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   November 5, 2009  

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Collie Ryan
Brilliant Colors
Leyland Kirby
Opus Finis
Cold Cave
Efterklang & the Danish National Chamber Orchestra
Julian Casablancas
Terror Danjah
The King Khan & BBQ Show
J Dilla

Sean Lennon
Gilles Peterson & Stuart Baker Book

Molina and Johnson
Max Richter
Clifford T. Ward


Black to Comm
Panama! 3
Singapore A Go-Go
Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou
Ghana Special

All of this week's new arrivals.

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This Friday, the Bunker crew are throwing a great double header at their monthly party, welcoming minimal techno pioneer Daniel Bell (Accelerate, 7th City, Logistic | Berlin via Detroit) and DJ/re-mixer extraordinaire Fred P, a/k/a Black Jazz Consortium (Underground Quality, Soul People Music | Queens) in the front room of Public Assembly. Simultaneously in the back room, the highly influential Chain Reaction label will be fully represented as DJ Pete (a/k/a Substance) and Rene Lowe (a/k/a Vainqueur) will present DJ sets and a collaborative live set as Scion!!! Not to be missed is an understatement and Other Music has two pairs of tickets to give away. Just email contest@othermusic.com, and we'll notify the two winners on Friday.

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Next week, the U.S. theatrical premiere run of Augusta Palmer's The Hand of Fatima takes place at Anthology Film Archives, November 13-19. This documentary is the double portrait of a rock critic and his favorite band, as Robert Palmer's daughter travels from Mississippi to Morocco to investigate her father's 1971 encounter with the men William Burroughs called "the world's only 4000-year-old rock band." On opening night, November 13, filmmaker Augusta Palmer and Bachir Attar, leader of the Master Musicians of Jajouka, will be in attendance for both the 7:30PM and 9:15PM showings along with Anthony DeCurtis, editor of Blues & Chaos: The Music Writing of Robert Palmer (7:30PM showing only), for a Q&A and Book Signing. Other Music is giving away a pair of passes to each of the opening night showings. Email enter@othermusic.com to enter for passes, and please list the preferred time you'd like to attend.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13 - 7:30PM & 9:15PM
ANTHOLOGY FILM ARCHIVES: 32 Second Ave. at 2nd St. NYC

Anthony DeCurtis, Bachir Attar, and Augusta Palmer will also co-host a benefit for The Master Musicians of Jajouka at Le Poisson Rouge on November 16: http://lepoissonrouge.com/events/view/600

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Other Music is pleased to be the exclusive ticket seller for the upcoming NYC performance by pioneering electronic producer Hans-Joachim Roedelius (Cluster/Harmonia), who will be appearing with Italian classical pianist/vocalist Alessandra Celletti at Saint Peters Church on Saturday, December 12. This spectacular pairing of musicians will be playing works off their recent collaboration, Sustanza Di Cose Sperata, released on Transparency, who is presenting this event, along with a solo set from Celletti. A book and DVD signing will follow immediately after the concert. We're giving away two pairs of tickets, which you can enter for by emailing tickets@othermusic.com. We'll notify the two winners next Monday afternoon.

As we noted above, Other Music is selling tickets to this show at the shop, which are $21 each, cash only, and for every pair purchased, Transparency is offering a free copy of the duo's excellent Sustanza Di Cose Sperata CD. Get 'em while they last!

SAINT PETERS CHURCH: 619 Lexington Avenue NYC







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The Transactional Dharma of Roj
(Ghost Box)

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I'll come clean right now -- Broadcast are a band that are more than simply a little bit important, they're a band that absolutely changed my life. They changed the way I thought about music; coming from my Midlands enclave listening to indie rock and extreme metal, hearing a local group make such sublime music was a shocking and awe-inspiring experience. Roj Stevens was a member of the band's original (pre-Tender Buttons) lineup, and being the keyboardist he made up a good proportion of their initial synthesizer and sample-heavy sound. The library music-indebted early EPs and singles are still for me the most important of Broadcast's career, and it's no surprise to hear that on his own Stevens has gone back to this dusty sound. Hardly surprising either is that Stevens (under his given name Roj) should find a home on Ghost Box, the self-appointed home of "hauntology."

