A Free Cali-Funk Download: Chucky Thurmon “Turn It Over (Miles’ Drum and Bass Edit)”

Now-Again | Jul. 7, 2010 | News |

Over the years, we’ve come to know Breakestra bassist, sometimes drummer and bandleader Miles Tackett as the funk doctor: he takes exquisite funk songs that suffered from a recording difficulty or two and breathes life into them anew. His most recent surgery – “Turn It Over” by rapper E-40’s uncle, Chucky Thurmon ( from our recently issued California Funk anthology). Below, you can download Miles’ repaired version of the song – featuring his own drums and bass. Very funky, of course, through and through.

Download: Chucky Thurmon “Turn It Over (Miles’ Drum and Bass Edit)

L.A. Weekly Cover Story: California Funk and Apple And The Three Oranges

Now-Again | May. 28, 2010 | News | ,

The L.A. Weekly, under the direction of music editor Gustavo Turner, doesn’t miss a beat. Well, of course we’d say that, as the scribe got our California Funk anthology – and a well-written peek into the life of Edward “Apple” Nelson” – onto the cover of the magazine this week. Included in the story – a never-before-seen picture of Apple And The Three Oranges, courtesy of soul and funk historian Dante Carfagna.

An excerpt:

“…as a new compilation makes clear, California has a rich, largely untold history of under-the-radar soul and funk music. California Funk: Real Funk 45s from the Golden State, just issued by Now-Again and Jazzman, chronicles music previously relegated to the memories of those who attended small clubs with live bands trained in the lost art of making crowds get down, a world largely decimated by the advent of the DJ, and it bears witness to the quality of musicians from those days.

Old publicity shots and a few rare records — most of them singles on obscure labels with names like Stanson, Sagittarius, Love, Stage Music, Igloo, Uptight and Watts USA — miraculously survived being lost to history through the loving care of collectors and obsessives on both sides of the Atlantic. For example, the U.K.’s Northern Soul dance scene (and the British appreciation for arcane cultural minutiae) would treasure one of these “holy grail” gems for a couple of decades, passing it on to the current generation of crate-diggers and beat-makers, who would sample them and drop them on DJ sets.

California Funk is the latest link in this chain of survival. This collection of the best recovered funk tracks from Los Angeles, the Bay Area, Sacramento, San Diego and places in between showcases the work of bands and the inspired leaders who gigged the local circuits in the “sock it to me” era. Every track is a highlight, from the easy, smoky barroom groove of opener “All Bundled Into One” (where Water Color makes Duke Ellington’s “Caravan” smoke a big fat one) to the closing cover of “What’s Going On” by the mysterious Mr. Clean & the Soul Inc.”

Read the full story here: Golden State Funk on the cover of the L.A. Weekly.

A California Funk Addendum – L.A. Bare Faxx

Now-Again | May. 21, 2010 | News |

One of our favorite songs on the California Funk compilation – L.A. Bare Faxx’s “Super Cool Brother” – has stood as a rarity that nearly every soul and funk collector would like to get his dirty hands on. Few can claim to own an original Watts USA 45 rpm 7″ pressing. But rarer than the 7″ is a photo of the band. Recently discovered – after our version of the anthology was put into production – we now present to you the members of L.A. Bare Faxx circa 1973, and offer you a chance to download their masterpiece. You’ll still have to search out an original copy of the 45, however, if you want to hear their stellar version of The Temptations’ “The Way You Do The Things You Do.”

Download: L.A. Bare Faxx “Super Cool Brother.”
Buy: California Funk.

Photos From Our California Funk Record Release Party

Now-Again | May. 3, 2010 | News |

If you missed our record release party at Palate Food + Wine last night you missed an excellent opportunity to imbibe interesting Zwiegelts from Austria and sample Burgundies from the Les Suchots and Malconsorts vineyards in the Vosne Romanee while feasting on crispy fried chicken and listening to the best funk California has to offer.

But don’t worry – we’ll figure out another reason to throw an event next month. We have enough records coming out to keep this going for a while.

Photos from our California Funk record release party are here.

This weekend: Official California Funk Record Release Party – 05.02.10 (updated with MP3)

Now-Again | Apr. 30, 2010 | News |

We’re throwing another free event to celebrate the release of our California Funk anthology. Well, let’s clarify: entry is free, the sounds are free; you have to buy your own vino and food… We’ll be playing joints like John Bradley and the Swinging Soul Singers “Four In The Floor.” If you missed our previous events over, check the links below and bring some Cali-Funk with you this time ’round.

Pictures from our Weird Jazz Afternoon which we threw for our P.E Hewitt Winter Winds The Complete Works release.
Pictures from our Black Man’s Cry record release party.
The L.A. Times tells you to wear your Sunday Best to our California Funk record release party.
More info on California Funk.

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