Entries tagged with: Other Music
the new Kim's on 1st Ave (via Vanishing New York)
Etherea on Avenue A (via Stupefaction)
"Pretty soon, Other Music is going to be the only record store left in Manhattan. Blog Stupefaction reports that Etherea Records will shut down this February after 13 years in the East Village. The shop, on Avenue A between 4th and 5th Streets, plans to honor all gift certificates and store credits, and until the doors close, everything is 30% off.I don't think there is official word yet on Virgin Megastore Union Square actually closing, but some say it is inevitable.
This news, of course, comes as Mondo Kim's empties on St. Marks and both the Times Square and Union Square Virgin Megastores limp out their final days. (Remember when chains like Virgin were the main threat to little independent record shops? The 90s were such an innocent time.) For more context, check out this New York Times map from last April illustrating Manhattan's surviving record stores, as pointed out by a helpful Stupefaction reader." [Racked]
In related news, Sound Fix's record store isn't closing, but its attached venue is.
photos by Lori Baily
THESE ARE POWERS, the Brooklyn/Chicago based trio of future primitives have announced plans for a United States tour. The dates include select performances with Abe Vigoda, Bird Names and US Girls, and begin February 25 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, wrapping up on March 27 in Richmond, Virginia. Touring in support of All Aboard Future, available for pre-order from Dead Oceans on CD and LP. The vinyl is 180 grams, housed in a gatefold sleeve and includes a coupon to download the songs as MP3s. We would also like to extend an apology to Sarah Wilmer, whose gorgeous photograph was not credited on the LP.These are Powers played their first of six NYC shows in a month last Friday (1/23). It was at The Bell House in Brooklyn with Ponytail and Pattern is Movement.
Their next NYC show is tonight, Friday January 30th, with Dan Deacon and friends AT The 1896 (NOT AT DANBRO). They also have shows coming up at the recently-almost-burned-down Monster Island, Manhattan's Less Artists More Condos, the record store Other Music, 92Y Tribeca, and many other places across the country. All dates and more pictures from last week's show, below...
by Bill Pearis
Alabama's Thomas Function are in town this weekend for a trio of shows as part of trawl down the East Coast. Admission: I think I picked up Thomas Function's debut album, Celebration!, about four times last year thinking it was a LCD Soundsystem record -- singer Joshua Macero, whose mug graces the cover, looks a lot like James Murphy, at least when quickly flipping through CDs. After seeing so many times I finally got around to actually listening to it, and while absolutely nothing like the DFA head (not that I expected it to be), these Alabamians raise quite a ruckus with their spirited, organ-driven garage rock.
There's also come country and bluegrass in there too, as you might expect from a band living that far south but, really, Thomas Function grooves to their own beat. The band have also released a slew of 7" singles, most of which are now out of print or at least hard to find. Maybe they'll have some of them to sell at their shows. They play a free show at Other Music tonight (1/23), Cake Shop on Saturday (1/24) and Mercury Lounge on Sunday (1/25). Full tour dates and video at the bottom of this post.
The most interesting show of the weekend for me is Friday (1/23) at Death By Audio. Headlining are locals Golden Triangle, whose debut EP just came out on Kemado's vinyl-only imprint, Mexican Summer. (You can get it digitally from Emusic, though.) Some songs veer towards Vivian Girls/Fuzzbox/Slits territory, other songs remind me a lot of The Fall, and they cover Redd Kross' "Annette's Got the Hits." That's a one-two-three punch for me. (It's also the second band I've written about here to do a Redd Kross cover, the other being Box Elders.) The six-piece are about to head out on tour with King Khan & the Shrines so the rest of the country will get a chance to check them out too.
Also on the bill: Brazilian band Garotas Suecas, who will be compared to Os Mutantes because it's obvious and easy, but these kids are a little more straight up fun garage rock a la Mando Diao or The Fleshtones. I like what I've heard and it's the only NYC performance they have left (they also played Vassar last night). Plus, the lovely, downcast electric folk of NYC's Tall Firs; and hushed trio Metal Mountains that features Helen Rush, Samara Lubelski and Pat Gubler, all of whom spent time in Tower Recordings. So the night starts quiet and gets progressively louder and crazier.
