at length about their career. The latest edition features an interview with Dean Wareham (recorded at the beginning of 2018 so it’s a bit out of date).

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Happy birthday Naomi!

Naomi Yang from Angry Women in Rock Volume 1

In 1996 Naomi was interviewed by Andrea Juno for this book Angry Women in Rock Volume One. The book was published in New York and I never managed to track down a copy and admit that I stopped looking when another fan sent me a photocopy of Naomi’s interview.

I struggled to come to terms with the idea that Naomi was an Angry Woman of rock - I think she did too

Do I have anything to say? Is this even an issue for me?

But, re-reading the interview she manages to be angry about…

  • Music stores:

The sales help tend to treat you like a jerk unless they recognize you from your Grammy award ceremony.

  • Her music teacher

He was making fun of simplicty.

  • Madonna

I think it’s all self-promotion. That’s pop culture and I feel very alienated from that.

  • Major record labels

Dens of evil. They’re about mediocrity not music

  • The industry of music

So much that is venerated is really bad. It makes me distrust popularity.

The interview concludes with Naomi’s equipment list becuase…

it always seemed to me that the equipment list was the best thing about [Guitar Player]


Naomi’s equipment list (1996)

Cherry red 1968 Gibson EB-2DC bass (semi-hollow-bodied bass, shaped like a 335 Gibson guitar), Trace Eliot AH200 amp head and a single 15” EV speaker for playing live, old Ampeg B-18 Portaflex amp for recording, Boss Super Overdrive pedal (used rarely)

I finally saw a copy for real when a pal brought a copy over for me to look at, and I realised that I really ought to own a copy - and eBay made that easy. So now I have this gorgeous picture of Naomi with her dad’s Rolleiflex TLR which in my photocopy was just a black mess!

Naomi Yang from Angry Women in Rock Volume 1

You’ll find more birthday tributes to Naomi here with lots of photos, videos and mp3 downloads:

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 aftershow pass - London 1999

The first time I was added to the guest-list for a Luna show was at The Embassy Rooms in London in 1999. I couldn’t find anyone to come along to the show with me so my plus-one went begging. The guy on the door called me “Billy no-mates”.

Dean wrote about the show in his tour diary on fuzzywuzzy…

In London I bought a new toiletry bag at Boots, along with some nail clippers, and woollen cap at Paul Smith’s in Covent Garden. But it wasn’t hat weather. It was stinking hot at the Embassy Rooms where we performed – a sold out club and no air conditioning.
Dean Wareham - LUNA European Tour 1999.

The show was sweltering and I was dripping with sweat by the end of it and not really in a fit state to hang out with the band! But I had a backstage pass and felt obliged to use it. I chatted with Dean, he showed me a pic of (very young) Jack, and gave me chocolates, and introduced me to Justin (the only time (so far) I’ve had a chance to speak to to him and it was nothing more than a polite “hello”).

I made my excuses as soon as I felt it was polite, and left.

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 have just released an EP of their recent b-sides and rarities via bandcamp.

Postscripts collects Luna’s recent limited 7” singles on Sonic Cathedral, PIAPTK and Feral Child and includes a remix of the track Gin, the Willie “Loco” Alexander track previously release on A Place of Greater Safety in 2017.

Full tracklist:

  • California Blue
  • Inside Your Heart
  • Lonesome Cowboy Bill
  • Something in the Air
  • The Oort Cloud and Kuiper Belt
  • Gin (remix)

The EP has a sleeve by Sharon Lock (who previously designed the cover of Dean Wareham’s solo album) and is available now for $5 (or more) on the band’s bandcamp page.

Luna - Postscripts (2019)
Luna - Postscripts (2019)

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Afterimage by Damon Krukowski

As today is Damon’s birthday today’s artefact is this beautiful little book of prose/poetry by Damon Krukowski, published by Ugly Duckling Presse in November 2011 it contains almost poems and almost diary entries and maybe truths and maybe imagines. The words are surrounded by Naomi’s lovely photographs.

The book was released in an edition of 88 signed and hand-numbered - mine is 74.

There was also a special super-limited edition of 16 that came with a large print of one of Naomi’s photos. I didn’t buy one of those. Tempted though I was.

