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JULY 17, 2015

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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

Other Music is proud to present Summer Thunder 2015, an awesome live music series that takes place every Saturday afternoon in Union Pool's backyard. This weekend is a big one, with Wolf Eyes and Blazer Soundsystem! Check out the full Summer Thunder schedule here; upcoming highlights include Kid Congo PowersSteve Gunn, the New York Night Train & Panache Party, not to mention a few more surprises on the way. 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
Facebook Event Invite

Other Music's Summer Monday residency returns to Ace Hotel New York, and on each and 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. So mark your calendar and come wind down your work day with us, every Monday evening from 8 p.m. to midnight in June, July and August. Andreas Knutsen has promised lots of Gene Clark and Kevin Ayers records for the next one (July 20), and then dj Nyle on July 27, Clay Wilson on August 3, and Daniel Givens on August 10. Stay tuned for more DJ listings.

in this week's update

FEATURED NEW RELEASES

Tame Impala
Flying Saucer Attack
Tapes
Ratatat
Lee Bannon
FP-Oner (a/k/a Fred P)
Exoteric Continent
Cocteau Twins (2 LP Reissues)
Surgeon
Ghostface Killah
Duke Ellington (Conny Plank Session)
Amara Toure
Cairo Gang
Folque
Ford Proco / Coil
Pekka Airaksinen
Don Robertson
 

DELUXE VERSION

Jane Weaver


AVAILABLE ON VINYL

White Magic
 

PRE-ORDER

The National (9LP Box Set)
Mac DeMarco
 

ALSO AVAILABLE

Chromatics
Symmetry
Superchunk (Reissue)
Richard Buckner (Reissue)
Stoner Witch (Melvins Book)
+ more

ticket giveaways

TODD TERJE & THE OLSENS

TUESDAY, JULY 21

Terminal 5: 610: W. 56th St. NYC  

Norway's prolific producer and disco edit king, Todd Terje dropped his first full-length album last year to much acclaim, and will be making his NYC live show debut next week backed by his band, the Olsens at Terminal 5. Add to the bill Joakim and FIXED's JDH & Dave P, and you won't find a better party... You know what they say: Tuesday's the new Friday! Email tickets@othermusic.com for a chance to win a pair of tickets.


WIN TICKETS TO COURTNEY BARNETT & SPEEDY ORTIZ

WEDNESDAY, JULY 22

Terminal 5: 610 W. 56th St. NYC

It really is a great week for live music here in New York. On Wednesday, Courtney Barnett, arguably Australia's most talked about singer-songwriter right now, performs at Terminal 5, joined by the always great Speedy Ortiz and Brooklyn's up-and-coming Torres. The show is sold out but we've got a pair of tickets up for grabs; email enter@othermusic.com for your chance to win!

EZTV RECORD RELEASE PARTY!

THURSDAY, JULY 23

Union Pool: 484 Union Ave. Brooklyn

Hot off a tour with Jacco Gardner, EZTV are back in town to celebrate the release of their power-pop masterpiece, Calling Out, at Union Pool, next Thursday, July 23! (We seriously can't stop playing this record in the shop!!) The band will be joined by Nude Beach and Mercury Girls, so don't miss this great night of music! Email giveaway@othermusic.com for a chance to win a pair of tickets.

this week's update

TAME IMPALA
Currents
(Interscope)

Kevin Parker's one-man lonely hearts club band returns with Currents, a record rich with seemingly effortless melodies that flow like syrup. One of Parker's many talents is his ability to span musical eras fluently, and here he's set his sights way beyond the woozy psychedelic-rock of Tame Impala's first two albums. It's immediately apparent with opener "Let It Happen"; backed by a hip-hop loop, the song's melody splices the DNA of Stevie Wonder's "Pastime Paradise" with OMD's "If You Leave," that is until about halfway through its seven-minute run time where it transforms into a '90s-filter house track worthy of Roulé Records. (Read More)

$13.99 CD
$29.99 2LP


FLYING SAUCER ATTACK
Instrumentals 2015
(Drag City)

