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.
Britta: Todd Barry played Mickey Rourke’s boss at the supermarket in The Wrestler. I loved the movie and thought Todd was great. I met Todd back in 2000 through a friend. Then I met him again through my bandmate in Luna, Sean Eden. He is a man about town. He is a stand-up comedian. He is a very funny, very dry stand-up comedian. Before he was a stand-up comedian, he was a drummer, which is how he met Sean. Now, I find out after all these years that he is also a very talented actor. He also guest-starred as himself, Todd Barry the bongo player, on the Flight Of The Conchords season finale last year. He’s going to get so famous that I won’t be able to talk to him. I will miss you, Todd.
“Old Navy, Short Shop” from 2008’s From Heaven: