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March 4, 2016

in this week's update

FEATURED NEW RELEASES

Lush (Box Set)
Heron Oblivion
The Heliocentrics
Prins Thomas
Morton Feldman
Santigold
La Sera
New York Noise (Back in Print)
+more  

 

ticket give aways

LNZNDRF PARTY AT ELVIS GUESTHOUSE + WIN TICKETS TO MERCURY LOUNGE SHOW!

SATURDAY, MARCH 5

Mercury Lounge: 217 E. Houston St. NYC
LNZRDRF - "Future You" (Official Video)

LNZNDRF is collaboration between the National's mighty rhythm section of Bryan and Scott Devendorf and Beirut's Ben Lanz (who also plays brass with the National and Sufjan Stevens). Tomorrow, Saturday, March 5, they'll be playing two sold-out shows at NYC's Mercury Lounge. Also on this same evening, Other Music and BrooklynVegan  are presenting the "first-ever before/during/after party" at Elvis Guesthouse from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., with guest DJs and drink specials. If you missed out on tickets to their Mercury Lounge shows, email contest@othermusic.com for a last-second chance to win a pair to see one of these performances!!


STARCHILD & THE NEW ROMANTIC EP RELEASE PARTY

SATURDAY, MARCH 12

Baby's All Right: 146 Broadway, BKLN  

Next Saturday, NYC-based Starchild & the New Romantic celebrates the release of the Crucial EP (out 3/18 on Ghostly) with a special performance at Baby's All Right. Starchild is the nom de plume of Bryndon Cook -- who's also been spotted playing guitar with Solange Knowles, Chairlift, and Dev Hynes -- and his own digital R&B is all at once forward-thinking yet filled with nostalgia, building off influences like Funkadelic, Prince and New Edition. Other Music is giving away a pair of tickets to his show on March 12 at Baby's All Right, and to enter for your chance to win, email giveaway@othermusic.com!
 

this week's update

LUSH
Chorus Box Set
(4AD)

While Lush is often overshadowed by My Bloody Valentine and Ride, the London group was arguably shoegaze's most literal connection to the scene's more ethereal 4AD influences, with Cocteau Twins' Robin Guthrie helping secure the band a contract to the legendary label, and also producing some of their best early tracks and their debut long-player, 1992's Spooky. Coinciding with the recent reformation of the group (whose career came to an abrupt halt in late 1996 with the tragic suicide of drummer Chris Acland), this set is a fan's dream come true. Across the five CDs you get all three of Lush's full-lengths, along with their EPs, singles, and lots of B-sides and early versions of songs, plus a slew of unreleased recordings including BBC sessions and a 1990 set for John Peel. Add to this a hardbound book designed by longtime band friend and former v23 collaborator Chris Brigg, it's as essential as it gets! (Read More)

$44.99 5CD+BOOK


HERON OBLIVION
Heron Oblivion
(Sub Pop)

Sure, Sandy Denny sat in with Zeppelin on "Battle of Evermore." But did Anne Briggs ever jump onstage with Sabbath? Did Linda Thompson cut a record with Crazy Horse? These are the thoughts that come to mind when digging into this one. Heron Oblivion is a supergroup of sorts featuring Meg Baird (formerly of Espers, and the maker of several wonderful solo LPs) on drums and vocals and Ethan Miller (Comets on Fire, Howlin' Rain) on bass, joined by Noel Von Harmonson (Comets on Fire) and Charlie Saufley (Assemble Head in Sunburst Sound) on six-string attack. Over the course of seven heavy tracks, Baird and Miller lock in on hypnotic rhythms, with Meg's soaring vocals providing a perfect counterpoint to the ragged glory of the tangled, gnarly guitar work. Radical stuff all around. (Read More)

$19.99 LP
$13.99 CD


HELIOCENTRICS
From the Deep
(Now-Again)

Led by drummer Malcolm Catto, the Heliocentrics are behind some of the best modern psych-funk of the past 10 or so years. Along with their own records, they've also released collaborative albums with Mulatu Astatke (2009), Lloyd Miller (2010), Orlando Julius (2014) and Melvin Van Peebles (2014), and now they offer a new full-length of original material. The tracks on From the Deep stem from a limited 12" with the Gaslamp Killer, but while that release found TGK chopping up the source material and running it all through a slew of effects, this album presents the songs in their raw, punchy and funky original form. (Read More)

$17.99 CD


PRINS THOMAS
Principe Del Norte
(Smalltown Supersound)

Prins Thomas drops an epic set of new, original material that conjures the ambient respite of a chill-out room circa 1995, and even more so, hones in on the kosmische sounds that have shimmered just above the surface of many of his past productions. The nine tracks across the four LPs (or two CDs) total 96 minutes of music, with the first two-thirds of Principe del Norte eschewing proper beats for heady, third-eye-opening pulsations, glistening guitars, and the cosmic vibrations of old arpeggiating synthesizers. It's not all inter-galactic drifting, however, and after about 55 minutes, a motorik beats kicks in and for the last third, Prins Thomas nicely guides us back into the space-disco orbit that he considers home. Pure bliss. (Read More)

