LUNA music essentials...

for the week of 04 MARCH 2014...
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>Real Estate – Atlas CD/LP (Domino)
Real Estate's third long-player,
Atlas, starts 2014 off on the right note. Recorded at Wilco's studio, in Chicago, IL, Atlas expands upon the pastoral lushness of 2011's breakout album Days. Atlas continues hitting with the same catchy confidence that made Days such an enduring listen.
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>Drive-By Truckers – English Oceans CD/LP (ATO)
Drive-By Truckers’ twelfth release is an elegantly balanced and deeply engaged new effort that finds the group refreshed and firing on all cylinders. "It can go from this chainsaw rock 'n' roll to this very delicate, pretty-sounding stuff," says Mike Cooley. (Vinyl edition also available as an ultra-limited "blue bootleg" pressing, if you’re feeling lucky.)
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>The Men – Tomorrow’s Hits CD/LP (Sacred Bones)
Tomorrow’s Hits is The Men’s first album recorded in a high-end studio and, appropriately, the result is their most high fidelity album to date. That being said, it is still an incredibly straightforward record. It is a concise collection of songs that nonetheless expands the band’s ever-evolving musical palette. It’s full of genre-bending risks, but it reinforces the overarching theme that has come to define its makers: The Men are a great rock band.

WIN AN AUTOGRAPHED/HAND-PAINTED TEST PRESSING OF THE NEW ALBUM BY THE MEN!
Pop by the shop and put your name in the hat for the awesomely "signed" (more like painted by the band) test pressing of the new Men record!
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>Nick Waterhouse – Holly CD/LP (Innovative Leisure)
Nick Waterhouse was born in 1986 and grew up in Huntington Beach, known predominantly for surf culture and tanning salons. He established his musical sensibilities in the middle of the burgeoning southern California psych-garage scene (Burger records, Ty Segall, McHugh's Distillery studio) while retaining his unique perspective on the spirit of American rhythm & blues and rock & roll. His latest work,
Holly, is a more mature take on the style of his early foray.
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>Linda Perhacs – The Soul Of All Natural Things CD/LP (Asthmatic Kitty)
Linda Perhacs’ 1970 debut
Parallelograms was created in the heart of hippy country, L.A.’s Topanga Canyon, by a dental hygienist who was inspired by nature and by the cultural revolution going on around her. When the album was finished, it sounded like a masterpiece, but the label had pressed it so poorly, sales were non-existent. Obscurity beckoned. But in the internet age obscurity can be discreetly transformed into a kind of niche immortality. By 2003, Parallelograms had become a cult album. And slowly, Perhacs began making music again. In 2010, she connected with a new generation of L.A. musicians attuned to her vision, and began recording new material. Includes collaborations with Ramona Gonzalez (Nite Jewel) and Julia Holter.

WIN AN AUTOGRAPHED COPY OF LINDA'S NEW ALBUM!
Pop by the shop and put your name in the hat for this lovely autographed LP!
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>Holly Golightly And The Brokeoffs – All Her Fault CD/LP (Transdreamer)
Don’t expect
All Her Fault to sound radically different from their earlier releases. It’s still a raw, rough-hewn stew of twisted roots music forged by the duo’s distinct musical interests — Golightly listens to late ’50s/early ’60s R&B and her partner Lawyer Dave loves rock & roll. "I’m not looking to achieve something that hasn’t been achieved before," she confesses. "We just do what we do. The songs are really all that changes."
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>Arthur Beatrice – Working Out CD/LP (Harvest)
New album from the London band ironically named after the star of
The Golden Girls. Their debut single, "Midland," drew comparisons to the xx, Warpaint, and the Sundays and the band went on to feature in the The Guardian’s ‘Bands To Watch’ column.
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>Eagulls – Eagulls CD/LP (Partisan)
Since forming in 2009, Leeds UK-based Eagulls have become synonymous with a discontented, disillusioned kind of anger, molded into bullets of post punk that's rife with urgency and aggression. Though they admit to 'lighter moments' on the record, compared to their live show, on the whole it's a gloomy affair.
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>Eternal Summers – The Drop Beneath CD/LP (Kanine)
Third album from the Roanoke, VA-based power-pop, dream-punk trio, produced by Doug Gillard (Guided By Voices, Nada Surf).
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>Various Artists - Warfaring Strangers: Darkscorch Canticles CD/LP (Numero)
On this collection, medieval Bonham thunk and febrile Iommi guitar leads crowd out the bluesy Americana that foregrounded those bands, replacing hippie pastoralism with mythology, armored conflict, sorcery, and doom. From legions of occult-obsessive 1970s bonehead teens, Numero summoned a horde of 16 bands, cloaked in eons of tortured obscurity, whose sole release amounts to a blistering chapter ripped free of rock's lumbering mythos.