Numero Group: By The Numbers

A Tale Of One City
November 26, 2014, 5:02 pm
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That’s right, Numero returns to London due to unpopular demand for a very brief engagement. First stop on Friday, November 28th: A short talk in Coventry at The Tin Music and Arts for the Coventry Music Network at 7pm. We’re very excited to participate in a panel discussion certain to etch itself in the memories of Coventryites for generations to come. Following the talk will be a DJ set at The Coal Vaults next door. A mixture of American soul, funk, disco, Latin music in the format of original 45 singles will warm the hearts of even the coldest country folk.

Day 2 of this marathon tour: November 29th begins when Numero’s own Rob Sevier will be at Stall 88 of the Indie Label Market at Old Spitalfields Market, slanging original product. You will be able to ask him anything about any of these releases and he will answer the questions accurately and thoroughly but with his signature aloof demeanor. Last and certainly not least: a DJ set will commence at Spiritlands at the Merchant’s Tavern in Shoreditch. It will be epic: a four hour set of obscurities and oddities and rarities and flotsam and jetsam. Be there or be square, or whatever that is in imperial units.

And one more thing, for you pirate radio listeners: there will be a Numero set on Sunday the 30th around 4pm on the NTS station, as part of the show Full House. Check it here.

See you there!


This is IT: We Revisit Psychedelia’s First Moments.
November 25, 2014, 12:24 pm
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Psychedelic music all began with the tiniest possible bang: a minuscule pressing of a self-produced LP by Zen Buddhist scholar Alan Watts. In one cosmic flash of inspiration and group improvisation, the next two decades of musical innovation was pre-supposed: psychedelic rock, spiritual jazz, and even new age. As this micro pressing barely made it out of the ashram, it was his writings that actually spread his ideas, usually through osmosis: he was profoundly influential on the beat poets and the subsequent counter-culture. He became the forebear of ’60s counter-culture’s spirituality, much as William Burroughs was the forebear of its hedonism. For a more reasoned, better researched account of this LPs importance, check the late, great Patrick the Lama’s monograph on the subject here.

Released in 1962, This Is It is a imaginative cacophony of percussion, non-verbal chanting, and free-flowing expression, punctuated occasionally by leisurely passes at a terrestrial piano, marimba, or french horn. It is at once, experimental, intellectual, and experiential. Three years before Ken Kesey’s inaugural Acid Test, This Is IT constitutes the first transmission for a tuned-in counterculture of hippies, beats, and psychedelic revolutionaries of all stripes. 

Tune in, turn on, drop out, and preorder here.

Introspective Bedhead Articles and “Most Essential Dallas Reissue”
November 21, 2014, 5:02 pm
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The complete works of Bedhead seem to be triggering nostalgia avalanches in the far-flung hearts to the Dallas group’s faithful fans. Two particularly touching articles find the respective authors riffing on Bedhead, tailspinning into a sentimental op-ed about what its like to love a band, and emerging on the other side of our critically acclaimed box set. If you are an afflicted Bedhead fan in search of a support group, look no further than the A/V Club and the Dallas Observer, who declared Bedhead 1992-1998 “the most essential Dallas reissue of 2014.”

A/V/ Club: “On Bedhead, boxsets, and the beauty of bookends”

Dallas Observer: “The New Bedhead Box Set is the Most Essential Dallas Reissue of 2014″

Way Out Records In Cleveland Magazine
November 20, 2014, 3:00 pm
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The enduring story of Way Out Records hit Cuyahoga County newsstands this month, thanks to Nikki Delamotte of Cleveland Magazine. Buy your copy now to find out where these noodles came from! As a DJ with the Secret Soul Club (November 28th at the Five O’Clock Lounge), Tom  Dechristofaro was asked to riff on Way Out: “They have a sound that’s completely raw. So when we started playing Way Out, a bunch of really young people just went crazy to a record that was made down the street from the bar 40 years ago. We love to see kids react that way today to songs that are so strange and unique.”

Click here to read “Lost and Found: the Soul Sounds of Way Out Records” at

Click here to find out where you can purchase Cleveland Magazine.

Jordan De La Sierra and Terry Riley On The Radio
November 19, 2014, 2:43 pm
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What can be said about Jordan De La Sierra that can’t be best said by Jordan De La Sierra? During an interview from 1971, Terry Riley and De La Sierra (then DBA Jordan Stenberg) get pretty trippy on the topics of Indian vocal music, spirituality, the notes found between the notes—in essence a pretty ordinary conversation in Berkeley, California in 1971.

Jordan De La Sierra’s Gymnosphere: Song Of The Rose will be in stores December 2nd. Copies are shipping now from our webstore. Should you wish to hear the Riley/De La Sierra interview in its entirety, you can follow this link to KPFA’s online archives. 

Nikki Sudden Black Friday Exclusive Box Set
November 18, 2014, 2:15 pm
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On Friday, November 28th (Black Friday) you will have the option of clawing your way through your local shopping district to purchase the complete works of Nikki Sudden from your favorite brick-and-mortar record retailer. This career-spanning 7LP collection compiles Sudden’s landmark solo LPs Waiting On Egypt and The Bible Belt, the Dave Kusworth-era LPs Jacobites and Robespierre’s Velvet Basement, Sudden’s Rowland S. Howard collaboration Kiss You Kidnapped Charabanc, and his Creation-issued masterpieces Texas and Dead Men Tell No Tales. Limited to just 500 copies, this set also includes Sudden’s debut solo single “Back to The Start” b/w “Ringing On My Train.”

Folks who have already purchased any of the individual Nikki Sudden LPs may purchase the Slipcase + 7″ from our website.

Adult Swim’s Newbridge Infomercial Makes Sense
November 14, 2014, 6:10 pm
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Another morning, another oddity pops up on Adult Swim. First the unsettling sensation Too Many Cooks, and now this: an infomercial for the fictional town of New Bridge, New Jersey, known to many as the Muffler Capital of the World, the birthplace of the pebbled garbage can, and the point of origin for countless Best Show callers. Confused? It’s only going to get worse.



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