The Transactional Dharma of Roj is Stevens' debut album, and like the Radiophonic Workshop records he has so much admiration for, it is a sprawling collection of tracks long and short, ranging from abstract modern dances to spine tingling drones. Every part of the album sounds as if it could have been recorded in the mid to late 1960s, and the attention to detail is more than admirable. Just as the tracks on Broadcast's Work and Non-Work had a lounging authenticity to them, Stevens has conjured up the magic of 60s library music without losing anything in the process. Unlike so many people attempting to re-create this very particular sound, there is a sense that Stevens has really immersed himself in it, and he manages to keep the album deftly engaging while skating through styles at a breakneck pace. It's not easy listening either; where Broadcast's early work was filtered through a gauzy Gallic smokescreen, here Stevens allows himself to truly experiment, playing with tape loops and flirting with musique concrete in the process. Sure, Broadcast might be tempting the column inches with their new EP and imminent tour, but to ignore The Transactional Dharma of Roj would be a huge mistake -- you might just be missing out on one of the year's most sparkling gems. A remarkable record. [JT]

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The Rainbow Records
(Yoga Records)

"Old Man"
"We're Getting By"
"Gypsy Travel Song"

A devoted Theosophist and naturalist, singer and guitarist Collie Ryan released three private press LPs in the early 1970s before (mostly) dropping off the grid to spend her days painting hubcaps in the desert. Released with the help of some friends who ran a juice company and sold only at shows and shops in and around Southern California, Takin' Your Turn 'Round the Corner of Day, Indian Harvest, and The Giving Tree were slight in stature, and yet showcased the beautiful depth of Ryan's honey-soaked voice and intuitive, singular finger-picking style. Though those three LPs fell into one of time's many cracks, her inclusion on the Numero Group's great 2006 compilation Ladies from the Canyon brought her sound to a whole new audience. Now, following up on the LP-only best of collection released a while back, comes The Rainbow Records, a three disc set that presents her albums in their entirety for the first time since original release. A gifted vocalist and passionate lyricist, Ryan's music sits easily with the acid folk set, yet the simplicity and conviction of her work makes for music that sounds surprisingly timeless today.

All released in 1973, Ryan's three albums were culled from hundreds of songs that she tended to write as a result of intense philosophical discussions. And while it covers three distinct releases, The Rainbow Records flows beautifully, effortlessly conveying the clarity of Ryan's artistic vision while providing a window into her spiritual dialogues. There's a gorgeous shimmer to tracks like The Giving Tree's "I'd Ask You to Wait" and "Lark Flies," both showcasing the ways in which her soaring voice weaves over and under the nylon strings of her guitar. More urgent songs tend to dot Indian Harvest, as we travel deeper into Ryan's world, with both the title track and songs like "Brother Sun - Sister Moon" displaying a marked emotional complexity. Highlighting some of her strongest material, Takin' Your Turn 'Round the Corner of the Day closes out the set, shining a light on the soaring "High Gulls Flying" and "Chalice of Light," in which her voice almost seems to descend from the clouds. Better still is "Such a Soft and Sudden Calling," a track that introduces the gentle crash of waves to the mix, providing a natural accompaniment to the ethereal reverb of Ryan's voice. Solid end to end, fans of outsider folkies like Linda Perhacs and Sibylle Baier would do well to make some room for Collie Ryan's The Rainbow Records on their playlists. [MC]

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"I Searched"

Brilliant Colors hail from San Francisco, write driving two-minute DIY pop-punk songs that are the perfect blend of early Rough Trade and Flying Nun sounds leavened with a dose of Ramones intensity, and they are another great band helping invigorate Slumberland Records along with the label's other stellar young acts like the Pains of Being Pure at Heart and Frankie Rose. Led by singer/guitarist Jess Scott, what is most intoxicating about Brilliant Colors' sound is Scott's voice -- high and clear as a bell, it reinforces the group's tightly-wound fervor, but it also rises to the top of the mix, floating over the droney bubblegum pop and adding a deliciously otherworldly element to songs like "English Cities" and "Absolutely Anything." She can manipulate her voice to back up a bratty kiss-off with bravado and charm (check "Yell in the Air"), she can croon like Laetitia Sadier of Stereolab, and during tracks like "Mythic," she even howls and yelps like Sleater-Kinney's Corin Tucker. Also revelatory are Michelle Hill's inspired bass lines -- check her work on "Motherland" and you realize that she's not just backing up the frazzled guitar, but adding melody and creative texture to a song that barely has time to settle into your head before it's over, and you're left wanting more. Diane Anastasio completes the band on drums, making a power trio in the truest sense. The intensity and the musicianship are what immediately jump out at you on first-listen; there's nothing ramshackle here, no fat or gristle or fancy production work. The blasted sound and the rough feel of the record are so natural that it almost escapes notice -- but indeed, you should take notice. This is a helluva debut from a band we are sure to be hearing a lot more from. [MS]

