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Luna - live Penthouse
Luna - live Penthouse

Luna have just made available a fantastic live recording of their Penthouse show at The Chapel in San Francisco from January 2017

This is the second of three albums released over three months of Bandcamp Fridays and includes the band playing the full Penthouse album plus a bonus of Tracy I Love You - that had originally been recorded during the Penthouse sessions but never made it onto the record.

As with Bewitched last month the album has been mixed by Lee Wall at his studio in Austin, Texas - and sounds every bit as good as you can imagine.

The final release in this series will Rendezvous on 1st April.

You can checkout and then buy ‘Live Penthouse’ over on Bandcamp now.

And if you missed it last month you can still buy ‘Live Bewitched’ over on Bandcamp too.

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Some fantastic video footage has just turned up on YouTube of Damon & Naomi’s performance with Tom Rapp at the first Terrastock festival in Providence in April 1997.

Damon & Naomi with Tom Rapp at Terrastock I in 1997

It opens with a lovely clip of Damon & Naomi perfoming The New Historicism from their second album The Wondrous World of Damon & Naomi.

Damon & Naomi at Terrastock 1997
Damon & Naomi at Terrastock 1997

This is then followed by them being joined by the late, great Tom Rapp for their wonderful cover of Bob Dylan’s I Shall Be Released.

What an absolute joy to see this!

Video-filmed & shared by Dennis Bouffard. Transferred & uploaded by Greg Dalton-Kay (gkswiss). uploaded to YouTube Jan 29, 2022. A BIG “thank you” to both Dennis Bouffard AND Phil McMullen!

Naomi at Terrastock 1997
Naomi at Terrastock 1997

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Luna - live Bewitched
Luna - live Bewitched

Back in January 2017 Luna performed three sold out shows at The Chapel in San Francisco, each night playing a full album and over the next three Bandcamp Fridays the band will be releasing the recordings of these shows.

The Chapel is a great sounding room with its wooden walls, floors, and ceiling. We recorded these to multi-tracks; our own Lee Wall mixed the songs at his studio in Austin, Texas, and they really sound exciting to our ears.

The first release is today and is the Bewitched show, and it does indeed sound splendid and has the lovely added bonus of Kelly Kyle guesting on Bewitched (the track).

This will be followed by the Penthouse show on 4th March and Rendezvous on 1st April.

You can checkout and then buy ‘Live Bewitched’ over on Bandcamp now.

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Dean Wareham (Duchess video grab)
Dean Wareham (Duchess video grab)

As expected Dean Wareham’s dates in Spain that were scheduled for February have been rescheduled for July - plus a new date in Porto has been added.

Confirmed European dates so far:

7th July 2022 Sala X, Seville, Spain
Dean Wareham Dean Wareham plays Galaxie 500
8th July 2022 Edificio Constitucion 1812, Cadiz, Spain
Dean Wareham Dean Wareham plays Galaxie 500
9th July 2022 Mouca, Porto, Portugal
Dean Wareham Dean Wareham plays Galaxie 500
11th July 2022 Independance, Madrid, Spain
Dean Wareham Dean Wareham plays Galaxie 500
12th July 2022 Las Cigarreras, Alicante, Spain
Dean Wareham Dean Wareham plays Galaxie 500
13th July 2022 Loco, Valencia, Spain
Dean Wareham Dean Wareham plays Galaxie 500
14th July 2022 La Nau, Barcelona, Spain
Dean Wareham Dean Wareham plays Galaxie 500
21st July 2022 The Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, UK
Dean Wareham Dean Wareham plays Galaxie 500
22nd July 2022 Islington Assembly Hall, London, UK
Dean Wareham Dean Wareham plays Galaxie 500
23rd July 2022 The Venue, Worthing, UK
Dean Wareham Dean Wareham plays Galaxie 500
25th July 2022 The Fleece, Bristol, UK
Dean Wareham Dean Wareham plays Galaxie 500
27th July 2022 Brudenell Social Club, Leeds, UK
Dean Wareham Dean Wareham plays Galaxie 500
28th July 2022 The Cluny 2, Newcastle, UK
Dean Wareham Dean Wareham plays Galaxie 500
29th July 2022 The Liquid Room, Edinburgh, UK
Dean Wareham Dean Wareham plays Galaxie 500
30th July 2022 Oran Mor, Glasgow, UK
Dean Wareham Dean Wareham plays Galaxie 500

