LUNA music essentials...

for the week of 09 DECEMBER 2014...
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>Smashing Pumpkins – Monuments To An Elegy CD/LP (Martha’s Music)
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Monuments simply revels in electric, addictive sound. This is the synthiest Corgan album since TheFutureEmbrace, and the synthiest Pumpkins album since Adore, but where those albums plumbed the goth-y, post-punk darkness of New Order and Depeche Mode, Monuments deals in the brighter side of New Wave: the Cars, Duran Duran, Cyndi Lauper’s She’s So Unusual. It’s not absent guitars, though — it just balances the two instruments. And that may seem like a fairly simple balance to achieve, but Corgan’s history to this point has suggested an inability to satisfyingly find it. But here? Here he zoned in on it with near-perfect precision." – Stereogum
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>The Knife – Shaken-Up Versions CD/LP (Mute)
Shaken-Up Versions is a mini album of classic The Knife tracks reworked especially for the band’s recent North American leg of their Shaking The Habitual Tour. All 8 tracks were performed live in Stockholm and Berlin between 2013 and 2014.
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>Ghostface Killah – 36 Seasons CD (Tommy Boy)
Tony Starks returns to Staten Island after nine years, like a man returning home from a war. He wants the company of old friends, to reunite with his girl, to live a quiet life. But New York has other plans for him. To visually flesh out the album s dark and twisted world, the CD's packaging includes 20 pages of striking images from a host of stellar comic artists, curated by Matthew Rosenberg the creator of Ghostface's 2013 six-issue comic mini-series,
12 Reasons To Die.
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>Cracker – Berkeley To Bakersfield 2xCD (429)
Cracker’s new double-album finds the uniquely American band traversing two different sides of the California landscape the northern Bay area and further downstate in Bakersfield. As David Lowery explains, "On the ‘Berkeley’ disc the band is the original Cracker lineup - Davey Faragher, Michael Urbano, Johnny and myself. This is the first time this lineup has recorded together in almost 20 years. We began recording this album at East Bay Recorders in Berkeley, CA. For this reason we chose to stylistically focus this disc on the music we most associate with the East Bay: punk and garage with some funky undertones. To further match our sense of place we often took an overtly political tone in the lyrics. The ‘Bakersfield’ disc represents the California country side of the band. Throughout the band s 24-year history we've dabbled in country and Americana but this time we wanted to pay homage to the particular strain of country and country-rock music that emerges from the inland valleys of California."
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>Various Artists – The Music Of Grand Theft Auto 5 3xCD/6xLP (Mass Appeal)
This collection includes 59 tracks with original music from A$AP Rocky, Tyler, The Creator, Twin Shadow, Wavves, Flying Lotus, Yeasayer and more. In addition, the limited editions will feature the original score composed by Tangerine Dream, Woody Jackson, The Alchemist & Oh No, mixed by DJ Shadow, along with the other incredible music featured in
Grand Theft Auto V.