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   December 15, 2011  




Compiling our annual Holiday Gift Guide has become a fun tradition for us at Other Music, with many of the selections lifted from our staff members' own wish lists. Here, we've highlighted a wide range of styles and prices of truly unique, beautifully packaged and highly recommended releases and items. Some of these selections are store favorites that you may have seen listed in one of this past year's Updates, and there are some brand new, never-before-featured gift ideas that we're equally excited about as well, all of which we plan to enjoy in the years to come. We hope that you and yours will too!

A small extra shipping fee may be applied to the books and box sets that we've featured below due to the items' weight. We've made note when this is the case, but if the total of your order is over $60, we're offering Free Domestic Shipping. (Offer is good through December 31st.)

Other Music can guarantee that any order placed by December 21 will reach its destination by Christmas. And it's easy to ship your gift directly to your loved one -- in the Shipping Address section (located beneath the Billing Address section), you can enter their name in Address Line 1 and their street address in Address Line 2. You may also request Overnight or Next Day Air for orders placed after December 21, or any other time that you need expedited shipping. Just email orders@othermusic.com, or call our mail order department: (212) 477-8150, ext. #2 (Monday-Friday, Noon-7 p.m. EST)

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Look for our annual top 25 picks for 2011's best releases and reissues, which we'll be sending out next week.

Happy Holidays!!

-All of us at Other Music

Wheedle's Groove 45 Box Set
Sonic Youth DVD
Mickey Newbury CD Box Set
Bobby Charles 3CD
Studio One Records Book
Boddie Recording Company Box Set
The Beach Boys SMiLE
Kung Fu Nation Band T-Shirts & Totes
Other Music T-Shirts & Tote
Titan: It's All Pop Box Set
Popol Vuh Box Set
Ride Nowhere 20th Anniversary 2CD
Opika Pende 4CD & Book Set
Sun Ra Book
Jesus and Mary Chain Expanded CDs
The Smiths 8CD Box Set
She & Him Christmas Album
This May Be My Last Time Singing: Raw African-American Gospel 3CD
R. Crumb Book
The Louvin Brothers 2CD, LP & Tee
Live... Suburbia! Book
Bad Brains Playing Cards
Aluminum 45 Adapter
Discwasher Record Cleaner

All of this week's new arrivals.
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Wheedle's Groove: 45 Box Set
(Light in the Attic)

Originally released in 2004, Wheedle's Groove skimmed the cream off the top of the vibrant Seattle funk and soul scene of the late-'60s and early-'70s, and established Light in the Attic as one of the best reissue labels of the modern era. This year they expanded the franchise with a killer 45 box collecting ten meticulous reproductions of impossibly rare singles of the era, picture sleeves and all, plus a 96-page book, and as a bonus, a CD of an unreleased 1975 album from Robbie Hill's Family Affair. Limited edition, hand numbered. (Free domestic shipping.)

$64.99 45x10+CD





1991: The Year Punk Broke

Whatever your opinion is of the mid-'90s commercial breakthrough of punk rock and "alternative" music -- Ian MacKaye recently had a funny quote about the alternate meaning of the title The Year Punk Broke -- this tour doc of Sonic Youth's 1991 European travels, featuring performances and candid behind-the-scenes footage from SY, an on-the-verge Nirvana, Dinosaur Jr., the Ramones, Mudhoney, and others, still rocks. Believe it or not, that was 20 years ago, and if you were there, or just wish you were, this expanded DVD edition, with over an hour of bonus material, will bring you back!

$19.99 DVD





An American Trilogy CD Box Set
(Drag City)

"San Francisco"

Drag City does right by Mickey Newbury, one of the greatest American singer-songwriters of all time, by reissuing his three most crucial albums in this four-disc set, including an amazing fourth disc of never-before-released outtakes, publishing demos, and live sessions that equals much of what you hear on his properly released records. Newbury was inarguably one of the most ambitious and talented songwriters to ever grace the streets of Nashville, a man held in awe by such peers as Kris Kristofferson and Johnny Cash. Even if you've never heard him, you've undoubtedly heard his songs, as performed by many dozens of artists of note during the 1960s and '70s, and this is the essential collection. (Free domestic shipping.)

$34.99 CDx4





Bobby Charles - Deluxe
(Rhino Handmade)

"Street People"
"Save Me Jesus"
"What Are We Doing?"

