free, in-store performances and events...

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>BEN WATT LIVE @ LUNA music
THIS WEDNESDAY, 29 JUNE 2016 @ 9:00PM
It was in 2014 - after sixteen years and nine albums as songwriter-performer-producer with Tracey Thorn in best-selling duo Everything But The Girl, and a further ten at the helm of his award-winning electronic label Buzzin' Fly - that Ben Watt returned to his roots as a solo singer and songwriter with Hendra his second solo album. 

Arriving thirty-one years after his UK Independent Chart No. 1 debut,
North Marine Drive it met with wide acclaim at home and abroad for its eloquent lyrics and stripped-back aesthetic; it featured prominently in end-of-year round-ups, pipped Anna Calvi and Blood Orange to win Best Second Album at the AIM Independent Music Awards 2014 (UK). Rolling Stone later listed it in their '15 Great Albums You Didn't Hear In 2014'.

The follow-up,
Fever Dream - self-produced at London's famous RAK Studio 2, and released on April 8 - takes Hendra's sonic template of open-tuned folk-jazz, distorted string-bent rock, and soulful rumination, and adds a fresh grainy intensity. It renews key partnerships with Butler, and sprinkles guest vocal cameos from Boston's gothic-dream-folkie Marissa Nadler and Hiss Golden Messenger's M.C. Taylor. 

In strong advance press,
Pitchfork ran the exclusive upfront album stream, Stereogum trailed the album with three features, and Uncut (UK) posted a rave 9/10 lead review.

On the 29th, Ben will play a special intimate solo show at LUNA—showcasing songs from both of his recent acclaimed albums, plus old gems. It's going to be another special evening...

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PLEASE NOTE: THIS LOVELY EVENT IS FREE—HOWEVER, PRE-ORDERING BEN'S NEW ALBUM (online OR at the shop) WILL SECURE YOU A SPOT NEAR THE FRONT!
 
 

the LUNA pick(s)-of-the-moment...

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>Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool CD/2xLP+MP3 (XL)
“With their ninth studio album, Radiohead move beyond the existential angst that made them music’s preeminent doomsayers, pursuing a more personal—and eternal—form of enlightenment” [9.1] – Pitchfork. [Limited opaque white vinyl edition also available.]
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>Steve Gunn – Eyes On The Lines CD/LP+MP3 (Matador)
Steve Gunn’s solo ventures, emerging over the past decade and culminating most recently the highly-acclaimed
Way Out Weather, have been pastoral, evocative affairs. Here he embraces his urban surroundings through a series of songs that fully showcase his extraordinary ability to match hooks to deftly constructed melodies. These are songs you can take in quickly, but spend all the time in the world devouring. The very large and the very small are present in equal measure. The inability to categorize them within the avalanche of impotent diatribes that pass for categorization is a testament to their power.
 

LUNA music essentials...

