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Coming to a physical record store near you (April 16th for those not planning their lives around this near-Hallmark holiday): Local Customs: Pressed At Boddie.
Following our acquisition of the Boddie Recording Company in 2010, we began transferring a mountain of Cleveland gospel, soul, funk, boogie, rock, garage, folk, and every other manner of weirdness committed to tape that came through the Boddie’s door. Many of these tapes were left behind by the client some 30+ years ago, forgotten faster than the miniscule amount of records pressed at the Boddie plant. As our upcoming Boddie Recording Company box set deals with their in house Bounty, Soul Kitchen, Luau, Cookin’, and Soul Mine labels, we wanted to pay tribute to the Boddie’s pressing plant, which for about a decade was the epicenter of greater Cleveland’s small time record business.
Included on Pressed At Boddie are 16 wildly different tracks, coming from a handful of different scenes. Pre-Pere Ubu synth-madness butts up against the group harmony stylings of the Imperial Wonders. Donald Eckert’s blown-out folk sits next to Bill Spoon’s modern dance moves. All in all, it’s a pretty awesome listen, crafted more like a mix tape than a historical document. And yet, this thing is pretty fucking historical.
For openers, most Record Store Day records are trashy cash-ins. Bogus 7″ repros, expensive and needless live LPs, and perhaps the worst culprit of all, records that aren’t actually limited but are marketed as such (We’re looking at you Flaming Lips Dark Side Of The Moon). Numero understands what a cash grab this holiday has become, and instead has created the first must-own RSD album. Housed in a gatefold sleeve, Pressed At Boddie comes with the most insane discography (compiled by Ohio soul expert Dante Carfagna), a full color 18×22″ poster of labels, and a detailed history of the plant. And because we recognize that there are different kinds of buyers out there, we’re making this on CD (Burned at Boddie) and cassette (Dubbed at Boddie). This isn’t just some slap-dash, let’s-rape-the-customer job, we’ve spent as much time making this as we do every Numero album. There may be more colored vinyl in the field that day, but we highly doubt there will be anything that stacks up to Pressed At Boddie.
Now for the quantities. Recognizing that there will be significant day of demand for this title, we’re making 1000 on CD, 1000 on LP, and 300 on cassette. If you’re a Numero Subscriber, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. We’ve decided to make this part of the subscription and you’ll be receiving it on the Friday before RSD. For the rest of you mokes, we suggest arriving at your favorite independent record retailer on the morning of and picking one up.
Oh, and did we not mention that we’re going to have our own record store on April 16th? A one day “flash” store set up in an empty space on Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago? This isn’t just us setting up a table at a record fair, we’ve invited a dozen of our close friends (read: dealers) to set up shop as well. Walking into the Numero record shop will be like walking into the record store of your dreams. Decently priced vinyl in great shape, not a bunch of common dross that’s been picked through 1000 times and suffers from serious finger burn. We’ll have a live radio broadcast from the shop, spinning your favorite Numero tracks with old commercials, weather reports, and news updates we got in the Nickel & Penny acquisition. Have you been dying to hear the commercial for Midwest Floor and Tile backed by the South Shore Commission?
For one day only, paradise will be found at a store front in Chicago.
But wait, there’s more! We’re manufacturing 100 copies of an exclusive Eccentric Soul 45 that you can only buy at the Numero store. You want this record? Book a flight to Chicago. These hand-numbered singles will be available one per person, with the buyer’s name entered into a registry. If you’re a Numero subscriber, we’ll even hold a copy for you!
Many more details to come, but if you’re looking for a place to spend Record Store Day 2011, may we suggest you do it with Numero?
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