Devastatingly Good Disco & Boogie – Split Decision Band’s Unreleased Album, LP # 5 in Now-Again Reserve; Changes To The Subscription

Now-Again | Jan. 10, 2017 | News |

Now-Again presents a never-before-released album of devastatingly good disco and boogie from the unlikely city of Des Moines, Iowa in NOW-AGAIN RESERVE, scheduled to ship to subscribers in April 2017.

SUBSCRIBE: NOW-AGAIN RESERVE – there are a limited amount of “Catch Me Up” subscriptions still available to get you the entire run of NOW-AGAIN RESERVE releases.

They have been known to deep soul, funk and disco collectors for decades for their sought after 7” “Watching Out/Dazed,” long thought to be the band’s only recordings. Egon tracked down Split Decision Band’s vocalist and songwriter Gordon Starr Flipping in the hopes of more and got it – with Watching Out, Now-Again presents a never-before-released album of devastatingly good disco and boogie from the unlikely city of Des Moines, Iowa. Flipping’s collaborations with Prince made him a Midwestern legend, but his band’s music is more than an urban tall tale – this album finally proves to the world their merits. Subscribers also receive Now-Again’s reissue of Split Decision Band’s original 7” – not available elsewhere.

In response to subscriber comments, Now-Again has made some changes to the Now-Again Reserve subscription: Lower price ($50/quarter); more exclusive music on vinyl for subscribers; gatefold jackets are now made in North America on standard cardstock; CDs are now made in North America as 6-panel eco-wallets; vinyl manufacturing will now take place at both Quality and United Record Pressing. The wooden case is discontinued. The wooden case will only be available to subscribers who purchased the first four releases in Now-Again Reserve – or will purchase the first four releases via the “Catch Me Up” option. Supplies limited.

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

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

Now-Again | Jan. 2, 2017 | News |

Australian guitarist/visionary Rob Thomsett’s collected works – two LPs – are combined into one package as the fourth release in Now Again Reserve, and they’re shipping to subscribers now. Stream the album below.

SUBSCRIBE: NOW-AGAIN RESERVE – there are a limited amount of “Catch Me Up” subscriptions still available to get you the entire run of NOW-AGAIN RESERVE releases.

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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Jan. 14th/15th – Groove Merchant at Rappcats

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

Groove Merchant at Rappcats: Legendary Bay Area store comes to Los Angeles for a two day pop up record shop, with thousands of hand picked vinyl rarities, posters, handbills and other ephemera.

January 14-16, 12-6PM each day.
Rappcats, 5638 York Blvd, Los Angeles 90042

On January 14th and 15th Rappcats is bringing its favorite record store in the world to LA for a two day pop up record shop. “Cool” Chris Veltri, proprietor and force of the fabled Groove Merchant record store for over two decades, has put together an event that encapsulates on what he calls the “spirit of the shop – DISCOVERY!”

The leagues of influential collectors and musicians who sing Groove Merchant’s praises are myriad, from Rappcats’ partners Madlib and Egon, who’ve been buying from Veltri since the 90s, to Q-Tip, Questlove and Rza. They’re drawn by Veltri’s unique characteristics – he takes a graceful, grateful approach to collecting and sharing knowledge, and he’s both ahead of new trends in collecting and well schooled on the classic ones. From 60s modal jazz and library albums to 70s African funk and American funk 45s to 80s boogie soul and synth-heavy no wave or new age, you can grab any type of record at the Groove Merchant and probably learn about what you’ll be collecting in ten years from the dude behind the counter, as he pulls out heat from unlabeled boxes. Many times those records included the likes the PE Hewitt private-press jazz LP’s issued by Now-Again, Bay Area outsider electro-funk grail TJ Hustler, and Donald Trump’s early 70s psychotic psych 45 “Fuck Funk.” All these rediscoveries Veltri himself made and they spread out throughout the record collecting world through his store.

But this Rappcats pop up isn’t about Veltri boxing up the Groove Merchant’s crates and hauling them down the I-5 for a jaunt in his onetime hometown. He’s been stockpiling records for the event for years and is pulling numerous rarities from his personal collection for the sale. Paper goods – gig posters, handbills, movie slicks – and other ephemera will abound too.

“I will be bringing upwards of 2,500 records. They’re will be a supreme focus on the American Private press with over 1,000 LP’s represented. They’re will be a very strong showing on international music of all shades in all genres. There will be Jazz, Rock, Folk, Soul, Disco of the under the radar variety and of the classic variety. They’re will be Grails and loads of $5 jammers. Above all, they’re will be a lot of shit you have never seen.

I will also bring a eye-popping wall of posters and music ephemera, many of which rarely surface in any shape or form. They’re will be gig posters, handbills, books, clothes, rare photos, pins and badges.”

Veltri also produced a book which debuts at the Rappcats pop up: Record People – Found Photos 1950-1986.

Merry Christmas 2016 – Sweet Peace and Psychedelic Sounds

Now-Again | Dec. 24, 2016 | Picks |

Download: “Sweet Peace.”

By now, regular visitors to this site know that it’s somewhat of a Christmas/New Year’s tradition: we try to dig out some interesting record from the collection to share, in the hopes that you can somehow find a way to slip Paul Ngozi’s ode to the big fella above or the He 5’s stupendous Merry Christmas Psychedelic Sound (pictured above in a photo by Eilon Paz from his Dust and Grooves project) in between Bing Crosby and selections from John Denver and The Muppets’ A Christmas Together at your family’s get together.

So, this year, as we take a few days off to celebrate a year of good music, we’re sharing with you one of the weirdest, genius Christmas-adjacent songs we’ve ever heard. Honestly, we’ve no idea who performed this spiritual get down – it came via the esteemed drummer and producer Karriem Riggins, and has been an endless supply of holiday joy for us over the years. Merry Christmas 2016!

Announcing – Isaac Hayes’ Never Released, Full 33 Minute Version Of “Do Your Thing”

Now-Again | Nov. 22, 2016 | News |

Available now at our webstore at Rappcats!

For the first time ever, we’re issuing the full 33-minute, psychedelic funk jam session by Isaac Hayes and his Memphis rhythm kingpins the Bar-Kays, mixed directly from the original 2-inch tape. LP contains bonus rhythm section instrumental and booklet detailing the history of this never-before-heard version of one of Hayes’ most famous songs.

Isaac Hayes was already a cutting-edge funk master at Stax Records when he accepted the unprecedented assignment of creating a soundtrack for the 1971 action flick Shaft. At a time when R&B songs routinely timed out at three minutes and under, Hayes’ albums for Stax’s Enterprise imprint had been breaking new ground since 1969. His masterpiece Hot Buttered Soul consisted of only four tracks, two songs on The Isaac Hayes Movement clocked in at a hair under 12 minutes, and one selection on his …To Be Continued stretched to 15:33.

But his epic “Do Your Thing,” one of the cornerstones of the two-LP Shaft soundtrack, outdid them all. Occupying nearly the entire last side of the set, it concluded after 19-and-a-half grooving minutes with the overdubbed sound of a needle scratching violently across a piece of vinyl. No one knew that jarring ending masked the existence of another 13 minutes of “Do Your Thing.” Consigned to the vaults, those improvisatory extensions—somewhere in between free-jazz and psychedelic rock—were seemingly destined never to be heard. Until now. Listen to 22-minutes of part one, below.