Posted: August 11, 2020 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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For Record Store Day 2020, we are releasing a limited edition LP of Galaxie 500’s COPENHAGEN. This will be available from stores that participate in Record Store Day only, please contact your favourite Store! Release date: August 29th.

To celebrate, 20 bands will be posting videos covering Galaxie 500 songs.

Earlier this year, a concert of covers of Galaxie 500 songs was planned for Record Store Day at Rough Trade Brooklyn, to coincide with the release of “Copenhagen” on vinyl and the launch of a limited edition Dogfish Head Galaxie 500 beer. The event unfortunately didn’t happen due to the pandemic, but some of the performers are recording home videos which we’re presenting online, prior to the rescheduled “RSD Drop” of the vinyl on August 29th.

20 videos will be seen on this page, adding one each weekday from August 3rd to August 28th.

Jeanines [Brooklyn] Jed: “I fell instantly for Galaxie 500 at age 20. They were simple and complex simultaneously, just like the Velvet Underground, which is probably the only band I’ve tried to rip off more.”.

Xiu Xiu [Los Angeles]: “We mention Galaxie 500’s On Fire by name in a song called ‘Dr. Troll’ on our first album. The closing lines of that song being ‘Listen to On Fire and pretend someone could love you.’ On Fire ends with ‘Isn’t it a Pity’ and their masterful and impassioned take on it has never failed to shred my heart to ribbons, even more now than then.”

Deadbeat Beat [Detroit]: “We recorded our cover in masks with one microphone in a garage. Our video is interspersed with footage taken on our phones throughout the past year.”

The Feelies have covered a lot of Velvet Underground songs over the last 40 years and they’ve even done whole VU tribute shows. One song they’ve never covered, though, is “Here She Comes Now.” Feelies frontman Glenn Mercer now has, however, as part of the month-long Galaxie 500 tribute that’s leading up to the Record Store Day reissue of Galaxie 500’s “Copenhagen Live” album on August 29th. It’s a bit of a cheat for Glenn, but Galaxie 500 did cover the song as a bonus track for their third and final album, “This is Our Music”, and it’s also on “Copenhagen Live”.

In addition to the bands who were planning to perform in Brooklyn, there are a few “out-of-town” favourites, both younger bands and some Galaxie 500 contemporaries:

Circuit des Yeux, Deadbeat Beat, Rachel Haden, Hamilton (British Sea Power), Jeanines, Calvin Johnson, Kiwi Jr, Mark Lanegan & Dylan Carlson, Alan Licht & Rebecca Odes (Love Child), Barbara Manning, Mark & Evelyn (Mark Robinson of Unrest, Evelyn Hurley of Blast Off Country Style), Glenn Mercer (of the Feelies), Mercury Rev, Stephin Merritt (the Magnetic Fields), Thurston Moore, the Natvral (Kip Berman of The Pains of Being Pure At Heart), Papercuts, Real Estate, Surfer Blood, Versus, Winter, Xiu Xiu, plus a few surprises.

This series of videos (and the original event) was curated by David Newgarden, WFMU radio director in the 80s/90s, and longtime manager of Guided By Voices and Yoko Ono. The limited edition Galaxie 500 beer will be making its delayed debut at the Dogfish Head brewpub in Rehoboth Beach at the end of August.

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