I'd also like to (also) recommend the Valerie Collective show at Webster Hall tonight (1/23). Collective is a key term here. Many of the groups playing share members and the difference between Anoraak and College (my two favorites of the night), sonically, is minimal (one sings more than the other) but it's such a cool sound. It's big, lush, and retro, unabashedly '80s, and done to perfection. I have no idea if the groups will really translate to the live setting but if you're dancing you probably won't notice if they don't. Steve Moore's Lovelock is also on the bill.
The Week That Was
Lastly, SXSW will be upon us any minute and even if you aren't heading to Austin, New Yorkers are able to experience a little of the excitement as bands from the UK and Europe often make a pitstop here on their way to or from the festival. We already mentioned that Swedish rockers The Soundtrack of Our Lives are playing both Bowery and Music Hall of Williamsburg (tickets are on-sale today, 1/23) which I wholeheartedly recommend you check out, but I'm even more excited to see that The Week That Was are playing Mercury Lounge on March 9.
TWTW are one of the two splinter groups created when Sunderland, UK's Field Music decided to retire that moniker but still basically make music together. David Brewis released a phonetics-obsessed solo project under the name School of Language (which toured here last March). His brother Peter created The Week That Was, a concept album equally obsessed with (lyrically) The Media and (sonically) the Big '80s production style of Kate Bush and Trevor Horn. It's a brilliant album that made my Top Five of 2008. Both David Brewis and Field Music keyboardist Andrew Moore, plus about five others on percussion and strings. I'm not sure how many members strong they'll be at Mercury Lounge, but if they even come close to replicating the album's wall-of-sound, it will be worth attending. Tickets are on-sale today since Noon.
All tour dates, videos and flyers after the jump....
Animal Collective's Merriweather Post Pavillion is out on vinyl this Tuesday January 6th. Listening parties will be held the same day in many different locations around the country. NYC's is at Other Music who say, "We're throwing a listening party in the shop that night from 6 to 8PM, with free pizza and beverages, plus raffles and give-aways galore. See you Tuesday!" Pitchfork returned from vactation today and gave the album a 9.6.
Tour dates HERE.
Animal Collective's 9th full-length album, Merriweather Post Pavilion, will be released early on deluxe 2xLP 180-gram gatefold vinyl with full album download card (WAV or MP3) January 6th 2009, on Domino Records in North America. The CD & digital release date will remain January 20th (Jan. 12 UK/Europe).The current list of cities and hosts is below...
To coincide with the early vinyl release will be a series of release/listening parties across the country in conjunction with Terrorbird Media, Domino, record stores, blogs and college radio stations. The release parties will take place at record stores or venues the week of the vinyl release and will feature pre-orders, Animal Collective listing party exclusive goodies including giant posters and download cards, ticket giveaways and grand prize giveaways of 'The Domino Years' prize packs. Every party will be a little different, and information on the specifics of each party will be available on the host's website.
Okkervil River's Will Sheff added a few shows to his previously mentioned itinerary. That includes an in-store at Other Music in NYC the night before he plays Music Hall in Brooklyn. Listen to Will read at Daytrotter. Check out all the dates below...
Times New Viking @ McCarren Pool (more by Lori Baily)
Times New Viking will be opening for Wire at Irving Plaza in NYC on October 9th.
Tickets for WFMU's free WIRE show will be available starting TODAY (Wednesday, September 3rd) at Other Music (15 E. 4th St, Manhattan). Drop by during store hours to pick up your free tickets (limit 2 per person); we expect them to disappear quickly, so don't procrastinate. UK artpunk legends WIRE play Thursday, October 9th at The Fillmore (17 Irving Place, NYC): all ages, doors at 7:30pm, free to the public (tickets are REQUIRED for entry).More Wire tour dates HERE. More Times New Viking tour dates HERE.
