LUNA music essentials...

for the week of 08 JULY 2014...
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>Braid – No Coast CD/LP (Top Shelf)
Braid’s first full-length in 16 years is an immediate, energetic album that completely eschews the traditional "reunion record" expectation of older people making slower, softer music. A large part of that can be attributed to the group’s rhythm section, Todd Bell (bass) and Damon Atkinson (drums), who have played in lockstep with one another for more than 15 years and whose musical chemistry is undeniable.
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>Crosby Stills Nash & Young – CSNY 1974 3xCD+DVD/3xBlu-ray+DVD (Rhino/Atlantic)
Long-rumored and highly anticipated
CSNY 1974 captures the band's one-of-a-kind harmonic alchemy during its remarkable outdoor stadium tour, a trek that spanned more than two months and included 31 concerts, in 24 cities, with combined audiences of over a million people. Produced by Graham Nash and Joel Bernstein, this 40th anniversary CD features 16 live tracks, electric and acoustic, selected from the band's boxed set. Also available on Blu-ray audio with DVD.
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>…And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead – Live At Rockpalast 2009 CD (Made In Germany Music)
Live set recorded at Live Music Hall in Cologne, German in support of
The Century Of Self album released earlier that year. Also available on stand-alone DVD.
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>Goatwhore – Constricting Rage Of The Merciless CD/LP (Metal Blade)
This is Goatwhore's fourth studio outing is still rife with the abrasive sub-nuclear riff torrents, lyrical blasphemies and primal, Celtic Frostian nods for which the band has become synonymous.
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>Wolves In The Throne Room - Celestite CD/2xLP (Artemisia)
Celestite embarks on a deeper excursion into the crystalline, synthesizer-driven domains that have long intrigued the band. With the aid of producer Randall Dunn (Earth, Sunn O))), Master Musicians of Bukkake), the band unearths a hidden soundscape only loosely tethered to their familiar sound, yet still unmistakably the work of Wolves In The Throne Room.
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>Sia – 1000 Forms Of Fear CD/LP (RCA)
The sixth album from Sia Furler, the singer/songwriter/producer/hitmaker best known as Sia. The album features production and writing collaborations with Diplo, Greg Kurstin, Chris Braide. Includes the singles "Chandelier" and "Eye Of The Needle."
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>Various Artists – Late Night Tales: After Dark CD/LP (Night Time Stories)
Late Night Tales welcomes back the cult figure and ultimate musical connoisseur, Bill Brewster to compile his second episode of the curated compilation series
After Dark. An obscure and timeless DJ -led journey which begins somewhere out in the near ocean, the waves are rolling and lolling gently into the shore, while a full moon shines on the surface. It's only faint, but somewhere nearby is the sound of bass, pulsing slowly, almost in time to the waves.