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NOVEMBER 20, 2015

special announcement

RECORD STORE DAY BLACK FRIDAY

FRIDAY, 11/27 @ 10AM-9pm

Other Music: 15 E. 4th St. New York, NY

Though we won't be opening at 4 a.m., and we won't have any deep discounts to offer on flat screens or game consoles, we are expecting some great records on the shelves for Black Friday, courtesy of our friends at Record Store Day. We all know that the gift of music (even if it's for yourself) is better than all that hoo-ha anyway. RSD have coordinated a slew of limited vinyl that we will be featuring on that Friday, along with a ton of other great titles -- you can check out a full list of the RSD Black Friday exclusives here. We can't guarantee quantities, and it's first come, first served, so get here early, we'll be opening our doors at 10 a.m. on Friday, November 27!
 


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in this week's update

FEATURED NEW RELEASES

Arca
William Leavitt
Willie Thrasher
Six Organs of Admittance
Hieroglyphic Being & J.I.T.U. Ahn-Sahm-Buhl
Kode9
Ras G
Simon Scott
 
The Beach Bullies
Ed Askew
 

ALSO AVAILABLE

Nuno Canavarro
Beat Happening
Patrick Cowley
Alan Vega, Alex Chilton & Ben Vaughn
Adele
+ more
 

ticket giveaways

IMPROVISATIONAL PIPE ORGAN PERFORMANCE FROM AINE O'DWYER

TONIGHT! FRIDAY, 11/20

First Unitarian Congregational Society: 116 Pierrepont St. Brooklyn
Tickets available here

Earlier this year, Aine O'Dwyer released the double LP, Music for Church Cleaners Vol. I & II (the first volume originally released in 2012), a stunning and quite moving collection of improvised pipe organ pieces recorded at St. Mark's Church in Islington. Tonight, New Yorkers will have the chance to experience a live improvisational performance for pipe organ from O'Dwyer at Brooklyn's First Unitarian Congregational Society and we have a pair of tickets to give away! Email us right now at tickets@othermusic.com for your chance to win.


OUTPUT PRESENTS MACHINE

SATURDAY, 12/5

Output: 74 Wythe Ave. Brooklyn, NY
Tickets available here and here

December 5th sees the North American debut of Machine, a DJ series curated by Ben Sims and Kirk Degiorgio! Both of these techno greats will be playing the party's premiere night at Output, along with a live set from Phil Moffa, while over in the Panther Room, the UVAR showcase presents the American debut of Epau (Sepp / Nu Zau) and more. Email enter@othermusic.com for your chance to win a pair of tickets!

 

this week's update

ARCA
Mutant
(Mute)

Following his recent work on Bjork's breakup album, Vulnicura, Alejandro "Arca" Ghersi's new record picks up from where Xen, his debut long-player for Mute, left us: in the stratosphere orbiting dead stars and curious extraterrestrials. His skill of morphing, processing, and mutating strings, pianos, harpsichords, samples, and many unknown sources has never been this sharp or precise -- and the results are highly emotional. Yet even in its otherworldliness, his music still feels rooted in classical arrangements and instrumentation; amidst lots of high-end processing and time stretching, these 20 tracks dissolve into a sort of modern, stuttering orchestral suite. For those that wonder where IDM stands in 2015, or what the future of neoclassical could be like, Arca is a perfect bridge. (Read More & Listen)

$13.99 CD ON SALE


WILLIAM LEAVITT
Warp Engines
(Orion Read)

William Leavitt is a California-based conceptual artist who has long worked across a wide array of disciplines, from installations and performances to drawing, photographs and paintings. He frequently investigates the weird yet often nearly banal spaces you find in West Coast architectural environments in his art, using a wry, subtle sense of humor to destabilize and make even stranger those familiar habitats. He's been creating sound environments for his installations since the beginning of the 1970s, and the LP featured here, Warp Engines, is the soundtrack to a sculptural installation piece from 2009. Here, Leavitt's home-built cellos are accompanied by sound library clips, making for a strangely disorienting experience, almost evocative at moments of a minimally processed field recording a la Luc Ferrari's Presque Rien, but interjected with intermittent, squiggly sounding interruptions, as well as vague, oblique and moody crescendos that peak before quickly dispersing. (Read More & Listen)

$18.99 LP


WILLIE THRASHER
Spirit Child
(Future Days)

The first single-artist feature to stem from Light in the Attic's monumental and highly acclaimed Native North America compilation from last year is Inuvik singer Willie Thrasher's fantastic folk-rock album, Spirit Child, originally released in 1981. There's a wonderful leanness and economy to Thrasher's music, akin at times to that of Neil Young, often featuring a nearly dirge-like quality, but with a forward-thrusting insistence that intertwines hard-driving drums with jamming acoustic guitar and shimmering electric guitar leads. Concisely encapsulating entire cosmologies and family traditions in earnestly homespun rock and folk tracks is no mean feat, and this is a greatly moving document whose riches, I assure you, will further reveal themselves over many multiple listens. Highly recommended. (Read More & Listen)

$23.99 LP

SIX ORGANS OF ADMITTANCE
Hexadic II
(Drag City)

Six Organs of Admittance's Ben Chasny has been a reliable mainstay in the psych-folk realm for quite some time now, but he's still fearlessly exploring new sonic landscapes. This year was particularly adventurous, as Chasny unveiled his Hexadic system, a new approach to composing and playing music, which Ben writes "relies not only on chance, but also on combinatorial methods." The first fruits of the method came to light earlier in 2015 on Hexadic, a bracing set of electrified and electrifying excursions. The new Hexadic II is the acoustic flipside, with Chasny applying the same rigorous technique to spare, unplugged pieces. "Unplugged" shouldn't be understood as "mellow," however. In many ways the acoustic Hexadic is even more intense than its electric brother, as Chasny's disembodied vocals float hauntingly over fragmented, harsh melodies. It's challenging stuff, to be sure, but it's always rewarding to hear these compositions unfold and unwind.

$21.99 LP
$14.99 CD


HIEROGLYPHIC BEING & J.I.T.U. AHN-SAHM-BUHL
We Are Not the First (RVNG Intl.)

We Are Not the First finds Chicago house's outsider hero Jamal Moss teaming up with legendary Arkestra-bandleader Marshall Allen on sax and keys, longtime Cecil Taylor collaborator Elliott Levin on flute and sax, and Marc Ribot protégée Shahzad Ismaily on guitar and bass. Occasionally joined by vocalists Shelley Hirsch and Rafael Sanchez, modular synth wizard Ben Vida, and drummer Greg Fox, they form the J.I.T.U. Ahn-Sahm-Buhl (the Journey into the Unexpected Ensemble), traveling to some stellar outer reaches. Taking Sun Ra's philosophy and singular musical vision to the next frenetic level, they produce an album of feverish avant-jazz noir that leaves the boundaries of house and techno well behind. (Read More & Listen)

$14.99 CD

 

KODE9
Nothing
(Hyperdub)

With his first release since the sad passing of his main collaborator the Spaceape, Hyperdub founder Steve Goodman reflects on his departed musical companion while opening a new sonic door for his Kode9 moniker. Gone for the most part are the foreboding clouds of dub and darkness that set the mood for so much of his previous work. Incorporating a brighter hue informed by Chicago's footwork template, danceable sound design, and moments of stark and icy ambience, Kode9 is now pushing space and openness to the forefront. (Read More & Listen)

$16.99 CD

RAS G
Raw Fruit Vol. 3-4
(Leaving/Stones Throw)

Continuing their tape-to-vinyl series, Leaving Records gathers two releases by the nicely off-the-wall producer, Ras G. His limited Raw Fruit cassettes have been a great listening experience for those times when you want your jazz to be funky and abstract, your hip-hop cosmic and fuzzy, and your beats thick and bass-heavy. With his intertwined layers of samples pulled from all corners of forgotten record stores, these productions come across as a combination of the gooey and warped cut-up style of Madlib's Beat Konducta series and the oddness of some of M.F. Doom's Special Herbs collections -- just add to this imaginary mix the lock groove of "Space Is the Place." (Read More & Listen)

