LUNA music essentials...

for the week of 18 NOVEMBER 2016
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>sedcairn archives – OOBYDOOB LP+MP3 (Warm Ratio/Joyful Noise)
OOBYDOOB sounds like holes.
Cold minerals, flashlight throws and echoes in dark chambers of imperceptible size is what it sounds like.
Oldness in the now, it sounds like.
Archives scribed by eons of dissolving and redepositing the hard stuff by the wet stuff.
Insulated by the ground for a ceiling that every person was born, lived, died in, born, lived, died in.
Sounds like thick clicks, veiled encounters, damp stops, pools of tone-feel.
Sounds like real memory.

David "Moose" Adamson continues to work in fascinating textures and arrangements, both dance-inducing and descriptive. This is his second release with his Sedcairn Archives project. This time he's invited some of his favorite musicians to leave their prints on the walls."
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>Field WorksThe Fair State LP+limited edition print (TEAM records)
The Fair State is a sonic meditation on the State of Indiana on its 200th birthday!
This new album by the ever-changing FIELD WORKS collective is both a celebratory and cautionary tale about Indiana.
Inspired by Stuart Hyatt’s audio field recordings made during the Indiana State Fair, the album captures the complexity of a place as it wrestles with the 21st Century.
Minimalism meets space pop ambience to provide a soundtrack to the Bicentennial. Spare arrangements for piano, cello, harp, and bass are anchored by the layered textures of Hyatt’s field recordings. Listeners will hear hundreds of interwoven sounds, including machinery, livestock, children playing, the voices of Indiana politicians, protesters, and even a rare recording of Eugene Debs.

Included in each set is a limited, numbered print by Nathaniel Russell, of a newly imagined state seal!
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>Justice – Women CD/2xLP+CD (Because Music)
Justice’s new album
Woman is a journey that catapults you from the elastic R&B pop of “Pleasure” straight into the rush of “Alakazam!”. Twirls through a dazzling bout of thumping electronic piano and clavinet sparring during “Fire”’s dancefloor peacocking, barely pausing for breath before it lands at “Stop” -- a sparkling, bittersweet slice of disco pop that boasts one of the best chorus the pair have ever had on a track. “Randy” has a melody Michael McDonald would have killed a fellow Doobie Brother for (if Michael McDonald was into gut-shuddering electro that is). “Love S.O.S”, meanwhile, sounds like the greatest disco anthem you’ve never heard. [Three-sided double vinyl edition features an etching on the D-side and includes a copy on CD.]
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>Solange – A Seat At The Table CD (Columbia)
“The third album by Solange Knowles,
A Seat At The Table, is a record about black survival in 2016; a combination of straight talk and refracted R&B for what she calls her ‘project on identity, empowerment, independence, grief and healing.’ Beyond titles that telegraph the album's powerful, political backbone – ‘F.U.B.U.,’ ‘Mad,’ ‘Don't Touch My Hair’ – it’s a fantastic-sounding LP that takes sonic cues from dusty soul sides while sounding as timely as a freshly sent tweet. Co-executive-produced by Solange and neo-soul sage Rapahel Saadiq, A Seat At The Table derives its sonic power from lightness, with Solange's simply stated opinions landing harder as a result. A triptych of songs serve as invitations for people to check themselves: ‘Don't You Wait’ pairs a stuttering bass line and Solange's falsetto with lyrics about removing negative influences from her life; ‘Don't Touch My Hair’ uses sparkling synths and drowsy horns as broadsides against those who might deny Solange and other black women their bodily autonomy; the trembling guitars of ‘Don't Wish Me Well’ provide a glittery backdrop as Solange revels in her personal growth. ‘Junie,’ a lightly percolating shimmy that pays tribute to funk polymath Junie Morrison (Ohio Players, Parliament-Funkadelic), brings Andre 3000's falsetto and a vamping piano into its heady mix” – Rolling Stone. [Vinyl edition due December 9.]
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>Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – A Little Something More From CD/LP+MP3 (Stax)
This companion to the band's critically acclaimed 2015 self-titled debut features new studio recordings of live favorites, album B-sides, and a live recording.
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>Metallica – Hardwired… To Self Destruct 2xCD/3xCD/2xLP+MP3/3xLP+MP3 (Blackened)
After an eight-year span between releases, Metallica fans have been chomping at the bit for new music and the early response has been mostly positive. The lead single ‘Hardwired’ arrived with a great, punk-infused thrashy energy that was indicative of what was to come. Bassist Robert Trujillo credited producer Rick Rubin who started transitioning Metallica toward a reunion with their thrash roots on their last album, 2008’s
Death Magnetic. “We’ve got too many riffs and we’ve got to jam them out to see what survives,” he recently told Full Metal Jackie. “And some of the things that doesn’t survive could be the best riff on another band’s album. I think that having that youthful energy to create and being excited about it is what keeps us — at least on this new record — has kept things fresh.” Meanwhile, with Hardwired…, Metallica have made an album that unites rather than divides. Speaking with the BBC, James Hetfield revealed that the band has strayed from politics and religion for subject matter. ‘We all have our own beliefs but, at the end of the day, we’re trying to connect with people and it seems like political views don’t do that as much as music does,’ says the singer. [Both CD and vinyl versions are available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe adds a bonus disc featuring four non-album cuts and ten live tracks recorded at Rasputin Music, Berkeley, CA on April 16th, 2016. Limited red color vinyl pressing also available.]
