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April 15, 2016
 

special announcement

RECORD STORE DAY 2016

SATURDAY, APRIL 16 (10am-8pm)

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

We're just hours away from Record Store Day, the annual celebration of independent record shops, vinyl, and passionate record collectors! Indeed, it's a huge day for Other Music, and all the other great stores we love. We will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow, with a huge stock of exclusive RSD titles on hand, and while we can't tell you what and how many, there is a full listing of all the official releases here.

From 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Nate Hun (record collector and associate producer of Don't Think I've Forgotten: Cambodia's Lost Rock and Roll) will be DJing '60s and '70s Khmer rock 'n' roll, including music from the film's Dust-to-Digital released soundtrack, right off the original singles. This will be in conjunction with an exhibit that will be on display at the shop beginning this Saturday, featuring the gorgeous, original record sleeves of rare Cambodian 45s. 

Our good friends at (Le) Poisson Rouge are also offering a pretty sweet contest. On Twitter, tag @LPRNYC and @othermusic along with #RSD16 in a photo of your Record Store Day receipt. One lucky person will receive an LPR School of Fish membership, LPR t-shirt, and tickets to an upcoming LPR show of the winner's choice! 

See you at Other Music tomorrow for Record Store Day!

other music recording co.

ZEPHYR BONES RSD 7"

On the eve of Record Store Day, we are excited to announce a collaboration between Other Music Recording Co. and the Spanish label La Castanya, on this official Record Store Day Spain 7” for the great young Barcelona-based, Chilean-born band, the Zephyr Bones. Check out the reverb-soaked, sweetly melancholy a-side “Black Lips” here -- the band draws on sun-dappled surf rock, hazy dream-pop and swooning psychedelica, and we are thrilled to bring this one to you. We will have plenty of copies in stock at Other Music for RSD!

in this week's update

FEATURED RELEASES

Babyfather
Ash Koosha
DJ Rashad
J Dilla
Egyptian Lover
Woods
Norman Westberg
 

Autolux
Cate Le Bon
PJ Harvey
Sturgill Simpson
Neil Michael Hagerty & the Howling Hex
Awalom Gebremariam
+more  
 

ticket giveaways

LOGAN TAKAHASHI RECORD RELEASE PARTY

SATURDAY, APRIL 16

Trans-Pecos: 9-15 Wyckoff Ave. Queens

Logan Takahashi has just released his debut solo album, Nogeo, on Ghostly International. It's a great record that finds him moving in more minimal and abstract directions than his expansive club-focused productions with Teengirl Fantasy, while still retaining a unique sense of rhythm and texture. We're giving away a pair of tickets to the album release party tomorrow at Trans-Pecos, where Logan will also be joined by Josh Diamond, Image Man, Michael Beharie, and Highlife. Email enter@othermusic.com for your chance to win!


WILD NOTHING & CHARLIE HILTON

SUNDAY, MAY 8

Webster Hall: 125 E. 11th St. NYC

Next month, Wild Nothing headlines New York City's Webster Hall, in support of his recently released third full-length, Life of Pause. Jack Tatum and his band will be joined by opener Charlie Hilton (from Blouse), whose excellent solo debut, Palana, was also released on Captured Tracks. A great bill not to be missed, email giveaway@othermusic.com for your chance to win a pair of tickets along with a special edition of Wild Nothing's Life of Pause LP!

this week's update

BABYFATHER
BBF Hosted By DJ Escrow
(Hyperdub)

Dean Blunt's latest full-length under the mysterious Babyfather moniker adapts the form of a hip-hop mix tape, but gets a proper release on the well-recognized British Hyperdub label. The opening (and occasionally returning) phrase “this makes me proud to be British” underscores the notion of pastiche and appropriation, while any attempt to approach the record as an “ironic” effort proves to be highly frustrating. Featuring muffled, f**ked-up raps, alongside crystal-clear G-funk beats, pitched-up vocals, emotive string arrangements, atonal interludes, and occasional diegetic sounds entering the framework (cell phones buzzing, snippets of dialogs), this is a musical amalgam that foregrounds the most perplexing juxtapositions, both in style and content. Featuring exceptional collaborations with Arca and Mica Levi, the record is perhaps the most concise and frank statement Dean Blunt has delivered thus far, one that nevertheless resists any straightforward readings. (Read More & Listen)

