LUNA music essentials...

for the week of 21 OCTOBER 2014...
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>LUNA music iwant Probe Sweatshirt
Behold! The first-ever LUNA sweatshirt!
Printed on super soft Alternative Apparel—John Gilsenan, of London-based
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>The Budos Band – Burnt Offering CD/LP+MP3 (Daptone)
The sound of The Budos may be challenging for some to describe, but to the band, "Staten Island instrumental Afro-soul" means internalizing such seemingly disparate influences as the Cairo Jazz Band, J.C. Davis, Mulatu Astatke, and Black Sabbath and coming together to form a mind-bending combination of rhythm and melody.
Burnt Offering drips with the psychedelic sounds of early heavy metal fused with the tight-knit propulsion of Fela Kuti, and "sparked by their love of Black Sabbath and Pentagram.
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>Scott Walker + Sunn O))) – Soused CD/2xLP (4AD)
When Sunn O))) first approached Scott Walker about appearing on their 2009 album
Monoliths & Dimensions, they didn't know what it would actually lead to. Four years on, Scott returned with something even more enticing, collaborating on Soused, a body of work he was writing with them in mind. Recorded in London in early 2014 and produced by Scott Walker and long-time ally Peter Walsh with the assistance of musical director Mark Warman, Soused is a five-track, 50-minute record that cements the status of both acts' wide-reaching and otherworldly renown.
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>Cold War Kids – Hold My Home CD/LP (Downtown)
"The last few years have seen Long Beach quartet Cold War Kids undergo some pretty sizeable changes. The departure of founding guitarist Jonnie Russell in 2012 and drummer Matt Aviero (whose place in the band remains somewhat open-ended) ultimately didn't prove to be that massive a setback with 2013's
Dear Miss Lonelyhearts keeping the self-professed 'soul/punk' mission alive and well. Many bands would have immediately folded with an exodus of half its founding lineup, but thankfully Cold War Kids are not one of them. It could be the go-with-the-flow attitude of their native Long Beach (usually synonymous with such… let's say 'laid back' icons as Sublime and the one-and-only Snoop Dogg) but the stresses of a potential breakup have been pretty expertly avoided with a couple of Modest Mouse albums who bring something totally new and refreshingly different to the Cold War Kids sound and Hold My Home proves to be a pretty great record for it" – Renowned For Sound. (Available on CD and on clear vinyl.)
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>Various Artists - Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell CD/3xLP+MP3 (Yep Roc)
The innovative work of cellist-composer-electronic-pioneer Arthur Russell is honored with this new tribute album featuring 26 tracks by more than 20 artists, including: Hot Chip, Sufjan Stevens, Phosphorescent, Blood Orange, The Autumn Defense and Lonnie Holley.
Master Mix embodies the genre-defying, experimental spirit that defined Russell's work. Living in the East Village from the '70s until his untimely death in 1992 at age 40 from AIDS-related causes, Russell moved effortlessly between the city's various music scenes, recording disco beats alongside Nicky Siano one night, and the next, crafting slow, haunting tracks in his apartment with his cello and idiosyncratic warbling voice. The New Yorker called his work "stranded between lands real and imagined: the street and the cornfield; the soft bohemian New York and the hard Studio 54 New York; the cheery bold strokes of pop and the liberating possibilities of abstract art." Through his collaborations, he earned the admiration of artists like Allen Ginsberg, David Byrne and Philip Glass, who said of Russell's music: "It does not submit to formula, but subverts the formula."
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>Jessie Ware – Tough Love CD/2xLP (Interscope)
"A few months after Jessie Ware properly arrived with her commanding debut album, 2012's lush, mature
Devotion, she dropped a cover of 1990s R&B group Brownstone's 'If You Love Me,' a collaboration with production duo BenZel, who were then known as 'Japanese teenagers.' In actuality, the duo's a team-up between London post-bass producer Two Inch Punch and mega-producer Benny Blanco (Rihanna, Katy Perry), and the tricky pair have teamed again with Ware on her latest single, 'Tough Love,' along with handling executive producer duties on her forthcoming Devotion follow-up" [Best New Track] – Pitchfork. Available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe adds four bonus tracks.
