LUNA music essentials...

for the week of 20 MAY 2014...
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>Conor Oberst – Upside Down Mountain CD/2xLP+CD (Nonesuch)
Singer/songwriter Conor Oberst’s debut album for Nonesuch Records,
Upside Down Mountain, is, as its title implies, a study in contrasts, a glance up to the heavens and a glimpse into the abyss.
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>The Everymen – Givin’ Up On Free Jazz CD/LP (Ernest Jenning)
Standing nine members strong, The Everymen is reminiscent of The E Street Band in stature, Rocket From The Crypt in searing energy, Meat Loaf in production and The Replacements in boozy, backroom party vibes.
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>Zero Boys – Monkey CD/LP (Z-Disk)
Songs about sex change, devils, monkeys, and your mom f**king shit up: Indiana is a world where the waters of guitar based rock & roll still run deep and fresh
. Monkey arrives more than 20 years after their last release picks right up where Zero Boys left off: music recorded by grown-ass men with the average mental age of a 12-year-old boy.
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>The Roots – …And Then You Shoot Your Cousin CD (Def Jam)
As Black Thought explains, The Root’s 11th studio effort is "another concept album in the spirit of (2011’s)
undun, but it’s not just about just one kind of character. We create quite a few different characters in this record. It’s satire, but in that satire it’s an analysis of some of the stereotypes perpetuated in not only the hip-hop community, but in the community. I don’t know if that makes any sense." Vinyl version due May 27.
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>Traxman – Da Mind Of Traxman Vol. 2 CD/2xLP+MP3 (Planet Mu)
Da Mind Of Traxman Vol. 2 follows 2012's first volume of the same name, and more recently, last year's
Teklife Vol. 3: The Architek. Where those two albums saw Ferguson slicing and chopping the usual slew of R&B and hip-hop samples for his beats, this one is reportedly more stripped down, each track made with just a sample or two "diced into brain-blurring cubist puzzles that bear little relation to their original sources.
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>Trans Am – Volume X CD/LP+MP3 (Thrill Jockey)
Trans Am refuse to rely on their legacy as innovators, opting instead to continue to break down established modes of songwriting, even if they established those modes themselves.
Volume X continues in this gloriously contrarian tradition, presenting fans with strange and familiar sounds in new contexts, from kosmische rock to futuristic speed metal to robo-balladry to variants on classic rock that are so warped as to be rendered completely unrecognizable.
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>Jolie Holland – Wine Dark Sea CD/LP (Anti)
Holland yoke’s the New York underground to American song in a way that has rarely been attempted since
White Light/White Heat. Two drummers, sometimes as many as three or four electric guitars, horns of a sort that come out of free jazz and the no wave scene as much as they come from soul music, and a refreshing need, on Holland's part, to sing out at the extreme of her range, above the squalling insatiable lullaby of the thing.
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>Hollis Brown – Gets Loaded CD (Alive)
It started out as live tribute last November. Lenny Kaye, Arto Lindsay, Voidoids’ Ivan Julian and others convened at NYC’s Bowery Electric to pay homage to the late, great Lou Reed. The Queens-based roots-rock band Hollis Brown was also invited to perform the Velvet Underground’s 1970 album
Loaded in its entirety.
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>Pujol – Kludge CD/LP (Secretly Canadian)
Kludge idiosyncratically captures life as it exists in our weird almost future world of flying robots, cancer from food, cell phone wire taps, metadata, $7.25ish minimum wage and $15.50 an hour endless choice buffets. Yet, the album possesses that inherent sense of timelessness that exists in all great music. Thanks to its combination of addictively fetching rock & roll and Daniel Pujol's lyrical brilliance, the end result proves yet again that Daniel Pujol is, first and foremost, a songwriter.
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>Coldplay – Ghost Stories CD/LP+MP3 (Atlantic/Parlophone)
"Coldplay's sixth studio album will forever be tied to frontman Chris Martin's out-of-the-blue announcement that he and wife Gwyneth Paltrow were separating, nearly two months before the full-length's release. The timing of the breakup hovers over
Ghost Stories, a short album full of straightforward meditations on heartbreak and helplessness. Instead of hinting at the split and letting listeners spit out theories about the real-life drama that inspired the album, Martin has presented his gaping wound for the world to see, in rather spectacular fashion." – Billboard
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>Smoke Fairies – Smoke Fairies CD/2xLP (Full Time Hobby)
"Over the course of three albums and numerous singles, Smoke Fairies have created a haunting fusion of delta blues, English folk and medieval plainsong, a unique sound world that gradually seduces the listener into a state of slightly awed acquiescence." – The Quietus
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>Archie Bronson Outfit – Wild Crush CD/LP (Domino)
Archie Bronson Outfit is the duo of S. Windett and Arp Cleveland. Their sound consists of driving rhythms, howling romance, distortion, and echo, but with a new clarity.
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>Oasis – Definitely Maybe CD/3xCD/2xLP+MP3 (Big Brother Recordings Ltd.)
Authorized remastered reissue of the now classic debut album from Oasis. Includes the landmark anthems "Rock & Roll Star" and "Slide Away." Available in three configurations: Standard single-disc version; Deluxe triple-disc version (which is expanded with 33 bonus tracks); and a double-vinyl LP version (which includes the 33 bonus tracks via download card).
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>The Doors –Weird Scenes Inside The Gold Mine [Reissue/1972] 2xCD (Elektra)
The Doors now make their legendary, long out-of-print compilation
Weird Scenes Inside The Gold Mine available for the first time as a double-CD set. Originally released in 1972, this gold-certified double album was the first compilation to be released after Jim Morrison's death in 1971.
The 22 songs that appear on the collection provide a wide-ranging introduction to the music recorded between 1967-71 by the original quartet, John Densmore, Robby Krieger, Ray Manzarek and Jim Morrison.
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>R.E.M. – Unplugged 1991-2001: The Complete Sessions 2xCD (Rhino)
Includes every performance from the original 1991 and 2001
MTV Unplugged broadcasts, as well as 11 songs that never aired.