Numero Group: By The Numbers

Purple Snow Wins AIM Award for Special Catalogue Release of The Year
September 3, 2014, 1:56 pm
Filed under: Purple Snow


Colour us honoured to accept the Association of Independent Music’s award for Special Catalouge Release of the Year. We got word last night that a panel of 23 judges selected Purple Snow from a field of 40, which included releases by Nightmares on Wax and Small Faces. We’ll be totting this thing around like its the Stanley Cup when we return to the UK in September. Surely this thing is good for at least one round of drinks, yes?

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.




Vienna, Austria




St. Lucia



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

Collection I.368.899

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


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
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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.



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  



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


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

Aquarium Drunkard

Some awesome DJs from Minneapolis made this awesome flyer


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


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!


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