$15.99 CD
$23.99 2LP (Vinyl out on 4/29)


ASH KOOSHA
I AKA I
(Ninja Tune)

Born in Iran, producer Ash Koosha studied at the Tehran Conservatory of Music before being briefly imprisoned for his music and subsequently finding asylum in London. Following his debut from last year, GUUD, he now moves onto Ninja Tune for his sophomore effort. With knowledge of both Persian and Western classical music history and theory, Koosha has developed a unique blend of ancient-to-future, embracing sonics that push composition and assemblage to the forefront. He’s described his process as “finding geometry in sound” and across the 15 pieces that form I AKA I, he builds and sculpts his field recordings and gear with imaginative programming to create a series of twisting skyscrapers, flowing pathways, and rich landscapes of deconstructed terrain. Though it’s not exactly an easy listen at first, given some time, Koosha’s flare for creating picturesque scenes of movement and emotion start to reveal themselves. Definitely one of the most intriguing new releases and talents to surface from the wide world of electronic music. (Read More & Listen)

$15.99 CD
$25.99 LP (Vinyl out on 5/27)


DJ RASHAD
Afterlife
(Teklife)

Afterlife is the first release from the newly founded Teklife label of the same-named Chicago based collective. Spearheaded by the late DJ Rashad, Teklife established itself online via Bandcamp and SoundCloud before members were sourced for releases on Planet Mu and Hyperdub. This new compilation gathers 15 tracks by DJ Rashad in collaboration with fellow members like Gant-Man, DJ Spinn, DJ Earl, Taso, Tripletrain, Traxman, and DJ Paypal, among others. As we’ve come to expect from the crew, Afterlife is full of tumbling drums, flying cymbals, start-stop rhythms, clips of crate-digging samples, and 160 BPMs of hi-octane funk. Since the passing of Rashad, the collective has kept his and the spirit of footwork very much alive and vibrant. So cheers to them for starting their own imprint, and keeping things in house and D.I.Y. (Listen)

$31.99 2LP
$17.99 CD

J DILLA
The Diary
(Stones Throw)

RSD Exclusive Vinyl Available on 4/16. 
The sixth posthumous record to surface since James “J Dilla” Yancey’s untimely death ten years ago, this “lost” album has literally been in storage since being shelved after its lengthy recording process back in 2002. The producer of Erykah Badu, D’Angelo, Common, and A Tribe Called Quest, among dozens of others, Dilla intended for The Diary to be his platform for stepping out from behind the boards and up to the mic. It was also one of the rare vocal albums that Yancey created, surrounding himself with the like-minded talents of Snoop Dogg, Bilal, Frank & Dank, Kokane, Nottz and Boogie, all the while keeping his own vocal stylings at the center. The production credits were shared as well, with Madlib, Pete Rock, House Shoes, Karriem Riggins, Hi-Tek and Super Dave West helping to sculpt the overall sound. (Read More & Listen)

$13.99 CD
$17.99 CASSETTE


THE EGYPTIAN LOVER
1983-1988
(Stones Throw)

Greg Broussard b/k/a the Egyptian Lover is a pioneer of ’80s-era West Coast electro/hip-hop. While the producer/vocalist is probably best known for his underground singles “Egypt, Egypt” and “My Beat Goes Boom,” his sound, style and persona paved the way for the birth of the West Coast hip-hop scene which would include, N.W.A., Ice T, Dr. Dre, Rodney O, King Tee, and others. This overdue collection gathers 23 tracks dating 1983-’88, culled from the original master tapes across four LPs, along with a 20-page booklet of photos, liner notes, and detailed track history. The Egyptian Lover sits in the lineage of mythical musicians embracing electronics as well as connecting themselves to both Africa and the outer spaceways: from Sun Ra to Soulsonic Force, Dam-Funk to Hieroglyphic Being. If you like some dirty talk with your up-tempo hip-hop, this is deep and pulsating, funk-filled electronic body music for sure. (Read More & Listen)

$54.99 4LP


WOODS
City Sun Eater in the River of Light
(Woodsist)

