LUNA music essentials...

for the week of 25 may 2015
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>Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Multi-Love CD/LP (Jagjaguwar)
On
Multi-Love, Unknown Mortal Orchestra frontman and multi-instrumentalist Ruban Nielson reflects on relationships: airy, humid longing, loss, the geometry of desire that occurs when three people align. Where Nielson addressed the pain of being alone on II, Multi-Love takes on the complications of being together. Multi-Love adds dimensions to the band's already kaleidoscopic approach, with Nielson exploring a newfound appreciation for synthesizers. The new songs channel the spirit of psych innovators without ignoring the last 40 years of music, forming a flowing, cohesive whole that reflects restless creativity. Cosmic escapes and disco rhythms speak to developing new vocabulary, while Nielson's vocals reach powerful new heights. (For you collectors: limited copies were pressed on pink vinyl.)
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>Thee Oh Sees = Mutilator Defeated At Last CD/LP (Castle Face)
New album from the San Francisco-based garage rockers. Here we have nine muscular tunes primed to pummel. Last year's
Drop was more schizophrenic, ranging from heavy to whimsical and back; Mutilator Defeated At Last has more in common with the monolithic hugeness of Floating Coffin. Synths and acoustic guitars wind throughout the album like veins of gold through granite. Any and all that stands in its way will be devoured and assimilated.
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>Thee Tsunamis – Saturday Night Sweetheart CD/LP (Magnetic South Recordings)
More street-grit than surfside, Thee Tsunamis are a rock 'n' roll joyride with Tura Satana at the wheel. On their debut full-length
Saturday Night Sweetheart, the trio blends girl-group bubblegum with feral punk, hugging every hairpin turn of Kim Fowley's twisted, trashbucket heart along the way. With jagged harmonies over fuzz-crusted pop hooks, theirs is the sound of Brill Building teen-sploitation with bloodier results.
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>Swans – Filth [Reissue/1983] 3xCD (Young God)
Expanded reissue package constitutes a definitive picture of Swans in the years 1982-1983/4. Disc One feature the Swans' original debut LP
Filth from 1983, with the line up of M.Gira, Norman Westberg, Roli Mosimann, Harry Crosby, and Jonathan Kane. Also features versions of "Strip/Burn," "Heatsheet," "Blackout," "Clay Man," "Stay Here," and "Weakling," all recorded live. Disc Two includes Body To Body material comprised of various studio outtakes and live recordings 1982-85, with a nine-minute version of "Raping A Slave," recorded live in Berlin, 1984 (originally released with Filth on YGD-11) while Disc Three features the Debut 12'' EP #1, originally released in 1982, plus additional live performances from NYC and London.
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>Ryan Adams – Heartbreaker [Reissue/2000] CD/2xLP (Pax Americana)
Adams' debut solo album has been in and out of print many times, but is here reissued on his own Pax Am imprint.
for the week of 18 may 2015
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>Shamir – Ratchet CD/LP (XL)
Shamir is Shamir Bailey, a 20-year-old Las Vegas native who grew up not on the strip but in the desert. His verve for life makes him almost impossible to categorize. As a young musician, he moves in and out of soul, R&B, house, disco, rap, and pop – in the tradition of artists like Prince, Grace Jones, David Bowie, and Madonna. Genre is a tool for Shamir, not a boundary. Or as Shamir would put it, "It doesn't matter what you sound like – you just have to be you."
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>Jim O'Rourke – Simple Songs CD/LP (Drag City)
Full of the vast, glossy and glittering O'Rourkian wall of sound he's known for,
Simple Songs seeps into your brain, as a musical expression and a statement of animal motherhood. It may help you get your bearings in a world gone hopeless. Most of all though, don't hate this or he'll go away again for another decade.
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>Faith No More – Sol Invictus CD (Ipecac)
Sol Invictus is Faith No More's seventh album, and first since 1997's Album Of The Year. Vinyl version due July 7. "Considering this album had little odds of coming about years ago, it's insufficient to say "Sol Invictus" is worth the wait. It's a brand new beginning with a brand new vibe that's still Faith No More in soul. It's not King For A Day, Fool For A Lifetime, but Sol Invictus is that damned good on its own merits. In some ways, it's the most mind-blowing performance under the moniker. As the closing number asserts, Faith No More is back from the dead, thank God." – Blabbermouth
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>Hot Chip – Why Make Sense? CD/LP+MP3 (Domino)
With
Why Make Sense? Hot Chip restate their intentions as a band and redefine the very things that made them relevant in the first place. It shuns modernist dancefloor tropes in order to flick through the dusty corners of the band's teenage record collections. Alternately jarring and chaotic, pared back, thundering, then pulsating and gloriously mellifluous, the album confidently displays its influences. Available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe adds the four-track Separate EP.
