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Damon and Naomi – I WONDER IF / OH SISTER / ACARA AZUL

From one time members of one of our favourite groups of all time, the seminal and sublime Galaxie 500, here are some fine moments from Damon Krukowski and Naomi Yang, aka Damon and Naomi!

Damon and Naomi have been making some fine music since all the way back in 1991, after G500 disbanded and head honcho Dean Wareham went on to to form the wonderful Luna (and later, with Britta Phillips from Luna, formed Dean & Britta).

Here Damon and Naomi perform some nice covers of the Everly Brothers’ “I Wonder if…” and Bob Dylan’s “Oh Sister”, as well as “Araca Azul,” in a flat in Paris!

Some links;

From the excellent http://www.blogotheque.net

Damon and Naomi in a Parisian apartment. A glimpse into a world that lies beyond the noisy commotion of all the others.

Damon and Naomi – I WONDER IF / OH SISTER

First of all, it’s impossible not to talk about Galaxie 500, the cult group that was little known at the end of 80’s but seemed to rub off well during the early 90’s. I discovered them rather late on an excellent DVD from Plexifilm two years ago. Hailing from Boston and comprised of Dean, Damon, and Naomi, Galaxie 500 dissipated after three albums and several years of under-esteem. Dean left to form the more mainstream project, Luna, while Damon and Naomi remained together.

I met Dean, accompanied by Britta last summer in New York for a charming video session that took place mostly underground. Afterwards, with Galaxie 500 on my mind, the urge to do the “other half” grew stronger. Not to mention the fact that these guys worked on a couple albums with Michio Kurihara from Ghost. And this could only…

Naomi Yang and Damon Krukowski live in Boston, love French wine, and had promised to come to Paris for a couple of weeks of taste testing. The promise came to life last January during a cold spell. The lights from the “Vieux Campeur” flooded the Maubert neighborhood where the apartment was located, and the wine was delicious.

Damon and Naomi had only expected to do two numbers, both covers: the first being the Everly Brothers’ “I Wonder if…” and the second Bob Dylan’s “Oh Sister.” Both songs being slow, old ballads that fit right at home with the empty bottles and withering roses (the line is pretty, but the truth is that the roses didn’t really have time to wither).

Damon and Naomi – ACARA AZUL



We then moved into the living room for the third and bewitching song, “Araca Azul,” which slowly transformed into “Earth is Blue.”

It’s unusual for us to film entirely indoors, and in this case nothing really ensues. No screaming passerbys, no car horns calling, no anecdotes to take home for story time. Just two musicians and a camera that wanders about, adding nothing more than a curious lens.

I watched these videos a good number of times, but my memory of the event was lightly clouded. I had Naomi’s emails insisting a little bit that we put the videos online as soon as possible, and the recollection of the end of the evening, which finished with a final song that rolled on wearisomely. But upon re-watching these videos, the particular rush evoked, and the montage, something seems to remain strikingly evident and projected even over the music itself: the laughs, the luster, and more than anything, the gentleness. A glimpse into a world that lies beyond the noisy commotion of all the others.

Thanks to Matt Evans for the translation

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November 17, 2008 Posted by | Damon and Naomi, Dean and Britta, Dean Wareham, Galaxie 500, _BOB DYLAN, _MUSIC, _VIDEO | Leave a comment

Dean and Britta – THE SUN IS STILL SUNNY / KNIVES FROM BAVARIA

From one of our favourite groups of all time, the seminal and sublime Galaxie 500, here are some fine moments from head honcho Dean Wareham who after Galaxie 500, formed the wonderful Luna and later, with Britta Phillips from Luna, formed Dean & Britta.


Wareham had formed Luna in 1992 after leaving Galaxie 500. Phillips joined Luna in 2000, replacing bassist Justin Harwood.

Their first album started out as a Wareham solo project, but when he heard Phillips’ demos, he asked her to join him. “L’Avventura” was produced by Tony Visconti (T. Rex, David Bowie) and was released on Jetset Records in 2003 under the name “Britta Phillips & Dean Wareham.” After hearing the album, Peter Kember (a.k.a. Sonic Boom of Spacemen 3, Spectrum, & E.A.R.) fell in love with it and did a remix mini LP entitled “Sonic Souvenirs” (also on Jetset Records).

After Luna broke up in 2005, Dean & Britta spent the next year working on film scores (most notably Noah Baumbach’s movie, The Squid and the Whale), and promoting the documentary film of Luna’s farewell tour Tell Me Do You Miss Me.

Dean and Britta were wed during the recording of their album, Back Numbers, (also produced by Tony Visconti) and simplified their name to “Dean & Britta”. Back Numbers was released on Rounder Records in February 2007 followed by a limited edition EP, “Words You Used To Say”.

In 2008, Dean & Britta covered The Cure’s “Friday I’m In Love” for American Laundromat Records tribute compilation “Just Like Heaven – a tribute to The Cure”.

Here Damon and Naomi perform THE SUN IS STILL SUNNY and KNIVES FROM BAVARIA in two videos shot by blogotheque

Some links;

From the excellent http://www.blogotheque.net

Dean and Britta – THE SUN IS STILL SUNNY





Dean and Britta – KNIVES FROM BAVARIA – directed by Vincent Moon

Shot in NYC, July 2006

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November 17, 2008 Posted by | Damon and Naomi, Dean and Britta, Dean Wareham, Galaxie 500, _BOB DYLAN, _MUSIC, _VIDEO | Leave a comment

Dean & Britta – Variations [remix EP] (2008)

Dean & Britta – Variations
Remix EP (2008)

We’ve loved Wareham’s work from back in the day with the seminal Galaxie 500, then on thorough the under-rated majestic Luna and most lately his work with Britta Phillips, formerly of Luna.

A sort of Lee Hazlewood & Nancy Sinatra for the 21st century, perhaps!

Nice cover. Very much of “Blow Up’ feel going on!

The story of when Dean met Britta is old hat by now, but their ex-Luna love continues to play out via Rounder Records and their fittingly titled Dean & Britta project.

As a follow up to last year’s great Back Numbers LP, the pair enlisted remix services from folks like Sonic Boom, the Sand Pebbles, producer Tony Visconti, Richard Formby, and Scott Hardkiss for a seven-track remix EP Variations.

The title works, these are slight laptop-blipped variations on the duo’s ’60s leaning hazy VU tunes.

Some links;

Tracklisting

1 Singer Sing (Scott Hardkiss remix)
2 Say Goodnight (My Robot Friend remix)
3 Our Love Will Still Be There (Britta Phillips remix) (Reg Presley)
4 Wait For Me (Sonic Boom remix) (Dean Wareham)
5 Words You Used To Say (Sand Pebbles remix)
6 Song Of You (Tony Visconti remix)
7 Singer Sing (Richard Formby remix)

Here be D&B

Big thanks to the original poster

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