Afterimage by Damon Krukowski

Happy birthday Damon

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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Damon & Naomi’s small press imprint Exact Change has burst back into life after a period of dormancy. The first new publication is Mount Analogue by René Daumal

A touchstone of Surrealism, Pataphysics, and Gurdjieffian mysticism, Mount Analogue tells the story of an expedition to a mountain whose existence can only be deduced, not observed. Left unfinished (mid-sentence) at the author’s early death from tuberculosis in 1944 and first published posthumously in French in 1952, the book has inspired seekers of art and wisdom ever since - Alejandro Jodorowsky’s 1973 film The Holy Mountain is a loose adaptation.

The Exact Change website has also had a lick of paint and there are plenty of other selections from the catalogue available to buy.

You can also download a PDF of the lovely 20th anniversary catalogue from 2009

Mount Analogue by René Daumal
Mount Analogue by René Daumal

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Terrastock III laminated pass

20 years ago this week the legendary Terrastock Festival had its third outing, and its only visit to London. Today’s artefact is the three day pass that I sadly only managed to get one day of use out of. I genuinely can’t remember why I didn’t go for all three days - Adam was just over two so maybe that had something to do with it. I hope there was a good reason.

Here’s my review from the time of Damon & Naomi’s set at the show

Tom Rapp played the festival but I annoyingly managed to miss his set - but I did get to chat with him afterwards - I wrote about that here.

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 - Pup Tent (in and out)
Luna - Pup Tent (in and out)

This is another mp3 that was posted on Luna’s official website, FuzzyWuzzy, I think some time in 2001.

It’s four minutes and thirteen seconds of chat and music recorded during the sessions for Pup Tent. I think when the band popped this mp3 on their site we were unaware of the stressful journey the band went on in the making of that album. Dean has a whole chapter of Black Postcards dedicated to it called Don’t you like making records?

After a couple of weeks of this, I decided that I was suffering from polar hysteria, SAD (seasonal affective disorder), Ambien snarkiness, and writer’s block. We weren’t getting anywhere. We would spend whole days working on something and then decide that we had nothing.
Dean Wareham - Black Postcards (The Penguin Press, 2008)

In the light of this new found knowledge somehow this recording sounds a little sadder - you can imagine those seemingly cheerful remarks actually being said through gritted teeth.

Sean’s not ready. He’s switched, he’s swithced to one guitar and now he’s switching back to the same one he had before he switched.

Audio: Luna - Pup Tent: Behind the music

Source: Fuzzywuzzy (2001)

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Galaxie 500 Mailing List miniFAQ

Today’s artefact is the first born digital one!

Way back in the day discussion happened in mailing lists - and if you had a mailing list you invariably had a Frequently Asked Questions to accompany it. The thinking behind it was to discourage newbies from asking the same questions (or at least having somewhere you could point a newbie to for an answer).

Some FAQs where huge, rambling, overblown, and over-detailed things. Mine wasn’t. So I called it a miniFAQ to set expectations.

You can read the whole miniFAQ over here.

This is the earliest copy I still have, dating from June 1996, but it’s version 1.2 so it had been running a while before this.

This next bit is probably only of interest to me but… it’s my website!!

  • Ryko had just announced the Galaxie 500 box set - release was still three months away.
  • The FAQ dates from before my ISP, Demon, gave us free webspace so the website was transitioning from the Turnpike URL (as all freebie Turnpike accounts were being closed) to some space provided by a fan, Matt (on his work server).
  • The mailing list was still being run from some software I’d written in Arexx on my Amiga and using my dial-up internet connection - I might have got a 14.4K modem by then! This meant the list only ran when I connected to the internet - briefly in the morning before I went to work and for a few short periods in the evenings. If I went on holiday discussion stopped for a week!
  • As well as a mailing list I also ran an automated email fileserver where you could request “all sorts of Galaxie 500 product” - I’m pretty sure this was just pictures and text documents.
  • Luna had no web presence at all - this was before triangle23 pinched my content for their official Luna page, and long before fuzzywuzzy.
  • I don’t think that URL in the What is a Galaxie 500? section is quite right!

By 2000 the FAQ had become huge, rambling, overblown, and over-detailed!

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!