Filed under: Unwound
In the summer of 1999, Unwound spent two months crisscrossing Europe. They began in Brussels, hit Germany, the Netherlands, and France twice each, spent a week in London and cut a Peel Session, and finally touched down in Reykjavik, Iceland, for a gig and session at RUV. The trio was on their way to recording their opus, and lingered just long enough in the past to revisit a few marquee highlights, stretching them out into droney sonatas drenched in feedback. A handsome hand-screened jacket houses the affair, utilizing the logo of noted Icelandic record store Hljómalind.
The quality of the master surpasses that of most live recordings. The intro, delivered in Icelandic, recalls so many classic jazz LPs recorded over seas (short of the English words, “Mogwai,” “Sonic Youth,” and “wonderful young man”). But what erupts from the stage of RUV is pure rebellious bliss, and makes for a necessary addition to the band’s robust catalog.
For every master tape we lovingly restore and compile, there are dozens that get thrown into milk crates marked “Dog Shit” or “Not Gonna Happen.” Then there are the curiosities… The drugged-up anti-drug Prince parodies, the British Punk Elite’s 1982 Invasion of South Minneapolis. Add to that list this tribute to Cincinnati, performed by former mayor and current talk show host, Jerry Springer. When Jewel Studios liquidated in 2008, Numero ended up with a mixed bag of Cincinnati detritus, which included the quarter-inch master to Springer’s 45 “Cincinnati” b/w “Nobody’s Darling But Mine.”
Filed under: DJ
In a few weeks, we’ll shipping off to the Pacific Northwest to join in the Rifflandia festivities. We’ll be firing the festivals first shots at 8:30pm at the Phillips Brewery Backyard Stage, joined later in the evening by Rat King and Danny Brown. We’re hoping to add additional DJ dates in Vancouver and Seattle in the coming weeks, but for the time being, plan on seeing us on September 11th at Phillips Brewery (2010 Government Street). Any requests?
For tickets or additional information, visit Rifflandia.com.
Yesterday, our own Jon Kirby joined Way Out VP Bill Branch and Sound Of Applause host Dee Perry for a roundtable discussion on the history of Way Out Records, and the role the label played in the maturation of Cleveland’s music scene. The WCPN staffers picked their favorite tracks from Eccentric Soul: The Way Out Label, and Bill Branch discusses the heartache associated with hearing so many beautiful productions that failed to find an audience at the time of their initial release.
Filed under: DJ
Pictured here is the Chicago Party control tower. The fun, excitement, sophistication, and celebration begins tonight at the Slippery Slope (2357 N. Milwaukee Avenue). The Numero Group’s resident astronauts will blast off at 9pm and shall remain in orbit as late as the law will allow (currently 2am). We hope to see you there—tonight, next month, and so on and so forth. It’s the third Wednesday of every month from here on out. Mark your calendar, book your ticket. For those of you who don’t live in Chicago, the Chicago Party doubles as a training group for our trained professionals, so that our game is tight by the time we touch down in YOUR town. So hang in there! Sincerely, The Numero Group DJs
During an extra-terrestrial 2003 chill session, our astronaut buddy Don Pettit cobbled together a fancy tripod using ordinary objects (found aboard a space station) that enabled space photographers, like himself, to capture sharper images in orbit. But now it seems his invention may have worked too well, as NASA is now bogged down by an oppressive number of space photographs, and they need your help. In what amounts to a Kickstarter appeal for your free time and geographical awareness, NASA is asking ordinary folks to help sort the roughly 1.8 million images currently uncategorized in NASA’s iPhoto library.
One photo that should leap out as familiar is Don Pettit’s photograph of Southern California, which appears on the cover of Personal Space: Electronic Soul 1974-1984. This is a longwinded way of saying that all remaining CD copies of Personal Space are now available on our website, and make a great soundtrack for sorting through 1.8 million space photographs, should you feel so inclined.
Filed under: Cavern
Independence, Missouri—We open on local rock band Tide, as they cross the lobby of Cavern Sound Recording Studio. “A hit record would make success more of a certainty,” our narrator declares. “A hit record is every struggling group’s big dream.” Many dreams were born, fulfilled, and deferred within the confines of this limestone mine-turned-studio, the mightiest of which are united on Local Customs: Cavern Sound. Our in-house promotional video opens with rare footage from the Tide mini-documentary, Fences And Gates, with Numero taking over at the 9-second mark. Local Customs: Cavern Sound is available now for preorder. Won’t you help make success more of a certainty for these struggling groups?