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Dean Wareham with Terry Tolkin (photo: Howard Thompson)
Dean Wareham with Terry Tolkin (photo: Howard Thompson)

Last week Terry Tolkin passed away. He was the A&R man who played a significant part in the begiining of Luna and signed them to Elektra when he was an A&R with the label.

Terry Tolkin has passed away this day in New Orleans, age 62. He was hospitalized a few weeks ago, has been dealing with sepsis and organ failure. His brother Daniel has been watching over him this week. Terry has been through a lot in recent years, I honestly think he is now in a better place. He was a key figure in my life, for Luna and many other musical artists he believed in. Dean Wareham (Instagram - 21st January 2021)

Read on…

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Dean & Britta
Dean & Britta

Dean Wareham’s upcoming UK dates have been postponed again because of the ongoing pandemic.

The much rescheduled dates, originally scheduled for April 2020, have been cancelled and the tour will now take place in July.

Confirmed dated so far

  • 21st July 2022 - Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
  • 22nd July 2022 - Islington Assembly Hall, London
  • 23rd July 2022 - The Venue, Worthing
  • 25th July 2022 - The Fleece, Bristol
  • 27th July 2022 - Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
  • 28th July 2022 - The Cluny, Newcastle
  • 29th July 2022 - Liquid Room, Edinburgh
  • 30th July 2022 - Oran Mor, Glasgow

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Dean Wareham - Duchess
Dean Wareham - Duchess

This leaked out last week so you may have already seen it but if you haven’t your in for a treat. Dean has just shared the new video for his gorgeous cover of Scott Walker’s Duchess and the video is as lush as the song.

Dean Wareham - Duchess (dir: Robert Ascroft)

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Luna promo (1992)
Luna promo (1992)

So at some point in January, Luna will become 30 years old - first gig with Stanley was at Maxwells so might be this one in February 1992 where Dean says “This is Stanley Demeski, our newest member” -

But there were shows before that with Byron Guthrie on drums - so … I don’t have an exact date - I have a pre-Stan recording from CBGBs on 17th Jan and Dean mentions a show at Bunratty’s in Black Postcards.

When we arrived at Bunratty’s, Byron announced that he had forgotten his sticks. A small thing. He forgot his sticks. It could happen to anyone. But it seemed significant to Justin and me. When we came back from Boston, I called Stanley Demeski, the drummer for the Feelies.

But … all of that is by-the-by… what I’m really thinking is that this is a good excuse for the next issue of the Everything’s Swirling fanzine!?

And this is, kind of, a call for submissions - it can be of any sort – documentary, fictional, poetic, visual, photographic, etc. – possibly even considering a (download only) audio annexe if anyone fancies it…

Everything’s Swirling #1 celebrated Galaxie 500’s birth

Everything’s Swirling #2 memorialised Galaxie 500’s demise

Everything’s Swirling #3 will celebrate Luna’s 30th birthday - get in touch if you have anything to contribute!

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On Monday afternoon Dean Wareham was a guest on WFMU’s Three Chord Monte. The show featured a nice playlist of Dean, Dean & Britta and Luna tracks and an interview with Dean over the phone from Austin ahead of the short Luna tour that was about to kick off.

You can listen to the whole show and he confirmed that he was going to be playing a couple of tracks from his solo album with Luna including Corridors of Power that got it’s debut at a Luna live stream earlier in the year.

Luna - The Corridors of Power (live, May 2021)

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