R.I.P Damon

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

Damon – born David Del Conte – died in his sleep in his San Juan Capistrano, California home in June 2016. 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.

Sixteen Things We Know About Damon – A Short Film By Andrew Gura

Now-Again | Jun. 11, 2014 | News | ,

Sixteen Things We Know About Damon is a short film by Andrew Gura: 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 Song of a Gypsy – 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.

Filmmaker and video director Gura (Madvillain, Nas, Saul Williams) first collaborated with Now-Again’s Egon in 2002, for a short film he produced about the search for the Omaha funk ensemble L.A. Carnival. Ten years after that film, Gura and Egon traveled to Fresno, California, to discover more about Stephen David Heitkotter and his legendary psychedelic rock album. It was over the course of working on a Heitkotter short that the two turned their attention to Damon and his landmark Song of a Gypsy album. Although no archival footage of Damon’s sessions exist, Gura created a short film that captures the milieu into which this masterpiece was born, and Egon tells Damon’s story in a series of vignettes that opens the door to investigate more about this lost masterpiece.

Song of a Gypsy is out now as an LP w/download card, hardbound 2 CD casebook with bonus tracks and digitally. You can purchase it via our webstore at Rappcats or on iTunes.

Win an autographed copy of Damon’s “Song of a Gypsy”

Now-Again | Feb. 21, 2014 | News |

Yesterday, the Now-Again offices were filled with sound and camera technicians, as filmmaker Andrew Gura interviewed Damon for a short film he’s producing around the landmark Song of a Gypsy album, which we reissued last year. We took the opportunity to get Damon to sign five copies of each format of our expanded reissue, and we’ll be holding a contest at Now-Again Deluxe. Starting tomorrow, ten subscribers who answer five Damon-related questions correctly will win a most-amazing keepsake. We run contests like this at Now-Again Deluxe periodically – the last time we did this, five winners received WITCH albums autographed by Emmanuel “Jagari” Chanda.

If you’ve been thinking of subscribing, now would be the time to do it!

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Buy: Song of a Gypsy on Rappcats.

Out Now: Expanded Edition of Damon’s Psychedelic Masterpiece “Song of a Gypsy”

Now-Again | Oct. 21, 2013 | News | , ,

Available NOW! Restored/remastered transfer, pitch/speed corrected for the first time ever. First edition contains second CD/bonus LP: Damon’s ’60s recordings, and never-before-heard demos. Extensive booklet contains dozens of unpublished photos and images, a thorough investigation into this landmark album, and an extensive interview with Damon.

Damon’s Song Of A Gypsy is generally regarded as one of the finest privately-pressed psychedelic rock records and has, for over twenty years, been one of the most sought after late 60s American rock artifacts. Bad bootlegs and scrappy reissues have spread his music, but left Damon’s story untouched, leaving Song of a Gypsy high on its own plateau: out of reach and indescribable.

Finally, Damon’s story can be told. Under the supervision of Now-Again’s Egon and Damon himself, and over a five year period, Song Of A Gypsy has been researched and documented, and has now been pitch-corrected and remastered. It now sees what we’d like to call its definitive issue as a 2CD and limited edition deluxe 2LP.

This edition investigates a seemingly impossible story – one that encapsulates the last bloom of the flower power movement before it decayed into the haze of the 70s underground. It traces a pop hopeful descending into chaos, and 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.

Buy: Song of a Gypsy at Rappcats
Buy: Song of a Gypsy on iTunes.

Damon – Song of a Gypsy

Now-Again | Sep. 1, 2013 | Catalog |

Buy it here.

Original sessions and album produced by David Del Conte
This issue produced, annotated, researched and with liner notes by: Eothen “Egon” Alapatt
Interview transcribed by Nargis Sheerazie and Henoch Moore.
Restoration and remastering by Dave Cooley for Elysian Masters.
Art direction by Errol Richardson

Tracklist:

CD Disc 1:

1. Song of a Gypsy
2. Poor Poor Genie
3. Don’t You Feel Me
4. Did You Ever
5. Funky Funky Blues
6. Do You
7. The Night
8. Feel Your Love
9. Birds Fly So High
10. The Road of Life
11. Oh What A Good Boy Am I
12. Song of a Gypsy (45 version)
13. Song of a Gypsy (Demo version)
14. Poor Poor Genie (Demo version)

CD Disc 2:

1. The Lonely Surfer
2. Don’t Cry
3. Bowlin’ Alley Jane
4. Don’t Cry Davy
5. A Face in the Crowd
6. I Lie
7. Cry
8. I’ve Got My Pride
9. Lovin’ Man
10. They Call Me a Fool
11. The Battle Hymn (of the Republic)
12. Everything is Alright
13. The Little White Cloud That Cried
14. I Wonder Why
15. Seems Like I Traveled
16. Dirty Daddy Blues

LP Side A:

1. Song of a Gypsy:
2. Poor Poor Genie
3. Don’t You Feel Me
4. Did you Ever
5. Funky Funky Blues
11. Oh What A Good Boy Am I

LP Side B:

6., Do You
7. The Night
8. Feel Your Love
9. Birds Fly So High
10. The Road of Life

LP Side C: (Bonus Disc):

12. Song of a Gypsy (45 version)
13. Song of a Gypsy (Demo version)
14. Poor Poor Genie (Demo version)

LP Side D: (Bonus Disc):

15. The Lonely Surfer
16. I Lie
17. Lovin Man’
18. I Wonder Why
19. Seems Like I Traveled
20. Dirty Daddy Blues

LP,CD and Digital. 2013. NA5107 (Delxue LP version NA4107).

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