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>Pink Martini – Je Dis Oui! CD (Heinz)
15 new songs from Portland, Oregon's globe-trotting “little orchestra” featuring songs in 8 languages, including the band's first forays into Armenian and Xhosa. Caramel-voiced Rufus Wainwright contributes a memorable rendition of “Blue Moon.” [Vinyl edition due January 27.]
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>R.E.M. – Out Of Time [Reissue/1991] CD/2xCD/3xCD+Blu-ray/LP+MP3/3xLP+MP3 (Concord)
Digitally remastered 25th Anniversary edition – available in a variety of editions: Single disc, expanded double disc, and Deluxe four-disc. Double adds a CD of 19 demos, while the Deluxe features a 1991 live show, plus eight music videos, a 1991 electronic press kit video, and the album in hi-res and 5.1 Surround Sound formats on a Blu-ray disc.
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>Soundgarden – Badmotorfinger [Reissue/1991] CD/2xCD/4xCD+2xDVD+Blu-ray/2xLP (A&M)
25th anniversary of Soundgarden’s 2x platinum album. Four editions: Single disc (boring); Expanded double-disc (warmer) which features eight studio outtakes seven tracks from
Live At The Paramount; A massive 7-disc (hot) box set which includes everything but the drugs the band took while recording the album, including the full Live At The Paramount concert recorded in 1992, additional video footage, and much more (batteries not included). Deluxe three-sided vinyl reissue featuring an etching on the D-side and a 3D lenticular silver foil sheath also available.
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>Tim Buckley – Wings: The Complete Singles 1966-1974 CD (Omnivore)
From folk to rock to psychedelia to jazz to soul, Tim Buckley continued to evolve and explore – pushing boundaries at every turn. Through the course of his career, 10 singles were issued from his nine albums, which are collected along with their B-sides on
Wings: The Complete Singles 1966-1974. Working with producers including Paul Rothchild, Jac Holzman, Jerry Yester, and Jerry Goldstein, Buckley’s recordings always sounded incredible – each producer bringing the right feel to his progressing musical persona. With material running chronologically from his self-titled debut from 1966 through 1974’s Look At The Fool, Wings traces his development as an artist and writer.
for the week of 04 NOVEMBER 2016
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>sedcairn archives – OOBYDOOB LP+MP3 (Warm Ratio/Joyful Noise)
OOBYDOOB sounds like holes.
Cold minerals, flashlight throws and echoes in dark chambers of imperceptible size is what it sounds like.
Oldness in the now, it sounds like.
Archives scribed by eons of dissolving and redepositing the hard stuff by the wet stuff.
Insulated by the ground for a ceiling that every person was born, lived, died in, born, lived, died in.
Sounds like thick clicks, veiled encounters, damp stops, pools of tone-feel.
Sounds like real memory.

David "Moose" Adamson continues to work in fascinating textures and arrangements, both dance-inducing and descriptive. This is his second release with his Sedcairn Archives project. This time he's invited some of his favorite musicians to leave their prints on the walls."
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>Lambchop – FLOTUS CD/2xLP+MP3 (Merge)
For Love Often Turns Us Still—officially titled FLOTUS—is like many of Lambchop’s records: a subtle masterpiece, the kind that slowly and generously reveals its quiet wisdom to those patient and attentive enough to receive it. Start to finish, FLOTUS is imbued with that magic energy that comes when an artist stumbles upon the thrill of the new—something that makes them crazy enough to want to start the whole process over again. The album is bookended by two long-form pieces: the first, “In Care of 8675309,” is most reminiscent of where Lambchop has been, while the second, the sprawling, hypnotic “The Hustle,” suggests where they might still be headed. The latter seamlessly shifts between movements, a foundation suggestive of krautrock and early electronic music, gorgeously ornamented with perfectly placed piano and horns. Drawing upon a diverse palate of influences and transcending each one, it’s a stunning piece of work—certainly one of the most impressive achievements of Lambchop’s catalogue.
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>Lee Fields & The Expressions – Special Night CD/LP (Big Crown)
A masterclass in soul music past and present. [Limited red color vinyl pressing also available.]
