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«The Dean Wareham Experience»
Tuesday, 13.05.2014, 20:20
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Dean Wareham (USA)
Born 1963 in Wellington, New Zealand, indie-rocker Dean Wareham has been a New Yorker ever since his family moved there in 1977. Except for a time in Boston, which is significant not only because he studied at Harvard but because that's where he met Damon Krukowski and Naomi Yang, themselves alumnis of that nourishing alma mater.

Together in 1987 they formed a for the time pretty much out-of-this-world - say brainy - band in Galaxy 500. Named after a model Ford car of the 60's, it represented Dan's first foray out of obscurity into a brighter light. (Of note also might be that their work was released by the legendary, in the late 90's resurrected Rough Trade label.) Dean quit in '91 and moved back to New York to form Luna, a dream pop/indie pop combo, which as a band member also included drummer Stan Demeski, formerly of The Feelies (a huge personal favourite here). Rolling Stone magazine called Luna «the best band you've never heard of» and listed their album «Penthouse» as one of the Top 100 of all rock albums ever produced. (Part of the soft glow of Luna was the voice of Britta Phillips, formerly of Belltower, now Dean's wife. They musically collaborate, record and tour together as of today). Incidentally, Luna opened for the re-formed Velvet Underground on their 1993 European tour. Subsequently, musicians as illustrious as Sterling Morrison of the Velvet Underground, Tom Verlaine of Television and Letitia Sadier of Stereolab could be heard guesting on their diverse recordings.

It's the prolific Dean Wareham performing the brandnew 2014 Dean Wareham at the prolific el Lokal tonight; on the last island left.
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