DOWNLOAD: No Age - Eraser (MP3)
No Age on Lamar Pedestrian Bridge (more by Leia Jospe)
As mentioned, No Age release their awesome new record Nouns today (and Pitchfork gave it a very high score) (and it is streaming at Spinner). And as you know, No Age play a show at Bowery Ballroom (again) tonight (May 6) with High Places and Fiasco (and No Age played a show last night for FADER).
"Even on a day when Nine Inch Nails have suddenly dropped a late Easter present of a surprise free album, No Age have completely dominated internet music-chatter." [Status Ain't Hood]MTV News recently did a feature on lo fi music. Bands they highlighted include Jay Reatard, Times New Viking, Tyvek, Psychedelic Horseshit, and of course No Age. Download a related, free mixtape HERE or just listen to the muxtape. Watch the MTV News video below.
Lots of other people have recorded and released No Age video too. You can watch No Age play in Other Music, watch them play ping pong with Vice, watch them play in Juan's Basement for Pitchfork TV, watch them play in that vegan food store, and watch them in their practice space. They also played in Amoeba Records and those videos are below (along with the MTV one).....
Black Keys playing DJ @ Other Music on Record Store Day (SoundBitesNYC)
tonight in NYC
* Grizzly Bear on Conan
* Chris Thile @ Living Room
* Peter Moren @ Mercury Lounge
* NOT She & Him @ Hiro Ballroom
* Jay Reatard @ Bowery Ballroom
* Fred Thomas @ Knitting Factory
* Jewmongous @ Living Room (free)
* Tokyo Police Club afterparty @ Hugs
* Tokyo Police Club @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin @ Union Hall
The Black Keys just announced a show at McCarren Pool.
Happy Birthday John Cameron Mitchell.
DOWNLOAD: Antipop Consortium - Volcano (MP3)
Antipop Consorritum @ Knitting Factory in March (more by Leia Jospe)
Speaking of Other Music, I've been meaning to mention:
ANTIPOP CONSORTIUM: APRIL 22 @ 8PMTheir new album will be called 'FLORESCENCENT BLACK'. It won't be released until next year, and that's a track off of it above. Other tour dates below...
Reunited and it feels so good! Legendary hip-hop experimentalists Antipop Consortium are back together performing at Other Music! Please make note of the date change above.
OTHER MUSIC: 15 East 4th Street NYC
Free admission / Limited Capacity
This Saturday, April 19th, Other Music is excited to be taking part in Record Store Day along with hundreds of other independently owned music shops across the country. Throughout the day we'll be selling limited vinyl singles and EPs (exclusive to shops participating in Record Store Day) from the likes of Vampire Weekend, the Breeders, Stephen Malkmus and Built to Spill, along with give aways, prizes, and 10% off of everything in the shop for the entire day. Also, various members from great bands will be stopping by to spin their favorite tunes throughout the afternoon. We hope that you can come by the shop and celebrate the day with us, and for those of you not in New York City, please make sure to visit your favorite local record store and show them your support!Regina Spektor is playing Sound Fix on Record Store Day. Read what Regina had to say about it below....
DJ SET SCHEDULE:
TAPES 'N TAPES - 12:30 to 2PM
BLACK KEYS - 2 to 3PM
DEAD MEADOW - 3 to 4PM
GRIZZLY BEAR & DEERHUNTER - 4 to 5PM
INTERPOL - 5PM
The Dirtbombs @ local 506, April 3, 2008 (lord dut)
The Dirtmbombs play a free show in Other Music in just a few hours (April 7th, 8pm). Thay played Maxwell's this weekend, and they're back in NYC to play Bowery Ballroom in four days. Tickets for that, and other shows on their tour with Kelley Stoltz, are still on sale. All dates below.....
