Josh Madell

Co-Owner; Other Music, Other Music Recording Co., Musician

Josh Madell is the co-owner of Other Music and Other Music Recording Co.  He is also a drummer who has played in Antietam for more than 25 years, as well as Codeine, Tralala, and others.  Established in 1995 in New York City, Other Music quickly became one of the highest regarded record stores in the country.  Well known as a hub for underground and experimental music, the shop was also extremely early champions of then-unknown local bands such as The National, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Strokes, Vampire Weekend, Interpol and countless others, including helping many lost classics of the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s find new audiences, and also once counted two members of Animal Collective as employees.  In partnership with Fat Possum in 2012, Josh and his Other Music partner Chris Vanderloo established the Other Music Recording Co. which has released new music from Boogarins, Anna Von Hausswolff, Mutual Benefit, Monika, Shintaro Sakamoto, Xylouris White and more.  On May 9th, it was announced that after 20 years serving adventurous NYC record buyers, the shop on East 4th Street would be closing its doors next Saturday, June 25th (the record company component will carry on).  Other Music has long been one of our all-time favorite record stores and we'd like to thank Josh and Chris for providing such an amazing home for musical discovery over the past two decades.  The store will be missed by many and NYC won't be the same.  This is Josh's Fidelity High:  Bad Brains // I Against I // SST Records // 1986.  Josh says, "Bad Brains I Against I.  It did not hurt anything that I was 16 when this record was released, and I saw the band live for the first time, at NYC’s Ritz (now Webster Hall), just a couple of weeks later.  Though I grew up in New York, and got to see a lot of seminal bands when I was in my teens, I did not have many friends who listened to the same music I did, so I found a lot of stuff by trial and error.  This was my first Bad Brains record, bought on the strength of the label — I was a huge fan of SST — and they instantly became one of my all-time favorites.  Their earlier stuff, ricocheting between hardcore and reggae, is incredible, but I think I Against I may be the band’s most epic achievement, fusing all these sounds — dub, punk, jazz, hardcore, metal — into one seething mass.  As with many of my favorite artists, these guys still just leave me scratching my head — jazz-loving DC Rastas who are into punk rock?  It’s fierce, it’s smart, it’s righteous, and it’s nearly unhinged.  Plus H.R. can do a standing backflip and still nail the chorus. (Best live band ever.)  It’s been a crazy couple of months here at Other Music.  I don’t know what my future holds, but with music like this as my guide, I’ve still got that P.M.A."