Everybody loves that unlikely '70s hybrid we call country-soul, and while there were some great reissues in the genre this year from the likes of Jim Ford and Larry Jon Wilson, this amazing set from New Orleans native Bobby Charles is hard to beat. Charles is best known for the hits he wrote for rock and rollers like Bill Haley and Fats Domino, but his brand of Cajun swamp-rock is pure magic; this album was recorded in 1971 at Bearsville, with Dr. John, the Band and David Sanborn filling out the ranks, and it is a gritty, soulful vintage pop record that still sounds amazing today. Rhino Handmade has pulled out all the stops here -- the remastering is excellent and the album is augmented with another dozen songs from the same 1971 sessions, and 13 from '74, plus a 30-minute interview with Charles from '72, just before the original record's release.

$54.99 CDx3





Deluxe 12"x12" 200 Page Book
(Soul Jazz Books)

Another beautiful coffee-table book from Soul Jazz, this 12"x12" hardcover collects hundreds of album designs from the essential Jamaican reggae label Studio One, with a nice lengthy intro by reggae historian and Blood & Fire Records founder, Steve Barrow. Featuring over 200 pages of iconic classics, alternate covers, silkscreened editions, rarities and more, this book will thrill fans of the label, Jamaican culture, students of classic '60s-'70s design, or really any record collector. (Due to weight, a small extra shipping charge may be applied.)

$39.99 BK




Boddie Recording Company: Cleveland, Ohio
(The Numero Group)

Few labels approach box sets with the meticulous care and passion of the Numero Group and this three-CD or five-LP collection of underground soul, funk, doo-wop and gospel from Cleveland's Boddie Recording Company is one of their best. Culled from 10,000 hours of tape, and more than 300 LPs and 45s originally released on Thomas and Louise Boddie's own Soul Kitchen, Bounty and Luau labels, Numero has collected close to 60 tracks recorded between 1958 and 1973, and the set shows a depth and diversity that is invigorating. (Due to weight, a small extra shipping charge may be applied to your LP box set order.)

$58.99 LPx5


$41.99 CDx3




The Smile Sessions

"Do You Like Worms"
"Cabin Essence"

For many, many music fans, 2011 will be remembered as the year that the definitive version of the Beach Boys' legendary, near-mystical SMiLE finally saw the light, and it indeed proved to be the brilliant and innovative masterpiece that all those bootlegs had only hinted at. And that's not even touching on the second disc here of expanded sessions featuring lots of jaw-dropping vocal takes and improv sessions with the Wrecking Crew -- man, Brian Wilson really was diving pretty deep into the avant-garde. There's a good chance that you scooped this up the day it came out, but you know there's a loved one who NEEDS to hear this -- perhaps that Beatles-obsessed uncle who blew your mind the first time he played Sgt. Pepper's for you when you were a kid. Return the gift, with a SMiLE.






Nothing says I love you like a t-shirt... well, it's better than socks, right? This holiday season Other Music is featuring a pop-up shop from Kung Fu Nation, with a broad selection of awesome band tees and totes: classic designs from Sonic Youth, the Jesus Lizard, Mudhoney and Pavement, and new classics like Vampire Weekend, Wilco, LCD Soundsystem ("last show" hoodies!), Dam-Funk, and a whole lot more. For a full list of bands, styles and sizes, go to our mail order website and do a keyword search with the words "Kung Fu".

We also have a killer new Other Music logo design shirt (pictured below), as well as our classic oval logo shirts and totes. Just click the size of the t-shirt to add to your shopping cart.

NEW Indigo/Gold Design $16.99
Small, Medium, Large, X-Large

Grey Classic Oval Logo $16.99
Small, Medium, Large, X-Large

Navy Classic Oval Logo $14.99
Small, Medium, Large, X-Large

Navy Other Music Tote Bag $14.99




Titan: It's All Pop
(The Numero Group)

"Shark" Gary Charlson
"I Hope" Scott McCarl

Another solid set from the Numero Group in this year's Holiday Gift Guide, and for anyone who likes their music Byrds- and Beatles-informed, with a sprinkle of glammy swagger and US AM radio sheen, this is nothing less than a treasure trove. Titan's existence was short-lived, but the Nebraska-based record label's output was undoubtedly sweet; the four slabs of wax here feature the likes of Arlis! (who's got the Raspberries thing down pat), Kim Fowley cohort Bobby Sky, glam-poppers the Boys (who deservedly get one of the records to themselves on the LP version), and more. The vinyl box features eight extra tracks (not included on the 2CD version), and comes with a nice LP-sized booklet guaranteed to induce a severe case of flare and feathered-hair envy. (Due to weight, a small extra shipping charge may be applied to your LP box set order.)

