One of my major personal musical discoveries happened back in the early nineties when I was working at a Lexington, Kentucky record store called Slipped Disc. We had a stack of promo CDs behind the counter which I would randomly put in when I had forgotten to bring my own music, or wanted to hear something new. One day I came across an album called BEWITCHED by a band named Luna, and playing it that first time took me to a place only a handful of groups had ever successfully done before. Centered on the incredibly intelligent lyrics of Galaxie 500 founder Dean Wareham and the majestic guitar interplay between him and Sean Eden, Luna glistened whereas most American bands of the nineties simply plodded on.
I followed the band after that fateful day of being floored by BEWITCHED through the rest of their career, until their eventual break up a couple of years ago. Luna remains one of the essential bands of the past thirty years and, along with Paul Westerberg, Dean Wareham is one of the true last great figures in rock music. Although, much like the great Replacements founder, he is rarely credited as such.
Last year a remarkable film came out called TELL ME DO YOU MISS ME, which chronicled Luna on their last tour. I have been meaning to write about the film as it is a favorite from the past several years, and one that I didn't think got enough attention.
Recently while reading the Mobius film board, I came across some really nice words written about my Nastassja Kinski blog written by a Matthew Buzzell. The name was familiar, and I managed to track him down on MySpace to send him a thank you note. I quickly connected the dots and realized that Matthew Buzzell was the director of none other than the film I had been thinking to write on, TELL ME YOU LOVE ME. Long story short...I have had several very friendly correspondences with Matthew and I will be paying tribute to his wonderful film later this week. I hope to also have some commentary from Matthew himself on it as well, if all goes according to plan.
There is something really special about music that you discover in your early twenties, and Luna remains a band I feel a strong connection to. I am really excited about getting to pay tribute to them and a really wonderful under-appreciated film at the same time. My post on TELL ME DO YOU MISS ME will appear late next week or sooner.
Regular posts will continue here at Moon In The Gutter as well.