Monday, February 28, 2005
Did Dean do it? Did he shed some tears? Can't imagine they'd be of the crocadile sort either if so.
I ended my LUNA listening session last night with Going Home, one of the many fitting songs to round out the 13 years of being agog for an actively 'together' band. Gad. I'm happy, verging on proud, to've been a fan from day one of LUNA to day last.
Addition at 1am:
Which means...if I don't go to bed they won't split up. I can keep Luna going just by not going to sleep - it's like Invasion of the Body Snatchers
Luna has pretty much been my life's soundtrack ever since. It just seems right to head to the Bowery Ballroom one last time tonight now that I am back living in Paris.
Now, I feel sad.
I posted a synopsis of last nights show to the email list and had thought to write something more refined for this- I just can't seem to get the words out.
Is it because music touches us in ways that transcends the words themselves, that we mourn this as a loss? Of course, the band will live on in recorded form and we'll have archives of live performances to relive parts of the magic, yet, the proverbial rip of tape from wound is kinetic. The shifts and changes, the meandering of Locomotive Luna will be a finite set, as it was always intended- it's wonderful to be so myopically transfixed by the journey that the destination seems as mythical as the Emerald City. Tonight we will be glancing past the forlorn water towers and following Luna as they cue the final scene, loping past the city they created from green, green bottles. After all, they don't last forever.
I tried to speak intelligibly about Luna to Matt, for the documentary; alas, extemporaneous speaking can not accurately represent words routed deep in the heart. I tossed a few topical blips (while remarking internally how similar the camera was to an oncoming train) that hardly skirted my truest thoughts.
Why does Luna mean so much to me, more than any other? Why I have invested so much time and money to following their products and pursuits? The best I can surmise is that Luna, through Dean's lyricism and their collective musicianship, is a band as in love with beauty as charmed by the bittersweet. Nothing is more New York than this intersection. Equal parts wit and purpose with a nod to the sublime, Luna shepherded its followers through a city (and by extension, a world) that "makes it so you can't shake hands, when it (they) make your hands shake", all the while pointing out the simple pleasures, absurdities and nuances that make it all worth it.
Is it that simple? Group together four musicians, each talented and accomplished and make sure one of them has a golden wit and enchanting eyes? Of course not, it comes down to chemistry and physics in ways I am too far removed from the liberal sciences to explain. After that, of course, you need an audience with as impeccable taste as ourselves so to provide market demand.
They got it right, and most importantly- they got it right for me at a time when I was ready to be swept away. God bless grunge for sucking so royally.
Superfreaky Memories for an opener was a pleasant surprise. Thought the highlights for the night were 4th of July and Freakin' & Peakin'.
Sad that the band has called it quits while reaching the apex of their musicianship. The set was extremely tight and they played each note with a purpose. Surprised the crowd didn't match the band's energy level. It was a typical laid back and adoring Luna audience that seemed resigned to the end being near. Or maybe more mellow because of it being a Sunday night.
I also think a solution to the void their departure creates could be remedied by having Sean, Lee and Justin join Joy Zipper to help let the spirit live on.
In any case tonight, will have all the anticipation and expectations that come with the closing another chapter in this bands great but short history. I guess there is something to be said for going out on top. Pure class..
Look at all those happy people.
Look at that band loving being loved by all those happy people.
Now I'm sure those reasons that Dean has been trotting out for the last six months are all legitimate...but look at them...and look at us...
Dean, are you sure you're doing the right thing?
much better, that I really can't imagine how wonderful tonight will be.
Thanks to everyone who signed the poster for Luna. Britta and Dean seemed
sincerely touched. I hope to see Franck's photos from that soon!
I took some photos myself, (though not as stunning as Franck's). Check
them out here
I wish I could write more... the night was truly memorable... but alas, I
It's been a long night ... And I really need to get some sleep.
But a few pictures from the Sunday show are there
Dean is reading Justin's telegram, fans are giving a poster to the band ...
More pictures from the show and the after-show should be posted tomorrow ...
Sunday, February 27, 2005
Time to go to the Bowery ...
It was odd seeing luna indoors during the day, but the setlist, as you see, rocked. Dean's son is adorable, and Dean smiled up to him in the balcony several times, it was very sweet. Dean also read a letter from Justin, that was both touching and funny- he did give nice words to Britta for taking over his axe. Dean was also the recipient of a lady's undergarment. It flustered him to the point of breaking character and stumbelling a verse of Bonnie and Clyde.
Very different vibe from last night. Incredible rendition of 23mins. Sean KILLED it, it was so unbelievably gorgeous I started getting all emotional, and then Moonpalace let it all pour out.
- California (All The Way)
- Weird And Woozy
- Broken Chair
- Tiger Lily
- Malibu Love Nest
- Into The Fold
- This Time Around
- Pup Tent
- 23 Minutes In Brussels
- The Slow Song
- Moon Palace
- Superfreaky Memories
- Bonnie And Clyde (Serge Gainsbourg)
- Tracy I Love You
OK - I'm not there - it was a decision I made not to be there (and I'm NOT regretting it - no really I'm not). So here I am, sitting waiting for email reports and photos to flood into my mailbox. I've convinced myself that like a true Bond villain I am actually co-ordinating the whole affair from my secret bunker in a Caribbean island.
