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February 26, 2016

in this week's update

FEATURED NEW RELEASES

Steve Mason
Chris Marker
Henri Pousseur
Music of Xinjiang (Various)
Ornette Coleman
J Dilla


 
Horace Andy
TEEN


NOW ON VINYL

Cavern of Anti-Matter
Gwenno
+more  

ticket give aways

WIN TICKETS TO GRAY

TUESDAY, MARCH 1

Le Poisson Rouge: 158 Bleecker St.  NYC  

Formed at the end of the '70s by painter Jean-Michel Basquiat and performance artist Michael Hoffman (with a revolving line-up that has counted Wayne Clifford, Shannon Dawson and Vincent Gallo as past members), Gray's music melded industrial noise with electronic atmospherics and elements of hip-hop, post-punk, and avant-garde. The group has reformed in recent years with original members Hoffman and Nick Taylor, and on Tuesday, March 1, they'll be playing live at Le Poisson Rouge. Other Music is giving away a pair of tickets to this special night, and you can enter to win by emailing giveaway@othermusic.com.


PRINCE RAMA RECORD RELEASE PARTY

FRIDAY, MARCH 4

Baby's All Right: 146 Broadway, BKLN  

Prince Rama return with a new album -- Xtreme Now, out March 4 on Carpark -- honing their funky, mystical synth-pop for the dance-floor. That night, they'll be throwing a record release party in Brooklyn at Baby's All Right, performing live along with PC Worship and Nymph. We're giving away a pair of tickets, and throwing in a Prince Rama X-Treme energy drink and poster. Email tickets@othermusic.com for your chance to win!


LNZNDRF PARTY AT ELVIS GUESTHOUSE + WIN TICKETS TO MERCURY LOUNGE SHOW!

SATURDAY, MARCH 5

Mercury Lounge: 217 E. Houston St. NYC
LNZRDRF - "Future You" (Official Video)

LNZNDRF is collaboration between the National's mighty rhythm section of Bryan and Scott Devendorf and Beirut's Ben Lanz (who also plays brass with the National and Sufjan Stevens). On Saturday, March 5, they'll be playing two sold-out shows at NYC's Mercury Lounge. That same evening, Other Music and BrooklynVegan are presenting the "first-ever before/during/after party" at Elvis Guesthouse from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., with guest DJs and drink specials. Save the date, and if you missed out on tickets to their Mercury Lounge shows, email contest@othermusic.com for your chance to win a pair to see one of the performances on March 5!!

this week's update

STEVE MASON
Meet the Humans
(Domino)

With his newest full-length, Meet the Humans, Steve Mason has honed his pop smarts into a more accessible, yet no less challenging vision. There are still firm parallels with his formative years in the Beta Band -- opener "Water Bored," with its piano shuffle, sounds like a more urgent version of the Betas and the horn section on "Another Day" hews closely to their classic "Dry the Rain." To reinforce the connection, original Beta Band member Steve Duffield assumes bass duties throughout. Additionally, the presence of Martin Rebelski of Doves on keys and Elbow's Craig Potter in the producer's chair lends Meet the Humans much of its grandiose sweep. While plenty of acts are content to mine the Britpop nostalgia circuit, Steve Mason won't have to; Meet the Humans is a near-perfect entry in his robust solo discography. (Read More)

$23.99 LP
$15.99 CD


CHRIS MARKER
La Jetée
(Superior Viaduct)

La Jetée, Chris Marker's revolutionary 1962 short film, is perhaps best known for its unforgettable black-and-white imagery: surreal yet familiar, dreamlike and unsettling. But in a subtler way, the film's unique sound design is just as powerful. Recognizing this, Superior Viaduct has given the La Jetée soundtrack its first outing on vinyl (or any other format for that matter). What is it like to experience Marker's masterpiece sans visuals? It's pretty transporting, as Trevor Duncan's haunting score mixes with concrète sounds and hushed narration (French on one side, English on the other). A fine companion piece to one of cinema's greatest treasures. (Read More)

$23.99 LP


HENRI POUSSEUR
Early Experimental Electronic Music 1954-72
(Sub Rosa)

