Photo: David Axelrod, c. 1969, taken at Capitol Studios, Hollywood. Capitol Records Archives.
Composer David Axelrod’s essential trilogy on Capitol Records – Song of Innocence (1968), Song of Experience (1969), and Earth Rot (1970) – will be officially reissued this year by Now-Again Records. The first release comes on Record Store Day, April 21, 2018 (more…)
Legendary Portland dealer Craig Moerer digs through his 3 million records and brings the heat to Los Angeles for a two day pop up record shop – thousands of hand picked vinyl rarities and promo goods.(more…)
Now-Again Reserve: Custom-made LP’s delivered once per quarter, presenting some of the rarest records in their respective genres in high quality LP format. Each release is produced with the direct participation of the artist. (more…)
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.
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. (more…)
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
Italian music blogger Rappamelo, apparently impatient for a new Beat Konducta album, created his own series of DJ mixtapes, with covers depicting Madlib traveling through Italy. Here’s “Beat Konducta in Lecce,” and “Beat Konducta in Alberobello.” (more…)
This is a portion of the Madvillain interview conducted by Eothen Alapatt for Wax Poetics #8, just as Madvillainy was on its way out, with an introduction by Wax Poetics editor Brian DiGenti. The interview and photos were done at the Stones Throw house in Los Angeles, where much of the album was recorded. Photos by B+. For the entire article, grab Wax Poetics #8 if you can find it, or check waxpoetics.com
In a moment of clarity, Jay-Z might wanna rhyme like Common Sense, but nobody, even with generous charity, can rhyme quite like wordplayer MF DOOM, né Zev Love X. Like Nas and “Live at the BBQ,” every great MC has a celebrated debut, and Zev Love represents on 3rd Bass’s “The Gas Face,” 1989. (more…)
Mike Nyoni “SM” (1977) and Born Free “Mad Man” (1975) both appear on Welcome to Zamrock, Vol. 2 (Now-Again Records) now shipping from Rappcats
Born Free was founded in 1972 by bandleader, drummer and vocalist Nicky Mwanza, but the band never recorded until a complete personnel change. Star-in-the-making Mike Nyoni joined as vocalist and lead guitarist; Zimbabwean-born Peter Lungu replaced Mwanza on drums; Joseph Musonda alternated between rhythm and bass guitar. Mwanza went on to form Cross Town Traffic, and Nyoni’s Born Free signed to ZMPL, recording the album Mukaziwa Chingoi (Promotion) LP in 1975.
The album showcases Nyoni’s talents first and foremost, and betrays a study of funk: this is not a fuzz guitar showcase, but a wah-wah guitar dominated album – the instrumental “Mad Man” sounds like it could have been cut in Detroit, Michigan in the early ’70s.
After Born Free, Nyoni went solo, signing to Christopher Ndhlovu’s Chris Editions for two albums: Kawalala (c. 1977) and his most straight forward funk/soul release I Can’t Understand You (c. 1978). This last album was released in Kenya and France with different cover art as an AIT/Reprise album, and it set up Nyoni for a string of kalindula releases in the 1980s. He gigged on his own and with Sounds Unlimited and Broadway Quintet before his death in the ’90s.
Records and Paper Goods From Founder Joe Abajian’s Collection
For those that weren’t able to make the sale of Joe Abajian’s collection at Rappcats in Los Angeles this past weekend, we’ve assembled a limited amount of grab bags and we’re offering them for sale online, on a first come first serve basis.
Each grab bag comes with four pieces of hip hop vinyl (could be a 12,” could be an LP) and one paper good (either a promo flat or a poster) from Joe Abajian’s collection. We can’t promise you that you’ll get exactly what you’re looking for, but you’ll get a part of hip hop’s history with real provenance. (more…)
Photo: David Axelrod, c. 1969. All photos from Capitol Records archives, all taken at Capitol Studios, Hollywood.
By EOTHEN “EGON” ALAPATT, February 8, 2017.
Writing about the great music producer, composer and arranger David Axelrod without first acknowledging the love and respect I had for the man seems silly. I tried and gave up. Doing a third-person summary without interjecting my first-person opinions seems clinical, and I too greatly admire Axelrod – his friends called him Axe, and he always asked me to do so, so that’s what I’ll call him here – to take an approach I could barely take when I first started researching him in the late 1990s. I’m just too much of a fan, and have been since I first heard his music, to do him that discourtesy.
Axe died sometime in the early morning of February 5th, 2017, at nearly 86 years old. Terri, his wife of 38 years, didn’t want to disclose the cause of his death, saying that the only thing that really mattered is that he was gone. (She later changed her mind and decided to disclose it was lung cancer.) What do you say to a person so dedicated to another, in that first moment of loss, when that other is a force so beyond the normal that you never thought that loss possible? “He just seemed indestructible,” she said, and I knew what she meant. Axe signed off every call with an “I’ll be here.” And, like everything he said, contradictory or not, he meant it. (more…)