Dean Wareham is a god if you are aware of his seminal dream pop outfit Galaxie 500 or (to a lesser extent) his followup band Luna. Of late, he has been offering film scores and recordings with Luna bandmate/now wife Britta Phillips under the creatively titled moniker of Dean and Britta. Fans of both his early and later work have bright days ahead of them, as he seems to be paying attention to each contingent and delivering a balanced blend of nostalgia-laden tour dates with artsy new creative endeavors.
First for the Galaxie 500 enthusiasts, Dean Wareham has indeed lined up a limited tour that will feature him performing Galaxie 500 classics in intimate venues. As of now only 7 cities will see this action, with two performances scheduled for both Chicago and Atlanta. Backing Wareham for the tour will be his complete Dean and Britta backing band, Britta included.
As far as new creative output, Dean and Britta will release the collection 13 Most Beautiful: Songs for Andy Warhol’s Screen on July 27th, a double disc, live-recorded mixture of original songs, instrumental numbers and covers that was originally commissioned as part of a multi-media presentation by the Andy Warhol Museum and Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. The music was written to accompany a series of shorts directed by Warhol in the mid-60’s, on which Wareham notes, I visited the museum in Pittsburgh and looked at about 150 of the screen tests, without quite knowing what I was looking for. Warhol had shot more than 470 of these films. Some were so immediately stunning Jane Holzer brushing her teeth, Ann Buchanan crying a tear that I knew I had to include them.
Dean and Britta will bring performances of the project around the world over the next year, so be sure to take-in the truly unique event if you happen to be in London, Paris, Dresden or Indianapolis. Dates for both treks are below.
Dean & Britta Tour Dates:
07/30 – London, UK @ Barbican Theater
09/18 - Augusta, GA @ Sacred Heart Cultural Center
10/05 - Dresden, DE @ Hellerau – European Center for the Arts
10/07 – Mulhouse, FR @ Scnene Nationale De Mushouse
10/08 – Mulhouse, FR @ Scnene Nationale De Mushouse
10/21 - New York, NY @ NYU Skirball Center
12/02 - Indianapolis, IN @ Indianapolis Museum of Art
03/23 – Cleveland, OH @ Cleveland Museum of Art
04/08 – Hanover, NH @ Dartmouth College
04/19 – Paris, FR @ Cite de La Musique
04/21 – Nantes, FR @ Le Lieu Unique
Dean Wareham Plays Galaxie 500 2010 Tour Dates:
08/19 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
08/20 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero
09/16 - Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
09/17 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
11/10 – San Diego, CA @ Anthology
11/11 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Troubadour
11/13 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
12/03 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
12/04 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall