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OCTOBER 16, 2015

special announcement

CATCH MONIKA AT CMJ 2015

It's been an exciting CMJ week for Monika so far, and we'd like to thank Co-Sign, NPR Music, School Night and Sound Exchange for having her at their great showcases. If you haven't caught Monika live, you don't want to miss, and you'll have a few more chances this weekend. Tonight she's performing a free acoustic set at 8 p.m. in Manhattan for the ROSQUATCH showcase at Berlin, and then tomorrow will be her last full-band performance in NYC for a while, playing at 10:40 p.m. at the Audio Femme & Atypical Beasts CMJ showcase at Cameo (RSVP here). We hope to see you!

in this week's update

FEATURED NEW RELEASES

Beach House
Gun Outfit
Doug Hream Blunt
Deerhunter
Mantles
Majical Cloudz
The Missing Brazilians
Visionist
White Out with Nels Cline
Patrick Higgins
Lee Perry
Wiley / Zomby
 

NOW ON VINYL

U.S. Girls
 

PRE-ORDER

Joanna Newsom
Magnetic Fields (69 Love Songs 10" Box)
+ More
 

other music events

CASSETTE STORE DAY

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17

Saturday, October 17 is officially Cassette Store Day, and while these once-popular staples of boom boxes, car stereos, and Walkmans never completely went away, the past few years have seen a full-on revival. In celebration of these little gems of magnetic tape and plastic, we will be bringing in a bunch of new, reissued and exclusive titles especially for all you cassette lovers!

SO PERCUSSION IN-STORE PERFORMANCE

MONDAY, OCTOBER 19 @ 7PM

Other Music: 15 E. 4th St. New York, NY
Facebook Event Page  // Free, All Ages

We are very excited to welcome So Percussion, who will be appearing at Other Music for an in-store performance on Monday, October 19, to celebrate their recent Brassland album release, Music for Wood & Strings. Composed by the National's Bryce Dessner, Music for Wood & Strings is an epic 35-minute piece for a new instrument called the 'chordstick' -- a cross between a hammer dulcimer and an electric guitar. Using pencils, bows and mallets to sound either harmony or play individual strings, it's an beautiful and entrancing build up of rhythms, melodies, tremolos & drones.

Because performing Music for Wood & Strings requires heavy amplification, for this in-store So Percussion will be performing a selection of unamplified works by Steven Reich, John Cage and other modern American composers who informed and inspired the group and the composition of the piece. They do plan to bring at least one of the chordsticks so instrument-building fans can give them a look close-up. This video tells the story behind the release.

giveaways

YOUTH LAGOON JACKET GIVEAWAY

Inspired by "Highway Patrol Stun Gun," one of the many highlights on Youth Lagoon's new album, Savage Hills Ballroom, we've got this pretty slick, and very limited jacket to give away to one lucky fan, courtesy of Fat Possum Records! Email enter@othermusic.com for your chance to win. (Entrants must be local to the New York City area.)

WIN BATTLES TICKETS

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20

Webster Hall: 125 E. 11th St. NYC
 

With their brand new album, La Di Da Di, just released on Warp Records, Battles are performing in New York City this coming Tuesday, October 20 at Webster Hall. The show is sure to be a mind-blower, and Other Music is giving away one pair of tickets! To enter for your chance to win, email contest@othermusic.com.

this week's update

BEACH HOUSE
Thank Your Lucky Stars
(Sub Pop)

Right on the heels of Depression Cherry, Beach House comes from out of the blue with another new release, Thank Your Lucky Stars. This unexpected surprise finds the duo returning to their roots, crafting beautiful, sparse, melancholic tunes of a piece with their self-titled first album and Devotion. It's the band's most intimate affair in years, taking the momentum they began on Depression Cherry, and continuing to peel back their swelling arrangements to return the focus squarely on the interplay of Victoria Legrand's breathy vocals and nostalgia-inducing lyrics and Alex Scally's delicate guitar lines. (Read More)

$18.99 LP
$13.99 CD


GUN OUTFIT
Dream All Over
(Paradise of Bachelors)

Drawing from influences as diverse as '90s college rock, UK folk, and psychedelic sitar-driven grooves, Gun Outfit's new album plays like a sun-soaked autumn afternoon. This time around, the LA band are more indebted to the sad, twanging sounds of Lucinda Williams or Richard and Linda Thompson than they are their grunge forbearers and it works perfectly. Such a great album from start to finish -- ripe with one-liners, memorable guitar licks and songs that demand replay. (Read More & Listen)

$21.99 LP
$14.99 CD


DOUG HREAM BLUNT
My Name Is Doug Hream Blunt
(Luaka Bop)

