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  November 30, 2012  




Our annual Holiday Gift Guide is always fun to put together, with most of the suggestions coming directly off the Other Music staff's own wish lists. Once again, we've selected a wide range of styles and prices of unique, beautifully packaged, and highly recommended gift ideas, some that you may have seen listed in one of this year's past Updates, and many brand new, never-before-featured items that we're equally excited about. We hope that we can help you find something for the music lover in your life, even if that music lover happens to be you.

To make your holiday shopping easier this year, we are offering gift-wrapping for an additional charge of $3.50 -- you'll see that option at check out.

Other Music will guarantee that any order placed by December 20 will reach its destination by Christmas. We can also accommodate orders placed after December 20. You'll notice that you can now select expedited shipping options like Express Mail, Next Day Air or 2nd Day Air at check out. For any questions or concerns, just email orders@othermusic.com, or call our mail order department: 212-477-8150, ext. #2 (Monday-Friday, Noon-7 p.m. EST).

We also offer Other Music Gift Certificates which can be redeemed for purchases made both in the store and off of our CD/LP website. You can buy a gift certificate in person at the shop (just ask the register clerk), or on-line here, where you have a choice of various increments between $15 and $200. (Or email orders@othermusic.com if you would like an amount not listed as an option.)

Gift certificates are available for Other Music's MP3 download site as well, available here in increments of $25, $50 and $100.

Look for Other Music's annual top 25 picks for 2012's best releases and reissues, which we'll be sending out in the coming weeks, along with our staff's personal favorite lists for the year.

Happy Holidays!!

-All of us at Other Music

Lee Hazlewood - 7" Box Set
Scott Walker - Book
Can Lost Tapes - CDx3 or LPx5
LCD Soundsystem - DVD
Sufjan Stevens Silver & Gold - CDx5
Jukebox Mambo - 10" Box Set
Lee 'Scratch' Perry - DVD
William Basinski - Box Set
Velvet Underground - Box Sets
The Beatles - Stereo LP Box Set
Rolling Stones - DVD
Dan Penn The Fame Recordings - CD Pictures of Sound - Book & CD
Drop on Down in Florida - Book & CDx2
Work Hard, Play Hard, Pray Hard - Book & CD or LP
Obscure Giants of Acoustic Guitar - Trading Cards
The Cleaners from Venus - CDx3 or LP
Chickfactor 20th Anniversay Issue
Other Music T-Shirts & Tote
Other Music Coin Purse
45 Spindle Adapter
Discwasher Record Cleaner

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You Turned My Head Around: Lee Hazlewood Industries 1967-1970
(Light in the Attic)

We have a few copies left of this limited-edition 7" set from Light in the Attic, exploring the best of Lee Hazlewood's own LHI imprint. Eleven picture-sleeve 45s from Lee and his stable, including artists like Suzi Jane Hokom, Honey Ltd, Kitchen Cinq, Ann-Margret, and more. Fans of Hazlewood or really any obscure '60s pop-obsessive will flip over the set (and the custom magnetic flip-top box it comes in). Includes download code, LHI adaptor, and more!.

$69.99 7"x11 Box Set





No Regrets: Writings on Scott Walker - Edited by Rob Young
(The Wire)

Scott Walker fans will find much to sink their teeth into with this excellently curated collection of critical essays on the singer and composer's work, beginning chronologically from his beginnings in the Walker Brothers to his acclaimed initial solo years, through a reevaluation of his much-maligned "wilderness" period in the 1970s, and into the critical renaissance he saw with the Walker Brothers' Nite Flights album and the development and nurturing of his distinct contemporary muse via albums like Climate of Hunter, Tilt, and The Drift. Edited by Rob Young of The Wire magazine, and featuring writings by Ian Penman, Damon Krukowski, David Toop, Amanda Petrusich, Derek Walmsley, and 30 Century Man director Stephen Kijak, amongst many others, this 279-page hardbound book is an enlightening look at the career, achievements, and struggles of one of America's last remaining creative icons. Pick a copy of this up as you begin to digest his new album Bish Bosch, coming out on December 4th. Walker is a man who has never stopped challenging himself (and his listeners) via a maze of creative twists and turns, and this book does a wonderful job in making sense of it all, mapping out the terrain even at times when he has presented us with the unfathomable.