Boredoms @ Other Music - March 31, 2008 (Tim Soter)
The Boredoms' Other Music in-store was a once in a lifetime experience for those in attendance who got to witness Japan's legendary experimental tribalists up close in such a small space. With the band's three drummers Muneomi Senju, Yojiro and Yoshimi P-We, EYE's table of effects and a wall of amplifiers taking up half the shop floor, there wasn't any room for the seven-neck guitar, but the group's 40-or-so-minute set was every bit as intense and visceral as Sunday's show at Terminal 5. We have a full review to come; in the meantime, here are a couple of photos courtesy of Tim Soter from last night's performance. Boredom's new album, Super Roots 9 (on Thrill Jockey), will be available for download next Tuesday, April 8th, and the CD is currently in stock at our NYC shop. [Other Music]Check out another review of the Terminal 5 show @ WFMU.
by Leia Jospe
She was happy in her own way, shy and introspected, with the crowd and seemed like she gave us a last minute gift for how quiet we were for her. She whispered her guitarist and soon after he started playing their new song that has been hitting every blog around these days, her cover of Guns N' Roses's "Sweet Child of Mine". It was definitely the best moment of the show. [Curtains On @ Hiro Ballroom]Taken By Trees - 2008 Tour Dates
28 February - Roxy Los Angeles CA
01 March - Great American Music Hall San Francisco CA
04 March - Triple Door Seattle WA
P.S. Watch video from Richard Hawley's show at Other Music below....
TD @ Other Music, NYC - Jan 31, 2008 (OM)
Vampire Weekend @ Other Music, NYC (Bao Nguyen)
Vampire Weekend (who are also playing in a store this Monday night) played Other Music during CMJ (pictured), and now you can watch it online. The Clean played Other Music too, and that is also up for viewing.
Taken By Trees is going on tour, playing Hiro Ballroom on February 22nd, AND playing Other Music on Febuary 21st.
Black Lips are going on tour, playing Bowery Ballroom on March 10th, playing Music Hall on March 11th, AND playing Other Music on March 11th.
Blood on the Wall is playing Music Hall on February 22nd with Cause Co-Motion!, AND Other Music on February 20th. All tour dates below...
The Clean @ Other Music, NYC - Nov 26, 2007 (CRED)
Tinariwen @ Other Music, NYC - Nov 27, 2007 (CRED)
Did you want to catch Celebration at Other Music last week, but didn't? The Clean? Tinariwen? Will you not make it to Richard Hawley tonight? Well, now thanks to the magic of high-quality streaming video, you won't have missed anything. "Live at Other Music" kicks off with the October St. Vincent performance. Beautiful
The Clean played Other Music yesterday (about 8-9 songs), and they're playing Cake Shop on November 29th, 30th & December 1st. Cake Shop's MySpace says, "(no advance tickets. to rsvp, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org specifying the amount you need and the day you want.)". They're also playing Philly on December 2nd.
The Clean were a band that formed in Dunedin, New Zealand in 1978. Led through a number of rotating line-ups by brothers Hamish and David Kilgour, the band (usually a trio), forged a distinctive and quirky sound that relied heavily on organ melodies and simple chord progressions.See who else is playing Other Music.
Tinariwen @ Oya Festival, Norway, 2007 (CRED)
Tinariwen - Wednesday, November 28 @ 8PMThat means....
Celebration - Friday, November 30 @ 9PM
Richard Hawley - Monday, December 3 @ 8PM
White Williams - Thursday, December 6 @ 8PM
Nov 27 - Tinariwen @ Highline Ballroom (How was the show?)
Nov 28 - Tinariwen @ Other Music (TODAY!)
