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NOVEMBER 6, 2015

special announcement

ANNA VON HAUSSWOLFF LIVE AT SAINT VITUS

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12

Saint Vitus: 1120 Manhattan Ave. Brooklyn
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Anna von Hausswolff is back with a stunning new album, The Miraculous, out on Other Music Recording Co. on Friday November 13. In yesterday's NY Times Nate Chinen wrote, "Her band knows how to bring a slow, crushing churn to a song like 'Evocation,' which Ms. Von Hausswolff sings with silvery projection, like a drone-doom Stevie Nicks. She adopts more of a rolling spaghetti western dynamic on 'Stranger' and draws elsewhere from liturgical traditions. The album's obvious showpiece, 'Come Wander With Me/Deliverance,' opens with churchly chords, adds an ethereal vocal melody and then swerves into black-metal territory, gathering heat and force." Anna and her band will be playing a very special record release performance at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn on Thursday, November 12, with opener Shana Falana. (The same bill will be happening Sunday the 15th at BSP in Kingston, NY). We hope you will join us for a very special night with Anna von Hausswolff!

in this week's update

FEATURED NEW RELEASES

Floating Points
Little Simz
Anthony Child
The Magnetic Fields
Car Seat Headrest
Cheatahs
Beach Slang
Jeffrey Lewis
The Chills
Wild Poppies

ALSO AVAILABLE

Soldiers of Fortune
Courtney Barnett 7"
Chris Forsyth & Koen Holtkamp
John Zorn
Teebs
Vainio & Vigroux

+ more


 

ticket giveaways

PROMISED LAND SOUND + ZACHARY CALE

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 10

Mercury Lounge: 217 E. Houston St. New York, NY  

Nashville's Promised Land Sound just released their second album, For Use and Delight, on Paradise of Bachelors, and it's a great LP that offers a dusty, soulful merging of psychedelic and pop influences like the Pretty Things, Jim Ford, Big Star and the Byrds. The group will be playing at Mercury Lounge with one of our favorite NYC singer-songwriters, Zachary Cale, and we're giving away a pair of tickets to this stellar bill. Email giveaway@othermusic.com for your chance to win!


WIN SINKANE TICKETS

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 11

Le Poisson Rouge: 158 Bleecker St. New York, NY

Next Wednesday, Popgun presents a live performance from Sinkane, who brings his beguiling, Afro-tinged electronic-pop to the Le Poisson Rouge stage, with Steven A. Clarke and Wins opening the night. Other Music is giving away a pair of tickets and to enter for your chance to win, email contest@othermusic.com.


WIN TICKETS TO STERAC, ADAM X + MORE

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14

Output: 74 Wythe Ave. Brooklyn, NY
Tickets Available at Other Music and On-line Here and Here

Other Music is giving away a pair of tickets to this fantastic night that techno fans won't want to miss. One of the Netherlands' most respected producers and DJs, Sterac a/k/a Steve Rachmad, headlines the bill, joined by Adam X and Anthony Parasole at Output, while in the adjacent Panther Room you can get down to Punch Drunk Love with Frank & Tony. Email enter@othermusic.com for your chance to win.

this week's update

FLOATING POINTS
Elaenia
(Luaka Bop)

While it's a bit surprising that he's waited this long to issue his debut full-length, it's clear from the initial synth burbles of "Nespole," the opening track on Elaenia, that Floating Points (a/k/a Sam Shepherd) is an individual who favors a measured approach. Elaenia's seven tracks fuse together in a sort of prolonged suite, alternating between ethereal keyboard compositions and full-ensemble pieces: the vintage electronic pulse of "Nespole" gives way to the sumptuous jazz/funk odyssey of "Silhouettes"; the vivid, ambient cuts at the album's midpoint unfurl like plant life at dawn; while closers "For Marmish" and "Peroration Six" groove like the best of early-'70s Herbie Hancock. (Read More & Listen)

