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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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Flexidisc - Issue 48 of The Bob Magazine

This demo version of Luna’s Going Home was released on a flexidisc given away with issue 48 of The Bob magazine.

To be honest I’m not too sure how this came into my possession, the stickers suggest I bought it at a Notting Hill Gate Record & Tape Exchange for £1.50 (there’s a cheaper price stuck to the back of the disc) - but I don’t remember doing that, although I bought a lot of stuff from the exchanges so it’s perfectly possible. Maybe I was sent it by another fan (thanks if I did that and it was you) or I bought it on eBay or Discogs (but can’t find any evidence of that).

Anyway… I have a copy!


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Blue swirl This Is Our Music

Galaxie 500's final album is getting a limited edition re-release exclusively through Newbury Comics.

Following on from the lovely orange vinyl On Fire released earlier in the year, 20|20|20 are releasing a blue swirl vinyl copy of Galaxie 500’s brilliant (and criminally under-appreciated) final album This Is Our Music. The album pressed from the 2009 remaster will be available exclusively through independent record shop Newbury Comics and is limited to 500 copies.

The record is available to order now and will be released on the 19th July.

Galaxie 500's ambitious final album, remastered for LP in 2009. The nine song set originally recorded in 1990 includes their cover of Yoko Ono's 'Listen, the Snow is Falling'.

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CDR / Luna and Lou Reed playing Ride Into The Sun

I can’t find the accompanying communication that came with this but my memory is that Dean Wareham asked me not to make public this recording’s provenance - but, given that he himself shared this recording on Soundcloud after Lou’s passing in 2013, I guess it’s OK for me to say that this CDR was sent to me by Dean back in 2004 specifically to put on A Head Full of Wishes.

That’s Dean’s handwriting on the CDR and it clearly says that it was live in Boston 1996 but this is the same recording as the one on Soundcloud that claims to be from the following night’s show in NYC. Unless Dean wants to clarify I’m going to assume he was right when he wrote it on the CDR!

I didn’t get too many exclusives for AHFoW so this was quite exciting - and was, for many years the most downloaded mp3 I ever shared and still periodically gets folk happening upon it.

You can download the recording over here in both mp3 and flac formats - or you can stream the Soundcloud version which has a few seconds before, and after the track you get to hear Lou thanking Dean and Luna.


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13 Most Beautiful at The Carnegie Hall

Sneaking an extra artefact in this week as today is the 10th anniversary of the first UK performance of Dean & Britta’s splendid 13 Most Beautiful: Songs for Andy Warhol’s Screen Test that happened at the Carnegie Hall in Dunfermline, Scotland.

So, today’s artefact are our tickets from the fantastic show. You can read my gushings from ten years ago here.

There’s some very low-res video of some of the show on youtube - but the audio’s tolerable so nice to listen to, so I’ve converted them to mp3:


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Letter from Naomi Yang - July 1997

Back in 1997, in the wake of the heartbreaking Ptolemaic Terrascope interview, I wrote a fan letter to Damon & Naomi. To be honest I can’t remember if this was a real letter or an email. In my head it was a real letter with a stamp and everything. But that maybe the romantic in me trying to convince myself that I’d written a proper, old fashioned fan letter.

For the sake of argument let’s assume that it was real.

This was, I’m fairly certain, the first fan letter I’d written to anyone. I had previously joined the Motorheadbangers fan club but don’t remember ever sending Lemmy a gushing letter.

The response I got was this lovely, and very real, letter from Naomi where she touches on the PT interview, and the first Terrastock festival.

There’s more beneath the envelope but… I need some secrets.

The last line read:

Congratulations on your new baby

That new baby graduated from university last month.


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INT. WEST LONDON VICTORIAN TERRACE HOUSE - THURSDAY MORNING - BREAKFAST

INT. WEST LONDON VICTORIAN TERRACE HOUSE - THURSDAY MORNING - BREAKFAST

The dining table is a mess. ANDY, HAZEL and ADAM 
are sitting down to eat their porridge.
One cat is milling around, another is sitting on the table. 
The radio is playing faintly in the kitchen.

ANDY Wait! Is that Galaxie 500 on the radio?
listens intently
ANDY No. Shhh. It is, it's Galaxie 500. On the radio!
Andy looks out of the window
ANDY B-b-b-but, it's not snowing, why are Galaxie 500 on the radio?
Adam walks into the kitchen and turns up radio
ANDY Ohhh! (reddens with embarrassment)
Hazel and Adam roll their eyes and get on with breakfast Long, awkward pause
HAZEL Shouldn't you be going to work? (under her breath) Every flipping year!

Happy Galaxie 500 day - or whatever else you might choose to celebrate on this day.

Galaxie 500 - Fourth of July

Galaxie 500 - Fourth of July 12" single

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Wand'rin' Star - Dean Wareham (dir: Judith Berndsen / edited: Britta Phillips)
Wand'rin' Star - Dean Wareham vs Cheval Sombre (dir: Judith Berndsen / edited: Britta Phillips)

Dean Wareham has just released this video for his cover of the Lee Marvin classic Wand’rin’ Star from the excellent Dean Wareham vs Cheval Sombre album.

Dean Wareham - Wand'rin' Star

If you haven’t heard the Lee Marvin original you really should, it’s a masterpiece!

Lee Marvin - Wand'rin' Star

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Luna Romatica promo stickers

When Luna released Romantica Dean sent me a promo CD and a bunch of these stickers - one was inscribed For Adam love Dean - when Romantica came out Adam wasn’t even five so wasn’t getting his sticker. He still hasn’t got it.

One did find it’s way onto one of my record boxes but I still have three (including Adam’s) filed away.


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