Numero Group: By The Numbers

Record Store Day 2009
March 17, 2009, 10:12 am
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Record stores… who needs ’em? We’ve got iTunes, Amazon, cable TV, Wii, and Netflix occupying the bulk of our time with their mind numbing ease, so why should we even bother popping into our struggling record emporium to peruse even the new arrivals, much less venture into their damp basement? The good stuff has been scarfed up by the employees, the rest is indie rock. The guy behind the register hasn’t showered in a month, the listening station’s headphones are busted, and their once gushing CD bins are being widened to accommodate LPs. Who buys LPs in 2009 anyway?

And all these reissue labels… what’s the deal? I can’t run around the block without hearing about some “lost classic” or “discovery of the decade.” How much Peruvian psych do I need? Didn’t soul begin and end with Motown? When am I going to have the time to read all these liner notes about poor people I don’t care about? What am I supposed to do with all this cotton that came with Goodbye Babylon?

To record stores everywhere, none of this news. And yet they’re still here slogging it out every day. While their competitors have closed shop in the face of declining profits, they’ve taken out a second mortgage on mom’s house. Because of this heroic act of economic insanity, a few guys in a room at NARM created Record Store Day. And because of Record Store Day, 10 labels that wouldn’t be here without these shops have banded together.

That’s right, Daptone, Finders Keepers, Honest Jons, Jazzman, Light In The Attic, Now Again, Numero, Sublime Frequencies, Timmion, and Vampi Soul, in a rare act of collective goodwill, have come together and made a high-quality LP at a price you can actually afford. In addition to the deluxe gatefold sleeve with notes by David Fricke and Charles Aaron, we’ve stuffed the entire thing with catalogs, postcards, a magazine, CD samplers, stickers, and whatever other crap we had laying around that couldn’t be pawned off on interns.

These puppies have just arrived into our office and boy are they looking sharp. We’ve got intern-extraordinaire Ben Cronin stuffing them as I type. His hands are getting chafed from so much contact with the heavy gatefold board. Take a look for yourself:


This thing is limited, so don’t sleep in on 4/18/09. At $10 a pop you may even want to buy two, but that’s your call. Just don’t come crying to us when you have to pay eBay prices to fill that hole in your Numero discography.

We’ll be DJing at Dusty Groove for a few hours that day, and even convinced Rick to have little Numero sale. More details as they come in, but for now, just plan on getting a good night’s sleep on April 17th.

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i want one! where can i buy it? i cant find it at

Comment by alonso ruvalcaba

oops, sorry. i didnt read it’ll be on sale 4/18/09. wont sleep that night.


Comment by alonso ruvalcaba

only available at your local mom and pop shop!

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