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Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session: Dean Wareham

photo by Eric Schuman
photo by Eric Schuman

Our latest Indie Rock Hit Parade live session features a pioneering figure of our namesake genre. Dean Wareham formed Galaxie 500 in 1987. The trio split after four very productive years, leaving Dean to form his next band, Luna. Since Luna’s dissolution nearly 10 years ago, Dean has operated as an artist in flux (often alongside his wife, longtime bassist Britta Phillips). Having recently released his first ever solo album, Dean and his band came to our studio for a characteristically graceful and understated performance.

Joining Dean and Britta in the band are drummer Roger Brogan and guitarist Raymond Richards. The quartet’s experience on the road, mixed with their combined years in the music business, results in a set of songs that feels loose and lived-in. The session begins with a countrified take on “Holding Pattern,” a song Dean wrote while on the road. Tour destinations, classic rock bands and sports scores swirl together into a blur of names and places. “Heartless People,” which also appears on Dean’s new album, was written by Michael Holland of the North Carolina band Jennyanykind. Dean and the band make the song their own, with a subtly repetitive guitar figure and gliding rhythm. Rounding out the session is a version of a Luna classic, “Tiger Lily.” The song originally appeared on the band’s second album, Bewitched, released in 1994. Twenty years on, and the song (like Wareham himself) is as charming and effortlessly cool as ever.

Stream and download the complete Dean Wareham Indie Rock Hit Parade Session!

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A session with Dean Wareham, a spotlight on Woods and much more on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Dean Wareham | Photo courtesy of the artist
Dean Wareham | Photo courtesy of the artist

Tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade is packed to the gills with special fun! Tune in to XPN at 10pm as we dig into countless new releases and share some exclusive features. First, it’s a live in-studio session with the legendary Dean Wareham (Galaxie 500/Luna), then we’ll get to a spotlight on the newly released album from Woods, With Light And With Love! Here are a few more things you’ll hear in the mix tonight:

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Download “The Dancer Disappears” from Dean Wareham’s solo debut album

Photo courtesy of the artist.
Photo courtesy of the artist.

Guitarist, singer and songwriter Dean Wareham, whose incredible rock and roll legacy includes forming Galaxie 500 and Luna, is releasing his first solo album on March 11th. Wareham’s self-titled debut was produced by Jim James of My Morning Jacket, and recorded at Jim’s studio in Louisville, Kentucky, with Britta Phillips on bass, Anthony LaMarca on drums and pedal steel, and James on keys and guitars. Wareham is an icon amongst musicians and indie-rock fans.

(Download more new music“Boys In The Wood,” by psychedelic rockers Black Lips)

Influenced by bands like Velvet Underground, Opal, The Feelies and Half Japanese, Wareham himself was on influence on musicians including including Jim James, Thurston Moore, Low, Mazzy Star and many others. Wareham’s dreamy, falsetto voice and singular reverbed psychedelic guitar sound have been at the heart of his voice, starting with three incredible albums he released with Galaxie 500 and followed by seven studio albums in Luna. Below, download “The Dancer Disappears,” an instant Wareham classic from his forthcoming solo debut.

Pre-order Dean Wareham here.

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215 Festival music lineup includes Dean & Britta, The Spinto Band, Lushlife, Light Heat and more

Literary arts showcase The 215 Festival is making its grand return to Philadelphia this year, and the announcement today reveals an all-around exciting lineup, especially in the musical realm. New Eraserhood venue Underground Arts is ground zero, and The West Philadelphia Orchestra throws a “Ladies Night Balkan Dance Party” on opening night, November 1. The following night, John Wesley Harding’s Cabinet of Wonders performs – this time featuring members of The Spinto Band, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, and Dean & Britta. Lushlife and Light Heat play the Bibliodiscotheque Dance Party on Nov. 3, and John Hodgeman closes out the festival on the 4th. No word on whether humorist Hodgeman’s performance will be musical or not, but perhaps one of his TBA guests will bring instruments with them. Check out the entire lineup here.