Things didn't work out especially well the last time Dean Wareham came West.
"Why can't we smile just like we used to?" the singer-guitarist asks in "California (All the Way)," by his beloved New York guitar band Luna. A highlight from the group's 1994 album "Bewitched," the tune charts the slow disintegration of a couple's relationship after the woman follows the man to California — and then promptly drives him crazy.
Two decades later, the veteran musician has returned to the West Coast, minus the drama.
"I actually found it pretty easy," he said of his recent move to Los Angeles. Sitting in the tree-shaded backyard of...