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Bravery EP
(Planet Mu)

"Play Child"
"Made Me Fell So Right"

Not even six months after his debut full-length, Love Is a Liability, dropped on Planet Mu, NYC's own young hopeful Drew Lustman (a/k/a FaltyDL) returns with a great new EP that further cements his status as a new producer to watch. The album introduced us to his unique blend of dubstep, house and techno, and Bravery expands on those themes with tracks that flawlessly shift from down to up-tempo and back again with just a flip of a switch. His style can still be compared to that of Burial, especially with his use of chopped up R&B vocals, yet with this set he also moves in on Theo Parrish's dirty disco territory. Bravery is a lot more immediate and energetic than his full-length, feeling almost like on-the-fly re-edits; clocking in around forty minutes, the EP packs an album's-worth of great music in, and every minute here is filled with interesting sounds, pulses, shifts in tempo and style, and a strong sense of groove. Some of the best music these days seems to defy categories and combine styles. Bravery is a great example of a producer who isn't afraid to challenge expectations. I liked the debut, but this one took me by surprise, and it feels stronger with every listen. [DG]

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Sadly, the Future Is No Longer What It Was
(History Always)

Track 3
Track 1
Track 4

For those of us who have been closely following James Kirby's work since the V/Vm days, it was always merely a matter of "when" a project this epic would emerge from his able (and mighty soft) hands. His work under the Caretaker moniker was an outlet for his obsession with the haunted ballroom scene in The Shining ("No sir, you are the caretaker. You've always been the caretaker"), in which he manipulated crumbling old 78s, molding them into peerless melancholic soundscapes. However, there was something more lurking beneath the surface for Kirby, a love of Angelo Badalamenti and more specifically Twin Peaks, which was dying to emerge once more. Under the Leyland Kirby moniker, James Kirby has succeeded in exorcising his obsession once more, and he does so with enviable skill and heart.

Sadly, the Future Is No Longer What It Was is an epic undertaking in every sense of the word; three double albums, a mammoth four hours of music and each record a slow, dusty trek into the recesses of a blackened mind. It's not the first time Kirby has relied on length to prove his point, but Sadly, the Future Is No Longer What It Was is the rarest of things -- an epic album which truly works from beginning to end. You might not be able to endure it all in one sitting (I usually break it up by disc, if I'm being totally honest), but each part has a purpose, and in its length the narrative is revealed slowly and thoughtfully. Occasionally I'm reminded of Brian Eno (Thursday Afternoon or Music for Airports), Blade Runner-era Vangelis and sometimes the more gaseous moments of Thomas Koner, but this work is definitely guided by Kirby's love affair with Angelo Badalamenti and his haunting pianoscapes. The dreamy, melancholy haze could almost sit beside a long overdue third season of Twin Peaks, and there could be no higher praise than that. Heads up, tails up, run you scallywags. Night falls, morning calls, I'll catch you with my death bag. You may think I've gone insane, but I promise, I will kill again! [JT]

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Pursue the Tragic Tune

"A Strange Entrance"
"Diagonal Daggers"

From the Miami-based Opus Finis (previously featured on Wierd Compilation Volume 1) comes their self-released full-length. Despite the Wierd Records affiliation, this is not straight-up synth-wave or analog synth noise. Frankly, the record is tough to describe, only because it sits in such a cozy little spot between some quite harsh company. I say that because the first thing that comes to mind when listening to Opus Finis is their similarity to White House or Brighter Death Now (mainly in the density and atmosphere), but where those groups can seem aggressive, violent and off-putting, Opus Finis is more organic, with a distinctly inviting ritualistic vibe. This ritualistic feel really complements their sound, bringing it closer to the realm of Death in June or Der Blutharsch or even Waldteufel (without sounding like any of those bands!), with a sense of romance, paganism and purpose despite the seemingly "harsh" lo-fi textures. This is still not for everyone, but I have to say, for those that it is for, this record will hold a special place! Recommended. [SM]

