Friday, January 28, 2011

Direct From Normskola: Sealed Copies of Hip Hop Classic "Half Man"

Fresh copies of indie classic Half Man by Normskola

We got a real nice package in the mail the other day - direct from independent hip hop artist Normskola himself. Metrowax is proud to announce the arrival of some sealed and original copies of the indie rap bomb Half Man by Normskola. This record is one of those undiscovered classics - a true gem from the streets of Baltimore. We liked Half Man so much that it was featured on the Magic Stack hip hop mixtape from last year. If you want to see how the Discogs crowd is reacting to this legendary track, look at the Half Man release page. On Discogs, it gets a super-solid 4.83 out of 5.00 stars rating, and I would agree with the high rating, no doubt. Discogs is sold out. I'm just going to go out on a limb and say that these aren't going to be around too long. Buy your copy of Half Man today, fast and easy on the Metrowax website!

Their last moments together in one place and time.

These are for hip hop heads only - no dealers please. Normskola said so.

The audio on Discogs does not do the sound quality of this record any justice. No digital sample compares to the sound quality of the actual vinyl record, as in nearly every case.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Independent Label Cuca Records - A Wisconsin Original

While researching a stack of rather interesting and rare records we had laying around, we came across a little vein of some private label stuff from our home state of Wisconsin (you can view these listings here). I wanted to let you in on an unintended learning experience that I had about now the now defunct Cuca Records.

We found a very complete and interesting study of this label and the owner, Jim Kirchstein. I got completely lost in this read, and I encourage you to do the same. You'll get a real feel for the experience of trying to get an independent record label off the ground, and keeping it alive in the face of the fierce competition brought on by the giant mega-labels. Read "The History of Cuca Records" by Sarah Filzen.

Also found was a nice little index of private record labels from Wisconsin. Straight funk. No, just kidding, it's folk. But still useful perhaps.

And since this post has that distinct flavor of Wisconsin (and cheeseheads)...GO PACKERS!