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August 14, 2015

special announcement

YO LA TENGO RECORD RELEASE PARTY

FRIDAY, AUGUST 28 (8-9pm)

Other Music: 15 E. 4th St. New York, NY
Free // All Ages // Limited Capacity
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Yo La Tengo return with Stuff Like That There, a follow-up of sorts to their much-loved Fakebook from 1991. Like Fakebook, this upcoming album is a wonderfully diverse mix of cover songs, reworkings of Yo La Tengo tracks, and a few new originals too, with Ira, Georgia and James reunited with former member Dave Schram and performing again as a quartet. Other Music is hosting a special celebration on the evening of Stuff Like That There's, release, with Yo La Tengo coming by to DJ cover tunes, sign records, and say hello to their friends and fans. That night, customers who purchase Yo La Tengo's new album will also be entered for a chance to win two guest list spots to Songs Like These Here: an evening of YLT-themed piano karaoke featuring Joe McGinity, Tuesday, September 8, at Sid Gold's Request Room in Manhattan. We hope you'll come and join in on the fun!!

in this week's update

FEATURED NEW RELEASES

Heathered Pearls
Will Sessions
Red House Painters (Four LP Reissues)
Pavement (Secret History Vol. 1 LP)
Klaus Layer
Bourbonese Qualk

 

ALSO AVAILABLE

Lower Dens (Twin-Hand Movement reissue with Bowery Ballroom concert ticket)
Prurient (Frozen Niagara Falls now on LP)
+ 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

There are only a few more shows left in this awesome Saturday afternoon live music series taking place in Union Pool's backyard. This weekend is not to be missed, with performances from Juan Wauters, Ice Balloons, and Tall Juan, plus DJ Busch spinning between the live sets! You might as well mark your calendar for the last two parties as well, with WFMU Presents on 8/22, featuring Complete, Octagrape, and Honey Radar, and on 8/29, Steve Gunn and Spacin'. 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
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There are just three more nights remaining in Other Music's summer residency at New York's Ace Hotel! 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 long-time record collector Brendan Biggins this Monday from 8 p.m. to midnight, and then Gerald Hammill (8/24) and Ning Nong (8/31).

this week's update

HEATHERED PEARLS
Body Complex
(Ghostly International)

On this album featuring soft-focus, melodic, ambient techno, Polish-born, Detroit-raised, Brooklyn-based producer Jakob Alexander delivers an instantaneously appealing release of architectural four-to-the-floor delights. Body Complex takes the spectral, clean sounds of the Ghostly stable and injects them with Terrence Dixon's sense of ingenious circularity, creating utmost organic and sharp effects. Displaying an impressive sensibility for narrative arc, the record progresses from mind-drifting ambient pieces to forward-kicking techno dreamscapes. (Read More & Listen)

$14.99 CD
$18.99 LP


WILL SESSIONS
Elmatic Instrumentals
(Fat Beats)

A staple of the Detroit scene, this group, led by trumpeter Sam Beaubien, performs regularly in the city and in the studio with contemporaries such as Black Milk, Danny Brown, Slum Village and Mayer Hawthorne. Like the Roots throughout much of their long career, Will Sessions is dedicated to the deep funk and soul embedded in hip-hop, keeping the live aspect of the culture alive. On Elmatic Instrumentals from 2011, the band digs deep into the original songs sampled for Nas' Illmatic album to create a live instrumental tribute. Utilizing guitar, bass, drums, percussion and horns, they revitalize those classic samples into lively and hard-hitting jams. (Read More)

$16.99 LP


WILL SESSIONS
Mix Takes
(Fat Beats)

Will Sessions' new CD, Mix Takes, combines the separate LPs Mix Takes 1 / 2 (not in stock) and Mix Takes 3 / 4  into one complete set. Here the band flawlessly tackle a bunch of classic block party jams -- dissecting music from the worlds of jazz, soul and funk -- and string them together with choice moments from more contemporary songs. These releases sound fresh and vibrant, perfectly complementing like-minded albums from El Michels Affair and Adrian Younge/Ghostface Killah. For those who like their old school up to date, here are a few examples of it being done just right.

