MoSS’s Exotic World Rock & Funk Pop Up Record Shop At Rappcats

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

MoSS’S RECORD COLLECTION
EXOTIC WORLD ROCK & FUNK AT RAPPCATS ONE DAY ONLY

Saturday, October 1, 2016
Noon — 6PM
5636 York Blvd,
Los Angeles CA 90042

MoSS – pictured above, buying records in Zambia – is a hip hop producer, for the likes of Ghostface Killah and Guilty Simpson. The kind of dude who hangs out with DJ Premier – and, in his spare time, scours the globe for the most awesome and obscure World Rock, Funk and Folk albums, which he issues on his Strawberry Rain imprint. The likes of the incredible Thai Caravan, Indonesia’s hard rock kings AKA and Zamrock hero Keith Mlevhu have all been issued on MoSS’s imprint.

He met Egon when he sold him a record by South Korean psych gods He 6. The two started collaborating on reissues with their joint effort Those Shocking Shaking Days, Indonesian Hard, Psychedelic, Progressive Rock And Funk. They’ve continued working together on many of Now-Again’s Zamrock reissues, including the forthcoming Welcome To Zamrock anthologies.

MoSS is a quiet record dealer: he’s a collector more than a dealer, but he sells to everyone from psych druid Hans Pokora – with whom he edited the last of the lauded Record Collector Dreams rock bibles – to Madlib, Jake One and Diamond D. For this special pop up he’s bringing everything from classic funk to rare library LP’s to grail-level World rock LP’s – along with the entirety of his Strawberry Rain run, including many limited edition albums.

The next two pop up record shops at Rappcats:

October 13-15: The Numero Group Factory Outlet Tour and Rob Sevier’s Record Collection
October 28-29: Mr. Bongo’s Record Collection of Global Grooves/Arthur Verocai Celebration

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Shipping Now: Kaleidoscope’s Late 60s Puerto Rican Garage Psych Rock Masterpiece

Now-Again | Sep. 8, 2016 | News | ,

ON SALE AND SHIPPING NOW VIA OUR WEBSTORE AT RAPPCATS: KALEIDOSCOPE – KALEIDOSCOPE

If you’re a frequent visitor to this site, then this is not the first time that you’ve heard of Kaleidoscope. You know, for instance, that this is the Kaleidoscope whose roots are in Puerto Rican teenage garage rockers, whose sole album was recorded in the Dominican Republic at the high-point of the flower power era, which album was only ever pressed in a miniscule run in Mexico in 1969.

You know it’s now one of the most sought after rock artifacts on the planet. And you know, because you read about it when we mentioned it, that their “Let Me Try” was sampled by Just Blaze for Beyonce’s “Freedom.”

But you’re probably just hearing that Kaleidoscope is now remastered and reissued with an extensive, photo-filled booklet with the story of the band and their album by historian Enrique Rivas Viniegra. And with a cool new cover to boot. Not that the original wasn’t great (in fact we think it was superb – but you can read about that in the liner notes.

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Warehouse Find – Stark Reality Tee Shirts

Now-Again | Sep. 7, 2016 | News | ,

Buy via our webstore at rappcats.com.

Back in 2003, Jeff Jank designed these tee shirts for Egon’s Stones Throw Records Stark Reality compilation Now. Our merch partner from those days, The Giant Peach, found a small stack of these as they changed warehouses last month. They sent ’em our way and we’re blowing ’em out. When they’re gone, they’re gone.

If you’ve not heard this band’s wondrous music yet, you can download a track here – and watch a video clip of the performance of the same song on the WGBH Hoagy Carmichael’s Music Shop program, which aired for an unbelievable season in the early 1970s. Imagine being a kid on that show. C’mon now.

Stark Reality’s two essential LPs Discovers Hoagy Carmichael’s Music Shop and Roller Coaster Ride are available as stand-alone LP’s, and come with a download card for all tracks and a digital version of the extensive booklet we presented in our box set.

Egon, Madlib and Jeff Jank bring DJ Shadow’s Pop Up Record Shop to Rappcats in LA

Now-Again | Aug. 29, 2016 | News |

DJ Shadow will be at Rappcats – right next door to NA HQ! – in Los Angeles on Saturday and Sunday, September 10-11, selling used vinyl, tapes, posters from his collection, and a new, exclusive, limited-edition vinyl: “The Sideshow”

Rappcats and DJ Shadow present:

The First Annual DJ Shadow Storage Sale
September 10-11, 2016, Noon–6PM
5636 York Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90042

-Hundreds of used vinyl LPs, 45s, and 12″s culled from Shadow’s private collection
-Deleted DJ Shadow web-store product, including limited items and rarities
-A brand-new, exclusive vinyl single “Sideshow” available ONLY at this sale
-A collector’s smorgasbord of 8-Tracks, cassettes, posters, and other oddities
-Strong coffee c/o Intelligentsia; strong conversation
-Grip-free pricing
-Rotating stock both days

If you’ve been following Now-Again for the past couple years, you know that Egon’s been selling pieces from his record collection in a series of pop up record shops at Rappcats. This time, it’s Egon’s buddy – collector extraordinaire DJ Shadow – doing the selling. While Shadow’s not selling his collection, he is pulling back the curtain on a brace of dupes he’s managed to process over the last few years. Expect a strange and broad assortment of lesser-seen vinyl in all genres, most offered under $15, and with an effort to price well below established online value. “This is a chance for producers, dealers, and DJ’s to access seldom-seen and eclectic vinyl at affordable prices,” says Shadow. “These are all records I have other copies of, and I’ve decided that I don’t need to keep multiples. Think of it as a year-long thrift-store hunt consolidated into two days.”

In addition, there’s the outliers: good music in unfairly ignored formats such as 8-Track, reel-to-reel, and cassette. The man himself will of course be on hand to sign anything and everything, or just to say hello. Love music? Love records? Love hanging out with cool folks? Then you’ll have a good time at The First Annual DJ Shadow Storage Sale. See you there!

X-Rated High School Funk – Marvin Whoremonger, LP #3 In Now-Again Reserve Ships In Two Weeks!

Now-Again | Aug. 28, 2016 | News | ,

15-17 year old Las Vegas high school kids meet a transient vocalist to create X-rated, basement funk. One of the most sought after funk LPs gets shining treatment as part of Now-Again Reserve: a deluxe vinyl subscription. Ships in October!

SUBSCRIBE: NOW-AGAIN RESERVE

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 Marvin 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 October 18th, 2016. But we’ll probably beat that date. Hint hint.

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