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December 4, 2015

special announcement

OTHER MUSIC GIFT CERTIFICATES

Available year-round, Other Music Gift Certificates are redeemable for purchases made both in the store and off othermusic.com. We offer our traditional paper Gift Certificates, or you may also choose to have one emailed to you as a PDF file, which you can then pass along to a friend or loved one via email or print it out yourself. Purchase either type of Gift Certificate here on our mail-order site, where you'll see a choice of increments between $15 and $200. (Email orders@othermusic.com if you would like an amount not listed as an option.) When purchasing a Gift Certificate, don't forget to include the recipient's name in the "Additional Comments" box on the checkout page. If you are choosing a traditional paper certificate and would like to have it mailed directly to the recipient, please include that address in the "Shipping Info" section.

in this week's update

FEATURED NEW RELEASES

Kiasmos
The Silence
Love
Parquet Courts
Deepchord
Taylor Deupree & Marcus Fischer
Le1F
Shye Ben Tzur, Jonny Greenwood & the Rajasthan Express
Bjork
Hieroglyphic Being
Mighty Baby
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard
Sheer Agony (Now on LP)
Med/Blu/Madlib (Now on LP)
Wild Nothing

+ Holiday Gift Ideas & More
 

upcoming in-store performance

WHITE OUT WITH NELS CLINE

MONDAY, December 7 @ 8PM

Other Music: 15 E. 4th St. New York, NY
Facebook Event Invite

Next Monday, December 7, Other Music is hosting a special in-store performance from White Out, with Nels Cline sitting in with the band. This New York duo and the guitar virtuoso are longtime collaborators, but it wasn't until recently that they recorded their first album together, Accidental Sky, an excellent and invigorating set of exploratory free-rock. Don't miss this one!

ticket give-aways

WIN DINOSAUR JR. TICKETS!

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9

Bowery Ballroom: 6 Delancey St.  NYC

Last night, Dinosaur Jr. kicked off a slew of sold-out shows at NYC's Bowery Ballroom commemorating their 30th anniversary! The legendary band is playing their debut album, Dinosaur, in full at each performance, along with a career-spanning set, and other surprises -- yesterday evening, both Kim Gordon and Kurt Vile made guest appearances. If you missed out on tickets, we've got a pair to give away to the last show in this series on Wednesday, 12/9 -- email giveaway@othermusic.com for your chance to win!

WIN TICKETS TO REIGNING SOUND AND STRAND OF OAKS

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 10

Cannon's Blackthorn: 49 N. Village Ave. Rockville Centre, NY

The Tommy Brull Foundation presents the final concert of the year in the "Shine a Light" music series, featuring Strand of Oaks and Reigning Sound next Thursday, December 10, taking place at Cannon's Blackthorn, in Rockville Centre, NY. (Just a 35-minute train ride from Penn Station on the Babylon line.) One hundred percent of the money raised with this show will aid in the treatment of a close friend of the foundation, who is struggling with Bipolar Affective Disorder. Please help spread the word and you can also enter for a chance to win a pair of tickets by emailing tickets@othermusic.com.

SPEEDY ORTIZ TICKET GIVE-AWAY

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11

Silent Barn: 603 Bushwick Ave. Brooklyn

It's been a great year for Speedy Ortiz, who bucked the sophomore slump with their very excellent second album, Foil Deer, and have been tearing up the tour circuit around the globe. Next Friday, the group will be playing their last New York date of 2015 at Brooklyn's Silent Barn, and Other Music has a pair of tickets up for grabs. Email enter@othermusic.com for your chance to win!

this week's update

KIASMOS
Swept EP
(Erased Tapes)

A continuation of the collaborative work by Olafur Arnalds and Janus Rasmussen, the Swept EP is an extension of their Kiasmos spectrum, which serves as a sonic representation of this Icelandic duo's native terrain. One senses bracing winds and distant echoes escaping into fjords. All the while a seamless mixture of live percussive elements with metric drum machine patterns establish a container within which the delicacy of Arnalds' textures that would naturally float away, can mingle and bounce around. (Read More & Listen)

$16.99 LP


THE SILENCE
Hark the Silence
(Drag City)

It had been a long wait for any new group activity from guitarist Masaki Batoh, formerly of Ghost (the long-running Japanese psych band, not the theatrical Swedish metal group known as Ghost [32] on Discogs), but 2015 graced us with two full-lengths from his new project, the Silence. While the group's self-titled debut was more of a subdued flight, Hark the Silence uses its double length to meet the creative peaks you'd expect out of their lineage, besting it on all accounts and challenging plenty of others in the psych space with sheer musical cunning and wit. Stirring examples of avant-folk and spaghetti western grit rub shoulders with full-bore psychedelic burn, art-rock swoon worthy of Roxy Music, and progressive rock the likes of which you would find in early-'70s Europe, with a lessons-learned statement in epic closer "Fireball," which seamlessly rolls all of those styles together. An outstanding leap in quality and quantity! (Read More)

