From the album Hasabe (My Worries), a Now-Again x Vinyl Me, Please release, coming January 23. Ayalew Mesfin is among the legends of a 1970s Ethiopian funk era whose music was forced underground by his country’s government. Now, over 40 years later, his triumphant return gives us a chance to discover a rare & beautiful moment in music history.
Upcoming tour dates:
2/10 – Denver at Cervantes, with Madlib DJ Set & Debo Band
2/11 – Berkeley at Cornerstone, w/ Debo Band
2/13 – Los Angeles at Echoplex, w/ Debo Band
ON SALE: MADLIB MEDICINE SHOW #2 FLIGHT TO BRAZIL
Madlib Medicine Show is a series by Madlib that included original productions (hip-hop, electronic, jazz) and DJ mixtape (Brazilian, Jazz, Dub, Hip-Hop). Only Madlib’s own productions were released on vinyl, but here – in partnership with Vinyl Me Please and Madlib Invazion – is a limited vinyl pressing of Madlib’s Flight to Brazil mix, an 80-minute guided tour through three decades of Brazilian funk, psychedelic, prog-rock and jazz.
This is a 2 LP set in a chipboard sleeve, with artwork by Gustavo Eandi, made exclusively for Vinyl Me Please and Rappcats. VMP’s copies are already sold out.
Groove Merchant at Rappcats: Legendary Bay Area store comes to Los Angeles for a two day pop up record shop, with thousands of hand picked vinyl rarities, posters, handbills and other ephemera.
January 13-14, 12-6PM each day. Rappcats, 5638 York Blvd, Los Angeles 90042 (more…)
SOLD OUT: DINNER WITH QUAS PRINT
There hasn’t been many Quasimoto art prints, so this is a rare sighting: Lord Quas feasts on chicken & wine. This is a 24 x 24 inch archival print, illustrated by Jeff Jank. These limited edition prints are signed and numbered by the artist.
This started out as a sketch on an envelope of Quas in a bar, turned into Quas with wine for an event we had at Rappcats, and finally this print.
On Sale: J DILLA PRINT BY RAPH RASHID
20 x 20 inch photo on 24-inch Kodak paper, printed edition signed and numbered by the photographer, Raph Rashid.
This photo was taken in 2005 in Dilla’s home studio (aka the living room) in Los Angeles, and first published in Rashid’s book Behind the Beat (2006).
Raph’s latest book is Back to the Lab (2017), which we launched this fall. Another of Raph’s photos of Dilla (quickly sold out) was printed for our book launch party at Rappcats in Los Angeles.
On Sale: TIMOTHY MCNEALY – FUNKY MOVEMENT
The last great unissued Texas Funk album. 1 LP with WAV download card and 20 page booklet, from Now-Again Records. (more…)
ON SALE HERE: THE LIGHTMEN – FREE AS YOU WANNA BE
Revolutionary, spiritual jazz from Houston, reissued for the first time – the first in a series of four expanded reissues of drummer and bandleader Bubbha Thomas’s lauded catalog. (more…)
UK’s Mr. Bongo has reissued four of the greatest albums from 60s-70s Brazil. On sale here:
✶ ARTHUR VEROCAI – S/T
✶ GAL COSTA – INDIA
✶ LULA CÔRTES E ZÉ RAMALO – PAEBIRU
✶ TENÓRIO JR – EMBALO
Arthur Verocai’s 1972 self-titled album is quite simply one of the best. Madlib: “I could listen to the album everyday for the rest of my life.” We presented this reissue last year, and ran out of copies in a few days. Read More & listen: Arthur Verocai
Gal Costa’s India, a post-Tropicalia, funky fusion album from one of the Brazil’s key 60s-70s musicians. Featuring a stellar line up of musicians including Gilberto Gil, Arthur Verocai, Dominguinhos, Rogério Duprat and Tenorio Jr. Replica original gatefold including the cover that was banned by the Brazilian military government in 1973. Read more & listen: India
Lula Côrtes e Zé Ramalho’s Paebiru is a celebrated Brazilian psychedelic concept album about the world’s four elements, lost to time in a warehouse fire in 1975. In this post-Tropicalia masterpiece, we find the entire range of 1970s hippie Brazilian musician culture in four sides. 2/LP pressing & 8-page booklet. Read More & listen: Paebiru
Tenório Jr’s Embalo is the only album by this artist. Originally released on RGE in Brazil 1964, it is a bossa-jazz masterwork, a highlight in a country full of them. The track “Nebulosa” has been a mainstay in thinking-DJ’s sets for decades and still is, from Gilles Peterson to Floating Points. This is its first reissue in over 10 years. Read more & listen: Embalo
The latest release in Now-Again’s Reserve Subscription series is Hunger – Strictly From Hunger: the band’s preferred version of the album, unedited, fuzz-guitar heavy late 60s psych-rock, restored and remastered from a rare test press. Bonus 2nd LP of the Public! Records version of the album available only to subscribers. Shipping January 2018. (more…)
Friday, October 20: Gal Costa’s India reissue celebration: 21+, entry only with RSVP. 7-10PM
Saturday & Sunday, October 21-22: Mr. Bongo’s global record collection sale, open to the public. Noon-6PM each day. (more…)