$44.99 4LP
$21.99 2CD


MORTON FELDMAN
Clarinet and String Quartet
(Saltern)

This stunning new version of Morton Feldman's "Clarinet and String Quartet" was recorded in a living room, a particularly appropriate setting for the composer's intimate compositions. Originator of a highly unique, awe-inspiring musical vernacular, Feldman stretched tones and music in time to produce long yet elegant experiences of minuscule differences. There's a brilliantly odd, scuttling quality to this 1983 piece, which is tightly metered while nevertheless remaining fluid throughout. Opening with four notes that are repeated over and over on both clarinet and strings, the instruments eventually start diverging in microscopically different rhythms and phrases. The effects are powerful and open up a world of precise yet liquid tone clusters. (Read More)

$15.99 CD


SANTIGOLD
99 Cents
(Atlantic)

With her new album 99 Cents, Santigold has traded any of the darkness of past releases for brighter, bouncier fun. Her debut and its sleeper hit follow-up, 2012's Master of My Make-Believe, found the Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter/producer nicely balancing the persona of a snake-charmer seductress with a bratty cheerleader, yet here she sort of suffers from too much of the latter. The whole album feels like she's in search of a party, and it often comes off more forced that natural. That said, Santigold holds her own when she colors the upbeat bangers (more pop than not) with her views on consumerism in modern society. No, it's not her best but it's still a fun listen, and for those days that you need a cheerleader to lift your spirits, Santigold's 99 Cents may just do the trick. (Read More)

$21.99 LP
$14.99 CD


LA SERA
Music for Listening to Music To
(Polyvinyl)

La Sera, the wife/husband duo of former Vivian Girls bassist Katy Goodman and Todd Wisenbaker, are back with their fourth album in five years and it's a solid, feel-good collection. Though maintaining the '60s and '70s pop references of previous records, La Sera eschew much of their punk and garage-rock influences, and here pull a little more from country, folk and Americana. Throughout, Goodman's voice is front and center and Wisenbaker's melodic guitar playing more than once conjures Johnny Marr, with tracks like "A Thousand Ways" delivering the nostalgia of a '50s-themed prom as thrown by the Class of 1984. (Read More)

$18.99 LP
$14.99 CD

back in print

VARIOUS ARTISTS
New York Noise
(Soul Jazz)

Back in print!! Subtitled "Dance Music from the New York Underground 1977-1982," New York Noise celebrates the more percussive, sometimes spastic, and often funky sounds which once emanated from downtown NYC. The artists here mimicked the city's melting-pot-history, inventing their own rules and infusing a more radical array of influences (the convergence of free jazz, Latin, disco, punk, hip-hop, experimental composers, etc.) while welcoming the participation of downtown painters, graffiti artists, actors, photographers, film makers and writers. Features 16 tracks from Material, Mars, the Contortions, Dinosaur L (feat. Arthur Russell), Theoretical Girls (feat. Glenn Branca), Konk, Alan Vega, the Dance, Arto/Neto, the Bush Tetras, impLOG, and more. (Please note, the track selection is slightly modified from the original compilation released back in 2003.)

$31.99 2LP
$24.99 CD

also available

ÓLAFUR ARNALDS / NILS FRAHM
Trance Frendz (Erased Tapes)

$23.99 12"

CHARLES BRADLEY
Change for the World / Revelation
(Daptone)

$7.99 7"

 

THE CORAL
Distance Inbetween
(Ignition)

$21.99 LP
$13.99 CD

FREAKWATER
Scheherazade
(Bloodshot)

$18.99 LP
$15.99 CD

 

LAPSLEY
Long Way Home
(XL Recordings)

$19.99 LP
$13.99 CD

STEPHEN O'MALLEY
Dread Live
(Ideal)

$26.99 LP
 

NADA SURF
You Know Who You Are
(Barsuk)

$19.99 LP
$14.99 CD

JOEY NEGRO
Remixed with Love by Joey Negro
Vol. 2 (Z Records)

$17.99 2CD
 

 

ADNAN OTHMAN
Bershukor: A Retrospective of Hits by a Malaysian Pop Yeh Yeh Legend
(Sublime Frequencies)

$29.99 2LP

PRIMA MATERIA
Prima Materia
(Die Schachtel)

$59.99 2LP

PRINCE RAMA
Xtreme Now
(Carpark)

$17.99 LP
$14.99 CD

THAO & THE GET DOWN STAY DOWN
A Man Alive (Ribbon)

$21.99 LP
$14.99 CD

MARLON WILLIAMS
Marlon Williams
(Dead Oceans)

$15.99 LP
$12.99 CD ON SALE

MAUREENY WISHFULL
The Maureeny Wishfull Album
(Zeitgeist)

$17.99 CD
 

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