LUNA music essentials...

for the week of 24 JUNE 2014...
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>How To Dress Well – What Is This Heart? CD/2xLP+MP3 (Domino)
More confident, daring and open than any How To Dress Well release thus far,
What Is This Heart? is at once Krell’s most deeply personal work and also his most universal in resonance. It is a record that delves into the core of the psyche and touches on themes of isolation, loss and existential anguish, but in the end finds redemption in the infinite possibilities of love. The songs tackle ideas of anxiety, fear, lack of control, nightmare, death, pain, pleasure, pride and shame, trust and commitment with an honesty and intimacy that is rare in the modern age.
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>Slint – Spiderland [Reissue/1991] CD+DVD/LP+DVD+MP3 (Touch & Go)
Reissue of Slint’s 1991 album remastered from the original analog master tapes by Bob Weston. Includes
Breadcrumb Trail, a brand new, never-before-seen, 90-minute DVD documentary about the band and the making of Spiderland, directed by Lance Bangs. Booklet includes foreword by Will Oldham. Both formats include a download for the full album plus 14 bonus tracks outtakes and demos, all mastered by Bob Weston.
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>Mastodon – One More ‘Round The Sun CD/2xLP (Reprise)
The hard rock juggernaut orbits around themes of loss and rebirth, twirling a sonic spiral of its signature robust riffing, hypnotically haunting soundscapes, triage of dynamic voices, and thundering seismic grooves.
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>Strand Of Oaks – Heal CD/LP (Dead Oceans)
From the first bars of
Heal, the exhilarating melodic stomp of "Goshen '97" puts you right into Tim Showalter's fervent teenage mindset. We find him in his family's basement den in Goshen, IN, feeling alienated but even at 15 years old, believing in the alchemy and power of music to heal your troubles. "The record is called Heal, but it's not a soft, gentle healing, it's like scream therapy, a command, because I ripped out my subconscious, looked through it, and saw the worst parts. And that's how I got better."
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>A Sunny Day In Glasgow – Sea When Absent CD/LP (Lefse)
Recorded over a year and half with Jeff Zeigler (War On Drugs, Kurt Vile) at his Uniform Recording Studios in Eraserhood Philadelphia,
Sea When Absent is a conscious move away from the bright-dark, ambient maximalism of the band’s acclaimed double LP, Ashes Grammar, and a move towards a post-millennial, up-front pop sound. It is simultaneously A Sunny Day In Glasgow at their most accessible, most insane, and most rock.
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>Phish – Fuego CD/2xLP (ATO)
Phish recorded
Fuego with legendary producer Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd, Lou Reed, Peter Gabriel) last fall, as the band's 30th anniversary approached. The songs shape during a series of visits to Phish's longtime creative hub, The Barn, a rustic, reconstructed barn-turned-rehearsal/recording studio located outside Burlington, VT. There they explored dozens of ideas, which led to a notable shift in the band's songwriting approach. While Fuego includes tracks that individual members brought to the table in usual Phish fashion, the bulk of the material was written by all four, working together at The Barn. (Limited orange vinyl copies available.)
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>Circulatory System – Mosaics Within Mosaics CD (Secretly Canadian)
Culled together in the style in which Will Cullen Hart (Olivia Tremor Control) has always worked, using recordings from his copious back catalog of home recordings spanning from 12 years ago to now. Masterfully assembled by Derek Almstead (Faster Circuits) with overdubs by John Fernandes (OTC), Heather McIntosh (The Instruments), AJ Griffin (Laminated Cat), Peter Erchick (OTC), Jeff Mangum and Jeremy Barnes (Neutral Milk Hotel). Vinyl version due July 15.
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>Alias – Pitch Black Prism CD/LP (Anticon)
Every year requires winter records—those sounds one reaches for when cyclical freeze triggers a craving for icy synthesizers and sinister drums. This is where one finds Alias’s
Pitch Black Prism, an alternately bleak and beautiful album built for headphones and hailstorms. Few places boast a more severe climate than Maine, the artist’s home state, with its ominous forests and jagged coastlines. Listeners can feel the climate and geography exerting brutal force to the contours of Pitch Black Prism. It’s little wonder Alias’s closest stylistic peers are Burial, Boards of Canada and Aphex Twin—all of whom hail from England, land of the cadaver-colored sky.
