08/23/14 Contests

Win vinyl copies of Leon Ware’s 1982 self-titled LP, the Streets’ A Grand Don’t Come for Free, and Ned Doheny’s Hard Candy

Be With Records reissues fan-requested vinyl

Be With Records

New London-based vinyl-only reissue record label Be With Records has teamed up with Wax Poetics to give away a copy of each of their first three releases. Specializing in releasing officially licensed high-quality vinyl records that are currently unavailable or never even received a vinyl release, Be With Records are unique in actively seeking vinyl lovers’ suggestions about records that should be released. Only three releases in, they are already getting a lot of attention.

Enter the contest here

Be With Records

More on the releases:

Leon Ware’s self-titled 1982 album has long been a holy grail for modern-soul record collectors. And Be With Records marked its first release with Ware’s classic—a set that features the timeless “Why I Came to California,” a beautiful example of early ’80s soul funk.

Upon its release ten years ago, the Streets’ second album, A Grand Don’t Come for Free, was instantly hailed as another masterpiece to equal Mike Skinner’s initial clarion call, Original Pirate Material. It was unavailable on vinyl for the best part of the intervening decade; Be With Records celebrated its second release by issuing Skinner’s electronic soap opera on this format on audiophile 180 gram vinyl.

Ned Doheny’s Hard Candy, originally released in 1976, is widely considered the finest blue-eyed soul album of all time. It has long been a source of great frustration then that this perfectly formed Southern California masterpiece has been unavailable on vinyl for almost forty years. Also pressed at 180 gram for the first time and featuring the original artwork for both jacket and full colour inner sleeve, Be With’s very limited reissue of 500 copies is one not to be missed.

08/22/14 Events

Fania Armada at Summerstage on Sunday with Quantic, Bobbito, and Joe Claussell

A DJ Tribute to Fania


Armada Fania at SummerStage

A DJ Tribute to Fania at Central Park

Sunday, August 24, 2014
Doors open at 5PM

Joaquin “Joe” Claussell
The Whiskey Barons
Bobbito Garcia aka Kool Bob Love

plus a Special Guest

Joaquin “Joe” Claussell was born in Brooklyn to a large and diverse Puerto Rican family with deep musical roots. Throughout his life, music was Joe’s shelter, family, food, comfort, escape and love. His first exposure to entertaining audiences was in his own neighborhood at block association events, musically led by one of his elder brothers Larry Claussell. Not long after he hit the club and began collecting vinyl at the age of 15 and his diverse taste for music and dance led him from a Disco at a club called The Inferno to Punk music’ s sanctuary CBGBs, the alternative driven Mudd Club, the more mainstream Underground, and the legendary Paradise Garage. While living in the East Village in the early 90s, he found and fell in love with a record store called Dance Tracks. He formed a friendship with the owner, which became the foundation of his musical career. Joe became the store’s DJ and called weekly parties that drew a diverse and increasingly devoted crowd of music lovers. All in the name of fun he received an invitation from owner and good friend Stan Hatzakis he began producing: and did his first remix “Over” and his produced first track “Awade,” both becoming instant underground classics.

NYC native and world-renowned DJ Bobbito Garcia is the critically acclaimed author ofWhere’d You Get Those? NYC’s Sneaker Culture: 1960-1987 (Testify Books). The former NY Knicks/MSG Network halftime reporter was the voice of EA Sports’ popular NBA Street video game and TV host of ESPN2′s “It’s the Shoes” series. In 2007, Nike released seven co-designed Air Force 1 sneakers bearing his signature. In 2013, Garcia co-directed the filmDoin’ It in the Park: Pick-Up Basketball, NYC. Currently, he is the announcer for ESPNU’s Elite 24 Game and his own tournament Full Court 21. “Kool Bob Love” is also directing his next film titled Stretch And Bobbito, due for release in 2015.

The Whiskey BaronsBosq and the Bogart, are a DJ and production duo based in Boston. They work to tastefully update classic funky music from around the world to work with modern dance floors. This has resulted in a wide variety of well received originals, reworks, and edits that span the styles of Latin, African, funk, soul, disco, house, reggae, and rock.