$24.99 LP (180g)
$21.99 LP
$15.99 CD ON SALE


LITTLE SIMZ
A Curious Tale of Trials + Persons
(Age 101)

Little Simz' debut long-player follows five digital-only self-releases and is filled with a much-needed energy, spirit, and love of life that has been absent lately in the hip-hop world. A Curious Tale of Trials + Persons is a necessary and timely departure from the usual grime style of the UK scene; a wonderfully rich and deep slice of British hip-hop, Little Simz prefers to color in her vivid storytelling with lush, softer, and slower backings. Maybe not since the solo debut from Lauryn Hill has a female voice sounded so grounded, inspirational, skilled, and different. For those searching for the next breath of fresh air coming up from the hip-hop underground, look no further. (Read More & Listen)

$13.99 CD


ANTHONY CHILD
Electronic Recordings from Maui Jungle Vol. 1
(Editions Mego)

Since the mid '90s, Anthony Child has been known for his trailblazing techno productions as Surgeon. In recent years, however, he has expanded his approach to create music that deals with concerns beyond the dance floor. For his first release on Editions Mego, Child traveled to the jungle in Maui to achieve an intermingling of machines and nature. Child has been vocal about his love of Coil, and his reverence for their cosmic synthscapes is felt throughout this set. Some of the shorter, arpeggiated pieces recall their later work, while the 15-minute "Eternal Note" consists of an ecstatic drone that has a more devotional feel. Electronic Recordings from Maui Jungle ultimately transcends its influences and exists as a document of a personal journey towards spiritual maturity. (Read More)

$31.99 2LP

THE MAGNETIC FIELDS
69 Love Songs
(Merge)

I've reviewed many albums for OM, but never one of the most beloved albums of all time. But that's what the Magnetic Fields' sublime epic 69 Love Songs is. Originally released in 1999 as a triple-CD boxset, this is Stephin Merritt at his most acerbic and musical, confirming his place as one of the most brilliant songwriters of his generation. No hyperbole here, folks: this is one of the great masterpieces of all time. Don't pass on this vinyl release, because you don't know if it will come out again. (Read More)

$94.99 6x10" BOX SET


CAR SEAT HEADREST
Teens of Style
(Matador)

You have to figure that out of the tens of thousands of unsigned musical acts dotting the surface of the Internet, a few of them have gotta break through. Such is the story of Will Toledo, a northern Virginia native who honed his songcraft in the back seat of his parents' car. After a bunch of Bandcamp-only releases, he's stepping up to the spotlight with Teens of Style, a repackaging and clean-up of material from his past, in grooming for his first studio release of original material due out in the spring. Toledo makes the most of his Portastudio setup, creating a small universe of guitar-pop majesty, low-key and impassioned, the unheralded mash-up of Guided by Voices and the Magnetic Fields, with bold hooks in the Pollard/Sprout vein and romantic confessionalism indebted to Merritt and co. (Read More)

$19.99 LP+MP3


CHEATAHS
Mythologies
(Wichita)

Comprised of a Briton, an American, a Canadian, and a German, London's Cheatahs are a veritable Shoegaze League of Nations, and on their second album, Mythologies, they test that theory, applying West Coast sun, bracing cold and driving rain across the velocity of a Teutonic backbone. Mythologies speaks to a secret history of shoegaze as it continued on past its defining moments in the early '90s, the Cheatahs' dynamic owing as much to the Raveonettes as it does Swervedriver, or the Nightblooms, or Electro Group, bolstering their approach with the unnatural bends and force of a well-applied sampler, and a dedication to the kaleidoscopic psychedelia of the late '60s, with the simmering pulse of rave culture beneath it. (Read More & Listen)

$22.99 2LP
$12.99 CD

BEACH SLANG
The Things We Do to Find People Who Feel Like Us
(Polyvinyl )