Woods’ ninth album (in 10 years) is a dusty folk record as much as it is a warm, sun-kissed one, an arduous journey as much as a return home. But between jam sessions are moments of familiar heartwarming -- the repeated confession of “I love you” on third track “Morning Light,” the lilting coos on “The Take.” That said, our favorite traits of the band -- hints of ‘70s jazz, funk and reggae; jubilant horns; clever songwriting; and Jeremy Earl's falsetto -- are more prevalent than ever. The group has more than familiarized themselves with the studio, and with their own label Woodsist, it’s apparent that no influences are shaping the band’s records other than the five members themselves. (Read More & Listen)

$19.99 LP
12.99 CD ON SALE


NORMAN WESTBERG
MRI
(Room40)

Lawrence English’s Room40 imprint re-releases and extends Swans-guitarist Norman Westberg’s previously self-released opus MRI. The album is a long-stretched reimagining of the American sonic venture, which now has been remastered and features one new track (“Lost Mine”). MRI is inspired by Westberg’s encounters with the eponymous medical scanning technology, which he was forced to undergo following his experiences of diminished hearing. Featuring guitar and amplifier, the record is steeped in American pastoral minimalism. The three pieces offer a sonic palette of deep texture and harmonic intensity, featuring low-lying drones and caustic, affecting resonances. MRI’s general mode thus presents a nice counterpoint to Westberg’s habitual, particularly harsh approach to the guitar as a pivotal member of Swans.  (Read More & Listen)

$15.99 CD


AUTOLUX
Pussy's Dead
(Columbia)

One would be forgiven for thinking at first that Autolux is picking up right where they left off with this third release 14 years after their 2004 debut, Future Perfect. But by the second track in, rock-group conventions are abandoned for drum machines, atmospherics, samples, effect-laden bass and drummer Carla Azar taking the lead. Most of the song continues in this vein until the “band” pops back in to lead us out. The record continues to blur these lines over the course of its 10 tracks. Boots’ (Beyoncé, Run the Jewels) nuanced production allows Autolux’s touchstones of noisy psychedelic nods to My Bloody Valentine and funky yet angular rhythms of CAN to remain intact, and the end result is much more refined than we've ever heard them, but in the best possible way. (Read More)

$27.99 LP
$14.99 CD


CATE LE BON
Crab Day
(Drag City)

According to Cate: "Crab Day was lovingly formed in the mouth of the Pacific Ocean, as it quietly mocked us with its magnitude. It's the sound of the 'accidentally on purpose' coming together of the right people at precisely the right time in an environment that furnished and fueled the abandonment we felt effortlessly. It's a coalition of inescapable feelings and fabricated nonsense, each propping the other up. Crab Day is an old holiday. Crab Day is a new holiday. Crab Day isn't a holiday at all."

$21.99 LP
$15.99 CD


PJ HARVEY
The Hope Six Demolition Project
(Vagrant)

"The Hope Six Demolition Project draws from several journeys undertaken by Harvey, who spent time in Kosovo, Afghanistan and Washington, D.C. over a four-year period. 'When I'm writing a song I visualise the entire scene. I can see the colours, I can tell the time of day, I can sense the mood, I can see the light changing, the shadows moving, everything in that picture. Gathering information from secondary sources felt too far removed for what I was trying to write about. I wanted to smell the air, feel the soil and meet the people of the countries I was fascinated with,' says Harvey. The album was recorded last year in residency at London's Somerset House. The exhibition, entitled Recording in Progress saw Harvey, her band, producers Flood and John Parish, and engineers working within a purpose-built recording studio behind one-way glass, observed throughout by public audiences."

$23.99 LP
$14.99 CD


STURGILL SIMPSON
A Sailor's Guide to Earth
(Atlantic)

"Produced by Simpson, A Sailor's Guide To Earth was written-beginning to end-as a letter to his first child who arrived during the summer of 2014 and features eight original songs as well as a rendition of Nirvana's 'In Bloom.' Recorded primarily at Nashville's The Butcher Shoppe, Simpson was joined in the studio by Grammy Award-winning engineer David Ferguson (Johnny Cash, John Prine, "Cowboy" Jack Clement) and assistant engineer Sean Sullivan. Along with members of his touring band, the album features Dave Roe on bass, Dan Dugmore on steel guitar, Dougie Wilkinson on bagpipes, Garo Yellin and Arthur Cook on cello, Jonathan Dinklage and Whitney LaGrange on violin and special guests The Dap-Kings."

