LUNA music essentials...

for the week of 20 november 2015
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>Adele – 25 CD/LP (XL/Columbia)
25, the rage and heartache of 21 are replaced by longing: for connection, for youth, for reconciliation and for lifelong bonds. Like other songs on the album, 'Hello' is filled with thoughts of distance and the irrevocable passage of time, of apologies and coming to terms with the past. Musically, 'Hello' has verses with just voice and piano followed by huge, ringing choruses; similarly, the album as a whole switches between organic, unplugged ballads and booming modern pop." – The New York Times Music
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>Arca – Mutant CD (Mute)
New album from Kanye West and Björk affiliate Arca. Spanning 20 tracks, "
Mutant is about sensuality and impulsiveness as escape routes out of rigidity," the Venezuelan producer explained in a press release. "Softness as a weapon when the mind attacks itself." Vinyl due January 22.
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>Beat Happening – Look Around CD/2xLP+MP3 (Domino)
Formed in the early '80s in Olympia, Washington by Calvin Johnson, Heather Lewis and Bret Lunsford, Beat Happening combined a primitive pop sound with a D.I.Y. attitude and inspired countless artists along the way. The community that arose around the band and their label, K Records, was in many ways, the sonic antithesis of their Seattle neighbors (and friends) but was no less influential.
Look Around is a remastered, double album anthology, handpicked by the band. It's a great starting point for the uninitiated as well a refreshing reminder to those who caught the wave the first time around.
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>Kode9 – Nothing CD (Hyperdub)
Nothing' is Kode9's first solo album and is about nothing. The album throws horror soundtracks, sampled library and j-pop records into a no man's land between grime, early dubstep and Chicago footwork. Mostly instrumental, it zigzags between hypnotic, downcast loops, growling drones, and jagged cut- ups of androids gone haywire, threaded through twitchy, transatlantic rhythms and sub-bass inaudible through your laptop speakers. Vinyl edition TBA.
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>Club 8 – Pleasure CD/LP (Labrador)
"Since 1995, Karolina Komstedt and Johan Angergård have comprised the Åhus, Sweden synthpop duo Club 8. They're back this fall with their ninth album,
Pleasure, just in time for the band's twentieth anniversary. Komstedt describes it as 'an album about love, sex and jealousy,' so you won't be surprised to learn the lead single is called 'Love Dies.' It's a ballad that matches Angergård's emotional electronic swells with Komstedt's otherworldly siren song" – Stereogum. (Limited copies also pressed on clear vinyl.)
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>Boysetsfire – Boysetsfire CD/LP (Bridge Nine)
"From the old school stench of opener 'Savage Blood' all the way through to the crowd killing bounce of closer 'Bled Dry', Boysetsfire play with the vigor and reason of band half their age. The band jump from the honestly bruising to the vitally rousing within a change of track and come out the other end with an album for every variety of music fan there is. 'Don't Panic' flies by with vintage hardcore rage while 'Ordinary Lives' delivers a rallying cry for the ages." – Already Heard
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>Grateful Dead – Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years Of Grateful Dead 4xCD+2xDVD/4xCD+2xBlu-ray (Rhino)
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Grateful Dead, the "core four" original members – Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, and Bob Weir – reunited at Chicago's Soldier Field on the 4th Of July weekend for one of the most anticipated concert events in recent history. Joined by Trey Anastasio, Jeff Chimenti, and Bruce Hornsby,
Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years Of Grateful Dead is the original members' last-ever performance together nearly 20 years to the day of the last ever Grateful Dead concert with Jerry Garcia, which took place at the same historic venue. DVD/Blu-ray contains full high-definition video from final show (July 5th). Over 3 1/2 hours of this record breaking weekend at Solider Field in Chicago (each also available separately. The double-CD set The Best Of Fare Thee Well is comprised of audio highlights from all three shows.)
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>The Velvet Underground – The Matrix Tapes 4xCD (Polydor)
In 1969 The Velvet Underground played a residency at The Matrix, a small club in San Francisco and performances from these shows were recorded on a tape deck by guitarist Robert Quine. The band was basically at the height of their powers when they disbanded, and these tapes are further proof of that.
