Natural Yogurt Band – Away With Melancholy

Now-Again | Sep. 22, 2009 | Catalog |

Buy it here.

I. Chapter One
II. Chit Chat
III. Better Days To Come
IV. Thoughts
V. Voodoo
VI. Pipe Dreams
VII. Latin Illusion
VIII. Invisible Ink *
IX. The Woods
X. Weak Without Wine *
XI. A Broken Rose
XII. Space Echo
XIII. Egg & Spoon *
XIV. Soft Cheese
XV. Lament For Piano

* Exclusively available on this issue.

NA 5043 CD and 2 10″ LP. 2009.

Written and Produced by: The Natural Yogurt Band
Recorded at: The Chicken Shack, Nottingham, UK
Photography by: Amada Nield
Executive Producer: Gerald Short

Remastered by Kelly Hibbert for Elysian Masters, Barcelona, SP.
Art direction by Matthew Boyd for Way Shape Form, Toronto, ONT.
Produced for Reissue by Egon

Download high res cover art here.

Egon on NPR: Persian Psych and Funk

Now-Again | Sep. 19, 2009 | News | ,

NPR posted the latest list in Egon’s Funk Archaeology series on Iranian Psych and Funk. Included in the list was a write up on Kourosh Yaghmaei’s woeful masterpiece “Hadjme Khali,” which will appear on our forthcoming Forge Your Own Chains comp.

From Egon’s post:

“One of the great male vocalists of 70s Tehran, Kourosh released a host of melancholic, beat-heavy psych with a distinctively Persian edge. His releases range from weeping ballads to fuzz-heavy, poly-rhythmic up-tempo floor shakers. An always tasteful guitarist, Kourosh was rumored to have released an album in the mid 70s, but I’ve never seen a copy. I have, luckily, added a number of 7s to my collection, including the brooding “Hajme El Khali,“ a meditation on loneliness. Kourosh, who still lives in Iran, has seen numerous bootlegs of his recordings come out of America in recent years. His son Kaveh is working to right that wrong. Recent discovery of many of Kourosh’s master recordings in Tehran will hopefully push the process along. ”

We’ll post more information about Kourosh and the Forge Your Own Chains compilation. In the mean time check out “Hadjme Khali” here: Kourosh Yaghmaei: “Hadjme Khali.”

Triorganico In L.A. Weekly

Now-Again | Sep. 17, 2009 | News |

The L.A. Weekly ran a piece on Triorganico written by Argentinean music journalist Gustavo Turner. Turner delved into the group’s founding, and expounds on their musical heritage. Read an excerpt below, and link to the full article here.

“Triorganico’s Fabiano do Nascimento is eating a sushi snack at the Los Feliz coffee shop we’re in. With his young man’s jet-black beard and the spotless, almost tuniclike white T-shirt he’s wearing, the gaunt guitarist looks like a particularly devout acolyte from a mystical school, or at the very least like someone who would have been given a hard time by airport security around early 2002. It’s the eyes, really — in a town rife with shallow operators, those unusually serious eyes of his mark him as a dedicated believer.

Though he might in conversation refer to spiritual and political matters, Nascimento’s intensity of purpose is entirely at the service of one thing: his music, which he calls “a universal sound,” spreading from his native Brazil through the improv-jazz scene in New York to the bohemian enclaves of East Los Angeles and the more unlikely practice rooms of Orange County.

Nascimento left Brazil a decade ago, at 15, relocating to Costa Mesa to live near his older half-brother, Dave Orlando. Orlando, celebrated as a DJ for his pioneering Dub Club nights, expanded Nascimento’s musical horizons through his impeccably curated record collection, turning him on to Fela Kuti and chaperoning him through the underground of O.C. groovers and hip music cognoscenti.

Local genre-busting soul singer Aloe Blacc quickly spotted Nascimento as a guitar virtuoso who was deadly serious about his instrument (again, those eyes), hyping him to everyone in his L.A. label crew. The Stones Throw family — Peanut Butter Wolf, Madlib et al. — were duly impressed. “Here’s this lanky Brazilian kid,” says Stones Throw manager and dapper scene maker Egon Alapatt, “playing his weird seven-string guitar with Aloe, and we’re all blown away.”

Blacc passed the CD on to Alapatt at Stones Throw. The band protested that this was “raw stuff, demos,” but Alapatt, who single-handedly runs Stones Throw’s soul-funk reissue label, Now-Again, heard a kindred spirit in the recordings. “They were rough and raw,” explains Alapatt, who knows Brazilian music, “the way things used to be” (no slouchy compliment coming from one of the greatest Brazil-head crate-diggers in the world!). Alapatt talked the band into releasing it as-is, and the result is Convivência, a little-promoted gem of a record that could only have been produced in the progressive melting pot that is today’s Los Angeles.

Influential magazine Waxpoetics, along with the many online music writers who have been spreading the word about Convivência, is hailing it as a modern-day bossa nova classic, “something you’d expect to hear floating from a smoky bossa nova club in the 1950s — not downtown L.A.” ”

Breakestra: “You’ll Never Know” MP3

Egon | Sep. 14, 2009 | News |

The first album I “A&Red” at Stones Throw, starting unofficially back in the tail end of 1999 and then in earnest after we released the Quasimoto debut in the summer of 2000, was Breakestra’s Live Mix Part Two. I’m amazed that Miles Tackett and crew are still hard at “keeping funk alive,” and on the eve of the release of their new album, it’s fitting we post a track here.

We released “Low Down Stank” on a 12″ single last year. That song, evocative of the Breakestra’s take on funk music that began with “Getcho Soul Togetha,” is now an interesting mid-point in an album that spans the funk gamut. The song we’ve chosen to post here – a Dee Felice Trio meets Charles Stephney by way of Ramsey Lewis circa Mother Nature’s Son jaunt entitled “You’ll Never Know” – is one of a trio of instrumentals on the album. As with the entire album, the spirit of the late homey DJ Dusk looms large. It’s not a melancholic ride, rather an introspective one that feels triumphant by the close of the album. Good work fellas.

Listen to Breakestra’s “You’ll Never Know” here: Breakestra: “You’ll Never Know”

Not Really A Podcast: Egon Live At Do-Over

Now-Again | Sep. 6, 2009 | News |

Updated with track list:

Egon DJed at L.A.’s Do-Over party this past Sunday. Nas and Beenie Man waited in line and couldn’t get in. We’re not kidding. Aloe-Blacc hosted, Jamie Strong and Chris Haycock chilled and served the vinho verde, and the audience really wondered if they should be dancing to the likes of Omar Khorshid’s “Raksat Al Fada.”

Check twenty minutes of his mix – the funk/modern soul/disco/cumbia portion – here: Egon: Live At The Do Over.

Sarah Webster-Fabio “Sweet Songs”
Sarah Webster-Fabio “Juju/Alchemy Of The Blues (Instrumental)”
Rob Kandah “Funky Rob Way”
Rob Kandah “More”
Key ‘n Cleary and The Chosen Few Band “What It Takes To Live”
Mixed Feelings “Sha La La”
Gene Summers and DEA “Do You Think I’m Sexy”
Cumbia Moderna De Soledad “Si Tu Crees Que Soy Sexy”

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