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August 7, 2015

special announcement

FIRE MUSIC: A HISTORY OF THE FREE JAZZ REVOLUTION

Writer/director Tom Surgal is a longtime friend of Other Music and we're very excited to share his current project in the works, Fire Music, a free jazz documentary that's been four years in the making. Executive produced by Nels Cline and Thurston Moore, the project has been entirely self-financed thus far with over 300 hours of footage already shot, but more funds are needed to help cover the cost of music, clip and photo clearance, additional research for archival footage and other visual materials, and paying graphic designer/animators and an editor so that the film can be as visually arresting and thrilling as the music itself. Sure to be the definitive documentary of the free jazz revolution, we'd like to share the Kickstarter page where you can learn more about the film and consider making a donation to this great project.

in this week's update

FEATURED NEW RELEASES

Zachary Cale
Mac DeMarco
Deaf Wish
Ultimate Painting
Goldberg
Alessandro Cortini
Ossia
Venetian Snares
House of Blondes
Soul Jazz Records Presents: Disco 2
Second Layer
Iris Dement

 
William Parker
Chelsea Wolfe
Night Beds
 

NOW ON VINYL

Juaneco y Su Combo
The Bachs
 

OUT 8/11: "VINYL TUESDAY"

Pavement
Red House Painters (4 LPs)
The Replacements (Twin/Tone Years)
+ more

announcements

UNION POOL & OTHER MUSIC PRESENT SUMMER THUNDER 2015

EVERY SATURDAY (MAY 30 - AUGUST 29)

Union Pool: 484 Union Ave. Brooklyn, NY
Facebook Event Page  // Free, 21+ w/ID

Other Music is proud to present Summer Thunder 2015, an awesome live music series that takes place every Saturday afternoon in Union Pool's backyard. This weekend is another great bill, with live performances from Porches and Kevin Morby, plus the Chillers Only DJs!  Check out the full Summer Thunder schedule here -- upcoming highlights include Juan Wauters on 8/15,  WFMU Presents on 8/22 (feat: Complete, Octagrape, and Honey Radar), and Steve Gunn on 8/29. As always, the shows are FREE, with cold drinks flowing and El Diablo Tacos serving up tasty treats from their truck.


OTHER MUSIC SUMMER MONDAYS AT ACE HOTEL

EVERY MONDAY IN JUNE, JULY & AUGUST

Ace Hotel New York: 20 W. 29th St. NYC
Facebook Event Invite

We're entering the final stretch of Other Music's summer residency at Ace Hotel New York. Every Monday through to the end of August you'll find one of our staff members behind the turntables playing their favorite songs in the gorgeous lobby bar. Catch sound/visual artist Daniel Givens on August 10 from 8 p.m. to midnight, and then Brendan Biggins (8/17), Gerald Hammill (8/24) and Ning Nong (8/31).

this week's update

ZACHARY CALE
Duskland
(No Quarter)

We're pretty certain NYC singer-songwriter Zachary Cale is quite tired of being called this city's "best kept secret" or "a musician's musician," yet he's endured these backhanded accolades from the chilling tones of his debut albums Outlander Sessions and Walking Papers, through the full-band romp of Noise of Welcome, and to the austere, weather-beaten country-folk of Blue Rider. On his first record for No Quarter, Cale gives his finest performance to date, utilizing the whole of the studio and the weight of big, multi-instrumental arrangements in a sterling effort that fully realizes his ambitions against his craft. He's got a way of magnifying even his most minute movements into statements of humble grandeur, and on Duskland we hear nothing but moments of heart-swelling beauty, the sound of a man who's been holding the world in his pocket and is beaming too hard to hide it anymore. (Read More & Listen)

$13.99 CD ON SALE
$16.99 LP


MAC DEMARCO
Another One EP
(Captured Tracks)

Indie superstar Mac DeMarco delivers a solid EP of tunes to tide us over 'til his next full-length! That said, this collection is by no means filler; it is, however, filled with 100% killer, laidback, beach-side grooviness, thanks to DeMarco's woozy playing and tight production lending his signature vibe of sun-drenched AM-radio catchiness to every tune. The influence of DeMarco's recent relocation to Far Rockaway, Queens is seen and heard throughout, from the cover photo of him posed on the beach to the last track, "My House by the Water," which includes lush field recordings of the ocean shore and a personal invitation from Mac (actual address given) to come visit whenever for a cup of coffee. (Read More)

$12.99 CD
$19.99 LP


DEAF WISH
Pain
(Sub Pop)

Comes with a free Deaf Wish puzzle while supplies last!
From their band name to an album entitled Pain, there is a certain level of expectation built in on Death Wish's debut full-length for Sub Pop, and they certainly don't disappoint, especially on the hardcore-esque "Newness Again" and "Eyes Closed," both which give label mates Metz and Pissed Jeans more than a run for their money. Any record with songs that brutally good would be more than worth it, but there is a lot more going on as well. This is a record packed front to back with great tracks and some of the most passionate playing you'll hear all year. (Read More & Listen)
 

$13.99 CD
$16.99 LP

ULTIMATE PAINTING
Green Lanes
(Trouble in Mind)

The second album from the London-based duo of James Hoare (Veronica Falls, the Proper Ornaments) and Jack Cooper (Mazes) continues where last year's debut left off: another set of expertly-realized, undeniably cool guitar pop, laid back, shades drawn, burning off the twin flames of Lou Reed and Paul McCartney. If ever there were a record that fans of Real Estate AND the Velvet Underground could agree upon, it would surely be Green Lanes. (Read More & Listen)

$12.99 CD ON SALE
$16.99 LP ON SALE


GOLDBERG
Misty Flats
(Future Days)

Pressed in a super-limited run of 500 back in 1974, Barry Thomas Goldberg's wonderful Misty Flats plows the surprisingly fertile common ground between the gentler side of Big Star and the spaced-out loner folk of Skip Spence's classic Oar. Recorded by underground hero Michael Yonkers, its 11 songs, recorded in mono on two track, have that classic private press sound: faded and spare, with reverb liberally applied to Goldberg's vocals and guitar. But Misty Flats just might transcend the "outsider folk" label -- there are several tunes here that show off the skills of an extremely skilled songwriter. (Read More)

$16.99 CD
$25.99 LP


ALESSANDRO CORTINI
Risveglio
(Hospital)

This new full-length by the Italian, part-time Nine Inch Nails synthesist Alessandro Cortini continues to explore the dark electronic trajectory he so convincingly established on last year's remarkable Sono album. Cortini, on his solo-efforts, comes across as a subtle and searching musician, exploring the grim underbelly of his modular synths and bleak electronics. On Risveglio, even more than on Sono, his hazy compositions flicker and fade with gusto and bravura. It's still a head-scratching move, from Nine Inch Nails to avant-garde electronics, but when it's done with such irresistible sense of craftsmanship and restraint, you won't hear us complaining anytime soon. (Read More & Listen)

$31.99 2LP

OSSIA
Red X
(Blackest Ever Black)

This Bristol-based producer has overseen various labels in their vibrant scene and is a member of the Young Echo collective. On Red X, Ossia's solo debut on Blackest Ever Black, he uses the bleak subject matter of Peter Tosh's audio diary recorded shortly before his murder as inspiration for this deep, deconstructed collection of bass-ambient-dub. Across the four tracks, Ossia sculpts a web of spring reverbs, crumbling delay, heavy textures, and an ominous sense of dread. Fans of Blackest Ever Black, Young Echo, Burial, Roly Porter, and the dark side of dub, this is primed for full moon listening. (Read More & Listen)

$19.99 12"


VENETIAN SNARES
Your Face EP
(Planet Mu)

Aaron Funk, a/k/a Venetian Snares, always has a knack for combining various genres together to create something purely original, unique and weird. All seven tracks here do indeed bridge breakcore, EDM, classical, and a sort of wonky jazz, with a swing, flare, and sense of skill and humor that we've come to expect. Though he is definitely not for everyone, if you have the mindset and inclination for the stranger side of electronic fusion, Venetian Snares is the man. (Read More & Listen)

$17.99 12" EP


HOUSE OF BLONDES
Stranger Still
(Glowmatic)

House of Blondes are back with a sophomore LP that's just as -- if not more -- beautiful than their 2012 debut. Utilizing intergalactic beats, synthesizers, and drum kits, the Brooklyn-based trio creates music that's as mysterious as it is dancefloor-digestible. Opener "Black Buick" alone could land the band a spot on Italians Do It Better's label roster, its hypnotizing six-minutes flying by in seconds thanks to its forward-moving chugging and amorphism. Elsewhere, tracks like "Are You Boys All Right?" and "Love to Be Wrong" particularly evoke both a playful youth alongside the more sinister builds of a deep house or an '80s synth-wave dance number. (Read More & Listen)

