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: 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”: