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April 8, 2016

special announcement

RECORD STORE DAY 2016: SATURDAY,  APRIL 16

We're just about a week away from Record Store Day 2016! As always, Other Music will have a ton of amazing and very limited RSD exclusives on hand, and keeping in the spirit of the day, there will be no pre-orders, holds or mail order for RSD releases. Just come on by Other Music on Saturday, April 16 and join us for this annual celebration of indie record stores!  

in this week's update

FEATURED RELEASES

Arthur Russell
Music of Morocco (Book & 4CDs)
Tim Hecker
DJ NJ Drone
M83
 
Ben Watt
Parquet Courts
Charles Bradley
The Fates (Back in Stock)

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ticket giveaways

SARAH NEUFELD

FRIDAY, APRIL 15

Le Poisson Rouge: 158 Bleecker St. NYC

Next Friday, Montreal violinist and composer Sarah Neufeld (Arcade Fire, Bell Orchestre) will be performing at Le Poisson Rouge, joined by renown saxophonist and collaborator Colin Stetson who will be sitting in on her set. NYC’s Eartheater opens the night making for a must-see show that lovers of adventurous sounds won’t want to miss. Other Music is giving away one pair of tickets and to enter, just email giveaway@othermusic.com.


WIN TICKETS TO COLIN STETSON

MONDAY, APRIL 18

Le Poisson Rouge: 158 Bleecker St. NYC

Speaking of Colin Stetson, the saxophonist and multi-reedist has just released SORROW, which reimagine’s Henryk Gorecki’s famous Third Symphony. On Monday, April 18, Stetson will be performing this work live at Le Poisson Rouge. We’re giving away a pair of tickets to this special night, and for your chance to win, email enter@othermusic.com.

this week's update

ARTHUR RUSSELL
Tower of Meaning
(Audika)

Audika Records continues to give new life to minimalist composer Arthur Russell’s music, now releasing a vinyl pressing of his Tower of Meaning album from 1983. (The original pressing was limited to only 320 copies). Conducted by Julius Eastman, a fellow outsider of the downtown-uptown minimalist scene, it’s here where the rich, orchestral beauty of Russell’s compositions fully bloom. Stringed instruments caress, pull, merge, dive, swirl, and build into fragile sandcastles of sound that could disappear with the slightest blow of the wind. Similar to the work of his then contemporaries, Cage, Eno, and Chatham, the music here is stark but never cold, and instead is filled with a warm and richly unique sense of wonder. Although the pieces of Tower of Meaning were collected and released on the two-CD compilation First Thought, Best Thought, this is the first time that the vinyl version of the original album has been reissued. Without a doubt, recommended. (Read More)

$21.99 LP


VARIOUS ARTISTS
Music of Morocco: Recorded by Paul Bowles, 1959
(Dust-to-Digital)

This eye-opening archival release of writer Paul Bowles’ infamous recordings of Moroccan traditional music collected under the auspices of the Library of Congress presents a milestone of grand anthropological and mythological imagination. Outdoing the previously released double-album from 1972, Dust-to-Digital compiles for the first time all of the 1959 recordings across four disks containing more than four hours of music. Housed in a stunning silkscreened cigar box with foil stamping details, it holds a 120-page booklet containing terrific liner notes and annotations, as well as Bowles’ original field notes. To listen to Music of Morocco is experiencing the shock of the outlandish and magical: rituals that cast an invocation through repeated, cyclical sequences rather than the usual harmonic or melodic development that is typical of music from the West. This is a delirious feast of polyrhythmic incantation, throwing its listeners into a strange sonic universe that sounds more social than exclusively musical. (Read More & Listen)

$59.99 BOOK+4CD


TIM HECKER
Love Streams
(4AD)

The albums of Tim Hecker wind up being observatories, allowing views into the recesses of his mind. On Love Streams — Hecker’s eighth and first on new label 4AD — he has tread into a quieter world, afield from the perilous regions of past works beset by escalating waves of volume. The structure is of tempered alloy, knocked into shape with felt-wrapped mallets, forming bars around fallen angels, coated by residual metallic sands. It does move forward with the continuity of a stream and with an ethereality that doesn't float away altogether, but exists in a sphere of vapor somewhere between earth and space. Voices of seraphs commingle with crunchy electric guitar bands and liquified bells and chimes, all hovering in a cell of luminous fog. (Read More)

