Announcing: Revolutionary Spiritual Jazz – The Lightmen’s “Free As You Wanna Be.”

Now-Again | Nov. 14, 2017 | News |

Exclusive pre-sale at our web store at Rappcats: The Lightmen’s Free As You Wanna Be

Revolutionary, spiritual jazz from Houston, reissued for the first time – the first in a series of four expanded reissues of drummer and bandleader Bubbha Thomas’s lauded catalog.

Extensive booklet detailing Bubbha and his band’s story, replete with never-published photos. Presented in both the issued stereo and previously unissued mono mixes as a double LP. Download card for WAV files and videos of 1970s performances included.

Drummer, bandleader and activist Bubbha Thomas had toured America with R&B revues, served as a session musician for Peacock and Back Beat Records, and played straight ahead jazz with legends before the political and social upheaval of the late 1960s led him to a path first charted by Coltrane. Free As You Wanna Be predates the deep-set, maverick jazz issued by the likes of Tribe and Strata East and is a harbinger of best of the 1970s jazz underground, a collective voice of resistance to the musical and cultural status quo.

This is the first time that Free As You Wanna Be has seen reissue, and it is presented in both the issued stereo and previously unissued mono mixes as a double LP. Bubbha and his band’s story is told in great detail by Houston music and cultural historian Lance Scott Walker (Houston Rap / Houston Rap Tapes) and Now-Again’s Eothen Alapatt, in a booklet that contains dozens of unpublished photographs.

All four of Bubbha’s 1970s albums will see reissue as expanded albums, with previously unreleased mixes, alternate and unreleased versions, once per quarter, through the end of 2018. Watch a primer of what’s to come below.

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Announcing: Oh No Vs. Now-Again V. 3

Now-Again | Nov. 1, 2017 | News |

Exclusive pre-sale at our webstore at Rappcasts. WW release date 11.17.

Now-Again presents its third library offering from the producer Oh No: heavy hip hop based on samples from the Now-Again Catalog.

Hip hop producer Oh No’s debut album for Now-Again was also the first in our music library series – and was one of our most successful exercises in creating modern “library music” for easy synchronization. For this, his third entry, Oh No combs through the vast array of Now-Again’s catalog – from American soul, funk and jazz to Zambian hard rock to Australian prog to Swedish psych – create a series of beats that range in mood and style and all contain Oh No’s trademark swagger. Fans of the variety of projects that Oh No is a part – from his Gangrene project with Alchemist to his production for the likes of Jedi Mind Tricks, Action Bronson and Talib Kweli – will be pleased with the variety of beats contained within.

This limited edition is CD is packaged in a “mini-LP” gatefold and is available in limited quantities. Once they’re gone, they’re gone.

Announcing Timothy McNealy’s “Funky Movement” – Our Black Friday Record Store Day Release

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

Listen to snippets at our webstore at Rappcasts. WW release date Black Friday Record Store Day – 11.24.17.

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.

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

Now-Again | Oct. 10, 2017 | 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 acetate. Bonus 2nd LP of the Public! Records version of the album available only to subscribers. Shipping January 2018. (more…)

Egon’s Funk 45 Mix – Temple Bar, Santa Monica – April 2003

Now-Again | Sep. 21, 2017 | News |

We’re very close to announcing our Black Friday Record Store Day anthology and we’re giving you a hint at the artist whose music we’re featuring. His classic funk 45 is in this set Egon spun at Temple Bar in Santa Monica in 2003. More news soon!

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