LUNA music essentials...

for the week of 18 NOVEMBER 2014...
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>TV On The Radio – Seeds CD/2xLP (Harvest/Caroline)
"For their first record since 2011's
Nine Types Of Light, Dave Sitek, Tunde Adebimpe, Kyp Malone and Jaleel Bunton have had to overcome severe adversity, following the untimely death of bassist Gerard Smith a week after Nine Types Of Light's release. Indeed, lead singer Adebimpe recently acknowledged that 'we've been through a lot of stuff in the past few years that could have stopped the band cold.' Smith's passing, however, galvanized the remaining four-piece to continue making music in his honor, and Seeds is a credit to their bassist's memory: staying true to the TOTR ethos of writing music that yo-yos between genres, its 12 expansive tracks make for a compelling and frankly splendid record that you should seriously consider adding to your collection" – Drowned In Sound. (Marbled color vinyl version features two bonus tracks.)
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>Ariel Pink – Pom Pom CD/2xLP (4AD)
Across its 17 tracks and 69 minutes,
Pom Pom is unfiltered Ariel Pink, featuring infectious tales of romance, murder, frog princes, and Jell-O. The album sees the L.A. native strike it out alone, returning to the solo moniker he has adopted for well over a decade.
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>Wilco
– Alpha Mike Foxtrot: Rare Tracks 1994-2014 4xCD/LP (Nonesuch)
– What's Your 20? Essential Tracks 1994-2014 2xCD (Nonesuch)
Two new Wilco collections released in conjunction with the influential Chicago band's 20th anniversary. The first,
Alpha Mike Foxtrot, is a box set of rare studio and live recordings collected from the band's extensive audio archives. The second, What's Your 20, is a of essential tracks culled from the band's previously released studio recordings. Alpha Mike Foxtrot features 64 pages of liner notes that include track-by-track recollections from Tweedy, notes by band members Nels Cline and John Stirratt, and reflections from members of Wilco's extended professional family. The booklet also showcases dozens of archival and never-before-seen photos from a wide array of photographers chronicling all phases of the band's career. What's Your 20? gathers songs from Wilco's eight studio albums plus two songs from Mermaid Avenue, the collection of Woody Guthrie-penned tunes set to music by Wilco and Billy Bragg.
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>Ty Segall – Singles 2 CD/LP/Cassette (Drag City)
Singles 2 collects all the now-out-of-print sides ("Spiders," "I Can't Feel It," "The Hill," "Would You Be My Love," for starters) that work amazingly well together when placed back-to-back-to-back as an album. Plus there are tracks from other labels like Permanent, Castleface and Famous Class. Covers of The Groundhogs, the Velvets and GG Allin abound herein as well.
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>Machinedrum – Vapor City Archives CD/2xLP+MP3 (Ninja Tune)
"The veteran producer released his
Vapor City LP last year, with the album reportedly inspired ‘by a metropolis of the same name which Travis Stewart has visited in a series of life-long recurring dreams.' Vapor City experimented with tropes of hip-hop, jungle and footwork as well as displaying the IDM influences that date back to his first record released in 2001. The Vapor City Archives is set to continue in a similar vein and will mark the end of Stewart's explorations into his conceptual metropolis." -- FactMag
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>Manchester Orchestra – Hope CD (Loma Vista/Concord)
"
Cope signified a definitive landmark in Manchester Orchestra's career. It proved the crowning statement that defined what past albums such as Simple Math and Mean Everything To Nothing built towards and culminated the years of heart, soul, blood, sweat and tears poured in by Andy Hull and his team. As an all—out rock band, dancing from folky to alternative to heavy grunge at times, their guitar—driven disposition often defined them, accompanying the soothing yet pained words of Hull. Now, with years of variance under their belt, a profound sense of maturity and a feeling that they've found their true sound at long last (and jeez, was it a fun ride watching them doing so along the way), Hope charters semi—new territory as a stripped down inversion of this year's release. Bare—boned, packing emotive content minus the electric aspect of the band yet continuing Hull's narrative structure of the world's weight bearing down on his shoulders" – Punknews.org. Vinyl version due November 24.
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>Coffinworm – IV.I.VIII CD/LP (The Flenser)
New release from the notorious Indianapolis-based blackened doom metal band. Far more complex and lacerating than anything Coffinworm has attempted thus far,
IV.I.VIII offers six tracks of pure, blackened, unholy doom metal terror that will serve as the soundtrack to the inevitable dark era soon to befall this feeble mortal coil.
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>Kool Keith – El Dorado Driven CD (Volunteer Media)
Kool Keith is back with an album of spaced out beats and twisted lyrics reminiscent of the classic
Dr. Octagonecologyst. Far out and gritty, the album is full of great production by Vancouver, BC based producer Teddy Bass who also lends his vocals to the project. Other contributors include Sadat X, Thirsten Howl The 3rd, Lord Diamonds, Michael Rushden and others.
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>Brian Ferry – Avonmore CD (BMG/RED)
Ferry's 14th solo album features eight new compositions plus his cinematic interpretation of Sondheim's "Send In The Clowns." Produced by Ferry and Rhett Davies in Ferry's London studio, the album was mixed by Craig Silvey (Arcade Fire/Paolo Nutini) and features performances by many of Ferry's long-term musical partners including Nile Rodgers, Johnny Marr and Marcus Miller. Highlights include the single "Loop De Li," "Soldier Of Fortune" (co-written by Johnny Marr) plus closing track "Johnny & Mary," Ferry's recent collaboration with Norwegian producer and DJ Todd Terje. Vinyl version due December 9.
