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Now Hear This: New Music From The Units, Sun Ra and More

It’s a light Tuesday in terms of new music coming out, but there’re still some winners. Join us as we take a look at what’s new!

Our Winner This Week: The Orb – Moonbuilding 2703 AD

Ambient godfathers the Orb are releasing their newest LP Moonbuilding 2703 AD, a suite of four tracks over fifty minutes. The new album sees the Orb tipping their hat to the late hip-hop producer J Dilla in its title track. The deluxe version comes on three LPs plus a CD of the album, and features not only two more cuts, but also another tribute to J Dilla.

Runner-up: The Units – Digital Stimulation

The Units (not to be confused with Jandek) were a pioneering synthpunk band who combined films and synthesizers to create a paranoid, outward-looking vision. Their work was often satirical, and the Units were a combination of band and performance art project. In addition to their films, they had done art installations like “Punk Under Glass“, featuring various bands playing from 10 AM to 5PM over two days in the display windows of a JC Penney’s store. The reissue label FUTURISMO is releasing a new version of the Units’ debut LP, which should fit in with their previous releases from DEVO and the Gleaming Spires.

Also Notable: VNV Nation – Resonance

Though VNV Nation is best known as an electronic band, though their newest album, Resonance hit #4 on the Billboard Classical Charts shortly after its initial release. The version that comes out this week is a special Limited Deluxe Edition, featuring bonus tracks. Resonance features re-recordings of some of VNV Nation’s earlier work, recorded with the Film Orchester Babelsberg, who also recorded the score for Mockingjay.

Other New Releases: Country artist Canaan Smith’s debut album Bronco comes out this week.

Alice’s Restaurant: The 1967 WBAI-FM Collection collects three early live versions of the title track recorded by Arlo Guthrie for the Radio Unnameable program.

There’s a new live album from Chic, An Evening With, that comes packaged as a CD/DVD.

Maddie & Tae, the new country hitmakers, have their debut album out this week, Start Here.

Experimental composer and author David Toop is releasing his newest album on CD and LP, Lost Shadows: In Defence of the Soul – Yanomami Shamanism, Songs, Ritual, 1978.

Seattle rockers Motopony are releasing their second album Welcome You.

Other New Re-issues: Dr. John’s classic 1968 album Gris-Gris is making yet another appearance on CD.

Dubxanne’s 2008 collection Police In Dub of (if you couldn’t guess) dub-style Police covers is getting a vinyl re-issue with some added bonus tracks.

One of Sun Ra’s 1979 albums (he released at least two others that year), Sleeping Beauty, is getting a vinyl reissue.

Duran Duran’s 1982 hit album Rio is getting the deluxe treatment this week with two CDs full of remixes, alternate versions, b-sides and demos.

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