$14.99 CD


VARIOUS ARTISTS
Soul Jazz Records Presents: Disco 2
(Soul Jazz)

On this follow-up to last year's Disco compilation, Soul Jazz brings together a staggering collection of rare, occasionally soulful, psychedelic, beefy, humorous, cosmic, and/or contemporary sounding disco gems. The man behind the wheels is the encyclopedic Dutch crate digger Disco Patrick, who has gone an extra mile here in vastly improving the more monotonous sounding first installment. Highlights include Skip Jackson & the Natural Experience's lo-fi weirdo cut "Micro Wave Boogie" or Paco and Flaco and Coco's cosmic synth washes in "He's Here." Despite its somewhat uninspired title, it undeniably provides decadent, liberating fun. (Read More)

$23.99 2CD
$31.99 2LP VOLUME 1
$31.99 2LP VOLUME 2

BUY

SECOND LAYER
World of Rubber
(Dark Entries)

Here's a long overdue reissue of a great minimal synth/post-punk howler, originally released in 1981 as a side project for Adrian Borland and Graham Bailey from the Sound. Apart from the spare, experimental nature of closers "Japanese Headset" and "Black Flowers," which exist in their own space, any of these songs would've worked as material for the Sound, making this a vital staple in the story of UK goth and dark rock. Dark Entries' reissue marks the first time on vinyl for this one since its initial release on Cherry Red, and tacks on a bonus album which contains their first two singles and a full side of previously unreleased material. (Read More & Listen)

$24.99 2LP


IRIS DEMENT
The Trackless Woods
(Flariella)

Iris DeMent has been making soul-wrenchingly beautiful albums for over 20 years now. DeMent's style, a near-perfect blend of country, gospel and folk with excellent, non-fussy production, has remained consistent and each release has found a place on my shelf. Her newest album is the closest she's come to a departure in that the lyrics are all taken from Russian poet Anna Akhmatova. The themes of love, resilience, despair and the unlimited potential of the human spirit in the poems are not far off from DeMent's own lyrics. I would caution that unless you were a fan of Akhmatova's work, this record isn't the place in DeMent's discography to start, but if you've already dipped into any of her albums, chances are you know what a beautiful trip you're in for. (Read More)

$16.99 CD


WILLIAM PARKER
For Those Who Are, Still
(Aum Fidelity)

Comprised of over 200 minutes of music across three CDs, these diverse works showcase William Parker's talents as a composer. The bassist is well known as a torchbearer for the downtown NYC jazz scene, but here he expands his scope considerably, combining string orchestras, poetry, wind instruments, and vocalists from India and Senegal. Like the best of jazz music, For Those Who Are, Still tries to tap into the very core of human existence through collaboration and improvisation. As Parker says in the liner notes, "We don't invent sounds, we are allowed to encounter them; we don't own them, they existed before we were born and will be here after we are gone." (Read More)

$32.99 3CD


CHELSEA WOLFE
Abyss
(Sargent House)

While Chelsea Wolfe has flirted with doom metal on past releases, Abyss sees her going all in. Inspired by Wolfe's own bouts of sleep paralysis and its often terrifying moments of awakening mid dream, here the Los Angeles-based songstress' haunting melodies are made all the more real by the sludgy guitars and cacophonous electronic drones heard throughout the album. But rather than get swallowed up by the sinister din, Wolfe's vocals are as clear as they are chilling during tracks like the quasi-industrial opener, "Carrion Flowers," or the pummeling chug of "Dragged Out." It's not all growling, detuned guitars and stoner-metal atmosphere, however. The most foreboding moments of this set come by way of the title track that appears at the album's end, in which any of the dense instrumentation from before is stripped away, leaving behind a spacious bed of eerie piano plinks, smoky guitar strums, and, eventually, the buzzing saw of violin strings that fade into nothingness. (Read More and Listen)

$13.99 CD ON SALE
$25.99 2LP


STEPHEN O'MALLEY
Gruides
(Demdike Stare)

Stephen O'Malley's first composition for orchestral instruments shows that his Ideologic Organ label's roster has been providing him with artistic inspiration. Parallels could be made with his work in Sunn O))), in that the general vibe is long tones. However, the sound palette here has more in common with something like Hermann Nitsch, in its orchestral blocks of dissonance. The mood is somewhat somber, but is punctuated by occasional violent stabs. Unlike the works of Nitsch, Gruidés won't command your attention for days on end. Coming in at under 35 minutes, it achieves an atmospheric mood without wearing out its welcome. Here's hoping O'Malley explores this direction further.

