Dean & Britta – “Don‘t Think Twice, It‘s Alright” b/w “Hey Paula” 7″

Having successfully toured as 50% of a reunited Luna and released an ear-catching soundtrack to Noah Baumbach’s charming Mistress America film in 2015, Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips return again already with another off-piste 7” for The Great Pop Supplement. Comfortably fitting in with their strong tradition, as a duo and with Luna, in diverting … [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...]

Damon & Naomi – False Beats And True Hearts

Although some still may mourn the short life and abrupt passing of Galaxie 500 – with last year’s back catalogue reissues no doubt exacerbating such feelings – it’s arguable that the split was ultimately creatively beneficial to the threesome in their subsequent creative roles.  Hence Dean Wareham was able to take his distinctive tones, gifted … [Read more...]

Artists-On-Albums: AOA#20 (Damon Krukowski on Various Positions)

Damon Krukowski (Galaxie 500 and Damon & Naomi) on… Various Positions by Leonard Cohen (Passport Records, 1984) "I went to see Walter Yetnikoff... Walter said, 'Leonard, we know you're great, but we don't know if you're any good,' and he turned down Various Positions for U.S. distribution because it wasn't contemporary." (Leonard … [Read more...]

Dean & Britta – 13 Most Beautiful… Songs For Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests

Whilst some of Dean Wareham’s most ‘traditionalist’ audience might have taken more convincing about his decision to break up Luna and to then make his side-project duo with bassist/wife Britta Phillips his primary vocation, the skilled crafting of soundtracks for 13 previously silent Andy Warhol-directed ‘Screen Tests’ must surely have validated … [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...]

Flipsides & Otherwise: FAO #16

The need for a constructive and creative break from the strictures of a bill-paying 'day-job' has spawned the beginnings of innumerable bands.  But what if your band has become the 'day-job'?  Well, then maybe you require an old-fashioned side-project to let steam off outside the confines of democratic compromise or to tackle something your regular … [Read more...]

Luna – Best of/Lunafied [European Edition]

Luna Best of/Lunafied [European Edition] When it comes to veritable American alt-rock institutions of the last decade or so, the clichéd adage of “you don’t know what you’ve lost till it’s gone” rings repeatedly and depressingly true. For when Luna disbanded amicably in 2005, not enough of the music-loving world paid their due respects, … [Read more...]