$49.99 LPx4


$24.99 CDx2





Werner Herzog Soundtracks - Box Set

"Engel der Gegenwart"
"Morgengruss II"
"Venus Principle"

Popul Vuh's sublime soundtracks to Werner Herzog's classic films of the '70s and '80s are as iconic as the movies themselves, and Florian Fricke's evocative guitar and synthesizer work was never better than when he was collaborating with Herzog. This lovely limited set from SPV includes Aguirre (1972), Heart of Glass (1976), Nosferatu (1979), Fitzcarraldo (1982), and Cobra Verde (1987), plus a 98-page book full of photos and notes. (Due to weight, a small extra shipping charge may be applied.)






Nowhere: 20th Anniversary Edition
(Rhino Handmade)

"Like a Daydream"

Ride's 1990 debut LP is one of the best documents of the shoegaze era, and for our money the best album the band ever made. This wonderful edition includes the brilliant Fall EP (which was also included on the original American CD edition of the album), along with all four tracks from 1991's Today Forever EP, really making this a complete picture of the best period in Ride's career. In addition to Rhino Handmade's lavish packaging, the set is rounded out with a full concert recording of their first appearance in Los Angeles. The perfect document of a young band at their peak, exploring the kaleidoscopic bounds of pop music.

$44.99 CDx2




Opika Pende: Africa at 78RPM

This four-disc set of 100 sides culled from Excavated Shellac architect Jonathan Ward's extensive and excellent collection of African 78s traverses Tunisia to South Africa, Algeria to Zanzibar, reaching the remote islands of Seychelles and Reunion. This impossibly rare music paints an aural picture of nearly the whole of Africa between 1909 and the 1960s, and it's fitting to consider this set as the African equivalent to Harry Smith's game changer, the Anthology of American Folk Music; it exclusively contains music created by the people, bought by the people, and, for better or worse, music reflecting the social and economic conditions of the people. You, or someone you love, needs this one. (Due to weight, a small extra shipping charge may be applied.)






This Planet Is Doomed: The Science Fiction Poetry of Sun Ra
(Kicks Books)

Collecting all of Sun Ra's science fiction poetry for the first time in this stunning new paperback, archive director Michael Anderson culled through hours of audio recordings and transcriptions, finding a trove of powerful, celestial writing from Ra, including several "lost" poems never before available. With a substantial forward from Amiri Baraka and an introduction from science fiction historian Bhob Stewart, this is a must for any Sun Ra fan. And while you're at it, Norton recently released their three vinyl-only Sun Ra spoken-word albums digitally, available for download here.

$14.99 BK





Psychocandy - Expanded
Darklands - Expanded

Deluxe reissues of two classics from this wildly influential, awesome band, Psychocandy (1985) and Darklands (1987). The debut album adds all the b-sides, demos, outtakes and rarities, and a DVD with promo videos, TV appearances and rare live footage of the time, including the crowd destroying the North London Polytechnic Auditorium during an infamous JAMC riot. Their sophomore album, Darklands, is fleshed out with the Some Candy Talking EP, all the b-sides, outtakes, BBC sessions and more, plus a DVD featuring several TV appearances from that era.

$29.99 CDx2+DVD


$29.99 CDx2+DVD





The Smiths Complete - Box Set

If we can speak frankly (Mr. Shankly...sorry!) about box sets from incendiary bands, most fans already own the albums, singles, and plenty of the b-sides, and more often than not drool over short-run collections like this one, but never treat themselves -- and then it's out of print. So if there's a Smiths fan in your life -- and there's sure to be at least one -- you cannot go wrong with trying to squeeze this box into their Christmas stocking, unless of course, they already own this set, and if they do, you'd have certainly seen it nicely displayed under their Moz poster. All four of the group's studio albums (The Smiths, Meat Is Murder, The Queen Is Dead and Strangeways, Here We Come), their sole live album (Rank) and three compilations (Hatful of Hollow, The World Won't Listen and Louder Than Bombs) are nicely remastered and packaged in mini-LP replica sleeves and include a booklet with expanded liner notes. Extremely limited! (Free domestic shipping.)

$79.99 CDx8





A Very She & Him Christmas

We've spent every Christmas with Zooey Deschanel ever since Elf arrived back in 2003 (possibly the best Xmas movie ever), and her vocal turns on the soundtrack were the first time most people ever realized the starlet could sing. Now Deschanel is both a TV star and a pop star, and she (& Him) surprised us with a nice musical gift this year, recording a whole album of seasonal songs with her partner M. Ward, keeping things simple and playing to their strengths -- namely, her warm, playful and effortlessly emotional singing, and his great guitar work and natural, relaxed production style. The record is all room tone, gentle acoustic strumming and the subtlest embellishments, with the duo covering all the classics and a few obscurities. It's for the best that Buddy the Elf doesn't make any guest appearances, as he certainly would have broken the lovely dulcet tone of the album, but She & Him have made a new holiday favorite and yes, the whole family will enjoy.

