The Diary was Dilla’s attempt to take advantage of the attention afforded him after his brightest period as a behind-the-scenes hit-maker and influencer. However, the project stalled and the album was literally shelved, the reels languishing in storage in Detroit as a relocated Dilla began a creative renaissance in Los Angeles. The Diary in this, its final form, was painstakingly assembled over a ten year period from two-track mixdowns and multi-track masters found in J Dilla’s archives after his death in 2006. The completion of The Diary was overseen by The Estate of James Yancey’s Creative Director Eothen Alapatt, long term general manager of Stones Throw Records and A&R for Donuts and Jaylib, whose previous archival Dilla work includes the expanded Ruff Draft issue from 2008. The Estate of James Yancey is overseen by California’s Probate Court on behalf of Yancey’s four heirs – his mother, Maureen “Madukes” Yancey, his brother John “Illa J” Yancey and his two daughters, Ja’Mya Yancey and Ty-monae Whitlow.
J Dilla – The Diary (album cover); J Dilla with Slum Village circa 2001, by Eric Coleman.
You may have heard something about Freddie Gibbs & Madlib’s Bandana. While the reports of its imminent release maybeexaggerated, it is true that Gangster Gibbs & Beat Konducta have begun talking about, and maybe even working on, a followup to Piñata. Bandana was first referenced by Madlib in his talk at Red Bull Music Academy in New York, May 2016. Expect more news about the record some time later in 2016, or 2020, or somewhere in between.
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.
Shipping now. This is the first official reissue of this essential Zamrock album.
Peace was one of of Zamrock’s best bands, kick-started by groups The Boyfriends and WITCH from Chamboli Mine Township, Kitwe, Zambia. Black Power was their sole release, recorded at Malachite Film Studio circa 1973-74 and issued circa 1975, sounds like nothing else in the Zamrock canon: a lost message drifting from the flower power era, imbued with a fiery Zambian voice.
15-17 year old Las Vegas high school kids doing X-rated basement funk. This rare private press from 1976 is being reissued for the first time by Now-Again Records this fall as a part of Now-Again Reserve: a deluxe vinyl subscription.
Here’s the story of one of funk’s most sought-after albums: Marvin Whoremonger is a concept-piece executed by a Vegas hustler, pairing the troubled musings of a transient vocalist (Marvin Neroes) with the exuberant funk of a teenage trio. Much of the album was recorded in a single take, then embellished by session musicians in Hollywood with synthesizers and a large horn section.
Producer Cholly Willians declared in the liner notes that the album would lead to international stardom for all involved. When Whoremonger was released in 1976, behind a garish, anonymous jacket, it failed immediately. Forty years later it has aged well, and stands as an immediately accessible – yet bizarre – exercise in late-period, real funk music.
Marvin Whoremonger will be the third release of Now-Again Reserve, set to ship September 18th, 2016.
Egon is hosting a one month residency on NTS Radio – four (maybe five?) two hour shows of music from around the globe. Here’s an hour of the first show.
3:33 Rob Thomsett Entrance to Warrambool (Part I and II)
4:04 The Cyrkle Nicole
8:59 Eric Burdon Winds Of Change / Poem By The Sea
5:01 Mighty Ryeders Help Us Spead the Message
3:56 Ray Alexander Technique Special One
2:11 Dusko Goykovich Macedonian Fertility Dance
4:42 Dusko Goykovich Balkan Blue Modal Jazz
7:04 Sons & Daughters Of Lite A Real Thing
5:18 Southern University Jazz Ensemble Clean Air
2:52 Jose Pirates Imbarobo
3:26 Baden Powell Sarava
2:44 Orlann Divo Beleza No Vai Embora
4:03 Peter Lemer and Asilah 80 Invocation
8:38 Lightmen Plus One On The Road Home (Mono version)
3:09 Annexus Quam
3:18 Trubrot Eg Veit Ao Pukemur
2:25 Joao Bosco Quem Sera
2:11 Waltel Branco Tema De Abertura
2:48 Groep 1850 Friday I’m Free / Hunger
3:03 Illes Zenekar Mejez Az Ut
2:41 Träd Gräs Och Stenar Sanningens Silverflod
5:38 Steve Reid Lions of Judah
3:08 izvir Vibrolux
7:27 NO INFO
3:44 Erasmo Carlos E Presciso Dar Um Jeito Meu Amigo
3:31 Round Trip Ticket Captain Purple Rides Again (Down By The River)
4:02 Girma Beyene Ene Negne By Manesh
3:28 Manu Dibango Liberations Song
3:34 Odmenn It Takes Love
Wake Up You! is presented in two 100+ page books full of never-seen photos and the story of the best Nigerian rock bands told in vivid detail by musicologist and researcher Uchenna Ikonne (Who Is William Onyeabor?).
Each volume is presented as both a hardbound book with CD in a resealable plastic sleeve, and as a double LP with a soft-cover book included in a custom-made 12″x 12″ book holder.
A short film about Wake Up You! The Rise and Fall of Nigerian Rock, 1972-1977. Produced by Uchenna Ikonne and Eothen Alapatt with narration by Uchenna Ikonne. This video was shot and edited by Bennett Piscitelli. Wake Up You Vol. 1 is out now. Wake Up You Vol. 2 comes out May 20, 2016