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>Swans – The Glowing Man 2xCD/2xCD+DVD/3xLP (Young God)
Billed by Michael Gira as “the final recording from this configuration of Swans,”
The Glowing Man completes a period that began with the band’s revival in 2009 and has seen the release of four albums including 2012’s epic The Seer. “Whatever the force is that has led us through this extended excursion, it’s been worthwhile for many of us, and I’m grateful for what has been the most consistently challenging and fulfilling period of my musical life,” Gira writes. “Going forward, post the touring associated with The Glowing Man, I’ll continue to make music under the name Swans, with a revolving cast of collaborators. I have little idea what shape the sound will take, which is a good thing.” [CD is available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe adds a DVD of a Swans live performance from 2015.]
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>Red Hot Chili Peppers – The Getaway CD/2xLP (WB)
“It’s been a long wait, but the Red Hot Chili Peppers are finally back with their first album in five years,
The Getaway. The album is the band’s second with guitarist Josh Klinghoffer, and first with Brian ‘Danger Mouse’ Burton producing. “Title track ‘The Getaway’ is a good indicator of the album’s experimental sound. Kiedis’ melodies and lyrics are familiar, but the arrangements and instrumental textures push the Red Hot Chili Peppers into uncharted territory. The harmonies on ‘The Getaway’ at a highlight. John Frusciante’s harmonies were an integral part of the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ success in the ‘90s and 2000s, and Anna Waronker’s backing vocals here add a new vocal element to the band.” – Alternative Nation
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>case/lang/veers – case/lang/veers CD/LP+MP3 (ANTI-)
case/lang/veirs = Neko Case, k.d. lang, and Laura Veirs. Full of stunning harmonies and spellbinding rhythms, case/lang/veirs travels through aches and eras, torch songs and tributes to the undersung.
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>Mogwai – Atomic: A Soundtrack By Mogwai CD/LP (Temporary Residence)
Atomic is composed of reworked versions of the music recorded for the soundtrack to director Mark Cousins' acclaimed documentary Atomic: Living In Dread And Promise, which first aired on BBC Four last summer. Constructed entirely of archive film, Atomic is an impressionistic kaleidoscope of the horrors of our nuclear times -- protest marches, Cold War sabre-rattling, Chernobyl and Fukishima -- but also the sublime beauty of the atomic world, and how x-rays and MRI scans have improved human lives. Mogwai's soundtrack encapsulates the nightmare of the nuclear age, but its dreamlike qualities too. It is the latest in the band's series of impressive soundtracks and scores, following acclaimed albums Les Revenants (The Returned) and Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait. Mogwai's Stuart Braithwaite says: “The Atomic soundtrack is one of the most intense and fulfilling projects we've taken on as a band. Ever since we went to Hiroshima to play and visited the peace park this has been a subject very close to us. The end results, both the film score and the record are pieces I'm extremely proud of.”

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sweet vinyl gems...

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>Silver Apples – Silver Apples [Reissue/1968] LP (Jackpot)
Reissued on limited edition blue sky color vinyl. Silver Apples’ pulsating rhythmic beats with the use of electronics laid the groundwork for what would become krautrock.
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>Kaytranda – 99.9 % 2xLP+MP3 (XL)
Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and raised in the city of Montreal, 23-year-old Canadian artist Kaytranada is widely regarded as one of the most important new producers in the musical landscape today. Since the age of fourteen, when he first began to DJ and when his brother introduced him to music production software, his output has been relentless. He’s produced for artists such as Mobb Deep, Kali Uchis, Freddie Gibbs, The Internet, & Talib Kweli and remixed the likes of Disclosure, Pharrell, Missy Elliot, Janet Jackson, and others. Last year he was tapped by the legendary Rick Rubin who has acted as a mentor, eventually signing him to a publishing relationship. 99.9% will be Kaytranada’s first debut album on XL Recordings.
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>The Smiths
– The World Won’t Listen [Reissue/1986] 2xLP (Rhino)
– Louder Than Bombs [Reissue/1987] 2xLP (Rhino)
– Rank [Reissue/1988] LP (Rhino)
HQ-180gm vinyl reissues now available.
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>Pink Floyd
– Piper At The Gates Of Dawn [Reissue/1967] LP (Pink Floyd)
– A Saucer Full Of Secrets [Reissue/1968] LP (Pink Floyd)
– Ummagumma [Reissue/1969] 2xLP (Pink Floyd)
– More [Reissue/1969] LP (Pink Floyd)
HQ-180gm vinyl reissues now available.
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David Bowie – Live Santa Monica ’72 [Reissue/1973] 2xLP (Rhino/Parlophone)
HQ-180gm vinyl reissues now available.

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latest LUNA merch...

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>THE LUNA music 20th ANNIVERSARY 'LIVE at LUNA music' LATHE-CUT 7" BOX SET
A five 7" lathe-cut, hand-built box set, of LIVE recordings from previous LUNA in-stores!
Series one includes
EXCLUSIVE performances from:
•Bill Callahan - Too Many Birds
•Kyle Field - Scuby
•Mark Kozelek - Grace Cathedral Park
•Kurt Vile - In My Time
•Ben Watt - Spring

Cut one-at-a-time, in
real time, by Mike Dixon, on his 70 year-old lathe and housed in embossed LUNA inner sleeves — our first lathe-cut series features design and layout from Commercial Artisan, artwork by Nat Russell, hand-screening by Dave Windisch, along with hand-assembling/embossing by the LUNA crew — only 75 of these sets were made, with no digital counterpart...
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>the LUNA music Pint Glass
Crooked Arm, on the one—once again!
We are stoked to have this irreverent take on our identity, by our pal, for our first ever LUNA pint glass!