08/21/14 Events

Win tickets to the Souls of Mischief/Adrian Younge’s Venice Dawn NYC show

Souls of Mischief TION NYC flyer

We’ve got a pair of tickets to give away to the Souls of Mischief/Adrian Younge Venice Dawn There Is Only Now show at LPR next Thursday. Email contest(at)waxpoetics(dot)com with “SOULS” in the subject line to enter to win.

Thursday August 28, 2014

Revive Music, Linear Labs & ArtDontSleep present:
#ThereIsOnlyNow Live at LPR

Live Performance:
Souls Of Mischief w/ Adrian Younge’s Venice Dawn
(13 piece ensemble)

DJ Sets by:
Ali Shaheed Muhammad
(A Tribe Called Quest)

(Le) Poisson Rouge | 158 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10012 | 212) 505-3474
21 + | doors 9pm

For tickets and more info, visit LPR.

08/20/14 Contests/Events

Afro-Punk After Dark Presents “The Beautiful Noise: A Sun Ra Tribute”

Featuring King Britt, Damon Bennett, Anthony Tidd, and DJ Monk-One


“Afrofuturism is a way of telling alternate stories of reality, through a black cultural lens” –Ytasha Womack (author of Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture)

This definition deftly describes how Sun Ra looked at planet Earth, setting the foundation and precedent for Afrofuturists everywhere. He wasn’t the only pioneer, but may have been the most unencumbered by convention.

The Afro-Punk Festival, now in its tenth year, is celebrating Sun Ra’s 100th Earth year with a sonic improvisational tribute they describe as “a unique experience in the moment.”

Led by multi-disciplinary DJ/musician King Britt (Wax Poetics Issue 28), the band aims to re-contextualize sounds from Mr. Ra in the spirit and freedom in which those sounds were originally created.

Opening the evening, Wax Poetics Contributing Editor Andrew “Monk-One” Mason will set the mood by playing original vinyl-encoded examples of Astral Jazz.

It all happens at Littlefield in Brooklyn, and we have a pair of tickets to give away to a lucky Wax Poetics reader!

Send an email with the subject “Afro Punk Tix” to contest[at]waxpoetics.com. Be sure to include your full name.



08/11/14 News

A sneak peak into the studio with the Budos Band

New album, Burnt Offering drops October 21.

The Budos Band

Last month, we shared the lead track, “The Sticks,” from the Budos Band’s upcoming album, Burnt Offering, due October 21. This month, the band is sharing a sneak peak into their process in their Staten Island studio. For 15 years, the band has gathered there for weekly rehearsals.


Over the course of the two-minute video, we hear snippets of three tracks from the album. The opening track of the video is “Magus Mountain,” a rocker that starts to turn majestic just before the clip ends.

Around the 0:33 mark, you see Brian Profilio, who aside from drumming duties for the band also designed the album’s grim reaper artwork. The middle track is the previously mentioned “The Sticks.” Closing out the video is the album title track, “Burnt Offering,” starting at the 1:27 mark that is one of the fuzziest tracks from the new album.

08/06/14 News

Classic Erykah Badu album Mama’s Gun finally reissued on vinyl

Erykah Badu


Throughout the years, unless you were able to get a hold of a promo copy of Erykah Badu’s sophomore album Mama’s Gun, you haven’t been able to play it on your turntable. That has now changed. Netherlands-based Music On Vinyl, known for their high-end 180-gram vinyl reissues, just issued the album with Universal’s blessing.

Taking a page from the promo that was sent out to tastemakers in 2000, which was pressed on transparent red vinyl, Music On Vinyl has opted to put its first pressing on transparent red (LP1) and solid gold (LP2) slabs of wax. Subsequent issues will be in standard black. On either version, the album opens into a nice gatefold showing Badu riding in style. The vinyl provides a rich sound with some wonderful low that also allows you to hear Questlove’s incredible drumming very clear and Roy Ayers’ scintillating scat.

What made Mama’s Gun so enriching was its organic sound created by the Soulquarians. It has been referenced as a female version of D’Angelo’s Voodoo due to its continuous groove that it inhabits. While “Bag Lady” saw the most chart success from the album, two other singles were issued (“Cleva” and “Didn’t Cha Know”). However, the acoustic guitar-laden duet with Stephen Marley “In Love With You” is dreamy perfection.

Music On Vinyl issues albums from numerous genres, and their catalog of hip-hop, R&B, and soul is quite impressive.

The contest is now closed.