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>Loscil – Sea Island CD/2xLP (Kranky)
Murky, densely textured depths of sound are explored with subtle pulses and pings woven within, contrasted with composed or improvised moments of acoustic instrumentation making a move into the foreground. Features contributions from Jason Zumpano (Fender Rhodes), John Lindstrom (vibraphone), Kelly Wyse (piano), Ashley Pitre (vocals) and Elaine Reynolds (violin).
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>David Bowie – Nothing Has Changed 3xCD/3xCD/2xLP (Sony Legacy)
Nothing Has Changed (named after a lyric from the Heathen album opener "Sunday") compiles tracks from every period of Bowie's career from his earliest incarnations with "Liza Jane" and "Can't Help Thinking About Me" right up to James Murphy's "Hello Steve Reich Mix" of "Love Is Lost" from last year. CD version is available in Regular double-disc and Deluxe triple-disc editions. Vinyl is HQ-180gm.
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>Captain Beefheart – Sun Zoom Spark: 1970-1972 4xCD/4xLP (Rhino)
In the wonderfully idiosyncratic discography of the-one-of-a-kind artist Captain Beefheart (aka Don Van Vliet), attention usually focuses on the carefully wrought, experimental music heard on his noted masterwork
Trout Mask Replica. As a consequence, the three stellar albums recorded soon after Lick My Decals Off, Baby (1970), The Spotlight Kid (1972) and Clear Spot (1972) are often criminally overlooked. This limited edition box set revisits these albums Beefheart recorded with the Magic Band in the early-‘70s. It includes all three albums, which have been remastered for the first time, as well as an entire LP featuring 14 previously unissued outtakes from the era.
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>Brian Eno
–The Shutov Assembly [Reissue/1992] 2xCD (All Saints)
–Nerve Net [Reissue/1992] 2xCD (All Saints)
– :Neroli: (Thinking Music Part IV) [Reissue/1993] 2xLP (All Saints)
–The Drop [Reissue/1997] 2xLP (All Saints)
These expanded double-CD reissue editions come in deluxe case-bound packaging and contain the original albums alongside unreleased songs from Eno's archives taken from the same period.
Nerve Net includes the first official release of the lost album, My Squelchy Life, originally scheduled for release in '91 but withdrawn at the last moment. Vinyl versions due December 2.
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>Depeche Mode – Live In Berlin 2xCD/2xCD+2xDVD+Blu-ray (Sony)
Live In Berlin was recorded in 2013 and captures the band's incredible performance at the 02 World Berlin to a combined audience of 66,000 fans. Available in Regular and Deluxe editions. The deluxe version includes both the complete show as well as the Anton Corbijn-directed documentary Alive In Berlin on DVD. The Deluxe package also includes a 5.1 mix of Delta Machine on Blu-ray.
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>Robert Wyatt
– Different Every Time 2xCD (Domino)
– Different Every Time (Ex Machina) 2xLP+MP3 (Domino)
– Different Every Time (Benign Dictatorships) 2xLP+MP3 (Domino)
Different Every Time is a new compilation of the works of Robert Wyatt curated by Robert and biographer Marcus O'Dair. The double album features Disc One Ex Machina, the ideal introduction for the Wyatt novice, compiling tracks from his entire career and acting as a companion to O'Dair's new biography on Wyatt, also titled Different Every Time. Disc Two Benign Dictatorships brings together the best of Robert's collaborations and guest appearances, or, as Robert has it, ‘benign dictatorships,' including some very special oddities and rarities available here for the very first time.
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>Drive-By Truckers – English Oceans/Black Ice Vérité 2xCD+DVD/2xLP+DVD (ATO)
The Black Ice Vérité LP (and bonus CD on the Deluxe Edition) is a collection of eight songs recorded live, three acoustic performances from The Hay Bale Session the band recorded the morning of their Bonnaroo performance, and five tracks from this year's HeAthens Homecoming Weekend in Athens GA. A few old songs, a few new songs and a few very different versions. Available on CD and on white vinyl (each with a DVD of Black Ice Vérité included).
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>The Old 97s - Hitchhike To Rhome [Reissue/1994] 2xCD/2xLP (Omnivore)
20th Anniversary reissue of Old 97s featuring bonus tracks. Available as a double-CD and double-LP, the reissue not only features the original album, but adds recently unearthed tracks from the original recording sessions. The double-CD version includes all 12 newly discovered tracks, many of which were mixed from the original tapes by Rip Rowan (longtime Old 97's producer). This is also the first time the album has ever been pressed on vinyl — side D features six of those rare tracks (including a download card that includes the complete two-CD track list), and is Oh, and is pressed on translucent orange wax.
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>De La Soul – The Grind Date [Reissue/2004] CD/2xLP (Sanctuary)
10th Anniversay reissue of
The Grind Date. Available on CD and 2xLP color vinyl (one LP orange/other LP blue). Features guest appearances from Common, Ghostface, MF Doom, Flava Flav, Sean Paul, and more.
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>Various Artists – Hyperdub 10.4 2xCD (Hyperdub)
Final episode in the series returns to the club, this time focused on house, garage and techno. Features one disc of new and recent material, paired with a second full of bangers from the Hyperdub canon in recent years.

>Various Artists
– Hyperdub & Teklife Present: Next Life CD (Hyperdub)
Next Life is a compilation of new material from Chicago's primary footwork crew, Teklife, carrying the torch for the late, great DJ Rashad, who passed away earlier in 2014.