LUNA music essentials...
for the week of 05 AUGUST 2014...
They Want My Soul is Spoon’s most straight-up, direct and concise rock album ever; A certain "return to form" as a straight up American rock band, a restoration of Spoon’s trademark authority, confidence and swagger; Music runs a gamut from AC/DC-esque guitar-driven songs like the opener "Rent I Pay" to stunning cosmic space disco tracks like "Outlier" to delicately pensive album standout "Inside Out." After six years of incessant recording and touring, band took a four and a half year break between albums. Also available on white vinyl. p.s. THANKS TO ALL OF YOU WHO TOOK PART IN OUR SPOON 10" PRE-ORDER PROMO!
Bear In Heaven's new album is aptly titled Time Is Over One Day Old. It's a record with a visceral relationship to time and its processes. Where invulnerability and ambition can support you as you grow, at some point they become dead weight, and being true to yourself means casting them off, starting anew. This plays out as a powerful analogy for the band across the arc of its career. (Limited copies pressed on white vinyl.)
End Times Undone offers a robust sampling of the styles Kilgour has mastered over the last three decades. For an album that comes so late in one’s career, it's a surprisingly convenient entry point into his body of work. After a psychedelic intro, opener "Like Rain" immediately identifies itself as vintage Kilgour, with shimmering guitars that gracefully swell and secede. "Lose Myself In Sound" will appeal to fans of The Clean who favor songs where the band chugs along on a blissful straight-line path. While the album has its share of abstract lyrics, this title is one to take seriously.
The World We Left Behind is Nachtmystium's swansong, the final chapter in a tumultuous, controversial and always provoking history. Founder and frontman, Blake Judd, has faced his demons and written an album full of desperation and gloom that oozes depravity. Though they previous toured with Opeth, Cradle Of Filth, Watain and countless others, this is truly the end. No tours, no fanfare.
After recording some initial demos in North Carolina, The Rosebuds headed to Eau Claire, WI to record with their old friend and former band member Justin Vernon. Their comfort and connection with Vernon allowed them to stretch their creative limbs, as Vernon gently teased out some of the band's most stellar musical performances to date.
Formed in 2005, Chapel Hill, NC’s Spider Bags was largely a revolving cast, with only Dan McGee (guitars, vocals) persevering through the various incarnations of the band. But during the 2011 recording of Shake My Head, the current lineup consisting of Steve Oliva (bass) and Rock Forbes (drums) was finally solidified. Building upon the foundation laid down by its predecessor, Frozen Letter rocks with the clairvoyance of three musicians who have spent a lot of time recording and touring together over the last few years. Also available on red vinyl.
Palo Alto is the debut feature film from writer-director Gia Coppola and the score is Devonté Hynes (Blood Orange) first composition for film. Based on several linked stories by James Franco, the film is a teenage romance for the ages, made indelible through its ensemble cast (James Franco, Emma Roberts, Jack Kilmer).
At just five songs and a shade over 20 minutes, the exquisite Ocean Death is not over-thought. Songs were perfected, not embellished. "Ocean Death" reclines in the aquatic seabed, its lyrics at once simple, bleak and celestial. The 3:00 a.m. introspection and heartbeat pulse—reminiscent of Four Tet or Pantha Du Prince—are almost minimal techno, but suffused with maximalist emotion.
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.
This triple-disc set brings together Hancock’s complete catalog for Warner Bros., together with singles and promotional recordings, reissued for the very first time.