Numero Group: By The Numbers


Pierre Lewis Is In The Commodores
July 23, 2014, 1:37 pm
Filed under: Lewis Connection, Purple Snow

Lewis Connection alum and Purple Snow honoree Pierre Lewis has held down many piano benches in his day. But it is his gig with the Commodores that has been putting the most mileage on his passport lately. Below are just a handful of the far-flung stages that the Commodores have lugged Lewis on most recently. With Festival Season in high gear, keep you eyes peeled for the Commodores at festivals and fairs in YOUR city. Because you’d hate to miss an opportunity to get your Purple Snow or Lewis Connection or 94 East autographed by this globetrotter.

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Toronto

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Vienna, Austria

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Amsterdam

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UPDATE: According to Pierre, the last picture was from Vienna, France. We regret the omission.



Charles Chamblis Exhibit at Minnesota Historical Society
June 10, 2014, 11:52 am
Filed under: Purple Snow

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Although many of the photos from Purple Snow: Forecasting The Minneapolis Sound were rescued from the attics and basements, shoeboxes and glove compartments of countless Twin City players, a few dozen of the most striking (including the cover photo) were taken by one man: Charles Chamblis. During his +20 years crisscrossing Hennepin and Ramsey counties, he amassed quite an archive of Kodak moments, keeping nearly as many 8×10 prints as he sold. Poor health forced him into retirement in the late ’80s, and he passed away in the early ’90s with a few thousand photographs in his personal archive. A decade later, his daughters took a moving van full of full-color memories to the Minnesota Historical Society, who gave them a home.

Now through February 16th, 2015 Sights, Sounds, and Soul: Twin Cities Through The Lens Of Charles Chamblis will showcase a wide selection of photos from “The Pictureman,” revisiting family reunions, neighborhood get-togethers, mom-and-pop businesses, and of course musical acts. Stop by the gift shop and pick up a copy of Purple Snow: Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound and a heaping helping of these Knudsen’s Caramels, which kept Purple Snowman Jon Kirby alive during many a microfiche marathon.

The Minnesota Historical Society is located at 345 W. Kellogg Street in St. Paul, MN. Visit MNHS.Org for more information.



94 East Is Back Again
March 3, 2014, 11:50 am
Filed under: Purple Snow

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Although we love all of the sons and daughters of Purple Snow equally, 94 East has thrived as a crowd favorite, due to the box-set starter pistol “If You See Me,” which has also made its way onto a best-selling 45 (b/w “Games”).

Willie maintains a healthy rolodex of far-flung industry ties, so you never know when he and bandmates Kristie Lazenberry and Marcy Ingvoldstad might end up on Central Florida’s UHF band via a vehicle like the Upbeat Dancer Show. The gang was on UDS last November, and are back with with more music, more moves, and more lights. This link even offers some behind the scenes footage of the trio being generally lovable.

 

Purple Snow: Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound is available now, and 94 East’s party starting/function affirming “If You See Me” b/w “Games” is similarly ready to ship. 



Let’s Talk Dirty Forever
February 27, 2014, 1:07 pm
Filed under: Purple Snow | Tags: , ,

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Of the numerous strange, beautiful, and magical moments captured within the clothbound odyssey that is Purple Snow: Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound, this image of bassist Andre Cymone has continued to stand out. Who manufactures such a shirt? What are they advertising? And where can we buy some? (Anyone from the Twin Cities who can make some sense of this campaign, please do.)

Between rolling out a new album and preparing for an upcoming show at Minneapolis’s 7th Street Entry, the Cymone estate found time to make good on several kidding-but-not-kidding conversations about reproducing these garments. We suppose now the only logical course of action is to send Andre Cymone a T-shirt of Jon Kirby wearing a T-shirt of Andre Cymone wearing the “Let’s Talk Dirty” T and repeat process until the universe collapses in on itself.

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Purple Snow: Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound is available now and forever from our website, or wherever fine records are sold.



Look, Listen, and Observe: Purple Snow
January 13, 2014, 2:32 pm
Filed under: Purple Snow

Purple Snow has been making its way around the world in a day for over a month now. A lot of people have had a lot of interesting things to say about it, ourselves included. Here are a few of the more noteworthy moments from Purple Snow’s first month.

Jimmy Jam still has the keytaur he played with Mind & Matter  

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City Pages: Purple Snow Champions Prince and Local Sound 

Paris Review: What We’re Loving 

Rolling Stone: 3.5 Stars

Spin: 20 Best Reissues

Time Out: Album of the Week 

Vice’s Top 50 of 2013

Germain Brooks of the Girls found some photos

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Andre Cymone: “Everytime I Turned Around, I Was Being Compared to Prince” (Long Form Interview on Purple Snow) 

Jon Kirby: “Everybody Deserves to Be Celebrated” (Long Form Interview on Purple Snow)

Spin Magazine: Purple Snow Captures the Pre-Prince Weirdness of Minneapolis Funk and Soul

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Some awesome DJs from Minneapolis made this awesome flyer

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Listen Here! Purple Snow Radio Spots 

Minnesota Public Radio: Jim Bickal and Jon Kirby Talk Purple Snow

Jon Kirby on The Sound with Bobby Z (96.3-FM/K-Twin)

