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Rappcats — July 22, 2014 | Comments (0)

Madlib on BONAFIDE

Madlib — July 16, 2014 | Comments (0)

On the heels of his Juxtapoz cover, Madlib (and Quasimoto) are on the cover of this month’s Bonafide Mag released in UK this month. Madlib cover interview by Kidkanevil, photo by Jimmy Mould, illustration by Jeff Jank.

Rock Konducta Pt. 1 and Rock Konducta Pt. 2 have both been released this week. The vinyl and digital are in two parts, and the CD edition as one double disc set.

Juxtapoz x Madlib

Madlib — July 7, 2014 | Comments (0)

Juxtapoz #163 (August 2014) features a Madlib cover story, with interview by Gabe Scott with Jason Jagel, Eothen Apapatt and Freddie Gibbs.The magazine cover is illustrated by Jason Jagel, featuring cameos from Lord Quas, DOOM, and world of anonymous jazz cats & rap cats. Photo by Estevan Oriol. Expect the magazine on U.S. newsstands in July.

Boiler Room Collections: EGON

Egon — June 27, 2014 | Comments (6)

Boiler Room set up shop in Egon’s office in Highland Park, Los Angeles, CA as he digs through his own collection, playing a few records.

This is currently streaming at BoilerRoom.tv and the archived video is embedded above.

Eothen “Egon” Alapatt runs Now-Again Records, he’s one of the Rappcats crew, and the former general manager at Stones Throw (2000-2010). Also check out Boiler Room’s editorial piece about the day the session was filmed: “We had the great pleasure of being let into the Now-Again Records office this month. Long before Collections was a concept, but very shortly after Egon impromptu opened for Madlib at our San Francisco show with heavy psych gems, we had the irrepressible urge to trawl through his records. Timing saw us pushing this one back quite a bit, so when the cohesive idea of Collections was introduced we eagerly re-approached the idea. We’ve of course picked up snippets here and there through the label itself as well as via his Funk Archaeology series, but nothing beat us seeing – strike that, hearing – for ourselves.”

Karl Hector and The Malcouns – Unstraight Ahead

Now-Again — June 17, 2014 | Comments (0)

ON SALE: KARL HECTOR & THE MALCOUNS – UNSTRAIGHT AHEAD Now-Again Records

Afrodelic Kraut Funk excursions featuring Members of Poets of Rhythm and Whitefield Brothers. Unstraight Ahead finds Karl Hector and his cohorts exploring territories outside of the already-expansive scope of their debut album Sahara Swing. On this album, the West African sounds of Ghana and Mali meet the East African sounds of Mulatu Astatke’s Ethiopian jazz and are tied together with the groove heavy experimentalism of The Malcouns’ 70s Krautrock godfathers: Can, of course, but also more obscure and equally adventurous groups like Agitation Free, Ibliss and Tomorrow’s Gift. It’s an album out of time, one that couldn’t have been made in the era its aural aesthetics reference, as its scope is so broad. But it’s an album focused by funk – and an ambition to expand funk’s reaches. The Malcouns – including Poets of Rhythm songwriter and vocalist Bo Baral – created their own instruments to fashion an album that stands alongside the great albums of its progenitors but charges Unstraight Ahead into a curious musical future.

2 LP comes with download card; CD packaged in a gatefold “eco-wallet.”

Madlib – Rock Konducta

Madlib — June 11, 2014 | Comments (11)

50+ track instrumental hip-hop album

LP, DIGITAL: ROCK KONDUCTA PT. 1
LP, DIGITAL: ROCK KONDUCTA PT. 2
CD: ROCK KONDUCTA PT. 1 & 2 DOUBLE CD

Madlib’s Rock Konducta – the blatantly titled, rock-inspired entries in the producer’s long-running Beat Konducta instrumental series – will be released July 15. It is the fifth installment in Madlib’s Beat Konducta series following Beat Konducta: Movie Scenes (2006), Beat Konducta in India (2007), A Tribute to J Dilla (2009) and Beat Konducta in Africa (2010).

Rock Konducta grabs its source material from various worldwide rock scenes from the 60s through the 80s, from American psychedelia to Germany’s Krautrock to acid-soaked Spanish prog to synthy, early-80s oddities.

Madlib announced his Rock Konducta album with a limited edition 45 made specifically for sale at the Zamrock Live! Madlib Medicine Show in San Francisco in early 2013. It was a fitting place to make the debut, as his previous Beat Konducta in Africa album was heavily inspired by Africa’s vibrant 70s rock scene, with a specific focus on Zambia’s Zamrock.

on iTunes: Madlib – Rock Konducta Pt. 1 | Madlib – Rock Konducta Pt. 2

Damon – Song of a Gypsy

Sixteen Things We Know About Damon is a short film by Andrew Gura: a voice and music driven story that uses animated archival stills, stock footage and typography, lo-fi textures, left-field sound design to tell the nearly impossible backstory behind Damon’s Song of a Gypsy

ON SALE: DAMON – SONG OF A GYPSY

Damon’s Song of a Gypsy, underground psychedelic rock from the late 60s – reissued album from Now-Again Records

Damon’s Song of a Gypsy is regarded as one of the finest privately-pressed psychedelic rock records ever made. It has, for over twenty years, been one of the most sought after late 60s rock artifacts in the world, with the scant original copies that exist exchanging hands for thousands of dollars. Bad bootlegs and scrappy reissues have spread the music a little but left Damon’s story untouched, leaving Song of a Gypsy high on its own plateau: out of reach and indescribable.