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>Ceremony – The L-Shaped Man CD/LP+MP3 (Matador)
Ceremony's fifth studio album uses singer Ross Farrar's recent breakup as a platform to explore loneliness and emotional weariness, but it is by no means a purely sad album. Rather than look inward, Farrar uses his experience to write about what it means to go through something heavy and come out the other side a different person. In order to tell Farrar's story, Ceremony have almost completely stripped back the propulsive hardcore of their previous records, turning every angry outburst into simmering despair. (Limited copies pressed on seafoam vinyl.)
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>The Helio Sequence – The Helio Sequence CD/LP+MP3 (Sub Pop)
The self-titled sixth album by The Helio Sequence began with a friendly competition. Several of the duo's friends within the Portland, Oregon music scene had been playing "The 20-Song Game." The rules were simple, playful and ambitious: Songwriters would arrive in their studios at prearranged times and spend all day recording 20 complete songs. When they were finished, they'd have a party, listen to the results and talk about the process — of taking the good with the bad, of letting creativity push past constraint, of simply making music in the moment. Brandon Summers and Benjamin Weikel took the spirit of the "The 20-Song Game" to heart, and forged ahead writing a new record. In May of 2014, inspired by the "20-Song Game", they began arriving each morning in their Portland space — housed in the cafeteria and break room of an old warehouse — with the mission of making as much music as possible in one month.
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>Vaadat Charigim – Sinking As A Stone CD (Burger)
Second album from Israeli shoegaze/dream-pop trio. Vinyl version due July 10.
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>Holly Herndon – Platform CD/LP+MP3 (4AD)
Holly Herndon has become a leading light in contemporary alternative and electronic music by fearlessly experimenting within the outer reaches of dance music and pop songwriting structures. Born in Tennessee, but reared on music abroad, Herndon broke out from her formative years in Berlin's minimal techno scene to repatriate to San Francisco, where she currently lives and studies as a doctoral candidate at Stanford's Center for Computer Research In Music and Acoustics (CCRMA).
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>Tanlines – Highlights CD/LP (True Panther Sounds)
Influenced by the band's time on the road touring for their critically lauded debut,
Mixed Emotions, Tanlines have reached for the sounds of the '90s New York hip-hop drums, Detroit techno synths, and lots of guitars.
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>The Milk Carton Kids – Monterey CD/LP+MP3 (Anti/Epitaph)
With their third album
Monterey, The Milk Carton Kids have evolved their signature sound into its purest essence. Writing on the road, sitting around after shows in green rooms and hallways, these duo found themselves finishing and editing each other s songs, resulting in a batch of songs where, for the first time in the band s career, friends and family cannot tell who wrote what. And for all the attention the duo received for combining into one voice, on Monterey we finally hear the singers as distinct; the acclaimed harmonies move farther apart so that the quirks and kinks of two individual identities emerge, the harmonies all the while remaining lush and soaring, their beauty all the more apparent for the showing of their scars.
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>Corrina Repp – Pattern Of Electricity CD (Caldo Verde)
Corrina Repp is a singer/multi-instrumentalist based in Portland, Oregon. In the early 2000s she recorded three albums before drawing the attention of Mark Kozelek (Red House Painters, Sun Kil Moon), who decided to release her fourth album –
The Absent And The Distant – on his label (Repp was the first artist apart from Kozelek's projects to appear on Caldo Verde). Pattern Of Electricity was recorded with help from Peter Broderick, and is her first album in almost ten years.
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>Joanna Gruesome – Peanut Butter CD (Slumberland)
Rival groups will be disappointed to learn that the record is a further experiment in combining hyper melodic pop music with sonic violence. Officials have confirmed that the album contains a record number of hooks, traces of nut and elements of jangle pop, British hardcore punk, atonal music, screaming and drone organs. Vinyl version due July 10.
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>PAUL WELLER - Saturns Pattern (Indie Exclusive 180-Gram RED Vinyl) LP
This is a new album was recorded in Weller's own Black Barn Studio and produced by Jan "Stan" Kybert (Oasis, Bjork, Massive Attack, etc.). Grab that red now, they are limited to only 2000 copies WORLDWIDE!