Bristol's David Pearce makes an unexpected and extremely welcome return with the first Flying Saucer Attack album in 15 years. The diverse range of textures and feelings Pearce conjures up on the 15 sketches here is impressive: "Instrumental 10" is pastoral and skeletal, while "Instrumental 4" is a wall of drone; "Instrumental 11" moves through melodic figures that come across as a more aggressive take on the beatless atmosphere of Cocteau Twins' Victorialand; and "Instrumental 6" consists of 82 seconds of guitar noise. Although the reverb-drenched vocals he once employed to great effect, and the presence of long-time collaborator Rachel Brook, are missed, there is plenty here to render Instrumentals 2015 just as engaging as anything in the FSA catalog. (Read More)

$15.99 CD
$28.99 2LP


TAPES
No Broken Hearts on This Factory Floor
(EM Records)

With his first official full-length on Japan's EM records, Jackson James Bailey assembles a nice collection of tracks culled from his favorite previously issued Tapes productions. Recorded on six- and eight-track tape, warm keyboards, pulsating percussion, and all the expected flavors are in place as Bailey fuses the style of purveyors like Mad Professor, Scientist, and Prince Jammy with modernists like Adrian Sherwood, Dennis Bovell, and Rhythm & Sound. For fans of reggae in general, dub more specifically, and digital dub more appropriately, No Broken Hearts on This Factory Floor will hit the spot. Highly recommended. (Read More)

$21.99 CD


RATATAT
Magnifique
(XL Recordings)

Ratatat's first album in five years sees Evan Mast and Mike Stroud taking a less-is-more approach to their anthemic electro-rock. Longtime fans will be pleased with this back-to-basics kind of move which allows Stroud's soaring Brian May-inspired guitar leads to be the main focus again, albeit here assisted by the occasional lap steel that appears throughout. The overall vibe to Magnifique is more laidback than the in-your-face bombast of previous albums, and it gives Ratatat more room to move effortlessly through a wider variety of styles -- from the breezy "Drift," complete with its sun-kissed slack-key Hawaiian guitar melodies, to the slinky disco-funk of "Cream on Chrome," to a faithful cover of Springwater's instrumental British hit from 1971, "I Will Return." (Read More)

$13.99 CD
$19.99 LP


LEE BANNON
Pattern of Excel
(Ninja Tune)

Following Bannon's bombastic yet quite brilliant debut, Alternate/Endings, and his ode-to-jungle EP, Main/Flex, comes Pattern of Excel, a great collection of sonic reductions, ambient mood music, and a sort of post-post-rock. Aside from the somewhat jarring jungle excursion positioned in the middle of the selection, the surrounding tracks are filled with soothing melodies, organic textures, and lots of space. Here he feels less confrontational and aggressive, offering something definitely more relaxed and reclusive. It all makes for a nice departure for this increasingly interesting, genre-defying producer. (Read More & Listen)

$15.99 CD
$25.99 LP


FP-ONER (AKA FRED P)
5
(Mule Musiq)

Fred P has firmly established himself as one of the best voices in contemporary house music. Working directly from the lineage of Ron Hardy, Frankie Knuckles, Larry Levan, Marshall Jefferson, and Larry Heard, while still maintaining a forward-looking approach to composing, few others have managed to make tracks which feel so connected to the tradition without coming off as a paint-by-numbers type of tribute. As FP-Oner, Fred begins a trilogy of albums with Mule Musiq on 5, and unsurprisingly it's some of his best music to date. There's a distinct blend of jazz, '90s NYC deep house, and the more emotional end of Detroit techno throughout the record's 78 minutes, tangled together in a uniquely Fred P type of way. (Read More & Listen)

$17.99 CD


EXOTERIC CONTINENT
Referèndum
(Hospital)

Hospital Productions give fans an icy electronic treat by remastering and compiling both of Exoteric Continent's Referendum cassettes and pressing them onto one concentrated slab of vinyl. Referendum showcases the depth of Arnau Sala Arnau's talent and his many strengths as a producer: from his command of subtle, slowly creeping, droney and ambient-leaning industrial electronic work, or his musique concète-influenced sound explorations, to his amazing knack for noisy techno on tracks such as record highlight "La Mirada Llarga." Hopefully this vinyl will begin to give his work some much-deserved broader exposure beyond the niche underground of American and Spanish cassette labels. (Read More & Listen)

$24.99 LP


COCTEAU TWINS
Tiny Dynamine / Echoes in a Shallow Bay
(4AD)