$13.99 CD
$16.99 LP (MIX TAPES 3 / 4)


RED HOUSE PAINTERS
Down Colorful Hill
(4AD)

From this 1992 debut forward, Red House Painters created a universe unique unto themselves, and it's one which leader Mark Kozelek has never fully recaptured since their 1998 break-up. Slow-moving, almost barren sonic landscapes have rarely summoned as much power as this music achieves. This first-time vinyl reissue restores the running order of the original LP, which required a slight shuffle of the CD program to split the lengthy tracks across two sides. Thus, the one-two punch of "Medicine Bottle" and "Japanese to English" closes side A with two of Kozelek's most eloquent meditations on a love complicated by geography and various other frustrations. This impressive debut set the stage for even bolder moves, and with its digestible running time of 43 minutes, it's the best place to start. (Read More)

$19.99 LP


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

To surpass the extremely high bar that Kozelek and company set with their debut album, and only nine months later, is a rare achievement. The arrival of this self-titled double LP in May 1993 expanded the blueprint established by Down Colorful Hill into a sprawling triumph of epic proportions. The longer running time allows the band to hone their skills and sharpen the focus of their deceptively simple, ultimately powerful, precision. This is Red House Painters' masterpiece, and if you only buy one of these reissues, make it this one. (Read More)

$26.99 2LP


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

The arrival of this second self-titled LP in October 1993 revealed that the sessions for the double album, released only five months prior, actually yielded enough songs for a quick follow-up. This set is noteworthy for the introduction of a device that Kozelek would explore more extensively in his post-Red House Painters career. Namely, this record contains the first examples of Kozelek interpreting classic rock songs, and through his filter Simon and Garfunkel's "I Am a Rock" is rendered an almost celebratory tribute to isolation. This is perhaps the least essential of the reissues, however, "Uncle Joe" and "Helicopter" are as strong as anything on the earlier albums, and ensure that the set is still well worth owning. (Read More)

$19.99 LP


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

1995's Ocean Beach was a return to form for Red House Painters, and though we hear a slight shift toward a more folk-influenced, almost pastoral sound, the lyrics still render it a weighty affair. Originally a double 10", the program has been expanded to a double 12" LP, including the 1994 EP, Shock Me, on side four. This EP's title track, a Kiss cover, continues Kozelek's fascination with subsuming '70s rock tunes into his own canon. I've been grappling with these Red House Painters records for over 20 years, and at various points even deemed the first two far too heavy to own. They're not the kind of LPs you will casually listen to in daily rotation, but I've learned that when I need them, nothing else compares. (Read More)

$26.99 2LP


PAVEMENT
The Secret History Vol. 1
(Matador)

The first in a series of Pavement rarities, The Secret History, Vol. 1 contains early material recorded with Stephen Malkmus, Scott Kannberg and Gary Young around the same time as their classic debut album, 1992's Slanted and Enchanted. This 30-track double LP includes odds and sods from the Japanese edition of Slanted, alternate mixes of "Here" and "Summer Babe," eight recordings from two different Peel Sessions, and a 13-song Brixton concert, circa 1992, with Mark Ibold and Bob Nastanovich now in the line-up. And though most the songs can be found on 2002's double-CD Slanted & Enchanted: Luxe & Reduxe, 25 of the 30 tracks have never before been released on vinyl, and it all makes for a solid reminder of why we loved Pavement in the first place. (Read More)

$23.99 2LP


KLAUS LAYER
Restless Adventures
(Redefinition)

Germany's Klaus Layer has been adding some needed foreign flavor to the American genre of instrumental hip-hop for a few years now. For his latest LP, Restless Adventures, he reframes the styling of Pete Rock or DJ Premier into a bit more adventurous, experimental, and fuzzy spectrum of sound. His use of found sounds throughout offer an organic ambiance that helps give his recordings a living environment, rather than just a collection of sliced-and-diced tracks. The CD version tacks on his For the People Like Us cassette to the Restless Adventures album, making for an extended trip down the psych-beat-exotica rabbit hole. Especially recommended to fans of older Prefuse 73 and the booming swing of '90s hip-hop. (Read More & Listen)