Henri Pousseur, granddaddy of the Belgian electro-acoustic scene, was possessed by an incredibly complex yet undogmatically inspired creative imagination. He was lesser known within French and Anglo-Saxon experimental electronic music circles, but featured as somewhat of a leading figure in the scenes of his native country, as well as in those of the Netherlands and Germany. As a matter of fact, it was in the legendary Studio for Electronic Music in Cologne -- where Stockhausen, with whom Pousseur had a close relationship, famously created his first revolutionary electronic experiments -- that the merely 25-year-old Pousseur recorded the earliest piece collected here. 1954's revolutionary composition "Séismogrammes I" radiates and bleeps elegantly, and sounds like a lost gem of early electronic music. (Read More)

$25.99 2LP


VARIOUS ARTISTS
Music of Xinjiang: Kazakh and Uyghur Music of Central Asia
(Sublime Frequencies)

Recorded in May and June of 2009 by Laurent Jeanneau and Shi Tanding, this is a beautifully raw yet rich compilation of traditional Uyghur and Kazakh music from Xinjiang. A region located in the far, far west of China surrounded by Mongolia, Tibet, Pakistan and Afghanistan, its music bears the influence of its geographical location, Islamic tradition and its history of being the last stop on the Silk Road between the Middle East and China. Throughout, buzzing and plucked strings (satar, tanbur and rabab) abound, along with the dulcimer-like t'chang and the tambourine-esque dap. The overall vibe is that of age-old tales somehow illustrating the nearby mountains, hills and waterways. Limited to 500 vinyl-only copies. (Read More)

$19.99 LP


ORNETTE COLEMAN
To Whom Who Keeps a Record
(Superior Viaduct)

To Whom Who Keeps a Record is a 1975 compilation album originally released on the Japanese Warner subsidiary Warner Pioneer, a rarity in the late jazz innovator's awe-inducing discography. That is to say, even though it was at the time issued without Coleman's input, it effectively catapulted 1970s listeners back to the golden 1959-60 era of the first legendary quartets, which it still achieves today. Featuring Don Cherry on trumpet, Charlie Haden on bass and alternatingly Billy Higgins and Ed Blackwell on drums, alongside its graceful leader, these are stellar outtakes of the original Change of the Century and This Is Our Music sessions that push the free-flowing energy to an all-time high. Although other labels have released these sessions before, this limited edition by Superior Viaduct is the first ever vinyl reprint of these classic moments of transformative musicianship. (Read More)

$23.99 LP


J DILLA
Donuts: 10th Anniversary Edition
(Stones Throw)

This lo-fi instrumental hip-hop masterpiece from J Dilla defies categorization. Any excitement that we felt upon the day of its release some 10 years ago, however, quickly turned to heartbreak when we learned that the producer had passed away, just hours after his amazing opus had reached our stereos. But his music truly lives on. Armed with one MPC and a slew of soul records, Dilla's parting gift was this dense, psychedelic treasure trove of deep-listening nuggets. Tracks barely hit the two-minute mark but the music is impeccably crafted and sequenced. From the moody croons and lush string beds to the head-cracking snares, sounds float in, out and around each other and create a world that one can get lost in. Donuts proves that J Dilla was one of the best hip-hop producers, ever. (Read More & Listen)

$21.99 2LP


HORACE ANDY
In the Light
(VP)

Originally released in 1977, Horace Andy's In the Light (along with its companion In the Light Dub) are must-haves for any reggae music fan. Recorded that same year at Harry J's studio, this is prime-era Andy as he showcases his unique blend of roots music and righteous philosophy. A stellar band -- Leroy Sibbles, Augustus Pablo, Tommy McCook, Scully Simms and more -- provides a punchy, vibrant backing, with Andy playing the guitar throughout. And of course, his often multi-tracked, silky-smooth harmonizing is prevalent across these 10 songs (all penned by Andy). Pure ital vibes from a true living legend of Jamaican music. (Read More)

$16.99 LP
$16.99 CD


TEEN
Love Yes
(Carpark)

