LUNA music essentials...
for the week of 18 MARCH 2014...
These tunes reveal a careful and thrilling reinvention of the sound that's become The War On Drugs' trademark. The signature meld of long tones and scattershot layers still stands, with phantom drum machines and organ lines dotting the musical middle distance all across Lost In The Dream.
Freddie Gibbs is the product of violent, drug-laden streets but unlike most rappers with similar resumes, he brings the block to the booth without inhibition or an exaggerated rap persona. Piñata, a 17-track collaboration with producer Madlib, is the best distillation yet of his transparent approach to making music, combining an at times stark honesty with electrifying talent as a lyricist and performer. Guests include Danny Brown, Mac Miller, Earl Sweatshirt, Raekwon, and Scarface.
Sisyphus is the new name for the collaboration between Serengeti, Son Lux, and Sufjan Stevens (formally s/s/s), whose new project under this moniker is a self-titled album partly inspired by the art of Jim Hodges, and commissioned by the Walker Art Center and The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra's Liquid Music series in Minneapolis/Saint Paul.
For years, Tycho was the solo musical alias of graphic designer Scott Hansen/ISO 50, but for Awake, a three-piece band has joined him. Relating closer to post-rock than ambient soundscapes, the record is situated in the present, sounding more like Hansen than drawing from his influences.
Atlanta's favorite sons Black Lips present their first full length in three years. Recorded at a variety of locations over the course of 2013, the twelve songs boast a stable of studio collaborators whose pedigree speaks to how much the band has grown and sonically matured over the course of their career.
New album from the underground music icon. On Images 13, Dex, his sister Sara and his lecherous slithery Silvertone take you through haunted neon-lit alleys full of pulp fiction juvey rock, should-have-been sci-fi TV theme songs and greasy denim ‘50s hipster jive.
As a member of North Mississippi All Stars, Luther Dickinson may have innovated blues and boogie rock but he is also an acutely observant songwriter. The new album tells the story of a guy growing into a life in music. Rock And Roll Blues is not punk, but it does maintain a similarly hardcore DIY ethos.
Mirrors The Sky is the debut album by 25-year-old London songwriter Lyla Foy. Lyla started as a solo artist in 2012 under the name Wall, garnering acclaim from Black Cab Sessions, BBC Radio (Steve Lamacq declared "Magazine" his favorite song of the year), and Pitchfork (who praised Lyla's haunting cover of Karen Dalton's "Something On Your Mind," and spotlighted 2013's Shoestring EP). Lyla Foy's hypnotically hushed songs have come quite a long way over the past two years.
Perfect Pussy are one of the boldest and most intriguing projects to surface in recent years, garnering widespread critical acclaim following the release of a four song EP, "I Have Lost All Desire For Feeling." Veiled beneath layers of exquisitely abrasive noise, frontwoman Meredith Graves' lyrics are disarming, brutally honest and poetic, possessing a feverish intensity that can only be matched by her electric stage presence. Hailing from Syracuse, NY, the band is comprised of members from the local punk and hardcore community.
"Supermodel largely echoes the Torches template of blissfully blending genres into a churning whirlpool of euphoric pop: most tracks are overflowing with trademark sky-scraping synths, star-cradling melodies, and distorted guitars. Ultimately this is an unashamedly vibrant collection of variegated pop songs best enjoyed during a dancefloor freak-out." -- Clash Music
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Having formed in 1982, the highly influential Santa Cruz hardcore legend: BL’AST! released their first album, The Power Of Expression in 1985. This debut album went on to become one of the highly sought after "must have" hardcore albums from the ‘80s.
Double-disc reissue of Buckner’s 1994 debut album, expanded with a disc of radio sessions, live performances and original recordings of songs that appeared on future releases. Pitchfork called it "A traditional outsider-country record in the lineage of Townes Van Zandt. Buckner's voice is all honey & oak, his guitar style elaborately twanging, his constant subject matter heartache."
After three albums and an EP on Homestead, Death Of Samantha reunited the original line up and recorded If Memory Serves Us Well while rehearsing for a reunion show. 18 songs later, it's a collection that spans the career of the band, from 1984-1990. The band's iconoclastic approach inspired, among others, Robert Pollard of Guided By Voices, Thurston Moore, and Mark Lanegan. All three contribute liner notes, along with esteemed critic Byron Coley