$29.95 BK




The Lost Tapes - Limited Edition Box Set

"A Swan Is Born"
"Waiting for the Streetcar"
"Dead Pigeon Suite"

Perhaps one of 2012's most eagerly anticipated and most highly revered archival releases, The Lost Tapes is a boxed set of previously unheard works unearthed from the vaults of seminal German rock group Can, displaying their multifaceted approach to songcraft. Spread across three CDs or five LPs (vinyl out in mid-December), this set delivers embryonic and alternate versions of songs from Can's essential Tago Mago and Ege Bamyasi albums, additional film music from the same sessions as their Soundtracks album, and a treasure trove of never-before-heard pieces that are honestly every bit as funky, ethereal, and powerful as almost any of their "classic" work. It covers the group's early years with vocalist Malcolm Mooney, onto their next phase with singer Damo Suzuki, and a few cuts from the later years when the group was pared down to the basic quartet, with informative liner notes by band-member Irmin Schmidt, the man responsible for finding, archiving, and editing these tapes into the collection you have here. This is an essential purchase for longtime fans of the band, and a great gift for your wild uncle who yearns to revisit his acid-damaged salad days (though he may still be living them now!).

$23.99 CDx3
$99.99 Pre-order LPx5






Shut Up and Play the Hits

LCD Soundsystem's rise from local NYC underground favorites to international independent rock figureheads came to a celebratory close with a huge, raucous, heartfelt final show at Madison Square Garden last year. That concert, along with footage of the preparation for and comedown from that epic three-and-a-half-hour farewell performance, is documented on Shut Up and Play the Hits, and proves to be a wonderful chronicle of all of the things that made the group so beloved by fans: sharp humor, biting cultural commentary, a touching display of humanity, and of course, killer musical performances by a band captured in their prime as they tear through a dozen favorites like "Losing My Edge," "Dance Yrself Clean," "Yeah," "All My Friends," "North American Scum," an unhinged cover of Nilsson's "Jump into the Fire," and the final curtain call, "New York, I Love You but You're Bringing Me Down." The special edition set also includes two bonus discs featuring all three-and-a-half hours of the concert, making for an absolutely essential and touching last missive from one of the most influential bands of the past decade.

$29.99 DVDx3
$34.99 Blu-Rayx3





Silver & Gold Box Set
(Asthamtic Kitty)

"Lumberjack Christmas"
"Carol of St. Benjamin the Bearded One "

No one makes Christmas music quite like Sufjan Stevens, who balances reverence and sincerity for holiday traditions with the quirky, familial indie-chamber-pop that we've come to love from the songwriter. Silver & Gold is nearly double the length of his last holiday greeting (2006's Songs for Christmas), ready to be piped into your favorite indie music fan's Christmas parties, soundtracking their every mistletoe hanging, gingerbread-house making, tree-trimming, and gift-wrapping move. Here, Stevens is joined by friends like the National's Aaron and Bryce Dessner, Arcade Fire's Reed Parry, and various members of the Castanets and Danielson Famile, offering close to three hours of holiday music. Included are standards and classics such as "Silent Night," "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing," "Joy to the World," "Jingle Bells" and "Auld Lang Syne," new originals like folk-stomper "Lumberjack Christmas/No One Can Save You from Christmas Past," shambolic lo-fi sing-alongs "Ding-a-ling-a-ring-a-ling" and "I Am Santa's Helper," the oddball fun of "Mr. Frosty Man," and an electronic-fueled non-Christmas bonus cover of Prince's "Alphabet Street," because hey, the season is all about giving, right!? The whole thing is packaged in a gift box that includes five CD EPs, festive stickers, temporary tattoos, a build-it-yourself ornament, a fold-out poster, song lyrics and chord charts, essays and liner notes.

$37.99 CDx5





Jukebox Mambo: Rumba & Afro-Latin Accented Rhythm & Blues 1949-1960

DJ Liam Large has assembled this killer collection of mid-20th century R&B, all drenched in exotic Afro-Cuban, Caribbean and Latin rhythms from artists like Percy Mayfield, Mad Man Jones, Mabel Scott, Lalo Guererro, Cozy Cole, Fay Simmons and Joe Loco. This limited edition set is pressed on six 10" records and housed in a nice old-time looking hardcover book with a 12-page color booklet featuring great liners detailing the story of how black music was affected by Afro-Latin influences and the modern music that's come since, plus four bonus tracks not included on the CD version, also available. If the music in these record grooves doesn't heat up a cold winter's night, you had better check your pulse!

