I first saw The Make-Up in Northampton, MA, in the summer of 1999. Everyone I knew at the time was really into them, and when I saw Ian Svenonius, I was like, “Who the hell is this guy? Does he think he’s Iggy Pop or something?” He was like a gospel singer/punk rocker heading up an indie rock religious revival. I’ve since become a huge fan of his segments on Soft Focus. Stereogum says he’s getting the band back together at the All Tomorrow’s Parties I’ll Be Your Mirror Festival in the UK in May.
From yesterday, on the Paris Review‘s blog, read Dean Wareham’s account of playing his Galaxie 500 oeuvre in Tokyo, 20 years after he was initially supposed to (he had quit the band, and the promoter didn’t know). I’ve been reading his tour diaries on the Luna and Dean and Britta sites since the early 2000s, so it was cool to find this up there. His book, Black Postcards, is excellent, too, if you’re looking for a brutally honest rock ‘n roll memoir.