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Luna

In the wake of the rather acrimonious breakup of his previous band, Galaxie 500, singer/guitarist Dean Wareham issued a 1991 solo EP, Anesthesia, and appeared on the brilliant Mercury Rev single "Car Wash Hair" before announcing the formation of a new band, dubbed Luna, in 1992. Originally named Luna², the trio was a kind of alternative pop supergroup that also included former Chills bassist Justin Harwood and ex-Feelies drummer Stanley Demeski.

After signing with Elektra, they debuted with the LP Lunapark, which earned comparison to Wareham's Galaxie 500 output for his continued reliance on laconic, Lou Reed/Tom Verlaine-inspired vocals and minimalist songcraft. In truth, however, Luna employed more uptempo rhythms and sharper melodies than its predecessor, a point further driven home by the 1994 masterpiece Bewitched. Featuring new second guitarist Sean Eden, the LP also included a guest appearance from the Velvet Underground's legendary Sterling Morrison, who added his distinctive guitar presence to tracks like "Friendly Advice" and "Great Jones Street." Another guest, Stereolab's Laetitia Sadier, turned up to duet with Wareham on a cover of the Serge Gainsbourg/Brigitte Bardot classic "Bonnie and Clyde" for the follow-up, 1995's Penthouse. Minus Demeski, Luna resurfaced in 1997 with Pup Tent.

Just prior to releasing their fifth full-length, The Days of Our Nights, Elektra dropped the band. Eventually landing at the Jericho label, Luna finally issued the album in the U.S. in the fall of 1999. The new millennium saw many changes for the band again. Founding bassist Justin Harwood left the band, moving back to his native New Zealand to spend time raising his baby girl. Ben Lee/Ultrababyfat bassist Britta Phillips replaced Harwood after touring with Luna during a spring 2000 tour. Their first concert album, Luna Live, recorded at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C., in December 1999 and the Knitting Factory in New York in July 2000, was issued in early 2001.

Luna wrapped up recording their sixth studio album in late 2001 and prepared it for a spring 2002 release on Jetset Records. Entitled Romantica, it was mixed by Dave Fridmann (Mogwai, Mercury Rev, the Flaming Lips) and produced by Gene Holder. Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips recorded a duet album entitled Avventura that was produced by Tony Visconti and released in May of 2002 also through Jetset. In 2004, after announcing their impending retirement, the group released Rendezvous, their seventh and final record. To commemorate their tenure, Luna issued the 17-song retrospective The Best of Luna on Rhino in June 2006. A digital-only collection of covers entitled Lunafied as well as the DVD version of their Matthew Buzzell-directed tour documentary, Tell Me Do You Miss Me, both arrived in June. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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I really admire songs that can accumulate intensity while maintaining a sense of balance -- almost calm. This song is a model of the concept.
Really 23 minutes in Brussels has to be one of the best songs ever recorded
I Want Everything, what a Great song, it just has such a great flow and delivery, dreamlike vocals, hidden treasure
This is the first Pandora discovery that made me go buy their music. downloaded all they had available on the Google store. Pretty neat stuff!
Good band, always enjoy their music
The mellow tune of 23 minutes in Brussels and California relaxed me so much.
GREATEST. BAND. EVER. VIVA LUNA! VIVA DEAN!
If Lou Reed sang vocals for the Feelies, it would be Luna, only better
Lunapark, please
Heard I Want Everything in a movie and just loved it. also Freakin and Peakin, Tiger Lilly, California All the Way, quality tunes indeed.
second to last show was not in detroit but at the bowery ballroom nyc as were the subsequent last two weeks. the VU reference is correct but Dean lacks the true Lou Reed lyricist touch. All in all a great band I relied on for the 15 dollar concert. Better live than in studio, (see Luna Live) The albums to buy are Luna Park, Pup Tent, Penthouse, and the Live album. If your looking for the true Vu influenced band try The Feelies.
somebody likes Lou Reed....
Dean please reunite Luna!!!!
Definitely a Lou Reed/VU feel in there. Like it.
vsimmonds012 3
they sound cool. love their music:)
RE: The Velvet Underground - My thoughts exactly. I was surprised there was no mention in the Biography or similar artists about the influence or similarity.
gpgeyerman
I've never heard this band before, sounds alot like The Velvet Underground. Pretty impressive.
mazzystr
Their second to last show was in Detroit. For some reason I procrastinat e d in getting tickets assuming I could scalp a ticket at the door of St. Andrews. I was wrong. I got to listen to the show from the back alley of the Shelter while enjoying a pizza and a beer. I had perfect sound and didn't have a bunch of kiddies bumping into me and blowing smoke in my eye. Good memories. I think I've seen live at least 10 times.

