As you’ve probably read elsewhere, West 4th Street’s much beloved Other Music closed this past weekend after two decades of passionate curation/musical evangelism. Others have done far better than I in eulogizing this store and what it brought to New York City (and beyond) but suffice to say OM played an outsized role in the trajectory of more than a few Matador artists (see above). Consider this a belated thanks to Other Music’s staff, ownership and patrons for their respective roles in making the planet a more interesting place.
Tonight at Bowery Ballroom, Yo La Tengo — no strangers to Other Music — are participating in Other Music Forever, alongside Julianna Barwick, Bill Callahan, Frankie Cosmos, Helado Negro, Menahan Street Band, Psychic Ills, Matana Roberts, The Tallest Man On Earth, Sharon Van Etten, and John Zorn’s SIMULACRUM. Tickets are sold out, however there’s still some action on Stubhub as of this writing.