LUNA music essentials...

for the week of 30 SEPTEMBER 2014...
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>BIRDS OF AMERICA / NAT RUSSELL - What Was Birds: 2000 - 2011 CASSETTE (BOA/LUNA)
A crucial selection of all things Birds, from 2000-2011. Originally released in Japan on CD, this limited-edition cassette has 14 songs and a few of them have a surprise, original illustration from Nat, tucked inside! #goldenticket
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>BIRDS OF AMERICA / NAT RUSSELL - Current Carry CASSETTE (BOA/LUNA)
First-time issue on cassette—'Current Carry' is a 10-track BOA studio album, from the wayback of 2005!
Featuring such lethal tracks as: "I Am In Love With An Ocean," "Sister Brother," and "Sleeep," this is your perfect entry into the world of Birds...
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>Lucinda Williams – Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone CD/2xLP+CD (Highway 20)
Recorded off and on between September of 2013 through March of 2014,
Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone finds Lucinda tapping into her southern roots for this double album, which features guest appearances by Greg Leisz, Tony Joe White, Pete Thomas, Gia Ciambotti, Bill Frisell and Jakob Dylan.
>>GRAB A FREE, SILK-SCREENED POSTER, WHEN YOU PICK UP LUCINDA'S NEW ALBUM!
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>Lee Gamble – Koch CD/2xLP (Pan)
Sharing some stylistic affinity with his previous records, which excavated his deeply personal history with UK jungle and rave, and techno, this new work dives even deeper to reveal a singular and intimate musical vantage point, shifting to approaching music as projection, state, hallucination, an other place. With
Koch we experience an artist constructing a future after time spent deconstructing the past. If you dig recent stuff on Modern Love (Andy Stott, Demdike Stare, Miles, G.H.), then you need to own this album.
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>Prince – ART OFFICIAL AGE CD (WB)
While it plays like a classic Prince album, produced, arranged, composed, and performed by the Man in Purple,
ART OFFICIAL AGE is also a contemporary concoction of soul, R&B and funk.
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>Prince & 3rdeyegirl – Plectrumelectrum CD (WB)
Plectrumelectrum is a classic band record, with 3rdeyegirl – a funk band comprised of Prince, Donna Grantis (guitar), Hannah Ford Welton (drums) and Ida Nielsen (bass). Recorded live and in analog, the album is an electrifying funk-rock statement. Many of the tracks were performed live on the "Hit & Run" tours of the UK earlier this year - incendiary performances in a series of historic venues - which led The Guardian to declare ''These are performances by one of the greatest funk-rock bands ever.''
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>Christopher Owens – A New Testament CD/LP (Turnstyle)
Second solo album from the former Girls frontman. "The album finds Owens tackling some heavy themes and playing around with classic American sounds like gospel and old-timey country. But there's a summery, chipper lightness to many of the songs here, and if I had to guess, I'd name Buddy Holly as the single greatest influence on the whole project." – Stereogum
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>The Rural Alberta Advantage – Mended With Gold CD/LP (Saddle Creek)
Mended With Gold is the third album from the Canadian folk indie folk outfit. The ideas and moods created in these songs tie back to the album title Mended With Gold, embracing the idea that the breakage and repair of an object becomes part of its unique history and ultimately makes it more valuable instead of a blemish to disguise. The Rural Alberta Advantage have taken all of their successes, losses, adventures, and heartbreaks over the past few years, and forged them together into an unforgettably powerful work of beauty. (Limited vinyl version pressed on clear wax with metallic gold splatter.)
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>Gui Boratto – Abaporu CD/2LP+CD (Kompakt)
On
Abaporu, the Brazilian dancefloor virtuoso displays his expertise in bouncing prime-time cuts and sophisticated pop vignettes. Includes the summer singles "Take Control" and "Too Late."
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>Electric Youth – Innerworld CD/LP (Secretly Canadian)
"Crafted in the image of nu-romantic synth-pop acts like Soft Cell and Yaz, Electric Youth's
Innerworld is awash in '80s earmarks. In fact, Yaz's Vince Clarke lent a hand (and a Yamaha CS80) to the album. The arpeggiated melodies and programmed drums that course through Innerworld evoke memories of lost '80s hits, hinting at the likes of Berlin, Nu Shooz, Scandal and Regina, especially in tracks like ‘Without You' and the slower ballad ‘If All She Has Is You.' Electric Youth operates with a sense of remove, though, evocative of icy Italo hits of that same era." – NPR
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>Tove Lo – Queen Of The Clouds CD (Island)
Highly anticipated debut album from the Swedish songbird. Tove Lo first entered the pop arena earlier this year in March with the release of her critically acclaimed debut EP,
Truth Serum, and widely appraised live performances at this 2014's SXSW in Austin, TX. Vinyl version due October 14.
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>Oasis – (What's The Story) Morning Glory? [Reissue/1995] CD/3xCD/2xLP+MP3 (Big Brother Recordings)
Oasis' multi-platinum follow up to
Definitely Maybe has been remastered reissued as a standard single-disc as well as Deluxe triple-CD and double-LP set (which features a digital download bundle of all bonus CD content). Previously unheard demos of She's Electric and Rockin Chair recorded at Mark Coyle's Manchester studio. Highlights of the bonus material: Demos of "Some Might Say," "Hey Now," and "Bonehead's Bank Holiday" recorded by Mark Coyle for the first time at the band's soundcheck at Club Quattro in Tokyo in September 1994; Live recordings from legendary gigs such as Knebworth House, Maine Road Stadium, Earls Court, and Bath Pavilion' All of the Morning Glory B-sides including "Talk Tonight," "Acquiesce," "The Masterplan," and "Underneath The Sky." (Also available as a Super Deluxe set which includes three CDs, two LPs, a cassette, plus a 7'' and 12'' single.)
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>Charlie Haden/Jim Hall – Charlie Haden/Jim Hall CD (Blue Note)
Archive release of a previously-unreleased performance by these two recently departed masters at the 1990 Montreal International Jazz Festival. At first this might seem an unusual pairing - the dean of the avant-garde bass and a fellow that defined mainstream jazz guitar - but Charlie Haden and Jim Hall shared much common ground.
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>Steve Arrington – Way Out: 80-84 CD (Tummy Touch)
Ohio funk legend/ambassador Steve Arrington releases a retrospective album, covering 30 years of unreleased and reworked material.
Way Out: 80-84 is a compilation of sorts, blending more obscure cuts from earlier in his career with touched-up wonders that simply never left the cutting room floor.
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>Various Artists – The Soul Of Designer Records 4xCD (Big Legal Mess)
If passion and fervor were electricity, the performances on The Soul Of Designer Records could put the glow in every neon sign in the city on the Mississippi River where they were recorded. Between 1967 and 1977 Designer label founder Style Wooten and his studio main man Roland Janes (a heroic figure in Memphis music), produced between 400 and 500 gospel singles. Many of the artists they recorded came from Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas, but as the label's reputation grew they began arriving from more far flung locales—Chicago, St. Louis, Boston, Ohio, the Carolinas, Florida, California—sometimes literally waiting in line for their turn to cut at Janes' Sonic Studios. Many of these numbers share a badass, wild-eyed energy—the same primitive, reverb-soaked mojo that drives the classic Memphis rockabilly, garage rock and blues that was Janes' specialty.