free, in-store performances and events...

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>BEN WATT LIVE @ LUNA music
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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>LITTLE WINGS - DAYS PAST (Unreleased Songs And Recordings 2005 - 2007) CASSETTE (LUNA music LTD.)
Out NOW! And only available,
online, at LUNA!

Limited to 200 copies (100 online and 100 on tour, with Kyle).

Side ONE of this lovely compendium of demos and unreleased songs (both a nod to the past AND the future) will give you insight to what was to become the movement known as 'Soft Pow'r.'

Side TWO is a fever-colored, 2007 LUNA music in-store performance that will have you squarely in the seat of our pyrexia-addled performer--as we take this LIVE journey, with him...

**This release also features a new essay written by Kyle Field, in March, of this year.
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>BEN WATT - FEVER DREAM CD/LP+MP3 (Unmade Road, Ltd.)
In 2014 Ben Watt returned to his roots as a solo singer and songwriter with 'Hendra,' his second solo album – 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 years at the helm of his award-winning electronic label Buzzin’ Fly.
 
Ben's new, self-produced solo album, 'Fever Dream,' takes 'Hendra'’s sonic template of open-tuned folk-jazz, distorted string-bent rock, and soulful rumination, and adds a fresh grainy intensity - along with the the calibre of lyrics we've come to expect from Watt; direct, detailed, unflinching, and honest.
 
Working, again, with Bernard Butler and a veritable Wrecking Crew of a rhythm section: Martin Ditcham and Rex Horan - 'Fever Dream,' also features guest vocal cameos from Boston’s gothic-dream-folkie Marissa Nadler and Hiss Golden Messenger’s M.C. Taylor.
 
M.C. Taylor had this to say about 'Fever Dream': "I am honored to play a small part on the new album by Ben Watt. It's a truly gorgeous record - badass and moving at a time when people are starving for something real."
 

LUNA music essentials...

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>Brian Eno – The Ship CD/2xLP+MP3 (Warp)
The Ship is Brian Eno's first solo record since 2012's Grammy-nominated Lux. Originally conceived from experiments with three dimensional recording techniques and formed in two, interconnected parts, The Ship is almost as much musical novel as traditional album. Eno brings together beautiful songs, minimalist ambience, physical electronics, omniscient narratives and technical innovation into a single, cinematic suite. [Both CD and vinyl are available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe CD is packaged in a cloth bound case with a spot gloss cover and four art cards, while the Deluxe vinyl is a limited transparent edition.]
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>Aesop Rock – The Impossible Kid CD/2xLP+MP3 (Rhymesayers)
On his first new album since 2012’s
Skelethon, Aesop continues finding new ways to improve on the skills that have made him one of the kings of indie hip-hop. His creative process now includes a newfound willingness to open up about his personal life, going deep on topics like depression, his sometimes rocky relationship with his family, and the turbulent handful of years that culminated in Aesop leaving his adopted home of San Francisco to live in a barn out in the woods, where he recorded the foundations of The Impossible Kid. There’s also moments of levity though, as he taps into the funny side of his persona that he suppressed during the period where being taken as a serious lyricist was more of a priority. [Limited pink/green neon vinyl in custom die cut jacket also available.]
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>The Jayhawks – Paging Mr. Proust CD/LP (Sham)
Paging Mr. Proust features the long-time core of the Jayhawks: Gary Louris (lead vox/guitars), Marc Perlman (bass), Tim O’Reagan (drums/vox), and Karen Grotberg (keyboards/vox). The album was co-produced by Louris, R.E.M.’s Peter Buck and Tucker Martine (The Decemberists, Modest Mouse, My Morning Jacket) and recorded at Martine’s Flora Recording & Playback in Portland, OR. From the jangle of album opener “Quiet Corners & Empty Spaces” to the trademark harmonies of “Isabel’s Daughter” to the more pensive “Lover Of The Sun”, it is clear that The Jayhawks’ power remains undiminished from their initial national impact, 1992’s Hollywood Town Hall. Other tracks such as the sludgy rocker “Lost The Summer”, the kraut-rock groove of “Ace” and the taut minimalism of “Comeback Kids” bring new sounds to the palette. “Leaving The Monsters Behind” features a trademark vocal turn special guest Mike Mills. “We worked harder in pre-production than any previous Jayhawks record,” says Louris, having demoed most of the songs in his home studio before extensive workshopping with the band, and eventually recording in the hospitable confines of Martine’s studio.
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>King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard – Nonagon Infinity CD/LP+MP3 (ATO)
Coming only six months after the softer, folksy
Paper Mache Dream Balloon, Nonagon Infinity finds King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard returning to form on this relentless psychedelic shred fest. “King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard have released four albums in less than two years; that lack of downtime might have resulted in an absence of transformative, life-altering experiences to insert into their lyrics, but these Australian psych-rock kooks have always been more about melody, frenzy and impact rather than compelling storytelling. There is a sense of urgency to this latest offering, as if last year’s fey and breezy LP Paper Mâché Dream Balloon acted as a process of blissed-out creative rehab. The rusty screech of ‘Robot Stop’ kickstarts the record before ‘Gamma Knife’ careens down a midnight motorway on a flame-streaked motorbike. ‘People Vultures’ is a satanic summoning, ‘Invisible Face’ indulges a gorgeously groovy wig-out, and a gnarly guitar rains down on the metal-spirited ‘Road Train,’ crashing this tight-knit chaos wagon of sound for good. Until somewhere around mid-August, anyway” – The Guardian. [Limited marble black/green vinyl also available.]
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>Kyle Craft – Dolls Of Highland CD/2xLP+MP3/Cassette (Sub Pop)
Kyle Craft grew up in a tiny Louisiana town on the banks of the Mississippi, where he spent most of his time catching alligators and rattlesnakes instead of playing football or picking up the guitar. He’s not the product of a musical family, and bands never came through town. It was only a chance trip to K-Mart that gave him his first album, a David Bowie hits compilation that helped inspire him eventually to channel his innate feral energy into songwriting and rock and roll. That self-made talent drives every note of
Dolls Of Highland, Craft’s exhilarating, fearless solo debut. “Like many artists from the South, Craft has a conflicted relationship with the region's cultural duality, a topic he tackles on [Dolls Of Highland’s] ‘Lady Of The Ark.’ Shrouded in guitars and organ, he caustically wails, ‘Swing low, low sweet heathen / Swing for the wretch and the rock and roll kid,’ a line he says he wrote in response to the ‘shame, shame thing that 'church folk' tend to do so often,’ and which doesn't sit well with Craft. ‘Roam this earth repeat it / All this sin until this wicked world makes sense in time,’ he defiantly growls near the song's end. Craft's roaming days may be done for now, but ‘Lady Of The Ark’ shows his music as wild-eyed and restless.” – NPR

