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MARCH 18, 2016

in this week's update

FEATURED RELEASES

Fatima Al Qadiri
Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band
Prix
Gimmer Nicholson
Rangda
Max Würden
Ital Tek 
Underworld
Pere Ubu (4LP Box Set)
Rexy
 
Baauer
Max Richter (LP Back in Print)
 

ALSO AVAILABLE

B Boys
Lust for Youth
Damien Jurado
Gun Outfit
Mary Lattimore

+more  
 

other music events

FRANKIE COSMOS IN-STORE PERFORMANCE

THURSDAY, MARCH 31 @ 8:30PM

Other Music: 15 E. 4th St. NYC  
Facebook Event Invite

Join us in celebrating the new Frankie Cosmos album, Next Thing, with a special in-store performance on the eve of the record's release, Thursday, March 31! Pre-order the album here for guaranteed entry. Frankie Cosmos' Next Thing out Friday, April 1 on Bayonet Records

 

ticket giveaways

GAZ COOMBES AT ROCKWOOD MUSIC HALL 

THURSDAY, MARCH 24

Rockwood Music Hall (Stage 2):
196 Allen St.  New York, NY 

Gaz Coombes' excellent and acclaimed new solo full-length, Matador, has just been released in the US and next Thursday, the former Supergrass frontman will be performing live in NYC at the Rockwood Music Hall! Other Music is giving away one pair of tickets to a lucky fan, along with a signed lithograph. Email contest@othermusic.com for your chance to win!


WIN TICKETS TO WUSSY

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30

Trans-Pecos:
9-15 Wyckoff Ave. Ridgewood, Queens

Dreamy psych-rock stalwarts Wussy have just released their new album, Forever Sounds, and on Wednesday, March 30, the Cincinnati band will be performing at Trans-Pecos! Other Music is giving away one pair of tickets, and for your chance to win, email giveaway@othermusic.com.


WIN LUCIUS TICKETS

FRIDAY, APRIL 1

Webster Hall: 125 E. 11th St. NYC

Lucius has just released their new album, Good Grief, and will be performing two sold-out shows: 3/31 at Music Hall of Williamsburg and 4/1 at Webster Hall. We're giving away a pair of tickets to catch the band on the second night at Webster Hall, and to enter for your chance to win, email tickets@othermusic.com. Also, stop by Other Music for a chance to win other Lucius swag, including signed posters, T-shirts, and even an autographed guitar! To enter, take a photo with the album at our shop, and tag both Other Music (@othermusic on Twitter, or @other_music on Instagram) and Lucius (@ilovelucius on Instagram or Twitter) along with #goodgrief. 

this week's update

FATIMA AL QADIRI
Brute
(Hyperdub)

Electronic producer/multi-media artist Fatima Al Qadiri delivers a stark and timely sophomore album for Hyperdub. Definitely as striking as her debut (2014's Asiatisch) and perhaps a bit more fluid, Brute is the soundtrack to a modern age where protests are worldwide, authority is under pressure and in question, and the relationships between citizens and police are volatile. Musically, Al Qadiri's productions come across as the act of listening to virtual reality; open and tactile synthetic textures form the atmosphere while she incorporates samples from actual protests that heighten the immediacy of the stark and tense soundscapes. (Read More)

$19.99 LP
$16.99 CD


CHRIS FORSYTH & THE SOLAR MOTEL BAND
Rarity of Experience
(No Quarter)

One needs to resist the urge to lump the contents of this double album in with any of the other guys who've taken folk or bluegrass into full-band songwriter format (see Steve Gunn, Kurt Vile, Cian Nugent and all the rest). Chris Forsyth and company have completely made the jump into full-on lyrical expression through their instruments, from the loaded-for-bear front half of the album, to the sophisticated jamming of "The First Ten Minutes of Cocksucker Blues" and "Boston Street Lullaby" (both re-recordings from his Kenzo Deluxe LP, and featuring Daniel Carter on muted trumpet). If you like Television, Lee Ranaldo's recent solo records, Endless Boogie, or Alan Licht, or you're coming at this from a more populist, jam-band oriented direction, this is gonna feel like a prayer has been answered. (Read More)

$19.99 2LP
$12.99 2CD ON SALE

PRIX
Historix
(Hozac)