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>Saun & Starr – Look Closer CD/LP+MP3 (Daptone)
Some of you may recognize Saundra Williams and Starr Duncan Lowe from their days singing backup for Sharon Jones. Saun & Starr now share their own brand of vintage soul with their debut album, titled
Look Closer. Like a two-headed Phoenix rising from the ashes of a bygone era when the duets of Sam & Dave, James & Bobby Purify, and Marvin & Tammi danced upon the airwaves, Saun & Starr have redefined the possibilities of what a great Soul duo can be. Though they each posess a tone and style that commands attention, together their voices compliment each other perfectly, lifting their sound to elevations neither could reach alone –– harmonies and phrases playfully intertwining to form the architecture for a soulful fortress of vocal prowess.
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>Talk In Tongues – Alone With A Friend CD/LP (Fairfax Recordings)
Alone With A Friend is the debut album from L.A.-based modern psychedelic shoegaze outfit Talk In Tongues. The record demonstrates the band's handle on a wide swath of sounds and textures, and reflects on their influences which range from Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd to early Creation bands like Ride and The Jesus & Mary Chain.
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>Murs – Have A Nice A Life CD (Strange Music)
New album from the rapper. "Murs has put in nearly two decades of work, worked with countless high-profile groups and individuals over the years and established himself as an underground legend. Regardless, his signing to indie powerhouse Strange Music ushers in a new era for the West Coast mainstay, leading to a tremendous amount of well-deserved hype for his label debut
Have A Nice Life." – KJ Booth
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>Nick Cave And Warren Ellis – Present: Loin Des Hommes [OST] CD/LP (Goliath Entertainment)
Original score to David Olehoffen's prize-winning motion picture composed by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis.
Loin Des Hommes (Far From Men) is a French film adaptation of Albert Camus' short story The Guest. Using intertwining piano and violin melodies, soft drones and subtle electronics, Cave and Ellis paint a minimal and mesmerizing backdrop to the ghostly frontier towns and empty desert vistas pictured in Olehoffen's movie, which stars Viggo Mortensen and Reda Kateb in a tale of colonial conflict in Algeria.
for the week of 11 may 2015
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>Surfer Blood – 1000 Psalms CD/LP (Joyful Noise)
1000 Palms marks a return to Surfer Blood's DIY ethos. Abandoning the big time studio, the band decided to head back home to self-record and self-produce their third full-length album. Free of major-label-influence, Surfer Blood have delivered a uniquely compelling album, unlike anything in their catalog.
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>Pfarmers – Gunnera CD/LP (Jurassic Pop)
Pfarmers is the new project from Danny Seim (Menomena, Lackthereof), Bryan Devendorf (The National), and Dave Nelson (David Byrne & St. Vincent, Sufjan Stevens). According to Seim, "The record is about a dream I had where I'm reluctantly accepting a fear of drowning by focusing on being reincarnated as a giant Gunnera plant, which thrive on the banks of rivers (specifically the Jordan River i.e. the Biblical promised land) after I paint myself gold and sink to the bottom like the El Dorado of South American folklore."
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>Wes MontgomeryIN THE BEGINNING 2xCD/3xLP+MP3 (Resonance Records)
In the Beginning features newly discovered studio recordings of Wes Montgomery spanning from 1949 to 1958, the formative years when the six-string virtuoso was honing his craft in southern Indiana.
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>The Tallest Man On Earth – Dark Bird Is Home CD/LP (Dead Oceans)
Dark Bird Is Home doesn't feel like it came from one time, one place, or one tape machine. The songs and sounds were captured in various countries, studios, and barns, and they carry a weatherworn quality, some dirt and some grit. If you're a fan of The Tallest Man On Earth, Dark Bird pays real tribute to the old records you fell for, and goes new places you're going to love as well. Reliably, the melodies and arrangements are sturdy and classic, like old cars and tightly wound clocks. The lyrics and their delivery are both comforting and alarming, like tall trees and wide hills. The other musicians and layers on this recording put a wide lens on familiar themes. Fear and darkness, sleep or lack of it, dreams in the dark and in the light. Moving, leaving, going. Distance and short stops, long straight lines, temporal places.