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>Queen – A Night At The Odeon CD/2xLP+MP3 (Hollywood)
This Hammersmith Christmas concert was the culmination of the 26-date 'Queen invites you to A Night At The Opera' UK tour of 1975, and was the last show of a very eventful and exciting year for Queen. By the time the band returned to Hammersmith on Christmas Eve, they were truly firing on all cylinders. No expense had been spared, from the stellar light show which lent a spectacular visual element to the night's proceedings to the suitably lavish white Bechstein grand piano which had been hired especially for this show. Nor had the band themselves overlooked the finer sartorial details. Freddie Mercury sported two different satin cat suits - one black, one white - during the show, designed by Wendy deSmet with the singer's input. Similarly, Freddie had painted the nails of his left hand black for the occasion, while Brian May had his (at the time) trademark white nails. Available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe Edition adds copies of the live show on DVD and Blu-ray, as well as a 12" of "Bohemian Rhapsody," a 60-page book, and other ephemera in a lift-off lid box. Stand-alone DVD and Blu-ray editions also available.
for the week of 13 november 2015
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>King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Paper Mâché Dream Balloon CD/LP (ATO)
Described as psych-soul-surf-fuzz-garage-space rick-jazz-DIY-shamans by The Guardian, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard have garnered a massive underground following through years of raucous shows around the world.
Paper Mâche Dream Balloon is their first record to be released on ATO Records and their first truly proper album release in the US. "Sounding like a cross between Jethro Tull and the Flaming Lips on the set of the mid-'70s kids show The Wombles, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard are authentic miners of retro gold, while never resorting to camp. Paper Mâché Dream Balloon is the kind of record that gives nostalgia a good name." – KCRW
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>Mutemath – Vitals CD/LP (Wojtek)
Mutemath is a Grammy-nominated alt-soul/rock band from New Orleans that formed in 2002. The band consists of members Paul Meany (vocals, keyboards, piano, keytar), Darren King (drums, percussion), Roy Mitchell-Cárdenas (bass, vocals), and Todd Gummerman (guitar, vocals). They meld hip-hop styled beats, moments of beauty and grandeur, big hooks, and vocals that pay homage to classic rock.
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>Oneohtrix Point Never – Garden Of Delete CD/2xLP+MP3 (Warp)
Garden Of Delete is unlike anything that Daniel Lopatin has done, in terms of technique, mood, or scope. It is denser than his previous albums, by several orders of magnitude. It is more varied, and it is funnier—scarier, too. The album carries with it a risk of whiplash that's as potent on the 15th listen as on the first" [BNM/8.7] – Pitchfork
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>Panda Bear – Crosswords CDEP/12"+MP3 (Domino)
On his
Crosswords EP, Panda Bear, aided on studio production duties by Sonic Boom, bequeaths five fresh and finely observed body-pop wonders -- three new songs: "No Mans Land," "Jabberwocky" and "Cosplay" -- and two re-castings of previous ore – "The Preakness" -- previously heard in spirited demo form on 2012's Tomboy LP box set -- and the whole shebang treasure-topped with a fresh take on his Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper LP soul tour de force "Crosswords."
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>The Brian Jonestown Massacre – Mini Album Thingy Wingy CD/LP (A. Records)
Seven brand new and exclusive Brian Jonestown Massacre tracks recorded by Anton Newcombe in is his studio in Berlin in 2014 and '15. Four songs written by Newcombe; the band's first Slovakian song, co-written with Vladimir Nosal (Prsi Prsi); a composition by Newcombe and Tess Parks (Pish); and a cover of the 13th Floor Elevators' "Dust" featuring Alex Maas from The Black Angels on jug. (Limited copies pressed on clear vinyl with alternate artwork.)