$25.99 LP
$13.99 CD


NEIL MICHAEL HAGERTY & THE HOWLING HEX
Denver
(Drag City)

"Drawing on the collective power of an entire community and geographic setting, NMH&THH fire up the New Border Sound with licks of hot guitar for an all-new experience of Denver."

$19.99 LP


AWALOM GEBREMARIAM
Desdes
(Awesome Tapes from Africa)

"At the age of 28, Awalom Gebremariam arrived in the United States, following a years-long journey from Eritrea. But before he left his hometown, Eritrea's capital Asmara, he made his first and only recording so far, Desdes. Awalom completed Desdes in 2007, not long before he departed Eritrea. Because Awalom left after the recording he never received any money for cassette and CD sales. But he also didn't get to find out how much of an impact the songs have had locally. His songs appear to focus on love, but Awalom isn't speaking about romantic love per se. Much of the music Awalom heard growing up was intertwined with Eritrea's difficult and contentious split from Ethiopia. He spent years waiting for the chance to escape economic and political turmoil at home. Now 29 and living in North Carolina, Awalom works in a restaurant and plans to bring his music to Eritrean communities across North America as well as newer listeners with whom his powerful sounds and remarkable journey will deeply resonate." 

$19.99 LP
$11.99 CD ON SALE

also available

KAREL APPEL
Musique Barbare
(Sub Rosa)

$16.99 LP
$15.99 CD

JOHN CARPENTER
Lost Themes II
(Sacred Bones)

$22.99 LP (LTD Colored Vinyl)
$11.99 CD ON SALE

CLUSTER
1971-1981
(Bureau B)

$119.99 9CD BOX
 

TONY CONRAD
Outside the Dream Syndicate
(Superior Viaduct)

$23.99 LP
$16.99 CD

 

CURRENT 93
When the May Rain Comes
(Rotorelief)

$13.99 CD

KEVIN DRUMM
The Back Room
(Monotype)

$24.99 LP

FAMILY OF APOSTOLIC
Family of Apostolic
(Future Days)

$31.99 2LP
$16.99 CD

GUIDED BY VOICES
Please Be Honest
(GBV)

$16.99 LP
$15.99 CD

 

LOS HACHEROS
Bambulaye
(Chulo / Daptone)

$14.99 LP
$11.99 CD

CATHERINE CHRISTER HENNIX
Central Palace Music from 100 Model Subjects for Hegikan Roku 
(Important)

$18.99 CD

CATHERINE CHRISTER HENNIX
Live at Issue Project Room
(Important)

$18.99 CD
 

MATT KARMIL
++++
(PNN)

$27.99 2LP w/CD
$17.99 CD

KEVIN MORBY
Singing Saw
(Dead Oceans)

$16.99 LP (LTD Colored Vinyl)
$11.99 CD ON SALE

MYSTERY PLANE
Still Life
(Color Tapes)

$23.99 LP
 

PRINS THOMAS
Hieroglyphic Being Remixes
(Smalltown Supersound)

$12.99 12"

RUSTIE
EVENIFUDONTBELIEVE
(Warp)

$24.99 2LP

SAND
Desert Navigation
(Rotorelief)

$17.99 CD
 

EDWARD SHARPE AND THE MAGNETIC ZEROS
Person A (Community Music)

$24.99 LP
$14.99 CD

SUUNS
Hold/Still
(Secretly Canadian)

$15.99 LP (LTD Colored Vinyl)
$11.99 CD ON SALE

FUMIYA TANAKA
You Find the Key
(Perlon)

$17.99 CD
 

JAMES TATUM TRIO
Contemporary Jazz Mass
(Jazzman)

$25.99 LP
$15.99 CD

VARIOUS ARTISTS
Cold Waves of Color 3
(Color Tapes)

$23.99 LP
 

VARIOUS ARTISTS
Every Song Has Its End: Sonic Dispatches from Traditional Mali
(Glitterbeat)

$31.99 LP
$19.99 CD

WIRE
Issue #387 May 2016
(Wire)

$10.00 MAGAZINE

DENNIS YOUNG
Wave: Electronic Music 1984-1988
(Bureau B)

$23.99 LP

YOUTH CODE
Commitment to Complication
(Dais)

$15.99 CD

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