$75.99 10"x6+BK





The Upsetter

This wonderful feature documentary follows Lee 'Scratch' Perry, one the most influential figures in reggae music, throughout his groundbreaking and tumultuous career. Perry essentially invented reggae, and from his early work with Bob Marley & the Wailers through his recordings with the Congos and myriad other Jamaican icons, and numerous Anglo stars who revered him like the Clash and Paul McCartney, Perry's credits as a producer, performer, songwriter and label owner are integral to the music of Jamaica, and his story is as wild and colorful as any in modern music. Narrated by Benicio Del Toro, this is a great look at a true legend of modern music.

$16.99 DVD




The Distintegration Loops Box Set
(Temporary Residence)

William Basinski's epic, four-volume work The Disintegration Loops, on which his archive of tape loops of orchestra swells and arpeggios recorded during the early 1980s literally crumbles off of the reels as you listen, has become one of the most pure and highly acclaimed examples of ambient process music ever released. This gorgeous box set collects the complete works of those four albums, as well as two live orchestral performances from recent years, across five CDs. Each of the volumes is also pressed on double vinyl in gatefold sleeves replicating the original CD art for what is said to be the first and only time, with the live orchestral performances included on an additional single LP. Also included is a DVD of Basinski's Disintegration Film and a coffee table book that features touching recollections by Basinski and his partner, painter James Elaine, as well as tributes and recollections by Antony Hegarty, David Tibet of Current 93, Ronen Givony of the Wordless Music Series (who was responsible for staging the NYC orchestral performance), and Michael Shulan, Creative Director of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, who chose to include Basinski's work in the museum's permanent collection due to its creation during the attacks and the emotional pull the music has had over those who have heard it. This limited edition box is a gorgeous tribute to one of the 21st century's defining creative documents, one which not only documents what could be seen by many to be the end of an era in New York City, but also points towards a future we are still mapping out and working through.

$299.99 LPx9+CDx5+DVD+BK





45th Anniversary 6-CD Box Set

This satisfying and substantial box set examines and pays homage to the stunning 1967 debut from one of the best and most influential groups ever in rock and roll: the Velvet Underground. Across the six CDs are stereo and mono mixes of The Velvet Underground & Nico -- the stereo disc featuring five alternate versions, and the mono including four alternate mono single versions. You also get Nico's 1967 solo LP, Chelsea Girl, by most accounts her best and most enduring album, which features Lou Reed, John Cale and Sterling Morrison on most of the cuts, as well as a teenaged Jackson Browne. Disc Four holds the Scepter Studios sessions, nine long-lost April 1966 tracks that predate the album versions, and include the much-discussed acetate versions that were bought at a Chelsea flea market for less than a dollar and sold via eBay for a five-figure sum, plus six tracks from a Factory rehearsal in January of '66. Discs Five and Six are both from a show at the Valleydale Ballroom in Columbus, OH, also in 1966, documenting the band working out these songs in stretched-out versions (plus two tracks that never made the record). It's all packaged in a hardbound book that details the group's beginnings with Nico and Andy Warhol, and is loaded with essays, previously unseen photos, and assorted memorabilia.

$99.99 CDx6+BK


The Verve/MGM Albums 5-LP Box Set

Also available is a five-LP box from Sundazed Records containing impeccable vinyl versions, mostly in pristine mono pressings, of the Velvet Underground's complete studio recordings made for the Verve and MGM labels. The Velvet Underground & Nico, White Light/White Heat and their eponymous third album are all newly remastered from the original mono analog tapes and pressed on 180-gram virgin vinyl, along with Nico's Chelsea Girl. The final LP, 1969, features versions of tracks that were intended for the band's aborted fourth LP, most of which ended up on the 1985 archival release VU, here remixed (in stereo, as mono was a thing of the past by '69) and nicely re-sequenced to give a more coherent album flow than the prior version. While 1970's Loaded, recorded for major label Atlantic Records, is not included, this is a beautiful collection for both diehard fans and neophytes alike, packaging nearly everything into a lovely box.

$114.99 LPx5





Stereo Vinyl Box Set

The remastered Beatles catalogue is finally available on vinyl with this giant box set, which collects the stereo versions of all thirteen of the Fab Four's albums, lovingly reproduced on quality 180-gram vinyl with replicas of all original inserts, posters, and assorted ephemera, as well as the 1988 singles compilation Past Masters, which features every non-album track commercially released by the group onto one double-LP set. This box also includes a 252-page coffee table book which details the recording of each album, filled with recollections by band members, technical crew, and producer George Martin, as well as loads of photos and clippings documenting the band's creative process. It's a lovely monument to one of the most beloved groups in the history of rock and pop music.