$19.99 2LP+MP3


SIMON SCOTT
Insomni
(Ash International)

Producing an album of timeless, architectural delight, Slowdive-drummer Simon Scott turns insomnia into a creative device. Using a mix of thick yet subtle sounds, field recordings, alternatingly diffusing electric and naked acoustic guitars, as well as a whole range of sonic effects, this is a record full of blistering ambience and opposing vibrations. (Read More & Listen)

$15.99 CD


THE BEACH BULLIES
We Rule the Universe
(Manufactured Recordings)

The product of one James A. Smith, whose career in UK rock band the Containers was cut short, the Beach Bullies' We Rule the Universe is a charming slice of hometaper guitar/singer-songwriter ditties, recorded in haste and released in 1980 to selective fanfare. Smith and vocalist Jill Fricker scoot nimbly across a reserved yet fun, loose but mannered set of strummy rock and folk, accomplishing an anxiously full sound with nothing more than a guitar and a drum machine. It's a charming and worthwhile discovery for those enamored with lo-fi/bedroom pop, reissued for the first time, and including a number of previously unreleased bonus tracks. (Read More)

$14.99 CD


ED ASKEW
Ask the Unicorn
(Tin Angel)

A folk singer with a nasal, bizarrely haunting voice and a fondness for the tiple (a ten-stringed instrument that doesn't sound unlike a ukelele), Ed Askew cut one record for the ESP-Disk label in 1969 that almost instantly sealed his reputation as an outsider folkie par excellence. Though hardly a best-seller in its own time, Askew's Ask the Unicorn became a bit of a leftfield classic as the years passed, his songs possessed with an unassuming strength and power that managed to transcend the hordes of other folkies with whom he shared New York City's landscape at that point.

$17.99 LP
$13.99 CD

also available

NUNO CANAVARRO
Plux Quba
(Drag City)

"Koln, Germany around 1991. After a 40-minute train ride from Aachen, Christoph Heemann and Jim O'Rourke are sitting around with Jan St. Werner, C-Schulz, Frank Dommert and George Odjik. Heemann has brought with him a strange obscure disc (what else?) from Portugal by some group called "Plux Quba." Or is it the record? The label? Who knows, because no one here reads Portuguese, dummy! But what they do know when the needle hits the groove is that they've never heard anything like it. Attempts to cite reference points are soon given up, there are some similarities to Robert Ashley's later work, but even that is deceiving. It is simple, gentle, melodic, and yet completely alien. Originally released in 1988 on Ama Romanta, and reissued last in 1998 on Moikai."

$21.99 LP


BEAT HAPPENING
Look Around
(Domino)

"Formed in the early ‘80s in Olympia, Washington by Calvin Johnson, Heather Lewis and Bret Lunsford, Beat Happening combined a primitive pop sound with a D.I.Y. attitude and inspired countless artists along the way. The community that arose around the band and their label, K Records, was in many ways, the sonic antithesis of their Seattle neighbors (and friends) but was no less influential. Look Around is a remastered, double album anthology, handpicked by the band. It's a great starting point for the uninitiated as well a refreshing reminder to those who caught the wave the first time around."

$21.99 2LP
$14.99 CD


PATRICK COWLEY
Muscle Up
(Dark Entries)

"Muscle Up is a collection of Cowley's instrumental songs recorded between 1973 and 1980 found in the Fox Studio vaults. This compilation also includes bonus compositions found in the basement of Megatone Records owner John Hedges and the attic of former bandmate Maurice Tani. Influenced by Tomita, Wendy Carlos, and Giorgio Moroder, Patrick crafted an electronic sound from his collection of synthesizers, percussion, modified guitars, and hand-built equipment. The listener enters a world of forbidden vices evocative of Patrick's time spent in the bathhouses of San Francisco. The songs on Muscle Up are divided into four sides, each showcasing a different facet of Cowley's work. Side one opens with an ambient journey through the Amazon. Tension builds on side two, with the instrumental demo version of the slow-chugging masterpiece "I Need Somebody To Love Tonight". On sides three and four things go interstellar with ecstatic space-funk and galactic workouts."