Nov 28 - Celebration @ Bowery Ballroom (TODAY!) (win tix)
Nov 30 - Celebration @ Other Music
Dec 01 - Richard Hawley @ Bowery Ballroom (excited) (not sold out yet)
Dec 03 - Richard Hawley @ Other Music (double excited) (all dates)
Dec 04 - White Williams & Dirty Projectors @ Bowery Ballroom (triple excited) (tix)
Dec 06 - White Williams @ Other Music (all dates)
Dev 18 - Celebration @ Crash Mansion (with comedians)
A few new Dirty Projectors dates, below...
left to right: Wayne Arnold, Jack Penate
free shows, NYC, CMJ, 2007
Tue Oct 16 (8pm) - St Vincent @ Other Music
Tue Oct 16 (4pm) - Jack Penate & Voxtrot @ Fontana's
Wed Oct 17 (2pm) - Jack Penate & Vampire Weekend @ Cake Shop
Wed Oct 17 (6pm) - No Age @ Other Music
Thu Oct 18 (11am) - Vampire Weekend @ Other Music
Panda Bear @ 93 Feet East, London - Mar 8th, 2007 (CRED)
Panda Bear is playing some shows this week - two at NYC's Bowery Ballroom, and one in Baltimore, and one in Philly. Along with him at each of the shows will be a circus of friends of the band. Whether you scored a ticket to one of the sold out shows or not, here is a handy guide to the Panda Bear openers...
Rusty Santos (CRED)
Rusty Santos (June 18 @ Bowery) is a New York singer-songwriter whose most notable Animal Collective connection is helping them record their 2004 album Sung Tongs for Fat Cat Records. As well, he helped with production on several Panda Bear records, including the acclaimed Person Pitch.
Kria Brekken (CRED)
Kria Brekken (Kristín Anna Valtýsdóttir - formerly of Múm) (June 18 @ Bowery) and Avey Tare of Animal Collective released this year's Pullhair Rubeye. She is also married to Avey. The duo previously played many live shows together.
The Pipettes @ Highline Ballroom, NYC - June 5, 2007 (CRED)
a review by Nick Greto
I went to see the Pipettes at the new Highline Ballroom in NYC Tuesday night (June 5, 2007). I expected a polished, very modern, and sleek concert hall. That was exactly what I got - the ballroom was stacked with colorful lights, shiny tables and just newness all about.Earlier that night the girls played a free show in a store....
My Pipettes expectations were very low. Prior to the show my thoughts on the band were sort of, "yea, retro, doo-wop thing with a sexy twist, a la Amy Winehouse, but ultimately boring songs".
I was way off base on that one.
I arrived around 9:45 pm, and the very talented opening act Smoosh (how old are those girls anyway?) was nearly halfway through their set. I was certain that we would have to wait for another act before the Pipettes took the stage - I expected to be very tired and non-productive at work the next day. Surprisingly, the Pipettes took the stage at 10:30 on the nose (their scheduled time).
I was drawn in immediately. In front of me stood three beautiful ladies with dreamy voices, dressed in polka dotted uniforms. Moments later it was evident that they also knew how to have fun, and more importantly - they knew how to make the crowd have fun.
They blasted through much of their material rapidly (most of the songs are under 3 minutes long). They joked about their "two favorite things". "Love" was the first, and they let us use our imagination to come up with the second. Their songs are danceable and catchy. They danced, and I danced. Even as I write this the songs are still stuck in my head.
Then in no time, the show was over. They closed the encore with "We are the Pippetes", and I couldn't help but feel a bit broken-hearted - but like any relationship that ends that way, I was very glad to have been involved at all
The Pipettes @ Other Music, NYC - June 5, 2007 (CRED)
This Sunday May 20, 2007, Absolut is giving away 100 pairs of concert tickets at Other Music in NYC
We cannot announce the bands in advance, but venues include McCarren Pool, Central Park SummerStage, Keyspan Park, Highline Ballrooom, Madison Square Garden, Roseland Ballroom & The Town Hall. It's a great selection of Other Music's favorite artists and top sellers.I read somewhere else that the ticket giveaway starts at 11:00, so get there early.
Some of these events are already sold out. Tickets will be distributed first come, first served, but you must be 21+ with government issued ID to participate. Giveaway begins at 12PM. Each person will be limited to one pair of tickets.