$379.99 LPx14+BK





Charlie Is My Darling - Ireland 1965

In the fall of '65, just a few weeks after "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" hit the charts, the Rolling Stones flew to Dublin to play four gigs in two days, and manager Andrew Loog Oldham hired filmmaker Peter Whitehead to document the mayhem. Oldham knew this was the beginning of something big for the band and he wanted it all chronicled, but he also just wanted to get the Stones used to the cameras, and with no firm idea of what the project should be and several manic years ahead, the film sat in the vaults for close to 50 years. It has aged beautifully, capturing the band at their rawest and most primal, both on and off stage, and the distinct personalities of these early-20s young stars are utterly engaging. Mick is whip-smart and eloquent, Brian thoughtful and openhearted, Keith is young, fierce and on fire, and of course there is the unflappable Charlie. This is truly essential viewing for any rock & roll fan.

$21.99 DVD
$25.99 BLU-RAY




The Fame Recordings

"Come on Over"
"Take a Good Look"

Dan Penn is a name you may not know, but if you are a fan of southern soul, particularly of the Muscle Shoals variety, you've certainly heard his songs. Penn began his career as an in-house songwriter at Fame Studios, and along with collaborators like Spooner Oldham, Penn wrote many of the hits that came out of Muscle Shoals in the early-'60s, cuts like "Do Right Woman," "I'm Your Puppet," and "You Left the Water Running." Fame issued a handful of Penn's own vocal recordings as singles back in the day, but his real success was as a songwriter rather than a performer. Now the good folks at Ace have continued their excavation of the Fame catalog with this incredible look at the original song demos and late-night sessions that Penn cut with the Fame house band, adding scores of unheard recordings to his repertoire. Original versions of well-known hits and obscurities too, and front to back this thing is amazing! Penn wrote many classic songs for other artists that topped the soul, country and pop charts as some of the greatest singles of our times, but his own performances here are as good as it gets.






Pictures of Sound: One Thousand Years of Educed Audio: 980-1980

Perhaps Dust-to-Digital's most odd and intriguing release to date, this beautiful 144-page book documents the world's oldest visual representations of sound -- not traditional music notation as such, but graphic representations of frequency, Morse code transcriptions, oscillogram printouts, player piano rolls, and other paper-based sonic artifacts. Patrick Feaster, an ethnomusicologist and historian who compiled the material anthologized in the book, took the process one step further, and went so far as to transcribe and actually elicit listenable material from these paper documents. Those audio transcriptions are compiled on a 28-track CD packaged inside the book, which in itself is a lovely hardbound volume with gold-edged pages, filled with the mysterious aforementioned images as well as Feaster's commentary on the assorted transcription processes and the origins of the various source materials. It's perhaps one of the most quintessential documents of the concept of hauntology and the ghostly spectralism of the sonic language, showing one of the most distinct fusions of the ancient with the modern.





Drop on Down in Florida: Field Recordings of African American Traditional Music 1977-1980

Culled from field recordings put to tape between 1977 and 1980 by the Florida Folklife Program, the original double-album release of Drop on Down in Florida showcased African-American traditions, with a focus on blues and sacred music. While the educational impact was fairly limited at the time, scholars and collectors alike have recognized the importance of Drop on Down, as these were some of the first field recordings of traditional African-American music made in that southern state since the 1940s. Now, 31 years since its original release, Dust-to-Digital has produced this expanded 2CD reissue for a much larger audience, adding over 80 minutes of heretofore unheard songs and narratives, plus a 224-page hardback book that contains the original liner notes, new essays, annotations and 60 images. Beautifully done.

$37.99 CDx2+BK




Work Hard, Play Hard, Pray Hard: Hard Time, Good Time & End Time Music 1923-1936
(Tompkins Square)

"The Farmer's Dream" Oscar Ford
"If the Light Has Gone Out in Your Soul" Ernest Phipps

This recent release on the acclaimed Tompkins Square label is largely drawn from the 78 collection of the late Don Wahle of Louisville, KY, and documents the development of the fertile period (1923-36) that birthed what is arguably the greatest generation of country, folk, and bluegrass music. Compiled and annotated by Nathan Salsburg (who is also an occasional Other Music Update contributor) with accompanying essays by Sarah Bryan (editor of The Old Time Herald), Amanda Petrusich (New York Times, author of It Still Moves), and John Jeremiah Sullivan (Southern editor of the Paris Review, author of Blood Horses and the essay collection Pulphead), these volumes survey songs of labor and occupation, hardship and loss, dance tunes, comic numbers, and novelties that provided distraction and fun, and the hymns and sacred pieces that reached beyond the raw material of daily existence for something enduring. Work Hard, Play Hard, Pray Hard features 19 previously un-reissued sides and many that sold hundreds of thousands of records during their lifetimes. It's a lovely package for the fans of the more rustic, earthy fare out there, sure to be filled with plenty of new discoveries that will set them on searches for more.

