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JUNE 18, 2015

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UNION POOL & OTHER MUSIC PRESENT SUMMER THUNDER 2015

EVERY SATURDAY (MAY 30 - AUGUST 29)

Union Pool: 484 Union Ave. Brooklyn, NY
Facebook Event Page  // Free, 21+ w/ID

Other Music is proud to present Summer Thunder 2015, an awesome live music series that takes place every Saturday afternoon in Union Pool's backyard. This weekend Impose Magazine presents: Hot Sugar, Metalleg, Slam Section, Roya, and special guests! Check out the full Summer Thunder schedule here, including upcoming performances from Wolf Eyes, Kid Congo Powers, Joe Bataan, and Steve Gunn. As always, the shows are FREE, with cold drinks flowing and El Diablo Tacos serving up tasty treats from their truck.


OTHER MUSIC SUMMER MONDAYS AT ACE HOTEL

EVERY MONDAY IN JUNE, JULY & AUGUST

Ace Hotel New York: 20 W. 29th St. NYC
Facebook Event Invite

Other Music's Summer Monday residency returns to Ace Hotel New York, and on each and every Monday through to the end of August you'll find one of our staff members behind the turntables playing their favorite songs in the gorgeous lobby bar. So mark your calendar and come wind down your work day with us, every Monday evening from 8 p.m. to midnight in June, July and August. Amanda Chouette will be DJing this Monday, June 22, and then Ning Nong on June 29, Gerald Hammill on July 6, Ryan Naideau on July 13, and Andreas Knutsen on July 20. Stay tuned for more DJ listings.

in this week's update

FEATURED NEW RELEASES

In Camera
Institute
Hudson Mohawke
Octave One
Sounds of the Universe Art + Sound
When
Knxwledge
FFS
 
The Dream Syndicate
The Fall (4 LP Reissues)
Ahnnu
Ras G
Leah Gordon: Iron in the Soul DVD
 

BACK IN STOCK

Alex Chilton
Kamasi Washington

ticket giveaways

WIN JAGA JAZZIST TICKETS

SATURDAY, JUNE 20

Webster Hall: 125 E. 11th St. New York, NY

Norwegian experimental jazz stalwarts Jaga Jazzist just released a great new set entitled Starfire on Ninja Tune, and are playing in support of the album this Saturday at Webster Hall. Other Music has a pair of tickets to give away to one of our lucky Update subscribers and you can enter for your chance to win by emailing giveaway@othermusic.com.


ENTER FOR LITTLE BLACK EGG BIG BAND (YO LA TENGO & FRIENDS) TICKETS

SUNDAY, JUNE 28

Pioneer Works: 159 Pioneer St. Brooklyn, NY

A week from Sunday, the ISSUE Project Room Concert Series teams up with Pioneer Works Center for Art and Innovation to present an expanded version of Little Black Egg, Georgia Hubley's rarely performed solo guitar project, which will feature Hubley and her Yo La Tengo bandmates Ira Kaplan and James McNew, along with Tony Maimone (Pere Ubu) and jazz mainstays Susie Ibarra, Daniel Carter, and Taylor Ho Bynum. If this show wasn't already a must-see, add to the bill Australian improviser Oren Ambarchi who opens the night! Email tickets@othermusic.com for your chance to win a pair of passes!!

 


MEMORY TAPES TICKET GIVEAWAY

SATURDAY, JULY 25

Baby's All Right: 146 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY

Following the recent release of new digital single "Fallout" b/w "House on Fire," Memory Tapes returns to New York City for a performance at Brooklyn's Baby's All Right on Saturday July 25, with Computer Magic opening! Other Music is giving away a pair of tickets to the show, and the winner will also receive a Memory Tapes t-shirt, pin, and his Player Piano LP courtesy of Carpark Records!! Email enter@othermusic.com for your chance to win.

this week's update

IN CAMERA
Era
(4AD)