$24.99 2LP
$14.99 CD


LOVE
Reel to Real
(High Moon)

Arthur Lee was still dragging Love around in 1974, attempting the sort of pop crossover that eluded him in his enchanted psychedelic days of the '60s, with an accessibly funky/bluesy approach that stands at odds with much of what we knew about the notorious guitarist and his history in rock. Reel to Real deserves far more than the "better than you remembered it" reputation it's earned over the years, however, with strong hustlers like "Who Are You" and "Singing Cowboy," a rhythm-forward version of William DeVaughn's "Be Thankful for Whatcha Got," a blues belter in "Stop the Music" worthy of Joe Cocker, and heavy rock grit in "Busted Feet." The highlight of the set comes at the end -- the acoustic take on "Everybody's Gotta Live," made famous by the Optimo DJs as their set closer, and one which carries a message we all need to abide by in these difficult times. High Moon's reissue includes alternate takes of nearly every song on the album, and a couple of burners that make you wonder why they weren't included from the jump off. (Read More)

$27.99 CD

PARQUET COURTS
Monastic Living EP
(Rough Trade)

Those of you hoping that Parquet Courts would continue the nervous spray of jangly, stoner-friendly pop are in for a surprise with their new EP, Monastic Living. Taken as a statement of separation from society, grammar, popular expectations, and their old label all at once, this is a palate-scouring, hard left turn into rock-based noise/improvisation, sounding little like what came before and most likely less of what's coming next from one of NYC's most popular indie rock bands. If you're looking for wordless, incidental action that references LaMonte Young, the Velvet Underground, or countless UK DIY groups, this is your hot ticket. (Read More)

$16.99 12"


DEEPCHORD
Ultraviolet Music
(Soma)

Deepchord's 10th album, Ultraviolet Music, doesn't necessarily provide much in the way of surprises or take any drastic leaps into new sonic territories, but then again anyone familiar with Rod Modell's unique brand of dub techno probably wouldn't be expecting that anyways. Perhaps the biggest difference between this and previous Deepchord albums is its length. Clocking in at well over two hours, Ultraviolet Music feels like one long field recording. There's plenty of detail to please a focused listener, but the LP also functions remarkably well as pleasant background ambience. In a recent interview Modell said, "In a perfect world, an album would last 12 hours and be easy to ignore as it played." Taking that into account, this may be the closest Modell has come to achieving his own sense of perfection. (Listen)

$22.99 2CD


TAYLOR DEUPREE + MARCUS FISCHER
Twine
(12k)

Taylor Deupree's 12k label has long excelled in purveying a unique strain of scruffy ambient music. His own solo releases combine field recordings with live instrumentation that impart both the beauty and messiness of nature. He's collaborated with Marcus Fischer in the past, most notably on 2011's sublime In a Place of Such Graceful Shapes. Working together again, the seven tracks on Twine were composed using recorded tape loops, and live instruments. At times, the resonating bells, plucked strings and sparse piano treatments sound like a gently decomposing music box. But the most notable element on the album is the room ambience. The hiss and rustle of the tape, the creaks and clicks of the reel-to-reel machine, and the sound of air itself lends an uncanny yet comforting tenor throughout. (Read More & Listen)

$13.99 CD


LE1F
Riot Boi
(Terrible)

Following a handful of mixtapes and his Hey EP, Terrible Records finally drops Riot Boi on us, the anticipated studio full-length debut from LE1F. True to the album title, this openly gay NYC rapper's latest is exhilarating and explosive. With clever, elastic wordplay, LE1F gets personal and political but without ever being too preachy, delivering commentary on sexuality, racism, and social critique. An excellent debut, with guest spots from Dev Hynes, Don Christian, Miss Gerri, and Junglepussy, along with productions from Blood Diamonds, Evian Christ, SOPHIE and more.

$19.99 LP+MP3
$13.99 CD


SHYE BEN TZUR, JONNY GREENWOOD & THE RAJASTHAN EXPRESS
Junun
(Nonesuch)

"Nonesuch Records releases Junun -- an album from composer/musician Shye Ben Tzur, guitarist Jonny Greenwood, and the Rajasthan Express, a group of Indian qawwali musicians. Recorded earlier this year in a makeshift studio inside the 15th-century Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur, India, the album was made with Radiohead's producer Nigel Godrich, who worked with the ensemble to create this two LP/CD album. The album features Ben Tzur's compositions, which combine ecstatic, devotional Sufi qawwal musical traditions and his native Hebrew."

