This Just In: Contemporary Classical

Like contemporary classical music? Wow! Me too. I got really into it about 10 years ago, after hearing Clogs, a chamber music ensemble led by Bryce Dessner and Padma Newsome. Some of you might recognize Dessner’s name from his work with The National. Well, now he’s made a debut as a recorded composer with non other than the Kronos Quartet. Check out this video for the song “Tour Eiffel” and read more about the album below. A short list of new releases, reissues and restocks follows. And stay tuned to the blog because there will be a massive haul of sounds coming in next week!

Kronos Quartet – Aheym LP:
“Bryce Dessner, the critically acclaimed guitarist from The National and Clogs who has collaborated with Steve Reich, Philip Glass, David Lang, Sufjan Stevens and many others, has released Aheym, his recorded debut as a composer. The album finds Dessner collaborating with Grammy Award-winning Kronos Quartet, who are currently celebrating their 40th anniversary season. Aheym features four original compositions by Dessner performed by Kronos as well as an appearance by the Brooklyn Youth Chorus. Dessner and the quartet first crossed paths when Kronos founder David Harrington approached Dessner about writing a piece for the quartet’s performance at the Celebrate Brooklyn! festival at Brooklyn’s Prospect Park in 2009. The ensuing piece, ‘Aheym’ (meaning ‘homeward’ in Yiddish), was informed by the stories of Dessner’s Jewish immigrant grandparents who settled near the park and, as the pair’s collaboration grew, became the album’s title track.” -ANTI


New releases, reissues and restocks…
Anna Calvi – One Breath CD
Arcade Fire – Funeral LP; Reflektor 2LP
Atoms For Peace – AMOK 2LP
Belle And Sebastian – If You’re Feeling Sinister LP; Tigermilk LP
Billy Bragg – Life’s A Riot… LP
Body/Head – Coming Apart CD
Bright Eyes – Christmas Album LP
Camera Obscura – Desire Lines LP
Cass McCombs – Big Wheel + Others 2LP
Cat Power – Moonpix LP
Darkside – Psychic 2LP
Death Cab For Cutie – Transatlanticism 2LP
DJ Shadow – Preemptive Strike LP
Dosh – Milk Money LP
FKA Twigs – EP2 12”
Glasser – Interiors LP
Horrors – Skying 2LP
Howe Gelb – The Coincidentalist LP
Jimi Hendrix – Miami Pop Festival LP; CD
King Krule – 6 Feet Beneath The Moon 2LP
Kurt Vile – Walkin’ On A Pretty Daze CD
Lee Ranaldo And The Dust – Last Night On Earth 2LP; CD
M83 – Hurry Up We’re Dreaming LP
Melvins – Tres Cabrones CD
MGMT – s/t LP
M.I.A. – Matangi CD
Midlake – Antiphon LP; CD
Nas – Illmatic LP
National – Boxer LP; Trouble Will Find Me LP
Neko Case – The Worse Things Get… CD
Pixies – Bossanova LP; Doolittle LP
Radiohead – Hail To The Thief 2LP; OK Computer 2LP; Kid A 2×10”
Ratatat – Classics LP; LP3 LP; s/t LP
Roxy Music – s/t LP
Talking Heads – More Songs About Buildings And Food LP; The Name Of This Band Is Talking Heads 2LP
Tame Impala – Innerspeaker LP
Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires Of The City LP
Wu-Tang Clan – Enter The Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers LP
xx – s/t LP
Yo La Tengo – Fade LP; Super Kiwi 7”

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