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>Jim James – Eternally Even CD (Capitol/ATO)
“As frontman of My Morning Jacket and collaborator in various Americana side projects, Jim James has made music synonymous with escape: rollicking and dreamy soundscapes, loose themes of nature and spirituality, a voice that nearly curdles with sheer abandon.
Eternally Even, his second solo outing, plants him dead-center in the rubble of modern sociopolitical rot—the result is an album steeped in textures of drone and tones of dismay, with a sort of ramshackle grit tuned to frequencies of urgency and naïveté. Eternally Even is musically meticulous -- sometimes corroded and minimal, sometimes fascinatingly warped, the music is a vivid interpretation of a broken system, or of a system breaking. The album opens and closes with songs—‘Hide in Plain Sight’ and ‘Eternally Even,’ respectively—that combine skittering percussion and grinding organ loops, while the two parts of ‘We Ain't Getting Any Younger’ revive the flow of ‘Hide In Plain Sight’ at double time, adding additional paranoia. ‘Same Old Lie’ rides a similarly dark carnival-esque groove until the outro, when a distorted organ and banging conga drums conjure up an unsettling, eerily militant atmosphere. The grainy automation of these tracks grows identifiable by the end of the album, which is eerie given how eccentric it initially feels. Other songs on Eternally Even slide nicely into James's comfort zone of psychedelic armchair R&B, yet he works deliberately as a producer to disturb their familiarity” – Slant. [Vinyl edition due December 16.]
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>STRFKR – Being No One, Going Nowhere CD/LP+MP3 (Polyvinyl)
The title of STRFKR's fourth album may seem bleak at first. But hold it in your head a minute, feel its weight, and you may recognize the phrase for what it is: a goal. In the era of the personal brand—amid the Fear Of Missing Out Age—it's increasingly hard to shed a stifling sense of self, or to just be in the moment that you're in. Well, consider this an invitation to get blissfully insignificant. That's what STRFKR founder Joshua Hodges aimed to do when he exiled himself to the desert to create this record, but he returned with this set of darkly glistening dance songs rife with sticky beats, earworming hooks, philosophical heft, and bittersweet beauty. Album track “Tape Machine” is “a funky electro-pop ride... Founder Joshua Hodges went alone to the desert with the goal alluded to in the album's title,
Being No One, Going Nowhere, and came up with an album's worth of rich dark dance songs” – KCRW. [Limited light blue color vinyl pressing also available.]
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>Common – Black America Again CD (Def Jam)
11th studio album from the actor/rapper. Featured artists on
Black America Again include Marsha Ambrosius and Lauryn Hill. The album was executive produced by Robert Glasper and sequenced by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson.
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>Alicia Keys – HERE CD (RCA)
New (sixth) album from the singer/songwriter. Includes the song “Blended Family (What You Do For Love),” featuring A$AP Rocky. “On this album, I've arrived
HERE,” Keys says. “A place where I'm willing to truthfully look at myself in the mirror and to also see the reality of who we have become in this world. The good, the ugly, the shadows and the light. I've come to realize that in order for us to grow and to understand and accept each other we have to recognize the complexity of ourselves. We have to be able to talk about it and meet each other where we are, HERE.”
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>The Chris Robinson Brotherhood – If You Lived Here, You Would Be Home By Now CDEP/12” (Silver Arrow)
Less than three months after the release of their new album,
Anyway You Love, We Know How You Feel, The Chris Robinson Brotherhood release a companion EP If You Lived Here, You Would Be Home By Now. The new EP is comprised of tracks recorded at the same Stinson Beach, CA, sessions as the album. “If You Lived Here is the sonic bookend to our Anyway You Love recording and song cycle,” Robinson says. “When we were sequencing the original album, these five songs seemed to want to hang together in their own way and tell their own little story, so they were set aside to present separately.” EP track “New Cannonball Rag” is fueled with a relaxed groove that includes slide guitar, organ, and a sprinkling of psychedelic sound effects.
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>Hope Sandoval and The Warm Inventions – Until The Hunter CD/2xLP+MP3 (Tendril Tales)
Third studio album from Hope Sandoval and The Warm Inventions. The band includes Colm Ó Cíosóig of My Bloody Valentine. “On the nine minute plus opener ‘Into The Trees’ Sandoval’s ageless voice is augmented by church organs and O’ Cíosóig’s slow drum shuffle; it’s a psychedelic drone evocative of Mazzy Stars’ ‘She Hangs Brightly.’ As Sandoval intones ‘I miss you’ with singer Mariee Sioux refraining the line, the feel of melancholy in her voice is set up beautifully, but musically it’s a curveball, as thereafter the album explores country music, folk and blues. The record’s highlight ‘Let Me Get There’ sees Kurt Vile join them on a country rock song where his and Sandoval’s dulcet voices dovetail together wonderfully, like a modern day Gram Parsons & Emmylou Harris.” – The Line Of Best Fit