$14.99 CD


ALAN VEGA / ALEX CHILTON / BEN VAUGHN
Cubist Blues
(Light in the Attic)

"The unlikely union of SUICIDE's ALAN VEGA, BIG STAR's ALEX CHILTON and singer-songwriter BEN VAUGHN happened in December 1994 in a fog of cigarette smoke at two barely-lit, all-night improv sessions at Dessau Studios in New York. What transpired was the group's only release, a brilliant album called Cubist Blues. Some kind of alchemy happened. The elements are disparate—Vega, known for Suicide's grinding, pre-industrial drone, Chilton for his ultra-melodic FM rock, and Vaughn for his outsider art. Put together, what came out was something totally unexpected, a long, mesmeric incantation built on Elvis-meets-Ian Curtis vocals, rockabilly guitar, growling synths, and metronomic drums."

$15.99 CD


ADELE
25
(Columbia)

"My last record was a break-up record and if I had to label this one, I would call it a make-up record. I'm making up with myself. Making up for everything I ever did and never did. But I haven't got time to hold on to the crumbs of my past like I used to. What's done is done." - Adele

$25.99 LP
$12.99 CD

more recommendations

THE BEAT OF THE EARTH
This Record Is an Artistic Statement
(Radich)

$24.99 LP

DENNIS BOVELL
Dub 4 Daze
(Glitterbeat)

$25.99 LP

COIL
Backwards
(Cold Spring)

$31.99 2LP
$17.99 CD

PATRICK COWLEY
Kickin' In (Featuring Loverde)
(Honey Soundsystem)

$15.99 12" EP
 

THE ELECTRONIC HOLE
The Electronic Hole
(Radich)

$24.99 LP

FRANCOISE HARDY
Mon Amie La Rose
(Future Days)

$16.99 CD

FRANCOISE HARDY
La Maison Ou J'ai Grandi
(Future Days)

$16.99 CD

HARRY PUSSY
Harry Pussy
(Superior Viaduct)

$16.99 CD

LEE HAZLEWOOD
The Very Special World of Lee Hazlewood (Light in the Attic)

$25.99 LP
$16.99 CD

LEE HAZLEWOOD
Lee Hazlewoodsim: Its Cause and Cure
(Light in the Attic)

$25.99 LP
$16.99 CD

LEE HAZLEWOOD
Something Special
(Light in the Attic)

$25.99 LP
$16.99 CD

ILITCH
10 Suicides
(Superior Viaduct)

$23.99 LP
 

ILITCH
Periodikmindtrouble
(Superior Viaduct)

$23.99 LP

SHARON JONES & THE DAP-KINGS
8 Days (Of Hanukkah) (Daptone)

$7.99 7"

KROZIER & THE GENERATOR
Tranceformer
(Finders Keepers)

$28.99 LP

THE PRESENT
FSG
(Group Tightener)

$15.99 LP

RIDE
Nowhere (25th Anniversary Edition)
(Ride Music)

$49.99 2LP
$44.99 CD+DVD

SCIENTIST
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(Superior Viaduct)

$19.99 LP

TY SEGALL
Ty Rex
(Goner)

$13.99 CD

SEVERED HEADS
Lamborghini / Petrol
(Dark Entries)

$15.99 12" EP

KURT STENZEL
Jodorowsky's Dune (OST)
(Cinewax / Light in the Attic)

$27.99 2LP

SUN RA
Space Is the Place - Limited Edition
(Sutro Park)

$31.99 2LP (CLEAR VINYL)

UGLY THINGS
Issue No. 40
(Ugly Things)

$9.99 MAGAZINE

XTC
Oranges & Lemons - The Surround Sound Series
(Ape)

$39.99 CD+DVD

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