A major missing link in the Big Star story, Prix were a band formed shortly after the initial breakup of Big Star in 1975. Featuring Tommy Hoehn, a significant yet forgotten player of the underground Memphis scene at that time, and singer/collaborator Jon Tiven, these Ardent sessions from '75-'76 would find Alex Chilton and Chris Bell joining Hoehn and Tiven (as well as Spark's Hilly Michaels, Jim Dickinson, and others). The songs collected here skirt the line between Big Star's heart-on-your-sleeve, almost excessive, complex balladry and something more straight up rocking. Featuring Bell's engulfing multi-layered production, Chilton contributes to many tracks, and they even do their own versions of tunes which appeared on Bach's Bottom, Chilton's first post-Big Star solo effort produced by Tiven! (Read More

$17.99 LP
$11.99 CD


GIMMER NICHOLSON
Christopher Idylls
(Light in the Attic)

A total gem of acoustic guitar transfigurations, recorded in the late 1960s, but not released in any meaningful quantities until the 1990s. Now, new listeners are discovering its deep and delicate charms, thanks to Light in the Attic's vinyl reissue. Christopher Idylls was recorded by Gimmer Nicholson at Ardent Studios in Memphis, with producer Terry Manning at the boards, and the ears of Big Star aficionados will undoubtedly perk up when they hear Nicholson's chiming, layered sound, which instantly calls to mind those classic #1 Record ballads. Indeed, Big Star's Chris Bell was likely a fan. But even without the Big Star connection, Christopher Idyll stands up just fine on its own, anticipating the shimmering surfaces of early Windham Hill records, and nodding (perhaps unconsciously) towards the Takoma School. Magical. 

$31.99 LP


RANGDA
The Heretic's Bargain
(Drag City)

One hell of an outing here for an instrumental rock trio of guitarists Sir Richard Bishop (Sun City Girls), Ben Chasny (Six Organs of Admittance, Comets on Fire) and drummer Chris Corsano (of countless free jazz and improv ensembles). Loaded with personality, the front half of their new one, The Heretic's Bargain, snaps to with an accessible immediacy, melding surf rock, Eastern music and gun-slinging punk aggression, as Bishop and Chasny trade solos and try to obliterate each other with fuzz and the hottest licks, while Corsano crashes on top of the beat with rapid-fire blasts of energy. Of course, the band also makes room to stretch out on two longer offerings at the close, fusing a spaghetti western dynamic to their sound, but most of you are going to find this one hard to beat.

$19.99 LP
$15.99 CD


MAX WURDEN
Transit
(BineMusic)

Transit is the second album in half a year by Max Würden, which is remarkable given this obscure Cologne-based producer's reputation for economically pacing his records. Unlike Retour, which revels in carefully crafted, abstract drone constructions that foreground Würden's background as soundtrack and radio play composer, Transit is an album of dream-like ambient house on which rhythms are anchored by steady dub base. Some of the sonic sources originate from field recording, but Würden really persuades here in taking his time to build a patient yet atmospheric record of crystalline, hypnotic pop reveries. Transit dribbles, throbs, and pulses marvelously along lengthy grooves and stealthy melodies, which should make this still peripheral producer a name to watch and definitely one to truly get excited about.  (Read More)

$17.99


ITAL TEK 
Hollowed
(Planet Mu)

A Planet Mu mainstay since his 2008 debut, Cyclical, Brighton producer Alan Myson (a/k/a Ital Tek) has experimented with a variety of styles over the years, but dubstep has always been his main genre. That said, Ital Tek seems to be entering a new phase in his music making with his latest full-length, Hollowed. Unlike previous albums that felt crafted for European dance floors and outdoor raves, he leaves the club behind as a distant memory, and instead opts for a more inward journey, exploring space-traveling moods and organic textures. It's a refreshing detour for Myson, whose unexpectedly heavy and hefty new album will more than likely surprise many die hard fans of both the label and producer. (Read More)

$29.99 2LP
$16.99 CD


UNDERWORLD 
Barbara Barbara we face a shining future
(Universal)

Barbara Barbara we face a shining future is both a very surprising and welcome return from Underworld. Tracks like "If Rah" and "Low Burn" approximate the sound of their classic records, integrating throbbing techno with Karl Hyde's cut-up, impressionistic lyrics. The ambient, Spanish-guitar interlude that is "Santiago Cuatro" leads into the very good "Motorhome," a mid-tempo cut that showcases their prog and classic-rock leanings and whose descending melody echoes the Beatles' "Dear Prudence." While the two closers "Ova Nova" and "Nylon Strung" steer a bit too close to rave-lite for my tastes, and the album's 45-minute running time denies it the expansiveness of their most acclaimed work, Barbara Barbara puts Underworld on firmer footing and reestablishes them as progenitors of electronic pop. (Read More)

$19.99 LP
$16.99 CD

PERE UBU 
Architecture of Language - Box Set
(Fire)