Originally released as two separate 12" EPs in November 1985 (and combined the following year on one CD), these eight tracks work better as an album and find the classic trio lineup of Cocteau Twins at one of their many peaks. Proof that their EPs are just as essential as their albums, this two-fer is a no-brainer. (Read More)

$19.99 LP


COCTEAU TWINS
The Pink Opaque
(4AD)

Though this compilation, originally released in 1986, was intended as an introduction to Cocteau Twins for the American audience, it still works as well today as an intro. Not at all just a singles comp, The Pink Opaque also draws from EPs and the three LPs they had released at that point. The wide range of their capabilities is on full display, from the darkness of "Hitherto" and "Wax and Wane" to the beauty and light that "Lorelei" and "Pearly-Dewdrops' Drops" radiate. This is music everyone needs to hear. (Read More)

$19.99 LP


SURGEON
Unreleased Tracks 1995-1996 (2014 Remaster)
(SRX)

After five previous releases on SRX giving us a treasure trove of remastered Surgeon classics, Unreleased Tracks 1995-1996 closes out the series as the most anticipated installment yet. Rough-and-tumble techno is on full display throughout this double 12", and all of these tracks could have easily been proper releases in their day. There's not a hint of cycling through B-side rejects here. For any fan of that true sound of Birmingham, this is absolutely essential listening.

$24.99 2x12"+MP3


GHOSTFACE KILLAH
Adrian Younge Presents: Twelve Reasons to Die II
(Linear Labs)

Analog man of the moment, producer Adrian Younge is back with MC Ghostface Killah for the second installment of their pulpy Twelve Reasons to Die series. Much like the first, part two conjures a fictional tale of money, crime, and women, told on top of a thick bed of organs, punchy drums, slinky guitar, and other vintage soul/funk ingredients. More fluid than the predecessor, here the guests and the songs seem to gel better adding to the overall grimy, old-school motif. (Read More & Listen)

$14.99 2CD
$21.99 LP
$21.99 INSTRUMENTAL LP


DUKE ELLINGTON & HIS ORCHESTRA
The Conny Plank Session
(Grönland)

This archival release by Grönland combines two towering figures of equally influential yet diverging musical traditions: Duke Ellington, American jazz force par excellence, and Conny Plank, German backroom innovator of cosmic efficiency. This brief, half-an-hour long session features three takes each of "Alerado" and "Afrique." The musicianship, as always with the Ellington Orchestra, is staggering, as it wades through different tempos and modes of soloing on the consecutive versions of "Alerado," an otherwise straightforward swing composition. "Afrique," on the other hand, is thrilling proof of Ellington's later period restless creativity, as this track successively gets a modernist, abstract, and vocal treatment. This significantly expands the composition's formal possibilities towards something decisively more avant-garde. (Read More & Listen)

$15.99 CD
$19.99 LP


AMARA TOURE
1973-1980
(Analog Africa)

Amara Touré was a member of Le Star Band de Dakar, a well-known Senegalese group, and later recorded with Orchestre Massako. 1973-1980 covers Touré's output in chronological order, showing off the development of his style blending Cuban music with the contemporary sounds of Senegal. Its final four tracks are pulled from the legendary Accompagné Par L'Orchestre Massako, which is regarded as the height of Touré's fusion of Cuban and African musics. All the material on this retrospective has been remastered and is really a phenomenal-sounding document of music that has up until now been truly under-explored. (Read More)

$17.99 CD ON SALE
$29.99 2LP


CAIRO GANG
Goes Missing
(God?)

Emmett Kelly steps out on his own once again with his Cairo Gang alias on the excellent Goes Missing. Kelly may be best known for collaborating with such respectable talents as Will Oldham and Angel Olsen, but Goes Missing shows his own gift for melancholic pop is quite remarkable. Over 11 tracks of echo, shimmering guitar jangle, and laidback vocal harmonies, Kelly crafts exquisite songs that channel the Byrds and the Everly Brothers to create a varied ride of beautifully addictive melodies and hooks. (Read More & Listen)

$14.99 CD
$19.99 LP


FOLQUE
Folque
(Round 2)

