Filed under: Record Store Day
Saturday morning at 9am, we will unlocked the doors of Logan Square’s comfort station and let Chicagoland’s record collectors hack away at several thousand pieces of new, used, and lightly abused merchandise. There are boxes and boxes of $1 dusties, plus meatier morsels of high-quality stock. For ballers on a budget, here is a smattering of things you can buy for just $5:
Compact Discs: A few of our favorites have become Super Saver titles: Boscoe sounds like it looks, Recording Tap is a sophisticated disco odyssey, Brotherman is Blaxploitation seduction with slacker production, and Los Nombres is a solid Latin soul decathlon. At $5, these are low-risk entry points into these curious corners of the Numero catalog.
All mainline 45s: Take a waltz through the 45 section of our website. All those 45s you see will be $5.
“Even those gorgeous picture sleeve Purple Snow 45s?” Yes, those.
Disco 12s: The last time Jackie Stoudemire’s “Invisible Wind” sold on the world wide web, it did so to the tune of nearly $500. Its a beautiful song, and it deserves a wider audience than this price point allows. Come get one and absolutely SHOCK the dancers at your local discotheque.
Other 12s are available, and similar results are likely.
See you there!
Numero Pop-Up Store
The Comfort Station, Logan Square
2579 N. Milwaukee Ave.
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Filed under: Way Out
During the Decade of Way Out (1962-1972), the little label on the Eastside had a pretty high hit-to-miss ratio. Perhaps this was due to the caliber of musician wandering Cleveland in the late ’60s. Perhaps it was the eye for quality possessed by Way Out cosmonauts Lester Johnson and Bill Branch. Perhaps it was vision; while Motown was peddling “The Sound of Young America,” Way Out principals were trying to concoct something that the nation’s youth could grow in to. Is Way Out the mature Motown that never grew up? Here’s an idea: Why don’t you listen to the entirety of Eccentric Soul: The Way Out Label and decide for yourself. Tracks 1 through 40 constitute the mighty recordings included on the 3LP/2CD set; tracks +1 through +11 constitute the bonus LP available to you, if you preorder here. Listen to all of it here, now, for free, on our Soundcloud page. Dissect and diagram as me might, we feel the songs of Way Out speak for them self. What it is that they’re saying exactly, is open to interpretation.
In the midst of combing through our office to find long lost goodies to share with you at our annual Numero Pop Up store, we found something exceptionally exciting. Housed in an unassuming black sleeve with the gold stamped CES logo, this 12” is the very first Numero release on vinyl. Back in the summer of 2006, our fledgling label had only nine CDs under our belts, and we were unsure of the viability of releasing things on vinyl (oh how times have changed!). After fielding many fan requests, a run of 100 copies (with no test pressings) were made featuring two of the most dance-friendly cuts on Belize City Boil Up, plus a pair of re-edits by Earwig. Each copy was hand stamped, includes a printed insert and resides inside a dead-stock CES sleeve.
Eventually re-packaged in a “Numero Disco sleeve” and released as +001 in our disco 12″ series, Lord Rhaburn Combo / Jesus Acosta & The Professionals – Disco Connection / Guajida is officially out of print on that format as well.
Folks coming out to the Numero Pop Up shop can have their chance at one of the three recently unearthed copies of this true rarity for the collectors price of $50.
The Numero Pop Up Shop is taking place April 19th, 2014
2579 N. Milwaukee Ave. Chicago, IL
Filed under: Darkscorch Canticles, Methodology | Tags: cities of darkscorch, darkscorch, methodology
Every part of this masterfully works toward the same aesthetic, the maps and the cards and the album cover and the amazing sweaty band photos, it’s all like hanging out with the guys in metal shop in 1978, then taking off in your Camaro to score some weed/Grand Funk tickets.
So, what to make of this epic slab of ancient metal and early days D&D art with a rock band questing board game? The music is wicked, especially if you can never get enough bombastic guitar riffs. The game, to be honest, looks as rough around the edges as the music sounds – a sort of throwback weekend binge with notebook scrawled cards and rules that will make more sense once you’re high.
All things considered, with this being our first foray into game design, we’re pretty proud of the way this turned out and will be posting more in depth game play analysis as the finished pieces arrive. In the interim, you can read iO9′s full piece here, and also enjoy this photo of lead game designer Dustin Drase and a Unicorn.
Filed under: Darkscorch Canticles
We get a thrill from every positive review, but few can top the buzz from a 4 out of 4 review from living icon Jim DeRogatis. Here’s what he had to say about our new Darkscorch Canticles:
Masters of the ultra-high-quality, beyond-esoteric, near-obsessive reissue, Chicago’s Numero Group takes a sharp left turn in its usual trailblazing through the tarpits of musical history to spotlight an era and a sound that previously have been lost to the sands of time: those early days of heavy metal when blues and psychedelia were first being melded in imaginative ways to form a new genre; when kids in American basements were putting their own Midwestern stamps on the early innovations of the Brits in Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, and Uriah Heep, and when the haze of pot smoke parted to reveal by the light of the lava lamp sweaty-palmed fascinations with Dungeons & Dragons, The Lord of the Rings, Aleister Crowley, Anton Lavey, and other such artifacts of darkness that almost seem quaint in these post-Internet days.
For the fourth year in a row, The Numero Group will open up a one day store in Chicago. In the past we’ve opened up at Stop Smiling, the Empty Bottle, and Logan Square’s Comfort Station, and we’ll return to the Station this year with thousands of LPs, CDs, video tapes, cassettes, damaged stock, DVDs, trading cards, 45s, stickers, magazines, and all other manners of miscellaneous debris clogging up our office. Details:
April 19th 2014
2579 N. Milwaukee Ave. Chicago, IL
Six days later we’ll be setting up a Numero mega mart in Brooklyn’s Greenpoint neighborhood at Human Gallery. We’ll be taking over all 700 square feet of the space for the entire weekend of April 25th-27th, stocking the place with thousands of LPs, 45s, and CDs that we found tucked away in a warehouse on Long Island. Our very own Rob Sevier and Ken Shipley will DJ intermittently throughout the day. We’ll also be bringing tons of deleted items and damaged stock, selling it all at blow out prices. Wholesalers welcomed. Everything there will be priced to move. We have no interest in trucking it back to Chicago. Please help:
110 Meserole Ave. Brooklyn, NY
Noon to 8PM daily (or until we run out of stock)
In addition to our wide array of high quality records from Numero, Cali-Tex, JR, Asterisk, and Numerophon, we’ll be selling these fine items that we made specifically for Record Store Day:
Ned Doheny “Get It Up For Love” b/w “What Cha’ Gonna Do For Me” 45
(limited to 500, available only at our two pop up stores and in Japan)
We’re neck deep in our next Local Customs project and have finally stumbled onto a song that we can’t stop listening to. While the world knows the Chamber Bros. for their 1968 hit “Time Has Come Today,” a few years later an unrelated George Chambers would bring another Chamber Bros. (likely his kids or grandkids) into the studio to cut this supremely amateurish slice of kid soul. Enjoy?