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Love Comes Close
(Matador / Heartworm)

"Life Magazine"
"Love Comes Close"

We couldn't keep Cold Cave's Love Comes Close in stock upon its initial release, but with the group now signed to Matador, there'll finally be enough copies to go around. Undoubtedly a pop band at its core, Wes Eisold and his revolving cast of characters (Dominic Fernow of Prurient/Hospital, author Max G. Morton, Xiu Xiu's Caralee McElroy, etc.) have a definite knack for crafting the perfect three-minute pop song and then piling on layers of fuzz, static, grime and rust. There's an underlying industrial/early Factory Records/minimal shoegaze wave vibe, combined with equal parts nihilism and undying romance. No doubt that you'll be seeing this one on numerous year end lists. [AK]

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Performing Parades
(Leaf / Rumrake)


For their latest project, Danish electric/acoustic post-pop experimentalists Efterklang expand upon their previous 2007 release Parades, with a live version of that album utilizing the Danish National Chamber Orchestra. This CD/DVD set, Performing Parades, showcases the group's always multi-layered, lush, emotional and delicate compositions in a bigger, richer context. Recorded in Copenhagen during the fall of 2008, the orchestral versions on the CD are well worth the price of this package on their own, and the DVD includes a 55-minute concert film, a documentary, and several videos. The orchestra helps them expand their palette, fully creating a bridge between modern composition, classic pop, and glitchy post-rock. With a wide array of instruments from laptops to violas, trombones, trumpets, drums, piano, and the absorbing use of a chorus of male and female voices, the beauty of their songwriting truly comes into view. These guys are my favorite in the burgeoning sub-genre that is indie-classical fusion, which also includes Sigur Ros, Mum, Dirty Projectors, Nico Mulhy, Grizzly Bear, and others. The concert is recorded so flawlessly that you often forget you're listening to a live show, until the crowd cheers, reminding you that it was all happening in real time. Efterklang are an amazing live band in any situation, and this show was clearly a triumph for them, and an acknowledgement of pure skill and passion. If you like your pop music string laden, emotional, and ethereal, this is for you. [DG]

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Phrazes for the Young

"11th Dimension"
"Ludlow St."

Let's start by making it clear that the Strokes are what I would call a classic Other Music band; we sold their self-released EP on consignment, we've seen them play everywhere from the Mercury Lounge to the Garden, and their gold album (Is This It) hangs on our wall. Maybe their sound was never quite adventurous enough to exemplify the soul of the Other Music aesthetic, but in their prime this was a great band, and I was a fan. As we all know, in rock and roll, as in life, things don't always work out quite as we plan, and after a pretty great debut album that thrust them into the international spotlight, the Strokes never quite delivered on their promise. Their second and third albums each sold half as much as the previous, and I'd say my interest in them took a similar path. Meaning, in reality, that by the time they dropped the lackluster First Impressions of Earth in 2006, I didn't care at all. One listen was about all it got from me, and I think that was true for many of their fans.

Since then, the group has been on some sort of a hiatus, supposedly working on their fourth album, but also supposedly squabbling over creative control, struggling for direction, and one by one releasing solo albums, to mixed artistic and commercial success. As the frontman of the band, and the sole songwriter of their best material (including the entirety of the debut), Julian Casablancas’ Phrazes for the Young must surely be the most hotly anticipated of the lot. And especially as word began to leak out that this would be his "electro" album, maybe particularly because that concept sounded so dangerously suspect, I had to hear it. I have heard the record, and if you are (or were) a Strokes fan, you should too; some will love it, some will not, some will be thrilled and some will be bored -- again, as life itself can be endlessly perplexing, there is no quick and simple answer to the questions this one offers up (first off, "is it good?").

