Interview with Luna

Having disbanded amicably albeit somewhat wearily in 2005 soon after delivering the still satisfyingly rich and rounded Rendezvous LP it was perhaps inevitable - in this age where few acts can stay apart forever unless deterred by death or deathless animosity - that Luna would eventually reform in some capacity. Having remained creative in the … [Read more...]

Dean Wareham & Britta Phillips – Mistress America OST

Together and apart, Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips are certainly not averse to supplying their multiple talents to the filmic work of writer/director Noah Baumbach; most notably with original score contributions to 2005’s The Squid & The Whale and acting cameos in 2012’s Frances Ha.  The couple’s latest collaboration with Baumbach, takes the … [Read more...]

Dean Wareham – self-titled

Following speedily on from last year’s sublime mini-LP, Emancipated Hearts, Dean Wareham carries on solo trading with the first self-monikered full-length set of his continuously enlightening post-Luna career.  Those expecting the album to be an overtly rocking reaction to the intricate and pensive Emancipated Hearts - particularly with My Morning … [Read more...]

Dean Wareham – Emancipated Hearts

Having successfully quashed any concerns about securing a sustainable existence in the wake of Luna’s 2005 dissolution - thanks to his ongoing role as one half of Dean & Britta, soundtrack work, publishing his enjoyable Black Postcards memoir and live shows revisiting the Galaxie 500 songbook - Dean Wareham now continues his diverse renaissance … [Read more...]

Artists-On-Albums: AOA#13 (Dean Wareham on Crazy Rhythms)

Dean Wareham (Dean & Britta, Luna & Galaxie 500) on… The Feelies’ Crazy Rhythms (Stiff Records, 1980) 1980 saw the release of some of great albums: Colossal Youth by Young Marble Giants, London Calling by The Clash, Closer by Joy Division, and - my favourite - Crazy Rhythms by The Feelies.  I was 16 years old when I read about The … [Read more...]

Various Artists – Sing Me To Sleep: Indie Lullabies

Although the folks at American Laundromat Records haven’t entirely rehabilitated or revolutionised the world of tribute and theme-based compilations over the last few years, it is true and fair to say that the label’s core focus on such compendiums has yielded a fresher cynicism-free approach and a clutch of gem-like moments along the way.  This … [Read more...]

Flipsides & Otherwise: FAO #11

With the established music industry struggling with its own ongoing woes in addition to global economic strife, the natural inclination to rifle-through and re-exploit back catalogues now appears to be more like a survivalist necessity rather than an added cash bonus. Despite this somewhat cynical and desperate grab for older music buyers’ … [Read more...]