Stag-O-Lee: Coming up in November...
posted October 29th, 2014You fave label has 4 new releases coming up in November, mighty fine ones I might say...
First up is Volume 1 of a new series called Caribbean Audio Odyssey. On 10“ vinyl only and very limited, CAO is a reflection of Stag-O-Lee’s love for early Jamaican music and the sounds of the Caribbean in genereal. When one traces back the roots of Ska to the early sound systems and Mento it needs not genius to discover Calypso! Here’s 10 little jewels from the 50s - recorded in Jamaica, Trinidad, Tobago and Bermuda. Handselected for maximum pleasure. If you don’t enjoy ‘em, consult a doctor!
Late November will see release the second album by German duo Grits`n Gravy - 14 months after their debut release. It is called Second Shot and will be released on LP (12“) and Digipak CD. Grits’n Gravy still consists of drummer/singer Mighty Mike OMB of Voodoo Rhythm recording artists The Juke Joint Pimps and Cat Lee King - a young and skinny piano player with a big voice. No idea where he gets it from, but he has the soul of Ray Charles and the mean attack of Bunker Hill. The guys spent two days in the studio to lay down 12 tracks of which 10 made the final cut. Musically Grits'n Gravy still stand for 50s Rock`n´Roll, raw Rhythm`n´Blues and early Soul. While their first release mainly consisted of cover tunes this time the duo has written seven originals which are padded by their interpretations of sides like Tell A Whale Of A Tale (Wynonie Harris), Act Right (Wynona Carr) and an inspired re-working of I Put A Spell On You (Screamin' Jay Hawkins). In order to broaden the sonic palette Mike and Cat invited a few friends to add double-bass, guitar and saxophones (two guys from Ray Collins Hot Club) on selected tracks.
Check it out, you'll love it.
Vol. 1 of our Music From Planet Earth series is almost sold out. Time for Vol. 2. Again each 10“ (vinyl only) comes with a signed & numbered 24 x 24 cm screenprint of the killer front cover drawn by well-known artist Marcel Bontempi! Limited edition, too!
It’s a perennial starting point for conspiracy theories, the perfect excuse for lost homework or any kind of irrational behavior. Alien intervention solves everything. Things from other planets are a sustainable reason to many unanswerable questions and, across the music industry in the late ‘50s and early ‘60s, in the wake of a slew of space-based exploitation movies, a series of 45s and suitably unearthly concept albums emerged to capitalize on this burgeoning, bizarre and mysterious idea.
Everyone was viewing far off planets with wonder, amazement and the occasional well-directed sound effect. No-one really knew what aliens could do, so the potential for music to accompany whatever they did was limitless.
Over 50 years after these sides were released in a fit of futuristic creativity, we’re still asking about the potential of water on Mars, puzzling of the rings of Saturn and wondering if anything really did happen at Roswell. “Aliens stole my dog” screams the headline in the National Enquirer. Of course they did.
And last but not least: Slow Grind Fever - Volume 3 & Yet More Adventures In The Sleazy World Of Popcorn Noir... As you probably know by now the Slow Grind Fever series was created after stumbling over a clubnight in Australia via the internet: „Melbourne's only slow dance party, where they play the slowest, spookiest, sweetest records they can find, and folks dance real slow in a haze of smoke and dim red light.“ And the Soundcloud mixes by these guys convinced me pretty quickly, contact was made and the series was born.
Vol. 3 again was compiled by Richie1250 (mastermind of the SGF night) and comes on limited edition 12" vinyl with great linernotes.
More SGF facts:
Vol. 4 (compiled by DJ Diddy Wah) will be released in January 2015 as vinyl LP!
Vol. 3 + 4 will be combined to one CD scheduled for January 2015 release!
The vinyl of Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 is almost sold out. Only a handful of copies left at stagoleeshop.com
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Out now: Earl Zinger & Don Rogall 10"
posted October 17th, 2014Earl Zinger & Don Rogall - Vol. 1 - out now on Stag-O-Lee. The first of two limited 10"-es - a second 10" will follow soon, as well as a CD with the tracks from both 10"-es plus three bonuscuts.
Deep down from the swamp delta of Berlin, D.C., and straight outta Gin Lane, Londinium: The feral stepsons of carpet dealers and long forgotten record sellers, Don Rogall and Earl Zinger, with their long awaited debut on the probably best label of the western hemisphere (well, now it is).
The music? Rock´n Blues, dealing with some nasty boogie, jive and ingredients of exotic origin - a new breed of juke joint anthems.
Earl Zinger is a London based cult hero (Galliano etc.) and Don Rogall lives in Berlin. He is a musician, but also a well-known DJ
with a Bassy residence amongst others.
Check 'em out here!
Free Mix CD with every order!
posted October 3rd, 2014If you place and order at www.stagoleeshop.com not only do you get special prices on Stag-O-Lee product and other selected items, but we will also throw in a mix CD of late 50s/early 60s black electric Blues called Let The Blues Open The Door To Your Soul. 23 tracks and 60 minutes in the mix, featuring old favorites and some lesser know tunes. All rock and groove like there is no tomorrow and would fill any dancefloor. Free only at Stag-O-Lee's flagship store!
Out now: Tav Falco's special trip!
posted September 24th, 2014This one is titled Tav Falco's Wonderful World Of Musical And Exotic Obscurities and Stag-O-Lee is mighty proud to release it. Because we love these left-field releases, the special ones. It's like having a lot of kids, but some of them need special attention... this release is one of them.
For this one, Tav Falco, the Memphis legend (of Panther Burns fame) compiled 25 of his favourite tunes from 50s rockabilly to tangos, valtzes & quite a bunch of other wonderful obscurities. Songs he loves, songs he covered with Panther Burns, songs that influenced him. Thus shedding much light upon the music that incessantly ignites Falco's muse.
This is a wild and wonderful ride. A Back To Mine-style compilation that will open your ears.
Double vinyl comes in a nice gatefold sleeve with extensive liner notes by the maestro himself. CD comes with 20-page booklet.