Despite the swooping synth runs, the cheesy Casio-style drums and the measured retro-future posturing, Phrazes for the Young is a remarkably Strokesian album. Casablacas' bored croon holds these songs together, and his chronic detachment is in fine form, probably improved really, with bitterness or joy creeping in at the corners that was often bereft from his previous vocalizations. Mostly these are pulsing mid-tempo rockers, and there is, in fact, plenty of guitar chug to many of them, not just synth-pop pulse. At its best, like on the set-opening "Out of the Blue," or the slinky electro-anthem single "11th Dimension," there is a strut and undeniable hook to these songs that is utterly embracing, and when the chorus finally comes, as on the single with Casablancas magnanimously imploring "Forgive them, even if they are not sorry, all the vultures and bootleggers at the door waiting," it's hard not to sing along.

At other times though, the album meanders, and is mired in our prep-school heroes' self-involved theatrics; I can appreciate Casablancas enjoying his newfound sobriety, but it's a tough subject to sing about, especially as he starts bitching about the gentrification of the Lower East Side on "Ludlow St.," as if he himself wasn't a part of the problem -- he surely can't claim to be part of the lost "real" L.E.S. Regardless, there are enough high points here, and a few tracks that measure up to the Strokes best -- though that begs the question of why they were not saved for the elusive fourth Strokes album. But that's not our problem, not now at least. For the moment, I will be content to turn up my favorite songs, which is more than I can offer most albums. [JM]

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Gremlinz - The Instrumentals 2003-2009
(Planet Mu)

"Piano Madness"

The almost forgotten world of grime gets a much-needed jump-start with Gremlinz, a staggeringly funky collection in which 18 of Terror Danjah's tracks are stripped of the vocals, allowing the British producer to take center stage. These productions were created between 2003 and 2009, and you can definitely trace TD's development of ideas, techniques and colors. Like Pharrell/Neptunes or Timbaland, Danjah's sonic stamp comes from working with a small library of sounds and tricks. His minimal icy funk can also be compared to fellow UK producer Wiley, and like all of the aforementioned, they share a clever MO; as the album progresses, your ears adapt to the repetition of sounds and overall 140 bpm tempo, the melody fluctuating, one moment coming from the bassline, the next, some weird sample or synth. This is simple, funky dance music, its vibe always changing, from alien and futuristic to dramatic and sinister, to playful. Call it music for comic books, arcades, handhelds, or Play Stations, from pirate radio to the top of the pops, this is the sound of London, 2009. Just wait until to you get to the track "Planet Shock," where he freaks the hip-hop classic "Planet Rock" into a killer re-edit filled with laser beams, cheering crowds and lots of sonic bombs. And then a few cuts later comes "Limbo," which kicks off with a barrage of synths all filtered and smeared, and when the beat drops you can almost imagine this to be a remix of Janet Jackson or Ciara. I haven't heard anything quite like it ever, futuristic digital dance music at its finest. [DG]

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Invisible Girl
(In the Red)

"Invisible Girl"

A King Khan & BBQ record is generally only as good as your mood -- their brash and shambling throwback rock 'n' roll can be aggravating if you're feeling lowdown and blue, as they generally seem to be having more fun than anybody should, and yet sometimes the skuzzy-fuzzy duo packs enough three-chord firecracker power to kick start the party lurking in any sad soul. But behind the ear-crackling lo-fi sound and generally ribald lyrics, what comes across most is the sense that King Khan and Mark Sultan (a/k/a BBQ, and a member of the now defunct Spaceshifts and the Sexareenos) are a couple of artful crate-diggers; they are sixties pop disciples, in love with the sound of electric guitars, and girls' backsides.

