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Groove Merchant at Rappcats Jan. 14-15, 2017

Rappcats — December 15, 2016 | Comments (1)

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 14-16, 12-6PM each day.
Rappcats, 5638 York Blvd, Los Angeles 90042

On January 14th and 15th Rappcats is bringing its favorite record store in the world to LA for a two day pop up record shop. “Cool” Chris Veltri, proprietor and force of the fabled Groove Merchant record store for over two decades, has put together an event that encapsulates on what he calls the “spirit of the shop – DISCOVERY!”

The leagues of influential collectors and musicians who sing Groove Merchant’s praises are myriad, from Rappcats’ partners Madlib and Egon, who’ve been buying from Veltri since the 90s, to Q-Tip, Questlove and Rza. They’re drawn by Veltri’s unique characteristics – he takes a graceful, grateful approach to collecting and sharing knowledge, and he’s both ahead of new trends in collecting and well schooled on the classic ones. From 60s modal jazz and library albums to 70s African funk and American funk 45s to 80s boogie soul and synth-heavy no wave or new age, you can grab any type of record at the Groove Merchant and probably learn about what you’ll be collecting in ten years from the dude behind the counter, as he pulls out heat from unlabeled boxes. Many times those records included the likes the PE Hewitt private-press jazz LP’s issued by Now-Again, Bay Area outsider electro-funk grail TJ Hustler, and Donald Trump’s early 70s psychotic psych 45 “Fuck Funk.” All these rediscoveries Veltri himself made and they spread out throughout the record collecting world through his store.

But this Rappcats pop up isn’t about Veltri boxing up the Groove Merchant’s crates and hauling them down the I-5 for a jaunt in his onetime hometown. He’s been stockpiling records for the event for years and is pulling numerous rarities from his personal collection for the sale. Paper goods – gig posters, handbills, movie slicks – and other ephemera will abound too.

“I will be bringing upwards of 2,500 records. They’re will be a supreme focus on the American Private press with over 1,000 LP’s represented. They’re will be a very strong showing on international music of all shades in all genres. There will be Jazz, Rock, Folk, Soul, Disco of the under the radar variety and of the classic variety. They’re will be Grails and loads of $5 jammers. Above all, they’re will be a lot of shit you have never seen.

I will also bring a eye-popping wall of posters and music ephemera, many of which rarely surface in any shape or form. They’re will be gig posters, handbills, books, clothes, rare photos, pins and badges.”

Veltri also produced a book which debuts at the Rappcats pop up: Record People – Found Photos 1950-1986.

Instagram: Groove Merchant

The Vinyl Factory: The world’s best record shops #014, Groove Merchant, San Francisco

Rappcats x Ubiquity: Boston Bob record sale, December 3

Rappcats — November 22, 2016 | Comments (1)

Saturday, December 3rd, Noon-6PM
Rappcats, 5638 York Blvd, Los Angeles 90042

Rappcats x Ubiquity Records Pt. 2: Rap, Disco and Rare Grooves and Beats from the Dealer who Influenced the Hip Hop Sound of the 90s.

Rappcats is bringing back Ubiquity Records founder Michael McFadin and key records from the collection of “Boston” Bob Gibson for a one day pop up shop in Highland Park. The first installment, in August, focused on the breadth of Gibson’s collection, which is considered by collectors like DJ Shadow, the Groove Merchant’s Chris Veltri and Chairman Mao to be one of the best of its kind ever assembled. From one-off, uber-rare Northern Soul and Deep Funk 45s to rare groove classics to heavy psychedelic rock, the shop was but the tip of the iceberg of a collection that numbers in the tens of thousands.

This installment focuses on Gibson’s rap records – and the records he collected, and often sold, that influenced every important New York hip hop producer of the 1990s and, by extent, the rap world in general. Gibson, as his name reflects, lived in Boston which, in the pre-Internet 80s, might as well have been in a different country than New York City. But Gibson was a preternatural collector and, while Lenny Roberts’ Ulitmate Breaks and Beats was the biggest direct influence on the 80s hip hop soundscape, Gibson was using Roberts’ template as a springboard, and going deep. Deeper than any collector had ever gone.

He was a collector, first, and a dealer second. He made cassette compilations which he often played, and sometimes sold, at the In Your Ear record shop where he was employed. These compilations were full of the songs that would, when sampled, become the hip hop sound of the early 90s.

Gibson was one of the top three, if not the most sought after, record dealer sat the legendary New York Roosevelt Record Conventions, Chairman Mao remembers. This convention was populated by a who’s who in the New York hip hop production scene – Q–Tip, Large Professor, Diamond D, Buckwild and the DITC crew, The Beatnuts – and the key dealers shared records that had never been considered sample fodder. Wax Poetics published a story about the Roosevelt Record Conventions by the late John Carraro – Gibson’s greatest competitor –  in 2004: New York’s golden era had hip-hop luminaries digging in the crates at the legendary Roosevelt Hotel Record Convention.

