Filed under: Bulbous Creation
For no identifiable reason, guitarist Alan Lewis thought the term “Bulbous” applied to the groundling group’s sound, and wanted to name the band thus. However, none of his bandmates thought it made much sense, but applying the slightly cosmic “Creation” to it at least made it roll off the tongue. Their set list of all originals made them a difficult booking, and profits were non-existent.
So goes the naming conventions of Kansas City’s Bulbous Creation, who celebrates two milestones this week with their inclusion on Local Customs: Cavern Sounds and the fully licensed released of their debut deferred You Won’t Remember Dying. The long player’s opening track “End Of The Page,” stumbles among the nocturnal and oxygen deprived rockers featured on Local Customs: Cavern Sounds, which was released world wide just yesterday.
Today marks the three-way birthday of some special records. Minted in Numero’s salad days, Fern Jones has spent nearly a decade trapped in a jewel case, finally moving into her own double-wide LP (to make room for 8 new tracks). Emerging from the caves of Independence, Missouri, Local Customs: Caverns Sounds is no secret, but some mystery still surrounds Bulbous Creation’s You Won’t Remember Dying. Recorded at Cavern in 1969 and left for dead, even a mid-’90s pressing by Rockadelic Records could not satiate the masses. A mainline premier, a newcomer to the vinyl catalog, and a spooky long-player can be at your house by Halloween—but you have to ACT NOW!
All this and more available from the Numero Group webstore.
Filed under: Cavern
Formerly the Blue Sounds, Baxter’s Chat was named after the ominous mounds of mining byproduct (known as “chat”) located throughout the group’s hometown of Baxter Springs, KS. The lineup featured the guitar-playing Brewster brothers, bassist John Green, vocalist Norman Manning, and drummer Elmonte Scroggins—an African-American friend from nearby Pittsburg, Kansas—making them one of only a few racially integrated bands performing in the area. You can listen to their mature garage offering “Love’s Other Side” from our highly anticipated Local Customs: Cavern Sounds by clicking the Soundcloud button bellow. Once you’re hooked on the hooks, order away!
Filed under: Cavern
In 1971, the Lawrence, Kansas quartet Tide embarked on a major recording project at Cavern Sounds. The resulting LP, Almost Live saw release on the local indie Mouth Music, selling comfortably into the quadruple digits, even securing shelf space at K-Mart for a spell. The individual members were virtuosic and their music was immense (save for the leisurely “I Wish It Hadn’t Ended That Way” featured on Local Customs: Cavern Sounds). On the eve of the band’s disintegration, General Motors approached the group about filming a documentary to serve as a case study in rock economics. The result is Fences and Gates, a 30-minute feature with some fancy camera work, stellar tunes, and even some interior shots of Cavern Sounds. Now, thanks to the Internet, Fences and Gates can be viewed in its entirety on Youtube, because, as we mentioned before, the Internet. Local Customs: Cavern Sounds sees worldwide release next Tuesday.
Filed under: Fern Jones
There was a time in the mid-2000s when not all Numero titles saw a vinyl release, and Arkansas native Fern Jones has been one of the biggest casualties of this format discrepancy. A toe-tapping relic of country gospel, Fern Jones’s sanctified debut was recorded in Nashville in 1958 and released on Dot Records the following year. A bit too unconventional for record-buying bible thumpers, Singing A Happy Song fell on deaf ears. As issued on compact disc in 2005, Fern Jones: The Glory Road included this flawless offering, plus a few kindred selections from the husband and wife collaboration, The Joneses Sing. Available on vinyl October 28th, the 2XLP incarnation of The Glory Road will include both Singing A Happy Song and The Joneses Sing in their entirety, expanding upon the CD version by eight worthwhile tracks. Orders are shipping now from our website, with October 28th being the official release date.
Followers of our Instagram have surely noticed the uptick in imagery from our upcoming release Local Customs: Cavern Sound. In exactly one week, we will unleash into the world the entire 2XLP/CD set of underground sounds from Independence, Missouri. Did we mention it was all recorded in a cave? Between 1967 and 1973, Cavern Sounds hosted forgotten attractions like the Reactions, Burlington Express, the Classmen, Fraight, American Sound Ltd, Baxter’s Chat, 21st Century Sound Movement, and you get the picture. But incase you don’t, we’ll going to be introducing you to a cast of cave dwellers (not to be confused with The Cave Dwellers) over the next few weeks.
Take for example Fraight (pictured above), from Manhattan (Kansas), who dropped $300 to see “One Girl” b/w “William Jones” issued on Cavern’s studio imprint. That the quintet actually recorded the suite at Damon—Cavern’s crosstown rival—makes for a unique plot twist in the Cavern saga. These songs, the stories, and more October 28h from the Numero Group.
Filed under: Way Out
While several Way Out alumni remain active in the biz, Billy Carter of the Occasions has left the biggest impression on us with his musical tribute to his corner of the Buckeye State. This video has everything—flying saucers, pirates, the umbrella from Mary Poppins (with a few C.G. extras from Birdemic), and most importantly, a catchy hook. What does Ohio have to loose by hitching a ride on Carter’s soon-to-be-viral jingle? Citizens of Northeast Ohio—we urge you to call your representatives and let them know that there’s a friendly man with a magical piano and he needs to be heard!
Cleveland: Keep an eye out for Billy Carter, who still performs and records with his group The Next Language.