Filed under: Universal Togetherness Band
Upon first encounter with Episode 21 of The Chicago Party, we knew there was something special about the Universal Togetherness Band. Despite having never released a single record during their 5 year career, the esoteric quintet had a couple dozen songs in the can, two semi-pro music videos, uniforms, letterhead, a logo, and many makings of a band who’d made it. The group’s debut deferred debuts on January 20th. Every time we watch this video, we relive First Contact. Now you can as well. Enjoy (and then preorder)!
Chicago residents and displaced natives returning for the holidays have a few opportunities to catch the Numero Group in the act. This Saturday, December 20th, Jon Kirby and Rob Sevier will bring a war chest of heavy funk 45s to Chicago’s popular
melee monthly Soul Summit (1572 North Milwaukee Ave). Then on New Years Eve, Rob will play records before during and after Bassel and the Supernaturals and DFA recording artist, Sinkane at Shuba’s (3159 North Southport Ave). Soul Summit is absolutely free; tickets for New Years Eve can be purchased here. Hope to see you somewhere!
Filed under: Chicago Party, Eccentric Soul 45s, Universal Togetherness Band
While researching the local legends that made The Chicago Party “the place to be,” we encountered rich pockets of unreleased dance music from a magical era: 1982. A gifted pianist with a knack for songwriting, Jesus Wayne had a number of his own songs archived (“Rush,” “You Bring Me Up”), a couple compositions executed by other artists (Donnell Pitman’s take on “Burning Up” and “A Taste Of Honey”) and his custom-fitted theme to The Chicago Party. With the hotly anticipated, self-titled Universal Togetherness Band LP scheduled to burn discos down January 20th, their double-sided “Saturday Night” b/w “More Than Enough” offers early adopters a chance to stare directly into the dance-funk solar eclipse that is to come. These 45s are available right now; no need to solicit test pressing or troll the Pirate’s Bay. You can listen to these gems at Soundcloud, and purchase them from our website.
More of a visual learner? Enjoy the senior project that is “More Than Enough” by Universal Togetherness Band.
Filed under: Eccentric Soul 45s
A vital asset for anyone on the DJ spectrum, from dilettante to professional. For some, it’s the ideal item for when you’re casually splitting a night with a few friends. For others, its a supplement to your other, much less-stylish bags. Whatever your category, this is the bag of record for the discerning 45 collector, for whom form and function are woven seamlessly into one. Sturdily constructed in Nashville by Tucker & Bloom with such confidence that T&B promises a lifetime warranty. Here are the specs: (1) waterproof ballistic nylon (yep, the same stuff made for those heroes in WW2) outside, (2) a shoulder strap with real Shearling wool, soft as the hearts of sucker DJs, (3) a rugged handle made of pure hand-tanned American leather, the same kind cowboys use, (4) two side pouches for your carefully-selected headphones and cartridge case, (5) a small zipper-secured pocket, perfectly sized for your passport, Platinum card, and a few capsules of molly, and (6) a Burgundy-hued inner sanctum where your rare singles are luxuriated in the velveteen-lining and secured with brass hardware. Holds between 70 and 100 7″ records, variable based on how hot the heat contained therein.
Personal Item – Oversized Edition
For an additional $120, you can also choose the Oversized Edition, wherein we will ship you a copy of every in print 45 (currently 38 titles) that we have here at the Numero HQ. At barely over $3 each, it’s truly a collection boosting opportunity you don’t want to miss out on.
Filed under: Iasos
Stuck on gift ideas? Not sure what to get the guy or gal who has everything? May we nudge your cursor towards the celestial soul portraits of Erial Ali? We learned of Ali’s work when Iasos suggested that we use his celestial soul portrait for the cover of, you guessed it, Celestial Soul Portrait. This (presumably) California-based artist takes digital images of you or your loved ones, and using questionnaire responses, “tunes into you” to craft your celestial soul portrait! The questionnaire is brief, but essential in channelling your unique essence (he uses meditation). With the exception of “Do you believe in or have you had significant experiences with extra-terrestrials, angels, or other similar beings?” the survey is pretty terrestrial. The turnaround time is just three days, and an 8.5 x 11 hi-resolution digital file will run you just $150 (prints and larger manifestations are also available). We are more than a little obsessed with some of these before/after shots, and suspect that at least one of our staffers will ring in the New Year with one of these beauties hanging at his workplace. If you commission one, we’d love to see it. Here are a few of our favorites.
The Numero Group is honored and flattered to have been nominated for not one but two different projects for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards. The absurd but sincere board-game-box-set edition of the dope-huffing, Hobbit-humping double LP Warfaring Strangers: Darkscorch Canticles was nominated in the category of Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package. The stranger-than-fiction Minneapolis Sound essay that binds the 4LP/2CD box set Purple Snow: Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound was nominated for Best Album Notes. We love what we do, and we hope that our devotees and casual customers love it, too. However, being recognized by an industry monolith like the Grammys is a type of affirmation that little labels of our like rarely experience. So on February 8th, the Numero Group shall return to the Staples Center, as we did in 2011 for Light: On The Southside and in 2012 for Syl Johnson: Complete Mythology, and try and convince a jury of our peers that we deserve these statuettes. But, as they say, it is an honor just to be nominated.
Filed under: Bedhead, Cities of Darkscorch, Darkscorch Canticles, Scharpling & Wurster
For a city so concerned with square footage, the New York Times has assembled yet another sprawling gift guide befit for the underbrush of Rockefeller Center’s 85-Foot Norway Spruce. Among the 80 items selected were two Numero Group goodies: Warfaring Strangers :Darkscorch Canticles and Bedhead: 1992-1998. Staff writer and friend of the label Jon Caramanica totally gets it:
Warfaring Strangers: “In the wake of Led Zeppelin, 1970s rock could be a grand, swaggering affair. But on “Warfaring Strangers,” attitude takes a back seat to lyrics, and the lyrics are weird. These dug-up-from-obscurity oddball bands are as obsessed with monster riffs as with Dungeons & Dragons-esque mysticism.”
Bedhead: “This Dallas band perfected a sound that came to be called slowcore: The drums were lazy, the guitars languorous, the vocals unhurried. But this was in no way a lazy band, only a disciplined one with unconventional values.”
Earlier this week, the Gray Lady spoke at length about Tom Scharpling’s resurrected radio show, The Best Show. While a nugget of cordless phone shrapnel does not make a very flashy stocking stuffer, shards of plastic and signed certificates of authenticity will be arriving before the holidays as part of our Scharpling & Wurster: The Best Of The Best Show pre-order