And yes, that IS gold metallic ink, on that grill. Beverages not included...

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of course we pay CASH for your used LPs...

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Actually, we buy all sorts of pre-loved music!
We are always looking for pre-loved LPs, CDs, and DVDs (in good condition). CLICK HERE for all the details...
 

more freshness...

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>the LUNA music Pint Glass
Crooked Arm, on the one—once again!
We are stoked to have this irreverent take on our identity, by our pal, for our first ever LUNA pint glass!

And yes, that IS gold metallic ink, on that grill. Beverages not included...
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>RECORD STORE DAY 2016 @ LUNA music
THIS SATURDAY, 16 APRIL 2016 8:00AM - 9:00PM
BLOCK PARTY STYLEE!

WE COULDN'T BEGIN TO TELL YOU HOW MUCH FUN WE HAD AND HOW MUCH WE ENJOYED ALL OF YOUR COMPANY AND SUPPORT! THIS DAY AND EVERY LUNA DAY!

THANK YOU X 1000000
XO-tLc
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>the NAT RUSSELL Storefront Mug
Get yr camping on with our ceramic (not tin) Storefront Mug!
Replete with the very rad Nat Russell illustration from our 20th Anniversary Lathe-Cut Box Set!

Black rimmed, speckled up—this will keep your brown hot...
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>the NAT RUSSELL storefront T-Shirt
We REALLY dug this very rad Nat Russell illustration, from our 20th Anniversary Lathe-Cut Box Set--so much so, we thought it'd make a great shirt!

This lovely blue is a super soft, 100% cotton, Alternative Apparel T and is also available in
ladies sizing and styling.

Best to
hit this link, to see ALL the detail...

>>more LUNA gear...

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>Assateague - 'Good Morning Blues' LP (LUNA music LTD.)
The 2015 reissue/remaster of the San Francisco band, Assateague's stunningly beautiful LP, 'Good Morning Blues,' is available to purchase — after being out-of-print for nearly two years...
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>the NAT RUSSELL Storefront Mug
Get yr camping on with our ceramic (not tin) Storefront Mug!
Replete with the very rad Nat Russell illustration from our 20th Anniversary Lathe-Cut Box Set!

Black rimmed, speckled up—this will keep your brown hot...

>>more LUNA gear...

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INDYGENOUS DESIGNS...
Looking at aging cities, working class roots, signature architecture and the gritty elegance of the urban legacy—Indianapolis native, Steve Schubert, draws from Midwestern metropolises to inspire a best-selling range of posters and post cards—offered up here at the LUNA music! Stop by and dig these for yourself…

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>the iwant LIMITED EDITION LUNA popsicle T-Shirt
John Gilsenan, of London-based
iwant design, melted our minds a few years back with this superb design!

Only printed once, back in 2012—this new 12-color(!) silk-screened cherry red Alternative Apparel distressed shirt (featuring a ground collar, sleeves and hem for a well worn, well loved look) is limited to only 100 pieces…
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>the LUNA music BEACH BAG
Here is—the LUNA music beach bag / beer transporter / picnic helper / yarn stash—replete with the
very rad Nat Russell illustration from our 20th Anniversary Lathe-Cut Box Set!

This bad-boy big-tote (measuring in at 23"w x 17"h x 6"d) is made of 100%
heavy cotton canvas and comes with a velcro closure—it's the perfect throw and go bag!
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>the NAT RUSSELL the record holder Zip Up Hoodie
just in time for a bit of warmer weather—the LUNA music zip up Hoodie!

printed on soft Alternative Apparel Eco-Jersey (50% Polyester, 38% Cotton, 12% Rayon)—this LUNA hoodie is perfect for layering and lightweight enough for year-round wear!

liff the hood for the reveal—classic fit…

>>more LUNA gear...

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>the LUNA music RECORD FRISBEE
Grab yourself one of our limited, made just for the day, LUNA frisbees! Part M&Co., part Beat Junction, and all Jim and Jon—this
Commercial Artisan flyer is certain to be a Summer staple...

>>more sweet LUNA merch...