$39.99 2LP+MP3
$18.99 CD


BJORK
Vulnicura Strings
(One Little Indian)

"The original version of ‘Vulnicura’ layered the boom and crack of electronic beats with an intense vocal melody and incredible string arrangements by Björk which have been performed live with a fifteen chair orchestra. The new version is musically wholly comprised of strings, with new violin solos by Una Sveinbjarnardóttir and strings recorded by a Viola Organista. Björk used the only ‘Viola Organista’ in the world to perform some of of the arrangements; an instrument which was designed originally by Leonardo Da Vinci but not built until after his lifetime. The instrument uses a friction belt to vibrate individual strings (similar to a violin), with the strings selected by pressing keys on the keyboard (similar to an organ)."

$15.99 CD


HIEROGLYPHIC BEING
The Acid Documents
(Soul Jazz)

"Hieroglyphic Being’s debut album for Soul Jazz -- The Acid Documents -- is an album made up of tracks first released last year only ever available in a bespoke edition of 100 copies (yes 100) -- in the form of a homemade CD-R -- made exclusively for the Sounds of the Universe record store. This album is now released officially as a one-off edition of 1000 copies on coloured double vinyl, CD and digital, fully remastered with artwork by Japanese artist 2Yang." 

$31.99 2LP
$21.99 CD


MIGHTY BABY
Mighty Baby
(Barnyard)

"Formed out of the ashes of the legendary UK mod-pop group, The Action, Mighty Baby kept much of that group's soul-inflected pop-psych sound but upped the psych ante quite considerably. Mighty Baby stands as one of the most cohesive and coveted works of 1960's UK psych."

$19.99 LP


KING GIZZARD AND THE LIZARD WIZARD
Quarters
(Castle Face)

"Count on this group of Australian weirdos to come up with an idea like this -- a 12” of four songs, each 10 minutes and 10 seconds long, accompanied by an insane painting of four different worlds melding together. Who are we to refuse them? This not quite an EP not quite an LP takes a sharp turn into the wispy and mellow -- The River tumbles down a Brubeckian 5/4 meander right into a Leslie’d wicker counter-pattern, Infinite Rise rides a groovy yawning wake-up call through the commune, God Is In The Rhythm effervesces like a prom dance when the acid starts kicking in, and Lonely Steel Sheet Flyer circles ever upward like a friendly smoke signal from a beach fire -- at 10 minutes apiece, the boys have plenty of room to stretch out around the songs, and they do so with loose limbs and stoned smiles. Altogether it feels like it flies in on dragonfly wings, lazily basks in the sun for a bit, and follows the sunset over the horizon…no doubt to write another record. Black vinyl pressing packaged in poster sleeves with polybag."

$16.99 LP


SHEER AGONY
Masterpiece
(Couple Skate)

Now Available on LP
An out-of-nowhere surprise from a Montreal group celebrating their debut full-length in fine style -- a chiming, restless, and shimmering display of low-key ascot-wearing pop -- Sheer Agony's Masterpiece may very well live up to its name. Bridging the Can-Con period-specific AM radio details of a band like Sloan against the sort of groups that attract a preciousness of fanbase (the Kinks, the Soft Boys, Television Personalities), studious guitar heroics along the lines of Television, and the deadpan personalities that color outsider artists from Jonathan Richman through Parquet Courts, the group has come up with a carefully-constructed universe of known signposts and sophisticated expression. (Read More & Listen)

$15.99 LP
$10.99 CD


MED/ BLU/ MADLIB
Bad Neighbor
(Rappcats)

Now Available on LP
Madlib's newest excursion sees him sculpting beats for Blu and MED, along with all-star appearances here from Dam-Funk, Hodgy Beats, Frank Nitt, Aloe Blacc, Mayer Hawthorne, AMG, Anderson .Paak, Jimetta Rose, Oh No, DJ Romes, and MF DOOM. The vibe of Bad Neighbor is a gooey mesh of percolating synths, snappy snares, funky bass, crispy hi-hats, and Madlib's signature style of soulful flips and jazzy loops. Though Madlib's releases have slowed in recent years, when he does drop something it's worth the wait, and while this may not be a game changer, it's still fun, funky, and weird in all the right places. (Read More & Listen)

$23.99 LP


WILD NOTHING
To Know You / TV Queen
(Captured Tracks)

Two new songs from Wild Nothing taken from the forthcoming album, Life on Pause, out February 16 on Captured Tracks. Super limited!