Their latest, Invisible Girl, could be another installment of the Nuggets compilations -- they cover a lot of historical rock and roll ground with this album, from early Stones-y balladry (see "Invisible Girl") to Kinks-y two chord vamping (see "Animal Party"). It's fun to hear Marl Sultan move away from his one-two punk shout and sing some pretty melodies on the love-lost boogey "Tryin'." Where previous KK & BBQ albums blasted you pretty much straight through with stompers and rockers, Invisible Girl rips a lot of its vocal cues from blue-eyed soul and doo-wop groups (tracks like "Anala" and "Third Ave"). This allows the duo to utilize Khan's smoky, James Brown croon and Otis Redding wail to their fullest effect, without ever sounding like his soul-revival project with the Shrines. And you simply have to hear the X-rated lyrics of "Tastebuds" to believe them. Khan and Sultan save the best for last though, with "Do the Chop," which outright steals a Temptations guitar riff and creates a new snaking, wiggly dance with it. The song heralds a brighter, more vibrant, and no less colorful incarnation of King Khan and BBQ, who obviously have such a good time doing what they do that you pray that they can keep doing it forever. [MS]

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Dillanthology Vol. 3

"So Far to Go"

The third and final installment in the Dillanthology series focuses mainly on the late-era productions of James "Dilla" Yancey prior to his untimely death in 2006. Beginning with the classic track, "Workinonit," from his masterpiece Donuts, this selection goes on to dissect his albums for Stones Throw, BBE, and Nature Sounds along with the addition of a couple of previously hard-to-find or vinyl-only tracks. The sequencing is nicely thought out, moving between solo vocal tracks, instrumentals, and guest outings featuring choice collaborations with Madlib, Common, Black Thought, Phat Kat, D'Angelo, Guilty Simpson, and Frank'n'Dank. In some ways this third installment is more for the diehard Dillaphile, yet it's a great listen from start to finish, with the versions feeling just slightly different from their original (it could just be the re-mastering). All in all, it's a nice conclusion to this thoughtful series that further illustrates the richness and, still, timelessness of Dilla's production style. Recommended both as an introduction or as a reminder. [DG]

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Bleach: 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition
(Sub Pop)

"Dive (Live)"

Believe it or not it's been 20 years since Sub Pop released Nirvana's debut full-length, and we'd say it's about time for a second listen. Famously recorded for around $600, Bleach has been beautifully remastered by original producer Jack Endino, and it sounds fiercer than ever, and just as beautiful. The band was still in its formative stages, without Dave Grohl's piston precision, and just as Cobain was really finding his voice as a songwriter, but nonetheless this record is one of the best heavy rock albums of the modern era, and is essential. The CD comes with another album's worth of bonus material, a complete live performance from February 9th, 1990 at the Pine Street Theatre in Portland, Oregon.

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Live at Reading

Also just out is this live DVD of Nirvana's legendary headlining performance at the Reading Festival in the summer of '92. The band should have been on top of the world at this point, having sold millions of copies of Nevermind over the previous year, and widely being hailed as the saviors of rock and roll. But they had also been plagued by rumors (mostly true, it turned out) of instability, centered on Cobain's dangerous heroin habit, and it was widely reported that the singer had been hospitalized with an overdose days before this festival appearance. The opening of the set finds Kurt being wheeled onto the stage before a crowd of 600,000 in a hospital gown and outrageous wig, weak and incoherent, collapsing in a heap after singing barely a word. When this entrance is revealed to be a bit of comedy theater, the band just poking fun at the press and their fans alike, the group explodes with a fury and abandon that shows how much they still had to prove, and Nirvana delivers a set that is simply stunning by any measure. This was Nirvana at their absolute height, and both sound (mixed 5.1) and visuals will make this film an essential piece of music history, and worth picking up even if you have already perused one of the numerous bootlegs of this show that have been available. Sold as a DVD & CD combo, or CD alone. CD is missing one track, "Love Buzz."

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Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead
(Chimera Music)

"The Interview

Sean Lennon makes a foray into film scoring with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead, and the result is a lushly orchestrated, often eccentric album of string-heavy instrumental music. These tracks are, obviously, meant to accompany the film of the same name, but they're strong enough -- and weird enough -- to stand on their own, as Lennon experiments with electronic noises and unexpected rhythms throughout.

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Freedom, Rhythm & Sound Book
(Soul Jazz)

Anybody who has spent even a cursory amount of time over the years in those bygone establishments we called record stores knows the allure of a good LP cover, and also that during the social, cultural and musical explosion that was jazz in the 1960s and '70s, some of the most alluring images in pop art were the ones gracing that sprawling genre's album covers. This book is the best collection we've seen of some of the most intriguing LP art ever, reproduced beautifully in full size, with excellent notes and commentary from Gilles Peterson and Stuart Baker. 179 pages. (Due to the weight of the book, an additional shipping and handling charge will be applied.)