Though In Camera's original output consisted of one 7" single and two 12" EPs that were recorded between 1979-80, the tracks collected here on disc one come across like a solid album. The bass-and-drum figures that the London group utilized wouldn't sound out of place next to Metal Box, however, In Camera was more a contemporary of PiL than a descendent. Andrew Gray, later of the Wolfgang Press, utilizes his guitar for creating tension and atmosphere rather than a lead instrument, and this approach leaves room for David Steiner's expressive vocals to clearly deliver macabre tales that give Bauhaus a run for their money. The 11 unreleased tracks on CD2 include live versions, demos and rehearsal recordings, and while the live material is on the crude side, listening to never-before-heard In Camera songs is a revelation and a welcome addition to a catalog that was far too small. (Read More)

$14.99 2CD
$23.99 2LP


INSTITUTE
Catharsis
(Sacred Bones)

Institute follows up a string of impressive singles with their highly anticipated LP. Drawing from the same pool of messy post-punk that's influenced recent groups like Iceage, Savages and Royal Headache, this Austin-based band succeeds by not only writing memorable riffs, but also playing with a wiry intensity that never falters. (Read More & Listen)

$11.99 CD ON SALE
$16.99 LP


HUDSON MOHAWKE
Lantern
(Warp)

Featuring a mix of instrumentals and vocal tracks (with guest spots from Miguel, Jhene Aiko, Irfane, Ruckazoid, and Antony), Lantern's sonic landscape seems minimal when compared to the filled-to-the-brim production style of Hudson Mohawke's previous output. Here, Mohawke displays more of a sense of control and brings out his love for galactic soundtracks and trance's ethereal glow. His songs now have room to breathe and thankfully rely on a more-subtle mood rather than hyped energy to propel the emotive elements. (Read More & Listen)

$14.99 CD ON SALE
$25.99 2LP+MP3

OCTAVE ONE
Burn It Down
(430 West)

Detroit techno veterans Lenny and Lawrence Burden, a/k/a Octave One, drop their first full-length in seven years. Having mostly focused on their impressive, hardware-oriented live shows during this period, the Burden brothers take the wisdom and skills gathered from these endeavors to this new studio statement with hard-hitting yet soulful results. (Read More & Listen)

$18.99 2LP


VARIOUS ARTISTS
Soul Jazz Presents Sounds of the Universe: Art + Sound 2012-15
(Soul Jazz)

The exclusive tracks featured on Sounds of the Universe's very limited Art + Sound 12" series are now available on CD via this two-disc set (and also as two separate, double-vinyl editions, pressed in heavyweight vinyl and housed in gatefold sleeves with full artwork and a download code). Featuring even more new and exclusive material on the second CD, some of the more adventurous producers from around the globe are gathered here on these two discs, including Chicago's Hieroglyphic Being, Detroit's Andres, Oakland's Ras G, Kassem Mosse from Berlin, London's Reginald Omas Mamode IV, and many more. While scrolling through the list of artists, one might imagine that this collection is going to be full of funky moments, but on the contrary, this is actually a primer for the noisier side of modern dance music. (Read More)

$23.99 2CD
$31.99 2LP VOLUME A
$31.99 2LP VOLUME B


WHEN
The Black Death
(Ideologic Organ)

Originally released on CD in 1992, this eerie sound collage fits right in with the Ákos Rózmann works that Stephen O'Malley's Ideologic Organ label recently reissued. A creepy 38 minutes filled with everything from keyboards and percussion to harp and cello, plus processed sounds and voices, the LP really brings to life Theodor Kittelsen's "Black Death" drawings from which it takes inspiration -- this deluxe edition includes a 12" booklet of Kittelsen's illustrations. (Read More & Listen)

$22.99 LP

KNXWLEDGE
Hud Dreems
(Stones Throw)

Following J Dilla's Donuts or Madlib's Beat Konducta series, Knxwledge is the next great, original producer in line who's at his best when crafting vibrant, urban collages out of cut-up vintage soul and jazz, contemporary hip-hop and R&B, and little sprinkles of film dialogue. His edits feel organic and live, reflecting many late nights spent in front of a sampler with a crate of records at his feet, and it's all sequenced together to create a nice journey of soulful vibes. KNX has been a rising favorite through the years and this official debut, for a label that's made the chop-n-slice beat banger a genre unto itself, is right on point. (Read More & Listen)

$22.99 2LP


FFS
FFS
(Domino)


