LUNA crew & friends tops for 2014...

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MR. LUNATRON (in no order, except for one…):
1. Ben Watt - Hendra
-Keadz - Connected Universe
-Margot & The Nuclear So And So's - Sling Shot To Heaven
-The Budos Band - Burnt Offerings
-TV On The Radio – Seeds
-Sun Kil Moon - Benji
-Hiss Golden Messenger - Lateness Of Dancers
-Aphex Twin - Syro
-Caribou - Our Love
-Angel Olsen - Burn Your Fire...
-MNDSGN - Yawn Zen
-Sedcairn Archives - Mammoth Cave
-Apache Dropout - Heavy Window
-Busman's Holiday - A Long Goodbye

Out Officially In 2015, But Played Ceaselessly in 2014:
-Birds Of America - Sunlight

Top Shows:
-Ben Watt - MNPLS (first show)
-The XX -
New York Armory Show (performance #22)
-LOW -
LUNA in-store (kick-off show for our 20th Anniversary)
-Russ Tamblyn / Ryan Adams (dinner and a show, at the Palihouse…)
-Sedcairn Archives - Mammoth Cave Release Show (Tubbs and Brain Twins visuals took it over the top)
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DANNY (in no particular order):
top 10 of 2014:
The advisory circle - from out here
Todd terje - it's album time
Powell - powell 11-14
Jon brooks - 52
Sean nicholas savage - bermuda waterfall
Real estate - atlas
Shabazz palaces - lese majesty
War on drugs - lost in the dream
Arca - xen
Dean blunt - black metal

Lewis - l'amour
K. leimur - a period of review
Carig leon - anthology of interplanetary folk music vol. 1
Ariel kalma - an evolutionary music
v/a - good god! apocryphal hymns

king of the hill
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Top 10 (no order):
DJ Clent- Hyper Feet
Traxman- Da Mind of Traxman Vol. 2
Sirius Blvck- The Year of the Snake
Doberman- CB004 (Castle Bravo cassette)
John Flannely- Chillin on Earth (self-released)
Czern- Mind in Transit (Castle Bravo cassette)
Hen- Galbum (Musical Family Tree exclusive)
FKA Twigs- LP1
Prince- Art Official Age
Arca- Xen
Top 5 Re-issues (no order):
Dance Mania- Hardcore Traxx
K. Leimur- A Period of Review
Birds of America- Current Carry/What Was Birds (Luna cassette)
William Onyeabor- Boxsets
Mobb Deep- Infamous
Top 3 Shows (no order):
Pamela Z @ the Basile Opera Center
DJ Earl/DJ Taye @ the Melody Inn for Broken Tuesday
DJ Manny @ the Melody Inn for Broken Tuesday
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top 10:
apache dropout - heavy window
busman's holiday - a long goodbye
early indiana punk and new wave - the crazy al's years
paddlewheel - windrose
sedcairn archives - mammoth cave
sir deja doug - love coffin
sirius blvck - year of the snake
sleeping bag - deep sleep
john stamps - naked lunch
vacation club - heaven is too high

top 5 reissuez:
julee cruise - floating into the night
marine girls - beach party
william onyeabor - who is william onyeabor?
sun ra and his arkestra - in the orbit of ra
all superior viaduct reissues

top 3 shows:
ghost gun summer vacation tour kickoff at gpc
x__x house show
the clean at the bishop
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MY TOP 10 (organized by labels... THAT ARE KILLING IT...some of the key 2014 releases after each):
-Students Of Decay: Kyle Bobby Dunn 'And The Infinite Sadness,' Marble Sky 'Marble Sky,' Secret Pyramid 'Movements At Night'  
-Kranky: A Winged Victory For The Sullen 'ATOMOS,' Chistina Vantzhou 'NO. 2,' Christopher Bissonette 'Essays In Idlesness,' Grouper 'Ruins,' Loscil 'Sea Island'
-Modern Love: Rainer Veil 'Struck,' Millie & Andrea 'Drop The Vowels,' Andy Stott 'Faith In Strangers,' Demdike test press series '4, 5, & 6' 
-PAN: MESH 'Scynthians,' Lee Gamble 'Koch,' Objekt 'Flatland' 
-Triangle: SD Laika 'That's Harikari,' Fis 'Iterations,' Boothroyd 'Idle Hours,' Vessel 'Punish, Honey' 
-RVNG: Bing & Ruth 'Tomorrow Was The Golden Age,' The Body 'I Shall Die Here,' ReRvng series 
-Software: Tallessen 'Stills Lit Through,' Suicideyear 'Remembrance,'  Thug Entrancer 'Death Through Life' 
-La Patite Compagnie: Keadz 'Connected Universe,' Various Artists 'quiet sum' 
-Orchid Tapes: Ricky Eat Acid 'Three Love Songs,' Ex-Confusion 'Flow' 
-Flannelgraph Records: Mike Adams At His Honest Weight 'Best Of Boiler Room Classics' 
-Warm Ratio: Sedcairn Archives 'Mammoth Cave,' Sapphic 'S/T' 

