Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips are New York City’s most effortless mod couple, a duo whose sleek, icily romantic pop can serve as both sophisticated art-gallery soundtrack and lovey-dovey fireplace music. In the four years since the breakup of former band Luna, Wareham and Phillips have pursued boutique careers in the best possible sense: in literature, film, fashion and the music business. Fittingly, their latest project, 13 Most Beautiful … Songs For Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests, sets a series of Warhol’s short films to music. The couple will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all this week. Read our Q&A with Dean & Britta.
Vincent shot the first video on our apartment building’s rickety old staircase. We played “The Sun is Still Sunny” (originally written as instrumental score for The Squid And The Whale):
Then we performed “Knives From Bavaria” in the subway station with our vibes player. Security told us we couldn’t videotape, so Vincent dropped his arm with the camera in it and kept shooting. The view is mostly of my calves (I read somewhere that he loved Dean’s face and my legs):
I saw Vincent chasing a very old couple around last year’s All Tomorrow’s Parties festival, which was held at Kutsher’s Country Club in upstate New York. Kutsher’s is part of the Borscht Belt in the Catskills, and it’s also where Dirty Dancing was filmed. The old couple said they had read about the festival in the paper and were there “to look at all the beautiful people.”