This edition investigates Song of a Gypsy’s seemingly impossible story – one that encapsulates the last bloom of the flower power movement before it decayed into the haze of the ‘70s underground. It traces the arch of a pop hopeful descending into chaos, becoming the tortured soul who would create an LP to file alongside works by other lost greats of the late ‘60s, from Shuggie Otis to Rodriguez.

Of course, juicy late ‘60s anecdotes abound: it was an acid trip that took Damon on a meandering journey to Big Sur’s Esalen Institute, where a chance meeting with Ravi Shankar and George Harrison turned everything around for him, as he nursed a five-string guitar back to spiritual health aside the maestros’ sitars under Big Sur’s endless sky.

This is an LA album – recorded in 1968 after Damon lead his musicians into a Hollywood studio to riff on Jefferson Airplane themes with a world-weary melancholy, to pay equal tribute to his idos Jim Morrison and Al Jolson with results that can only be described as sincere genius. Damon wrote with a childlike naiveté yet sang like a weathered old man, too exhausted to be anything but honest. There is no pretense to his Song of a Gypsy, just a transparent view into his churning soul.

The album Song Of A Gypsy was pressed in a run of five hundred copies. At some point, Damon’s master tapes disappeared. He only kept a 1⁄4” tape duped from a scratchy copy of the album.

Under the supervision of Now-Again’s Eothen “Egon” Alapatt and Damon, born David Del Conte, over the period of five years, Song of a Gypsy has been lovingly remastered and finally sees its definitive release, a beautiful listening experience, a reminder of the marvels man is capable of creating under even the most adverse circumstances.

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Deeper (video)

Freddie Gibbs, Madlib — June 3, 2014 | Comments (2)

New video from Freddie Gibbs & Madlib’s Piñata | Madlib releases Piñata Instrumentals

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib’s “Deeper” video, directed by Jonah Schwartz, forms a trilogy with the story begun with their two previous videos, “Thuggin’” and “Shame.” That is, a loose trilogy. Not as loose as the third Halloween movie when Michael Myers disappeared from the franchise, but there is definitely an untold piece of the story that lands Gangsta Gibbs in jail for a while. “Deeper” picks up from there.

Madlib has just released the instrumentals from the collaboration with Freddie Gibbs – Pinata Beats – out today from the Madlib Invazion label on double LP, CD, Digital.

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Pinata Beats – on iTunes

Meanwhile, Freddie Gibbs continues the Independent Grind tour, hitting Los Angeles this week the rest of the Southwest through June. If you missed him in Manhattan you can still catch him in Manhattan, Kansas.

03 June: Riverside Auditorium, Riverside CA
04 June: House of Blues, West Hollywood
05 June: House of Blues, San Diego
07 June: Marquee Theater, Tempe AZ
08 June: Rialto Theatre, Tucson
09 June: Hard Rock, Las Vegas
10 June: Great Saltair, Salt Lake City
11 June: Mesa Theatre, Grand Junction
12 June: Black Sheep, Colorado Springs
13 June: Aggie Theatre, Ft. Collins
15 June: Sunshine Theatre, Albuquerque
16 June: Tricky Falls, El Paso
17 June: Cactus Courtyard, Lubbock
18 June: Diamond Ballroom, Oklahoma City
19 June: Lucky Mule, Abilene TX
21 June: House of Blues, Houston
22 June: House of Blues, Dallas
24 June: Cain’s Ballroom, Tulsa
25 June: The Cotillion, Wichita
26 June: RC McGraw’s, Manhattan KS
27 June: Blue Note, Columbia MO
28 June: Arvest Bank Theatre, Kansas City MO

@Madlib | @FreddieGibbs

Dust & Grooves release party – LOS ANGELES

Los Angeles – Join us Thursday, June 5 at 7PM for an opening reception, an in-studio photo exhibit, and book launch party for Dust & Grooves at Sonos Studio. This event will feature rotating sets from DJs and collectors who are featured in the book (The Gaslamp Killer, Egon, Oliver Wang, Zach Cowie) as well as from book editor Sheila B. The Dust & Grooves book will be on sale at the event, and author Eilon Paz will host a book signing.

FREE EVENT – RSVP REQUIRED

The After-Party: Upstairs at Ace Hotel Downtown LA
Thursday June 5th, 11 PM | FREE
Ace Hotel Downtown LA, 921 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90015

June 7: Los Angeles Daytime Vinyl Hangout
Saturday June 7th, Noon-6PM | FREE
Sonos Studio, 145 N La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Dust & Grooves and Sonos Studio welcomes all to the Daytime Vinyl Hangout—an all-day event with vinyl pop-up stores, DJ sets by local collectors, vinyl-lovers, and DJs, giveaways from Dewar’s and Now-Again Records, and an open whiskey bar. This event will include a book signing by author Eilon Paz, and his Dust & Grooves book will be available for sale for the whole afternoon.

ON SALE: DUST & GROOVES – ADVENTURES IN RECORD COLLECTING

Madlib – Pinata Beats (Freddie Gibbs Instrumentals)

Madlib — May 28, 2014 | Comments (8)

ON SALE: MADLIB & FREDDIE GIBBS – PINATA BEATS

Instrumentals for Freddie Gibbs & Madlib’s Piñata.

There are few musicians – let alone beat–makers – whose output in its raw form provides his listener with a full on musical experience before anything is added. Madlib is one. Before a microphone is switched on, before a rhyme even uttered, a Madlib beat stands alone as a complete thing.

The album with Freddie Gibbs, Piñata – being hailed as contender for rap album of the year – was created between late 2011 and early 2013. But Gibbs also dipped back into Madlib’s archives going back as far as ten years for a few of the beats.

Double LP; CD with 8-page booklet; digital download.