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>Rhett Miller – The Traveller CD/LP (ATO)
Rhett Miller is the lead singer of boozy raucous rockers The Old 97's. His latest album,
The Traveler, showcases a relentless and seemingly ageless songwriter honed by years on the road. "Rhett Miller didn't record The Traveler with his usual band, Old 97's, but that doesn't mean that the alt-country lifer went totally solo. This time, he got an assist from Portland's Black Prairie, a bluegrass six-piece that shares four members with The Decemberists. Hear the first of these collaborations, a jubilant love song about picnicking in the sun. The single, 'Most In The Summertime,' also features Peter Buck and Scott McCaughey of R.E.M." – Rolling Stone
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>Blanck Mass – Dumb Flesh CD/2xLP (Sacred Bones)
Benjamin John Power's newest solo offering as Blanck Mass was written, produced and recorded in a number of different locations over the space of a year. It began life in F**k Buttons' Space Mountain studio, moved into a windowless attic space in Hatch End, North London, then was finished up at Ben's new home in Edinburgh. The geographical spread of the sessions is reflected in the shifting landscapes of the tracks and the ever changing sound-palette used to realize
Dumb Flesh as an expansive body of work. As a work of art, Dumb Flesh is a comment on the flaws of the human form in its current evolutionary state. The frailty of the human body naturally became a resonant and inescapable part of the album's gestation.
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>Jad Fair & Norman Blake – Yes CD/LP (Joyful Noise)
Teenage Fanclub's Norman Blake and Half Japanese's Jad Fair have teamed up to bring you their new magnum opus,
Yes. Encompassing all the songwriting eccentricities that have made these guys famous, this new collaborative album also features some of the most genteel, engagingly catchy, and downright adorable music in recent memory. Fair's characteristically-manic vocal style is still present, but when coupled with the head-bopping, articulately-layered arrangements of Norman Blake, the result is a potently earnest album that is brimming with positivity. Available on CD and oxblood color vinyl.
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>Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell – The Traveling Kind CD/LP (Nonesuch)
Produced by Grammy Award winner Joe Henry (Billy Bragg, Elvis Costello, Aimee Mann),
The Traveling Kind comprises 11 duet tracks, including six new songs written by Harris and Crowell with co-writing by Mary Carr, Cory Chisel, Will Jennings, and Larry Klein. Also featured are new renditions of previous Crowell cuts including "No Memories Hanging Around" as well as new interpretations of Lucinda Williams' "I Just Wanted to See You So Bad" and Amy Allison's "Her Hair Was Red."
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>Leonard Cohen – Can't Forget: A Souvenir Of The Grand Tour CD/LP (Sony Legacy)
The ten songs of this hypnotic album are Cohen rarities recorded on his recent, Old Ideas World Tour. The songs on
Can't Forget have the immediacy, spontaneity, and thrilling intimacy of the best studio recordings made in the white heat of live performance and Cohen's legendary soundchecks, in which he brings the colors of his virtuoso band to full bloom in harmony with his voice, never more seductive.
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>The Holydrug Couple – Moonlust CD/LP (Sacred Bones)
The Holydrug Couple falls well outside the boundaries of the prevailing psych-rock idiom. Aside from the French soundtrack and Gainsbourg influences, they also cite inspiration from the soul ballads of Aretha Franklin, '80s South American synthpop acts like Los Encargados, Virus, and Los Prisioneros, and the contemporary French electro group Air. The songs are streamlined hook delivery machines, without any baroque arrangements or unnecessary flourishes to get in the way of their ultimate goal.
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>Róisín Murphy – Hairless Toys CD/LP (PIAS America)
Formerly of early '00s dance-pop favorites Moloko and creator of some of that decade's most adventurous solo electronic music albums, the unmistakable Róisín Murphy returns with her new album
Hairless Toys.
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>Prefuse 73 – Rivington Não Rio CD/LP (Temporary Residence)
Rivington Não Rio revels in the kind of compassionate complexity that marks Prefuse 73's greatest works, with a profound new element added to the mix: Patience. Herren's ability to marry the manic to the melodic has always been uncanny, but here it feels downright magical as the songs inhale with his trademark sense of urgency…then exhale in longer, more revealing breaths. The prismatic textures that have long been a staple of Prefuse 73 are bound to beats and melodies with the spirit of hip-hop and the subtlety of modern minimalism.
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>Prurient – Frozen Niagara Falls 2xCD/3xLP (Profound Lore)
New double-album from Dominick Fernow (Vatican Shadow, ex-Cold Cave) treads a fine line between harsh noise extremity and atmospheric beauty -- his massive, layered walls of sound may be comprised of piercing feedback, tortured vocals and machine-like industrial pounding, or incorporate meticulous sampling, entrancing beats and waves of electronica.