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sweet vinyl gems...

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>Babyfather – BBF - Hosted by DJ Escrow 2xLP (Hyperdub)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. New project from Dean Blunt with contributions from Arca and Micachu. “Essentially
BBF - Hosted by DJ Escrow is a definitive UK hip-hop album of the decade so far; a shadow-play of paranoid & surreal atmospheres, ambiguous juxtapositions, upfront infidelity and playful/dreadful intentions that perhaps best reflect street-view observations of the knackered, profane, pagan and pointedly archaic in contrast to supposedly progressive national values and the schizoid political and artistic double-speak of the ‘elite.’ We haven’t a clue who DJ Escrow is -- quite possibly Blunt’s Quasimoto-style sped-up alter-ego, maybe his boy from home -- but he’s crucial to the album; like some pop-up avatar or liminal interpreter reporting back from the zones, culminating in a passionate monologue calling for unity that’s actually undermined by the fact his voice is accelerated to cartoonish levels -- perhaps as many view the situation anyway.” – Boomkat
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>Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band
– Lick My Decals Off, Baby [Reissue/1970] LP (Rhino)
– The Spotlight Kid [Reissue/1972] LP (Rhino)

– Clear Spot [Reissue/1972] LP (Rhino)
Limited edition vinyl reissues of Captain Beefheart’s fourth, sixth, and seventh albums.
Lick My Decals Off, Baby was originally released on Frank Zappa's Straight Records label. The follow-up to Trout Mask Replica (1969), it is regarded by some critics and listeners as superior, and was Van Vliet's personal favorite. The Spotlight Kid is the only album formally credited solely to Captain Beefheart. Often cited as one of the most accessible of Beefheart's albums, it is solidly founded in the blues but also uses instruments such as marimba and jingle bells that are not typical of that genre. With Clear Spot, Captain Beefheart was after a more commercial sound, hence his enlisting of producer Ted Templeman and engineer Donn Landee, who also created hits for artists such as the Doobie Brothers, Carly Simon and Van Morrison.
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>Red House Painters – Old Ramon [LOSER SMOKE COLORED VINYL ] 2xLP (Sub Pop)
Old Ramon, the sixth Red House Painters album, recorded in the fall of 1997 through the spring of 1998, was intended for release that summer. But the mega-major label merger catastrophe that left hundreds of bands homeless spared few. Red House Painters looked for a brief moment like survivors, but subsequent delays eventually turned into permanent layoff. Old Ramon sat in limbo and grew into legend as another great, lost album only the privileged few would ever properly hear. They’ve unintentionally put the wait back into the term “long-awaited.”

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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...
 

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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…

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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...

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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...

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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...