During the late 1980s in San Francisco, 35-year-old Doug Hream Blunt took an evening course entitled "How to Start a Band." Following the completion of the course, he put his instruction to use in the recording of a private press record of lo-fi pop/funk called Gentle Persuasion. That album and a subsequent EP didn't move many units but years later it began to attract a cult following via the blogosphere. Hearing it in 2015, the music sounds strangely contemporary and it's easy to connect the dots to the present-day work of Ariel Pink, Dam-Funk, and Dean Blunt -- all avowed fans of Doug Hream Blunt, with the latter even choosing his own alias in tribute. (Read More & Listen)

$21.99 LP
$16.99 CD

DEERHUNTER
Fading Frontier
(4AD)

Recorded not long after a serious car accident that sent Bradford Cox spiraling into deep depression during his recovery, there's a sense of catharsis running throughout Fading Frontier. During "Living My Life," Cox repeats the song title over and over like a mantra and it's almost beatific. Elsewhere, "Snakeskin" finds the band in a surprisingly funky mood before trailing off in a psychedelic cloud of backwards strings and sitar, while Gary Numan-esque synths float above the hypnotic bass and drums during the slow creep of "Ad Astra" until the song unexpectedly lifts into a dreamy climax. (Read More)

$19.99 LP
$12.99 CD ON SALE


MANTLES
Long Enough to Leave
(Slumberland)

Nearing their 10-year mark, San Francisco's Mantles soldier on through lineup changes and long periods of inactivity to meet the challenges of a third album. They go from an austere, pressed-flower restoration of post-Velvets/prime-cut Kiwi downer moves, with a variety of production flourishes (courtesy Papercuts' Jason Quever) that take them from a Clean/Able Tasmans motif through a Yo La Tengo-esque burn, into Paisley Undergroundisms, and then on to doleful balladry akin to the Ocean Blue or Real Estate. (Read More & Listen)

$15.99 LP
$11.99 CD


MAJICAL CLOUDZ
Are You Alone?
(Matador)

Majical Cloudz have never been happy, but on the duo's second record, at least they're trying. Frontman Devon Welsh even admits it outright on one of their new album's highlights: "I'll try not to be... so blue." It's a misleading statement, however, given all the bare-boned, minor-key emoting that follows. Are You Alone? is filled with the same melancholy as the band's debut album, though perhaps with a few more pop quirks that breathe some life into the dirges. (Read More & Listen)

$12.99 CD ON SALE

THE MISSING BRAZILIANS
Warzone
(On-U Sound)

Another classic album of other-world dub from the On-U Sound archives comes back into rotation. Warzone, the Missing Brazilians' lone LP for Adrian Sherwood's label, was a collaborative project featuring members of African Head Charge, Creation Rebel, and in-house keyboardist Kishi Yamamoto. Released in early 1984, the album finds producer Sherwood at his most adventurous, utilizing lots of reverb on the drums and a thick mix of studio trickery, and journeying further out than on any other On-U production before or after. As you might imagine, Warzone leans heavily on industrial-dub explorations and is mostly instrumental, with the exception of two vocal tracks, one featuring Annie Anxiety (Crass) and Shara Nelson (Massive Attack) on the other. (Read More)

$21.99 LP


VISIONIST
Safe
(Pan)

Starting out as a producer/DJ and also the man behind the short-lived Lost Codes label (now a sub-label of PAN called Codes), Louis Carnell (a/k/a Visionist) has been on a slow and steady rise with each release, offering a distinctly emotive take on this usually agro genre. As with producers like Acre, Mr. Mitch, Rabit, Lotic, etc., filling tracks with emotion and space seems to be more important than filling a dance floor. Dubbed 'weightless,' this subgenre feels heavier and darker, and aside from the reductive use of drums, it's anything but. (Read More & Listen)

$27.99 LP


WHITE OUT WITH NELS CLINE
Accidental Sky
(Northern Spy)

An invigorating free-rock workout from New York's long-running White Out two piece and six-string wizard Nels Cline, Accidental Sky rolls and rumbles beautifully throughout its seven adventurous tracks. Noise lovers will be pleased: the album offers plenty of blistering guitar action, skittering drumkit attacks and clattering keyboards. But in the end, what impresses most is the overall interplay -- these are musicians who are actually listening closely to one another, no matter how far out they go in their improvisations. (Read More)

$19.99 LP
$12.99 CD


PATRICK HIGGINS
Bachanalia
(Telegraph Harp)

Johann Sebastian Bach is still inspiring musicians some 264 years after the composer's death. Case in point, this lovely LP from New York-based guitarist Patrick Higgins. Over nine absorbing tracks, Higgins, who plays with the avant-rock combo Zs, finds consistently fresh and inventive ways to approach this timeworn material. His guitar is augmented by stereo electronic processes and copious "room sound" is incorporated in the recording, which adds a dreamlike quality to the familiar melodies without detracting from them. Sublime. (Read More & Listen)

$18.99 LP
$13.99 CD

LEE PERRY
Mr Perry I Presume
(Pressure Sounds)

