Filed under: Ned Doheny
There is something unbelievably perfect about the fact that Ned Doheny has NEVER played New York City. The Prince of Pacific Pop, the Sultan of Coastal Americana—for Ned to have never played in New York City is kind of the most California thing ever. However, in less than two weeks, Ned Doheny will tote his charming songbook down to the High Line for a sunset serenade at the Standard. The foreboding “access is at the discretion to the club” disclaimer leads us to believe that you’d better wear something nice and get there early. If you want to convince your peers that you knew about Ned before they did, you’d be advised to track down a copy of Ned Doheny: Separate Oceans, devour the liner notes, and commit the lyrics to memory.
Filed under: Purple Snow
As we detailed a few years back in This Old House: Purple Snow Properties, the exterior shot for Prince’s house in Purple Rain is a real Minneapolis property, located at 3420 Snelling Avenue between 33rd and 35th. We accidentally passed it while trying to drop off our rental car at Budget on Hiawatha Avenue South. So are you in the market for a house? If not, are you perhaps wealthy, eccentric, impulsive, and unrivaled in your Prince fandom? Because this the Kid’s house is for sale. For just $110,000, you can own a piece of 3BR history. Full disclosure: Prince is never seen leaving/entering this house (kind of like the exterior shot of Cheers in that way), and the interior shots were just as likely shot in Los Angeles County as they were Hennepin (hence the palm trees). Visit the online listing to get the whole ball of snow regarding this noteworthy property. If you purchase this house, please send housewarming invitation to: The Numero Group 2348 South Marshall Blvd, Chicago, IL 60623. We’ll bring a crispy copy of Purple Snow: Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound to christen the stereo with.
Filed under: Mickey And The Soul Generation | Tags: Austin, Jonathan Toubin, W Hotel Austin
There has been much fanfare in San Antonio recently surrounding our expansive homage to Latin kings, The Royal Jesters. But before the English Oldies renaissance of 2015, there was the celebration that accompanied the rediscovery of Mickey and the Soul Generation. Back in 2003, when there were still records to reissue, Josh Davis (dba DJ Shadow) made a case for the Texas heavyweights, calling them “[his] favorite funk band” and reissuing their complete works on his fledgling Cali-Tex concern, revealing them to a whole new beat generation. But San Antonio always knew that Mickey and the Soul Generation was special. And in America’s 7th most populated city, Mickey and the Soul Generation are officially plaque-carrying members of Texas’s musical royalty. Congratulations!
In related news, our own Rob Sevier (who loves to swim) will join Jonathan Toubin this Sunday on the luxurious W Hotel Wet Deck for an afternoon of festive 45s. Austin, TX. No running on deck. Tickets are available here: TICKETS
Filed under: Wee
Ever since we entered the Wee business, we’ve been advocating for the parole of incarcerated bandleader, singer-songwriter Norman Whiteside. While the events that landed Norman in jail are tragic—the accidental shooting of an innocent teenager in 1982—the threads connecting Norman to the actual crime have frayed over time, with conspiracy theories challenged and witness statements retracted. This case is extremely complicated, and definitely worth reading up on (in places like this and this and this). The reality of the matter is, Norman Whiteside has served 30 years behind bars, during which time he has been a model inmate. His music has impacted countless individuals and his masterpiece You Can Fly On My Aeroplane remains one of the best-loved releases in the Numero catalog. Once again, Norman, his family, and his friends would appreciate you taking a moment to write the parole board on behalf of this gifted artist.
It would help to introduce yourself, explain who you are, and a quick statement of how Norman’s music has had an impact and he will be released to a world that wants him back. Here is a sample letter written by our own Jon Kirby so you can get an idea of what we’re shooting for (Rob’s letter of yesteryear can be viewed here).
To who it may concern,
I came to know of Norman Whiteside in modern times, through the enchanting music he created in the late ’70s. Only upon further research did I learn of Norman Whiteside’s reality—having been sentenced to a lengthy prison term nearly two decades before his music found me. I have followed Norman’s case and sequential parole hearings closely over the years and hope that on this occasion, you will see Mr. Whiteside fit for release. With his troubled past behind him, I shutter to think of what the gifted artist will be able to accomplish once he’s able to put music back at the center of his life. Unsung artists of Mr. Whiteside’s generation are thriving in today’s musical marketplace and I would love to see a Columbus artist of his caliber seated at that table. I hope you will strongly consider Mr. Whiteside’s release so that a new generation of potential fans (and an older generation of established fans) can experience a world wherein Norman Whiteside contributes to society in the way God intended—through his music.