$35.99 CD+BK
$39.99 LPx3+BK





Trading Card Set
(Tompkins Square)

The Tompkins Square label has made a name for itself championing the greatest acoustic guitarists of the past several decades, and now they round up their all-star favorites on this set of 37 trading cards, packaged in a nice display box, featuring vivid portraits by Shana Cleveland of some of the most interesting and important players of all time, plus biographies detailing the work and lives of these masters. Fans of the instrument as well as decorative folk art would thrill to find these in their stocking.

$19.98 MD




Vol. 1
(Captured Tracks)

"Swinging London"
"Winter in the Country"

Some of the greatest songs (in our opinion) from the '80s UK D.I.Y. era were finally remastered and archived this year, courtesy of Captured Tracks. A godsend to fans who wore out their original cassettes ages ago and an invitation to the many who are as yet uninitiated to the wonders of Martin Newell, Vol. 1 collects the first three albums by Newell's Cleaners from Venus, previously only available on cassette, in one convenient 3-CD package. After fronting British glam-rockers Pod in the '70s, Newell immersed himself in the underground cassette culture of the time, met his musical on-and-off collaborator Lol Elliott, and prolifically released a half a dozen albums (solo and as the Cleaners from Venus) from 1981 to 1986, utilizing an array of six- and twelve-string guitars, bass and a clattering mixture of live drums, percussion and analog drum machines. Newell is cut from the same cloth as musicians like Billy Childish and the TVP's Dan Treacy, and the first two Cleaners from Venus albums (Blow Away Your Troubles and On Any Normal Monday) are treasure troves of well-crafted, immediate pop (albeit skewed) songs and joyful noise that showcases the Cleaners' first new wave of creativity. The last album collected here, Midnight Cleaners, was recorded by Newell on his own and was then later re-recorded for a major-label debut on RCA in 1987. The original mix is presented here and its prescient influences can still be heard today in artists like Ariel Pink, John Maus and home recording stalwart R. Stevie Moore. (Also available as individual LPs.)

$25.99 CDx3
Vol. 1 Box Set


$22.99 LPx2
Blow Away Your Troubles


$13.99 LP
On Any Normal Monday


$13.99 LP
Midnight Cleaners





20th Anniversary Issue

The iconic Chickfactor 'zine has returned, to celebrate 20 years(!) of interviewing underground troubadours, championing unheralded jangle-makers, and compiling crush lists and humorous poll answers from your favorite (or often soon-to-be-favorite) indie-pop stars. The magazine has always been made with the love and devotion of a true fan, the interviews often displaying a more relaxed conversational atmosphere than the many mags and websites to begin in Chickfactor's wake, revealing sides of a musician or performer you may not have witnessed before, blending underground fanzine aesthetics with the pin-up pop adoration of mags like Tiger Beat, often dosed with sharp-drop wit and winking affection. This new issue features interviews and features with Grass Widow, Bill Callahan, Black Tambourine, Caitlin Moran, Corin Tucker Band, Fence Records, Frankie Rose, Joe Boyd, Joe Pernice, King Creosote, Liam Hayes and Plush, Maira Kalman, Rachel Blumberg, Sharon Van Etten, Tae Won Yu, and their usual clutch of "silly polls" and reviews!

$10.00 MG





Nothing says I love you like a t-shirt... well, it's better than socks, right? We've got two styles of Other Music shirts available, one version sporting our classic oval logo (available in heather grey or navy) and also the more recently designed indigo-colored tee featuring Other Music printed in yellow in a cool vintage cursive print (pictured to the left). We also have black tote bags available with the cursive logo printed in white.

Cursive Logo Tee


$16.99 Oval Logo Tee - Heather Grey


$14.99 Oval Logo Tee - Navy


$15.99 Tote Bag







Probably the most satisfying promotional item ever, you would be surprised at how excited folks are to get their hands on one of these classic rubber change purses branded with the OM logo.






Assorted Colors / Plastic or Metal

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. Comes in a variety of colors.

$1.99 Plastic
$6.99 Metal




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 Record Care Kit


$3.99 Refill Liquid

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