Beautifully remastered from the original tapes after various sub-par CD pressings and bootlegs, this obscure Norwegian folk-rock LP is finally available in a high quality reproduction! In the early 1970s, echoes of the British folk scene were reaching other countries and continents, and Folque's 1974 debut album definitely utilizes some of the same techniques (lush acoustic instrumentation, Celtic motifs) as well as conjuring something entirely their own. Great stuff for fans of Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span, Shirley Collins, and more obscure groups like Trees, the Albion Band and the Morris On LP. (Read More)

$34.99 LP


FORD PROCO / COIL
Expansión Naranja
(Mannequin)

Here we have a brilliant oddity in the world of Coil pressed on vinyl for the first time by the always reliable Mannequin Records out of Berlin. Ford Proco, one of Mexico's biggest industrial groups, apparently met Peter Christopherson and John Balance at an Orb concert in the '90s and went on to make this collaborative recording in the fall of 1999. Side A, "Expansion Naranja," blends industrial textures with a '90s techno drive, while the flip, "Ecuacion De Las Estrellas," serves up an interesting slice of downtempo coming off like a bizarre riff on Massive Attack B-sides. (Read More & Listen)

$17.99 12" EP


PEKKA AIRAKSINEN
Buddhas of Golden Light
(Arc Light Editions)

Anyone familiar with obscure '70s Finnish group the Sperm should be truly ecstatic to finally experience the magic that is bandleader Pekka Airaksinen's mind-melting solo venture, Buddhas of Golden Light. Originally recorded in 1984 using an 808 and a DX7 along with some improvised saxophone, Buddhas is a truly unique listening experience, with the closest reference points being Hieroglyphic Being, a more twisted version of the Residents, or Sun Ra. For fans of everything from musique concrète to DIY messthetics, this is an unforgiving weirdo grip! (Read More & Listen)

$25.99 LP


DON ROBERTSON
Celestial Ascent
(Black Sweat)

Here's another nice reissue of lost tape material, Don Robertson's originally cassette-only Celestial Ascent self-release from the 1980 new age underground. Operating from Nashville, Robertson elegantly bypassed the usual pitfalls and commonplaces of the genre, delivering his spiritual message with a deep, static drone. Side one features the uplifting caressing of his 80-string zither, whereas the B-side offers a wondrous, introspective counterpart. If you like your new age sessions internalized, yet musically outward looking (think Laraaji, JD Emmanuel, or Deuter), then unpack the yoga mat and enjoy the floating!

$27.99 LP

deluxe edition

JANE WEAVER
The Silver Globe (Deluxe Edition)
(Bird)

Arrives Monday, July 20. Fans of everything from Broadcast, Cate Le Bon, and the Soundcarriers to vintage classics like Linda Perhacs, the White Noise, and Edda Dell'orso's Giallo horror work with Ennio Morricone absolutely need to hear Jane Weaver's The Silver Globe. Originally released last year and featuring guests like Suzanne Ciani, David Holmes, Damon Gough, Andy Votel, Aussie psych vets Cybotron, and even Hawkwind, it's the sort of record that grabs you right away with its melodic hooks, yet pulls you in even deeper with each detailed listen. The deluxe CD version includes a bonus disc featuring the four-song Amber Light, plus plus three instrumental themes and three collaborative re-workings with co-production from Tom Furse (the Horrors), Andy Votel, Suzanne Ciani, members of Demdike Stare, Pete J. Phillipson and Martin King. (Read More & Listen)

$16.99 2CD DELUXE (BONUS TRACKS)
$21.99 LP (SILVER VINYL)

available on vinyl

WHITE MAGIC
I'm Hiding My Nightingale
(Leaving)

White Magic returns after some time away with the intimate I'm Hiding My Nightingale EP, picking right up where 2006's Dat Rosa Mel Apibus full-length left us. Mira Billotte's vocals have matured nicely, adding another layer of haunted vibes to the songs. Like Grouper, this comes across as a world of unsettled spirits and passionate emotion, yet White Magic never gets lost in the lo-fi haze. (Read More & Listen)

$9.99 CASSETTE
$13.99 10"

pre-orders

THE NATIONAL
A Lot of Sorrow
(4AD)

Pre-order. Out Friday, July 24. "On 5th May 2013 The National collaborated with Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson on A Lot of Sorrow, a durational performance presented as part of MoMA PS1’s Sunday Sessions. Kjartansson, who often uses repetitive performance to explore collective experience and emotion, invited The National to play their three-minute, twenty-five second song 'Sorrow' live on stage, repeatedly and continuously, for six hours. This incredible feat of endurance has become legendary, and the audio recording of the performance will be released as a limited edition 1,500 run vinyl boxed set by 4AD. Featuring nine pieces of clear vinyl in clear sleeves held in a translucent, screen printed box, A Lot of Sorrow is now available for pre-order.  All profits will be donated to Partners in Health, an organization dedicated to improve the health of impoverished people worldwide."

