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September 25, 2015

special announcement

FALL EDITION: BROOKLYN FLEA RECORD FAIR

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 @ 11AM-6PM

90 Kent Ave. Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Facebook Event Page 

Back for its eighth year, the fall edition of the Brooklyn Flea Record Fair will pop up next to Smorgasburg this Saturday, September 26, from 11am to 6pm. Other Music will be setting up our tables alongside 50-plus vendors, including record labels (4AD, Captured Tracks, Domino, Matador, Rough Trade, RVNG, Sacred Bones, Secretly Canadian, and Warp, to name but a few), great record shops, and the city's most avid collectors. Crate-diggers won't want to miss, plus there will be special DJ sets throughout the day and a scenic beer garden overlooking the East River. Come by and join in the fun!

other music events

SK KAKRABA IN-STORE PERFORMANCE

MONDAY, OCTOBER 5 @ 7PM

Other Music: 15 E. 4th St. New York, NY
Facebook Event Page  // Free, All Ages

We are very excited to welcome SK Kakraba, who will be appearing at Other Music for an in-store performance on Monday, October 5, to mark the release of Songs of Pappieye, out 10/2 on Awesome Tapes of Africa. (It's also the first release of newly recorded material that the label has ever put out.) The master of the gyil, an ancient Ghanaian xylophone, Kakraba's forthcoming album of solo pieces features entrancing compositions and improvisational modes that have been passed down by generations of hereditary musicians. His live performances are as stunning as his record -- no doubt this will be a very special evening, and we hope you will join us.

in this week's update

FEATURED NEW RELEASES

Julia Holter
Kurt Vile
Dungen
Carter Tutti Void
New Order
Youth Lagoon
Ought
Roseau
 

ALSO RECOMMENDED

Disclosure
Chvrches
Steven A Clark
Girl Band
U.S. Girls
+ More

ticket give-aways

WIN TICKETS TO GODSPEED YOU! BLACK EMPEROR

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29

Terminal 5: 610 W. 56th St. NYC

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30

Music Hall of Williamsburg: 66 N. 6th St. BKLN

Next week, Godspeed You! Black Emperor returns to New York City for a handful of shows supporting their latest epic transmission, Asunder, Sweet and Other Duress. Other Music is giving away a pair of tickets to their Tuesday night performance at Terminal 5 (with Amen Dunes), and Wednesday at the Music Hall of Williamsburg (with Samara Lubelski). Email tickets@othermusic.com for your chance to see these post-rock purveyors, and make sure to list the show you'd like to enter for.
 


WIN PASSES TO A SCREENING OF PARTISAN

OPENS FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2

Village East Cinema: 181-189 2nd Ave. NYC 

Other Music is offering a pair of pass to see a screening of the Sundance award-winning thriller, Partisan, which opens at the Village East Cinema October 2. Directed by Ariel Kleiman and starring Vincent Cassell, the film score is composed by Oneohtrix Point Never's Daniel Lopatin, and features the song "The Hardest Thing to Do," performed by Metronomy's Joseph Mount and Robyn under the pseudonym of Tony Primo and Nixie. Email enter@othermusic.com for a chance to a win a pair of passes.

this week's update

JULIA HOLTER Have You in My Wilderness
(Domino)

From Have You in My Wilderness' sun-kissed baroque opener "Feel You" onward, Julia Holter takes the listener on an intimate, dream-like journey, with cinematic production and smoky, organic rhythms complementing her surreal pop songs. With the reverb fog of past releases lifting, the voice of this LA-based avant-songstress has never been this clear, be it summoning her inner Nico atop the swirling, dolent strings in "How Long," or singing a melody that could have been penned by Brian Wilson during "Sea Calls Me Home." (Albeit the latter's playful nod to the Beach Boys via its lush harmonies and slowed-down "God Only Knows"-sounding harpsichord is offset by her odd cadence in the chorus as she proclaims, "I can't swim, it's lu-ci-di-ty, so clear.") With Have You in My Wilderness Holter has removed the invisible wall that often exists between the listener and creator of experimental music. Not only is this her most accessible work to date, it's also her most inviting. (Read More)