Thank you for your time,
Please address written correspondence to:
Dessalines Weaver c/o Universal Support Network, PO Box 11133, Cincinnati, Ohio 45211-0133
Please address email correspondences to:
From the Family:
Filed under: Uncategorized
As is customary, we will be crowding under the CHIRP Record Fair circus tent with a ton of other shops, labels, and lunatics at this year’s Pitchfork Festival in Union Park. From when the gates open Friday afternoon until the last chord is struck Sunday night, we’ll be on site, serving up dingers and LPs, boxed sets and CDs. We’ve talked about discounting Cities of Darkscorch just for the weekend; and since our health insurance policy does not cover Butter Fingers, a recent move has meant gently abused merchandise is at an all-time. There are a few $5 CDs that have been selling like umbrellas in a a rainstorm and—you get the message—WE ARE OUT HERE.
Below is a map that will indicate where you can find us in relation where you can find everyone else. If you’re worried we’re not going to bring enough Boys 10-inch’ers to meet the insatiable demands of your power pop street gang, or you’re trying to cop a box of Propinquity, leave a comment and we’ll try and bring whatever off-menu item you may have an appetite for.
See you at the show(s)!
The Numero Group
Filed under: DJ
Do your eyes deceived you? Could you really experience Madlib AND the Numero Group DJs for FREE this Friday? If you can RSVP here and be at the Mid by 11pm on Friday, you could be basking in eccentric soul and beat konduct for $Free.99. We’re guessing this is a situation wherein only those with tickets are guaranteed entry, but seems like the odds are in your favor for getting in on the weekend’s pan-Pitchfork festivities gratis. If you’re going to Pitchfork Festival on Sunday, Madlib and Freddie Gibbs will be on the Red Stage at 3:20pm.
Filed under: Methodology | Tags: Boston, Jeff Lipton, Peerless Mastering, Skippy Whites
It would be easier to name the Numero Group releases that Peerless hadn’t mastered than to lay out the sprawling roster of catalog entries they had. As far as transferring, restoration, revitalization, and reverence for original vision, Peerless is unmatched. I passed through Boston recently and decided to pay founding engineer Jeff Lipton a visit. It was late on a Saturday and Jeff was busy, but I felt a few items from my ten-cent Peerless tour deserved to be shared here.
For instance—would you look at this damn turntable? I should have placed a quarter on top for perspective, but this contraption is HUGE. It might fit on top of a washing machine. That ring, that looks like frosted glass, is about 12 inches in diameter so I’ll let you do the mental calculations. There are two motors and two belts on the left that rotate a governor, keeping the revolutions utterly precise. There is a four-figure stylus on the end of that tone arm which clearly boasts all manners of calibration features. Naturally, the Numero Group prefers to work from tape. But when you have to transfer something from vinyl and you want to make the best possible reproduction, don’t you feel pretty good about this scenario?
Speaking of transfers from vinyl, T.L. Barrett was just such a project. Tapes for the pastor’s Like A Ship… (Without a Sail) LP were long gone, and an unplayed copy of the record was all we had to work from. Jeff selected “Like A Ship,” the lead track from Good God! Born Again Funk, and invited me to sit in the driver’s seat of his massive mastering console. At the mathematically precisely perfect intersection of the left and right channels, we listened to this masterpiece and it kind of blew my brain back. I’ve often known there was a lot of special things happening on this mix, but this provided a new dimension of musical enlightenment. A word to the wise: calibrate your speakers.
P.S. Skippy White’s
While you’re in Boston, consider stopping by Skippy White’s. This place has been in business since 1961, yet several Bostonians I quizzed had never paid a visit. I found the photo above online—the Roxbury shop looks more like this today [below]. While I was browsing, a customer was quizzing Skippy (who is still there everyday) on dozens of obscure gospel titles, which Skippy could not only sing, but provide color commentary regarding production, instrumentation, improvised outbursts, etc. I’m willing to bet he also has some entertaining stories about New Edition, New Kids On The Block, Maurice Starr, or any other artists who’s manufactured soul music in Boston during the last half century. RECOMMENDED.