LUNA music essentials...

for the week of 04 NOVEMBER 2014...
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>LUNA music iwant Probe Sweatshirt
Behold! The first-ever LUNA sweatshirt!
Printed on super soft Alternative Apparel (click
HERE, to really see the detail)—John Gilsenan, of London-based iwant design, has turned out a completely modern take on our classic logo that is deep in detail (we love the swimming pool and the cassette deck), that simply takes the cake... >>grab one...
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>Mark Kozelek – Sings Christmas Carols CD (Caldo Verde)
Solo acoustic Christmas songs from our favorite nylon string, tell-it-like-it-is, player.
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>Grouper – Ruins CD/LP (Kranky)
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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>Dean Blunt – Black Metal CD/LP (Rough Trade)
Blunt's newest odyssey,
Black Metal, rides this tension between critical detachment and mainlined human feeling, and in fact he climbs ever-steeper theoretical heights just as his emotionally stark songs become, at times, startlingly intimate.
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>Arca – Xen CD/LP (Mute)
Arca is the incarnation of Alejandro Ghersi, a 24-year old Venezuelan producer and musician. Having previously released EPs, mixtapes, and produced for the likes of FKA Twigs, Bjork, and Kanye West, Arca's music is uniquely his own.
Xen is a very personal record for Arca, with the underlying concept revolving around gender and sexuality. However, gender isn't the defining concept but rather a vessel with which to expose Arca's vulnerability.
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>Deerhoof – La Isla Bonita CD/LP+MP3 (Polyvinyl)
"Veteran Bay Area spaz-poppers Deerhoof recorded their new album
La Isla Bonita live in a garage over one week. God Mode label head Nick Sylvester (who is, full disclosure, my friend) recorded it, and it has a bit more melody and a bit less berserk skronk pyrotechnics than a lot of other Deerhoof records. But this is still very much a Deerhoof album, and the past decade and a half of this band has probably already let you know whether this is something you need in your life" – Stereogum. (Limited initial vinyl copies pressed on gray wax.)
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>Les Sins – Michael CD/LP (Company)
Michael is the debut full-length from Les Sins, the dance project of Toro Y Moi's Chaz Bundick. Inspired by cartoon and movie soundtracks, the largely instrumental album explores classic dance and pop music traditions. Catchy, repetitive vocal hooks gel with beats and synth work influenced by house, techno, French electronic, and ‘90s hip-hop production. Bundick made the album over two years and recorded everything in his home studio. Michael follows a 12" on Carpark Records and two singles for Jialong. The LP is the first release on Company Records, a partnership between Chaz and Carpark.
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>Wax Taylor – Phonovisions Symphonic Orchestra 2xCD+DVD/4xLP+MP3 (Le Plan)
A multifaceted and fiercely independent artist, Wax Tailor established himself in just a few years as one of the leading voices of the post hip-hop and downtempo scenes. With three albums under his belt, as well as over 400 concerts in over 50 countries, he erupted from France to become an international phenomenon.
Phonovisions was recorded live with over 50 musicians on stage.
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>Batida – Dois CD/LP (Soundway)
Strands of Afro-house, Kuduro, Benga, Semba, samples from old Angolan movies and Afrobeat tracks, African MCs and musicians from all over the world are all deftly mixed together by Pedro Coquenao. Inspired by the multicultural hotbed of his home city of Lisbon and trips to Nairobi and Luanda,
Dois was predominately produced in his own garage-studio over a two-year period. Much of the remix and sampling spirit from the first record remains but Dois also features live instrumentation along with a host of different guests.
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>Black Milk – If There's A Hell Below CD (Computer Ugly)
"Black Milk is a paradoxical artist, one defined by both wild reinvention and stasis. To this point, every other Black Milk album is a corrective, somehow a refutation of the album that came before it. He keeps pressing reset and then playing the game the same:
Tronic was his vaunted abandonment of vinyl fetishism for synthesizers; Album Of The Year his embrace of live-band instrumentation; No Poison, No Paradise his nightmare-filled stab at creating a '70s soul epic. But put them on shuffle and the delineations disappear—they all sound like Black Milk tracks. On If There's A Hell Below, for the first time, he consciously takes a sonic mulligan, trading in the same murky Castlevania synth-lines, wrecking-ball drums and dark-night-of-the-soul wails as its predecessor." -- Pitchfork
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>Neil Young – Storytone CD/2xCD (Reprise)
Storytone was recorded live in the studio with a 92-piece orchestra, choir and Young. He took a different approach with this record, recording the songs on his own, in a solo-setting to creating compelling versions of the songs in a new light, resulting in a deeply-personal emotional listening experience throughout the record. Available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe includes a version of the album recorded solo and a version recorded with the full orchestra. Vinyl version due December 16.
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>Big Star – Live In Memphis CD/2xLP+MP3 (Omnivore)
Big Star's only known professionally recorded show in its entirety. Contains Big Star classics like "Thank You Friends," "September Gurls," and "The Ballad Of El Goodo," Chris Bell's "I Am The Cosmos," and covers of T.Rex, The Kinks, Todd Rundgren and more, performed by Big Star: Alex Chilton, Jody Stephens, and Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow from The Posies. First 1,000 copies on vinyl pressed on red wax. Also available on stand-alone DVD.
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>Bob Dylan And The Band – The Basement Tapes Raw: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11 2xCD/6xCD (Sony Legacy)
Compiled from meticulously restored original tapes many found only recently - this historic six-disc set is the definitive chronicle of the artist's legendary 1967 recording sessions with members of his touring ensemble who would later achieve their own fame as The Band.
The Basement Tapes Complete brings together, for the first time ever, every salvageable recording from the tapes including recently discovered early gems recorded in the "Red Room" of Dylan's home in upstate New York. Garth Hudson worked closely with Canadian music archivist and producer Jan Haust to restore the deteriorating tapes to pristine sound, with much of this music preserved digitally for the first time. Double-disc version features highlights from the set. Vinyl version due November 24.
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>William Onyeabor
– CD Boxset 9xCD (Luaka Bop)
– LP Boxset 1 6xLP (Luaka Bop)
– LP Boxset 2 5xLP (Luaka Bop)
Nine-CD box set with a 48pg booklet featuring the albums the elusive Nigerian synth-funk pioneer self-released between 1977-1985. Also available across two separate volumes on vinyl.
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>Paul McCartney & Wings
– Venus And Mars [Reissue/1975] 2xCD/2xCD+DVD/2xLP (Hear Music)
– At The Speed Of Sound [Reissue/1976] 2xCD/2xCD+DVD/2xLP (Hear Music)
The newest releases in the Paul McCartney Archive Collection – remastered and expanded. Available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe adds a bonus DVD featuring previously unreleased material.