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>Ed Sheeran – X CD/LP (Atlantic)
X finds Sheeran collaborating with a stellar list of producers, including multiple Grammy-winners Rick Rubin and Jeff Bhasker, multiple Grammy-nominee Benny Blanco, Snow Patrol's Johnny McDaid, and BRIT-Award nominee and collaborator Jake Gosling. Available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe adds four bonus tracks.
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>Röyksopp & Robyn – Do It Again CD (Interscope)
"This summer we'll be teaming up with the amazing Robyn to partake in a series of concerts throughout the world. Performing together is something we've occasionally done in the past - all to such merriment and exuberance, that we've decided to reunite and "Do It Again" in 2014. Each of these events will consist of a Robyn-part, a Röyksopp-part and of course a joined Robyn & Röyksopp-part - all wrapped up in lights 'n smoke and tons of joy. To say we're excited, is an understatement." – Röyksopp
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>deadmau5 – while(1<2) 2xCD (Astralwerks)
Globally acclaimed electronic music producer and musician deadmau5 returns with his biggest and most ambitious album project yet -- one he feels to truly be his first proper body of work: a double album that takes the listener on an epic journey of sound.
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>Bassnectar – Noise vs. Beauty CD (Amorphous Music)
Noise vs Beauty: a 15-song journey that spans the spectrum of music from hardcore noise hysteria to lush, ethereal beauty and many points in between. Said Bassnectar, "I collaborated with over 50 different human beings on this collection, and it is without a doubt my favorite album to date." Vinyl version due July 8.
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>M. Geddes Gengras – Ishi CD (Stones Throw)
M. Geddes Gengras has inhabited the Los Angeles experimental music scene for the last 7 years, bouncing through various bands, monikers, and a critically acclaimed collaboration with Sun Araw and The Congos. Ishi finds Gengras diving headlong into beautiful, sprawling ambient explorations and deep, mystical drone; it is a lushly nuanced sound world generated directly from the deeply personal relationship between one man and his meticulously cultivated machines. Vinyl version due July 8.
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>Steve Gunn & Mike Cooper – Cantos de Lisba FRKWYS Vol. 11 CD/LP (RVNG Intl.)
For the the eleventh volume of
FRKWYS, an unrestricted series pairing contemporary artists with their influential predecessors, gifted guitar squire Steve Gunn meets roving, radiating legend Mike Cooper in Lisbon, Portugal. Sharing their vision over lengthy living room guitar sessions and evenings of cold wine in Fado taverns, Gunn and Cooper created Cantos de Lisboa, an album with variable vernacular shades and musical forms from Portugal’s antiquity.
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>Mogwai – Come On Die Young [Reissue/1999] 2xCD/4xLP (Chemikal Underground)
Deluxe edition of Mogwai’s 1999 album expanded with over two hours of bonus material. "Mogwai's second album, released in 1999, gets a reissue with a bounty of bonus material that includes demos and the
Travels In Constants EP. On Come On Die Young, Mogwai went about becoming the most sullen, brooding post-rock band they could possibly be." [BNR 8.3] – Pitchfork
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>Various Artists – Eccentric Soul: Capitol City Soul CD/2xLP (Numero)
Filling in, around, and on top of Numero’s original
The Capsoul Label collection, Capitol City Soul is a trove of completely unissued and under-issued treasures from Moss and company. Features otherwise unreleased songs from the Kool Blues, The Four Mints, Jupiter’s Release, and Love Maximum, alongside rare sides by Dean Francis & The Soul Rockers, The Chandlers, Associated Press, The Soul Partners, and the Vondors. All from the vaults under the basements under the garages of one of the nation’s most unsung music scenes.