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Tropicalia in Furs at Rappcats – Apr 21 & 22, 2018

Rappcats — March 28, 2018 | Comments (0)

Joel Stones is bringing record store Tropicalia in Furs, from NYC to Los Angeles again for a 2-day popup shop at Rappcats (more…)

David Axelrod’s Capitol Trilogy Reissued on Now-Again Records

David Axelrod, Now-Again — March 6, 2018 | Comments (11)

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…)

Madlib & crew, San Francisco, 2/22/18

Madlib — February 27, 2018 | Comments (3)

Pics by Nicola Antonazzo (more…)

The Lightmen Plus One – Fancy Pants

Now-Again — February 2, 2018 | Comments (0)

ON SALE: THE LIGHTMEN PLUS ONE – FANCY PANTS LP

Revolutionary, spiritual jazz from Houston, reissued for the first time – expanded reissue of The Lightmen Plus One’s Spiritual Jazz classic, on sale and shipping now. (Worldwide release in March.) The second in a series of four expanded reissues of drummer and bandleader Bubbha Thomas’s lauded catalog. (more…)

Mike Nyoni & Born Free – MY OWN THING

Now-Again — January 22, 2018 | Comments (12)

The latest release in Now-Again’s Reserve Subscription series: anthology of Zamrock musician Mike Nyoni’s 1970s recordings, plus bonus LP. Shipping April 18th 2018.

SUBSCRIBE HERE: NOW-AGAIN RESERVE, A DELUXE VINYL SUBSCRIPTION

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…)

Ayalew Mesfin – “Hasabe (My Worries)” – 1970s Ethiopian funk, issued as an LP for the first time

Now-Again — January 12, 2018 | Comments (1)

From the album Hasabe (My Worries), a Now-Again x Vinyl Me, Please release, the latter’s February Record of the Month. (more…)

Vinyl release of Madlib Medicine Show – Flight to Brazil

Madlib — January 5, 2018 | Comments (8)

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.

Quasimoto – Dinner with Quas – Art Print

Jeff Jank, Quasimoto — November 27, 2017 | Comments (3)

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. (more…)

J Dilla print by Raph Rashid

J Dilla — November 24, 2017 | Comments (0)

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.

Timothy McNealy – Funky Movement

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…)

The Lightmen – Free As You Wanna Be

Now-Again — November 14, 2017 | Comments (0)

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…)

Mr. Bongo’s classic Brazilian vinyl reissues

Rappcats — November 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

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

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 (17)

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 (8)

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.

Welcome to Zamrock – How Zambia’s Liberation Led To a Rock Revolution, 1972-77

Now-Again, Zamrock — May 30, 2017 | Comments (4)

ON SALE: WELCOME TO ZAMROCK VOL. 2
ON SALE: WELCOME TO ZAMROCK VOL. 1

Vol. 1 & Vol. 2 both shipping now from Rappcats.

Born Free – “Mad Man”


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Dr Footswitch – Everyday Has Got a New Dream – Welcome to Zamrock!

Zamrock — May 11, 2017 | Comments (0)

ON SALE: WELCOME TO ZAMROCK VOL. 1

Shipping now from Rappcats. Worldwide release date: June 9th.

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Function Underground: The Black and Brown American Rock Sound 1969-1974

Now-Again — April 24, 2017 | Comments (0)

ON SALE: FUNCTION UNDERGROUND – THE BLACK AND BROWN AMERICAN ROCK SOUND.

Now-Again’s anthology of the Black and Brown American Rock underground of the early 70s. (more…)

The Fat Beats Grab Bag

Rappcats — February 27, 2017 | Comments (7)

FAT BEATS GRAB BAG

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…)