LUNA music essentials...

for the week of 02 DECEMBER 2014...
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>Sedcairn Archives -Mammoth Cave LP (Warm Ratio)
Limited to 150 copies, in a deluxe Stoughton tip-on sleeve, David Adamson once again mines a seemingly endless vein of texture, beats, atmosphere and claustrophobia—to conjure something close to a sweet and menacing wordless nocturnal excursion.

Think Angelo Badalamenti x TekLife x Sergio Leone - 'The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly'...
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>Wu-Tang Clan – A Better Tomorrow CD (WB)
The legendary hip-hop supergroup's first release in seven years also marks their 20th anniversary as a collective. All hands are on deck: RZA, GZA, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, U-God, Masta Killa, and Cappadonna.
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>Parquet Courts
– Content Nausea CD
- Sunbathing Animal + Content Nausea 2xCD (What's Your Rupture)
Content Nausea, Parkay Quarts' second release of 2014, is the inevitable repercussion to Sunbathing Animal's pure emotion. With one member completing a degree in mathematics, and another starting a family, Content Nausea features mostly the work of Andrew Savage and Austin Brown, with the help of a few friends (Jackie-O Motherf*cker's Jef Brown on saxophone and Eaters' Bob Jones on fiddle). Vinyl version of Content Nausea due January 6.
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>She & Him – Classics CD/LP (Columbia)
Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward are She & Him, and
Classics is their new album, a compilation of timeless covers, that have been previously recorded by artists such as Billie Holiday, Johnny Mathis, Dusty Springfield, Louis Armstrong, and Elvis Costello. Press for Classics is nothing but positive: "Breezy but sturdy, impeccably styled" - The New York Times, "As M. Ward's unflustered, vintage-sounding guitars gift memories of Chet Atkins and Les Paul, there's a welcome, brandies-by-the fireside serenity afoot." MOJO, "Pretty love songs set in a 'nation where summer never ends." - Rolling Stone.
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>Walk The Moon – Talking Is Hard CD/LP (RCA)
Walk The Moon is a Cincinnati dance-rock band who've garnered a following for their '80s-leaning pop songs. "We wanted to come out with something that was in-your-face and staying true to our quirky indie rock pop selves," frontman Nicholas Petricca told Radio.com about the record. "But we really explored the far corners of Walk The Moon on this record. We pretty much tried everything. We tried playing super hard and weird and dreamy and soft, everything. So the album is a lot more ferocious, and then a lot more tender in some moments."
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>AC/DC – Rock Or Bust CD/LP (Columbia)
This is the first album of new AC/DC material since 2008's multi platinum
Black Ice. Rock Or Bust was recorded in Spring 2014 at Warehouse Studio in Vancouver, BC and finds AC/DC once again working with producer Brendan O'Brien and mixer Mike Fraser. It is the first album in the band's 40-plus-year career that will not feature ailing bassist Malcolm Young. Songwriting duties, which have been shared by the Young brothers in the past, fell on the shoulders of guitarist Angus, who is said to have written the material on Rock Or Bust by himself. Contrary to published reports and rumors, this will not be AC/DC's last album.
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>Leonard Cohen – Live In Dublin 3xCD+DVD/3xCD+Blu-ray (Sony Legacy)
Recorded at Dublin's 02 Arena on September 12, 2013,
Live In Dublin documents a peak performance from the musician's monumental sold-out 2012-2013 world tour, introducing Cohen's then-latest release (2012's Old Ideas) within a major canonical on-stage retrospective.
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>Owen – Other People's Songs CD/LP+MP3 (Polyvinyl)
Mike Kinsella tackles tracks from Lungfish, Blake Babies, Mojave 3, The Promise Ring, Depeche Mode, All, Against Me!, and The Smoking Popes.
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>Pixies - Doolittle 25: B-Sides, Peel Sessions & Demos 3xCD/2xLP+MP3 (4AD)
First released in 1989,
Doolittle was the second Pixies album and the first to be made commercially available in the US. An instant hit with critics and fans, its slow-burn success has since helped it to sell close to a million copies stateside alone. This triple-CD expanded reissue contains an impressive 50 tracks: the original album, two full Peel Sessions, six B-sides and 22 demos - of which, almost half have never been commercially released before. (The HQ-180gm vinyl version includes only the B-sides, the Peel Sessions and a selection of album demos with alternate Vaughan Oliver album art. The accompanying download of the Doolittle album and the remaining demos completes the package.)
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>Songs Ohia – Didn't It Rain [Reissue/2002] 2xCD/2xLP+MP3 (Secretly Canadian)
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Didn't It Rain is Jason Molina's first perfect record. Recorded live in a single room, with no overdubs and musicians creating their parts on the fly, the overall approach to the recording was nothing new for Molina. But something in the air and execution of Didn't It Rain clearly sets it apart from his existing body of work. His albums had always been full of space, but never had Molina sculpted the space as masterfully as he does here."
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>Yo La Tengo – Extra Painful [Reissue/1993] 2xCD/2xLP+7" (Matador)
Deluxe expanded double-disc reissue of Yo La Tengo's 1993's classic
Painful -- released in conjunction with their 30th Anniversary. Available on CD and vinyl. The double-vinyl version includes a bonus 7" plus download coupon for the extra tracks featured on the CD.