Egon of Now-Again/ Stones Throw Records has kept DJs and collectors on their toes for years now. Uncovering dusty gems that we didn’t know we wanted to hear and making most of his packaging look so good we buy things we didn’t know we wanted to buy.
His on going series featured on NPR, Funk Archaeology, gives us a look into what his current tastes are leaning on or recent finds on far away travels. Such a lucky guy that knows his shit.
I was just discussing today how weird it feels to see my childhood friends posting photos of their children going off on their first day of school on bookface. I can vaguely remember my first day of school and to see some people I met my first day of school having their own children and keeping the circle going, it is kind of a brain melter.
With that said, it seems like a handful of friends that came into my life post school are having babies of their own. I roll with a bunch of music nerds, it should be no surprise and this post is for them.
Egon recently had a child and his latest Funk Archaeology explores the music he has found to stimulate his baby boy. Though it doesn’t have to be as weird as Indonesian Psych, music creates a different world for children just as it does for us “adults”.
Shout out to both XXXchange and P-Love for having awesome babies.
To listen to Egon’s Funk For First Time Fathers, you must learn.
Recommended Listening / Music History
It seems like a lot of people are turning their attention towards Southeast Asia as of late, and I don’t blame them at all. Over the last few years there have been a grip of great compilations released by labels such as Sublime Frequencies, that have focused on anything from regional folk music of Vietnam to psychedelic pop rock of Iraq. The Cambodian Rocks series played a heavy party in introducing a lot of this music to the West as well.
Grabbing whatever I can get my hands on, I am glad to see the attention coming from those that will dig a little deeper and find the funkier side of things, not to say there wasn’t already coincidental “funk” pieces on these comps. Mike 2600 + yours truly released a mixtape last year focusing on all things SE Asian. You can download that here, with all donations going towards the Cambodian youth outreach program, Tiny Toones.
Now with that said, Egon of the Stones Throw / Now Again labels has continued his on going NPR series “Funk Archaeology” with a closer examination of the southerer/easterer island system of Indonesia. In the feature there are 5 great choices that lean towards the funkier/psych side of things. There is also minor talk of a new compilation, Those Shocking Shaking Days, coming out early 2011. Super excited to hear that and I hope you enjoy this.
To listen to the NPR feature, you must learn.