$24.99 2LP
$13.99 CD

DJ NJ DRONE
Syn Stair EP
(Purple Tape Pedigree)

Across the six tracks of his Syn Stair EP, DJ NJ Drone designs Blade Runner synths that smear and dart through the atmosphere, as other foreign and intergalactic sound effects pulse and pivot aboveground riding at 150 BPM. Similar to the bubbling “weightless” scene (artists like Visionist, Mr. Mitch, Lotic, or Logos, to name a few) which focuses less on a grounding and more on spacial traveling, this EP feels eerie, brittle, and funky in unconventional ways, with space being used as a key element and dread as motivation. All Purple Tape Pedigree releases are mastered and pressed on heavyweight vinyl in the UK for maximum sound pressure. And as their Bandcamp page suggests, these are some of the spookiest records this year! (Read More & Listen)

$16.99 12"


M83
Junk
(Mute)

M83's new album continues down the trajectory of 2011's sprawling breakthrough, Hurry Up, We're Dreaming, but instead of converting past influences into oft-otherworldly experiences for the listener, Junk leans heavier on pure homage. There’s no denying Anthony Gonzalez’s penchant for crafting infectious music and moods, however. Featuring new M83 vocalist Mai Lan, “Go!” effortlessly shifts between Enya-esque ambience to maximalist choruses worthy of a Eurovision Song Contest winner. Elsewhere, the slinky disco-funk of “Laser Gun” works its way to a similarly big climax, and while listening to the bubbling “Time Wind,” one can imagine Beck (the song’s guest vocalist) stepping up to the mic clad in a pastel-colored tee and linen blazer — Sonny Crockett style. It’s almost subversive in the way that Gonzalez has successfully built a full album around superficial sentiments and sounds, yet from the record cover, title, and songs within, he makes no bones about his mission here. File under: Guilty Pleasure. (Read More & Listen)

$31.99 2LP
$13.99 CD ON SALE


BEN WATT
Fever Dream
(Unmade Road)

Ben Watt's new album maintains the even-tempered vibe of 2014's Hendra, but it's enhanced by more muscular arrangements, reinforced by the inclusion of a full band on every track. Bernard Butler assumes guitar duties once again, and it sounds as if his amp has been turned up a couple of notches. M.C. Taylor of Hiss Golden Messenger and Marissa Nadler offer vocal support on a couple of cuts. Most striking, however, is Watt's voice which has acquired an agreeable coarseness over time. There are several folk-rock moments that bring to mind the ‘70s output of John Martyn, or Richard Thompson, while other songs hint at the adult contemporary vibe of Everything but the Girl just before they embraced club culture. On Fever Dream, Watt has retraced his roots and crafted a sturdy new foundation. (Read More & Listen)

$19.99 LP
$11.99 CD


PARQUET COURTS
Human Performance
(Rough Trade)

From day one, Andrew Savage, Austin Brown and Co. have unabashedly mined the same trove of early UK DIY post-punk and vintage American underground music that begat the sound of ’90s indie rock, but there’s an authenticity to Parquet Courts that many of their contemporaries seem to miss. It almost feels like a disservice to the band to say that there’s a maturity happening on Human Performance, yet there really is more polish to their craft, but without losing their ramshackle means. The anxiety-inducing album opener “Dust” merges the repetitious pulse of a Fall tune with nervous Jonathan Richman-like observations, and during the title track, Savage channels Edwyn Collins as he laments his disintegrating relationship over the angularly stroked jangle of guitars and a mellotron solo. Parquet Courts have never tried to hide their influences, but one would be hard-pressed to think of another current band who’s been able to turn such inspirations into truly personal attributes. (Read More)

$21.99 LP
$12.99 CD ON SALE


CHARLES BRADLEY
Changes
(Daptone)

