Now-Again Reserve Edition, our deluxe vinyl subscription

Now-Again | Feb. 2, 2016 | News | ,

SUBSCRIBE HERE: NOW-AGAIN RESERVE, A DELUXE VINYL SUBSCRIPTION

Custom-made LP’s delivered once per quarter, presenting some of the rarest records in their respective genres in the highest quality LP format.

This is our attempt at righting historical oversights, while shining a new light on music’s best and bravest from the last half of the 20th Century. Each release is produced with the direct participation of the artist.

If you sign up now and stay subscribed for a year, you’ll receive a clear-stained wooden box that houses your 4 Now-Again Reserve LP’s. Free.

CURRENT RELEASE: PATERNOSTER. SHIP DATE: APRIL 18.

Paternoster – Paternoster (1/LP, 1972) This is the first official reissue of an Austrian prog-psych masterpiece, an LP whose original pressing has sold for nearly $10,000. Paternoster is an indescribable trip influenced by Pink Floyd, Soft Machine, and Procol Harum, but unique to true to itself. All vocals are in English. “6 stars” – Hans Pokora.

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Announcing: Wake Up You! The Rise and Fall of Nigerian Rock, 1972-1977

Now-Again | Jan. 13, 2016 | News | ,

Rock in the wake of war: Our decade long investigation into Nigeria’s rock music scene during the 1970s culminates in the release of two album and books. Vol. 1 coming April 15, 2016.

Ify Jerry Krusade “Everybody Likes Something Good” (Wake Up You! Vol. 1)

The Western world was in the throes of peace, love, and flower power as Nigeria descended into Civil War in 1967. The rock scene that developed during the following three years of bloodshed and destruction would come to heal the country, propagate the world-wide ideal of the Modern Nigerian, and propel Fela Kuti to stardom after conflict ended in 1970.

Wake Up You! tells the story of this time, pays homage to these now-forgotten musicians and their struggle, and brings to light the funk and psychedelic fury they created as they wrested free of the ravages of the late 1960s and created thrilling, original Nigerian rock music throughout the 1970s.

Wake Up You! is presented in two 100+ page books full of never-seen photos and the story of the best Nigerian rock bands told in vivid detail by musicologist and researcher Uchenna Ikonne (Who Is William Onyeabor?).

Each volume is presented as both a hardbound book with CD in a resealable plastic sleeve, and as a double LP with a soft-cover book included in a custom-made 12″x 12″ book holder.

Karl Hector Newness! “Can’t Stand The Pressure” Album/Box Set and “Ka-Rica-Tar” EP

Now-Again | Dec. 11, 2015 | News | ,

BUY THE BOX SET: KARL HECTOR & THE MALCOUNS – CANT STAND THE PRESSURE
BUY THE EP: KARL HECTOR & THE MALCOUNS – KA RICA TAR

Following their deft handling of musics from Eastern and Northern Africa alongside Western psychedelia, jazz and funk on the Unstraight Ahead album, Karl Hector & The Malcouns combine the previously available only on vinyl tracks from four EP’s – Tamanrasset, Ngugna Yeti Fofa, Coomassi and their latest, Ka Rica Tar – into an album as Krautrock as Afro Beat, as Multi-Culti-Psychedelic as Deep Funk.

Can’t Stand The Pressure is available as a CD that contains the entirety of Ka Rica Tar, and all of the other EP tracks that haven’t come out on CD. And if you missed those limited edition EP’s, don’t trip: we’re issuing a made-to-order set that will contain all four EP’s in their entirety, packaged in a hand silk-screened, chipboard sleeve.

Ka Rica Tar and the Can’t Stand The Pressure CD ship immediately.

Can’t Stand The Pressure 4LP set will be tallied in a month and put into production. Expect your set to ship early March 2016. Anyone who orders the box set will receive a download link for all 4 EP’s shortly after placing their order. We know you don’t want to wait for your funk.