FFS is the meeting of the clever, arty pop band Sparks and the clever arty pop band Franz Ferdinand. So you may ask, "Does this collaboration work?" Well, FFS answer the question for you with a comical and ridiculous song called "Collaborations Don't Work." But giant, arched eyebrows aside, this union is very much a successful one. Russell Mael and Alex Kapranos share vocal duties like they've been doing it for years and the addition of a full backing band and a Grammy award-winning producer (John Congleton), gives Sparks' operatic, electro-ditties some much needed punch. (Read More & Listen)

$13.99 CD
$29.99 2LP


THE DREAM SYNDICATE
The Days of Wine and Roses
(Omnivore)

One of the all-time great guitar records: a masterful, raucous blend of Dylan circa '65 and the feedback-fueled rush of White Light/White Heat that's as fresh and invigorating in 2015 as it was in 1982. Add to this 30-plus minutes of bonus material that offers a previously unheard look at what the band's original lineup (Steve Wynn, Karl Precoda, Dennis Duck and Kendra Smith) were cooking up for their ultimately un-recorded sophomore effort. These are rough-and-raw rehearsal tapes, so we're not talking "great lost album" status here, more "what might have been." But "what might have been" is still pretty awesome, a logical extension of the classic Wine and Roses sound, with a garage-y looseness the band (sans Smith) would lose in later years. (Read More)

$16.99 CD

THE FALL
The Wonderful and Frightening World of the Fall
(Beggars Banquet)

Four essential titles from the Fall's sprawling discography are newly remastered and reissued on vinyl. 1984's The Wonderful and Frightening World of the Fall kicked off a run of excellent LPs for Beggars Banquet which lasted right up to the end of the decade. The introduction of guitarist/songwriter Brix Smith brought the band a slightly poppier, sharper focus. This record also marked the start of a three-year relationship with producer John Leckie, who gave the group a fuller sound while maintaining the scrappy edge that remains a large part of their charm to this day. (Read More)

$19.99 LP


THE FALL
The Wonderful and Frightening Escape Route to the Fall
(Beggars Banquet)

Rounding up the Fall's Call for Escape Route EP and two singles from 1984, this companion to The Wonderful and Frightening World LP actually plays like a great album in its own right. Since none of the A-sides ended up on that record, there are technically more "hits" on here than on the LP proper. (Read More)

$19.99 LP


THE FALL
This Nation's Saving Grace
(Beggars Banquet)

Bookended by one of the most sinister sounding melodies in the entire Fall canon, 1985's This Nation's Saving Grace is seen by many as the highlight from their Beggars period. Part of the brilliance of the Fall stems from their ability to be as direct as "My New House" and as obtuse as "Gut of the Quantifier" back to back on the same LP. The other (more important) factor is Mark E. Smith's utter uniqueness within the history of rock and roll. There has never been, nor will there ever be, another human like him. His command of a language and cadence of his own invention is in top form here. The Fall was like a machine by this point. This Nation's Saving Grace is an early peak in their strong run for Beggars Banquet, not to mention that it includes one of the best song titles of all time in "I Am Damo Suzuki." (Read More)

$19.99 LP


THE FALL
Schtick - Yarbles Revisited
(Beggars Banquet)

Never before available on vinyl until now, some of the best songs the Fall released in 1985 were not included on the companion This Nation's Saving Grace LP, rendering this singles comp absolutely necessary and far from a footnote. Confidence ripples off the grooves of this record, from the shuffle of "Couldn't Get Ahead" to the swagger of "Cruiser's Creek." The inclusion of tracks from two 1985 Peel Sessions on side two shows why they were John Peel's favorite band of all time. Is any higher praise than that really needed? (Read More)

$19.99 LP

AHNNU
Perception
(Leaving)

Leaving Records continues their solid streak of intimate cassette releases with Perception, from LA-based producer Leland Jackson (a/k/a Ahnnu). This is definitely in line with fellow abstract and tranquil programmers like Teebs or Loops Haunt, however, Ahnnu approaches these productions from more of the ambient side of the sonic spectrum. Crackles and washes of synths, found sounds, and other eclectic elements float and dance across the atmosphere, while bits of drone, subtle crumbling beats, dub elements, jazz's lonesome ghost, and lo-fi ambience move in and out of focus. (Read More & Listen)

