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DEAN WAREHAM -- Debut Solo Album Out March 11

posted Feb 26, 2014, 7:00 AM by Vu Nguyen   [ updated Feb 26, 2014, 10:39 AM ]
On March 11 Dean Wareham releases his first ever solo album via Double Feature (in the USA) and Sonic Cathedral (in Europe). Titled Dean Wareham, it features 9 songs produced by Jim James (My Morning Jacket), recorded at James' house in Louisville, Kentucky. James also contributes keyboards, electric guitars and backing vocals. 

The first single from the album, "Holding Pattern" is now available via iTunes and Dean Wareham is now available for pre-order. Consequence of Sound said of "Holding Pattern": "As he's done throughout his career...Wareham plumbs the depths of his own inner workings for inspiration. Even amid the larger-than-life machinations of lush, almost celestial synths and the deliberate rumbling of guitars, Wareham's own personal turmoil is the real source of gravity. Lost in the big, black emptiness, he's just looking to find an actual place (both physically and emotionally) to finally call home. Even without a foreseeable happy ending and his unshakable cynicism, it's hard to not get caught up in the interstellar journey."

Dean has announced a North American tour.  The dates kick off on April 1 in Atlanta, GA and end on April 12 in St. Paul, MN.  He will play New York City's Bowery Ballroom on April 5.  Previous to the tour Wareham is confirmed to play the Big Ears Festival in Knoxville, TN which is being held March 28-30.  The complete tour is listed below and more dates are being confirmed.


Praise for Wareham' s 2013 EP, Emancipated Hearts:


Pitchfork: it's stunning how much life (and death) Wareham spreads over these tracks, and makes these tiny whispers of songs feel like the biggest secret anyone's ever told you.


Rolling Stone: 3.5 stars,

"one of the great New York guitar sophisticates"


NME: 8 out of 10,

"just six tracks, yet more complete than most full albums we've heard this year."


Dean Wareham Tour

March 28-30 - Big Ears Festival, Knoxville, TN

4/1 - Atlanta, GA -  the Earl

4/3 - Carrboro NC -  Cat's Cradle

4/4 - Washington DC -  U Street

4/5 - New York, NY -  Bowery Ballroom

4/6 - Philadelphia, PA -  Boot & Saddle

4/9 -  Toronto, ON -  Horseshoe Tavern

4/10 - Ferndale ,MI - Magic Bag

4/11 -  Chicago, IL -  Old Town School of Music

4/12 -  St Paul,MN -  Turf Club


Dean Wareham
track list

1. The Dancer Disappears
2. Beat the Devil
3. Heartless People
4. My Eyes Are Blue
5. Love is Not A Roof Against the Rain
6. Holding Pattern
7. I Can Only Give My All
8. Babes in the Wood
9. Happy & Free

Dean Wareham, is counted as one of the original voices of American indie rock, his band
Galaxie 500 emerging from Boston in 1988 and making three celebrated albums for Rough Trade (recently reissued on Domino Records). "Galaxie 500 were the ultimate cult group," wrote Bookforum,"a band who set the stage for the indie scene of the 21st Century." His next band Luna recorded seven albums for Elektra and Beggar's Banquet (including Penthouse, on Rolling Stone's list of best albums of the 90s), followed by three albums as Dean & Britta (with Britta Phillips). In 2013 he released a 6-song EP,
Emancipated Hearts. His songs have been covered by Beck, Ryan Adams, and Joanna Gruesome.

Wareham is also a writer, he contributes to Salon and the Talkhouse, and his memoir
Black Postcards is now a Penguin paperback. He recently appeared acting in the Noah Baumbach film Frances Ha.

Born in New Zealand, and having spent most of his life in New York City, he currently lives in Los Angeles.