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DJ Shadow record sale at Rappcats, Nov. 4-5

Rappcats — October 18, 2017 | Comments (0)

Rappcats and DJ Shadow present:
The Second Annual DJ Shadow Storage Sale
November 4th and 5th, 2017

Rappcats – 5636 York Blvd, Los Angeles – Nov 4-5, Noon to 6PM.

-Hundreds of used vinyl LPs, 45s, and 12″s culled from Shadow’s private collection
-Deleted DJ Shadow web-store product, including limited items and rarities
-A collector’s smorgasbord of CDs, cassettes, posters, and other oddities
-Strong coffee and strong conversation
-Grip-free pricing
-Fresh, brand-new stock on both days

We’re doing it again!! Collectors, dealers, fans, come one, come all to the Second Annual DJ Shadow Storage Sale. No, Shadow isn’t “selling his record collection,” but he is pulling back the curtain on a brace of dupes he’s managed to process over the past year. As with the first sale, expect a strange and broad assortment of lesser-seen vinyl in all genres, most offered under $15, and with an effort to price well below established online value. “This is a chance for producers, dealers, and DJ’s to access seldom-seen and eclectic vinyl at affordable prices,” says Shadow. “These are all records I have other copies of, and I’ve decided that I don’t need to keep multiples. Think of it as a year-long thrift-store hunt consolidated into two days.”

Shadow has also found some unsold “new/old” stock of his own projects, many of which were only ever sold through his web-store. Vinyl, CDs, DVDs, even VHS tapes, all-Shadow related and sold on a first come, first served basis. The man himself will of course be on hand to sign anything and everything, or just to say hello.

Shadow’s first sale, held in September of last year, smashed Rappcats attendance records. “I really didn’t know what to expect, or if people would ‘get it.’ I was worried everyone would be asking, ‘Why are you doing this?’ Instead, it was like, ‘THANK YOU for doing this!’ It was such an overwhelmingly positive experience that I’ve been looking forward to curating the next one ever since.”

Love music? Love records? Love hanging out with cool folks? Then you’ll have a good time at The Second Annual DJ Shadow Storage Sale. See you there!

Hunger! Strictly From Hunger

Now-Again — October 10, 2017 | Comments (12)

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 acetate. Bonus 2nd LP of the Public! Records version of the album available only to subscribers. Shipping January 2018. (more…)

Mr Bongo’s global record collection and Gal Costa reissue

Rappcats — September 14, 2017 | Comments (2)

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…)

Back to the Lab – Hip Hop Home Studios – Raph Rashid

Rappcats — September 13, 2017 | Comments (4)

On sale here: BACK TO THE LAB (more…)

110 proof

Madlib — September 1, 2017 | Comments (4)

Beat Konducta on Tour

Madlib — August 24, 2017 | Comments (14)

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…)

Rodinia – Ex Anima

Now-Again — August 16, 2017 | Comments (0)

ON SALE: RODINIA – EX ANIMA (more…)

Gangster Doodles – hardcover book

Gangster Doodles — July 21, 2017 | Comments (6)

Rappcats is proud to present the full-sized, hardcover, thick-as-a-brick Gangster Doodles book.

On sale: GANGSTER DOODLES (more…)

Madvillain – Blunted on Beats – Wax Poetics #8, 2004

Madlib, MF DOOM — July 10, 2017 | Comments (2)

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 and Born Free, from Welcome to Zamrock!

Zamrock — June 22, 2017 | Comments (0)

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.