Announcing: Ayalew Mesfin’s “Hasabe (My Worries)” – the last treasure trove of 70s Ethiopian Funk

Now-Again | Jan. 12, 2018 | News |

From the album Hasabe (My Worries), a Now-Again x Vinyl Me, Please release, coming January 23. The last bastion of unheard, 70s Ethiopian music, ranging from funk to soul to psych to folklore..

That intrigued you right? More info coming very, very soon. In the meantime, here’s his funk classic “Libe Menta Hone (My Divided Heart)” and his upcoming tour dates – his first shows playing this music outside of Ethiopia, and his first time performing this music in over 40 years:

2/10 – Denver at Cervantes, with Madlib DJ Set & Debo Band
2/11 – Berkeley at Cornerstone, w/ Debo Band
2/13 – Los Angeles at Echoplex, w/ Egon and friends DJing & Debo Band

Listen: Egon, Gilles Peterson, Ed Wilson on World Wine…

Now-Again | Jan. 7, 2018 | News |

In late 2017, Egon visited Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood Studios in London with Ed Wilson, record fiend and chef / owner of stellar restaurant – and frequent Madlib Medicine Show London tour stop – Brawn to chat about wine and music – and record some mixes together. Now the show – World Wine! – is available to listen to at the above link. Curious as to what your’e hearing? Check the tracklist below. (more…)

Landmark late 60s West Coast Psych – Hunger, the definitive reissue, LP#8 in Now-Again Reserve

Now-Again | Jan. 3, 2018 | News |

The latest release in Now-Again’s Reserve Subscription series is Hunger – Strictly From Hunger: the band’s preferred version of the album, unedited, fuzz-guitar heavy late 60s psych-rock, restored and remastered from a rare test press. Bonus 2nd LP of the Public! Records version of the album available only to subscribers.

Shipping shortly – this is your last chance to sign up to receive this album as the first album in your subscription! (more…)

Zamrock Your Way Into 2018 – Ngozi Family New Year’s Anthem

Now-Again | Dec. 27, 2017 | Picks |

We used to share a special New Year’s carol from South Korean psych-legends He 5. But now we’re Zamrocking more frequently…so we’re digging a bit deeper and offering you a rather bizarre single by Zambian guitarist, singer and songwriter Paul Ngozi. This song, the b-side to his “Happy Christmas” single, is a departure from the hard-edged garage-psych of the Ngozi Family’s early recordings – but it’s the perfect companion for your New Year’s revelry. If you don’t mind crackle – imagine it’s the bubbles popping in the champagne swirling in your burgundy glass – download the track below the link…. Here’s to 2018!

Download: Paul Ngozi: “Happy New Year”.

And, if you missed it:

Download: “He 5: “Auld Lang Syne”.”

Announcing Timothy McNealy’s “Funky Movement” – The Last Great Texas Funk LP, Finally Issued

Now-Again | Nov. 19, 2017 | News |

But it now at our web store at Rappcats

The greatest never-issued Texas Funk LP – the legendary Timothy McNealy’s works, collected and officially reissued for the first time.

Extensive booklet detailing Timothy’s story, replete with never-published photos. Download card for WAV files included.

Dallas, Texas funk and soul singer, songwriter, producer and firebrand Timothy McNealy’s “Sagittarius Black” 45 was one of the first key “deep funk” records of the genre’s re-discovery period in the mid- to late-‘90s, when collectors and DJ’s did with the black America’s fertile late-‘60s and early ‘70s musical scenes what they had done prior with blues, jazz and rock. When that rarity was first rediscovered, no one could really explain it’s genesis: It was that rare thing, a record that came out of a specific era, but transcended it. Those who were entranced knew now how much McNealy had recorded, how many records he’d issued on his self-funded Shawn Records, or how good his music might be.

With this anthology – the first time that McNealy’s work has been collected and officially reissued – we now know the answer, and we know that McNealy’s music deserves to be emblematic of Dallas funk and soul in the same way that Texas’s other two largest cities – Houston, with the Kashmere Stage Band, and San Antonio, with Mickey and the Soul Generation – have their unique ambassadors, colored by those cities’ milieus.

McNealy’s recordings offer the breadth and depth that make a case for important idiosyncrasies, as they showcase a singular musical vision and his city’s vast talent, which has been prior documented on Now-Again releases such as Cold Heat and the South Dallas Pop Fest 1970 and Jazzman Records’ Texas Funk. McNealy’s banner recordings for Dallas, Texas’s best and brightest in that wonderful moment for American funk and soul music is worthy as an album, and as a testament to what is great about American music in general, and its creators’ abilities to think beyond the immediate.