Music Library: Lucksmiths, Lucky Sperms, Ludwig Van Beethoven, Lula Cortes, Lullaby For The Working Class, Luna
Ludwig Van Beethoven - Symphony No. 9, "Choral" (1999). No idea who the artists are on this. Nice to have a copy of this piece of music in my collection, though.
So Lunapark has the band as a three-piece (Wareham, Demeski, and Harwood), and is an ok album that's not quite as good as Galaxie 500's last album or Luna's next. But it's a start. The band took out an ad in the Village Voice and found Sean Eden to play 2nd guitar. Eden's on the Slide EP, which has an album track, a demo, two excellent covers (Beat Happening's "Indian Summer" and the VU's "Ride Into The Sun," both of which appear on Lunafied), and the original "Rollercoaster." Bewitched and Penthouse are both extraordinary combinations of VU-style guitar heroics and Wareham's pop sensibilities. The Luna EP is the last release of the original four-piece. Besides the album track and covers (Talking Heads' "Thank-You For Bringing Me An Angel" and Tom Rush's "No Regrets," which Lee Hazlewood also covered), the new originals include "The Moviegoer," presumably named after the Walker Percy novel, the rave-up "It's Bringing You Down" and the only-ok instrumental "The Enabler." Pup Tent has new drummer Lee Wall, and it's not quite as strong as the previous two albums, although it's far from a bad album. The Days of Our Nights is still a little weaker in the knees. Luna Live is a remarkably entertaining live album with some exciting interplay between Wareham and Eden. Justin Harwood quit the band to return to New Zealand while this was being recorded, but new bassist Britta Phillips provides a seamless transition. Romantica is a great album, the strongest since Penthouse. Considering that Dean and Britta were about to start releasing non-Luna albums together and then get married a few years down the line, Pitchfork's assertion that Wareham's improved songwriting had a lot to do with his proximity to the lovely Ms. Phillips seems retroactively justified. Close Cover Before Striking is an EP with a killer version of Kraftwerk's "Neon Lights." Lunified is a post-breakup collections of covers from throughout Luna's career. None of the covered tunes are surprising choices (Suicide, Beat Happening, Wire, Talking Heads, Lee Hazlewood, and so on), but Luna plays them pretty damn well.