Email enter@othermusic.com for a chance to win a hand-signed copy of the LP!
Here's the end result of years of pop-punk adulation, a fist-pumping fusion to the FM radio dial, locked in on riffs, dreamers' eyes, and beer-soaked anthems to our youth. Fronted by Jim Snyder of Lehigh Valley legends Weston, it's as if someone took Ride's first album, welded it to the same frame that supports bands like Jawbreaker, Dillinger Four and Leatherface, and hauled it from the Jersey Shore inland to Philadelphia. Many might be surprised to find out that this sort of anthemic emo never really went away, hiding in regional action to the same people who supported it from the outset, but Beach Slang is definitely the most supercharged of the lot, in terms of the huge songs and star turn these 10 tracks present. (Read More & Listen)

$18.99 LP
$13.99 CD


JEFFREY LEWIS & LOS BOLTS
Manhattan
(Rough Trade)

This is Jeffrey Lewis' best album: a wry, warm and funny look at the weird borough he grew up in. It's also his most musical and ambitious, filled with memorable and affectionate portraits of oddball characters and touching tales of life in the city. We've always depended on Lewis for clever lyrics delivered in a rapid-fire manner some call "folk rap" ("anti-folk" is soooo 2002); here we get new sides of this immensely talented artist, who's approaching 40. The centerpiece is the plaintive eight-minute "Back to Manhattan," in which Lewis depicts a breakup while walking over the Williamsburg Bridge. It's perhaps Lewis' finest song. Confident and assured, Manhattan reminded me of the best of the late Lou Reed and the Velvets at times -- not in sound but in style and ambition. Yeah, it's that good.

$19.99 LP+MP3
$13.99 CD


THE CHILLS
Silver Bullets
(Fire)

It's been about 25 years since the Chills entered the world stage with their Submarine Bells album, poised on the strength of early singles and hints of brilliance to make a dent in the world of singer-songwriters on the alternative rock axis. It was never meant to be, as bandleader Martin Phillips stumbled and struggled through the following decades, but with Silver Bullets the New Zealand legends return to reclaim their position in the annals of modern pop history. This is absolutely the best material Phillips and his group have made since their early singles like "Pink Frost" (check out "Underwater Wasteland"), and freed from the commercial aspirations of their Slash-era years, the Chills are able to focus on what made them great in the first place. (Read More & Listen)

$25.99 LP
$16.99 CD

THE WILD POPPIES
Heroine: The Complete Wild Poppies Collection (1986-1989)
(Manufactured Recordings)

Having generated only a single album (1987's rarity Heroine) and an EP or two before fading away completely, New Zealand's Wild Poppies existed outside of the nation's vaunted Flying Nun circuit. Their sound was vaguely similar to groups like the Verlaines or the Chills, but a bit more laconic and buttoned up, on the sort of downer trip that would have fit in with what was going on in the C86/early Creation Records axis, as well as would inform the sunburnt plains of Australian alt-rock (early efforts by the Church) and the cobwebbed corners of American college rock and proto-Britpop. Gently strummed 12-string guitar and a carefully manicured studio environment position these songs as soft but also dark, with a detachment that bears the stamp of its namesake. These 20 songs collect the full known body of work by the Wild Poppies, and position the group as ripe for rediscovery. (Read More)

$14.99 CD

also available

SOLDIERS OF FORTUNE
Early Risers
(Mexican Summer)

"SOLDIERS OF FORTUNE started back in August 2004 as an ANTI-BAND! The idea was -- instigated by Brad Truax -- to put together a cracked mercenary “dirty dozen” type of outfit, who were never gonna write songs, never gonna practice, never gonna record music, make any product for public consumption or ever hit the road! Includes members of Interpol, Oneida and Chavez and features guest vocals by STEPHEN MALKMUS, CASS MCCOMBS, DAN MELCHIOR, ETHAN MILLER and MATT MCAULEY."