$14.99 CD







This May Be My Last Time Singing: Raw African-American Gospel on 45RPM 1957-1982
(Tompkins Square)

"Perfect Like the Angels"
"Jesus Been Good"
"He Will Fix It"

This is the second volume of raw American gospel that Yeti magazine founder/editor Mike McGonigal has curated for Tompkins Square, once again culling records that display a fierce, street-level approach to music making that could appeal to fans of punk or ethnographic field recordings as much as they could fans of traditional religious music. Most all of the groups included here were clearly in the sway of the "modern" soul sounds that ruled the black community (and really, much of the world) in the '60s and '70s; it is music by and for the people, and oftentimes you can hear those people singing and clapping along to tracks cut live in front of the congregation. Hours of great, inspirational music spread across three discs with meticulous notes from McGonigal make this a must-have for even the saddest sinner.

$37.99 CDx3





The Complete Record Cover Collection
(W. W. Norton & Company)

Robert Crumb has probably reached as many people with his album artwork as he has with his deeply influential comics. Beginning with Big Brother & the Holding Company's Cheap Thrills in 1968, Crumb's offbeat humor and inimitable style graced hundreds of records over the years, from top-selling rock bands to underground favorites, and many classic blues and old-time music reissues (Crumb is an infamous 78 collector). This lovely hardcover slip-cased book (it looks like a vintage multi-platter 78 set) compiles them all, adding another page -- more like 96 pages -- to this essential artist's list of achievements. (Due to weight, a small extra shipping charge may be applied.)

$27.99 BK





Satan Is Real / Handpicked Songs
(Light in the Attic)

"I See a Bridge"
"You're Running Wild"

This great double-CD set from the Louvin Brothers includes a beautifully remastered version of the close-harmonizing country-gospel duo's stunning 1960 album Satan Is Real, plus a second disc of "greatest hits" spanning the brother's career, handpicked by famous fans like Beck, Dolly Parton, Will Oldham, Jim James and Kris Kristofferson. We also just got in a nice 180 gram vinyl pressing of Satan Is Real (sans Handpicked Songs). If you thought it couldn't get any better, throw in a t-shirt with Jess Rotter's homage to the iconic cover shot from the Satan Is Real LP, and you have the perfect package.

$21.99 CDx2


$21.99 LP
180 Gram


Designed by Rotter and Friends

$34.99 SMALL


$34.99 MEDIUM


$34.99 LARGE


$34.99 X-LARGE




By Anthony Pappalardo and Max G. Morton
(Power House)

Best described as a visual document of American teen disillusionment, this beautiful 240-page book drifts through post-'60s subcultures, collecting arresting images (from photographers like JJ Gonson, Gail Rush, Rusty Moore, Michael Galinsky, Theresa Kelliher, Ryan Murphy, Justine Demetrick, Casey Chaos, Eva Talmadge and London May), and fascinating oral histories. Written and edited by Anthony Pappalardo (Radio Silence: A Selected Visual History of American Hardcore Music), and Heartworm Press' Max G. Morton, with a forward from the Hold Steady's Craig Finn. (Due to weight, a small extra shipping charge may be applied.)

$24.99 BK





Playing Cards

We don't know whose idea it was to make Bad Brains playing cards, with the band's iconic lighting-bolt-to-the-Capitol logo in full color across the back of all 52, but these might make the perfect stocking stuffer... for somebody. We can't really imagine the group winding down after a show with a few rounds of bridge in the back of the van, but if they did...who would partner with H.R.?

$8.99 MD





Assorted Colors

Not your dad's 45 adapter, this retro-futuristic gem of vinyl science is quite simply the most aesthetically satisfying way we know of to play those little records with the big holes and perfect for DJs needing to make that quick change-n-cue. Cast aluminum, comes in a variety of fashion colors.

$6.99 MD




Vinyl Record Care

A Holiday Gift Guide staple for that vinyl junkie in your life, who finds true happiness year 'round digging up dusty records from far and wide. Give the gift that keeps giving: RECORD CLEANER! With every crisp, clean drop of the needle, they will have you to thank!

$17.99 MD

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