(Honorable Mentions
not sorted by label -  Juliana Barwick 'Nepenthe,' Eluvium 'Wisdom For Debris,' The Range 'Panasonic,' FKA Twigs 'LP 1,' Valentine Stip 'Sigh,' Alex Cobb 'Marigold And Cable,' Symbol 'Online Architecture' )

1. Entire ReRVNG series in 2014 (K.Liemer, Craig Leon, Ariel Kalma)
2. V/VM - Death Of Rave (History Always Favours The Winners)
3. Demdike Stare - The triptych (Voices of dust, liberation through hearing, forest of evil) 
4. William Basinski - Melancholia 
5. Birds Of America - cassette re-issues 'Current Carry' & 'What Was Birds' (LUNA music)

1. Low (in store at LUNA)
2. You won't 
3. Sedcairn Release Show
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Ryan Adams - S/T
The Afghan Whigs - Do the Beast
Lily Allen - Sheezus
Beck - Morning Phase
Bonnie Prince Billy - Singer's Grave a Sea of Tongues (really I liked the bonus disc the most)
Angel Olson - Burn your Fire For No Witness
Sun Kil Moon - Benji
Taylor Swift - 1989
Sharon Van Etten - Are We There
The War on Drugs - Lost In the Dream
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Top Ten of da year:
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - piñata
Mac Demarco - Salad days 
Aphex Twin - Syro
Flying Lotus - You're dead!
Hank Wood and the Hammerheads - Stay Home!
Inmates - s/t
Big Zit - Electric Zit Vol. 1 EP
Bad Noids - Ebola Now For The Future 7"
Early Indiana Punk and New Wave - The Crazy Al's Years
Sedcairn Archives - Mammoth Cave

John Coltrane - Live at Temple University
Sun Ra and His Arkestra - In the Orbit of Ra
Mobb Deep - The Infamous 
Miles Davis - Miles at The Fillmore 1970 - The Bootleg Series Volume 3
The Velvet Underground - 45th Anniversary Super Deluxe Addition

Hank Wood and The Hammerheads at Horrible Fest 10 in Cleveland, OH
Big Zit, S.H.I.T., Los Crudos, Peacebreakers, Wet Brain @ Now That's Class in Cleveland, OH
Any show that took place during my time living at Satellite Distribution & Wholesale (aka 2202 N. Illinois Street)
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Top 10! (in no order after #1):
1.Circulatory System - Mosaics Within Mosaics (Cloud)
-Ty Segall - Manipulator (Drag City)
-Taylor McFerrin - Early Riser (Brainfeeder)
-Liars - Mess (Mute)
-Caribou - Our Love (Merge)
-MNDSGN - Yawn Zen (Stones Throw)
-The War on Drugs - Lost in the Dream (Secretly Canadian)
-Bitchin' Bajas - s/t (Drag City)
-Oneida - Brah Tapes #1-4 (Brah)
-Freddie Gibbs + Madlib - Pinata (Stones Throw)

- CAN - entire remastered discography! (Mute/Spoon)
- William Onyeabor - Boxset (Luaka Bop)
- Ti Paris Et Sa Guitare - Ti Paris Et Sau Guitare (Little Axe)
- Hailu Mergia and the Walias - Tche Belew (Awesome Tapes From Africa)
- Harald Grosskopf - Synthesist / Ocean Heart (Bureau B)
- Yo la Tengo - Extra Painful (Matador)

3 shows:
-Oneida @ Joyful Noise
-Slowdive @ the Vic
-Circulatory System @ Be Here Now

Winter Essential:
-Flying Saucer Attack - entire discography!
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top 10 of 2014:

