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Wareham's favorites, past and present

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March 9, 2008

Musician Dean Wareham shares suggestions for essential tracks from his former bands, Galaxie 500 and Luna, and his current duo, Dean & Britta.

Galaxie 500 (left): My favorite Galaxie 500 album is the first one, "Today," recorded in three days at Noise New York and produced by Kramer. It contains my favorite Galaxie 500 songs: "Temperature's Rising," "Tugboat," and our interpretation of Jonathan Richman's "Don't Let Our Youth Go to Waste." We had no idea how to make a record, but somehow this turned out special.

Luna (above): My favorite Luna disc is our third, "Penthouse," a sparkly, moody album that works from track one all the way to track 11. Tom Verlaine of Television and Laetitia Sadier of Stereolab make guest appearances. I am also fond of the final Luna album, "Rendezvous." I didn't love it when we were recording it because the band was on the verge of breaking apart, but with hindsight I think it is one of our best. It captures the band live in studio with minimal overdubs.

Dean & Britta (inset): I am very proud of "L'Avventura," a record that was recorded somewhat haphazardly, without a clear plan, but finished with Tony Visconti at the mixing desk. And I am really liking "Variations," an EP of remixes of our songs that has just been released only in digital formats (iTunes, Amazon, and Rhapsody).

- JOAN ANDERMAN

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