$15.99 CASSETTE


RAS G
Raw Fruit Vol.4
(Leaving/Stones Throw)

The fourth and final installment in Ras G's Raw Fruit series for Leaving Records comes to a nice close. His work has been grouped into the contemporary Afrofuturist subgenre thanks to a wealth of layered productions that pull from the deep and rich past of music and culture made by people of African descent. The Raw Fruit series in particular has been a journey through the spacey, lo-fi, cyclical and psychedelic side of hip-hop. Throughout, he cuts up bits of jazz, soul, funk, world music, rock, blaxploitation films, and real street conversations, and then shapes it all into head-nodding loops of playfully smoke-filled vibes. (Read More & Listen)

$13.99 CASSETTE


LEAH GORDON
Iron in the Soul
(Soul Jazz)

A companion of sorts to Kanaval: Vodou, Politics, and Revolution on the Streets of Haiti (a captivating book published by Soul Jazz back in 2010 featuring the photography of Leah Gordon), this new DVD collection gathers three documentaries about Haitian art, music and culture that Gordon filmed over an 11-year period. These vibrant glimpses into Haitian life are filled with striking images, rich colors, deep history, strong faith, and unbelievable song and dance. (Read More)

$22.99 DVD

back in stock

ALEX CHILTON
Ocean Club '77
(Norton)

An essential snapshot of just post-Big Star Alex Chilton, live at the height of New York City's mid-'70s punk explosion. Though it'd be a stretch to call this music "punk," Chilton undoubtedly found plenty to love in the anarchic spirit of the first few waves of CBGB-centric bands. Accordingly, an infectious and rowdy vibe is present in every note here, as Alex leads a rhythm section (is that the dB's Chris Stamey on bass?) through a very pleasing mix of Big Star favorites and typically eclectic covers. (Read More)

$15.99 CD
$27.99 2LP

 


KAMASI WASHINGTON
The Epic
(Brainfeeder)

A mainstay of the L.A. scene, saxophonist, composer, and arranger Kamasi Washington is one of the major players behind Flying Lotus' Cosmogramma and You're Dead, as well as Kendrick Lamar's jazz-funk-rap opus To Pimp a Butterfly. For his debut release as a bandleader, Washington offers an expansive journey in contemporary jazz that weaves many influences and decades together in a way that befits the title The Epic. With a 20-person choir and 32-piece ensemble made up of South Central-based musicians, among them Thundercat and his brother, drummer Ronald Bruner Jr., echoes of Alice and John Coltrane, Doug Carn, Fela, Eddie Gale, George Duke, Pharoah Sanders, Albert Ayler and Weather Report flow throughout the 17 tracks, making for an incredible jazz odyssey that this generation has been missing. (Read More & Listen)

$22.99 3CD

also available

ACTIVE CHILD
Mercy
(Vagrant)

$11.99 CD
$19.99 LP+MP3

ASTROBRITE
Deluxer
(Vinyl Junkie)

$33.99 CD
 

ROBBIE BASHO
Twilight Peaks
(Smeraldina Rima)

$21.99 CD
$26.99 LP

COLD CAVE
Full Cold Moon
(Deathwish)

$14.99 LP
 

FUCKED UP
Year of the Hare
(Deathwish)

$14.99 LP

ROBERT GLASPER
Mercy
(Blue Note)

$14.99 CD
$19.99 LP

HELM
Olympic Mess
(Pan)

$15.99 CD ON SALE
$27.99 2LP

JAY JAY JOHANSON
Opium
(Le Plan)

$14.99 CD
 

DJ KOZE
DJ Kicks
(K7)

$13.99 CD ON SALE
$28.99 2LP

CARLOS PERON
Dirty Songs EP
(Dark Entries)

$15.99 12" EP
 

PAT THOMAS AND KWASHIBU AREA BAND
Pat Thomas and Kwashibu Area Band
(Strut)

$15.99 CD
$28.99 2LP+CD

WIRE
Issue #377 July 2015
(Wire)

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