$19.99 LP
$12.99 CD ON SALE


KURT VILE
B'lieve I'm Goin Down...
(Matador)

At this point, Kurt Vile's sound is pretty well-established -- Vile, War on Drugs and Steve Gunn all came up together, and in broad strokes they all play versions of classic guitar rock. But where WoD lean towards a slicker, radio-friendly '80s sound, and Gunn hones closer to psychedelic folk, Vile's brand of rock & roll takes a Stones-y boogie, adds a liberal dose of slouching hesher humor, and fingerpicks through the fade-out. The thing is, despite his lazy drawl and underdog Philly attitude, Vile is both a lot smarter and more talented than he likes to let on, and this new one is his most refined, engaging, and straight-up beautiful album yet. The advance single "Pretty Pimpin'" is without a doubt the most infectious rock song we've heard this year, and while the LP quiets down a bit after that one, it's a beautifully recorded, funny, thoughtful an deeply human album that is well worth your time. RIYL rock & roll!

$21.99 2LP+MP3
$29.99 LTD 3LP+MP3
$12.99 CD ON SALE

DUNGEN
Allas Sak
(Mexican Summer)

It's been five years since their last full-length but with Allas Sak, we find singer and multi-instrumentalist Gustav Ejstes reunited with his old friends, picking up where Dungen last left us, and taking us to new and beautiful places. While the Swedish group has always augmented their standard rock arrangements with non-traditional instruments and occasional free jazz and Eastern modal flourishes, their new album is even more expansive. From the richly layered, rocking title track that's propelled by lush strums of a harp, baritone saxes and Ejstes' soaring vocals, to the Turkish psych-funk-inspired instrumental "Franks Kaktus" in which Reine Fiske's blistering guitar leads flirt with Ejstes' exotic flute melodies atop a third-eye-opening groove, Dungen's appropriation of vintage psychedelic and experimental influences is far from pastiche. Theirs is a spacious, vibrant universe that's like no other, and it's as welcoming as it is mind-blowing. (Read More)

$18.99 LP (OUT ON 10/9)
$9.99 CD (OUT NOW)


CARTER TUTTI VOID
f(x)
(Industrial)

Carter Tutti Void's brilliant, pertinent new studio album quite unforgivingly cuts into the austerity-ridden Europe of present-day. Against this throbbing setting, Carter's richly textured beats are as forward-reaching as ever, generating an eternally complex, skeletal structure for Tutti's violent synth washes and Void's penetrating, shrieking guitar. Add to this reductive formula occasionally evocative, wordless female vocals and you end up with a soundtrack to today's grotesquely unfolding European dystopia. Dark yet sensual, seductively noisy, this engaging death disco record is 2015's most urgent, breathtaking album. Though its sounds may be bleak, its effects are invigorating. (Read More)

$29.99 LP (WHITE VINYL)
$18.99 CD

NEW ORDER
Music Complete
(Mute)

A decade since their last proper full-length, 2005's Waiting for the Sirens' Call, New Order returns with Music Complete, a comeback record if there ever was one. With bassist Peter Hook out and keyboardist Gillian Gilbert back in the fold, the band has mostly moved away from the rockier direction of their last two albums, turning down the guitars and turning up the electronics, with tracks like the pulsing Richard X-produced "Plastic," the Euro-house of "Tutti Frutti," and the funky "People on the Highline" outweighing the more straightforward moments such as the "Regret"-ish album opener "Restless" and the acoustic-guitar-driven "Academic." All of New Order's hallmarks are in place throughout too, from the plaintive yearn in Bernard Sumner's melodies to the stiff precision of Stephen Morris' drumming to flashes of Hook-worthy bass lines courtesy of Tom Chapman. It all makes for a wonderfully unexpected return to form from one of modern music's most influential bands and a new highlight in their catalog. (Read More)

$25.99 LP
$13.99 CD ON SALE


YOUTH LAGOON
Savage Hills Ballroom
(Fat Possum)

