Thursday, March 5, 2009

Saturday Night Special

The magazine is very well known, having been described by T, The New York Times Style Magazine as (ahem) "The best and most exquisitely laid-out music bimonthly in America" – but it remains a little-known fact that Wax Poetics is becoming a formidable record label as well, with A&R helmed by Amir Abdullah, formerly of Fat Beats and one-half of the world-renowned DJ duo Kon & Amir. This week Wax Po begings taking pre-orders (and selling full downloads) for their forthcoming release of a holy grail of crate digging, Lyman Woodard's Detroit jazz-funk classic Saturday Night Special.

(I was lucky enough to score an original, somewhat scratched-up copy at a stoop sale in Brooklyn a few years ago for $3, but regrettably without the cover, which in itself is reason enough to want the record.) Here's a sample:

Lyman Woodard Organization
Saturday Night Special (excerpt) mp3

One of the cool things about the Wax Poetics re-release is that they're using the original, un-cropped Leni Sinclair photograph adapted for the cover, acquired through the truly astounding Detroit connections of art director Josh Dunn:

Limited to 1500 copies, this one will go quick. Head for Wax Poetics to get more info and snap it up.

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