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.
20 HOURS OF PHONE CALLS OVER 16 CDS! FOLD-OUT MAP OF NEWBRIDGE, NJ! USB DRIVE OF ENTIRE SET + FOUR HOURS OF ADDITIONAL CALLS!
108-PAGE HARDCOVER BOOK WITH THE DEFINITIVE SCHARPLING & WURSTER INTERVIEW!
Culled from the vaults of WFMU—the world’s most acclaimed free-form radio station—comes over 20 hours of mind-bending, hilarious phone calls between the renowned comedy duo of Tom Scharpling & Jon Wurster. From 2000 to 2013, their tremendous imaginations took over the WFMU airwaves every Tuesday night with bizarre tales from a fictional town called Newbridge, NJ and the desperate denizens that inhabit it. Conan O’Brien has said “Scharpling & Wurster are keeping the fine art of two-person comedy alive. Some of the funniest stuff out there!”
Included inside this definitive collection are 75 calls over 16 compact discs, edited by Scharpling & Wurster (over 50 of them previously unreleased or unaired), a 108-page hardcover book with cover art by Joe Matt that features essays by Patton Oswalt, Julie Klausner, Damian Abraham (lead singer of F*cked Up) and Best Show associate producer Michael Lisk (aka A.P. Mike), a definitive interview with Scharpling & Wurster by Jake Fogelnest, notes on the evolution and inspiration behind each bit written by Scharpling & Wurster, a USB drive (housed in a cassette tape) with all of 75 calls plus 4 hours of bonus material, a fold-out map of Newbridge, Philly Boy Roy & Timmy von Trimble Paper Dolls, postcards, and temporary tattoos with The Best Show catch-phrases.
For everyone that pre-orders the boxed set at numerogroup.com they will literally get a piece of history – everybody gets a portion of Jon Wurster’s smashed telephone that he used to make the Rock, Rot & Rule phone call, along with a tiny letter of authenticity. Scharpling & Wurster: The Best of the Best Show will be released on March 17th via The Numero Group.
SCHARPLING & WURSTER HAVE FAMOUS FANS!
“Scharpling & Wurster are keeping the fine art of two-person comedy alive. Some of the funniest stuff out there!” – Conan O’Brien
“Listen, I’m not going to sugar coat it; this is a 16 CD boxed set of phone calls. Almost everything about this is technologically redundant. However, I promise this is one of the funniest things you’ll ever own. Scharpling and Wurster are the greatest.” – John Oliver
“Scharpling & Wurster are like an old married couple. Except when they argue it’s funny and not depressing. This collection includes hours of fake calls, fake outrage, and fake knowledge. The real part is that it’s always funny.” – Amy Poehler
“I love Scharpling & Wurster. Their comedy has brought me so much pleasure over the years. And now with this boxed set, you can either relive the magic or experience their classic comedy for the first time. All for the price of $2,500.” – Paul Rudd
“Scharpling & Wurster are purveyors of some of the most bizarre and brilliant comedy I’ve heard in ages. If you want your brain thoroughly melted, this collection should do the trick nicely.” – “Weird Al” Yankovic
“Scharpling & Wurster in a boxed set! What more ‘darkness’ could a girl with ‘edge’ want? – Kim Gordon
“These twisting, strange, impossibly funny dialogues describe a world as complete as any novel, and a style of comedy no one has ever done before, because no one else can.” – John Hodgman
“Scharpling & Wurster (not in that order) are top shelf comedic surgeons.” – Zach Galifianakis
“I’ve been listening to the Scharpling & Wurster conversations for a long time now, probably ten years or more and it’s all just utterly side-splitting shit.” – Robert Pollard
“Scharpling &Wurster are the ultimate dynamic duo from another dimension of comedy: previously uncharted… presently untouchable. I would know, I only stalk the best. – Kurt Vile
“Scharpling & Wurster are the Woodward and Bernstein of comedy. Except they didn’t topple a Presidency and Scharpling and Wurster are way funnier.” – Adam McKay
Filed under: Unwound
Who better than Pitchfork to pronounce that the next chapter in our Unwound campaign has officially begun? No Energy includes the studio albums The Future Of What and Repetition, plus singles, live tracks, photos, and insightful liner notes courtesy of Unwound’s flagship roadie, David Wilcox. Are you late to the Unwound party? Not sure what you’re missing? Pitchfork has a flashy little player set up, where you can stream the entirety of No Energy until October 20th. The first two installments, The Kid Is Gone and Rat Conspiracy, wait patiently as you deliberate.
While Barnstorming the United Kingdom last month, Ken Shipley and Rob Sevier stopped by NTS Radio to contribute a couple hours of content to the station’s jewel-encrusted programming. We fell for NTS back in March, when the station set up at Numero HQ for six hours, broadcasting live from our little villa in Little Village. By comparison, two hours was a cinch! Plus the scenery from NTS’s storefront DJ booth on Gillette Square in Hackney was far more engaging than the icy confines of Marshall Boulevard in the living undead of winter. Enjoy!