Luna represents my youth and both are now gone.

RIP /C
I like Galaxie 500 a great deal, but I think I actually prefer Luna. I just find myself humming their tunes all the time. They're infectious!
jhcohen35
i love the Live Luna album 1 of my favorites
the first 3 luna discs are great. skip the fussing, peoples -- and get them all!
benoit.barbe r o u s s e
Get Rendezvous!
hmmmmm
Hmmm, new to this, but need to look way more into. IF I were to buy one CD to start - which is the best, most representati v e ? Thanks.
punkrockfemi n i s t
luna was the best,i miss this kind of music, for anyone who does not know about bongwater, ann magnuson, kramer or any of the other Shimmy Discers, go check them out...I always fall back on my 90's shimmies
I miss Luna...come back!!
Reminds me of Yo La Tengo for sure.
I love this band! Followed them from beginning to end. Dean and Shawn have some of the most amazing guitar back and forth than any other band. The sounds are crisp yet smooth as silk. Check out deans new project with his wife (Britta, the bass player in Luna) Its just fantastic. http://www.d e a n a n d b r i t t a . c o m /
Thank you for your polite comment.
katzmyth
SUCKS!!! SUCKS!!! AND NO CHICK SHOULD EVER COVER SLAYER, EVER.
flynnbm4
Very Velvets and T. Verlaine indeed. Amazing how many bands were influeneced by Velvets and TV. Updated sounds however. Very clean and steady muzak.
bromide01
Way to be a jerk boss. Maybe the recession will weed out people like you.
Yes to Galaxy 500. I am often singing Tugboat Captain at the top of my lungs, much to the dismay of others in my department.

I don't care though, for I am the one with the office, and when I interview people I make sure they understand that I am prone to singing Tugboat Captain when the mood strikes me. I have delightful employees because of this.
bromide01
Luna should cover Slayer's "South of Heaven" album in it's entirety.
warehouselov e 7 5
Luna has some amazing songs, but Galaxie 500 has even more magic. They are both great bands in the end.
jjennings
Great band, great sound! Saw them about 8 times in NYC (Tramps, Bowery Ballroom, etc.). I really miss them now.
wjstahl1
sounds like love and rockets on heroin
This stuff is terrible. Leaves you with a mediciny taste in your mouth.
i always liked galaxie 500 a little more
Luna is no more. Dean & Britta perform Live now. LUNA were amazing when I had seen them in concert. An in-store too.
bromide01
Woah. That blond chick is hot.
Hadn't listened to them until I started my stations 2 years ago 'ish. Now, I'm looking for their shows
The best covers ever. They made them their own. Indian Summer, Ride into the Sun, even Sweet Child O Mine.
Best taken with nice shot of morphine, followed by papaya juice.
lunadylan1
I've been listening to Luna for years and years, live they are great. They are a beautiful sound with the moon
exactly what I'm looking for...undula t i n g strings of anticipation punctuated by slippery and awkward guitar------ - a w s o m e !
This band comes up on a couple of my stations and I have to admit it's grown on me.
This is garbage. These guys must be related to the CEO of the record label.
Can't sing.
Broken Chair= greatest lullab-zzzzz z . . . .
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