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All of the Fire
(Terrible Records)

"Lil Ivy"
"Honest Aims"

Released on Terrible Records (run by Grizzly Bear's Chris Taylor and Ethan Silverman of Lust Boys), the debut 10" EP from Acrylics was recorded by Taylor at his converted-church studio and is a solid introduction to the Brooklyn quintet's jangly but slightly melancholic songs. Band founders Jason Klauber and Molly Shea trade vocals over stereo-strummed guitars and pedal steel, at times recalling "Under the Milky Way"-era Church.

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Molina and Johnson
(Secretly Canadian)

"Twenty Cycles to the Ground"
"34 Blues"

A meeting of the minds between Songs: Ohia / Magnolia Electric Co's Jason Molina and Centro-matic's Will Johnson, two of new Americana-folk's most creative voices. Recorded in Texas in 2008, this great, modest recording is the perfect backdrop for the duo to trade vocal leads and harmonize over bare-boned instrumentation (mostly acoustic guitar and piano), resulting in a heart achingly intimate set of songs that frequently borders on haunting.

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"The Twins (Prague)"
"Last Days"

Fat Cat reissues Richter's lovely 2002 album, at a time when the young composer has found a broad audience following a couple of smart and engaging conceptual albums, including his suite of hopeful ringtones in 24 Postcards in Full Colour. This record has a theme too, an abstract look back at the iconic composers of history, like Bach, Beethoven and Mahler, misremembered almost as Dirty Projectors allowed themselves to do with Black Flag. Richter almost quotes the masters, alluding to the history of composition to craft something beautiful and new.

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Path Through the Forest: The Secret World of Clifford T. Ward 1964-71
(Wooden Hill)

"Terribly Unkind"

A nice collection of the earliest recordings from this British singer/songwriter who achieved some fame as a pop-folk artist in the early-'70s. These tracks date from 1964-'71, and showcase his long-unavailable pop-psych recordings as leader of the Secrets, as well as great early solo demos and home recordings, many of which have never been available, at least in their original, unvarnished and beautiful form.

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World Painted Blood

There is not much you need to say about a new Slayer album; while there is no doubt that historically speaking, these guys are a groundbreaking metal maelstrom, album by album they pretty much stick to what they know. That said, this is one of their fiercer and faster records, and Rick Rubin as executive producer seems to add up to just what you might hope: a raw, straightforward version of their classic sound, and a batch of great new songs. If you like Slayer...

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Free Song Download: "The Apple and the Tooth"

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Free song download of "The Apple and the Tooth," from Bibio's forthcoming EP of the same name (out Tuesday, November 9). These past few years, Stephen Wilkinson has been steadily pushing his gauzy collages of folky-guitar loops and found sounds into fully realized songs while still retaining the hazy dream-state of his early work. "The Apple and the Tooth" is a short and sweet, beat-driven slice of sun-baked psychedelia, with chopped-up flutes swirling around Wilkinson's introspective melodies and finger-picked guitars.




  Below is a sneak peek at some of the releases that we'll be covering in next week's Other Music Update. These records are highly anticipated here at the shop and while they won't be hitting our shelves until tomorrow (Friday), we'll begin shipping them out to our mail order customers tonight. You can add any of these to your shopping cart by clicking on the price, or order with your cell phone by texting the item's corresponding Subcode to 767825.

Quantec "Cauldron Subsidence" CD $15.99

Black to Comm "Alphabet 1968" CD $15.99

Various Artists "Panama! 3: Calypso Panameño, Guajira Jazz & Cumbia Tipica on the Isthmus 1960-75" CD $15.99
Various Artists "Panama! 3: Calypso Panameño, Guajira Jazz & Cumbia Tipica on the Isthmus 1960-75" 2xLP $21.99

2562 "Unbalance" CD $15.99

Supersilent "9" CD $17.99

Various Artists "Singapore A Go-Go" CD $15.99

Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou "Echos Hypnotiques Vol. 2" CD $22.99

Various Artists "Ghana Special: Modern Highlife, Afro Sounds & Ghanaian Blues 1968-91" 2xCD $24.99

  All of this week's new arrivals.

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