Heliocentrics Quatermass Sessions 1 EP available NOW via Now-Again Deluxe;vinyl coming 12.10!
Returning after their 13 Degrees of Reality album with a full on volley of psychedelic-funk songs first heard on Gaslamp Killer’s HELIO X GLK EP, the Heliocentrics offer nine tracks that Rolling Stone describe as “…sprawling, with percussive patterns that suddenly morph into extraterrestrial sound blasts and opaque, detouring patterns.” We couldn’t have said it better. This is the kind of EP that you would happily welcome as an album – and, you know what, in the future you might: as the title hints, this is probably only the beginning of The Heliocentrics’ excavations into the sonic experiments they entered into for years at their recently vacated Quatermass Studios. Free download coming on release date – next Tuesday, 12.10!
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If you missed it: Heliocentrics 13 Degrees of Reality on Itunes.
Earlier this year, we announced the sale of Enjoy The Experience, on our sister company Sinecure Books. We also helped compile and produce a companion CD and LP anthology with the same name that we distributed alongside the book. It contains masterpieces by the likes of Stephen David Heitkotter (who will see a full-on Now-Again issued retrospective in 2014) and satellite Now-Again artists Dennis The Fox and Gary Wilson. Well, we’re happy to announce – and, ahem, remind you, if you’ve not taken the plunge – that the New York Times has included our Enjoy The Experience compendium in it’s annual holiday gift guide of notable box sets. Jon Caramanica writes:
“Nowadays, it’s easy to make a record at home and invite the world to listen. Five decades ago, the recording and the distribution were tougher, but people still felt the urge to be heard. The songs on “Enjoy the Experience,” an anthology of whimsical and sometimes entertaining selections from private-press releases, are all over the place in genre and quality, but the real gems come in the heavily annotated booklet, with its stories of sister keyboard-competition winners, gospel trumpeters and records made solely to sit in a warehouse as part of a tax scam. This album serves as a companion piece to the book of the same title, which is full of even taller tales.”
Buy the LP: Enjoy The Experience via Sinecurebooks.com
Buy the CD: Enjoy The Experience via Sinecurebooks.com
Available NOW! Restored/remastered transfer, pitch/speed corrected for the first time ever. First edition contains second CD/bonus LP: Damon’s ’60s recordings, and never-before-heard demos. Extensive booklet contains dozens of unpublished photos and images, a thorough investigation into this landmark album, and an extensive interview with Damon.
Damon’s Song Of A Gypsy is generally regarded as one of the finest privately-pressed psychedelic rock records and has, for over twenty years, been one of the most sought after late 60s American rock artifacts. Bad bootlegs and scrappy reissues have spread his music, but left Damon’s story untouched, leaving Song of a Gypsy high on its own plateau: out of reach and indescribable.
Finally, Damon’s story can be told. Under the supervision of Now-Again’s Egon and Damon himself, and over a five year period, Song Of A Gypsy has been researched and documented, and has now been pitch-corrected and remastered. It now sees what we’d like to call its definitive issue as a 2CD and limited edition deluxe 2LP.
This edition investigates a 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 a pop hopeful descending into chaos, and 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.
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Buy: Song of a Gypsy on iTunes.
Linked below: Egon’s newest Funk Archaeology post at Red Bull Music Academy’s website, a piece that any parent who’s tired of endless Youtube loops of corny “Wheels On The Bus” renditions will undoubtedly appreciate.
The exclusive download this time around: the full version of Paternoster’s “Old Danube.” Sadly we couldn’t edit the first twenty seconds to give you the toddler version. We’ll leave that up to you.
The New Series: Soothing Sounds for (Egon’s) Baby – Egon’s Funk Archaeology at Red Bull Music Academy.
The Old Series: Egon’s Funk Archaeology at NPR.
Download: Paternoster: “Old Danube.”
A few months ago we announced that we’d completed negotiations with Georgia soul and funk hero Richard Marks’ family to issue a comprehensive anthology of his rare 45s. Egon has been spending time in Atlanta with Richard’s family and friends, uncovering master tapes, never-before-seen photos and superb examples of first-hand ephemera – such as the early 70s juke-joint show poster that Roy Lee Johnson holds above. The anthology will feature liner notes by noted Georgia soul and funk archivist Brian Proust and is right on track on for a 2014 release.