LUNA music essentials...
for the week of 09 SEPTEMBER 2014...
Lateness Of Dancers is an open, confident, immediate album, and it feels, at times, like a direct response to the darkness of Taylor's last record, 2013's Haw, or to the searching of 2010's Bad Debt, the stunning acoustic LP he made at his kitchen table shortly after the birth of his son. Lateness Of Dancers includes many of Taylor's longtime collaborators, like Phil and Brad Cook of Megafaun, the guitarist William Tyler, and his erstwhile recording partner Scott Hirsch. Alexandra Sauser-Monnig of Mountain Man contributes backing vocals.
Ryan Adams' new album is a self-titled affair and the first to be released on the combined Pax Am/Blue Note imprint. Produced by Adams' himself at his own Pax Am Studios in Los Angeles, the new record is the NC-born singer/songwriter’s first full length since 2011's Ashes & Fire. The first single "Gimme Something Good" has already elicited wide praise, with Stereogum exclaiming "he doesn't seem to have lost a songwriting step. This thing is a total knockout."
"El Pintor finds Interpol returning to the sleek, monochrome post-punk that caused such an impact in the early 2000s. ‘All The Rage Back Home’ and 'My Desire' are pacy, confident openers that chime melodically. Banks has added frantically glowering basslines and a fleeting falsetto to his arsenal of mean, moody and melancholy baritones. Otherwise, it's business as usual, shrouded in the familiar sonic murk and gloom of the first two albums" – The Guardian. (Vinyl version available in Regular and 'Collector's' editions.
Single Mothers is comprised of ten tracks that showcase exactly why Justin Townes Earle is considered a forefather of contemporary Americana. As a recently married, sober man JTE writes from a point of maturity and content we've not seen before on past records. "One day I just realized it's not cool to die young, and it's even less cool to die after 30," Justin laughs as he reflects on a life past and his newfound clarity.
11 new recordings, nine of which are original songs written by Plant with his band, The Sensational Space Shifters (Justin Adams: bendirs, djembe, guitars, tehardant, background vocals; John Baggott: keyboards, loops, moog bass, piano, tabal, background vocals; Juldeh Camara: kologo, ritti, Fulani vocals; Billy Fuller: bass, drum programming, omnichord, upright bass; Dave Smith: drum set; and Liam "Skin" Tyson: banjo, guitar, background vocals).
Tennis is comprised of married couple Patrick Riley and Alaina Moore. The two met in college in Denver, and embarked upon a ten-month sailing voyage that inspired what would become their first album Cape Dory. Ritual In Repeat is their third LP, and was produced by Black Keys’ Patrick Carney and Richard Swift.
The Toronto-based rock quartet is perhaps the most truly democratic group in the annals of pop, with Jay Ferguson, Chris Murphy, Patrick Pentland, and Andrew Scott all contributing original compositions to each record, equal partners with equal say over every aspect of their work. Where in the past creative lines have been blurred to create the multi-faceted Sloan sound, Commonwealth sees the four bandmates disassociating ever so slightly to create an old-school double album sequenced with each member staking out a single side as their own artistic dominion.
Sean Rowe, who The Wall Street Journal wrote, "recalls the ecstatic intensity of late-'60s Van Morrison and stark subtlety of late-era Johnny Cash" has created a beautifully primal work. Madman is deliberately simple in both arrangement and composition. It is soul music in the purest and most literal sense, hypnotic rhythms, warmly distorted guitars and Rowe's incredible voice recalling a time, real or imagined, when music and people seemed distinctly more connected.
Avi Buffalo's sophomore album is a quirky yet comforting set of songs driven by refined pop songcraft and sneaky moments of grandeur that stick in the brain. At Best Cuckold was recorded at Tiny Telephone, the analog-friendly San Francisco studio run by John Vanderslice (whose Bowie tribute Avi contributed to), engineered by Jay Pellicci (The Dodos, Deerhoof, Sleater-Kinney) and Nicolas Vernhes at Rare Book Room studio in Brooklyn.
The Physical World is the long-awaited follow up to 2004's You're a Woman, I'm A Machine. "…An album full of the sort of guitar riffs that we, as a society, are just not used to hearing anymore." – Stereogum
The fourth album from San Diego-bred five-piece, Into the Wide was born in a flood-ruined, cave-like, rat-colonized room in the band’s new hometown of Brooklyn. After spending more than a year writing together in the windowless studio they rebuilt after Hurricane Sandy wreaked its havoc, the group resurfaced with a batch of demos and headed to Georgia to team up with Ben Allen (a producer/engineer known for his work with artists like Animal Collective and Deerhunter).
Recorded in Tricky’s home studio in London, Adrian Thaws is a musically adventurous project and collaborators on the album include Francesca Belmonte, Nneka, Mykki Blanco, Bella Gotti, Tirzah, Blue Daisy and Oh Land. CD version is available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe contains two bonus tracks, a 24-page digibook, and hardbound book packaging.
The Los Angeles native and self-taught pianist, vocalist, and songwriter releases her debut album. Effortlessly balancing her gift for honest, poetic perspectives on love and humanity with a voice that gained her overnight attention from the music industry’s most important curators – Banks is poised for massive things. Drawing from inspirations like Fiona Apple and Miss Lauryn Hill, Banks focuses on the duality of soulful earthly emotion and ethereal atmospheric sounds.
Over the years as members of the criminally underrated ‘prog-psychedelic band’ Simian, as one of the UK's finest electronic duos, and individually as esteemed producers for other acts James and Jas have accumulated mountains of incredible vintage synthesizers and other general sound-making boxes. Limiting themselves to two suitcase-sized boxes each no laptops, no racks of hardware, just one synth and one sequencer each they headed into the high desert of Joshua Tree National Park in California and recorded Whorl in front of an audience.
The legendary Nassau Coliseum show with Branford Marsalis is presented as a three-disc set.
Fantastic interpretations by Hot Chip, Optimo, Joakim and more. Remixes by Daphni, Scientist, Justin Stauss and even more all done as a part of the Luaka Bop/MOOG Remix Project.
Recorded by Roy Thomas Baker, Queen’s March 31, 1974 show at the Rainbow was so good, it was touted as a live follow-up to Queen II for a while, before this idea was eventually shelved and Sheer Heart Attack became the third album. When that record was a massive success (along with single Killer Queen) Freddie Mercury, Brian May, John Deacon and Roger Taylor returned to the venue in November 1974 for two further dates. Apart from the single CD version (which contains the November show only) the Live At The Rainbow ’74 releases contain (to varying degrees) both shows, newly restored, edited, mixed, and digitally remastered. The expanded double-CD digipak edition has the March show on one CD and a November show on the other, while the DVD/Blu-ray editions feature the November show with four ‘bonus’ tracks from March. The Super Deluxe version features all digital disc formats plus a 60-page hardcover book containing rare photographs and various items of memorabilia such as reproductions of the tickets, show souvenir program and poster, as well as material from the band members' personal archives.