Aphex Twin-Syro
Pallbearer-Foundation of Burden
Gruff Rhys-American Interior
Alexandre Desplat et. al.-The Grand Budapest Hotel Soundtrack
Valentin Stip-Sigh (Thanks Ethan!)
Todd Terje-It’s Album Time
Jon Hopkins-Asleep Versions
Chris Staples-American Soft

Top 3 Show I’ve Seen This Year:
Mel Brown Jazz Quintet at Jimmy Mak’s Portland, OR
ISO performance of Prokofiev’s Fifth Symphony
Last Viewing of Neil Young’s Unplugged Concert (My Laserdisc Player Now Retired ;)
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top 10 of 2014:
simian mobile disco - whorl
caribou - our love
les sins - michael
king krule - 6 feet beneath the moon album
thee tsunamis - delerium and dark waters up
sza - z
SBTRKT - wonder where we land
spooky black - black silk
angel olsen - burn your fire for no witness album
levon vynehall - music for the uninvited

john talabot - DJ - kicks
jovonn - the goldhouse EP
nina kraviz - nina kraviz
DJ leroy ray - a tribe called quest - the lost movement ('90-'04)
bad brains - black dots

tale of us
the xx
steel pulse
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Top 10 of 2014
1. Benji - Sun Kil Moon
It cannot be denied
2. World Peace Is None Of Your Business - Morrissey
Return of the one and only
3. Atlas - Real Estate
The perfect record for carrying the weight of the world
4. Morning Phase - Beck
2002 never sounded this good
5. Brill Bruisers - New Pornographers
Pop – Power!!!
6. Ultraviolence - Lana Del Rey
I don’t understand, I just go with it
7. Singles - Future Islands
Can’t. Turn. Away.
8. The Knife Shift - Kristeen Young
Sisters are doin’ it for themselves
9. Burn Your Fire For No Witness - Angel Olsen
10. The Both - The Both
Continues to surprise

New To Me:
1. I’ll Get You Back - Kristeen Young
2011 song sung from the POV of an OZ apple tree
2. The Invisible Way -LOW
I had no idea . . .
3. As The River Flows - Jobriath
Back from the dead — again
4. I Gotta Know - Wanda Jackson
I Shoulda Known
5. Lido Shuffle - Boz Scags
Hiding in plain sight

Top 3 Shows:
1. Neko Case at The Vogue
2. LOW at Luna Music
3. David Bowie Is exhibit at MCA Chicago
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top 10 of 2014:
1. 'Benji' - Sun Kil Moon
2. 'The Both' - The Both
3. 'Ex' - Plastikman
4. 'Mammoth Cave' - Sedcairn Archives
5. 'Pangea Ultima' - Steve Moore
6. 'Primitive & Deadly' - Earth
7. 'Soused' - Scott Walker & Sunn 0)))
8. 'Stateless' - Dirty Beaches
9. 'Unfidelity' - Ekoplekz
10. 'World Peace is None of Your Business' - Morrissey

Top Five Reissues:
1. 'Black Mill Tapes Volumes 1-4' - Pye Corner Audio
2. 'PUNK 45: Sick On You! One Way Spit! After The Love And Before The Revolution Vol.3: Proto-Punk 1969-76' by Various Artists
3. 'Spiderland' - slint
4. 'Tape Recorder and Synthesizer Ensemble' - T.R.A.S.E.
5. 'Warfaring Strangers: Darkscorch Canticles' by Various Artists