Q-Tip remembers that Gibson was the first to discover and showcase the Archie Whitewater LP, later famously sampled by Common. Mao recalls that Gibson often mailed packages to his key customers – and that Large Professor’s remix of Nas’s “It Ain’t Hard To Tell” happened the same day that Gibson sent him the source sample, the Blue Jays’ Nascence LP.

These stories go on and on – and while Gibson was buying records to sell to hip hop’s elite, he himself was buying and filing rare funk by the Detroit Sex Machines, the psychedelic version of Del Jones’s militant album “The Court Is Closed” and Demon Fuzz’s second album “Roots and Offshoots,” all holy grail pieces of wax to this day. All the while he was buying hip hop records by the people he influenced, and stretching back to hip hop’s disco-rap era in search of the next inspiration.

This is your chance to buy the actual records from the man’s collection himself. “Was “Boston” Bob an influential dealer?” asked Q-Tip, when we asked him about the legendary stories surrounding him. He immediately answered, “Oh for sure. And he listened to all of the music we were all making too.”

Also on sale during the pop up will be Ubiquity and Luv N’ Haight titles, available at 50% off.

Photos by via John Carraro / Wax Poetics, from “New York’s golden era had hip-hop luminaries digging in the crates at the legendary Roosevelt Hotel Record Convention”

Portable turntables

Rappcats — October 18, 2016 | Comments (1)

Portable turntables have been around since not long after the invention of the turntable itself. Everyone who buys records on the road should have one, and most do. Madlib has ten! Here’s a few from our collection, including the new Dilla Turntable.

Post yours up, show us what ya got. @Rappcats / Rappcats FB

Testing out this Dilla 78 on our RCA Victrola ..

Mr Bongo’s global record collection and Arthur Verocai reissue

Rappcats — October 17, 2016 | Comments (1)

Friday, October 28, 7-10PM: Arthur Verocai reissue celebration with Mr. Bongo, Egon and other collectors playing their favorite Brasilian and global groove cuts. FREE, 21+ RSVP REQUIRED

Saturday, October 29, 12-7PM: Mr. Bongo’s global record collection sale. Open to the public.

RAPPCATS
5636 York Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90042

Dave ‘Mr Bongo’ Buttle began digging in Venezuela 30 years ago; filling up suitcases with amazing latin records to bring back to Europe. It has continued ever since – in warehouses in the US, to dusty back street shops in South America, houses and garages in Africa, and lesser known spots in Europe and Asia. This led to several successful record shops in central London, plus one in the heart of Shibuya, Tokyo; first to stock the likes of Rawkus, Def Jux and Stones Throw outside the US.

Now the shops are gone, the label lives on, releasing & reissuing the finest funky music from around the world. Mr,. Bongo are currently issuing a marvelously restored version of Arthur Verocai’s self-titled masterpiece of Brasilian 70s music, with blessing from the man himself. It’s the closest one can get to listening to the original Continental Brasil pressing without dropping thousands of dollars.

Mr Bongo is coming to LA for a special pop up at Rappcats – a celebration of the Arthur Verocai reissue with Egon, Mr. Bongo himself and a host of other collectors spinning Brasilian and global grooves on Friday October 28th and a pop up shop focusing on hundreds of choice records Mr. Bongo culled over 37 years of collecting on Saturday October 29th.

Numero Group Factory Outlet Tour at Rappcats: October 13-15

Rappcats — October 5, 2016 | Comments (0)

The Numero Group Factory Outlet Tour and Rob Sevier’s Record Collection

Thr-Sat, October 13, 14, 15, Noon-7PM
Rappcats, 5636 York Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90042

Numero Group, one of our favorite reissue labels, and the source of an endless amount of Madlib samples, is bringing their factory outlet to Los Angeles for a three-day stint at Rappcats. Expect nearly every extant Numero title to be on display, Numero’s private stash of rarities, and hundreds of vintage and rare LP’s and 45s personally culled by label head Rob Sevier. Sevier is one of the world’s foremost authorities on American soul and funk music and a helluva collector. His collaborative efforts with Egon and Now-Again include Loving On The Flipside, Enjoy the Experience and a forthcoming joint album scheduled for Record Store Day 2017, which we will be announcing soon.

Saturday BONUS, 2PM: Ned Doheny in-store performance. Dublab will be broadcasting LIVE from Rappcats on Friday on Saturday. Rob Sevier will also appear at Funkmosphere @ The Virgil, Oct. 13th, and in-store at Itasca at 5PM, Oct. 14th.

Rolling Stone: “Numero Group Announces West Coast Pop-Up Store Tour”

DJ Shadow – Sideshow – exclusive 12 inch single

Rappcats — August 31, 2016 | Comments (1)

ON SALE: DJ SHADOW – SIDESHOW 12-INCH

Update: SOLD OUT | Exclusive, limited-edition DJ Shadow 12-inch single left over from our Shadow popup shop this past weekend.

