LUNA music essentials...

for the week of 28 JULY 2017
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>ARCADE FIRE - EVERYTHING NOW (Blue Indie 'NIGHT' Edition Vinyl) LP
A new Arcade Fire album is on the way. Everything Now, the follow-up to 2013’s Reflektor, is out July 28 via Columbia. The record includes the new song “Everything Now.”  The track is produced by Arcade Fire, Steve Mackey (of Pulp), and Thomas Bangalter of Daft Punk.  Arcade Fire recorded Everything Now in New Orleans, Montreal, and Paris. It’s produced by Arcade Fire, Mackey, and Bangalter, with co-production by Markus Dravs. According to an interview Win Butler did with Zane Lowe, the album also features contributions from Geoff Barrow of Portishead.
out 28 JULY 2017...
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>Cage The Elephant – Unpeeled CD (RCA)
Cage The Elephant's new live album,
Unpeeled, was recorded over a series of intimate shows in cities including Los Angeles, Washington DC, Knoxville, and Nashville where the band performed in a stripped down arrangement with a string quartet and additional percussion. Unpeeled features 21-tracks: 18 curated songs from their past four albums plus three re-imagined versions of existing songs. Said frontman Matt Shultz about the inspiration behind the double live release: “Many times you're adding sonic layers looking for something to hide behind, and what you don't realize is that that vulnerability and that nakedness might be the most compelling and interesting thing about the song.” [Vinyl edition due August 25.]
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>Lapalux – Ruinism CD/2xLP (Brainfeeder)
Throughout
Ruinism the British producer takes this exploration further, journeying onward to the more ominous limbo space between life and death. In this liminal space where the finite and infinite intermingle, Lapalux sounds more at home than ever. Much of Ruinism's inspiration was born out of a theatrical score Lapalux (aka Stuart Howard) wrote for the performance art piece Depart which was performed in an East London cemetery. The aptly named project served as genesis for a direction wrought with doom and melancholia. Ruinism is all sonic wreckage and rubble created using only hardware and real instruments. The sound simultaneously destroys and redeems itself across a tight and formidable 48-minutes. [Limited blue color vinyl pressing also available.]
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>Manchester Orchestra – Black Mile To The Surface CD/2xLP+MP3 (Loma Vista)
Describing a rock record as "cinematic" usually implies a double-length, sprawling album with a full orchestra on every song; Manchester Orchestra's
A Black Mile To The Surface is cinematic in that it conjures worlds. There's magical surrealism at work, with songs about a boy with no ears ("The Alien") and the father/sleeping child callback of "The Sunshine." There's a story to parse here – three brothers, an abandoned wife and child, a mysterious journey through the depths of a miles-deep mine, a narrative of twists and turns, recurring characters, alternating timelines – but the songs and melodies stand on their own. [Deluxe color vinyl pressing with an etching on Side D also available.]
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>Aphex Twin
– Selected Ambient Works Volume II [Reissue/1994] 2xCD (Warp)
– I Care Because You Do [Reissue/1995] CD/2xLP+MP3 (Warp)

– Richard D. James Album [Reissue/1996] CD/LP+MP3 (Warp)
– Come To Daddy [Reissue/1997] CDEP/12”+MP3 (Warp)
– Windowlicker [Reissue/1999] CDEP/12”+MP3 (Warp)
Classic Aphex Twin back in print on CD and vinyl formats.
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>Pet Shop Boys
– Nightlife: Further Listening 1996-2000 2xCD/LP (Rhino)
– Release: Further Listening 2001-2004 3xCD/LP (Rhino)
– Fundamental: Further Listening 2005-2007 3xCD/LP (Rhino)
Digitally remastered and expanded editions. Single-disc 180gm vinyl also available.
for the week of 21 JULY 2017
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>Avey Tare – Eucalyptus CD/2xLP+MP3 (Domino)
Eucalyptus is the new studio album written and produced by Animal Collective's Avey Tare. Conceived on Hawaiian mornings, written on a sunlit bedroom afternoon in Los Angeles, practiced in the dark early hours of the California twilight, recommended listening for dawn or dusk. Recorded by Animal Collective's Deakin (Josh Dibb), featuring chamber orchestration arranged by Eyvind Kang, musicians Angel Deradoorian and Jessika Kenney, Eucalyptus is an immersive album length electroacoustic movement through leaves, rocks and dust.
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>Lana Del Rey – Lust For Life CD (Interscope)
Along with an appearance by The Weeknd on the title track, Del Rey expanded her circle of collaborators on her upbeat new album,
Lust for Life, to include Sean Ono Lennon, hip-hop producer Boi-1da (Drake, Rihanna), and pop hitmakers Benny Blanco (Ed Sheeran, Major Lazer) and Max Martin (Katy Perry, Ariana Grande), among others. As a result, Del Rey’s creative partners call Lust For Life her most diverse work to date. “There is a ton of hip-hop that’s infused,” Grant says. “But there are some [songs] that go back to her jazz and folk roots.” Says Nowels, “There’s hip-hop, piano songs, acoustic guitar songs, psychedelia.” Del Rey’s collaborators say she was well aware that listeners could use some positivity in 2017.