$6.99 7"

holiday gift ideas

THE VELVET UNDERGROUND
Loaded: Re-Loaded 45th Anniversary Edition
(Rhino)

The quintessential edition of the Velvet Underground's Loaded, a six-disc box set featuring, of course, the original 1970 album (re-mastered in both stereo and mono), plus lots of demos, early versions and outtakes, and a re-mastered/re-edited version of Live at Max's Kansas City. The VU collector in your life, however, will be beyond thrilled for the unreleased concert recording from May 9, 1970, taped by a fan on his reel-to-reel at Philadelphia's Second Fret. The band here performs as a trio, with Lou Reed, Sterling Morrison and Doug Yule all rotating behind the drums for Moe Tucker, who was pregnant at the time. The sixth disc is not a CD, but rather an audio-only DVD featuring three different mixes of Loaded: a Surround Sound remix in DTS and Dolby Digital; a 96/24 high resolution stereo downmix; and a 96/24 high resolution original stereo mix. What Velvet Underground lover wouldn't want to find this waiting for them under their tree?!

$89.99 6CD BOX SET


DAVID BOWIE
Five Years 1969-1973 Box Set
(Rhino)

If you visited us back in October, you certainly caught a glimpse of the big David Bowie tribute taking up a full wall of our shop, in commemoration of the release of this epic box set. This display was in fact created by Other Music co-owner Josh Madell's seven-year-old daughter who, in spite of her young age, is one of the biggest Bowie fans around, and not surprisingly has this set on her wishlist for Santa. Then again, there probably isn't a better gift out there for any Bowie fan than this 13LP collection, which culls together all of the material officially released during the first five years of his career, featuring essential classics David Bowie (a/k/a Space Oddity), The Man Who Sold the World, Hunky Dory, Pin Ups, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, Aladdin Sane, and a lot more, including exclusives and obscurities. Add to this, an 84-page booklet that includes rare photos and technical notes specific to each album from producers Tony Visconti and Ken Scott, press releases, and a forward by the Kinks' Ray Davies, as well as digital downloads for all of the records -- consider this a velvet goldmine!

$274.99 13LP BOX SET


VARIOUS ARTISTS
A Christmas Gift for You from Philles Records
(Sundazed)

Holiday albums don't get any better than this! Originally released when Phil Spector was on top, 1963's A Christmas Gift for You features greats like the Crystals, Ronettes, Darlene Love, and Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans singing all the classics. Spector's legendary "Wall of Sound" production will no doubt shake the snow off your roof if you play this too loud.

$24.99 LP


SHARON JONES & THE DAP-KINGS
It's a Holiday Soul Party
(Daptone)

Here's a new classic for the holidays, that, well, doesn't sound that new. Then again, it's coming from Brooklyn's world-renown Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, who've made a great career mining the golden sounds of late-'60s soul like no other. Here they deliver standards like "White Christmas" and "Silent Night" over an old-school groove and also bring us a couple of fun re-workings ("Funky Little Drummer Boy," "God Bless Ye Merry Gents"), as well as a handful of new originals "8 Days (of Hanukkah)," "Big Bulbs," and "Ain't No Chimneys in the Projects."

$19.99 LP
$14.99 CD ON SALE


VINCE GUARALDI TRIO
A Charlie Brown Christmas
(Fantasy)

Of course, is there a Yuletide album any more loved than Vince Guaraldi's soundtrack to A Charlie Brown Christmas? The legendary jazz pianist and his small ensemble capture the deep range of emotions that the holiday brings, from the jaunty "Linus and Lucy" which is sure to get the whole family doing the Peanuts gang dance, to the gorgeously reflective "Christmas Time Is Here," that never fails to bring a tear to this listener's eye.

$17.99 LP

also available

A TRIBE CALLED QUEST
People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm - 25th Anniversary Edition (Legacy)

$15.99 CD

BROKEN ENGLISH CLUB
Suburban Hunting
(Cititrax)

$31.99 2x12"

JOHN COLTRANE
A Love Supreme - The Complete Masters
(Verve)

$22.99 2CD
$39.99 3CD

FOUR TET
Pink
(Temporary Residence)

$19.99 2LP

NEIL HAMBURGER
Entertainment OST
(Numero Group)

$22.99 LP

LADDIO BOLOCKO
Live & Unreleased 1997 - 2000
(No Quarter)

$17.99 2CD+DVD

LIL BUB
Science & Magic: A Soundtrack to the Universe (Joyful Noise)

$15.99 LP
$13.99 CD

MERCHANDISE WITH DUM DUM GIRLS
Red Sun / Echo
(Sub Pop)

$5.99 7"

OKKERVIL RIVER
Black Sheep Boy - 10th Anniversary Edition (Jagjaguwar)

$31.99 3LP
$17.99 3CD

WEATHER REPORT
The Legendary Live Tapes: 1978-1981
(Legacy)


$59.99 4CD

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