The event is over, but here’s the original story:

DJ Shadow will be at Rappcats in Los Angeles on Saturday and Sunday, September 10-11, selling used vinyl, tapes, posters from his collection, and a new, exclusive, limited-edition vinyl: “The Sideshow”

The First Annual DJ Shadow Storage Sale
September 10-11, 2016, Noon–6PM
5636 York Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90042

-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 brand-new, exclusive vinyl single “Sideshow” available ONLY at this sale
-A collector’s smorgasbord of 8-Tracks, cassettes, posters, and other oddities
-Strong coffee c/o Intelligentsia; strong conversation
-Grip-free pricing
-Rotating stock both days

Collectors, dealers, fans, come one, come all to The First Annual DJ Shadow Storage Sale. Shadow’s not selling his collection, but he is pulling back the curtain on a brace of dupes he’s managed to process over the last few years. 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.

In addition, there’s the outliers: good music in unfairly ignored formats such as 8-Track, reel-to-reel, and cassette. “Vinyl is so fetishised, but I actually covet other formats equally,” says Shadow. Explaining further, he adds, “For example, ideally, I would want James Brown’s Payback album on reel, cassette, and 8-track in addition to vinyl. If it existed as a first-run consumer product, I need it in my collection.” If this logic appeals to you, then you’ll be interested in checking out these format oddities.

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


Revival

Rappcats — May 16, 2016 | Comments (0)

While Madlib and Egon were in New York for Madlib’s talk at the Red Bull Music Academy, they headed over to meet Joel Stones and peruse some of the records he’d staged at Revival Vintage Boutique in Hoboken, NJ. Caio Ferreira was there to document the proceedings. Even veteran collector Chairman Mao was overwhelmed. And though Madlib bought two crates, there was plenty left over to ship before Joel headed back to Brasil to buy more.

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib’s Piñata (Alex Goose Remix LP)

Rappcats — November 9, 2015 | Comments (3)

ON SALE: FREDDIE GIBBS & MADLIB – PINATA (ALEX GOOSE REMIX LP)

Rappcats Exclusive: Limited edition, hand made LP of Alex Goose’s remixes of Freddie Gibbs and Madlib’s Piñata

We wanted to make Madlib and Freddie Gibbs’ Piñata available for everyone that asked to use it in TV shows. So we asked the homey Alex Goose to run through the Now-Again catalog and remix it with samples from within. A year later and you probably heard some of the tunes as you were scanning the tube, maybe Alex’s “Shame” remix in Lebron James’ “Survivor’s Remorse.”

Alex made a custom run of a few hundred hand made LP’s for Madlib Invazion, and we’re selling ’em here. He only made one, short run of these – and they took forever to make, so they won’t be repressed. When they’re gone, they’re gone. Hand stamped Stoughton “tip—on” LP sleeve sealed with a sticker, clear vinyl, includes Erin Garcia print and download card for vocal and instrumental album.

Beat Bop Box – Record Carrying Case – artwork by Jean-Michel Basquiat

Rappcats — September 29, 2015 | Comments (3)

ON SALE: BEAT BOP BOX | Record Carrying Case with artwork by Jean-Michel Basquiat, by Get On Down. Now Shipping from Rappcats.

This ultra-sturdy and highly practical record case is covered in classic images from the original Tartown Records version of the 1983 classic hip-hop track “Beat Bop,” produced and designed by Jean-Michel Basquiat, featuring MCs Rammellzee and K-Rob.

The box was manufactured by Get On Down in a limited edition of 1,000; holds up to 50 LPs; black leatherette exterior; metal hinges and clasps; plastic corner protectors. The “Beat Bop” images were licensed from the estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Read all about the box here: Beat Bop Box.

Jean-Michel Basquiat gained worldwide fame as a graffiti-inspired painter, whose myth, legend and influence has continued to grow after his early death at age 27 in 1988. For hip-hop heads, Basquiat also earned respect for producing and releasing the 12-inch single, “Beat Bop” (1983) by Rammellzee and K-Rob. The record, which clocked in at only 10 minutes, has been heard by many, but held by few. Only a reputed 500 of the song’s initial run, on Jean-Michel Basquiat’s imprint Tartown Records, were made with jacket cover art by the infinitely influential graphic artist. The record was re-issued – with no picture sleeve – on Profile Records soon after the Tartown pressings, and went on to influence countless MCs, with its minimal, languishing funk beat and Rammellzee’s and K-Rob’s next-level lyricism.

Basquiat’s involvement in the music on “Beat Bop” had been subject to some debate over the years. An oral history of the record, written by Andrew Nosnitsky and published at Spin in 2013, does a fantastic job of setting the story straight. Read: Basquiat’s

Rappcats T-shirt: J Dilla, Madlib, Stussy

Rappcats — September 13, 2015 | Comments (3)

Click the thumbnail below to go to the product page. Stock is limited, and these will not be reprinted. Rappcats ships worldwide.