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>Foster The People – Sacred Hearts Club CD (Columbia)
Los Angeles, CA dance-pop outfit Foster The People incorporate '60s-inspired sounds and a psychedelic influence on their third studio effort
Sacred Hearts Club. “One of my favorite things about music is that it's unifying,” says frontman Mark Foster. “We wrote these songs to reflect joy in a time where people have needed it more than ever and we thought it was a good time to share them with you.” [Vinyl edition due August 11.]
for the week of 07 JULY 2017
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>This Is The Kit – Moonshine Freeze CD/LP (Rough Trade)
This Is The Kit, led by Paris-by-way-of-Bristol vocalist and songwriter Kate Stables along with the core trio of Rozi Plain, Jamie Whitby-Coles, and Neil Smith, as well as a revolving cast of horn players, additional percussionists, strings, and others, worked with producer John Parish on new album
Moonshine Freeze. Parish’s known brilliance for capturing a close-mic’ed vocal is felt here: Stables’ uniquely-textured voice is brought to the fore, and - following the tradition of exquisitely strange troubadours like Karen Dalton, Will Oldham, or Robert Wyatt - is simply arresting. [Limited red vinyl pressing also available.]
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>Daniel Martin Moore – Turned Over To Dreams CD/LP (Sofaburn)
The idea for
Turned Over To Dreams came after Daniel Martin Moore learned that close friends of his were using one of his previous albums as a bedtime lullaby routine for their children. So he decided to make some new recordings to help out.
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>Broken Social Scene – Hug Of Thunder CD/2xLP (Arts & Crafts)
On
Hug Of Thunder the 15 members of Broken Social Scene – well, the 15 who play on the record, including returnees Leslie Feist and Emily Haines – refract their varying emotions, methods, and techniques into something that doesn’t just equal their other albums, but surpasses them. It is righteous but warm, angry but loving, melodic but uncompromising. The title track on its own might just be the best thing you will hear all year – a song that might become as beloved as “Anthems For a Seventeen-Year-Old Girl” from their breakthrough album, You Forgot It In People. The album’s title, Kevin Drew says, captured what he wanted people to feel about the group’s comeback, and how they sound playing together again: “It’s just such a wonderful sentiment about us, coming in like a hug of thunder.” In troubled times it offers a serotonin rush of positivity: “Stay Happy” lives up to its title, with huge surges of brass that sound like sunshine bursting through clouds. “Gonna Get Better” makes a promise that the album is determined to deliver. That’s not to say it’s an escapist record: Broken Social Scene is completely engaged, wholly focused, and not ignoring the darkness that lurks outside. But there is no hectoring, no lecturing, but a recognition of the confusion and ambiguity of the world.
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>Toro y Moi – Boo Boo CD/LP+MP3 (Carpark)
“After 7 years of touring and recording, I found myself becoming self-conscious about my position in life as a ‘famous’ person, or at least my version of whatever that is. My dreams had become my reality, yet I was somehow unable to accept this new environment. I couldn’t help but fall into what might be described as an identity crisis. A feedback loop of fearful thoughts left me feeling confused. I felt as though I no longer knew what it was that I actually wanted and needed in and out of life, and at times I felt unable to even tell what was real. During this time of personal turmoil, I turned to music as a form of therapy, and it helped me cope with the pain that I was feeling. I’d listen to the same ambient song over and over again, trying to insulate myself from reality. I fell in love with space again. By the time I felt ready to begin working on a new record, I knew that this idea of space within music would be something that propelled my new work forward. The artists that were influencing what I was making included everyone from Travis Scott to Daft Punk, Frank Ocean to Oneohtrix Point Never, Kashif and Gigi Masin. I recognized that the common thread between these artists was their attention to a feeling of space, or lack thereof. I decided that I wanted to make a pop record with these ideas in mind. That idea for a record is what eventually became
Boo Boo.”
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>Melvins – A Walk With Love And Death 2xCD/2xLP (Ipecac)
Melvin’s first double-album find the trio of Buzz Osborne, Dale Crover, and Steve McDonald showcasing two distinct sides to the band’s music:
Death, a proper Melvins’ release, and Love, the score to the Jesse Nieminen directed, self-produced short also titled A Walk With Love And Death. “This was a huge undertaking,” explained band ringleader Buzz Osborne. “All three things: the album, the soundtrack, and the film are benchmarks for us.” Drummer Dale Crover added, “A Walk With Love And Death is one giant, dark, moody, psychotic head trip! Not for the faint of heart. You'll sleep with the lights on after listening.” The albums, which include guests Joey Santiago (The Pixies), Teri Gender Bender (Le Butcherettes/Crystal Fairy) and Anna Waronker (That Dog), were self-produced with engineer Toshi Kosai. [Limited pink vinyl pressing also available.]
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