$199.99 9LP BOX SET


MAC DEMARCO
Another One EP
(Captured Tracks)

Pre-order. Out Friday, August 7. Home-recorded entirely by Mac, by himself in his Far Rockaway, Queens apartment, Another One features eight new songs, many sure to be staples during his summer tour which will include a four-night run in NYC, playing at the Bowery Ballroom, Webster Hall, Music Hall of Williamsburg, and Warsaw. (Your pre-order will be shipped to arrive at your door on or near its August 7th release date.)

$12.99 CD PRE-ORDER
$19.99 LP PRE-ORDER

also available

CHROMATICS
Running from the Sun
(Italians Do It Better)

PRESSED ON 180-GRAM TRANSPARENT SUNRISE VINYL!!!
A collection of unreleased material from CHROMATICS' Kill For Love sessions. "After hours of tracking at the studio in Montreal, we'd clear the channels on the mixer, open a bottle of wine, and feel around in the dark, working our way through the atmospheric elements and peeling back layers of rhythm. Throwing the songs into the abstract pile and playing them while driving home in the snow."—Johnny Jewel

$22.99 LP


SYMMETRY
The Messenger
(Italians Do It Better)

"PRESSED ON 180-GRAM TRANSPARENT ICY BLUE VINYL!!!
Originally available as a limited run or promo-only pressings. SYMMETRY is the instrumental project of JOHNNY JEWEL of CHROMATICS."

$22.99 LP


SUPERCHUNK
Come Pick Me Up (Reissue)
(Merge)

"In March of 1999, Superchunk traveled to Electrical Audio Studios in Chicago to record the tracks that would become Come Pick Me Up. The addition of producer Jim O’Rourke allowed Superchunk to advance their sound with more experimentation, including horn and string accompaniments. Come Pick Me Up has been remastered from the original tapes and includes new liner notes from Chicago Reader's Peter Margasak and Superchunk bass player Laura Ballance."

$13.99 CD
$21.99 LP+MP3


RICHARD BUCKNER
The Hill (Reissue)
(Merge)

"On the 100th anniversary of Edgar Lee Masters’ Spoon River Anthology, Merge is reissuing the epic it inspired: Richard Buckner's The Hill. Backed by Calexico’s Joey Burns and John Convertino and surveyed with Buckner’s unflagging vocal desperation, Spoon River’s residents come back to life. Like so much of his career, Buckner disappeared into Spoon River and returns to us with its story."

$13.99 CD
$21.99 LP+MP3


BOB NICKAS & TED O'SULLIVAN
Stoner Witch
(Karma)

"Bob Nickas is a critic and curator. He organized two art shows dedicated to the Melvins, the first in 2003, at Anton Kern Gallery in New York, in honor of their 20th anniversary, and in 2007, at The Mandrake in Los Angeles. His full-on Melvins initiation was an AmRep showcase at the Ritz in New York on Oct. 30, 1992. Ted O'Sullivan is an artist who lives and works in Brooklyn. His first Melvins show was on Oct. 29th, 1993 at The Orpheum Theatre in Boston."

$14.99 BOOK


THE CHARLATANS
Melting Pot
(Beggars Banquet)

$26.99 LP

THE CHEMICAL BROTHERS
Born in the Echoes
(Astralwerks)

$13.99 CD
$17.99 DELUXE CD
$29.99 2LP

CARLTON MELTON
Out to Sea
(Agitated)

$23.99 LP

JIMMY RABBITT & RENEGADE
The Texas Album
(St. Roch Av)

$29.99 LP

SONIC YOUTH
Evol
(Goofin')

$17.99 CD

MARK VERBOS
Walk the Distance EP
(The Bunker New York)

$13.99 CD

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