Jon Kirby and Andre Cymone on Soundcheck with John Schaefer (WNYC)

 

 

 

 

 



Baby I’m A Star: Purple Snow’s First Steps
December 4, 2013, 1:11 pm
Filed under: Purple Snow

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We’re going to keep this light. Yesterday’s rollout was wonderful, attending the Purple Snow release party in Chicago and fine tuning the approaching function in Minneapolis, scheduling press engagements, and packing hundreds of frosty boxes, destined for your doorstep, stoop, mailbox, and other postal receptacles that we’ve never even heard of. We’re so grateful to our fans, our friends, and all fellow music lovers for embracing Purple Snow, a project and an underrepresented community we’ve been very excited about for a long time. If you preordered this majestic box set, and it has yet to arrive, we sincerely apologize. The M.I.A. bonus 45 and the purple vinyl (for all you subscribers) have prevented the punctual export of your cherished orders. We hope the violet platters and gratis electro rap will ease your woes.

Of all the great press we’ve gotten (from the mighty majors to the local yokels) City Pages went above and beyond in running these stream-of-conscious manifestos spouted by Purple Snow curator Jon Kirby and Purple Snow honoree, Andre Cymone. We realize these pieces are a bit lengthy, but if you want to really understand both sides of the Purple Snow coin, this is required reading.

With Purple Snow being cultivated at the dawn of affordable camcorder and VCR technology, there was an abundance of video at our disposal, documenting this celebrated era in Minneapolis music. We dumped it all in the pot, and came up with this visual homage to the Minneapolis Sound. Enjoy!



Gathering at the Depot This Thursday (MPLS)
December 2, 2013, 1:43 pm
Filed under: Purple Snow

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We got a great message over the holidays, from a Purple Snow honoree who was likely unaware that the number he’d been calling all these years was a landline. Thus, it was this computerized lady who relayed this very valid query to us: “What’s the Four-Hundred and Eleven on the release party?”

There are two gatherings associated with Purple Snow, in conjunction with its tomorrow-y release date: 

Tuesday, December 3rd we’ll be fellowshipping with our Chicago family at Trenchermen (2039 W. North Avenue) from 7:30-10pm, and then burning up Interstate 94 to join Minneapolis allies at the Depot (17 N. 7th Street) for Thursday, December 5th’s release function. Both are intended to casual but engaging engagements. We’ll have copies for sale and copies to browse. We’ll raise a few glasses and toast to a mission accomplished. 

Purple Snow Release Party (Chicago): Facebook Link

Purple Snow Release Party (Minneapolis): Facebook Link

 



Purple Snow Minneapolis Listening Party and Release Celebration
November 29, 2013, 11:35 am
Filed under: Purple Snow

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On Thursday December 5th, the Numero Group will gather with friends and fans to celebrate the anticipated release of Purple Snow: Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound. The official Minneapolis listening party will be held at the Depot Tavern, nestled snuggly beside the legendary nightclub, First Avenue (Quick History Lesson: First Avenue was once a Bus Station, the inspiration for its tenure as a 1970s nightclub called… The Depot). Attendees will be treated to an early look at Purple Snow’s complex packaging, which includes a hardbound book and replica studio jackets for each of the box set’s four LPs. Over the course of the evening, we’ll be listening to the sophisticated Minneapolis Sounds encapsulated in this compilation, in the company of many of the individuals that made this historical project possible. Compilation curator Jon Kirby will be on hand, should curious parties have questions or want greater insight into the realization of this expansive CD/LP set. We will have CD and LP copies of Purple Snow for sale, and The Depot Tavern will be serving beverages, plus a full menu. The event is free to the public, but space is limited and early arrival is encouraged.

Purple Snow: Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound Listening Party and Release Celebration:

Thursday, December 5th, 5:30pm-8:00pm

The Depot Tavern: 17 North 7th Street (at First Avenue).

Free

Facebook Event Page

The Depot Homepage



Taste Is The Place! Purple Snow Matchbooks Exist
November 22, 2013, 10:28 am
Filed under: Purple Snow

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The site of so much Minneapolis music, mischief, and magic, we decided to manufacture a couple thousand Taste Show Lounge matchbooks to circulate among subscribers, mail-order customers, and anyone else who might need a light. We considered sending a few boxes to music venues in the Twin Cities, but wondered if smokers still rely on bartenders for matches. We considered sending them to record stores, but that made less sense. In any event, keep your eyes peeled for these in orders, jacket pockets, glove compartments, bars, and wherever fine matches are found.

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Snowed Out: More Awesome Photos We Couldn’t Use
November 21, 2013, 12:42 pm
Filed under: Mind & Matter, Purple Snow

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A surefire way to locate amazing photos of the artists on your compilation is to submit that compilation to the printer, have a few thousand copies printed up a few thousand miles away, wait a few weeks and—voila! For Purple Snow, the first snapshots to amble over the finished line came courtesy of Jimmy “Jam” Harris III, whose pre-Mind & Matter ensemble, Paradice, made their internet debut thanks to weekly internet phenomenon known as “Throwback Thursday” (#tbt if you’re nasty).

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For more potential throwbacks and level-headed pop music opining, follow Jimmy “Jam” Harris III here.

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