"Childlike" was never exactly the right word for Youth Lagoon's sound, but his small-scale, dreamy pop confections cocooned the listener, and Savage Hill's Ballroom is a butterfly moment. Cleaner, stronger, more raw and immediate, these new songs feel like they have peeled back the haze, leaving Powers exposed in all the best ways. Working with producer Ali Chant, the record uses dense percussion, thoughtfully arranged horns and other instrumental flourishes to raise Powers up and allow him the sonic space to deliver powerful melodies and emotions that he would have once buried under layers of reverb. (Read More & Listen)

$16.99 LP (LTD GOLD VINYL)
$11.99 CD ON SALE

OUGHT
Sun Coming Down
(Constellation)


While it seems as though the amount of post-punk-influenced indie bands continues to multiply every week, Montreal's Ought are inherently different. Sure, the key components are the same: raspy sing-speak vocals; erratic blazes of riffs; and taut, nervy rhythms. And that's all here on their sophomore full-length, Sun Coming Down, yet Ought manage to embed certain eccentricities into their tracks that make it feel all the more fresh, and even more human. But this album, more so than 2014's More Than Any Other Day, is rough around the edges, with each of these eight songs bending and folding into different forms, each slightly schizophrenic, and each undeniably personal. (Read More & Listen)

$24.99 LP
$14.99 CD


ROSEAU
Salt
(Big Dada)

English singer and multi-instrumentalist Kerry Leatham, who records under the name Roseau, previously guested on releases by Lapalux and Dels, and she was included on Bonobo's Late Night Tales compilation as part of the acoustic duo, Peter and Kerry. It's easy to spot traces of those aforementioned artists in these songs, and while Roseau's inclination towards downtempo, electronic pop makes her an obvious pick for team Ninja Tune, her songwriting skills and compositional chops enable her to shine brightly amongst the current surfeit of indie-R&B hopefuls. The minimal opening track suggests that we could be in for a 40-plus minute, James Blake-ian, misery bath, but it's swiftly offset by the twitchy textures of "Kids and Drunks," and Roseau's wry raps on "New Glass" and "Grab" are comparable to her awesome, Big Dada labelmate Kate Tempest. (Read More & Listen)

$23.99 LP (OUT ON 10/2)
$15.99 CD

also recommended

DISCLOSURE
Caracal
(PMR / Island)

Disclosure's highly anticipated follow-up to 2013's Settle sees the Lawrence brothers scaling back on some of the ebullient club-pop of their international smash debut and offering up a more nuanced set. Featuring guest spots from stars like Sam Smith, the Weeknd, Lorde, Miguel, and jazz vocalist Gregory Porter, along with up-and-comers like Kwabs, Nao, Jordan Rakei, and Lion Babe's Jillian Hervey, Caracal still has its fair share of soulful, hands-in-the-air moments, but we find that the London duo's trademarked bass swells and glistening synth pads also sound great in the R&B-tinged after-hours pop setting. (Vinyl available on 10/16.)

$15.99 DELUXE CD
$12.99 CD


CHVRCHES
Every Open Eye
(Glassnote)

 "Sonically, Every Open Eye develops CHVRCHES signature style, juxtaposing the light and the dark, creating their own brand of twisted pop music that uniquely merges the organic with the electronic, molding sounds and ideas forged over two years on the road into an electronic-pop record with a heart. Lyrically, Every Open Eye is not a break up album. It is a record about past heartbreaks and getting over them ( Leave A Trace ). About perspective and the benefit of hindsight. About being unapologetic and not being told what to do or who to be (Bury It , Never Ending Circles , Playing Dead ). About moving on to better things, holding on to the good and letting go of the bad ( Down Side Of Me , Clearest Blue , Afterglow )."