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>Thurston Moore - Demolished Thoughts CD/LP+MP3 (Matador)
"In the years since Thurston Moore's 2011 album,
Demolished Thoughts, the framework surrounding the former Sonic Youth frontman has collapsed: the US alt-rock godfather relocated to the artisan bread capital of east London, and his aloof cool was skewed by his very public split from Kim Gordon. After the almost-unplugged quietude of that last album, here Moore retreats to the comfort of noise – that odd blanket of distortion – which is ramped up by the presence of My Bloody Valentine's Deb Googe and Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley." – The Guardian
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>Nude Beach – 77 CD/LP (Don Giovanni)
A unique rock & roll plane of existence that finds harmony between radio-friendly giants like Tom Petty and reclusive underground kooks like Bill Fox.
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>Mark Lanegan Band – Phantom Radio CD/LP (Vagrant)
New album produced and co-written by Alain Johannes (Queens Of The Stone Age). For
Phantom Radio Lanegan takes a slightly different direction, incorporating drum machines and electronics. British guitarist Duke Garwood assisted with "I Am The Wolf," violinist Sietse van Gorkom co-wrote "The Killing Season," and Lanegan's girlfriend Shelley Brien added vocals to the set's "Floor Of The Ocean."
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>Primus – Primus & The Chocolate Factory With The Fungi Ensemble CD/LP (ATO)
The definitive Primus line-up Les Claypool, guitarist Larry LaLonde, and drummer Tim Alexander - is back together and set to release their first full-length studio set in nearly 20 years. "The idea was to combine the Frog Brigade and Primus, and do this record, says Claypool. I think like a good portion of the planet, we were all pretty put off by the remake of the
Willy Wonka movie - the Tim Burton version. I really wanted to pay homage to a film [1971's Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, starring Gene Wilder] that was very important to me as a kid and very influential to me musically. So that's what we did. And as opposed to just going in and recording the songs and playing them the way they are in the film, we twisted them up a bit...twisted them up a lot. The notion wasn't so much to go in and redo the soundtrack note for note as much as it was to utilize the classic elements of the music yet try to reflect some of the darker undertones of the Roald Dahl books, because when you read those books, there is an eerie and somewhat menacing aspect implied."
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>Jukebox The Ghost – Jukebox The Ghost CD (Yep Roc)
On the follow-up to its critically acclaimed album
Safe Travels, Jukebox The Ghost is at it again with a new collection of the band's signature brand of infectious pop songs. Vinyl version due November 18.
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>The 2 Bears – The Night Is Young CD/2xLP (Kartel/Southern Fried Records)
Two years ago The 2 Bears dropped a debut album that re-invigorated a genre and gathered music fans in the open embrace of house music with
Be Strong, an album rooted in their love for London. The Night Is Young takes on a more global vision. With a love for their home city still at its heart, the album pulls influences and experiences from across the world of dance music, drawing deeply from their trip to Africa last summer.
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– Sleater-Kinney [Reissue/1995] CD/LP+MP3 (Sub Pop)
– Call The Doctor [Reissue/1996] CD/LP+MP3 (Sub Pop)
– Dig Me Out [Reissue/1997] CD/LP+MP3 (Sub Pop)
– All Hands On The Bad One [Reissue/2000] LP+MP3 (Sub Pop)
– One Beat [Reissue/2002] CD/LP+MP3 (Sub Pop)
– The Woods [Reissue/2005] 2xLP+MP3 (Sub Pop)
– Start Together 1994-2008 7xLP+MP3 (Sub Pop)
Remastered reissues now available. Sleater-Kinney were known for their feminist, left-leaning politics, and were an integral part of the riot grrrl and indie rock scenes in the Pacific Northwest. (The
Start Together vinyl box set compiles all seven of Sleater-Kinney's critically-acclaimed albums, plus a 44-page hardcover book and an art print. Each LP is on a different color of vinyl, and this box is the only way to get these albums on color wax.)
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>Mineral – 1994-1998: The Complete Collection 2xCD (Arena Rock)
Collects both albums from the seminal Texas emo band, plus 10 bonus songs. (Vinyl reissues of Mineral's two albums are also available this week.)
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>Jerry Garcia Band - Garcia Live Volume 5: December 31st 1975 Keystone Berkeley 2xCD (ATO)
This fifth installment of the
Garcia Live archival series presents the Jerry Garcia Band's New Year's Eve 1975 performance at the Keystone in Berkeley, California. Flying under the radar, this unannounced/unadvertised performance holds the distinction as the JGB's only performance on New Year's -- an occasion typically reserved for the Grateful Dead. This performance also marks the legendary Nicky Hopkins' final performance with the group.