Australian Jazz/Rock Excellence by Rob Thomsett – LP #4 in Now-Again Reserve

Now-Again | Jul. 6, 2016 | News |

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Australian guitarist/visionary Rob Thomsett’s collected works – two LPs – will be combined into one package as the fourth release in Now Again Reserve, shipping this fall. Stream the album below.

Originally privately pressed in tiny numbers in Canberra in the mid-‘70s, Yaraandoo & Hara have become sought after examples of the best in progressive jazz/rock.

“Taking in impressionistic hazy instrumental jazz … muscular fusion moves, solo Mellotron pieces as heavenly as anything Beethoven or Handel ever concocted, extremely loose-limbed ethno-fusion soundscapes of the Don Cherry/Pharoah Sanders variety, film soundtracks … and electronic experimentalism … hair-raising, soul-searching beauty – with an overall dreamy, hazy quality that perhaps could only be written by an Australian fully conversant with the “Dreamtime” cultural feel for the myths and legends of the Outback.” – Julian Cope’s Head Heritage.

This reissue is produced with the direct participation of its creators. See all release details.

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Shipping to Subscribers Now – Spiritual Jazz Masterpieces by World’s Experience Orchestra, LP #2 In Now-Again Reserve

Now-Again | Jul. 1, 2016 | News | ,

We’ve reissued the 1975 and 1980 albums by World’s Experience Orchestra this summer as one specially packaged 2/LP set – and it’s shipping to subscribers now. This is the second release in Now-Again Reserve, our deluxe vinyl subscription. The first was Paternoster. The next is Marvin Whoremonger.

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The essence of Underground, Spiritual Jazz, figuratively and literally: their first album was recorded in a Boston church’s basement. Both World’s Experience Orchestra albums were committed to vinyl by a visionary, bassist/composer/arranger John Jamyll Jones. He’s a magical type, who communicates with his instrument, his ensembles, and jazz’s ancient lineage in a manner so profound that his late-‘70s album are out of time with jazz’s trajectory, but timeless when presented today.

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25% Off Sale During Egon’s Pop Up Record Shop At Rappcats – July 16th

Now-Again | Jun. 26, 2016 | News | ,

Egon pop up record shop at Rappcats
Saturday, July 16, 2015
Noon — 5PM
5636 York Blvd,
Los Angeles CA 90042

On July 16th, Egon’s hosting a record store at Rappcats, selling records from his collection, one-day only. This is the second pop up of 2016, and will be done every quarter, with unique records being made available at each event. For this event, he’s selling rare records from Iran – from 60s garage rock 45s to 70s funk LP’s to Iranian jazz and folk. Of course, records from African funk to space jazz to psychedelic rock will also line the walls of the new 1500 square foot Rappcats space in Highland Park.

Now-Again recently issued Iranian rock legend Kourosh’s latest album, Malek Jamshid, which was banned from release in his home country. Egon’s first Kourosh anthology, Back From The Brink, is still available in 3LP, 7″ box set and CD formats. An entire set of Kourosh’s original Iranian pressed 45s in NM condition will be on offer at the pop up.

Also available will be the entire Now-Again catalog — for a one day discount of 25% less than our normal retail. If you can’t make it to Highland Park, all online Now-Again orders from the Rappcats store placed on July 16th will receive a 25% discount as well.

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Announcing: Kourosh Yaghamei’s Latest Album, Banned In Iran, Now Released In The West

Now-Again | Jun. 15, 2016 | News | ,

ON SALE AT OUR WEBSTORE AT RAPPCATS: KOUROSH YAGHMAEI – MALEK JAMSHID

Iranian rock Godfather Kourosh’s latest album, recorded 2003-2006. Banned in his home country, released to the world at last…

Words from Kourosh Yaghmaei:

Questions about the difficulties in and delay of releasing this album emphasize systematic censorship, cultural deletion and even cultural self-destruction, at a state level. They highlight the thoughts in the background of the media and a society hit by crisis, in which no voice of clear protest is heard in the world, not from human right organizations, let alone from the media inside Iran. No mention of this censorship, and torture on an artistic soul, along all social, technological and cultural transitions, in this current century, in a land where the world’s greatest [ancient] empire [in] Takhte Jamshid – The Gate of All Nations – or, as the Greeks called it, Persepolis was established 2500 ago.

It is impossible, in a few sentences, to explain the irreparable damages and the rubble of adversity that crumbled on me, my family and especially on my homeland in the past 37 years, with the occurrences of such cruelty – terrifying hell-like obstacles – that walking through them is not believable to others. This dark age of culture cannot be described in a few lines; there should be books written about it. Musicians were harassed and beaten in streets and their instruments were broken by boots. I, who was a leading popular artist in Iranian society, in just a few hours, was shown to be anti-culture, a perverted person. This was going on when my ability to earn any income for living expenses from my music was cut off. No light at the end of the tunnel. Iranian society was in awe watching all these horrific changes, in just a few hours.

People in Iran know me as the master, the pioneer and the king of modern and rock music, but to protest against this cultural deletion, this censorship, and the physical and mental tortures the government brings upon me, I am forced to decide not to release my works in my own homeland, for an unknown amount of time to come. This doesn’t mean I will stop working, and I will have a new album every a few years ready to present to my country.

In the end I must point that I only write these words to let the world know about this catastrophe, not to attract sympathy of others, which I hate. I believe in an unjust battle, to stand tall is better than to surrender.

In 2011, we released the anthology, Back From The Brink – Pre-Revolution Psychedelic Rock From Iran: 1973-1979. Here’s “Gole Yakh (Winter Sweet)” from that collection.

R.I.P Damon

Now-Again | Jun. 14, 2016 | News |

Sometime over this past weekend, Damon – born David Del Conte – died in his sleep in his San Juan Capistrano, California home. He was 75 years old.

As any visitor to this site, or fan of this label knows, Damon’s Song of a Gypsy is one of our favorite albums of all time. We reissued it in what we hope is its definitive form, as a pitch-corrected LP (the first, “deluxe” edition came with a second disc of bonus material) and as a hardbound 2 CD casebook that contained the entirety of Damon’s recorded works. If you missed it, you can still find copies via our webstore at Rappcats. Listen to one of our favorite songs from the album via our Soundcloud – “Don’t You Feel Me:”

If you’re unaware of the entirety of Song of a Gypsy’s genius, we suggest you revisit Sixteen Things We Know About Damon, a short film by Andrew Gura. It’s 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 masterpiece – 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.

We’ll miss you Damon, and never will forget the lessons you taught us, nor will your music ever cease to inspire us.

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