LUNA music essentials...

for the week of 28 OCTOBER 2014...
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From the beginning, Lily & Madeleine's calling card has been the breathtaking and intuitive union of their voices. When the two come together in ecstatic and seamless blood harmony, it's a sound that continues to haunt long after the songs are sung, leaving an electrical charge behind like a sparkling tracer in the air. When they step out individually as vocalists, Lily's warm, smoky alto is the counterpoint to Madeleine's crystalline, bell-like soprano. >>PLEASE NOTE: THE COLOR OF VINYL HAS CHANGED ON THIS PRESSING.
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>Kelly Pardekooper – Milk in Sunshine orange vinyl LP+CD (Leisure Time)
Indianapolis-based Kelly Pardekooper has just released his seventh album, 'Milk in Sunshine.' Eight new songs followed by 16 cuts featured on hit television shows 'True Blood,' 'Justified,' 'Sons of Anarchy,' 'Blue Bloods,' 'Cold Case,' and many more. Featured guest album appearances by vocalist Pieta Brown and guitar wizard Bo Ramsey!
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>Run The Jewels – Run The Jewels 2 CD/2xLP (Mass Appeal)
El-P and Killer Mike, two of the most distinctive and celebrated names in rap, might have seemed like an unlikely pairing on paper, but the duo subverted and pulverized all expectations with their critically lauded
Run The Jewels collaborative LP last year. Tapping into the creative synergy they'd discovered in 2012 on Mike's R.A.P. Music album (produced by El-P) and El's Cancer 4 Cure album (featuring Mike), plus subsequent tours together, Run The Jewels cemented their musical alliance with an album of uncompromisingly raw, forward thinking hip-hop. (Limited vinyl copies pressed on HQ-180gm teal vinyl with poster and sticker sheet.)
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>Sylvie Simmons – Sylvie CD/LP (Light In The Attic)
Debut album by esteemed writer and Leonard Cohen biographer. Like Devendra Banhart says, this is "a gem of an album, fragile and fearless, direct and poetic, timeless and absolutely beautiful. Like Rosalie Sorrels meets the Only Ones." Or Isobel Campbell on a lost desert night, maybe, with only the moon and a ukulele for company.
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>Various Artists – Local Customs: Cavern Sound CD/LP (Numero)
Covers six years lost in the deranging darkness of Independence, Missouri's Pixley limestone mine, where a team of misfit engineers captured the reverberating echoes of Kansas City's rock & roll blasting cap. Taped in the subterranean studio headspace of Cavern between 1967-1973 are previously unissued recordings by Jaded, Larry Sands & The Sound Affair, Sheriff, Mulligan, Sotone Wall, Morningstar, The Montaris, and The Dantes, alongside the most explosive tracks released on KC's Pearce, Rock, & Cave labels by the likes of The Reactions, Burlingtons, Burlington Express, The Classmen, Fraight, American Sound Ltd., Baxter's Chat, 21 Cetnruy Sound Movement, Pretty, Tide, and A.J. Rowe.
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>Grouper – Ruins CD/LP (Kranky)
Available October 31.
Ruins was made in Aljezur, Portugal in 2011 on a residency set up by Galeria Ze dos Bois. Everything was recorded there, save the last song, which Grouper recorded at her mother's house. From Grouper: "I'm still surprised by what I wound up with. It was the first time I'd sat still for a few years; processed a lot of political anger and emotional garbage. Recorded pretty simply, with a portable four-track, Sony stereo mic and an upright piano."
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>Daniel Lanois – Flesh And Machine CD (Anti)
Daniel Lanois is one of the most influential record producers of the modern era: the man who brought Bob Dylan back; longtime collaborator with Brian Eno, soundsculpting a series of mammoth releases for U2; and producer of breakthrough late-career albums by Willie Nelson and Emmylou Harris. But before all that, Daniel Lanois was an experimental musician, recording his unique guitar voicings for groundbreaking albums with guys like Brian Eno and Jon Hassell, along the way helping to invent a genre called ambient music. Vinyl version due November 10.
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>The Twilight Sad – Nobody Wants To Be Here And Nobody Wants To Leave CD/LP (FatCat)
Following their stark nod to the heroes of an industrial past,
No One Can Ever Know, The Twilight Sad has dug into their own past to form an album that's bracing, biting and as widescreen as anything in their canon. The band, ever ambassadors of Scottish gloom, have harnessed their dark muse once again and drawn on their prowess in the live arena to track a record that proves they can translate the power of their stage show to tape.
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>Dan Bodan – Soft CD/LP (DFA)
Berlin based songwriter Dan Bodan was born in the wide-open Canadian prairies and raised in Montreal. Reared on the cities underground noise and experimental music scene, Bodan moved to Berlin eight years ago. Blossoming in the cities unique mixture of crumbling old-world European values, start-up philanthropy, sleepless techno and epic grey skies, he began writing songs to soundtrack his train rides through the city and make sense of it all. Recommended for fans of FKA Twigs, Rhye, Autre Ne Veut, How To Dress Well.
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>Rancid – Honor Is All We Know CD/LP+CD+7" (Epitaph)
Rancid's new record is much like their other records in the sense that it is filled with the stories and characters that populate the band's lives, and reflects the cultural and political climate in which it was written and recorded. It has classic Rancid songcraft: two minute songs packed with melody, personally empathetic and politically denunciatory. (Vinyl version adds a copy on CD and a bonus 7" single.)
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>Led Zeppelin
– IV [Reissue/1971] CD/2xCD/LP/2xLP (Atlantic)
– Houses Of The Holy [Reissue/1973] CD/2xCD/LP/2xLP (Atlantic)
As with the previous deluxe editions, both albums have been newly remastered by guitarist and producer Jimmy Page and are accompanied by a second disc of companion audio comprised entirely of unreleased music related to that album. The Super Deluxe box sets include the deluxe double-CD editions, the double HQ-180gm vinyl LP pressings, high-def audio digital of all content at 96kHz/24 bit, a hard bound 80-page book filled with rare and previously unseen photos and memorabilia, and a high-quality print of the original album cover.
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>Afghan Whigs – Gentleman [Reissue/1993] 2xCD/LP (Rhino)
If there is one album fully deserving of a coming of age celebration, it is The Afghan Whigs'
Gentlemen. Originally released in October 1993, the album and the band - was seen as the bastard stepchild of the alt-rock era and, as the Los Angeles Times noted, is an "overlooked masterpiece." The double-disc CD set features the original album newly remastered along with a bonus disc of seventeen demos, B-sides, and live performances, the great majority of which are previously unreleased.
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>Underworld - Dubnobasswithmyheadaman: 20th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Audio [Reissue/1993] (UMe)
Blu-ray audio version now available. Underworld's third album (though some might call it their debut) showcased the limitless possibilities of electronic music. Although born out of club culture,
Dubnobass defied the accepted genres of the time - equally suited to the dancefloor and the after party, it was as immersive an experience quaking through bassbins or headphones. Two decades on from its original release, it's unarguable that the album is one of the most influential British electronic records of all time; a signpost for everything from dance music's easy relationship with main stages at festivals to the radio/globe-conquering EDM phenomenon.