An essential collection, gathering together some of most daring sounds of the post-punk era: Pere Ubu's New Picnic TimeThe Art of WalkingSongs of the Bailing Man (plus an extra disc of fascinating rarities). From 1975 through 1982, the Cleveland-based group repeatedly and gleefully smashed rock 'n' roll to bits, only to put the shards back together into oddly beguiling shapes. And unlike most of their peer bands, Ubu (at this point anyway) refused to blur its singular vision with any attempts at commercial-friendliness. If anything, the vibes just got weirder and weirder on these later recordings. Yet however many challenges these LPs offer the listener, the music is always rewarding and often thrilling, as David Thomas shrieks, sputters and mutters over his cohort's post-Beefheart avant-garage escapades. (Read More)

$79.99 4LP


REXY
Running Out of Time
(URU)

Rexy, the London duo of vocalist Rex Nayman and Eurythmics member Vic Martin, only put out one album: 1981's Running Out of Time, a lost gem of rudimentary, endearing synth-pop. It's now being reissued as the debut release on Samantha Urbani's URU label. Nayman's deadpan vocals and droll lyrics perfectly complement Martin's rinky-dink keyboards during tracks like "In the Force," a jocular take-down of the police, and "Funky Butt," where Nayman alternates between retching noises and exhortations to get on the dance floor. Granted, there's been a surfeit of previously neglected electronic/new wave records over the last few years, but Rexy's Running Out of Time stands out as something special and wholly worthy of reappraisal. (Read More)

$24.99 LP
$14.99 CD


BAAUER
Aa
(LuckyMe)

Four years after his slingshot to fame with "The Harlem Shake," Harry "Baauer" Rodrigues releases an assured debut long player. The first half of Aa consists of Baauer's solo work, and it's evident that he's no run-of-the-mill producer as he adds many a bizarre kink to the DJ formula: the offset polyrhythms on the chorus of "GoGo" and the M.I.A.-invoking chanting on "Sow" are just two of the album's innovative highlights. The second half of the record features an impressive lineup of guests like Future, Pusha T, Rustie, and M.I.A., along with some lesser known rappers and singers. "Way from Me," with singer/producer Tirzah, is one of Aa's more subtle bangers, recalling Disclosure or SBTRKT. Elsewhere, "Day Ones" features British rappers Novelist and Leikeli47 delivering rapid verses over Baauer's most menacing beats, and makes for a highlight that resembles some ferocious combination of Azealia Banks and TNGHT. (Read More)

$26.99 LP
$16.99 CD


MAX RICHTER
Songs from Before
(Deutsche Grammophon)

Reissue of Max Richter's third album from 2006. 2004's brilliant The Blue Notebooks saw Max Richter putting Kafka's words to quaint transitive new-age compositions that primarily used the piano as a springboard for tasteful strings and subtle modern electronic flourishes. It was a modest and memorable record, a record which Songs from Before is another modest and worthy successor. "Autumn Music pts. 1 and 2" are the showpieces, and deservedly so -- two beautifully sad piano compositions that remind me most of Phillip Glass' most refined work, or Kyle Gann's sweeping piano piece "Long Night." At other times Songs at its most experimental veers into treated-piano territory ("Fragment") that sounds much like Goldmund's Corduroy Road, if that record didn't rely so heavily on American folk influences. Just beautiful. (Read More)

$24.99 LP
$13.99 CD

also available

B BOYS
No Worry No Mind
(Captured Tracks)

"Three psychos that came to be through fate by way of necessity, B Boys offer up to the world their sonic manifesto, No Worry No Mind. A relief from the mania, an expression of duality, an extension of Dada. Abstraction takes a triangular form: effortless guitar melodies, undulating bass lines, deep swirling grooves. Interlocking vocals bob and weave over top, resounding their mantras. You’ve got something growing out your neck, my friend. Open yourself to the frequencies, and let the vibrations illuminate your being."

$15.99 12" EP
$9.99 CD ON SALE


LUST FOR YOUTH
Compassion
(Sacred Bones)

"Compassion restates beauty for a time of crisis and clickbait. Judgement, design, form, and opinion: to what end will we refine our world if we can't also make an anthem of our lives? This is the tender conspiracy: I'm on twitter; I have an anthem. Do we have an anthem? We have lust. Let's meet IRL. Compassion's first single, 'Better Looking Brother' was streamed over 50k times in its first month, capping off a highly successful 2015 of worldwide tours and critical social media updates. Lust For Youth are affectionately vicious, and vulnerably sharp. They are the anticipation of the comedown as you come up on the best you've ever been offered from a bathroom stall. This is the spectrum: a low you know, and a dizzy new height."