Top Three Shows:
1. Kid Congo & the Pink Monkey Birds w/Cheater Slicks
2. Low at Luna
3. Tonic Ball 13
Doug Henry:
1. Damon Albarn - Everyday Robots
2. Run The Jewels - RTJ2
3. Aphex Twin - Syro
4. Lee Fields & The Expressions - Emma Jean
5. BadBadNotGood - III
6. Chet Faker - Built On Glass
7. SBTRKT - Wonder Where We Land
8. The Budos Band - Burnt Offerings
9. Homeboy Sandman - Hallways
10. Blockhead - Bells & Whistles
Joel Atkinson:
Wild Beasts - Present Tense
Alvvays - s/t
Spoon - They Want My Soul
Todd Terje - It’s Album Time
The New Pornographers - Brill Bruisers
Merchandise - After the End
Lunchbox - Lunchbox Loves You
Mac DeMarco - Salad Days
Mike Adams At His Honest Weight - Best of Boiler Room Classics
Scott Walker & Sunn O))) - Soused
Steve Hartley:
1 Sun Kil Moon - Benji
2 St. Vincent - St. Vincent
3 Cibo Matto - Hotel Valentine
4 Lo-Fang - Blue Film
5 Warpaint - Warpaint
6 My Brightest Diamond - This Is My Hand
7 JJ - V
8 The Casket Girls - True Love Kills The Fairy Tale
9 Charli XCX - Sucker
10 Neneh Cherry - Blank Project
Next 10 Prince, James, Liars, Basement Jaxx, Leonard Cohen, EMA, Peaking Lights, Lily & Madeleine, Grouper, Sisyphus
Lucas Hancock:
Swans- to be kind
FKA Twigs - LP1
Run the Jewels-RtJ2
Ben Frost - A U R O R A
Tod Terje - it's album time
Madlib and Freddie Gibbs- pinata
How to Dress Well - what is this heart?
Caribou- Our Love
Shabazz Palaces - Lese Majesty
Lone -reality testing
Some of my faves this year include but not limited to, and in no particular order:
1. Quilt - Held in Splendor
2. Temples - Sun Structures
3. Sharon Van Etten - Are We There
4. Thievery Corporation - Suadade
5. Spoon - They Want My Soul
6. Low Roar - O
7. Robert Plant - Lullaby and the Ceaseless Roar
8. Broken Bells - After the Disco (may have been released in 2013 but I played it a lot this year.
9. The National - Trouble Will Find Me (again, released in 2013 I think but I was obsessed w/it this year
10. The Antlers - The Familiars, and likely my fave of the year.  
Some fave shows include Asgeir w/Low Roar as opener - and, speaking of openers, Butch Walker KILLED it opening for Ryan Adams (had he opened for anyone else, he would have stolen the show: but Ryan is one of my faves so he gets the nod but Walker was so impressive.  I would be remiss if I didn't mention Michael Franti and that Soulshine tour - such positive vibes and an all around uplifting experience.

As far as reissues go, the Beatles Mono reissues are certainly worthy of mentioning for their near perfection but I was really happy to see the Jayhawks reissues on vinyl as well as Thievery Corporation.  Oh, I almost forgot, those Zep reissues.  For me, a really good year in music, vinyl resurgence, some fantastic live shows and a great staff @Luna!!!! Happy 20th!!!
Everly (In order):
1. Mac DeMarco - Salad Days
2. Ty Segall – Manipulator
3. Angel Olsen – Burn Your Fire For No Withness
4. King Tuff – Black Moon Spell
5. Strand of Oaks - HEAL
6. The War on Drugs – Lost in the Dream
7. Temples - Sun Structures
8. Mirel Wagner - When the Cellar Children See the Light of Day
9. Iceage - Plowing Into the Field of Love
10. Foxygen - …And Star Power
Tom Shrack:
A great year for rock 'n' roll - rumors of its demise have been greatly exaggerated. In no particular order (15 for the price of 10):
Nude Beach - 77
Spider Bags - Frozen Letter
Steve Gunn - Way Out Weather
Death of Samantha - If Memory Serves Us Well
Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band - Intensity Ghost
The Hold Steady - Teeth Dreams
Drive-By Truckers - English Oceans
Wussy - Attica
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks -- Wig Out At Jagbags
The War On Drugs - Lost In The Dream
Hiss Golden Messenger - Lateness of Dancers
Bob Mould - Beauty & Ruin
David Kilgour & The Heavy Eights - End Time Undone
Jack White - Lazaretto
Ryan Adams - S/T

Led Zeppelin - III
Afghan Whigs - Gentlemen
Rock*A*Teens - Sweet Bird of Youth
Crime - Murder By Guitar
Local Customs: Cavern Sound

Wilco - Riviera, Chicago, Dec 8
The Hold Steady, Vogue, Apr. 25
Drive-By Truckers/Blitzen Trapper, Vogue, Mar. 25
Old 97s/Lydia Loveless, Jun. 6

2015 will have its work cut out for it to top that!
Charles (Dr. Dr.):
Here's My Top for 2014 (in alphabetical order):
1. Afghan Whigs: Gentleman
2. Busman’s Holiday: A long Goodbye
3. Dum Dum Girls: Too True
4. Kishi Bashi: Lighght
5. Mike Adams at His Honest Weight: Best of Boiler Room Classics
6. Mogwai: Rave Tapes
7. Parquet Courts: Sunbathing Animal
8. Swans: To Be Kind
9. The War on Drugs: Lost in the Dream
10. Warpaint: Warpaint

