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A detail from the cover of Minoru Muraoka's collaboration with Herbie Mann, Gagaku and Beyond.
Courtesy of the artist
April 3, 2012 Hear five haunting songs from the late '60s to early '70s. We file them under jazz only by default.
Gimme Gimme Records in Manhattan's East Village, Egon's source for an affordable copy of Charles 'Cha Cha' Shaw's Kingdom Come.
January 27, 2012 Set loose in New York's East Village, Egon takes to the bins of offbeat record stores to hunt down five obscure finds for under $100.
October 21, 2008 Fast Rap, a style of hyperactive and multisyllabic rap spewed over uptempo beats, is nearly extinct. Listen to five classic early-'90s songs that exemplify the trend, from artists such as Percee P, Lonnie O, Organized Konfusion and Pete Rock and C.L. Smooth.
Madlib (left) and Stanton Davis loading up the car.
November 28, 2011 Hear the fruits of a record-canvassing mission co-piloted by Madlib.
September 24, 2010 As far back as the 1960s, there was a thriving recording industry in Angola. But the music released before the country's independence from Portugal and brutal civil war sounded nothing like the David Bowie and Barbara Streisand schlock that was hocked to the Portuguese people.
A sign for Bubbha Thomas' free jazz classes, taken in 1972.
Courtesy of Bubbha Thomas
September 30, 2011 Teenagers in the city's Summer Jazz Workshops made deep jazz and raw funk way beyond their years.
El Rego meets Miriam Makeba at Cotonou Airport in 1973.
November 25, 2009 The recording scene of 1960s and '70s Benin rivaled that of neighboring Ghana and Nigeria, but its musicians never quite drew the spotlight. Now, European compilers have rediscovered Benin's musical heroes, and El Rego is one of the funkiest.
October 16, 2008 It should come as no surprise that James Brown has inspired countless tributes and covers, both good and bad. Explore five of the most unusual and exceptional examples, from inspired tributes to psychedelic reinventions.
A detail from the cover of Tom Zé's Grande Liquidāçao.
Courtesy of Mr. Bongo.
December 29, 2011 This year saw a series of record companies further a loosely aligned, mutually agreed-upon mission to extend psychedelia's reaches. Tie-dyed shirts, Zapp comics and LSD aren't necessary, but an open-mindedness toward the unknown certainly is.
Barış Manço, from the cover of his album Dunden Bugune.
Courtesy of Guerssen Records
March 29, 2011 Peers of Baris Manco made innovative Turkish rock in the 1970s, but none released such a wide variety of music or became so celebrated in the decades that followed. NPR Music's globetrotting crate-digger spins a few psychedelic favorites from Turkey.
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