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>Warm Soda – Symbolic Dream CD/LP (Castle Face)
Symbolic Dream is the third album from this outfit led by Matthew Melton. These vacuum-sealed and impeccably arranged power pop numbers are sure to please that teenage sweet tooth. With a masterful production blend of soft focus, punch, and dusty sparkle, Melton is essentially running a seminar on timeless teen-angst jams here, throwing second bridges and double choruses into the mix like it ain't nothing. The nooks and crannies of this little banger, from the subtle turnarounds to the perfect hi-hat sound, reward repeat listens. He's covering familiar bases with Symbolic Dream -- it's the finely tuned '80s Corvette that's gonna get your ass kicked out of school, it's your girlfriend's dad hanging up the phone, it's the world intruding on a nascent romance that just wasn't meant to last-but he still keeps it fresh-faced like that new girl in AP Chemistry.
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>White Eyes – S/T CD/LP (Numero)
Hailing from the Show-Me State, White Eyes lugged their heavy psych and harmony-clad ballads across the Midwest, honing their live set wherever audiences were abundant. Whether it be the famed Cowtown Ballroom in Kansas City or the nearest American Legion, the quintet of long-haired bohemians loaded a double bass drum set, a wall of Marshall amplifiers, and a array of acoustic guitars into their 1953 Cadillac hearse to deliver their impeccable stage show across the plains. Despite years of relentless gigging, White Eyes never caught their break. This previously issued LP, recorded between the fall of 1969 and 1970, was originally intended as a demo for talent buyers and industry prospectors. Well-crafted arrangements and pro-sounding production make this an exceptional piece of lost psychedelic pop.
for the week of 04 may 2015
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>My Morning Jacket – The Waterfall CD/2xLP (ATO/Capitol)
My Morning Jacket recorded
The Waterfall in Northern California's Stinson Beach, and gladly took the inspiration the location offered to craft this sparkling new album. "For me, every record has the spirit of where we made it," James explains in a statement. "Stinson Beach was so psychedelic and focused. It was almost like we lived on our own little moon out there. It feels like you're up in the sky." The 10-track album sounds like history and decades colliding, like a record made by fervent music fans in search of that tingle up the spine. Inveterate music geeks will hear echoes of vintage rock and pop as MMJ continues to honor its influences without aping any of them; The Waterfall sounds like nothing else but also warmly familiar. CD is available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe adds four bonus tracks. (Vinyl version also includes the four bonus tracks.)
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>MIKAL CRONIN - MCII (CLEAR vinyl edition) LP/CD
out 05 MAY 2015...
As he did on his self-titled 2011 debut and 2013’s MCII, Cronin arranged and played nearly all of the record himself, including the tzouras, a traditional Greek string instrument he heard and subsequently bought while on tour in Athens. There’s French horn, saxophone, and trumpet. There are mood-altering crescendos and heartbreaking turns-of-phrase, guitars both gorgeous and pugnacious. No longer satisfied with the sound of "just one string player," Cronin arranged parts for a full string quartet instead.
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>METZ – II CD/LP+MP3 (Sub Pop)
Written and recorded in 2014, after two years of constant touring behind their self-titled debut,
II is METZ at their most true to form—as pure an expression of what they do as can currently be committed to tape The guitars are titanic, the drums ill-tempered, the vocals chilling, and the volume worrisome. From the exhilarating grind of "Spit You Out" to the blunt-force thrills of "Landfill," herein reside ten songs as uncompromising in their ferocity and abrasiveness as any collection this record label has had the pleasure of releasing to date. While the band's debut was often "clean and clinical," II is what Edkins describes as a "much heavier, darker, and sloppier" affair, with many of its roughest edges and ugliest tones kept intact.
