Numero Group: By The Numbers


New Podcast Alert: Dogpatch
May 22, 2017, 1:30 pm
Filed under: Express Rising, Methodology, Uncategorized

Dogpatch Wide

There are precious few Numero Group compilations that don’t incorporate some element from the extensive archives of Dante Carfagna. Whether it’s an entire run of soul singles from an obscure label or valuable data mined during years of microfiching and field work, Dante is one of the first people we call when there is a missing piece to a puzzle we’re trying to assemble. When we hired Jon Kirby in 2011, Dante’s landlord had an empty unit in a building adjacent to Dante’s. With that, Numero’s oldest ally and our newest became neighbors. Lodged against the interstate, amid notable hoods Noble Square and Wicker Park, Carfagna and Kirby’s neighborhood doesn’t have an official name. But older residents—who experienced the area’s dicier times—have always called it the Dogpatch.

We are just as excited as anyone that Carfagna and Kirby have launched Dogpatch—a podcast where they will offer insight and color commentary into their respective collections. Previous episodes explore the mellow micro genre of “easy glide” (to which our forthcoming Seafaring Strangers compilation is devoted), R&B outliers and defiers (akin to those found on the Personal Space comp), unreleased soul (duh), and the world of radio station compilations (to which we paid tribute with WTNG).

You can poke around in the archives at the Dogpatch homepage, or stream/DL/subscribe via iTunes. We’ll be listening right alongside, waiting to see if there’s a new Numero compilation we need to put in motion.

Photo by Josh Wildman—Ashland at Blackhawk, the western boundary of the Dogpatch, mid-’90s. 

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