Wear your Sunday best for Now Again's 'California Funk' party
This all means one thing. It’s time for you to update the funk section in your life. It’s a rite of L.A. seasonal passage, darnit.To those ends, may we humbly suggest “California Funk: Rare Funk 45s From the Golden State,” a new compilation from the consistently amazing Stones Throw imprint Now Again (who, in a belated 2010 resolution, I need to write about far more often.)
True to the label’s mission, the compilation is rife with long-forgotten singles airlifted from the late ‘60s and early ‘70s heyday of local funk. As a document of an era, it’s almost startling to hear the volatility and thrill in this music – it took the swing and soul of R&B and made into something sharper, driven by sex and politics in equal measure. These are the seeds that would grow into Dr. Dre and E-40 and that took James Brown’s explosive prowess and gave it fangs.
Now Again impresario DJ Egon is throwing a preview party at, of all places, the very delicious Palate Food & Wine in Glendale on Sunday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. We never thought funk and charcuterie would go together, but we don't know a lot of things.