Numero Group: By The Numbers

MPLS Punk-Funk Mystery Solved!
July 22, 2014, 12:11 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized


Considered a cold case by Numero standards, the band at the center of 2013′s “Punk Break on a Funk Tape” mystery has been identified! Using the crowd-sourcing platform that is the “Twin Cities Music Scene ’70′s-’80′s” page on Facebook, a Minneapolis native named Dave Chisholm chimed in with the answer to our riddle:

Ha! I can answer this, I helped record it with Bob at the church on 28th. “A Sacred Version” was the name of the band (a project really). Caleb Palmiter playing a right handed guitar left handed and these two weird English guys who were around for a year or so, Bob and Steve. Steve did not play anything, he was a Malcolm Mclaren wanna be. Bob (Vox) was a pure and dangerous sociopath. How funny to see it turn up in a Quiet Storm graveyard.

Ivan Daniel had the second best perspective on this project:

Steve Mattacott and Bob Beard from Plymouth. (uk). They came over to visit Theresa Downing and I and stayed on causing trouble. Yeah, Dave. Bobby was a bit of a psycho. real “sexy beast” fellow. They were old school skinheads who then decided they were the “punk elite” (no shit, their term!!) Ha!!

Thanks again Minneapolis!

For more tall tales and rebel pop permutations from the Land of 10,000 Lakes, check out Purple Snow: Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound On 2CDs or 4LPs from Numero Group

Medusa In The News
July 21, 2014, 1:20 pm
Filed under: Medusa

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“Colorado’s News Leader” recently caught up with born-again headbangers Gary and Donna Brown, known in the Numero universe as 2/5ths of Medusa. Profiled for the NBC affiliate’s “Story Tellers” series, this segment follows the Broomfield couple down Memory Lane, into the practice space, and onto the stage of The Toad Tavern in Littleton for their first performance in 40 years. With Medusa’s original members scattered about the country, the majority of the members in this Colorado incarnation are new recruits, culled mostly from Craig’s List. With some gentle wordplay and a few well-placed puns, “Couple Brings Their 70′s Band Back to Life” [sic] is an enjoyable interest piece for Medusa devotees.

To learn more about Medusa’s previously unreleased full length, First Step Beyond, click here. 

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Benjamin Wright Interview (Ego Trip/RBMA)
July 18, 2014, 11:25 am
Filed under: Bandit, Eccentric Soul 45s, Twinight


Benjamin Wright was inducted into the Numero Group catalog by way of his stellar arrangements for Arrow Brown and his role in the Twinight/Brunswick wrecking crew, Pieces of Peace. But that is simply fodder for the first page of Wright’s expansive resume. So far as iceberg tips go, you can’t list a more compelling body of arrangements than Jeff “Chairman” Mao did in his written intro to his recent interview with Wright: “Michael Jackson‘s ‘Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough’ and ‘Rock With You,’ and Earth Wind & Fire‘s ‘Boogie Wonderland’ – and even Justin Timberlake‘s ‘Mirrors’ and Andre 3000‘s Sinatra-style dolo endeavor, ‘The Love Below (Intro).’ Check out Benjamin Wright’s fireside chat on Red Bull Music Academy Radio for some stellar story telling.

Numero Group at Pitchfork Festival
July 17, 2014, 12:02 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

img_1783Due to the ice chunks that remain afloat in Lake Michigan, Chicago’s current weather profile is on par to provide the most idyllic climate in Pitchfork history. Will you be in attendance? The Numero Group will be in their same old spot, selling the same great titles, plus a trove of new arrivals that won’t be on sale until their sanctioned sales dates. Among these sneak peaks are: Solaris, Bulbous Creation, Music From The Mountain Provinces, Little Boy Blues, Nikki Sudden’s Dead Men Tell No Tales, and the usual array of dingers and detritus. Please stop by and say hello.

The Pitchfork Festival: Union Park, Chicago. July 18th, 19th, and 20th.

New Releases: The Way Out Label and Nikki Sudden’s Texas
July 16, 2014, 1:42 pm
Filed under: Nikki Sudden, Way Out


Another Tuesday has come and gone and two new albums have joined the Numero Group family. Eccentric Soul: The Way Out Label tells the tale of the well dressed label from the Eastside of Cleveland whose modest catalog had an enviable killer-to-filler ratio between the years 1962 and 1973. Order from us directly, and a bonus LP of haunting gospel, garage rock, and doo-wop can be yours.

Tuesday also saw the release of another Nikki Sudden LP, this time, 1986′s Texas. On his solo debut for Creation records, Sudden stews enduring influences T. Rex and early Rolling Stones to render a product that sounds like anything but 1986.

Our next release date is going to be a head-shaking, head-banging, head-nodding doozie of a day. Get amped up for Solaris, Little Boy Blues, and Nikki Sudden’s Dead Me Tell No Tales.

Free Masterplan Inc. Concert Tonight In Union Park (Chicago)
July 15, 2014, 12:06 pm
Filed under: Master Plan Inc.


Master Plan’s “Try It, You’ll Like It” has become something of a Chicago standard amongst our neighborly record spinning brothers and sisters. Recorded with David Rivkin at Sound 80 in Minneapolis (making it a contender for Purple Snow 2.0?), “Try It You’ll Like It” is just one of many funky things brought to market by cool crooner/black belt Doug Shorts over the past 30 years. Just days ahead of the Pitchfork Festival (where Numero will also have a presence), Union Park will host Doug Shorts and Masterplan Inc. TONIGHT for a free concert experience.

Purchase “Try It You’ll Like It” b/w “Intro” for a mere $6 at the Numero Group web store.

Recommended Reading: “The Long Game of Soul Singer Doug Shorts” (Chicago Reader). 

Music From The Mountain Provinces
July 3, 2014, 1:03 pm
Filed under: Music From The Mountain Provinces, Numerophon


In 1988, David Blair Stiffler risked life and limb to document under-recorded cultural groups living lives of extreme isolation in the mountainous Philippine regions of Nueva Ecija, Aurora, and Luzon. These are the fruits of that expedition.

In the grand tradition of ethnographic recordings that made up the majority of Folkways’ vast and significant catalog comes Music from the Mountain Provinces. By the mid-1980s, David Blair Stiffler was already a most-decorated recordist, with eight Folkways LPs under his belt. These are among the most obscure documents in the entire Folkways catalog. Although the works of Jose Maceda and Nicole Revel heavily documented much of the Philippines’ countryside inhabitants with a thorough and sober effort protracted over the decades, Stiffler brought his own panache into the equation, capturing gorgeous and revelatory moments from some of the archipelago’s least visited regions. Even without the harrowing tale of himself and his crew being taken hostage, contained within is a rare aural experience. These masters, originally intended for release on Folkways, were shelved when Stiffler returned home to news of Folkways founder Moses Asch’s death.

Preorder here (and now!) for Music of the Mountain Provinces (Numerophon)




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