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CD booklet for Damon & Naomi in London 2001
CD booklet for Damon & Naomi in London 2001

Twenty years ago Damon & Naomi with Michio Kurihara played a splendid show at The Garage in London - you can download the full show here

Here are a few memories from that show.

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OK … so here’s a half-baked idea (I have so many)…

Here are some facts

  • In the early hours of Sunday morning UK time Luna are playing a show - live streamed from a club in LA - I intend staying up for it.
  • If this was a regular Luna gig (in a place I was in) I’d have tried to organise a pre-gig get-together - these have, over the years, had varying levels of success - some with a splendid turnout - one where it was literally just me!!
  • The show starts at 2am my time (3am for some other folk in Europe, and a more sensible time for most of the rest of you - including over croissants and coffee in Australia!!)

So … how can I keep myself occupied until 2am and simulate a pre-gig get-together?

How about listening to and chatting over a recording of one of my favourite Luna shows of old?

So at midnight (BST) over on YouTube AHFoW will stream the now almost legendary Luna show from The Borderline in London in 1993 - featuring Dean, Sean, Justin, Stanley … and IWEG*

It runs for 70 mins so will finish at 20 minutes before the Veeps room opens for the show - so time for a wee and to grab a beer, coffee, croissant before the main event!

This link will tell you the time wherever you are.

Come and join me - and we can listen, and chat.

Luna at The Borderline in London in 1993
  • IWEG = I Want Everything Girl … she’s from Colchester you know!

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Damon & Naomi at Cafe OTO, May 2011 (cc) Andy Aldridge
Damon & Naomi at Cafe OTO, May 2011 (cc) Andy Aldridge

Ten years ago today, while in London, Damon & Naomi and ace guitarist Michio Kurihara popped into the Xfm studios to record this session. They played three tracks from their then most recent album False Beats and True Hearts and then a cover of The Rolling Stones’ Shine a Light.

Later that evening it was to Cafe OTO for another lovely show.

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Twenty six years ago tonight Luna headlined a show at The Borderline in London. My memories of the show are hazy - 26 years is a long time - I was at the show with my pals Jackie and Stuart (and maybe Ken?). The thing that stuck in my head was that this was the show that Laetitia Sadier joined the band to perform their cover of Bonnie & Clyde - I’m not sure but this might have been the only time this was performed live with Laetitia (feel free to correct me if I’m wrong).

While I say that it stuck in my head I had started to wonder if it was a dream until back in 2010 David Rose wrote up the show for his Gig Diairies blog.

Luna themselves came on at 9.45 and played an hour-long set of splendid atmospheric strumalong rock of the slightly wild West, left-field variety, and were totally at home in this venue. Highlights were the mesmeric “Friendly Advice” and the more in-your-face “Angel” (Luna? In your face? Oh yes!). Dean, joined by Stereolab’s Laetitia for the French duet of “Bonnie And Clyde”, led Luna through a little jewel of a set, far punchier than their more laid-back recorded output, and all the more precious for being unexpected! David Rose’s Gig Diaries

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I’ve covered Dean’s extracurricular jobs before either as a musician or an actor but here’s a couple that slipped the net - Dean appearing in other bands videos.

First up the lovely video for The Hong Kong’s Tongue Tied which has Dean being Clyde Barrow to Catherine Culpepper’s Bonnie Parker (or is he being Warren Beatty to Catherine’s Faye Dunaway?)

The Hong Kong - Tongue Tied

Next, Dean having a breakdown of sorts in the video for Hospitality’s Going Out - and Britta coming to the rescue.

Hospitality - Going Out

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Both Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips put in appearances on the latest release from Anthony LaMarca’s The Building - Indianola Pizza Dough is available to buy now on vinyl or cassette (or digital) over on Bandcamp.

Indianola Pizza Dough - The Building
Indianola Pizza Dough - The Building

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We used to sing this in another band Damon Krukowski, Berlin 2016

Five years ago today, shortly after Damon fell down some stairs in London and was forced to abandon their show at Cafe OTO in London, Damon & Naomi played a lovely show in Berlin.

After first accompanying Fortune they then played a few extra songs, inlcuding finishing the evening with a sublime cover of Galaxie 500’s cover of Yoko Ono’s Listen The Snow is Falling

Damon & Naomi - Listen The Snow is Falling, live in Berlin in 2016

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Luna at Gold Diggers in 2017 - (c) Joshua Mills
Luna at Gold Diggers in 2017 - (c) Joshua Mills

Just announced a real live Luna show in a real live club - livestreamed into your living room.

Yep, we are playing a LUNA live stream show in an actual Hollywood club, the first Luna show since February last year! Britta on the Dean & Britta Patreon

The show will be performed live in Gold Diggers in Los Angeles on 15th May at 6pm PDT (that’ll be 9pm in NYC, 2am in the UK and 3am in bits of Europe) and streamed live via the Veeps platform.

Tickets are $15 or $25 a ticket with audio download of the show (plus $3.75 fees) and are available to buy now

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I just came across this video again from the Dean Wareham plays Galaxie 500 show in Brighton in 2011 - it might have been billed as that but the video is quite Britta heavy because another punter obstructed my view of Dean … but of course … not complaining!

Dean Wareham - Ceremony, live in Brighton in 2011

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Galaxie 500 'dad' cap
Galaxie 500 'dad' cap

How can you show your love for Galaxie 500 stylishly while you’re wearing your suit? Well, now available from Damon & Naomi’s online store are some lovely hats with embroidered Galaxie 500 patches.

Available in two designs, either a blue ‘beanie’ or a grey ‘dad’ cap and available now for $20 a pop.

Nope… until right now I’d never even heard of a ‘dad’ cap!

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