Mr. Perry I Presume gathers 16 re-mastered tracks culled from the Black Ark archives, with nearly all of them previously unreleased, and features many of Perry's cohorts including: Susan Cadogan, Keith Rowe, George Faith, Joy White, Noel Robinson, Augustus Pablo, as well as the Gatherers, Peter & Paul, and of course, the Upsetters. Add to this liner notes that outline Perry's connection and influence on the sound system culture of Jamaica and the UK and you've got a pretty essential set for reggae aficionados. (Read More)

$16.99 CD


WILEY / ZOMBY
Step 2001
(Big Dada)

UK producer Zomby foreshadows his soon-to-be-released double EP coming out on XL Recordings with a remix of his grime contemporary, MC/producer Wiley, for the Big Dada label. Rebuilding Wiley's original "Step 20," Zomby crafts a crystalline danceable gem and it's a perfect match. Wiley is in top form here with a humorous and speedy delivery, while Zomby seems to be creating an ode to Wiley's icy eski-beat style of bass and sparkles. (Read More & Listen).

$12.99 12"

now on vinyl

U.S. GIRLS
Half Free
(4AD)

"The work of Illinois-born, Toronto-based artist Meg Remy, U.S. Girls has evolved in recent years from the coarse 4-track fidelity found on her early recordings to more luscious and unabashed works, packed with fiery pop sensibilities. Half Free is the next step in this impressive progression, an honest and lyrically jarring exploration of emotions, drenched in a bath of raw beats and loops that have become the hallmark of her work with producer and frequent collaborator Onakabazien. Other album guests include Slim Twig (DFA), Ben Cook (Fucked Up, Young Guv), Amanda Crist (Ice Cream) and Tony Price."

$19.99 LP
$13.99 CD

pre-order for 10/23

JOANNA NEWSOM
Divers
(Drag City)

Out on 10/23. "Good heavens -- five years go by -- what can one do? Dive, listener, knowing that your next hour will be filled with diversions aplenty: a wheeling circuit of sci-fi sea-shanties and cavalier ballads, narrated from parts unknown; a family of polysemic song-sets; a paranomasaic Liederkreis of harmonic sympathies and knotted hierarchies; a fanfare of brazen puns and martial lullabies, blazing in sorrow and horseplay and love, in turns symphonic and spare, joined by Mellotrons and Marxophones and Moogs, clavichords and celestas -- and of course the harp, thrumming its threnodies of circadian invasions and avian irruptions and strange loops of Shepard-toned resonant-frequencies and something called goddamned Simulacreage."

$31.99 2LP
$15.99 CD
$9.99 CASSETTE

pre-order for 11/6

THE MAGNETIC FIELDS
69 Love Songs
(Merge)

Out on 11/6. "Due to overwhelming popular demand, Merge Records will reissue The Magnetic Fields' epic 69 Love Songs on vinyl on November 6. The limited-edition 10-inch box set includes six records housed in a sturdy slipcase along with a full-size, 24-page color booklet featuring liner notes written by author Daniel Handler, a.k.a. Lemony Snicket."

$94.99 6x10" BOX SET

also available

!!!
As If
(Warp)

$24.99 2LP
$15.99 CD

DAVID CHESKY
Rap Symphony
(Chesky)

$16.99 CD
 

LEE GAMBLE
B23 Steelhouse/Motor System
(Pan)

$18.99 LP

A. KOSTIS
The Jail's a Fine School
(Mississippi)

$17.99 LP

TOMMY MCCOOK
The Sannic Sounds
(Dub Store Japan)

$18.99 CD

MATT MITCHELL
Vista Accumulation
(Pi Recordings)

$21.99 2CD

NEON INDIAN
Vega Intl. Night School
(Mom + Pop)

$14.99 CD

EJI OYEWOLE
Charity Begins at Home
(BBE)

$25.99 LP
$15.99 CD

PIXX
Fall In
(4AD)

$12.99 12"

POWELL
Insomniac / Should’ve Been a Drummer (XL Recordings)

$12.99 12"

RIVAL CONSOLES
Howl
(Erased Tapes)

$25.99 2LP
$29.99 LTD RED VINYL 2LP
$16.99 CD

TREMBLING BELLS
The Sovereign Self
(Tin Angel)

$18.99 LP
$14.99 CD

VARIOUS ARTISTS
Excavated Shellac: Reeds
(Dust-to-Digital)

$21.99 LP
$13.99 CD

VARIOUS ARTISTS
Excavated Shellac: Strings
(Dust-to-Digital)

$13.99 CD

LUKE VIBERT
Bizarster
(Planet Mu)

$27.99 2LP
$15.99 CD

VOM GRILL
Knerpen! (Bevel)
(Pan)

$27.99 LP

ZOMBY
Let's Jam 1 EP
(XL Recordings)

$12.99 12"

ZOMBY
Let's Jam 2 EP
(XL Recordings)

$12.99 12"

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