LUNA music essentials...

for the week of 02 SEPTEMBER 2014...
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>Half Japanese – Overjoyed CD/LP (Joyful Noise)
Overjoyed is the first album in 13 years from legendary punk band Half Japanese. One of the most influential bands of all time, Jad Fair and Half Japanese spearheaded the DIY and lo-fi movements, influencing countless bands such as Sonic Youth, Neutral Milk Hotel, Daniel Johnston, and perhaps most notably, Kurt Cobain (who ranked Half Japanese amongst his top 50 favorites). Available on CD and on splatter bone vinyl.
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>Helado Negro – Double Youth CD/LP (Asthmatic Kitty)
Helado Negro recorded
Double Youth, his fourth LP, in his home studio with a computer, his voice, and telepathic input from a poster he found buried in a closet in his childhood home. Seeing the poster evoked a sudden rush of memories, but also a sense of isolation and separation. Who was this person in the photo? And what else had Helado Negro forgotten? The poster's impact was so significant; it framed a new recording process for Helado Negro and now serves as cover art, title, and the conceptual framework for the lyrics and song structures.
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>Blonde Redhead – Barragán CD/LP+MP3 (Kobalt)
Blonde Redhead's ninth album. Tracks like "Dripping," "The One I Love," and "Defeatist Anthem (Harry And I)" have all the emotional punches of previous high water marks in the band's repertoire - the just feel slightly less calculated, more serendipitous. Formed in 1993, Blonde Redhead have never made records for fame, or for money, or to ape their teenage heroes, or to indulge any of the dumb, ephemeral impulses that clog up the blogosphere with dumb, ephemeral music. (Vinyl LP version is packaged in a custom die-­-cut cover and inner sleeve with "peel and reveal" sticker insert.)
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>Soundtrack – God Help The Girl CD/LP (Milan)
God Help The Girl is a musical feature film, written and directed by Stuart Murdoch, lead singer of Belle And Sebastian. The film was shot, edited, scored and mixed in Glasgow.
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>Earth – Primitive And Deadly CD/2xLP (Southern Lord)
Primitive And Deadly is Earth's tenth studio album. Earth's career, like its music, has always been a slow, deliberate progression. Each record slightly removed from the last, a constant refinement of a singular vision. (Vinyl version contains the exclusive bonus track "Badgers' Bane.")
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>The Kooks – Listen CD/LP (Astralwerks)
Produced by vocalist/songwriter Luke Pritchard and young hip-hop pioneer Inflo,
Listen showcases a new direction and sound for the multi-platinum selling UK act. "To me," Luke says, "this album is about pure expression." Listen is made up of 11 tracks with highlights including the street-smart garage rock of "Bad Habit," the powerful and haunting "See Me Now," and the incandescent joy of "Are We Electric." CD version is available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe adds four bonus tracks.
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>Counting Crows – Somewhere Under Wonderland CD/LP (Capitol)
Counting Crows' seventh album and first since 2008. CD version is available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe adds two bonus tracks.
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>William Basinski
– Disintegration Loops I [Reissue/2002] CD
– Disintegration Loops II [Reissue/2003] CD
– Disintegration Loops III [Reissue/2003] CD
– Disintegration Loops IV [Reissue/2003] CD (2062)
Remastered CDs finally available individually and separately from the sought-after sold-out box sets.
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>Big Star
- #1 Record [Reissue/1972] CD (Stax)
– Radio City [Reissue/1974] CD (Stax)
Digitally remastered reissues now available. Packaging includes new liner notes penned by
R.E.M.'s Mike Mills, who cites Big Star as one of his biggest influences.
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>Game Theory – Blaze Of Glory [Reissue/1982] CD/LP+MP3 (Omnivore)
Game Theory's 1982 debut album is expanded with 15 bonus tracks. Available on CD and on pink vinyl which includes a download for the bonus tracks.
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>Method Man – Tical [Reissue/1994] 2xCD/LP (Def Jam)
20th anniversary of the debut solo album of Wu-Tang Clan's Method Man. It was the first Wu-Tang solo album released after the group's debut,
Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). Similar to all first generation solo Wu-Tang projects, Tical was mainly produced by group member RZA. The album features guest appearances from several Wu-Tang members including RZA, Raekwon, and Inspectah Deck.