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>Best Coast – California Nights CD/LP (Harvest)
A brighter, more-sparkly, more sophisticated, more psychedelic Best Coast album across the board, embodying the rich lightness and stinging darkness of a California state of mind. "Bethany and Bobb's third record is like a needy, narcissistic L.A. teen in an ironic Avril Lavigne T-shirt who loiters round the house, nagging and nudging you until you've no option but to be endeared by its gawkish vulnerability. It begins with the heavily medicated 'Feeling OK,' falls hook, line and sinker on the Hole-homage 'Heaven Sent,' asks 'Why don't you like me?' during 'Jealousy,' before addressing more pertinent questions, 'What is life? What is love? What's the meaning of it all?' on 'So Unaware.'" – The Guardian
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>Mac McCaughan – Non-Believers CD/LP+MP3 (Merge)
Superchunk frontman Mac McCaughan releases his first solo album under his own name. McCaughan wanted to use the album to explore his attraction to that early-'80s era of music when punk evolved into something more introspective, focusing on themes of isolation and eventually turning into post-punk and new wave. As he puts it, he was thinking about a time when bands were "using keyboards and drum machines to relate through their music a disaffection or alienation" from society, school, whatever. The record is about a fascination with art that could only be made by someone far from where you are, but who maybe shares the frustrations and awkwardness of youth. It's about "the irony that comes with being 16 and having a car but not knowing where to go in it, or having a keyboard or a guitar and not knowing how to play it."
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>Palma Violets – Danger In The Club CD/LP+MP3 (Rough Trade)
While
Danger In The Club, the follow-up to Palma Violets' barnstorming debut 180, certainly trades on the primal and joyous hook-laden rock of their debut, their sophomore LP finds the band with a new sonic looseness, revealing far more expansive influences than the still-quite-young quartet had on their debut.
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>Django Django – Born Under Saturn CD/LP (Ribbon Music)
Born Under Saturn expands on the slippery, indefinable nature of the Scottish indie pop outfit's self-titled debut, applying all of its giddy art-rock imagination only across a much larger canvas. Throughout, Django Django continues to find magic in the unexplored spaces between musical genres. Beach Boys harmonies and Link Wray riffs crisscross with house music pianos, while classical keyboard flourishes meld with Jamaican and African rhythms.
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>Jacco Gardner – Hypnophobia CD/LP+MP3 (Polyvinyl)
The Baroque pop prince/Dutch multi-instrumentalist casts a majestic and vibrant psychedelic spell akin to the sonic boom of maverick contemporaries John Maus and Tame Impala. His is a sound that holds fast next to fellow paisley performers Syd Barrett & Curt Boettcher, with the airy dynamics of Stereolab or Simon & Garfunkel.
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>Giant Sand – Heartbreak Pass CD/LP+MP3 (New West)
Heartbreak Pass marks the seminal alt-country/rock band's 30th anniversary. Individually, each track on the record looms large on its own but, when heard as one complete offering, you know that you are listening to something very, very special. The Arizona desert has been a dominating theme and source of inspiration for frontman Howe Gelb. The group can also be looked at as Howe's one-man-band with many guests and collaborators. Heartbreak Pass features Steve Shelly (Sonic Youth), Grant-Lee Phillips and Ilse DeLange (Common Linnets). (Vinyl edition features MP3 coupon that unlocks two additional tracks.)
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>Ólöf Arnalds – Palme CD/LP (One Little Indian)
The fourth long-player from the stunningly talented classically trained singer and multi-instrumentalist is a move beyond the sound she's become known for, with synthetic sounds carefully augmenting her songs, thanks in part to múm founder Gunnar Örn Tynes and long term collaborator Skúli Sverrisson (Laurie Anderson, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Blonde Redhead).
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>Nosaj Thing – Fated CD/LP+MP3 (Innovative Leisure)
Fated has most in common with records like Burial's Untrue, or J Dilla's Donuts: requiems that canvass the shadowy hinterlands between life and death, darkness and light, loneliness and love.
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>Todd Rundgren/Emil Nikolaisen/Hans-Peter Lindstrøm – Runddans CD/2xLP+CD (Smalltown Supersound)
Runddans is the result of the collaboration between Todd Rundgren, Hans-Peter Lindstrom and Emil Nikolaisen. It's a spiritual magnusopus that stands alongside Rundgren's most worshipped trippy albums of the '70s, fusing his blue eyed soul with Lindstrøm's disco epics and Emil Nikolaisen's studio trickery into a cosmic mix of soul, synth, pop and disco.
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>Super Furry Animals – Mwng [Reissue/2000] 2xCD/LP+MP3 (Domino)
Deluxe 15th anniversary reissue of SFA's career-defining fourth album.
Mwng was the band's only Welsh language long player. It reached Number 11 in the UK album chart and it remains the biggest selling Welsh language album of all time. The deluxe CD contains the original album plus five studio tracks previously released on the 2001 US version of the album, as well as an unreleased Peel session and a live performance at All Tomorrow's Parties.