$21.99 LP
$15.99 DELUXE CD
$12.99 CD


STEVEN A CLARK
The Lonely Roller
(Secretly Canadian)

 "Outlaws and outsiders, road-trippers and lonely rollers; whether it's someone searching or someone who doesn't want to be found, we can't help but be drawn to the drifters. We love the wanderer with no patience for niceties, who can't be bothered by saccharine stories, because we know they're being called to seek out something more. Singer Steven A. Clark is that next stranger to roll in from out of town, a restless artist recasting R&B, a musician with a few stories to tell on the long drive ahead. He's a straight-talker in a genre filled with wish-fulfillment, whimsy and cliched beats; think the Outlaw Josey Wales raised on N.E.R.D. and 808s & Heartbreak. On his cinematic new album The Lonely Roller, Clark's descriptions of emotions and bad breaks, of flawed characters extricating themselves from tragic affairs, aren't just a set-up or storytelling device. It's personal identification set to song, new additions to a canon looking for fresh blood."

$19.99 LP
$13.99 CD ON SALE


GIRL BAND
Holding Hands with Jamie
(Rough Trade)

"Holding Hands with Jamie, Girl Band's debut album, comes a few years into their tenure; a few years after their first tour, nine days crammed into a Fiat Panda; a few years of stamping 7" sleeves to sell at merch tables and mail-order; a few years of writing songs and touring and developing a live ferocity unmatched by nearly anyone. Recorded in April 2015, two days after returning home from their first-ever US tour, the nine tracks making up Holding Hands with Jamie capture, more than any previous recordings, the tension and abrasive energy of a Girl Band performance. Recalling any number of things but for only milliseconds at a time, Girl Band make a mockery of comparisons, because you can only get as far as "oh this bit sounds like-" before a guitar scuff-screams, the bass crunches like a car in a bailing press, or something else visceral and glorious comes from the speakers, and the thought's erased."

$19.99 LP
$13.99 CD


U.S. GIRLS
Half Free
(4AD)

"The work of Illinois-born, Toronto-based artist Meg Remy, U.S. Girls has evolved in recent years from the coarse 4-track fidelity found on her early recordings to more luscious and unabashed works, packed with fiery pop sensibilities. Half Free is the next step in this impressive progression, an honest and lyrically jarring exploration of emotions, drenched in a bath of raw beats and loops that have become the hallmark of her work with producer and frequent collaborator Onakabazien. Other album guests include Slim Twig (DFA), Ben Cook (Fucked Up, Young Guv), Amanda Crist (Ice Cream) and Tony Price."

$13.99 CD

also available

EDIP AKBAYRAM & DOSTLAR
Singles Overview 1974-1977
(Pharaway Sounds)

$27.99 LP
$17.99 CD

ANIMAL COLLECTIVE
Live At 9:30
(Domino)

$49.99 3LP+MP3
 

THE DEARS
Times Infinity Volume One
(Dangerbird)

$19.99 LP
$12.99 CD

HILLS
Frid
(Rocket)

$17.99 CD
 

INTROVERTED DANCEFLOOR
Introverted Dancefloor
(Carpark)

$16.99 LP

TOBIAS JESSO JR.
True Love / Without You (Alternate Version)
(True Panther)

$7.99 7"

KOSMOSE
Kosmic Music from the Black Country
(Sub Rosa)

$25.99 2LP
$19.99 2CD

MARIAH
Utakata No Hibi
(Palto Flats)

$25.99 LP
 

NEW ORDER
Republic (Reissue)
(London)

$21.99 LP
 

OSIRIS
Osiris
(Pharaway Sounds)

$27.99 LP
$17.99 CD

JEN SHYU & JADE TONGUE
Sounds and Cries of the World
(Pi Recordings)

$16.99 CD

VARIOUS ARTISTS
Library of Sound Grooves: Jazz Expressions from the Italian Cinema 1963-1975 (Semi-Automatic)

$27.99 2LP

VARIOUS ARTISTS
Library of Sound Grooves: Obscure Psychedelic Manuscripts from the Italian Cinema 1967-1975 (Semi-Automatic)

$27.99 2LP

WAND
1000 Days
(Drag City)

$19.99 LP
$14.99 CD

WIRE
Issue #380 October 2015
(Wire)

$10.00 MAGAZINE

FRANK WRIGHT QUARTET
Church Number Nine
(Calumet)

$25.99 LP

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