$19.99 LP
$11.99 CD (Restless Adventures/For the People Like Us)


BOURBONESE QUALK
1983-1987
(Mannequin)

This excellent, brain-picking compilation of crucial British anarcho-industrialists Bourbonese Qualk celebrates the early, still-searching period of the notorious South London squatters. The band saw their music as a revolutionary cultural force, and although they were blatantly political and anti-Thatcherite, they were never overtly dogmatic. Instead, they played with notions of ambiguity and opposition to activate independent critical thought through formal experimentation. But, above all, Bourbonese Qualk, in their ever-searching approach towards drum programming and percussion, laid down the rudimentary foundations for some of the rave, breakcore, and extreme electronic scenes of later years. And thus here is yet another suggestive link to complete the complex and sometimes interwoven histories of post-punk and techno music, not unimportantly two of the last major forward-looking musical revolutions. (Read More & Listen)

$17.99 CD
$27.99 2LP

 

lower dens concert ticket with purchase

LOWER DENS
Twin-Hand Movement
(Ribbon Music)

Ribbon Music reissues Lower Dens' 2010 debut album, Twin-Hand Movement, originally released on Devendra Banhart's Gnomonsong label. For many, this is the record that put bandleader Jana Hunter on the map, with the singer-songwriter pushing past the freak-folk confines that much of her early work had been tagged with, and plugging in with gentle layers of electric fuzz guitars and even some Krautrock-influenced arrangements accompanying her beautiful, intimate vocal lines. The group will be performing in New York City on September 28 at the Bowery Ballroom, and for a limited time, we'll be including a special voucher with the purchase of Twin-Hand Movement, as well as Lower Dens' Nootropics album and the recent Escape from Evil, good for a ticket to the show!

$13.99 CD
$18.99 LP

available on vinyl

PRURIENT
Frozen Niagara Falls
(Profound Lore)

A major statement at 92 minutes, Frozen Niagara Falls feels like the most fully realized transmission in the lengthy Prurient discography. While the harsher moments are perhaps more chaotic and noisier than anything on Bermuda Drain, there are also tracks comprised of 12-string acoustic guitar, fretless bass and field recordings of crackling fires. This is an overwhelming listen, in the best way, and there are many sections that will sound insane even to the most jaded veteran of extreme composition. Dominick Fernow has really outdone himself this time. Frozen Niagara Falls may well stand as his masterpiece. (Read More & Listen)

$44.99 3LP
$15.99 2CD

also available

BEAK>
Split EP
(Invada)

$25.99 12"

IVY
A Cat's Cause, No Dogs Problem
(Katorga Works)

$7.99 7"

BERT JANSCH
Live at the 12 Bar
(Earth)

$23.99 LP

L'ORANGE & KOOL KEITH
Time? Astonishing!
(Mello Music Group)

$18.99 LP

MONOPHONICS
Sound of Sinning
(Transistor Sound)

$13.99 CD
$19.99 LP

THE REPLACEMENTS
The Twin/Tone Years
(Rhino)

$74.99 4LP
 

pre-order for 8/21

AFX
orphaned deejay selek 2006 - 2008
(Warp)

$13.99 CD
$18.99 LP

THE BUG
Zim Zim Zim
(Ninja Tune)

$13.99 CD
 

DEATH AND VANILLA
California Owls EP
(Fire)

$23.99 LP
 

DERADOORIAN
The Expanding Flower Planet
(Anticon)

$13.99 CD
$18.99 LP

HOLY SONS
Fall of Man
(Thrill Jockey)

$16.99 CD
$19.99 LP

FLORIAN KUPFER
Explora
(Ninja Tune)

$12.99 12"
 

ROMARE
Rainbow
(Ninja Tune)

$12.99 12"

SINGERS & PLAYERS
War of Worlds
(On-U Sound)

$21.99 LP

SLOW MEADOW
Slow Meadow
(Hammock Music)

$12.99 CD
 

VARIOUS ARTISTS
Rastafari: The Dreads Enter Babylon 1955-83 (Soul Jazz)

$23.99 CD
$31.99 2LP

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