Hoe Cakes: EXTRA DOOM. Jagel Jagel x MF DOOM

MF DOOM — June 25, 2015 | Comments (2)

ON SALE: HOE CAKES EXTRA DOOM

Signed and numbered edition of 40: archival pigment prints of Hoe Cakes. Each piece has hand-painted elements along the top, bottom and side of the print, including an ‘extra doom’ character placed at the bottom. The print measures a generous 14.75″ x 12.75″ and is printed at Gallery 16 in San Francisco on luxurious 100% cotton rag with the brightest colors possible.

Here’s a video clip of all 40 prints.

This edition of 40 was made for the “Doomsday Show” at Rappcats, June 2015. 28 were sold on location at the show. The original Hoe Cakes print (without the extra painting) was an edition of 180. They are now sold out.

Madlib Mind Fusion: African Earwax

Madlib, Mind Fusion — June 20, 2015 | Comments (15)

Madlib has a new mixtape called Mind Fusion: African Earwax. He made 30 copies of these on CD, each of which was being given an individual hand-drawn cover by Jason Jagel and sold at the Doomsday Show at Rappcats, June 20, 2015.

Here’s the mix in full. This is the first mix on Madlib’s Mixcloud page http://mixcloud.com/madlib

Mind Fusion began as a five-volume mixtape series, released 2004-2007. These mixtape CD releases bare no label or address, just the name “Madlib” designed like the Tamla Records logo. Vol 1 and Vol 4 contain production from Madlib. Vol 2 is a jazz mix. Vol 3 and Volume 5 are mixes of records from around the world. Liner notes in each volume, from authors such as Thurston Moore, Vaclav Havel, LeRoi Jones, and Lungston Hughes, range from essays on jazz, a Los Angeles guides, poems, tips on making bombs at home.

MORE ABOUT THE SERIES:
Madlib Mind Fusion
Madlib – Mind Fusion Vol. 1: Hip-Hop
Madlib – Mind Fusion Vol. 2: Jazz, Funk, Soul
Madlib – Mind Fusion Vol. 3: Dirty Crates from the Bottom
Madlib – Mind Fusion Vol. 4: Hip-Hop Remixes, Nas Vs. Jay Z, & CDP Archives
Madlib – Mind Fusion Vol. 5: Dirty Crates from Around the World

THE DOOMSDAY SHOW at Rappcats, Los Angeles, June 20, 2015

MF DOOM — June 15, 2015 | Comments (16)

One day only. Paintings and prints by Jason Jagel. We’ll have prints for sale, 40 “Extra Doom” hand-embellished Hoecakes prints, our back stock of MF DOOM Operation Doomsday lunch boxes cassette box (out of print), two new tees.

Saturday, June 20, 2015. Noon-8 PM.
Rappcats. 5636 York Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90042.

Philophon 45s

Philophon — June 12, 2015 | Comments (0)

Philophon 005: Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids

The Pyramids and their multi-instrumentalist leader Idris Ackamoor have revived the burning fire behind three lauded privately pressed 1970s albums and the movement that followed. The Pyramids’ honest love for music, their firm belief in its social impact have shaped their story and style: after studying with free-jazz icon Cecil Taylor, the Pyramids left for a journey through Africa in 1972 where they connected with their cultural roots and developed their own musical vision. On “Rhapsody in Berlin” their vision is still bright and unclouded: a melodic horn theme interplays with a Pygmy flute, driving guitar riffs and heavy funk rhythms. Co-produced by Ackamoor and drummer Max Whitefield.

Philophon 004: Hailu Mergia

Ethiopian jazz/funk legend Hailu Mergia’s “Musical Silt” was one of the pinnacles of 70s Ethiopian music, a cornerstone in the Ethiopiques series and was recently reissued on its original album by Awesome Tapes From Africa. But it’s creator hasn’t released new music in thirty years – until now. This, his first set of new recordings in three decades, find that he hasn’t missed a beat since leaving the recording sphere. The pair of he and Philophon’s Max Whitefield (drums/producer) couldn’t be better and this 45 reflects Philophon’s overarching philosophy: to put on vinyl something precious that it makes you forget time and space and leaves you alone with the only thing that matters: awesome music.

Philophon 003: Roy X

Roy X (ne Jimmy Taylor) is the youngest son of Ghanaian Highlife/Afrobeat legend Ebo Taylor. His inherited rhythm spills into his rapping and on this 7″ he raps over music created by Philophon label boss/producer Max Whitefield. On “Oduyewu” he pays respect to the timeless sound his father created; on “Sakawa” he meanders through dream-time, helped along by a Whitefield Brothers sample interwoven into the live music bed.

