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Other Music (2020)




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In the summer of 2016, New York City lost a beloved and influential hub of independent music culture. Other Music--located on East 4th Street between Broadway and Lafayette in the heart of Manhattan's East Village neighborhood--was more than just a store that sold CDs, records, tapes and magazines. It was a place where bands were formed, record labels were born and careers were launched. And it was THE place where a generation of New Yorkers at the dawn of the Internet age went to discover groundbreaking music by artists who would go on to become household names and underground icons: Animal Collective, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Vampire Weekend, the National, Interpol, TV On The Radio, Regina Spektor, William Basinski and countless others. With more and more record stores, book stores and video stores closing everywhere, the communities that have built up around shops like Other Music are slowly dissipating and migrating to online forums. Nowadays most people are streaming music online rather than purchasing it digitally to download, much less going to stores to buy physical media. As the music industry continues to move in that direction and community hubs like Other Music struggle to remain in existence, we think it is important to celebrate what spaces like these have meant to people in the past-- and how their spirit can live on in an increasingly digital world.


Critic Reviews for Other Music

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (2)

More than any other visual document, it celebrates and immortalizes the culture of the record store and record nerds.

May 6, 2019 | Full Review…
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An exciting reminder of what culture-retailers can be, if customers don't retreat to the cloud.

May 5, 2019 | Full Review…

If music is your love language, Old Music will be your jam. What feels claustrophobic, repetitive, and self-congratulatory to those of us with other primary areas of interest will likely feel immersive and beautiful to you. Have fun.

May 15, 2020 | Rating: B | Full Review…

As a record of a cultural institution, and the loss of a forum for art and community, Other Music is interesting enough, and arguably fascinating for fans of esoterica. But the camera should have taken a few more steps out of the door.

April 30, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Other Music makes a case for the continued preservation of cherished public spaces that cultivate a sense of belonging amongst likeminded people - and will definitely make you look up a new band or two.

April 28, 2020 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

A must-see for anybody who visited that beloved storefront or ordered online or read its widely disseminated email newsletters.

April 24, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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