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

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


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.


Warehouse Find – Stark Reality Tee Shirts

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

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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!

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

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


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.


There Was Rock Music In 70s Zimbabwe?

Now-Again | Jul. 5, 2016 | News |

More info/purchase: Wells Fargo’s revolutionary 70s Zimbabwean rock album Watch Out!, a collaborative release with Vinyl Me, Please.
More info/purchase: Power to the People! A survey of Zimbabwe’s revolutionary 70s rock scene.

To answer the questionYES, there was rock music in 70s Zimbabwe. And it sounded like this:

Just as the hippie era came to an end in America, a second sixties was beginning. In what is now Zimbabwe, young people created a rock and roll counterculture that drew inspiration from hippie ideals and the sounds of Hendrix and Deep Purple. The electrifying music they made was nearly lost to history. They called it “heavy,” and a few listens to the above linked track will tell you why.

The heavy rock scene has been almost forgotten, even in Zimbabwe. We at Now-Again are reissuing their work for the first time since its was initially released in small runs of seven inch singles, and for the first time ever outside of Southern Africa. The music was brought to light by the combined efforts of researcher Matthew Shechmeister and Albert Nyathi, a celebrated Zimbabwean poet and musician.

When these songs were recorded, Zimbabwe was known as Rhodesia, a former British colony that broke from the Empire to preserve white rule. In the mid-70s, Zimbabwe’s War of Independence began in earnest. Pro-democracy parties grew in strength, and their armed wings battled the Rhodesian military from bases in neighboring Zambia and Mozambique. Guerilla units infiltrated Rhodesian territory, and along with thousands of demonstrators, engaged the security forces with increasing boldness. In urban townships, young people picked up where the Band of Gypsies left off, creating their own brand of politically-charged rock and roll.

Dozens of groups, primarily from black townships, brought together tens of thousands of young progressives of all backgrounds. They created their own Woodstock, an event that made national headlines and stomped on racial taboos, uniting fans from all of Rhodesia’s ethnic and racial communities. Bands in the scene gigged furiously, playing all-night shows in the townships, flouting police curfews. Fans grappled with cops that tried to enforce the rules, and some rock shows turned into all-out battles with the riot squad. Rockers were beaten, tear-gassed, arrested, and mauled by police dogs. But they kept coming back, night after night, packing venues across Rhodesia.

Though primarily driven by live shows, many of the scene’s leading lights did make it onto vinyl. The band Eye Q got the attention of local labels with its smash hit “Please the Nation,” a political song that snuck by the censors and became a hot-selling single. The band Wells Fargo was also at the forefront of the scene, and the title track of their album Watch Out! was the anthem of the counterculture. Though a bank might seem like a strange namesake for a revolutionary rock group, the founder thought he was borrowing the words from a work of fiction. He had seen them in a cowboy comic book, and liked the association with the lawless frontier. The song “Watch Out,” originally titled “Have Gun Will Travel,” urged young progressives to head to the borders, which the liberation forces had turned into lawless frontiers of a different sort.

But when the War of Independence was won in 1980, the frontier was gone, and outlaw rock and roll felt out of date. Though the majority of heavy rock music had not been political, the scene was bound up with a social rebellion against racial and ethnic divisions. After the white minority was out of power, segregation laws were repealed, and that rebel cause also lost its urgency. And even when rock was at its peak, many leading musicians focused on creating a renaissance of African culture, which had been marginalized during a century of white rule. Chimurenga, which became Zimbabwe’s dominant musical style, takes its name from the Shona word for “revolutionary struggle.” The genre is based on the traditional music of Zimbabwe, but is played on electric instruments and a modern drum kit. The arrangement is a lot like a rock group, and the genre’s most famous figure got his start as rock guitarist. Nonetheless, the heavy rock sound is long gone, though its message of optimism and courage remains timeless. And we will continue to give you reasons to investigate the scene further in this and coming years.