$25.99 LP


NIGHT BEDS
Ivywild
(Dead Oceans)

A pretty unexpected turn from Winston Yellen, who trades the rustic, indie-folk of Country Sleep, his 2013 debut full-length as Night Beds, for something far more contemporary. While Yellen's soaring melodic sensibilities remain intact, the jangling guitars and dusty arrangements have been eschewed for a sleek 21st century sound, with electronic rhythms, hip-hop beats, synths and velvety R&B production. (Read More & Listen)

$12.99 CD ON SALE
$19.99 2LP ON SALE

vinyl pressing

JUANECO Y SU COMBO
Masters Of Chicha Vol. 1
(Barbes)

Finally available on vinyl! Peru's Juaneco y Su Combo took off on a creative gyre in the late '60s when Juan Wong Jr. assumed control of his father's traditional band. Wong ditched the accordion for a Farfisa organ and brought in Noé Fachin, whose guitar added a Brazilian and African funk to the mix. This group's amalgamation of psychedelic rock, Congolese guitar, Peruvian folk, garage swagger, and the prolific South American rock world makes this album particularly enjoyable. As you listen, the allusions to Dr. Nico Kasanda, Os Mutantes, and Love are natural, tightly revolving around the roots of Peruvian folk. (Read More & Listen)

$17.99 LP


THE BACHS
Out of the Bachs
(Out-Sider)

The Bachs' sole LP from 1968 is one of those outsider/private press holy grail-type artifacts that collectors of US psych and garage agonize, salivate, and stay sleepless over, as it was originally only released in a miniscule run of 150 copies, and thus barely left the band's circle of friends in their hometown of Chicago. Out of the Bachs, written by the band's leaders, Blake Allison and John Peterman, is an innovative, and often dark and strange, trip that combines psychedelia and downer folk rock to amazing effect. "Tables of Grass Fields" and "Minister to a Mind Deceased" (check out the crazed, brain-melting guitar solo) are blistering and raw garage psych rockers, while the middle third of the album produces one brilliant, twisted (it's almost as if the spirit of Roky Erickson entered the room) folk rocker after another -- like a darker version of the Byrds, sort of. (Read More)

$28.99 LP

also available

DANIEL BACHMAN
Miscellaneous Ephemera and Other Bullshit
(Feeding Tube)

$19.99 LP

PHIL COLLINS
My Heart's in My Hand
(Shady Lane)

$39.99 2LP

GEORGIA
Georgia
(Domino)

$13.99 CD
 

GOLDEN RULES
Golden Ticket
(Lex)

$12.99 CD
$22.99 LP

HAUSCHKA
A NDO C Y
(Temporary Residence)

$19.99 LP
 

HEATHERED PEARLS
Body Complex
(Ghostly International)

$14.99 CD
$18.99 LP

HOUSE OF 909
The Children We Were
(Cascine)

$12.99 LP

ALAN JEFFERSON
Galactic Nightmare
(Trunk)

$37.99 2LP

DARIUS JONES QUARTET
Le Bébé De Brigitte
(Aum Fidelity)

$14.99 CD
 

LA LUZ
Weirdo Shrine
(Hardly Art)

$12.99 CD
$15.99 LP+MP3

LANGHORNE SLIM & THE LAW
The Spirit Moves
(Dualtone)

$13.99 CD
$22.99 LP

MYNABIRDS
Lovers Know
(Saddle Creek)

$13.99 CD
 

TUNDE OLANIRAN
Transgressor
(Quite Scientific)

$14.99 CD
$21.99 LP

PREFUSE 73
Every Color of Darkness
(Temporary Residence)

$19.99 LP
 

SLIM TWIG
Thank You for Stickin' with Twig
(DFA)

$12.99 CD ON SALE
$15.99 LTD GOLD LP ON SALE

out on vinyl tuesday, 8/11

PAVEMENT
The Secret History Vol. 1
(Matador)

$23.99 2LP

RED HOUSE PAINTERS
Down Colorful Hill
(4AD)

$19.99 LP

RED HOUSE PAINTERS
Red House Painters (Rollercoaster)
(4AD)

$26.99 2LP

RED HOUSE PAINTERS
Red House Painters (Bridge)
(4AD)

$19.99 LP

RED HOUSE PAINTERS
Ocean Beach / Shock Me
(4AD)

$26.99 2LP

THE REPLACEMENTS
The Twin/Tone Years
(Rhino)

$74.99 4LP

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