Teeny Lieberson and her two sisters (drummer Katherine and keyboardist Lizzy) and bassist Boshra Al-Saadi have pointed their music in a direction that's fairly removed from the droney, girl-group influence of TEEN's Carpark debut, In Limbo, and here they expand off the modern R&B flourishes that shaped 2014's The Way and Color. From jaunty synth-driven tunes like "All About Us" and "Free Time" to the spacey motorik-pop of "Superhuman" to longing new-wave-influenced ballads like "Another Man's Woman" and "Push," TEEN's exploration of styles and moods reflect the myriad emotions covered in Love Yes. It all makes for an album that's at once ethereal, soulful and alluring, and ultimately places TEEN in the good company of contemporaries like Chairlift and Empress Of. (Read More & Listen)

$21.99 LP
$14.99 CD

now available on vinyl

CAVERN OF ANTI-MATTER
Void Beats / Invocation Trex
(Duophonic)

The mighty Stereolab may have splintered a few years back, but fans of the band will be very pleased with Tim Gane's latest effort, Cavern of Anti-Matter's Void Beats / Invocation Trex. With ex-'Lab/Faith Healers drummer Joe Dilworth and synth master Holger Zapf in tow, the mostly instrumental album kicks off with "Tardis Cymbals," a glorious, almost 13-minute kosmische workout that manages to be both spacious and packed with sonic detail. The rest of the LP follows suit, bubbling and bouncing down the Autobahn, calling to mind all the best of the fertile 1970s German experimental scene (Neu!, Kraftwerk, Cluster, Harmonia, etc.), along with some pleasing sidetrips into Moroder territory. (Read More & Listen)

$29.99 3LP
$15.99 CD


GWENNO
Y Dydd Olaf
(Heavenly)

"In a period of governmental and cultural revolution, former Pipettes front-woman, GWENNO, releases a political concept album inspired by an obscure 1970s Welsh language sci-fi novel, subtly disguised as a blissful kraut-pop record. Taking its cue, and title, from Owain Owain’s 1976 novel about a dystopian future where the robots have taken over and are busily turning the human race into clones through the use of medication, Y DYDD OLAF blends big themes (including patriarchal society, government-funded media propaganda, cultural control, technology, isolation and the importance of, and threat to minority languages), great tunes, and a real sense of revolution to produce a powerful, politically-charged concept album."

$21.99 LP
$14.99 CD

also available

DAVID BOWIE
David Bowie
(Parlophone)

$21.99 LP

DAVID BOWIE
The Man Who Sold the World
(Parlophone)

$21.99 LP

DAVID BOWIE
Hunky Dory
(Parlophone)

$21.99 LP

DAVID BOWIE
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (Parlophone)

$21.99 LP

 

DAVID BOWIE
Aladdin Sane
(Parlophone)

$21.99 LP

DAVID BOWIE
Pin Ups
(Parlophone)

$21.99 LP

DAVID BOWIE
Bowie at the Beeb
(Parlophone)

$79.99 4LP

BREMEN
Eclipsed
(Blackest Ever Black)

$31.99 2LP

CRAMPS
Gravest Hits
(Drastic Plastic)

$23.99 LP

DURUTTI COLUMN
Live at the Venue London
(Durutti)

$29.99 LP w/CD

DURUTTI COLUMN
Amigos Em Portugal
(Durutti)

$29.99 LP w/CD
 

FARM
The Innermost Limits of Pure Fun
(Sundazed)

$24.99 LP
$14.99 CD

FLASHBACK
Flashback Issue No. 8
(Flashback)

$24.00 MAGAZINE

HELIOCENTRICS
From the Deep
(Now Again)

$17.99 CD

 

JAMES HOLDEN & CAMILO TIRADO/LUKE ABBOTT
Outdoor Museum of Fractals/555Hz
(Border Community)

$31.99 2LP

RANGDA
The Heretic's Bargain
(Drag City)

$19.99 LP
$15.99 CD

SANTIGOLD
99 Cents
(Atlantic)

$21.99 LP
$14.99 CD

SCHOOL OF SEVEN BELLS
SVIIB
(Vagrant)

$19.99 LP
$11.99 CD

 

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