Philiphon 001: Guy One

Guy One, the most famous voice of the Frafra people in northern Ghana, is a super star among his people. He sings while playing the Kologo, an ancient two stringed banjo, mostly for traditional occasions. His words always have a strong meaning which gives him the attribute of a singing philosopher. For his Philophon debut, he teamed up with drummer/producer Max Weissenfeldt, to meld Max’s deep grooves with a haunting choir of Frafra soul.

Czarface & DOOM. “Ka-Bang!”

MF DOOM — June 5, 2015 | Comments (9)

Here’s some new shit from the villain with Deck, 7L & Esoteric.

Stark Reality

Now-Again — June 2, 2015 | Comments (0)

ON SALE: STARK REALITY DISCOVERS HOAGY CARMICHAEL’S MUSIC SHOP | ROLLER COASTER RIDE

Stark Reality were a group led by Monty Stark, with John Abercrombie on guitar, performing an impossible-to-categorize fusion of psychedelic rock, jazz and funk. In 1970 they recorded a heavily-improvised reinvention of a 1958 children’s album by songwriter Hoagy Carmichael, to be used for the show Hoagy Carmichael’s Music Shop which aired on PBS in Boston. The album, Stark Reality Discovers Hoagy Carmichael’s Music Shop, is now available reissued on 3/LP vinyl in its entirety. The group’s non-album recordings are collected on the 2/LP set Roller Coaster Ride.

“Stark Reality: Now is Starkers!” – Jazz Times
“Reality check. How Hoagy Carmichael, children’s music, and a TV station combo played into one of the most collectible records in hip-hop.” – San Francisco Bay Guardian

Richard Marks – Never Satisfied, The Complete Works 1968-1976

Now-Again — May 18, 2015 | Comments (3)

ON SALE: RICHARD MARKS – NEVER SATISFIED, COMPLETE WORKS 1968-1976

Legendary soul and funk singles from Atlanta guitarist/singer/songwriter Richard Marks. Includes previously unreleased tracks.

Seven years in the making, Never Satisfied is Now-Again’s collection of legendary soul and funk singles by Atlanta Guitarist/Singer/Songwriter Richard Marks. This 21-track anthology follows Marks’ stylistic development, from his earliest work for the legendary Tuska label, c.1968-1972, through his more mature releases on the Shout label and smaller regional labels like Note, Free Spirit and RSC. It also includes two tracks never released in any form, found on reels Marks had maintained in his Atlanta home.

Marks’ story is that on an unsung soul and funk hero; a guitarist, vocalist and songwriter whose number was in Al Green’s, Barry White’s and Eddie Kendricks’ rolodexes, but whose talents have only been heard in sporadic bursts since his 45s were released and disappeared into Atlanta’s urban expanse.

This is the story of a father and husband who managed to keep his family together as he gigged the third shift six nights a week. The story of a man who wished for more and whose talent is overdue for reassessment.

He and his music are unknown to the majority, but to an obsessive minority, he is a lightning rod, that singular point at which numerous Southern soul and funk musicians converged and exploded, spreading wondrous music in all directions. Marks’ impeccable run of 7” singles, released largely on tiny, local labels, are the stuff of legend, and are hen’s-teeth-rare.

Marks died of cancer in May of 2006, never having issued an album, or ever granting an interview. Given the caliber of his recordings and the near complete lack of information available about him before the issue of this anthology, Marks stands out as the most mysterious talent to originate from Atlanta, a city that birthed no shortage of genius, from acclaimed worldwide (the Mighty Hannibal), obscure yet celebrated (Lee Moses) and local, but well documented (Tommy Stewart).

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib PIÑATA GIBBS T-shirt

Freddie Gibbs — May 1, 2015 | Comments (1)

ON SALE NOW: PINATA GIBBS ON BLACK | PINATA GIBBS ON WHITE

Freddie Gibbs in the Piñata/zebra style. This is a blue/orange print on black t-shirt. Photo by Peter Beste, design by Jeff Jank.

Rappcats. Los Angeles Pop-Up.

Rappcats — April 15, 2015 | Comments (4)

We have a pop-up shop that happens on no set-schedule.

RAPPCATS. 5636 YORK BLVD, LOS ANGELES CA 90042

Record Store Day, Spring 2015, we opened up with J Dilla’s Fuck the Police 10-inch die cut single, a popup children’s book edition of KMD’s Black Bastards, and Now-Again’s definitive reissue of Amanaz’s Africa.

June 2015 we had a popup art showing of Jason Jagel’s work with MF DOOM over the last 10 years.

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BEYONDOOM

MF DOOM, mos def — April 4, 2015 | Comments (30)

Mos Def (Yassin Bey) covers Doom: Rainbows, Beef Rap, Strange Ways, Accordion, Curls, All Caps, Mayo Clinic (over J Dilla’s beat for Oh No’s “Move Pt. 2”). Filmed last May at Fort d’Aubervilliers by Samuel Thiebaut, edited by Antoine Kerninon, produced by Culturebox.