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>Chris Isaak – First Come The Night CD (Concord/Welk)
Available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe adds five bonus tracks. Vinyl due December 11. "For his most recent album, 2011's
Beyond The Sun, roots rocker Chris Isaak went old school. The album compiled his versions of songs by classic Sun Records artists including Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, and Jerry Lee Lewis. To keep that country vibe alive on his new album, First Comes The Night, Isaak enlisted two of the genre's foremost producers: Lady Antebellum collaborator Paul Worley and Dave Cobb, who has worked with acts including Sturgill Simpson, Chris Stapleton, and Jason Isbell. Accordingly, First Comes The Night foregoes the glitz and pop sheen that could guarantee a hit record. Tracks like 'Reverie' showcase Isaak's melancholy voice and ear for tuneful, lush arrangements." – Entertainment Weekly
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>Boots – Aquaria CD (Columbia)
"Though he's best known for producing records for Run the Jewels, Beyoncé, and FKA twigs, Boots has steadily been carving out a name for himself. There was last year's
WinterSpringSummerFall mixtape and this past March's short film Motorcycle Jesus; now, all of those releases are about to culminate in Aquaria, his highly anticipated debut solo album" – Consequence Of Sound. Vinyl version due December 4.
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>Neil Young - Bluenote Café 2xCD/4xLP (WB)
Recorded at various shows during Neil Young and Bluenote Café's 1988 tour, this superb live set documents one of Neil's most funky and heartfelt periods, featuring seven unreleased songs – "Soul Of A Woman," "Bad News Comes To Town," "Ain't It The Truth," "I'm Goin'," "Crime Of The Heart," "Doghouse," "Fool For Your Love," -- and a searing 19+ minute version of the immortal "Tonight's The Night" at The Pier in New York City. It was a wild night.
for the week of 06 november 2015
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>Floating Points – Elaenia CD/LP (Luaka Bop)
Sam Shepherd (Floating Points) is a neuroscientist and classically trained musician who has spent the last five years writing and composing his first full length album,
Elaenia. "On Elaenia, patience has become another one of Floating Points’ virtues — the album did, after all, take five years to complete. The title track unspools with the patience of the French musique concrète pioneers like Pierre Schaeffer; Shepherd’s assortment of beloved synthesizers emit the weird, scratchy sounds of a dusty radio transmitter brought back to life, as twinkling keyboard wanderings speckle the space between the song’s instrumental elements. It’s his willingness to wait — or make everyone else wait — that has, somewhat ironically, made him such a dance-floor icon. 'There were moments where people would just stand and listen,’ he told SPIN, of when he used to play Debussy live at otherwise dance clubs. The reaction to Elaenia will surely be the same." – SPIN
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>Tracey Thorn – SOLO: Solo Songs And Collaborations 1982-2015 CD (Caroline)
A collection of rarities and collaborations from the Everything But The Girl vocalist. Tracey says: "These tracks represent, on one hand, the moments when I was working as a solo artist outside the constraints and democracy of a band, either recording tracks entirely by myself, or at least being in the driving seat, the one making all the artistic decisions. And on the other hand, those times when I guested with other bands or producers, performing as a featured solo singer, moonlighting from my regular job."
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>The Beatles
– 1+ CD+DVD/CD+Blu-ray (Capitol)
– 1+ [Deluxe Edition] CD+2xDVD/CD+2xBlu-ray (Capitol)
With this reissue of The Beatles’
1, all 27 videos for each song have been added on DVD or Blu-ray. Audio for DVD and Blu-ray discs has been remixed for all tracks from the analogue masters and boast new 5.1 surround sound and a new 2.0 stereo mix. Deluxe Edition adds a disc of 23 rare/alternate versions of the original videos. (Single disc 27-track stand-alone DVD and Blu-ray versions also available.)
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>Bob Dylan
- The Best Of The Cutting Edge 1965 - 1966: The Bootleg Series Vol. 12 2xCD/3xLP+2xCD / 6xCD (Sony Legacy)
Between 1965 and 1966 Bob Dylan recorded three historic albums:
Bringing It All back Home, Highway 61 Revisited and Blonde On Blonde. The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series Volume 12 takes you inside the studio during the recording of those three albums. With a staggering wealth of unreleased songs, outtakes, rehearsals and alternate versions, this set provides a unique insight into a legendary icon's creative process. The six-CD Deluxe Edition features over 100 previously unreleased tracks, and is packaged in a slipcase with a separate 120-page hardcover book with exclusive photography and liner notes.
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>Led Zeppelin – Mothership [Reissue/2007] 2xCD (Atlantic)
Digitally remastered edition of Led Zeppelin’s greatest hits compilation. The songs included were chosen (at the time) by the surviving members of Led Zeppelin: Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones, and represent eight of the band's nine studio albums. Vinyl reissue due November 20.