Numero Group: By The Numbers


Mailbag: Historical Edition
January 27, 2012, 1:11 pm
Filed under: Methodology

While going through an old projects folder, I (Ken) happened upon a handful of correspondence from our very own Rob Sevier as we struggled to find our footing in those first two years. A few prescient bits of that correspondence follow.

We briefly flirted with the idea of licensing major label catalog, Rob was less than enthusiastic:

From: Rob Sevier

Subject: Re: WEA List

Date: February 23, 2004 12:26:18 AM CST

To: Ken Shipley

These lists are like fucking dollar bins. Here are the meager possibilities:

Elektra
KILROY, PAT LIGHT OF DAY EK 7311
NOONAN, STEVE STEVE NOONAN EK 74017
ST. JOHN, BRIDGET ASK ME NO QUESTIONS EK 9101
ST. JOHN, BRIDGET SONGS FOR THE GENTLE MAN EK 74104

Warner
VALLE, MARCOS BRAZILIANCE 1654

Atlantic
ALEXANDER, HAROLD RAW ROOT
FINCH GLORY OF THE INNER FORCE ATL SD 36124 (if this is the band I think it is.)
RASPUTIN’S STASH RASPUTIN’S STASH ATL SD 9046

Boddie’s optimistic beginnings:

From: Rob Sevier

Subject: New possibility

Date: January 8, 2006 1:24:17 PM CST

To: Ken Shipley

A new possibility has emerged. Thomas Boddie ran three labels out of Cleveland:
Soul Kitchen
Luau
Bounty
I spoke with him today, and in an hour long conversation have gotten more information, and had a better response, than the cumulative year with McCoy. Go to the Ohio soul website and check out those three labels. I know that there are some monsters on those labels, especially the Creations Unlimited on Soul Kitchen. See also the acetates listed under the label name Boddie. These are also related. He seems interested in doing a CD collection. I want to  priority mail him the Capsoul and Bandit CDs tomorrow (Monday). He ran the studio and has ALL the tapes in storage.
Boddie’s really cool, and I think when he sees our work he’s going to be really enthusiastic. I’m putting together a complete status on all possible projects now.

Finally, a letter I was BCC’d on. Our first communique with Lou Ragland, regarding a widely circulated mixtape

From: Rob Sevier

Subject: Hot Chocolate

Date: January 28, 2004 8:06:55 PM CST

To: Lou Ragland

BCC: Ken Shipley

Lou,
I received your email from my friends over at [redacted]. I’m glad to hear from you, until yesterday I had no idea who made that song, and it’s one of my favorites. The cd that you heard was a copy of a legendary mixtape that has been passed around for years and has been broadcast on the radio several times. Almost all the artists and song titles are unknown (to me, at least.) I’m curious to hear more about your music and life, so please get in touch and let’s talk about how we can work together in the future.

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where can I find this mixtape?

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