From The Desk Of Dean & Britta: “Yoga For People Who Can’t Be Bothered To Do It”

deanbritta120f1Dean 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.

geoffdyer3202Dean: Geoff Dyer‘s book Yoga For People Who Can’t Be Bothered To Do It is not about yoga. It is a collection of personal essays, almost travel writing: funny dispatches from Amsterdam, Tripoli, Cambodia, New Orleans, Detroit and other places. Listen to an interview with Dyer here.

From The Desk Of Dean & Britta: Opal

deanbritta120f1Dean 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.

opal_band_photoDean: Opal is the band that became Mazzy Star, but with Kendra Smith (of the Dream Syndicate) on vocals instead of Hope Sandoval. They were around in the mid-’80s and were part of the West Coast scene known as the Paisley Underground. They put out two essential albums: the acoustic Early Recordings (a 1989 compilation of early EPs) and 1987’s heavier Happy Nightmare Baby.

“Hear The Wind Blow”:
http://magnetmagazine.com/audio/HeartTheWindBlow.mp3

From The Desk Of Dean & Britta: Bread Pudding

deanbritta120f1Dean 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.

bread_pudding365Britta: Bread pudding has become a specialty of mine. Whenever Luna played in New Orleans, we always found time to eat at Mother’s. And we’d always end the meal with their delicious bread pudding. At the airport on our way out of town one time, I found myself in the bookstore fingering through New Orleans cookbooks. I found a recipe for bread pudding with bourbon sauce that looked like it would taste pretty great and copied it quickly onto a piece of paper. (I didn’t have much use for any of the other recipes.) When I got home, I tried it out, adding the zest of a lemon. It was a hit. Recipe after the jump.

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From The Desk Of Dean & Britta: The Sand Pebbles

deanbritta120f1Dean 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.

sandpebbles540Dean: 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):
http://magnetmagazine.com/audio/WildSeason.mp3

From The Desk Of Dean & Britta: Spectrum

deanbritta120f1Dean 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.

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Britta: Why? Because they’re back on tour and they were the best band I saw at last year’s All Tomorrow’s Parties! Spectrum is Sonic Boom‘s band. Sonic was in Spacemen 3 before he went on to form Spectrum. I was a big fan of both bands when I lived in London back in the early ’90s. I really got to know Sonic around the time Dean and I made our first album together, L’Avventura. Sonic really liked it and offered to do some remixes for us. We jumped at the chance and the result was the Sonic Souvenirs EP, which came out beautifully. (Sonic Souvenirs is out of print, so we included a few tracks on our re-release of L’Avventura.) Since then, we’ve gotten to know Sonic very well. He’s been our houseguest when he comes to New York and vice versa. He played on Back Numbers and he’s played with us live. Last September, I got to see Spectrum for the first time when they opened for us at the Knitting Factory. I was totally blown away. So much so that I caught a ride with them to the ATP festival, where they were playing the next night. Spectrum was the best band I saw there. (I heard J Mascis said the same.) Sonic has one of the coolest and most original voices, and his band is primal and truly exciting. It is rare and thrilling to see a friend transform into a rock star.

Sonic Boom’s “Lonely Avenue” from 1990’s Spectrum< (download here):

From The Desk Of Dean & Britta: Pittsburgh Signs Project

deanbritta120f1Dean 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.

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Dean: Jennifer Baron, Greg Langel, Mark Stroup and Elizabeth Perry just released Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs Of Western Pennsylvania, a beautiful and humorous picture book of the American landscape. It features photographs of signs in Western Pennsylvania in varying states of disrepair.

From The Desk Of Dean & Britta: “Another Bullshit Night In Suck City”

deanbritta120f1Dean 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.

nickflynn366Dean: Monique Truong recommended Another Bullshit Night In Suck City to me, and it is the best memoir I have read. It’s set largely in Boston in the 1980s. Author Nick Flynn worked nights at a homeless shelter, where he wound up meeting his own father. He also frequents a nightclub called Chet’s Last Call, where Galaxie 500 started out. Listen to a 2007 interview with Flynn here.

From The Desk Of Dean & Britta: Todd Barry

deanbritta120f1Dean 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.

barry540cBritta: 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:
http://magnetmagazine.com/audio/OldNavyShortShop.mp3

From The Desk Of Dean & Britta: “Badlands”

deanbritta120f1Dean 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.

badlands540cDean: Made in 1973, Terence Malick’s Badlands is a beautiful film starring Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek. It’s a retelling of the Starkweather killing spree of the 1950s. The music is great, too. Seems every time we meet with a director about a film score, the music in Badlands gets mentioned. The signature piece of music, “Gassenhauer,” is by Carl Orff.

Carl Orff’s “Gassenhauer”:
http://magnetmagazine.com/audio/gassenhauer.mp3

From The Desk Of Dean & Britta: La Blogotheque – The Take Away Shows

deanbritta120f1Dean 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: Vincent Moon is the man behind La Blogotheque – The Take Away Shows. We did two videos with him a couple of years ago.

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.”