$21.99 LP+MP3
$9.99 CD


COURTNEY BARNETT
Boxing Day Blues Revisited
(Third Man)

"Third Man is privileged to work with Melbourne, Australia’s very own Courtney Barnett, a sharp singer-songwriter-guitarist who has quickly made her mark on garage pop fans worldwide with her witty, self-deprecating, and authentic observations turned into raw, stream-of-consciousness lyrics and blunt melodies. The A-side “Boxing Day Blues Revisited” is the slinky and bittersweet epilogue to “Boxing Day Blues," the somber closer from her album Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit. It’s a strangely catching, plaintive reflection on the loneliness that blossoms when a person you care about treats you like literal garbage. The track is jaunty yet aloof, with CB’s trademark conversational lyricism in perfect contrast to the B-side, a beautifully dark reboot of the Roland S. Howard-penned “Shivers” back from his days in The Boys Next Door."

$6.99 7"


CHRIS FORSYTH & KOEN HOLTKAMP
The Island
(Trouble in Mind)

“The Island” is the second collaborative album from these Philadelphia and Brooklyn-based musicians and unlike “Early Astral,” which was developed over the course of a year’s worth of rehearsals, “The Island” was recorded far more spontaneously. Rehearsals for the sessions amounted to spending a couple days drinking wine, cooking, and hanging out on the beach at the Jersey Shore, and the rhythm and motion of the water seems to have had an undeniable effect of the session's results. Both brought sketches or patches of ideas to the sessions, but the album was essentially conceived in the studio over the course of two days in Philadelphia with engineer Jeff Zeigler (The War on Drugs, Kurt Vile, Purling Hiss, Nothing, etc.), constructed from the ground up, piece by piece and layer by layer. Songs like “Long Beach Idyll” and “Cosmic Richard” fuse Forsyth’s desert-dusted guitar & Holtkamp’s cascading electronics into airy, blissful meditations afloat on an endless ocean, while “Sun Blind” and “Alternator” crackle with intensity, with both musicians seemingly coaxing each other towards something new and primal."

$17.99 LP+MP3
$14.99 CD


JOHN ZORN
James Moore Plays the Book of Heads
(Tzadik)

"Composed 1976–78 and now studied by guitarists the world over, The Book of Heads is one of Zorn’s most popular and oft-performed compositions. Utilizing an hermetic language of meticulously notated sounds inspired by contemporary classical extended techniques, the idiosyncratic guitar languages of free improvisation, cartoons, film noir, world music, philosophy and more, they receive a virtuosic reading by James Moore, founding member of the Dither guitar quartet. This special edition contains both a CD and a beautifully produced DVD of a film by Stephen Taylor showcasing the eclectic techniques involved in all its insane glory."

$29.99 CD+DVD


TEEBS
Av Est Outtakes Remixes
(Hit + Run)

"This new twelve song vinyl-only album by TEEBS (in collaboration with My Hollow Drum) represents a collection of ideas from 2014-2015 that was previously spread out between his works both in the visual world and through music label Brainfeeder. AV - ESTR OUTTAKES/REMIXES" [HNR49] contains music heretofore released only on cassette format in 2014, plus new songs recorded circa creation of his "ESTARA" album, and three remixes that came about organically during that time from Co.fee, Odd Nosdam & Hominidæ. The album serves as a recap of two of TEEBS most extensive projects to date in the form of unreleased or virtually unheard music."

$19.99 LP


VAINIO & VIGROUX
Peau Froide, Léger Soleil
(Cosmo Rhythmatic)

"Peau froide, léger soleil is the result of a three-year recording process initiated by Mika Vainio and Franck Vigroux after a series of shared live experiences, beginning with a show in Paris in 2012. Their collaboration is an exercise in sensitive intensity, drifting through the whole space between minimalist meditations and maximalist kinetics. Vainio's signature brutalist production resonates throughout the album, constructing a psychic scenario for Vigroux's researches in spatial abstraction and tonal radicalism. Densely built through free-from structural limitation, this intense nine-track album is the third installment in the catalog of Berlin-based label Cosmo Rhythmatic, and acts as new chapter in the label's construction of an uncompromising sonic identity.

$28.99 LP

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