LUNA music essentials...

for the week of 29 JULY 2014...
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>Shabazz Palaces – Lese Majesty CD/2xLP+MP3 (Sub Pop)
Lese Majesty is the second album the Seattle-based experimental hip-hop group featuring Palaceer Lazaro (aka Ishmael Butler, formerly of Digable Planets) and Fly Guy 'Dai (aka Tendai Maraire). The album is not a launching pad for the group's fan base increasing propaganda. It is a series of astral suites, recorded happenings, shared.
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>Jenny Lewis – The Voyager CD/LP (WB)
This is the former Rilo Kiley frontwoman’s third solo album and first in six years, following 2006's
Rabbit Fur Coat (with The Watson Twins) and 2008's Acid Tongue. The Voyager's rootsy, golden glow comes courtesy of Lewis and the artists she chose to produce various tracks, including Ryan Adams (who, alongside Mike Viola, produced all but three of the tracks), Beck, and Lewis' longtime collaborator Johnathan Rice.
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>Various Artists – Beck Song Reader CD (Capitol)
The now legendary
Beck Song Reader – 20 Beck compositions previously released exclusively as stunningly illustrated sheet music in partnership with McSweeney's – is now available as a traditional release on CD. The 20-track all-star collection features exclusively recorded versions of Song Reader charts by the likes of Jack White, Jeff Tweedy, David Johansen, Jason Isbell, fun., Eleanor Friedberger, Lord Huron, Norah Jones, Laura Marling, Jarvis Cocker, Sparks, and several more including Beck himself.
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>Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Hypnotic Eye CD/LP (Reprise)
Hypnotic Eye is the 13th studio album from Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, and the first album from the band in four years. "I knew I wanted to do a rock & roll record," Petty told Rolling Stone in April. "We hadn't made a straight hard-rockin' record, from beginning to end, in a long time."
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>Shaolin Afronauts – Follow The Path CD/LP (Freestyle)
Follow The Path is a 21-track, double album that expands upon and delves further into the musical genres that inspire and influence the group: rhythmic and pulsating Afrobeat, and the avant-garde/spiritual jazz inspired by artists such as Sun Ra and Mulatu Astatke.
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>Naomi Shelton And The Gospel Queens – Cold World CD/LP+MP3 (Daptone)
With Gabriel (Bosco Mann) Roth at the helm, Naomi and company went into the studio summer 2013, and cut onto tape what can only be described as bonafide soul excitement of the highest order. At the heart of it,
Cold World is a soul record but the cross section of sub-genres the album weaves through makes it difficult to label it plainly as such.
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>Stardeath And White Dwarfs – Wastoid CD/LP (Federal Prism)
"Stardeath & White Dwarfs' heavy, gods-hammering sound owes as much to sludgy prog-rock influences like King Crimson and Pink Floyd as it does to Uncle Wayne's oeuvre." -- The Guardian
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>Land Observations – The Grand Tour CD/LP (Mute)
"Land Observations recorded
The Grand Tour with nothing but his electric guitar whilst sitting on the edge of the Bavarian Alps (sweet tax write-off) and will probably stretch the John Fahey/Takoma-style guitar explorations further into the motorik-kraut direction that his debut record did, thus becoming its own Grand Tour by expanding the mind through the exploration of the treasures of layering rhythm, timbre, and melody, inspired by key sites throughout Europe." – Tiny Mixtapes
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>Van Dyke Parks – Super Chief CD (Yep Roc)
From VDP: "I’ve made an orchestral fantasy illustrating my first trip across the USA by rail, in 1955. This suite is drawn from over a score of years, and as many films, now re-recorded from my archives as a film-music composer. Most of this music has been faintly presented, under the din of horse hooves, gunplay, and voice-over. Much of it has never been heard at all, having ended up on editing room floors from entirely re-cut films, or movies that never made it past a box office. I felt it was high time to give it a proper listen."
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>Fela Kuti – Finding Fela OST (Knitting Factory Works)
The soundtrack to the film
Finding Fela which tells the story of Fela Kuti's life, his music, and his social and political importance. This in-depth look at the man who created Afrobeat (the fusion of jazz, traditional West African rhythms, funk, highlife, and psychedelic rock) includes 17 of Fela's classic tracks plus a never-before released live version of "Colonial Mentality" recorded at the New Afrika Shine in Fela's hometown of Lagos and features Femi Kuti on saxophone.
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>Marc Broussard – Life Worth Living CD/LP (Vanguard)
Louisiana's favorite son returns with a set that's part laid back soul, part blistering R&B, and all Marc Broussard, as they say down in Carencro.
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>Eric Clapton & Friends - The Breeze: An Appreciation Of JJ Cale CD (Bushbranch)
Eric Clapton has often stated that JJ Cale is one of the single most important figures in rock history, a sentiment echoed by many of his fellow musicians. Cale’s influence on Clapton and many of today s artists cannot be understated. To honor JJ’s legacy, a year after his passing, Clapton gathered a group of like-minded friends and musicians for
The Breeze (An Appreciation of JJ Cale). With performances by Clapton, Mark Knopfler, John Mayer, Willie Nelson, Tom Petty, Derek Trucks and Don White, the album features 16 beloved JJ Cale songs. Vinyl version due August 5.
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>Various Artists – Hyperdub 10.2 CD (Hyperdub)
Hyperdub 10.2 represents the second of four compilations documenting the label's first decade (but largely displaying its most recent five years). Focusing on the label's self-professed R&B offerings (the first volume having showcased the label's club music), 10.2 mixes new offerings from Kode9, Cooly G, and Jessy Lanza with older tracks from Burial, DJ Rashad, and Terror Danjah. A mixed bag, stylistically, 10.2's tracks are bound by rustling vocals, lights-low tempos, and sultry arrangements." – Pitchfork