Changes is the name of the newest Charles Bradley album and it's also the name of the Black Sabbath ballad from 1972 that Mr. Bradley and Co. have wisely chosen to cover on this disc. It's a song that's always begged for a storming soul treatment, and here, ably assisted by the Budos Band, that mission has been accomplished, rendering the original just a little bit unrecognizable but preserving its slightly spaced-out aura. As for whether the album title implies that there might be actual stylistic changes on offer, there are none, and why would you want any? Bradley is still a charismatic and engaging belter in the classic mold of greats like Otis Redding and James Brown. He's backed by the Menahan Street Band on the bulk of the tracks and they lay down dusty funk grooves straight out of 1970. By the time Bradley advocates for the power of love on penultimate track "Change for the World,” you'll be a believer. (Read More & Listen)

$18.99 LP
$17.99 CD
$27.99 2LP (Bonus Instrumentals)

back in stock

THE FATES
Furia
(Bird)

Originally released in 1985, the Fates was the brainchild of UK DIY pioneer Una Baines. Baines first gained fame as one of the earliest and most integral members of the Fall. The intensity of those early Fall years nearly caused her a mental breakdown, though, and after a brief hiatus from music she started the Blue Orchids in 1980 with fellow Fall alumnus Martin Bramah to record a series of incredible singles for Rough Trade. By 1985, Baines formed a pagan-centered DIY folk-post-punk group whose sole album is quite unlike any other release in the 1980s (or any time, really) that I'm aware of. Privately pressed and featuring stunning and unforgettable cover art by Linder (Ludus), Furia is equally haunted and sublimely shambolic, almost as if the Raincoats and Young Marble Giants had recorded an album together the morning after watching The Wicker Man. A startling original experience, I've listened to this LP hundreds of times and have literally never tired of it. (Read More & Listen)

$26.99 LP
$17.99 CD

also available

KARL BARTOS
Communication
(Trocadero)

$17.99 CD

BIXIO/FRIZZI/TEMPERA
Magnetic Systems
(Finders Keepers)

$28.99 LP
$17.99 CD

 

CHARLES BRADLEY AND MENAHAN STREET BAND
Live from the House of Soul
(Daptone)

$14.99 DVD

COH
Music Vol.
(Editions Mego)

$15.99 CD

 

DAS DING 
Missing Tapes
(Minimal Wave)

$24.99 LP

MATT ELLIOTT
The Calm Before
(Ici D'ailleurs)

$17.99 LP
$11.99 CD

MAYER HAWTHORNE
Man About Town
(Vagrant)

$19.99 LP
$11.99 CD

JAMES K
Pet
(Dial)

$22.99 LP

 

KING TUBBY VS CHANNEL ONE
Dub Soundclash
(Jamaican)

$14.99 CD

STEPHEN O'MALLEY
End Ground
(Ideal)

$25.99 LP

CATHERINE RIBEIRO + ALPES
Ame Debout
(Philipo)

$21.99 LP

CATHERINE RIBEIRO + ALPES
Paix
(Philipo)

$21.99 LP

STEVE REICH
Berkeley University Museum - November 7, 1970
(Modern Silence)

$28.99 LP

TRAD, GRAS OCH STENAR 
Träd, Gräs och Stenar Box Set
(Anthology Recordings)

$24.99 3CD
($89.99 6LP - TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK)

TRAD, GRAS OCH STENAR
Djungelns Lag
(Anthology Recordings)

$26.99 2LP

TRAD, GRAS OCH STENAR 
Mors Mors
(Anthology Recordings)

$26.99 2LP

VARIOUS ARTISTS
Loma: A Soul Music Love Affair, Volume One: Something's Burning 1964-68 (Future Days)

$26.99 LP

VARIOUS ARTISTS
Loma: A Soul Music Love Affair, Volume Two: Get in the Groove 1965-68 (Future Days)

$26.99 LP

VARIOUS ARTISTS
Loma: A Soul Music Love Affair, Volume Three: Sad, Sad Feeling 1964-68  (Future Days)

$26.99 LP

VARIOUS ARTISTS
Loma: A Soul Music Love Affair, Volume Four: Sweeter Than Sweet Things 1964-68 (Future Days)

$26.99 LP

VARIOUS ARTISTS
Wake Up You V.1: The Rise & Fall of Nigerian Rock Music (1972-1977)
(Now-Again)

$27.99 CD+BOOK

LEON VYNEHALL
Rojus (Designed to Dance)
(Running Back)

$17.99 CD

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

$19.99 LP
$12.99 CD ON SALE

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