Happy 20th, LUNA!  And more Euchre!
Vessel - Punish, Honey
Luke Abbott - Wysing Forest
Ben Frost - A U R O R A
Bronze Teeth - O Unilateralis / A Waif's Rent
Andy Stott - Faith In Strangers
Powell - 11-14
Copeland - Because I'm Worth It
Function & Vatican Shadow - Games have Rules
Actress : Ghettoville
Iamamiwhoami - Blue

Julee Cruise - Floating Into The Night
Ben Frost - Theory Of Machines

Best Show:
Ben Frost at The Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, OH
Hannah Fox:
1. Sleeper Agent - About Last Night
2. Against Me! - Transgender Dysphoria Blues
3. Stars - No One Is Lost
4. Lana Del Rey - Ultraviolence
5. Jenny Lewis - The Voyager
6. Slow Club - Complete Surrender
7. La Sera - Hour of the Dawn
8. Lykke Li - I Never Learn
9. Kitten - Kitten
10. Cold War Kids - Hold My Home
Erik Forehand:
Sharon Van Etten - Are We There (Album of the Year)
Circa Survive - Descensus
Lone - Reality Testing
Wild Beasts - Present Tense
The War On Drugs - Lost In A Dream
Arca - Xen (Debut Of the Year)
Hundred Waters - The Moon Rang Like A Bell
Tops - Picture You Staring
Mr Twin Sister - S/T
Grouper - Ruins
FKA Twigs - LP 1
Sevendeaths - Concrete Misery
Andy Stott - Faith In Strangers
Marissa Nadler - July

Happy Holidays guys and gals! Thanks for being the best there is, the best there was, and the best there ever will be.
Hurray For The Riff Raff - Small Town Heroes
Charli XCX - Sucker
Shovels & Rope - Swimmin' Time
Jenny Lewis - The Voager
Jamestown Revival - Utah
Ex Cops - Daggers
Ryan Adams - Ryan Adams
Jessie Ware - Tough Love
Lily & Madeleine - Fumes
D'Angelo & The Vanguard - Black Messiah
Beyonce - Beyonce
Rachel Fox:
1. Shovels and Rope- Swimmin' Time
2. The Apache Relay- S/T
3. Jenny Lewis- The Voyager
4. Ryan Adams- S/T
5. Conor Oberst- Upside Down Mountain
6. First Aid Kit- Stay Gold
7. Nickel Creek- A Dotted Line
8. The Secret Sisters- Put Your Needle Down
9. Trampled By Turtles- Wild Animals
10. Delta Spirit- Into the Wide

Top 5 Shows:
1. Newport Folk Festival and all of the aftershows
2. Conor Oberst/Dawes- 2 nights at Metro Chicago
3. Dawes- The Casbah San Diego, CA
4. Jason Isbell- The Vogue
5. Jenny Lewis/The Apache Relay- Deluxe
alvvays - alvvays
dead rider - chills on glass
ought - more than any other day
hiss golden messenger - lateness of danceers
spoon - they want my soul
sharon van etten - are we there
parquet courts - sunbathing animal
ex hex - rips
dean wareham - dean wareham
the war on drugs - lost in the dream

black francis at radio radio, indianapolis, september 13
ought at the hifi, indianapolis, september 11
nas 'illmatic' set at funfunfun fest, austin, november 8
austin lucas at the hifi, indianapolis, september 30
slowdive at pitchfork fest, chicago, july 20
memory map at joyful noise, indianapolis, june 13th
dead rider at the hfi, october 4
spoon at the moody theater, austin december 5
the band at James and Jessica's wedding at the colombia club, indianapolis, Jan 1
magician johnson at oreo jones dad's house , indianapolis, May 24
hunters/meatbodies at debby's house of noise and laundry, indianapolis, october 18

SLACKERS BELOW! they'll catch up soon...

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Cocteau Twins - Heaven or Las Vegas - Remastered
Ned Doheny - Hard Candy
Harold Budd, Robin Guthrrie, Eraldo Bernocchi - Winter Garden
This Will Destroy You - Another Language
Bill Evans and Jim Hall - Undercurrent

Autumn essential - firewood
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Jessica Amsterdam:
ashrae fax - never really been into it
thom yorke - tomorrow's modern boxes
julian casablancas and the voidz - "human sadness"
arthur russell - calling out of context
women - women

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