$16.99 LP
$11.99 CD ON SALE


DAMIEN JURADO
Visions of Us on the Land
(Secretly Canadian)

"Providing the ideal entry point for neophytes and an intoxicating aural high for the faithful, Damien Jurado's new opus extends the hot streak ignited by 2012's Maraqopa and its 2014 follow-up Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son. Cut once again with label mate and super producer Richard Swift at the latter's National Freedom recording facility in rural Oregon, Visions of Us on the Land completes the tale of an individual who has had to disappear from society in order to discover some universal truths."

$19.99 2LP
$24.99 DELUXE 3LP
$13.99 CD


GUN OUTFIT
Two Way Player
(Wharf Cat)

"On the heels of their justly lauded LP Dream All Over, Gun Outfit deliver Two Way Player, a 2016 EP of enigmatic and spacious guitar music that stands alongside the band's boldest and strongest work thus far, this time with a new line up of David Harris (Milk Music), Joe Denardo (Growing/Ornament), with Will Lawrence, in addition to the core members, Daniel, Carrie, and Dylan. Abstracted legends of the American West, fortunes gained and lost, tragic songs of life rendered in deep focus -- all portrayed through mysterious and dense compositions that recall the lonely expanses and warm intimacies of the films of Bruce Baillie and Gunvor Nelson. Two Way Player is a brief, beautiful dispatch from the country's most consistent band, a record equally suited for stoned sunny mornings & lonely full moon nights."

$14.99 12" EP
$11.99 CD-EP


MARY LATTIMORE
At the Dam
(Ghostly International)

"Mary Lattimore received a prestigious fellowship from the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage -- a rare honor given out to just 12 people every year -- and she used the funds to take a road trip across America with a friend, writing and recording songs at each stop along the way. Armed with little more than her harp and her laptop, Lattimore drew inspiration from each location, letting the environments in which she recorded seep into her work. The result is music that is stirring, delicate and beautiful, Lattimore's harp at times bright and skipping, other times distant and hazy, swathed in gauzy delay. The net effect feels like what it is, recreations of moments from the past, tender, soft and warm."

$16.99 LP


AMANAR DE KIDAL
Tumastin
(Sahel Sounds)

$18.99 LP

JACOB DO BANDOLIM 
Great Jewish Music
(Tzadik)

$16.99 CD

 

CYRO BAPTISTA
BlueFly
(Tzadik)

$16.99 CD

THE BODY 
No One Deserves Happiness
(Thrill Jockey)

$24.99 2LP
$16.99 CD

 

C.A. QUINTET 
Trip Thru Hell
(Sundazed)

$24.99 LP

CLARK 
The Last Panthers
(Warp)

$21.99 CD

ZACH COOPER
The Sentence
(Styles Upon Styles)

$21.99 LP

RICHARD CRANDELL
Mbira Magic
(Tzadik)

$16.99 CD

 

FRICTION 
Zone Tripper
(Tzadik)

$16.99 CD

GLITTERBUST
Glitterbust
(LuckyMe)

$26.99 LP

IGGY POP
Post Pop Depression
(Loma Vista)

$14.99 CD
 

GLENN JONES
Fleeting
(Thrill Jockey)

$19.99 LP
$16.99 CD

GRANT-LEE PHILLIPS
The Narrows
(Yep Roc)

$21.99 LP
$16.99 CD

PRIMAL SCREAM 
Chaosmosis
(Ignition)

$19.99 LP
$11.99 CD

VARIOUS ARTISTS
Aloha Got Soul: Soul, AOR & Disco in Hawaii 1979-1985
(Strut)

$31.99 2LP
$16.99 CD

VARIOUS ARTISTS
Kev Beadle Presents: The Best of Inner City Records
(BBE)

$29.99 2LP
$16.99 CD

VARIOUS ARTISTS 
Punk 45: Chaos in the CIty of Angels and Devils
(Soul Jazz)

$31.99 2LP
$24.99 CD

VARIOUS ARTISTS
Wayfaring Strangers: Cosmic American Music
(Numero Group)

$26.99 2LP
$15.99 CD

ANDREW WEATHERALL 
Convenanza
(Rotters Golf Club)

$26.99 2LP
$15.99 CD

WOODLEIGH RESEARCH FACILITY 
Phoenix Suburb (Rotters Golf Club)

$24.99 2LP
 

JOHN ZORN 
The Painted Bird
(Tzadik)

$16.99 CD

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