13 Most Beautiful….

I was driving home last Thursday and I heard one of my favorite Galaxie 500 tracks playing on KCRW. After the song, the host thanked Dean Wareham & Britta Phillips for joining him in the studio. He proceeded to plug Dean’s new book “Black Postcards: A Rock n Roll Romance” and their upcoming performance at the Ford Amphitheater. I almost wrecked my car trying to write down all the information. Needless to say, I retained all the info and made it back to my computer to buy the tickets without a scratch. The price was a mere $15 a pop. This did not include the $24 we spent on 2 giant subs, 2 bags of chips, one water, and a box of sour gummy worms while there. We are newbies to the venue and did get not the memo that you BRING your food & wine…. preferably in a Trader Joe’s reusable bag. We were very impressed with the amphitheater. It was cozy and intimate, only about 60 seats or so located in the Hollywood hills. Anyway, here’s the scoop on the performance of 13 Most Beautiful… Songs for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests.

“Between 1964 and 1966, Andy Warhol made nearly 500 Screen Tests, each shot on black & white 16mm film in one uninterrupted take. Capturing both luminaries of the Factory scene and those now largely forgotten by time, the short films are mesmerizing for their intimacy and their deceptive simplicity.

Dean and Britta, purveyors of a distinctive musical blend of laconic wordplay and dreamy, swirling pop landscapes, have selected 13 Screen Tests to accompany live, performing a combination of original compositions and cover songs as the films screen behind them. From the plaintive and foreboding instrumental for dancer Freddy Herko, who would fall to his death a few weeks after shooting his film, to a barnburning version of a rare Velvet Underground song for a young Lou Reed, the songs are far more than a mere soundtrack. Throughout the performance, the music, the images, and personalities on screen come together in beautiful, breathtaking ways, never more so than when the band sings, “They said you belonged on the silver screen.” to a luminous wide-eyed close-up of Edie Sedgwick.”

We were blown away by the show. Another reason I love this city. Enjoy the photos.

*Update: Just bought the DVD. Very inspiring. Nice little Dean & Britta extra including band mates Anthony LaMarca and Matt Sumrow.


Lou Reed

Dennis Hopper

2 thoughts on “13 Most Beautiful….”

  1. I can see how Galaxie 500 and the whole Andy Warhol Edie Sedgwick combo thing can play together well. "Another Day" could be the soundtrack for The Factory. Good stuff Mr. Witter.

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