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A Head Full of Wishes 2013 review

This has been hastily thrown together and no doubt misses lots of stuff - but these are some of the highlights of AHFoW's year - hope you all had a good one!

January 2013
Dean was in the studio finishing up his solo album with Jim James of My Morning Jacket - the album will finally get a release on Sonic Cathedral and Double Feature in March 2014

Jim James and Dean Wareham at La La Land (photo: Britta)

Damon & Naomi played at Cafe OTO in London supporting Richard Youngs and, in Damon's case, being Richard Youngs' band.
Damon & Naomi

A Head Full of Wishes kicked off the "Originals" series of posts highlighting the original versions of the many tracks covered by Galaxie 500, Luna, Damon & Naomi and Dean & Britta over the years. By the end of 2013 there would have been 50 posts!

February 2013
Damon & Naomi cover John Cage's 4'33" as part of New World Symphony's centennial celebration of John Cage

Damon encounters Joanna Gruesome's cover of Galaxie 500's Tugboat

March 2013
Electronic music producer and Dean & Britta collaborator Scott Hardkiss passes away

Damon & Naomi play a couple of in-store shows

April 2013
Damon & Naomi head for their first dates down-under.

As part of Record Store Day Damon & Naomi release a "Bootleg edition" of their second album The Wondrous World of Damon & Naomi which includes the original discarded mix of the album by Kramer

closer in spirit to the psychedelic record the duo and he had previously recorded together, More Sad Hits. When Damon & Naomi asked for changes, the mercurial Kramer — Phil Spector of indie rock — flew into one of his famous rages, insisting the album was already as it should be

May 2013
The long, long overdue Temperature's Rising: An Oral History of Galaxie 500 finally got published, some editions came with a 7" single that you can now buy separately from Damon & Naomi.
On my lap

The Noah Baumbach film Frances Ha gets a limited release and features dinner party performances from Dean & Britta and a Britta Phillips track on the soundtrack (credited to Dean & Britta).

June 2013
On the 20th anniversary of Luna's tour with The Velvet Underground, AHFoW posted Dean Wareham's tour diary that originally got published in AP.

July 2013
Naomi's continued her lovely forays into video-making with a video for Future Bible Heroes "Living, Loving, Partygoing"

August 2013
Alt-rock superstar Beck played a cover of Galaxie 500's Blue Thunder in Boston with Damon & Naomi in the audience

Blood on the Knobs broadcast a Dean Wareham special with a lengthy interview and lots of great music

Sonic Cathedral released Dean Wareham's first solo record since 1992's Anesthesia - Love Is Colder Than Death came as a lovely slab of translucent whitre plastic in a gorgeous card sleeve... and was, of course, brilliant!

September 2013
Former Luna bassist Justin Harwood's splendid web series High Road appears on Facebook, and finds some familar records popping up in the opening credits...

October 2013
Dean Wareham's Emancipated Hearts gets released on Sonic Cathedral and Double Feature

Dean Wareham's Galaxie 500 lyric notebooks are reproduced in Issue #20 of Esopus magazine

The cover of Esopus 20's Dean Wareham booklet

Lou Reed passes away and Dean writes about him for Salon and posts Luna's performance with him from 1996

Joanna Gruesome's cover of Galaxie 500's Tugboat gets released by Fortuna Pop! and gets a nod from Dean Wareham.

November 2013
Damon & Naomi announced the next record on their 20-20-20 label will be a vinyl release of Sonhando Devagar by Brazillian musician Alexandre Kassin.

December 2013
Dean Wareham plays two tremendous shows in a church in London.

A Head Full of Wishes posts the FIFTIETH post in the Originals series.