I'm not dlusional - I don't regret my decision because Luna and all their fans are just my puppets hahaha
Luna, Bowery Ballroom, Feb 27th 2005 Photo Gallery by Franck at pbase.com
Predictions for set openers...
Any other guesses?
My husband and I were able to travel to Tucson for our last waltz with Luna on February 2nd. Icing on the cake was that I interviewed the band and Nick took photos. (we'll have to send on a couple of those). We're working with a startup music mag out of Albuquerque, NM called Hyperactive. Matthew filmed the interview. If we manage to wind up in the finished documentary, it'll blow our minds.
It was a bit surreal, having the opportunity to sit down with a group of people who've been a part of my life for 13 years. They were a pleasure to talk to - Dean was not the least bit prickly, which was my greatest fear.
The show was sublime, with the bittersweet tinge of the goodbye enveloping it all. They did Tugboat as one of the encores! I'll dig up the setlist to send...
That's a mighty smile on Dean's face.
- Fuzzy Wuzzy
- Malibu Love Nest
- Black Champagne
- Still At Home
- Pup Tent
- Mermaid Eyes
- Sideshow By the Seashore
- Lost in Space
- 23 Minutes in Brussels
- Tracy, I love you
- Black Postcards
- encore #1: Bewitched
- Friendly Advice
- encore #2: I Can't Wait
- Indian Summer
Saturday, February 26, 2005
It may say but it really means [GMT].
I may have an insane urge but I'm not insane. I'm off to bed.
Btw, is anybody going to the Bowery shows with a cameraphone to be able to send pictures to Andy to post here? For those not attending the gigs, it would be too cool to have the chance to see the band in a short of real time. The music would lack, but something is something! And it would definitely "feel closer" to us, like we were not that farway in distance...
This most excellent band will be opening for Luna's Sunday shows. Gothamist has a brief interview with the LI natives GO VALLEY STREAM!.
I had the pleasure of seeing them at ULU last spring (and the double pleasure of meeting Andy and introducing him to the band). They are a very fitting opener.
Friday, February 25, 2005
The Hong Kong (Sat)
Joy Zipper (Both Sun)
and CORRECTION: NOT Tarentel (Mon)
but Tarantula as support and
Lara joins on kbds for Saturday
Jane Scarpantoni on cello for some or all???
Dean say's w/r/t these last shows, "It feels like the last week of a job, when you're distracted and packing your things and making plans, and they're throwing a little party for you," Wareham says. "I'm a little nervous about the final show; I think I might cry. So be it."
Don't worry Dean, we'll all be crying too.
This was really a test to check email submissions but what the hell...
Saturday Night plans have firmed up- Meet us at the Magician for pre-show beverages. Say 7:30 ish if you plan on getting to the Bowery Ballroom for doors.
Sunday, Meet up at 12inch- one of my new favorites, pre late showing. I may grab some cheap Indian food between sets, you are welcome to join.
If you want to join up please get in touch asap.
Here's my recruitment blurb...
OK - I had intended throwing together a LUNA timeline for the website with all the significant dates that I knew and while I have done a bit of the background work I haven't had a chance to pull it together in time for the "last waltz" - I'll do it at some point in the not too distant future.
BUT that leaves me without some sort of futile-end-of-the-road-gesture to put on the website - I just thought that after 10+ years there ought to be something a little bit more as a rememberance of the lasdt days of Luna.
A while back, shortly after the split was announced, I put forward the idea of having a blog to document the tour with as many contributors as possible putting forward thoughts, reviews, gossip and whinging abouy various things. While there was a bit of interest it never really got off the ground (although the mailing list archives are a pretty decent document of that if you can wade through the irrelevance).
SO - here comes that same half-arsed plan all over again but only to document the last FOUR days of Luna.
IF you want to contribute please let me know and I'll add you to the list of members.
* You don't have to be in NYC for the end, hell I'm not, although it would be nice to have some folk involved who will be first hand witnesses.
* You don't have to post about what's happening NOW - you can talk about, for example, best gig, worst gig, feelings, should they have done it, what next etc.
* The more the merrier - if any "inside people" would like to contribute all the better (Britta, Matthew, Dean (although he'll be saving his writing for that memoir he "promised"!))
* obviously the sooner the better.
* If people want to post by SMS (text message) I'm sure we can arrange something (maybe texting me and I can post up - unless anyone knows of any SMS->blog arrangement that's quick and easy to set up
* Photos! If people want to email me cameraphone pictures from the shows - it doesn't have to be of the band - it could be of the audience, the bar, the noisy people, self-portraits etc.
I know not everyone will have time and I don't want it to just be me so if this is a crap idea just say but it could be fun and we could run it for a week or so afterward and then archive it as a decent document of "Luna's Last Waltz".