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.
Dean: The Sand Pebbles are my favorite Australian band and one of my favorite bands anywhere. We met them when bassist Christmas Hollow interviewed us a few years ago for ¡Tarantula!, their great webzine. He sent me a copy of their 2004 album, Ghost Transmissions, and I was floored by how good it was. There’s a very funny video on their MySpace site of an old German guy discovering the Sand Pebbles on the radio. We released A Thousand Wild Flowers, a Sand Pebbles compilation, on our Double Feature label last month.
“Wild Season” (download):