in categories:

I’d guess that Tell Me is probably one of the lesser known tracks from On Fire - I always wonder how hard it must be sequencing an album so the balance and transitions work. I think that is one of the things that makes On Fire so great. It’s not just all killer and no filler but the sequencing is flawless. Tell Me isn’t lost after Blue Thunder but is a gentle come down.

There’s a lovely live version recorded for MTV in the UK back then - with Damon playing second guitar (and not drums obv) - it was released on the Don’t Let Our Youth Go To Waste DVD.

Galaxie 500 on 120 Minutes

I think I only noticed how truly sad Tell Me is when ballboy’s cover came out in 2003 - I think that’s because it’s drenched in cello - which might be the saddest sounding of the strings family. I’ve written about my love of ballboy’s cover before.


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.

in categories:

Dodge Dart.
Dodge Dart - photo: Bryan Jones (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
PERFECTION: this has sepulchral bass, guitars which caress and crumble as through an opium-drenched haze, straining out-of-tune vocals which never quite attain, a wired saxophone which bursts in just when you don't need it, silence so full of wailing noise as to make you shiver in awe every time. "Blue Thunder" is the sound of a storm brewing, oppresively, in the eventide.

The opening track of On Fire is one that Galaxie 500 and all post-Galaxie 500 configurations have performed live…

Galaxie 500… obviously

See also:

Galaxie 500 - Blue Thunder (video)

Luna

See also:

Damon & Naomi

See also:

Dean & Britta

See also:

Dean Wareham

See also:


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.

in categories:

Galaxie 500 Peel Sessions bootleg CDR

The glaring ommission in the otherwise wonderful Galaxie 500 box set was the two sessions the band recorded for the John Peel Show - the first of which was recorded exactly 30 years ago this week.

To repair this error I took advantage of being employed in the BBC library to acquire myself a copy of the sessions which I designed a sleeve and label for and slipped into my collection as if it were real! I can’t remember where I pinched the graphics for it from.

Mine is better than the official release because it is chronologically correct!


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!

in categories:

Damon & Naomi tenugui

These very limited Damon & Naomi tenugui were sold on their Lost Gaijin tour of Japan at the tail of 2009 - I was lucky enough to have been sent one by Naomi that for a while looked like it had gone astray in the postal system. It arrived in February 2010 - I tried it out but I looked a bit too much like a biker for it to get regular use!

Damon & Naomi Lost Gaijin Tour flyer (2009)


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!

in categories:

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.

in categories:

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).

in categories:

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]

so…

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!

in categories:

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!

in categories:

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)

in categories:

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!

Archives