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>the NAT RUSSELL storefront T-Shirt
We REALLY dug this very rad Nat Russell illustration, from our 20th Anniversary Lathe-Cut Box Set--so much so, we thought it'd make a great shirt!

This lovely blue is a super soft, 100% cotton, Alternative Apparel T and is also available in
ladies sizing and styling.

Best to
hit this link, to see ALL the detail...
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>BIRDS OF AMERICA / NAT RUSSELL - Current Carry CASSETTE (BOA/LUNA)
First-time issue on cassette—'Current Carry' is a 10-track BOA studio album, from the wayback of 2005!
Featuring such lethal tracks as: "I Am In Love With An Ocean," "Sister Brother," and "Sleeep," this is your perfect entry into the world of Birds...
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DIG THE NEW LUNA EARPLUGS!
Don't forget to grab a pair of the new LUNA earplugs, before you head out to your favorite show! Killer ear protection and a lovely, reusable container...

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>BIRDS OF AMERICA / NAT RUSSELL - What Was Birds: 2000 - 2011 CASSETTE (BOA/LUNA)
A crucial selection of all things Birds, from 2000-2011. Originally released in Japan on CD, this limited-edition cassette has 14 songs and a few of them have a surprise, original illustration from Nat, tucked inside! #goldenticket
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THE LUNA BANDANA...
Discharge water-based white ink laid upon an array of 21.5" x 21.5" all-cotton colors.
Wrap something you love (or yourself) in our versatile freshness...

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ESSENTIAL STORAGE—LOCALLY-PRODUCED LUNA LP CRATES!
Get your super nice LP storage on with these LUNA poplar crates! Handmade right here in the city from reclaimed wood, these wooden lovlies are stackable, functional and great looking! Only $19.99!
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>BIRDS OF AMERICA / NAT RUSSELL - Current Carry CASSETTE (BOA/LUNA)
First-time issue on cassette—'Current Carry' is a 10-track BOA studio album, from the wayback of 2005!
Featuring such lethal tracks as: "I Am In Love With An Ocean," "Sister Brother," and "Sleeep," this is your perfect entry into the world of Birds...
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DIG THE NEW LUNA EARPLUGS!
Don't forget to grab a pair of the new LUNA earplugs, before you head out to your favorite show! Killer ear protection and a lovely, reusable container...

>>more lovelies...

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FUGITIVE ART GUITAR / FOLK ART PRINTS...
Iowa's Karl Haglund's beautiful prints of his Guitar Art - Folk Art are now gracing the vinyl fixtures of the 52!
"Karl Haglund not only captures the totemic power of the instruments that he paints, but the detail is so good that it looks like you could pick the damn thing up and play it." - BILLY BRAGG.
Stop by and check these framed beauties out soon, only $25…

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WRAP YOUR DECK IN LOVELY...
>the LUNA music slipmat
Fresh up your decks--the new LUNA slipmats are here!
Felt meets 382 on this, a rising
Takashima robot!
Super cheep
—$7.99 for 1 or 2 for $11.99 or
FREE with a vinyl lp purchase of $150.00 or more!
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STEVE KEENE PAINTINGS NOW IN STOCK!
Heralded as the most prolific painter, by the Guinness Book Of World Records, and the man behind many-a album covers—LUNA is pleased to have 2' X 2' original oils on our wall for sale! Stop in to see the magic...

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GET YR BROWN!
>the LUNA music / Baldwin's Beans L-O-V-E blend
This local, small-batch roaster and the "caffeine appreciators" here at the shop, have come up with a deep collision of Mexican Alturra and Indian Monsooned Malabar that keeps the crew alert and awake - well into the wee, small hours...
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GET YR BROWN HOLDER!
>the LUNA music / Commercial Artisan Coffee Cup
The Indianapolis Design Dynamic Duo drop
the essential, brew-rific vessel. A morning must-have...
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We've recently started putting out some of our pre-loved collectable vinyl lps, in a special section of the shop! These titles start at $14.99 and represent some of the harder-to-find/out-of-print records that would have gone straight to our Discogs store. Please feel free to hit us anytime, if you are on the lookout for something specific--if not, have fun browsing this new spot, the next time your are in the shop...