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Other Music: What’s That You’re Playing?

In light of this week’s news that Big City Records will close, it seems especially important to appreciate the East Village’s record stores. In the latest installment of What’s That You’re Playing?, Michael Stasiak tells us what’s on the system at Other Music.

The Day | Other Music Starts Another Record Label

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Good morning, East Village.

Our friends at Arts Beat got wind of a new record label put together by the owners of Other Music. Other Music Recording Co. will showcase lesser-known musicians in the city while also reissuing foreign recordings. “Despite everything happening in the music industry, we are always getting excited about new bands,” an owner of the record store said. The first release is slated for April 24.

The Lower East Side Preservation Initiative urges its supporters to attend tonight’s meeting of the Community Board 3 landmarks subcommittee, which will consider issuing a letter in support of preserving the Bialystoker Senior Center in the Lower East Side. “Unprotected by landmark status, the building is threatened by demolition or drastic alteration,” the group writes. The meeting is at 6:30 p.m. at Campos Plaza Community Center, 611 East 13th Street.

In other development news, check back later this afternoon for our coverage of a rally at City Hall in support of N.Y.U.’s expansion plan.

Bowery Boogie unearths a cool trove of photos of the Lower East Side from 1997.
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Sounds | Iceage

As the humidity broke on Wednesday around 7 p.m., umbrellas hid the growing line outside of Other Music, the record shop on East Fourth Street. The rainfall cooled the crowd, but it was no match for the utter coldness these show-goers were waiting for: a live performance from the much-hyped Danish punk band Iceage. Watch a clip of their set — dark, piercing, and endearingly sloppy — above.

It was Iceage’s third New York set, following their sold out, stateside debut on Friday at Williamsburg’s Northside Festival. The teenage quartet — fronted by Elias Bender Ronnenfelt, 19 — plays the DIY venue 285 Kent in Williamsburg on Saturday with other bands, including Jeff the Brotherhood. Iceage’s debut LP, “New Brigade,” is out now.

Sounds | Superchunk

On Sunday afternoon, indie rock pioneers Superchunk hit Other Music, performing an acoustic set between sold-out shows during the weekend at Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg. The group’s setlist included “Everything At Once,” a video of which appears above.

A line to enter the shop began wrapping around the corner of Lafayette Street and East 4th Street an hour in advance of the band’s 1 p.m. performance. The crowd was comprised of noticeably few Gen Y fans, who were largely outnumbered by die-hard, middle-aged rockers and a handful of flannel-clad toddlers. (“Are you excited for your first rock show?” one indie Dad asked his daughter.)

Performing sans bassist Laura Ballance, the trio—frontman Mac McCaughan, guitarist Jim Wilbur and drummer Jon Wurster—powered through seven songs. Included were “Slow Drip,” and “Digging for Something” from the band’s ninth studio album “Majesty Shredding,” out last week via Merge Records, the label founded by Ms. Ballance and Mr. McCaughan in 1989.

Other Music regularly pushes their CD shelves aside for in-store performances and special events. The shop hosts Maximum Balloon on Sept. 27 and Cursive’s Tim Kasher on Oct. 5.