Numero Group: By The Numbers


Unwound’s No Energy Out Today
October 14, 2014, 12:57 pm
Filed under: Unwound

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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.



Fall Semester Mixtape (Free download)
September 12, 2014, 8:28 am
Filed under: Bedhead, Cavern, Jordan De La Sierra, Music From The Mountain Provinces, Unwound

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In the spirit of heading back to school, the world’s finest purveyors of aural academia have created this walkman (or iPod if you’re digitally inclined) ready tape of selections from our forthcoming fall releases. All tracks are free for you to download, distribute, dub, and digest.



Stream Unwound Live In Iceland (Bonus LP)
August 26, 2014, 1:18 pm
Filed under: Unwound

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In the summer of 1999, Unwound spent two months crisscrossing Europe. They began in Brussels, hit Germany, the Netherlands, and France twice each, spent a week in London and cut a Peel Session, and finally touched down in Reykjavik, Iceland, for a gig and session at RUV. The trio was on their way to recording their opus, and lingered just long enough in the past to revisit a few marquee highlights, stretching them out into droney sonatas drenched in feedback. A handsome hand-screened jacket houses the affair, utilizing the logo of noted Icelandic record store Hljómalind.

The quality of the master surpasses that of most live recordings. The intro, delivered in Icelandic, recalls so many classic jazz LPs recorded over seas (short of the English words, “Mogwai,” “Sonic Youth,” and “wonderful young man”). But what erupts from the stage of RUV is pure rebellious bliss, and makes for a necessary addition to the band’s robust catalog.

Preorder No Energy/Live In Iceland now. 



Pre-order: Unwound: No Energy 3LP (plus Live in Iceland LP)
July 29, 2014, 2:31 pm
Filed under: Unwound

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As a robust rock underground got swallowed alive by the Major Label Industrial Complex, the very autonomous Unwound—Olympia, Washington’s Great Noise Hope—toed the troublesome line between pay check and Check Engine light. Captured in the gaps of a ruthless touring schedule, defining fourth and fifth albums The Future of Whatand Repetition were issued in the back-to-back springs of 1995 and ’96. Both find the band severing their post-hardcore roots, for gripping detours into Echoplex, kraut, D&B, and Mingus, as guided by a sun-worn copy of Book Your Own Fuckin’ Life.

No Energy collects both of these 1990s masterworks, beginning with Justin Trosper’s home-made haircut stabs on “New Energy,” continuing with Vern Rumsey’s reanimating bass on “Corpse Pose,” and closing in a wall of Sara Lund crash cymbals on “For Your Entertainment.” This 33-song collection is buttressed by singles and period live tracks, a pile of double-exposed photographs, and a 10,000 word essay by latter-day Unwound diarist David Wilcox.

We’re finally accepting pre-orders for this beast, and as is our wont, we’ve created another stellar limited edition bonus LP only available from our website.

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                                                                                                       6/30/1999: REYKJAVIK, ICELAND

In the summer of 1999, Unwound spent two months crisscrossing Europe. They began in Brussels, hit Germany, the Netherlands, and France twice each, spent a week in London and cut a Peel Session, and finally touched down in Reykjavik, Iceland, for a gig and session at RUV. The trio was on their way to recording their opus, and lingered just long enough in the past to revisit a few marquee highlights, stretching them out into droney sonatas drenched in feedback. A handsome hand screened jacket houses the affair, utilizing the logo of noted Icelandic record store Hljómalind.

Want it? Go here. Orders will begin shipping the second week of September. Not convinced? Watch this:



What’s inside: Unwound: Rat Conspiracy edition
March 5, 2014, 12:43 pm
Filed under: Unwound

UnwoundSpread-500Although Darkscorch Canticles was just issued yesterday, we’re already moving full speed into our next opus, Unwound box #2: Rat Conspiracy. Vice just published a glowing review and interview with Sara and Justin, which reminded us that we needed sit down and detail all the elements of the box. As with Kid Is Gone, we spared no expense combining the ’90s DIY aesthetic with our own, which this video illustrates perfectly:

Let’s go through those contents SLOWLY:

LP 1: FAKE TRAIN

A
Dragnalus
Lucky Acid
Nervous Energy
Valentine Card
Kantina
Were, Are And Was Or Is.

B
Honourosis
Pure Pain Sugar
Gravity Slips
Star Spangled Hell
Ratbite
Feeling$ Real

LP2: NEW PLASTIC IDEAS

C
Entirely Different Matters
What Was Wound
Envelope
Hexenzsene
Abstraktions

D
All Souls Day
Usual Dosage
Arboretum
Fiction Friction

LP 3: RAT CONSPIRACY

E
Broken E-Strings
Totality
Mkultra
Eternalux
Unsympathetica
Negated

F
Said Serial
Census
Plight
Unknown 1
Unknown 2

We’ve replicated the covers and inserts for Fake Train and New Plastic Ideas down to the tiniest detail. For Rat Conspiracy, we blew up the cover to their Troubleman Unlimited LP and reprinted an original setlist and flyer.

The  outer box and inner jackets are printed on a 60lb kraft in rich black.

The 24 page page booklet is crammed with period photos (from various house and DIY space shows), and essay by Sara Lund, and a longer piece by David Wilcox.

But wait, there’s more! Order from our website and we’ll send you a bonus LP of Fake Train‘s original Red House demo, cut about a month before the album was tracked. It’s raw and unleashed,  and a bit rough around the edges, but it’s an incredible document of these early days.

BONUS LP: RED HOUSE DEMOS

G
Dragnalus
Pure Pain Sugar
Gravity Slips
Unsympathetica
New Radio Hit

H
Flight Attendant
Valentine Card
Pinwheel Signaling
Nervous Energy
Lucky Acid

 



Unboxing Rat Conspiracy
February 7, 2014, 1:56 pm
Filed under: Unwound

We’re about five weeks out from release of our second of four Unwound box sets, and we just couldn’t wait to floss all the bits of this year-in-the-making album. If it moves to quickly for you, use this handy guide to discern what comes inside:

Fake Train LP (with replica sleeve and insert)
New Plastic Ideas LP (with replica sleeve and insert)
Rat Conspiracy LP (1993-1994 anthology of 7”s, stray comp. tracks, plus live and unreleased extras)
Set list from Odd Fellows Hall, 1/30/1993
1994 Troubleman Unlimited flyer
24 page booklet filled with photographs and lengthy essays by David Wilco and Sara Lund
Sturdy box wrapped in buff kraft paper
Download code for entire 32 track box

And if you order from our website:

Faked Train LP (Original demo for Fake Train recorded by Tim Green, ltd to 1000)

 

 



The Numero Group Top 10 of 2013
December 20, 2013, 1:41 pm
Filed under: Dynamic, Good God!, Iasos, JR., Lists, Medusa, Mind & Matter, Unwound

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Every year we like to poll the team to see what everyone who makes this battleship float has actually enjoyed listening to. Catch up on 2012, 2011, and 2010 if you give a shit. 

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#10 Otis G. Johnson: Everything—God Is Love

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#9 Pretty Mustache In Your Face

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#8 Eccentric Soul: The Dynamic Label

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#7 Mind & Matter: 1514 Oliver Avenue (Basement)

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#6 Kathy Heideman: Move With Love

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#5 Unwound: Kid Is Gone

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#4 Good God! Apocryphal Hymns

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#3 Medusa: First Step Beyond

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#2 Iasos: Celestial Soul Portrait

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#1 Purple Snow: Forecasting The Minneapolis Sound




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