Out now – 4th Coming “Strange Things” Anthology

Now-Again | Sep. 29, 2015 | News | , ,

Eccentric soul and funk recordings from an unlikely crew of Los Angeles musical misfits – including psych-rock cult figure John Greek (Reachin’ Arcesia, Beatuiful Daze) and members of the Watts 103rd St. Rhythm Band. Out now!

Buy it via our webstore at Rappcats.

They had a catchy, but inappropriate name: there is nothing forthcoming about Los Angeles’ 4th Coming, unless one counts a copious amount of releases – on rare 7” singles – that didn’t sell farther than vocalist/principal Henry “Hank” Porter’s Datsun 1200 could take him. When 4th Coming records surfaced, they were often disregarded as novelty, for in the ‘90s, few besides 4th Coming fan DJ Shadow cared for the intriguing synth-funk of “The Dead Don’t Die Alive.” And some of their records were so rare that it took until the late ‘00s for them to reemerge, after the sinking of their initial pressing runs. Assembling a near set of 4th Coming recordings was nearly possible, until the issue of this, the lost 4th Coming album: Strange Things, The Complete Works 1970-1974.

At its core, the 4th Coming was a songwriting duo – Porter and Jechonias “Jack” S. Williams – and a rotating cast of musicians that Williams assembled at Artist Recording Studio to realize the pair’s ideas. They existed only from the latter half of 1969 until 1974; during that time they issued eight singles as 4th Coming and one as Impact!

So those four years – which coincided with the rise to international fame of Los Angeles funk ensembles like Charles Wright and soul singers like Bill Withers – must have seemed like a great time for Williams to record and release singles, in an attempt stitch his thread into the rope carrying LA’s progressive black musicians above the smog. Williams found an unlikely allegiance with Al Furth, Furth’s Artist Recording Studio and his Alpha label.

And now, Strange Things, a a thrilling listen, a mysterious trove of recordings made possible by an open minded and well-funded indie impresario – Furth – which document a very real and very weird Los Angeles of the past. It’s a city we’ll never know again, and one that might never again produce an ensemble like the 4th Coming. If Furth’s faith only rolled snake-eyes in terms of commercial success, in terms of documenting Los Angeles’ vibrant soul and funk underground, he rolled boxcars. This, the album Williams and Furth always hoped would bring them real success, now sees its complete release and allows us to ponder the might-have and the would-have beens – had a 4th Coming album come together in the mid-‘70s.

Out Now – Rodinia “Drumside/Dreamside”

Now-Again | Sep. 25, 2015 | News | ,

Ambient Krautrock in line with Cluster, Popul Vuh, Tangerine Dream by Jay Whitefield (Poets of Rhythm/Whitefield Brothers/Karl Hector & The Malcouns). Out now!

Buy it at our webstore at rappcats.com – ships immediately!

Now-Again Records has enjoyed a long and creative partnership with Munich-based multi-instrumentalist JJ Whitefield, creative force behind the Poets of Rhythm, Whitefield Brothers and Karl Hector & The Malcouns. Rodinia, his latest project, is quite different than anything that’s come from his oeuvre to date, but follows in the line of the Poets of Rhythm’s great Discern/Define, as it reaches back to Krautrock’s experimental hey day but pushes its boundaries with a post-hip-hop approach.

That’s to say that everything you read in the header above is true, but the ambient sound Whitefield and his Rodinia collaborator – saxophonist and keyboardist Johannes Schleiermacher – reached for found itself morphing over the course of a year. What was originally recorded in a two-day studio lock-in, which found Whitefield and Schleiermacher hooking up “all our vintage synths (Korg MS-20, Moog Prodigy, Roland Juno 60, Jen SX 1000, Korg Polysix), triggering everything with a vintage Korg rhythm box, absorbing some mind altering substances and jamming out,” was later turned into two, side-long suites, with over-dubbed reeds, drums and guitar, and self-made Moroccan field recordings introducing the project on its Drumside.

The result is as winesome and exploratory as those from their forebears, but respectfully distanced from the past’s trappings. With original artwork by Jason Jagel (DOOM’s Mm Food, Operation DOOMsday).

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